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Tired of templates and the same old clip art? Me, too. I delight in art that is hand done, with a pen dipped in ink, crayons sharpened with my Mom's favorite paring knife, and sometimes black Sharpies, my one concession to the modern age. Unique, one of a kind, personal images & hand lettering can make your message really stand out in the digital world.

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As far back as I can remember, I was drawn to the written word. Book titles, magazine ads for Volkswagen Beetles, 60's rock posters, graffiti, 'real' letters in airmail envelopes, menus in foreign languages, anybody's signature, and lettering on Hallmark cards all fascinated me. I do computer stuff, but I prefer to chance getting india ink under my fingernails, finding solutions in mistakes, drawing lines that aren't perfectly straight, and hand drawing letters that convey the meaning of a word even if you don't read English. I love my Mac, but it's time to think outside the box. Put the 'ink' back in THINK!

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Don't rely on a phone number scribbled on the back of a Burger King receipt or think that you will be remembered out of long list of 'friends' in someone's Blackberry.

Be REALLY memorable.

Be tangible.

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What's the difference between a WebSITE and a WebPAGE? Well, this is a page. This guy named Ken was helping me with my first website and in answer to (one of my many) questions he told me "A web page can be AS LONG AS YOU WANT!" Wow, that's like "All You Can Eat". You can navigate up and down, by clicking on the 'anchors', similar to elevator buttons.

I am WAY more arty than techy and believe that the most important element of any online effort is that it's well designed and easy to use. WebSITES are overkill for most people, for small businesses who just want an online presence. You don't HAVE to have multiple PAGES. More is not always better. If you would like a well designed, easy to navigate PAGE, I can get you up and running in less than a week. Contact me for information.

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For what it's worth, I have a degree in Applied Art from New College in Sarasota, FL. Never been back for a reunion but memories are mostly fond. Also a Certificate in Graphic Design from U.C. Davis (CA). I am most proud of getting through two years of classes without ever turning in an assignment done by computer. Graphic Design WAS a hand done art before personal computers came along. Type was hand set, magazines were pasted up, concepts and ideas were sketched on the back of a paper placemat.

My favorite place on the planet is a little touristy Swiss dorf called Grindelwald, . It was one of those places and one of those times when silence and an unreal view were inspiration enough. When was the last time you heard silence? With the fast paced uber connected world we live in, it's a challenge to find the space for hand lettering and illustration . . . but it's a very peaceful place. Always has been, for me.

A great deal of my art education was spent trying to get things 'perfect'. Then Macs came along and all those perfectly straight lines are now a dollar a dozen (price adjusted for inflation). Everything is straight and on a grid. Now I spend my free time being FREE!! You want straight lines? My niece was mousing straight lines at 2. Maybe, though, you want life, and character, and warmth, and whimsy . . ? Then, you have come to the right person. I love my Mac, but I love ink more.

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Serendipity. This word was voted one of the ten most difficult words to translate in 2004. I love this word. Being open to something you weren't even looking for. Such as these pen nibs from a church tag sale in Northampton, Massachusetts. The "modified slant" nibs in this faded little Esterbrook Pens box create the most wonderfully organic, whimsical lines. Probably not what stodgy old Mr. Esterbrook had in mind. At all . . . .

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Lee Newton - Email: Figleef@aol.com Phone 860.416.7801
"I have never let my schooling interfere with my education" (Mark Twain)

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