Guess What I’m Watching

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Posted 1 week ago by itsvondell

Reminder that there’s three days left to get $5 off plus free shipping on any item(s) on my Society6 page with this link!

It seems like a good time to link to this piece, which I don’t think I’ve posted on this blog. I made it to commemorate the touchdown of the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover, but the beauty of space travel is always relevant. It’s one of my only pieces currently available that takes advantage of all of Society6’s product range including not only prints of all kind but shirts, hoodies, clocks, etc! The sale applies to those too.

New print AND Free Shipping & $5 off any of my prints until April 13th!

Hogwarts Express

"Are you sure that’s a real spell?"

Society6 is doing its routine artist promotion and that means that from now until April 13th, if you click on this link you’ll get free shipping and $5 off of any print from my store. 5 bucks knocks a big chunk of the cost down for most options!

I’ve just recently posted my Harry Potter and James & Lily illustrations as well, so it’s the perfect time to check those out if you haven’t yet! My Society6 store is finally finding its legs. :-)

I wonder where this is going!

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Posted 2 weeks ago by itsvondell

My James, Lily and Harry portrait illustrations are now available as high-quality prints from my Society6 page, in many sizes.

The Boy Who Lived and James and Lily

“The very first time I saw you Harry, I recognised you immediately. Not by your scar, by your eyes. They’re your mother Lily’s. Oh yes, I knew her. Your mother was there for me at a time when no one else was. Not only was she a singularly gifted witch, she was also an uncommonly kind woman. She had a way of seeing the beauty in others, even, and perhaps most especially, when that person couldn’t see it in themselves. Your father, James, however, had a certain, shall we say, talent for trouble. A talent, rumour has it, he passed onto you. You’re more like them than you know, Harry. In time you’ll come to see just how much.”

Society6’s print shop produces gallery quality Giclée prints on natural white, matte, ultra smooth, 100% cotton rag, acid and lignin free archival paper using Epson K3 archival inks. Custom trimmed with 1” border for framing.

Knocking out two birds with one Shiny Stone here: Jemma’s Pokemon Champion Art Meme and Day 1 of Sachin Teng’s 30 Day Challenge!

Fairy/Flying type specialty! Much love to my fricked up flying wing bird airplane friend Togekiss!

some enviro practice! nothing much. just a foggy forest.

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Posted 4 weeks ago by itsvondell


A lot of people have messaged me about the 30 Day Challenge list. I hadn’t realized the link on my old post was down, so I’m reposting it now, as well as letting you all know for the next 8 weeks I’ll be posting every Monday with animated illustrations. Hopefully I can brighten up your otherwise dry work week Monday!

UPDATE: Sorry I fixed the list. There was bunch of dummy text in there. It’s all good now

Gonna probably go the Bryan Konietzko route and try and tackle these in order but not constrain myself to 30 consecutive days. And I probably won’t start just yet, but I’m gonna reblog this right now to remind myself. I’m looking forward to it!

Posted 1 month ago by itsvondell
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What is a “Distance Model”?

When a character is seen in the distance, too much line complexity will create an over-complicated image. We drop detail to simulate the effect of seeing a character far away. If you’ve managed to notice this already, you’re not just seeing things- it’s quite intentional.

Because the show is animated by hand, we prefer not to scale down a complicated drawing- it becomes unclear and messy. Instead we use a distance model, which is a simplified version of that character.

Also they’re really cute.

Lead Character Designer: Danny Hynes

Character Designer: Colin Howard

Color: Tiffany Ford

Color Assist: Jasmin Lai

Distance Guide: Ian Jones-Quartey

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Posted 1 month ago by itsvondell
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My character design portfolio for this year! I may keep tweaking it over the weekend, but this is close enough to final to post here. Left out a couple pages to comply with the tumblr limit.
Time to apply for (even more) internships! 

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Posted 1 month ago by itsvondell
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CalArts Lecture via Robertryan Cory

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Posted 1 month ago by itsvondell
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30 Day Challenge // Day 23 // Something That Makes You Happy

I’ve learned how to cook since I moved out to California. It’s therapeutic. And delicious~ I garnish everything with a fried egg, and I never regret it.

This is great

Holy…shit….sachin… (;o;

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Posted 1 month ago by itsvondell
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An Open Letter To Portland and The World From “The Black Portlanders”



An Open Letter To Portland and The World From “The Black Portlanders”


My name is Intisar Abioto. I am a photographer and explorer here in Portland. I’m writing about The Black Portlanders. Since February 2013, I’ve taken over 500 portraits of Black Americans in Portland for a photo-documentary work and blog called The Black Portlanders. The Black Portlanders has been featured in The Oregonian , Al Jazeera America,Oregon Public Broadcasting, The Skanner , Portland Mercury, The Portland Observer, and among others.

The Black Portlanders has a goal of introducing the stories and dreams of Black Portlanders to the world. At this moment, I’m in the midst of a great challenge and fight to keep this project going. I am in the last hours of an Indiegogo campaign to fund the continuance of The Black Portlanders. We are raising a total of $15,000 for essential equipment, development funds, and to save a crucial crashed hard drive that holds the entire first 8 months of The Black Portlanders. Yes.

We must reach our goal by 11:59 Monday night.

“No free negro shall come, reside in, or be within this state… the legislation shall provide by penal law for the removal of all such negroes and for their exclusion from the state”



The Black Portlanders is about celebrating the presence, lives, and dreams of Black people here in Portland, Oregon… no matter what. It’s celebrating Black presence in a state where we were told we were never meant to exist and certainly not to thrive. Black people were legally written out of Oregon’s 1857 constitution:

I am a storyteller. Oregon’s founders were storytellers, too. They wrote out Oregon’s future with their ideas, words, and stories of exclusion. They wrote a story, signed it in ink, and published it throughout the world. The exclusion laws were repealed in 1926, but in 2014 — 88 years later — Oregon has a Black population of 2% and Portland has a population of 6%.. That’s the power of story.

155 years later, The Black Portlanders uses the raw tools of story — word, photography, film, and heart — to celebrate the lives of Black Portlanders, present, past, and future. We are here in the world. We are not going anywhere. We have been here and we will be here.

I’ve wandered Portland’s streets — meeting, speaking with, and photographing over 500 distinct Black Portlanders - approaching pure strangers! I’ve shown these images to Portland through The Black Portlanders blog to revive our spirits.. to show that come what may… and what might have been… we are here in the world and we are here in Oregon. I believe in us! I believe in our intrinsic value within the world. I believe in us so hard and deep!


There’s a silent haunting erasure about Oregon’s exclusionary racial history and its current reality — within Oregon and the world’s understanding of this place. Last April, I found out that the city of Portland razed N Williams Ave., Portland’s historic geographic Black community. This process occurred throughout the 50s, 60s, and 70s . It took me three years after I moved to Portland and two months after I started the Black Portlanders to find out about N Williams. I read Lisa Loving’s “Portland Gentrification: The North Williams Avenue That Was — 1956.” That article blew my mind and broke my heart. It identified the hundreds of Black businesses that were lost and never replaced.

How could this be? I didn’t have to know what happened here to feel an emptiness in the heart of this city. I knew in my bones there was something wrong here. Where were the Black people? Where were their communities? Where were we on the Portland map? Today there are other streets, all changed through today’s form of exclusion: urban gentrification - Mississippi St., Alberta St., and others. Again, Portland’s already small Black population has been scattered.

We can alter the path of our future and present right now, every day. Someone thought up a state with no Black people. No Black children. No Black women. No Black men. Can you believe that? And they first used their thought to make it so.

What are we going to think up?
What are we going to create in this time? What story are we going to tell that the future will feel. How powerful is your imagination RIGHT NOW to create it? How powerful is our action?



My name is Intisar Abioto. I am putting my heart and arts down on the table. I am throwing down everything I can to support the lives and dreams of all people through this work. You see, we can’t exclude a people and yet be whole. I’m giving my time, my photographic art, my voice, my money.. to this story of Black Portlanders and of Portland. You see WE are happening right now. It’s our time to tell a new story. Can’t you feel that?

I need your help! Will you contribute your money, equipment, resources, and contacts to the development of The Black Portlanders? Whatever you can give, please give. I am using my art to shake the foundations of this city.. through story! Will you help me?

Here’s how you can help right now.

1. Contribute! The Black Portlanders has until Monday evening at 11:59 PM PST to reach $15,000. You can contribute on Indiegogo. Anything! $1…. $50.. $100…. $1000… $2000…. $5000.. matters ! Please give today!

2. Forward this! open letter to all of your contacts! PLEASE. I need everyone to read this. Portland. Salem. Eugene. Your mother. Your father. The governor. The president. Forward! through your social media channels. Email it. Can we get everyone contributing something?

3. Contribute equipment and actual things. I’ve raised enough to purchase a camera. These are the other things I need to craft the story.

  • NEW hard drives to store The Black Portlanders photographs, film, interviews, and media….

  • Hard Drive Recovery — $875 as quoted at Happy Hamster Repair on MLK. This will save the first 8 months of The Black Portlanders work. 400+ portraits. 200 yet unreleased.

  • Tascom or Zoom H4N Audio Recorder to record audio interviews..

  • Sennheiser EW 100 ENG G3 Wireless Mic System

  • Canon 580 EX or 430 EX flash unit

  • Lightroom and/or Photoshop Subscription

  • FinalCut Pro or Adobe Premiere Subscription

  • CF Cards, A Battery Grip, Tripod..etc.

Some added things:

I would love some Canon Prime L series lenses to work with or some Leica lenses. Maybe you have some lenses hanging out in your house or studio that you are not using? I envision beautiful imagery and colors that image Black Portlanders.. Don’t you?


Let’s tell a new tale of Portland. What will The Black Portlanders images mean in 50-100 years and who’ll need these images? The Oregon Historical Society will - Artists, students, historians will all need these images, but most importantly a child, a community of children born in 2015 or 2054 or 2213 will! An Oregon of inclusion will need these images to inspire their path. But right now The Black Portlanders needs Portland ..and the world to make it happen.

There is no categorization on the earth’s surface. We are all connected here. The progression of Mississippi affects Oregon, Oregon affects Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka affects Djibouti and on and on… until there is a ripple in the new 72+ planets discovered by NA SA. When one group is excluded or included, we all feel the effects.. wherever we are. This is not a work about Portland. This is a work about the world. This is one story of the world told through the images of Black Portlanders.

Our top reward on the Indiegogo? For $5000, I am offering the very first Black Portlanders Book printed to one person, organization, or company. This will be a completely custom-made, artist signed book in an exclusive limited edition print of one. For your immense contribution you’ll own not only the first book of The Black Portlanders, but the first book ever published by explorer, artist, and photographer Intisar Abioto. That’s me! It will be worth much more later! Who’s taking it?

I’m doing all I can. Will you? Please forward this, contribute, and give at

Thank you all so much. I will see you at 11:59 PM on Monday night.

In the meantime, check The Black Portlanders out below in the first teaser for upcoming documentary Whitelandia. That’s me talking at the beginning. Black Portlanders images are also featured. Coming Fall 2014..!

Thank you!

Intisar S. Abioto

Photographer-Explorer at The Black Portlanders..

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Posted 1 month ago by itsvondell
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I realized that a lot of people who follow just this blog probably don’t know what I look like! Hope this helps. I got my ears pierced earlier today, finally! :-) Have some plans for stretching, but that’s still months away. Hope y’all are having a good one.

Posted 1 month ago by itsvondell



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Posted 1 month ago by itsvondell
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