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February 2008

February 2008 -- Rats



  • Behind the Art:
    Sketching in the Field
  • Myths and Symbols:
    The Crafty One
  • Wombat Droppings:
    Rules of Art
  • Artist Spotlight:
    The Art and Life of Sulamith Wulfing
  • Healthy Green Artists:
    Making It Last!
  • EMG News:
    EMG news for February 2008


  • The Gimp for Beginners: Two Basic Tasks
  • I Knew It Would Come To This: Painting Walkthrough


  • Poem: Smithkin's Rats
  • Fiction: Oh, Rats


  • Falheria: Rats!
  • Tomb of the King: The Map, Pt 1

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  • February 2008 -- Rats
    by Jennifer Broschinsky

    Welcome to the February issue of EMG-Zine, where we celebrate the Chinese New Year and usher in the Year of the Rat!

    In both China and Japan, rats are considered symbols of good luck and wealth. In Chinese astrology, the Rat is a creature of wit, quick and clever. Though the Rat can be greedy and tends to promote its own interests, it has a keen talent for collecting (and holding onto) wealth.

    So in this issue we celebrate the Rat!

    This month, Janet talks about stretching one's art supplies to make them last longer, Melissa demonstrates field sketching and its usefulness, Giovanna features the life and works of Sulamith Wulfing, Marina reviews the symbolism of the Rat, and Ursula Vernon talks about the rules of art at least, the ones we make for ourselves. This month's features include a painting walkthrough and a continued tutorial on using The Gimp. We also have rat-themed poetry, fiction and comics!

    If you would like to submit work for our April issue, the theme is Unicorns. Be sure to check the guidelines before you submit.

    Jennifer Broschinsky has, since her youth, filled her sketchbooks with things feathered and furred, winged and scaled. She is currently working on a sequential art story called Songseeker, and is working on raising three sons.

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