Teresa McLaren http://teresamclaren.com Art, Illustration & Design Thu, 31 Jan 2019 23:30:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.0.3 Under $100 Art Show 2018 http://teresamclaren.com/2018/11/under-100-art-show-2018/ Wed, 14 Nov 2018 20:43:08 +0000 http://teresamclaren.com/?p=1335 Under 100 Art Show For the second year in a row I will be selling my art at the huge under $100 Art Show. This year the show runs Thursday Dec 6, 6-10pm for the opening reception, Friday Dec 7-Sun Dec 9, 11am-7pm. $5 admission 523 Cleveland Cres SE. Calgary www.under100artshow.com  

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Under 100 Art Show

For the second year in a row I will be selling my art at the huge under $100 Art Show. This year the show runs Thursday Dec 6, 6-10pm for the opening reception, Friday Dec 7-Sun Dec 9, 11am-7pm. $5 admission
523 Cleveland Cres SE. Calgary
www.under100artshow.com

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Mind over Meds Book Review http://teresamclaren.com/2018/05/mind-over-meds-book-review/ Wed, 23 May 2018 19:11:17 +0000 http://teresamclaren.com/?p=1329 Mind Over Meds: Know When Drugs Are Necessary, When Alternatives Are Better–and When to Let Your Body Heal on Its Own by Andrew Weil My rating: 5 of 5 stars I’ve always had a lot of respect for Dr. Weil. I read my first book of his in my late teens. I studied nutrition in […]

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Mind Over Meds: Know When Drugs Are Necessary, When Alternatives Are Better--and When to Let Your Body Heal on Its OwnMind Over Meds: Know When Drugs Are Necessary, When Alternatives Are Better–and When to Let Your Body Heal on Its Own by Andrew Weil
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’ve always had a lot of respect for Dr. Weil. I read my first book of his in my late teens. I studied nutrition in university and the Alternative and Integrative Medical Society I belonged to in undergrad brought him out as a keynote speaker.

I think this book is essential reading for anyone who takes, prescribes, fills prescriptions, recommends or administers these medications to anyone (which is likely pretty well everyone). It is written clearly with language that an educated lay person should be able to follow and find interesting but still detailed enough so as to not insult the knowledge of a medical professional. He plays it safe and sticks mainly to biomedical terms — no woo and nothing too terribly controversial. Sometimes I find this a bit “medically euphamistic” but I understand why he did it. He doesn’t go into too much detail about the alternative/integrative therapies and alternatives but does suggest some herbal, mind-body, exercise, diet approaches and different ways to look at these issues…enough to get people started.

He doesn’t go much into the history or policies that have brought us to this point where most of our population is overmedicated, most medical/pharmaceutical colleges don’t teach about diet and natural therapeutic agents, and most doctors and patients get their information directly from pharmaceutical companies…knowing how long he has been in the field I would very much like to know his perspective on this. The recommendations in his “last words” at the end of the book are worth taking a good look at. I also do like the recommendation at the back to go to the pharmacist if you are on multiple meds, OTC meds, supplements and/or herbs — they really are the ones trained on drugs and drug interactions.

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Medical art collage images available on Society 6 products http://teresamclaren.com/2018/04/society-6/ Wed, 18 Apr 2018 16:54:04 +0000 http://teresamclaren.com/?p=1208 Society 6 I have uploaded three of my medical art collage images to Society 6. I purchased a pair of leggings and I am very happy with how they look and they arrived very rapidly. Please check out my store and the many products available with my designs on them https://society6.com/teresamclaren. Let me know if there is […]

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Society 6

I have uploaded three of my medical art collage images to Society 6. I purchased a pair of leggings and I am very happy with how they look and they arrived very rapidly. Please check out my store and the many products available with my designs on them https://society6.com/teresamclaren. Let me know if there is another design you might like to see uploaded. Images for upload do have to be very high resolution or vector files. For every purchase I get royalty of about %10 depending on the product.

Vesalius memento mori skeleton society 6 clock Vesalius skeleton society 6 leggingsVesalius skeleton society 6 tshirt

 

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Six banner images featured on newly launched Inner Compass Initiative website http://teresamclaren.com/2018/01/inner-compass-initiative/ Thu, 18 Jan 2018 21:24:24 +0000 http://teresamclaren.com/?p=965 About the Inner Compass Initiative and The Withdrawal Project Inner Compass Initiative (ICI) is a new 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides information and resources to help people make more informed choices regarding all things “mental health” and to support people who wish to leave, bypass, or build community beyond the mental health system. Its first major […]

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About the Inner Compass Initiative and The Withdrawal Project
Inner Compass Initiative (ICI) is a new 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides information and resources to help people make more informed choices regarding all things “mental health” and to support people who wish to leave, bypass, or build community beyond the mental health system. Its first major effort, The Withdrawal Project (TWP), is a comprehensive online hub for safer psychiatric drug withdrawal. The resources on the ICI and TWP websites include a detailed layperson’s “Companion Guide” to safer tapering from psychiatric medications; mini-booklets that provide detailed, critical information about psychiatric drugs, psychiatric diagnoses, and the mental health industry; and two networking platforms to help people who are thinking critically about the mental health system or seeking support for psychiatric drug withdrawal to find each other in their local communities.

Visit ICI at www.theinnercompass.org

Visit TWP at withdrawal.theinnercompass.org


I contributed six editorial illustrations to the learn/unlearn section of The Inner Compass website

Purchase images 
If you are interested in purchasing the non-exclusive rights to all six of these images for $100 or $25 for each you can go to my medical editorial downloads page.

Artist’s Statement

The evolution of this series of illustrations was a collaborative effort between myself, Laura Delano and Rob Wipond. The themes are based on the ideas of struggle and transformation taken loosely from the symbolism of selected tarot cards. Ink colors were chosen to convey a particular mood but how they interacted on the paper was spontaneous. Shreds of neuroanatomy textbook pages and the pages of a particular drug in each category from the Physicians Desk Reference (PDR) were scanned in and overlaid in Photoshop. Most of the Tarot symbolism comes from the major Arcana of “The Lovers Tarot” by Jane Lyle except for the Page of Pentacles used for ADHD drugs.


Mood Stabilizers
: Symbolically based on the Wheel of Fortune card, reversed this card indicates irregular, sporadic, overwhelming chaos. The composition is also somewhat based on one clock in Salvador Dali’s “The Persistence of Memory”. Primary colors are used in an effort to portray more of an imperfect surreal wheel, even a distorted compass. The text is taken from the PDR for Valproate.


ADHD drugs
: Symbolically based on the Page of Pentacles, with it’s focus on success and the inverse distraction by negative influences. The composition consists of a child is drawing the Pentacles symbol in chalk. The colors of red, yellow and green to allude to traffic control. A denser collage of neuroanatomy images and pages from the PDR for Ritalin.

Anti-psychotics: The hanged man is the symbol from the tarot used for this image. Indicating the “shamanic death” before “enlightenment”. Old life is dissolving while a new one forms. It may be hard to attend to practicalities and reversed it can be a time of confusion and frustration. Colors are chosen to emphasize this time of confusion, swirling chaos but also the golden aura of possibility surrounding the figure.

Anti-depressants: Taken very loosely from the Tarot card for death. A time of darkness, painful initiation, decent into the underworld where rebirth is possible. The sickle is tearing through the darkness to a new light. The colors are blues and black with a tinge of red along the cut lines. The text is taken from the PDR for Prozac and Cymbalta.


Z-drugs:
The card selected is the moon which reversed reveals a temptation to experiment with sleeping pills and alcohol when rest and submitting to reality are the best antidotes. The text is taken from the PDR for Zaleplon.


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zodiazepines: Based on the symbolism of the Tower card implying the insecurity and uncertainty of change. This tower is tipping over, falling down, like a wobbly stack of books. Warm colors of red, orange and yellow allude to fire. The PDR page selected is for Valium.

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Creative Design Process: Terms and Costs http://teresamclaren.com/2018/01/creative-design-process-and-costs/ Mon, 15 Jan 2018 01:38:30 +0000 http://teresamclaren.com/?p=955 I hope the following will help when approaching me or another artist/designer about a project. 1) Determine what you need What is the message you want to communicate? Who is your audience? How do you want to communicate it this message (media)? What feelings/emotions do you want to convey to your audience? What is your budget? […]

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I hope the following will help when approaching me or another artist/designer about a project.

1) Determine what you need
What is the message you want to communicate?
Who is your audience?
How do you want to communicate it this message (media)?
What feelings/emotions do you want to convey to your audience?
What is your budget?
What usage rights do you need?

2) Search out artists and ask for an estimate
Look for artists or ask around for people who do the type of work you are looking for. Check out their online portfolios. Tell them what you need and if possible show them samples of the style/type of work you are looking for. Ask for an estimate of how long the job should take and how much it should cost.

Keep in mind the quality/time/cost trade off.

3) Negotiate a contract
For larger jobs (more than $500 or longer than 1 month) it is best to negotiate payment in installments. For smaller jobs payment is due upon delivery of the final image/product. 

Art/Illustration

Pricing is usually based per image/product and is estimated by the artist based on these factors:

a) Experience
The more experience I have with the media/subject matter the more I will charge because I feel confident I can do a high-quality job. I have also spent years developing my skills and expertise in this field/media.

b) Cost of materials/software/equipment/workspace
If I need to rent studio space, pay a photographer, purchase reference art, buy new digital equipment, use expensive design software, or expensive materials (like gold leaf); I will need to charge more per image or agree to invoice these expenses separately.

c) Time required
The longer I expect a project to take, the more I will charge per image.
This is one of the most difficult things to estimate and I consider these many factors:
– How much research will be needed and how difficult will this research will be? (Do I need attend a surgical operation or can I watch it online?)
– How much detail will be needed?
– Do I have things on-hand that will help me speed up the process (drafting tools, previously done work, templates, brushes, icons…)?
– Can elements be replicated and reused within the project or used in the future?
– How difficult do I find the subject matter? (emotionally/ethically/physically/mentally…)
– How difficult do I find the media? (do I need to learn new skills? is it tedious? is it physically demanding? is it easily correctable if I make small mistakes?
– How many versions or revisions will be needed to satisfy the client. I usually offer 2-3 revisions before I need to go to an hourly rate or re-negotiate the contract?
– What is the relationship with the client like? Have we worked together before? Could this lead to more work?
– Are there other benefits/sacrifices to consider before taking on the work?

d) Usage rights
The more rights the client needs, the less money I will be able to make off the image, so the more I will need to charge for the image/product.

For most illustrations clients want first time print and web rights to an image. This means they will have the right to reproduce an image in print (brochure, journal, book…), or on the web (presentations, facebook, instagram, website…) for the first time.
It is important to me that I am able to have my name credit on the work and that I can use the work in my portfolio for self promotion or educating others about my career.
In some cases I might want to sell the work to another client, sell the source art, post as stock art, or reuse elements in a different form for another product.

For logo/business identity designs, proprietory/patent illustrations and to meet the requirements of many companies and institutions, I will grant clients the full copyrights but I will need to charge more for it.

Design
Design is the final layout of the images and text in the project so that it is ready for print, screen, or web delivery (usually pdf/jpg/png/gif files).
Pricing is usually based on an hourly rate. I only bill for time spent at the table drawing or at the computer designing. (I don’t bill for consulting with the client, image/idea searching, communications, paperwork, skill development…)
My base hourly rate for layout/design in Adobe photoshop or Office (Word/Powerpoint) is $50/hr
My base hourly rate for layout/design/animation in other Adobe Creative Suite products is $60/hr and a minimum of $500/month.
Rush jobs may not be possible under my current circumstances but would come with an additional charge.

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