HOPE Farmers Market Poster

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Buy one of these now!

Super stoked to have been asked by my friend Andi Scull Cheatham over at HOPE Farmer’s market to work on a poster design for their winter market. It combines three things I’m loving at the moment: Spin Art + Thinga + Food! I have worked with Andi before on various projects for the HOPE Campaign, a non-profit that connect artist-types with projects that benefit various communities.

Sales will benefit the HOPE Campaign. Supplies are extremely limited.

Thinga Store / HOPE Farmer’s Market by Bear James


Spin Art IndieGoGo Campaign Success!

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I’m proud to announce that the Spin Art Campaign on IndieGoGo was successfully funded a few weeks ago.  Since then, the machines have been fully built and are fully operational.

Shortly after funding I was able to attend the local elementary school’s annual STEAM night (Science, Technology, Electronics, Art, and Mechanics) with one of the machines, and the results were better than anticipated. The kids were mesmerized as they generously heaped on the paint, gaining confidence quickly. Sometimes hilariously. While buying paint at the art store, we grabbed some different types of glitter and it turned out to be a great way for some of the smaller kids to participate.

The next day I heard that the school had hung them in the hallways for everyone to see. What an honor! I hope the kids who were involved felt amazing at what they’d accomplished.

Thanks to IndieGoGo, and especially everyone who contributed in some way to making this project real. I’m super excited that we’ve now got these machines to share at events. Maybe we’ll see you soon?

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The Ursa Major T-Shirt

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Proud to Announce the 2nd printing of the Ursa Major T-Shirt! Cotton Bureau contacted me recently saying the Ursa Major shirt was popular enough that they wanted a round two, so we accommodated! I asked if they were going to include children sizing this time around, and they still couldn’t swing it .. but that’s cool. Next time!

I got my Ursa Major shirts today! Did you get yours? I need photos! #bearjames #ursamajor #thingavibes

A photo posted by BJ Heinley (@bjheinley) on


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wooly_bearjames2Just for fun I decided to introduce my own creature over at Brad Woodward’s project, Designostrataurs. Brad and his site Brave the Woods has recently been featured on Grain Edit, and rightly so … he’s got a killer style that is deceptively simple with a playful edge.

Let me know what you think of my dino contribution (I know that Wooly Mammoths aren’t actually dinosaurs.. but in the 1970’s they were!)

Questions for Kids

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Not sure where I found this a few years back, but thought it was a great idea. Grab your kid and sit them down, whip out this list and ask away. Write down the answers exactly as they’re given to you. If you have the ability to capture video, you should do this. (Also, of course, replace dad with mom, aunt, grandma, pet name, etc)

Hit me up on Twitter at @mrbearjames or on the Facebook page and let me know your results! . 

1. What is something dad always says to you?

2. What makes dad happy?

3. What makes dad sad?

4. How does your dad make you laugh?

5. What was your dad like as a child?

6. How old is your dad?

7. How tall is your dad?

8. What is his favorite thing to do?

9. What does your dad do when you’re not around?

10. If your dad becomes famous, what will it be for?

11. What is your dad really good at?

12. What is your dad not very good at?

13. What does your dad do for her job?

14. What is your dad’s favorite food?

15. What makes you proud of your dad?

16. If your dad were a cartoon character, who would he be?

17. What do you and your dad do together?

18. How are you and your dad the same?

19. How are you and your dad different?

20. How do you know your dad loves you?

21. Where is your dad’s favorite place to go?

Geocaching with Girl Scouts

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This past weekend, I honored to have been asked to lead Girl Scout Troop 314 on a geocaching expedition. What an amazing group of girls and parents Troop 314 is – so enthusiastic. The adventure grew by leaps and bounds as the day progressed.

We started by going over definitions of geocaching, GPS, and about the navigation, maps, and technology. We also discussed how geocaching is all over the world (even in Japan! ha) and that all those caches/treasure is just waiting to be found. We started off talking about what GPS is, how the network of satellites and wi-fi & cellular towers help GPS work. After looking at the cache map on the iPhone App, we quickly find a cache nearby and headed towards it.


After reading the hints and looking around, we finally found a VERY cleverly hidden cache in some bamboo. The girls were so excited, and it started a discussion about different types of caches. We found another one a few blocks away, and after logging our names and pictures, the girls started talking about creating their own. I looked at the other parents, and it seemed like the obvious next step. We split up into two groups, and reconvened at the park nearby.. a great place to strategize, make, and hide our cache!


There were so many ideas it was hard to hone in on just one, but we finally found the right materials, a great location, and came up with a concept for describing the hints.


In less than 2 hours, these girls had gone from not really knowing what geocaching was to creating their own and offering it out to the world Amazing!


At the end of the day, the troop leader said that they had definitely earned the geocaching patch, and that I could have one too. I was humbled for sure.. my first Girl Scout badge!

Reach out if I can help you with your next geocaching adventure, or if you enjoyed reading about this one. Thanks again to the girls and parents of Troop 314 (aka Pi Troop!) -Bear James

Ursa Major / New Shirt

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I’m excited to show you new shirt I’ve been working on. I’m about to submit it to the Cotton Bureau for some love .. we’ll see what happens.

UPDATE: Design has been accepted and is now available for purchase! There’s a time limit on the printing, so buy one now. (Women’s scoop neck available too). I’m so excited!

UPDATE 2: Three days after it went live, the shirt has now been funded and will be printed very soon! You still have 11 days or so to get one of these rare shirts on your body.


Frosty Update

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Hey folks .. I’m just having a whole lot of fun working on some new illustrations for Frosty the Snowbot. Hope you enjoy them!

This is a detail of a scene when Frosty goes to Texas and rides into some trouble.


This is a screenshot of some vector graphics I’ve done as a precursor to doing the painting. This helps me isolate some of the various pieces. The scene is from a moment at the beginning of the book, where Frosty the Snowbot explodes onto the scene! I really like the colors in these early stages.



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Postcards / Travel

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I’ve begun work on a new project with a couple friends. While I can’t talk about the larger project, I can tell you that it involves Postcards! Part of a larger effort from the Ursa Major studio. Let me know if you like ‘em. (Twitter, Facebook)


Some fun stuff

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notebookI’ve been working on some ideas lately for some fun stuff to share. These are some quick sketches I did a while ago to show some friends. Initially, I thought it could be interesting to use faux fur! What do you think?

Eventually some of this stuff will get made, but some it will only be available to our club members. What’s that you say? A club? No no, I don’t know what you’re talking about. There is no club! But if there was, it would be a secret, so I wouldn’t tell anyone, and I definitely WOULD NOT put my email in the newsletter box over at Ursa Major to learn more. ;P



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