The Arts, Family, and A Social Network
Sharing On A Social Network
One of the things people enjoy about Facebook is the ability to share with friends and family across the globe in a matter of seconds. We share pictures, jokes, videos, music and opinions. There are all kinds of interesting ways to interact with loved ones who are too far away to visit on a daily basis. Facebook helps fill the void of miles apart.
Personally I enjoy hooking up with like mined people, sharing views, ideas and creative ventures. Many people use the site to connect on a creative level. My artistic friends encourage my work and uplift my creative spirit.
Social networks are wonderful forums when used for creative interaction. That is what makes the story I am about to share here, so captivating. This is a story about family. This is a story about long distance not getting in the way of creativity, thanks to social networking.
One More Post Before Bedtime
Patrick Girouard is a published children's book illustrator. Like many artist types, Patrick keeps late hours, and is constantly working to enhance his craft. Not long ago he had this idea.
He made a 30 second silent film showing the process of a painting he was working on called l'aquarium.
He posted it on his Facebook page just before going to bed. Like so many parents using Facebook, Patrick is friends with his son Marc via the social network. Creativity runs in the blood of this family as you will soon see.
When Marc saw his Father's last post on Facebook he responded with "maybe it needs a soundtrack" followed by "which I'm gonna do right now."
He then wrote and recorded a soundtrack, and re-edited the film. Patrick Girouard told me, "When I woke up the next morning this was waiting for me."
A step by step illustration by Patrick Girouard. Music by Marc
About Patrick Girouard
Patrick Girouard is a freelance illustrator living in Munster, IN. His freelance clients include National Geographic, Sesame Street, USA Today, Pantheon, Scholastic, McGraw Hill, Oxford University, Purdue University and many others. You can visit his website here http://www.pgirouard.com/Patrick_Girouard_Illustrator/welcome.html
You can also visit his shop on Etsy.com Draw Bots
About Marc Girouard
Marc Girouard is the son of Patrick Girouard. He is 25 years old and lives in Portland, OR. He graduated from Ball State University, where he earned a BFA with an emphasis in printmaking. You can visit his website here http://inkteraction.ning.com/profile/MarcGirouard
Another step by step illustration by Patrick Girouard. Music by Marc
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