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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

LlamaGate 2012

Excerpt from The Post Gazette, Oct. 10, 2012:

"In the wake of what is being called "The Llamagate Scandal," Justin Gerard's office has released the following:

"I want to apologize to everyone for the statements I made last week. I made some very foolish and insensitive promises involving llamas. It was childish and negligent. To all my fans and those who have supported me, I extend my sincerest apologies. 

 And to Llama-herders everywhere: I am sorry." 

Justin's original statements were met with a flood of outrage and confusion as media outlets everywhere scrambled to make sense of it. A long-time fan who preferred to remain anonymous said, "I just, I just can't believe he would promise a llama."

A local llama-herder said Mr. Gerard's statements were "downright spiteful and mean-spirited," and speculated that Mr. Gerard may not have a soul.
Meanwhile, the National Association of Goat Owner's praised Mr. Gerard's statements as "groundbreaking" and "honest," adding that "llamas are overrated anyway."

Mr. Gerard's office was not available for any further comment when contacted by this news agency."

For more on Llamagate 2012, please see http://quickhidehere.blogspot.com/2012/10/online-illustration-courses.html.


Guys, it was an honest mistake. I wanted to generate some hype for this online course and so I made a few reckless promises. I mean, who hasn't these days?

As a means to make it up, I have drawn for you this Luminous Golden Llama:

Also I have news on The Lamp Post Guild!
Today the Guild is launching its Kickstarter campaign for its interactive courses. These courses are super in-depth and will offer a lot of step-by-step tutorials and lessons for you to take at your own pace. We are really excited about the possibilities of these. (I would have killed for something like this in college.)

My course will be on illustration.  From thumbnail to final color image.
My dual course on "How to bake the perfect chocolate-chip cookie and Survive an International Scandal," is unfortunately not ready to launch at this time.

Pledges will receive early access to the courses as well as a variety of other oddities ranging from digital wallpapers to original oil paintings.

Check it out at www.LampPostGuild.com.


  1. Hey Justin, the courses look awesome! Quick question. Are the courses (especially your illustration course) intended for people who already have had some artistic schooling? Or would they also be worth it for someone who merely enjoys drawing and has never had any professional teaching?

  2. Hey Anonymous,
    Having a drawing course or two under your belt will make this illustration course more useful, but the theory and techniques behind all of what I am showing is useful for artists of all skill levels!

  3. OMG, this dream MUST come true ! It's really a great project :D

    (and you must ashamed about your behaviour. Llamas have feelings you know !! lol)

  4. Fantastic line work! And I will be immediately tracking down the Lamp Post Guild!

  5. Im sorry i stopped thinking after the lama bit

  6. I am excited about these courses! What kind of feed back will students get in these courses?

  7. As a Llama enthusiast and advocate for Llama rights, I am outraged that you would display a Llama in such a butchered fashion. The mid section trimming is an abhorrent practice that the placated masses have come to accept as normal. By no means shall this continue. By shearing the midsection, it leaves the undercoat exposed to elements that the overcoat is designed to protect. And all for the sake of a rug! Pshaw I say. Let this be notice of my displeasure with your continued aloof irreverence and severe lack of empathy for the noble Llama.