144 Photos - Jan 4, 2012
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And so it begins! The first avatar of 2012 is of my incredibly supportive wife, +Crystal Dowd.

Only 364 more to go...Photo: Not Quite 366 Avatars Project 2012
Wow, just watched the most exciting episode of +Joel Poirier's Name That 80s Movie ever. You need to be following that guy if you aren't already.

Anyway, here's a baby with a flower pot on his head. Yeah!
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For those who have been following my personal drama, the Girl is doing much better after her Tonsil+adenoidectomy. It's funny because now she talks like a high pitched squeeky toy, The interweb says that is common, and she will sound normal again in a week or so.

Here's an avatar from down under. G'day!

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And last but certainly not least, here's my final cat-vatar of the week. Meet +rothy sharp, who is very nice (she told me so herself), and her kitty-kitty-fluff-fluff. Something tells me that kitteh's looking for a potato, but I could be wrong.

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Results.

Anybody ready for another episode of +The Walking Dead tonight? It's getting harder to stay away from spoilers this week.Photo: Not Quite 366 Avatars Project 2012
Drawing dude's with beards is my bread and butter, folks. This one has a funny hat. I like funny hats.

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I like this one. It was fun to draw, and +Matthew Murphy is a swell fella to work with.

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Wait, stop, back up. beep, beep, beep 

I have to call foul on myself, because the avatar that I just posted is one that I already posted. Now I am embarrassed and humiliated. Oh, the shame! To make up for my incompetence, here's one that I've never posted of a guy named Magnus. Please, forgive me, oh benevolent Plussers!

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So I want to try something new. In the comments below, nominate a friend or family member who you think would like one of my avatars, and let me know why I should pick them. Only rule is you can't nominate yourself. This might be fun. :-)Photo: Not Quite 366 Avatars Project 2012
Andrea from the +The Walking Dead television program. She will not do your laundry, but she might accidentally shoot you in the face.Photo: Not Quite 366 Avatars Project 2012
DST is killing me. I'm still all tired. Bad times. Why do we do this stupid thing anyway? And don't tell me it's because Ben Franklin wanted to save candles. I have electricity. I don't need to save candles. I just want my damn hour back!!!

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Fellow plusser +Andrew Nez is shaving his head for charity, so I shaved his avatar, too. He's looking for sponsors, so go help Nez fight some leukemia.
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Here's an avatar of Curt and his hen, Phoebe that I did for +Kate Childers. First portrait I've ever done with a chicken. It looks delicious...Photo: Not Quite 366 Avatars Project 2012
So I was up in Pennsylvania last Saturday appearing at this comic-con, and while I was there I had the absolute pleasure of HIRLing with fellow plusser +Sheila Garl. She stopped by to say "hi", and even brought cookies. Well if you know me at all, you know that I just can't resist a cookie party!
Thanks Sheila, your coconut cookies are amazing. Here's an avatar!

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Do you have a cat? Do you have a photo of yourself and your cat? I will create an avatar just like the one here, only instead of these fine people, it will be an avatar of you and your cat!

The first 5 people who send me a pic of themselves with their precious puss will get a FREE cat-vatar! 

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Sometimes I even draw recognizable famous people. Here's actor Peter Dinklage as Tyrion, from one of my favorite television programs, Game of Thrones. I hear G+ phenom +Amanda Blain is also a big fan, but one of my favorite plussers +Denise Schwartz has never seen it, which makes me sad for her. Denise, you should get the books on tape. It's well worth it. Can't wait for season 2 w00t! #TeamTyrion 

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Look I drew Eddard Stark because as you all know, winter is coming.

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Here's my Lannister family portrait. Because as we all know, a Lannister always pays his debts.

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I asked for pictures of plussers with their kittys, and +Kim Fyfe jumped at the opportunity. Here you go Kim. puuuuurrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

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Guys! I made another cat-vatar! This one's for +Andy Bohm. He looks snuggly. I'm gonna have to man-up and post some pics of me and my cat(s) one of these days.

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Hai guyz. I'm Charlie, and I draw the avatars and stuff...and junk.

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I'm a little behind on my goal of 366, but I have a whole year to get caught up so I'm not worried.

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RIP Dick Clark. Seemed like a genuinely cool guy.Photo: Not Quite 366 Avatars Project 2012
Hey +Gayle Fonseca, here's your avatar! Thanks for the support.

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Hey +Craig Janssen. I made you an avatar. Thanks for the support!

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They call me Adam Yauch but I'm MCA
Like a lemon to a lime a lime to a lemon
I sip the def ale with all the fly women."

Saw them play Lollapalooza back in the day. Man, they tore that shit up. #RIPMCAPhoto: Not Quite 366 Avatars Project 2012
Hey look I drew +Shaun McMillan. w00t!
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To commemorate G+ favorite +Catherine Morgan shaving her head for charity, I present to you this humblest of avatars. Catherine's selfless act is no doubt in the running for "G+ Moment of the Year". Let us also celebrate the fact that Ms. Morgan has a smooth dome, with nary a bump or valley as far as the eye can see. Not since Ellen Ripley in Alien 3, have I seen a shaved-headed woman of such calibre. Huzzah Catherine Morgan. Huzzah!Photo: Not Quite 366 Avatars Project 2012
+Steve Silver, your current avatar is a winky face, so I went creeping on your page to find a pic. I hope that this is actually you, otherwise, send it to whoever it is and let them know they've been avatared!

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This was a fun one. Hey +Shawn McFadden here's your avatar!

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Well, we're about halfway through the year, and let's just say that I'm not exactly halfway through these 366 avatars. I'm thinking that maybe I should aim a little lower. How about the Not Quite 137 Avatars Project instead? ;-)

Oh yeah here's +Katherine McCormick. Enjoy!

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Hey guys, I made an avatar portrait of +Becky Raymond. Yeah!

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Hey guys, here's an avatar that I made of artsy plusser +Rhonda Havlock. :)

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Here's fellow plusser and photographer +Celine Chamberlin. :)

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Say Hello to +michael interbartolo!

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+Randy Mursch, here's your avatar!

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Here's +Alfonso Lara Quesada !

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Another entry into the NQ365AP2012. I need something catchier than that, sheesh.

Say hello to +T.B. McKenzie who is a writer of fantasy. Go check him out and read something, will ya?Photo: Game of Thrones- DrogoPhoto: Drew PolandPhoto: Bernd KilgaPhoto: Art CoulsonPhoto: Not Quite 365 Avatars Project 2012
Forgot about this one! Only 360 to go (unless you count leap year) (unless the world ends on Dec 21).Photo: Not Quite 365 Avatars Project 2012
Happy Monday everyone. Here's another avatar for the posting. This is plusser +Guy Pagan.

I think I'm up to six now, so I have a long way to go...Photo: Not Quite 365 Avatars Project 2012
Say Hello to Plusser +Steven Mautone. Steven, you asked me to tag you so here ya go!

7 down...Photo: Not Quite 365 Avatars Project 2012
Here's #8, +Andrew Nez . Over 350 more to go...Photo: A Fine Young ManPhoto: Jared ThatcherPhoto: Not Quite 365 366 Avatars Project 2012
Sometimes I get to create some epic avatars, as is the case with number 11,+Ian Santopietro . Loved making this one.Photo: Not Quite 365 366 Avatars Project 2012
Say hello to avatar #12, +Rich Healey . I'm especially happy with the way this one turned out. Was a lot of fun to draw.Photo: Not Quite 365 366 Avatars Project 2012
Happy Friday the 13th. Say hello to +Jimmy Thomas who is avatar lucky 13.Photo: Man with beardPhoto: Dan ArmstrongPhoto: David MoranPhoto: Not Quite 365 366 Avatars Project 2012
Here's horror writer +Bracken MacLeod. I like horror. If you also like horror, go read his stuff. It is horror-tastic!Photo: Not Quite 365 366 Avatars Project 2012
Well, wouldja look at that. Damn government censored my avatar. Must be all this #SOPA and #PIPA I keep hearing about. Well, don't that just beat all! I reckon people should call their congressperson and let 'em know this Sopa/Pipa stuff won't fly 'round these parts!Photo: Not Quite 365 366 Avatars Project 2012
TV Personality and G+ superstar +Tim Jones. w00t!

OK, I have a ton of work to do. No time for kitten gifs and inspirational quotes tonight folks. OK, maybe one or two...Photo: Not Quite 365 366 Avatars Project 2012
Arrr, it's Friday, so here be a pirate avatar for ye landlubbers. Now, walk the plank ya scurvy dogs!Photo: Brad LuysterPhoto: Curt LyonPhoto: Chris MendePhoto: Not Quite 366 Avatars Project 2012
+Shristi Karanjit said that my 366 avatar project has turned into a real sausage party, so next week will be all ladies, all week. Until then, here's motorcycle enthusiast Mathew Murphy.Photo: Not Quite 366 Avatars Project 2012
Been a crazy week. I'm surrounded by drama. I need a drink, BAD. Next week will be all female avatars, but not today. Today you get another dude with a beard. That's right, it's photographer +Lehane Richards. I actually really like this one. I think it turned out swell. I hope you agree. And if you don't please keep it to yourself. I can't take any more bad news. Thanks.Photo: Not Quite 366 Avatars Project 2012
A man. A man with a beard. Next week, all women, no beards.Photo: Not Quite 366 Avatars Project 2012
Hey check out this cool dude. I like this one, it's got av-itude.

Next week, all female avatars. Huzzah!Photo: Not Quite 366 Avatars Project 2012
January was oozing machismo, and +Shristi Karanjit called me out on it. To rectify this travesty, I am declaring this week All Female Avatar Week 2012. Since Shristi was the one to inspire such a week, I'll start this celebration with an avatar of none other than Shristi Karanjit, herself. Huzzah!Photo: Not Quite 366 Avatars Project 2012
Day 2 of the All Female Avatar Spotlight Week. Here's tech personality +Ashley Esqueda. She very politely asked to be avatared last week, and somehow managed to turn that into a dirty joke. Well played.Photo: Not Quite 366 Avatars Project 2012
The All Female Avatar Review Rolls on. Thanks for all the positive feedback this week! Here's +Kate Childers. She has a pretty awesome tattoo. I do not have any tattoos. Mostly because I am tender, and the thought of needles poking me for hours gives me the vapors. le faintPhoto: Not Quite 366 Avatars Project 2012
Day 4 of the All Female Avatar Spotlight. When +Katrina Messenger asked for an avatar, I was happy to oblige. I tried to email it to her, but instead I sent her a photo of herself, and not an avatar at all. D'oh! Then, she was all like, "hey, I wanna buy a copy of your comic but your site doesn't work." So I was like "Oops! Lemme fix that real quick for ya." So yeah, she likely thinks I am a moron. And I do not necessarily disagree.Photo: Not Quite 366 Avatars Project 2012
And now we've come to the end of the All Female Avatar Spotlight week. Been a great response, thank you all. Here's an avatar that I made for plusser +Krystal Webb. I hope to have more spotlight weeks as the year goes on. Feel free to post suggestions. Thanks!Photo: Not Quite 366 Avatars Project 2012
Ok, no more All Female Avatar Spotlight. Now is time for teh nerds! Here's a Trekkie. Red shirt means bad news for this fella. Let's just hope the Force is strong with this one.Photo: Not Quite 366 Avatars Project 2012
It's almost Valentine's Day, and love is in the air! Or is that smog? Either way, I want to give away a FREE Couples Avatar to some lucky lovebirds out there.

Post a comment below, and I'll randomly choose one person as the winner. The winner will send me a photo of them and their significant other, and I will create a very romantic avatar for V-Day. My little way of saying thanks to all of you for supporting me and my work. XOXO

Update: The contest is over. Congrats to +Jim Walker. Thank you all for playing.Photo: Not Quite 366 Avatars Project 2012
Checking out +Jeri Ryan's first on air hang out. Thanks for promoting the platform, Jeri. You're a class act, so I drew you an avatar. :-)Photo: ShelbiPhoto: William BrooksPhoto: Nishi PakkiyaretnamPhoto: Young FellaPhoto: John SloanPhoto: Mrs. BaileyPhoto: Brian LynnPhoto: StanPhoto: DanPhoto: Kathy-Lynn and her ValentinePhoto: Jim Walker & his ValentinePhoto: Not Quite 366 Avatars Project 2012
This guy has quietly and consistently helped to promote and spread awareness of my comic book series, +Lilith Dark, through +1's and shares from the beginning. To show my appreciation, I made this avatar-twofer just for you +Dean Johnson. Thanks a lot.Photo: Not Quite 366 Avatars Project 2012
Hi I'm Charlie. I am avataring all the things.

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This is my pal +Dawn Griffin. She writes and draws a comic called +Zorphbert and Fred. Tomorrow is the 500th Z&F comic strip. That's quite an achievement. Congrats Dawn! If you like my comic +Lilith Dark, then you might like Z&F. Ch-Check it out, Turkey!Photo: Not Quite 366 Avatars Project 2012
Anybody looking forward to another famous "Dale-Face" on tonight's +The Walking Dead episode? I know I am. 0_oPhoto: Not Quite 366 Avatars Project 2012
Wow what a day. I've been home with the Girl while she recovers from having her adenoids and tonsils removed. She can't talk and isn't eating. Watching her go through the painful recovery period gives me a sad. But I know she will be the better for it in a few days.

Here's an avatar of Suzanne, who is a very nice person.

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Running on very little sleep this week. I think I'm going to turn in early.
Here's the lovely MacMhiceil family.
G'night, trusty Plussers.

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So I am in the middle of trying to make 366 avatar portraits this year, but I am woefully behind. But, that's actually a good thing, because the reason I'm behind is becasue I've been really busy making art for people. For that I'm grateful. Thanks for the support everybody!

Here's an avatar of fellow plusser +Dan Pritchett, who posts some interesting things and is worth a follow.

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Hi I'm Charlie and I draw all the things. One of the things I draw are these avatar portraits that you can use to impress your friends with. I use the funds generated to print and promote my comic book series, "LilithDark" (http://LilithDark.com), which is a comic for kids of all ages about a little girl who does battle with wicked beasties, both real and imagined..

Here's an avatar of fellow plusser +Eduardo Chavez. Thanks Eduardo!

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Adding another to the collection. Here's fellow plusser +Julia Senesac. Thanks Julia!

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Rainy Sundays like this one are great for staying in and making art. I've always loved the aesthetic that the rain creates. I don't find it gloomy at all, I actually enjoy it very much.

Hey +shelley pierce here's your avatar!

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Well, this project is really living up to it's name. I'm nowhere near where I need to be to hit 366 this year, but that's OK. This project has been a lot of fun, and I've got a few months to go, so who knows? Maybe I'll hit 200.

Here's fellow G+ artist +Abigail Markov. Follow her for cool art & stuff in your stream. :)

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Well it's not exactly skydiving to Earth from space, but here's an avatar I drew of +Shannon Adelson. Enjoy!

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+Andrew Robert here's your avatar, sir. enjoy!

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Hey yo +Jocelyn Kelly, I heard you like avatars, so here ya go!

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+Tim Shinn , you've been selected to be the subject of my latest avatar because of that glorious beard. I bow to you sir, for my beard is not nearly as epic as yours. A beard so massive, that other beards tremble in it's presence. You should be proud.

I'm choosing 4 more people to be avatarized over the next few days. Comment or share if you're interested.

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I'm working on avatar #2 of 5 and should have that ready by tomorrow. Until then, here's another one I did of Will B.

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Everyone will be home with family for the rest of the week, so here's tomorrow's avatar tonight. Say hello to +Jen Raplee and maybe she'll even say hello to you.

Only 3 slots left for the avataring. Comment or share if you'd like to be in the running. Thanks for all the love guys!

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So last night I finished up #3 of 5 totally free avatars that I'm creating for people to show my appreciation for all of your support over this past year. I'll post that one on Monday.

If you'd like to be in the running for an avatar of your own, please share or comment below. I'll be choosing 2 more over the weekend. In the meantime, enjoy this avatar of pilot +Shawn Waite.

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Here's an especially Evil avatar for one of my favorite artistic plussers, +P E Sharpe. Thanks for the support, P E.

I may have a couple more slots for free avatars in the next couple of weeks. If you're interested in being avatarred, let me know in the comments or by sharing this post. I'll choose people at random as time allows. Thanks again everyone!

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Well, seeing as how it's #GivingTuesday, and I'm the giving type, I'm giving this avatar to fellow creative, and all around swell plusser, +Nikki Crome.

Let me know if you'd like to be considered for a free avatar of your own by commenting or sharing. Thanks for all the kind feedback over the past few days. You guys are the best!

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+Patrick Hedgecoth come on down!

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Here ya go +Lawrence Hults II. Thanks for the constant support and that snarktastic attitude.

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Everybody's a critic.

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#grumpycat   #caturday  Photo: Paul PennyPhoto: GirlPhoto: BoyPhoto: Not Quite 366 Avatars Project 2012
Here are a couple of my IRL friends. This was an anniversary gift from him to her. She loved it, which is a good thing...for him at least.

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