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1. Dog likes to lay down on my #sketchbook because she wants to be...



Dog likes to lay down on my #sketchbook because she wants to be the centre of attention. #illustration #twelveprincesses #artstagram



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2. Goats baking muffins ...


Goats baking muffins are just right for a children's book. I'm having fun going for a simple vintage sort of look - or at least trying for that effect. I too am a muffin baker. Oh yes, I bake up a weekly batch to take on my bike rides. I'm getting pretty good at it by now.

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3. Meet Elena of Avalor, Disney’s New Hispanic Princess

Disney's hugely popular Princess brand is about to get even more lucrative with the introduction of its first Hispanic princess.

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4. Illustration Friday: Passion


Ferdinand didn't understand why they liked to flail and scream like that whenever he wore his special hat, but he hated it with a passion.  So annoying.

Just squeaking by the IF deadline with something quick.  Have a wonderful weekend!

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5. Friday Linky List - January 30, 2015

From The Telegraph: Most authors break through in middle-age

From Brain Pickings (via PW): Peanuts and the Quiet Pain of Childhood: How Charles Shulz Made an Art of Difficult Emotions

From Digital Synopsis: 27 Funny Posters and Charts That Graphic Designer Will Relate To (NSFW)

At The Guardian (via PW): A response to terror by Chris Riddell and Neil Gaiman - in pictures

At Huff Post (via PW): 20 New Classics Every Child Should Own

At Freelancers Union: 10 Reasons why freelancing is like dating

From Salon: "Sponsored" by my husband: Why it's a problem that writers never talk about where their money comes from

At The Atlantic: From Annihilation to Acceptance: A Writer's Surreal Journey - The author agreed to publish three novels in one year - and then things got weird.

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6. Wild Brain Co-Founder Phil Robinson, RIP

Animation veteran Phil Robinson, one of the founders of the former San Francisco studio Wild Brain, has died.

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7. CARDS - jessica hogarth

Designer Jessica Hogarth exhibited at Top Drawer in London recently and showcased a new range of greetings cards. Jessica is based in Whitby, on the North Yorkshire coast where the seaside often influences her work. She loves to hand draw her designs and then work them into stylish and bright colour schemes. Next week Jessica exhibits at the Spring Fair in Birmingham. and you can find her cards

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8. Sketchbook "Somethings"

It is developing into A Year of Somethings. That is, a year made up of many "read something", "write something", "make something" and "share something" bits. I'm still leaning into a more sustainable way of doing the sharing part, at least when it comes to this blog. Here are some patterns I created in my sketchbook this month:

Sketchbook patterns #sketchbook #yearofthespark

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Another all-over pattern. #sketchbook #yearofthespark

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Night and day leaf pattern. #sketchbook #yearofthespark #inky

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Last one today. A more muted all-over leaf pattern. #sketchbook #yearofthespark

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Those of you who have been following the INKY 500 will see that the preoccupation with overall leaf patterns rendered in brush pen continues!

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9. DESIGNERS - by may

BY MAY is a new brand created by Swedish designers Johanna Örn and Maria Bergström. BY MAY will feature unique home interior products with focus on pattern design, colour and a variety of materials. They recently exhibited at Formex 2015 in Stockholm showcasing their new silicone Polygon Place mats and Watoji Notebooks where Scandinavian pattern design meets traditional Japanese bookbinding. 

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10. No Landscape but...More 3/5 Challenge Art

Here are a few more of my early illustrations, moving between whimsical and more realistic.





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11. Happy 100th Birthday, Disney Legend Bill Peet! (Gallery)

Happy centennial birthday to Bill Peet (1915-2002) who was born in Grandview, Indiana exactly one hundred years ago today.

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12. A LIterary Apprecitation of Dragons 2015 – Part 4 of 4

Far too soon, we've come to the end of the Third Annual Bugs and Bunnies Literary Appreciation of Dragons Series. Anyone needing some backstory, or a refresher, can click on the link in the first sentence and get caught up quite nicely. But don't forget to come back here to catch this last literary dragon post for the 2015 series.

Drawing courtesy of Chez Wheedleton's resident Dragon Expert: Lovely Girl

So far, we've read our way through three Fridays of dragon book fun:



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And for today's post, we've got something really fun:

Drawing Dragons

That's right! We here at Bugs and Bunnies were delighted to find this little collection of books, so we could learn how to draw the dragons we love to read about! We hope you enjoy them, too:



1-2-3 Draw: Knights, Castles, and Dragons: A step by step guide
By Freddie Levin
Ages 5 - 10

This one is great for the beginner level artists out there. It starts with a list of very basic tools you will need - all things you probably already have around the house. The book is separated into several sections, starting with drawing basic shapes. As you move through the book, these basic shapes are used to guide you through drawing a variety of medieval-type things, starting with a basic person, and moving through to specific ones (king, queen, prince, princess). There are sections for drawing castles, heraldry, knights, and of course dragons. And there are other sections, too, each related to knights, castles, and dragons, plus an index.



How to Draw Dragons (Drawing Fantasy Art)
By Jim Hansen and John Burns
Ages 9 and up

This one is great for those who want to both learn a little about dragons as well as draw them. The Introduction section explains the equipment you may want to have on hand before you begin. (Some of the supplies listed are more advanced equipment, but you will still be able to use this book with just the basics - pencil, paper, eraser.) Then there's a short lesson on Perspective. And then there's the instruction, separated into types: Western Dragon, Eastern Dragon, and North American Dragon. The book also contains a glossary of art-related terms, as well as a section on suggestions for further reading. The instructions start basic and work up to the details fairly quickly, so this book will be most helpful to those who already have a good base of drawing skills.

 
Draw! Medieval Fantasies: A Step by Step Guide
By Damon J. Reinagle
Ages 8 - 14

This one starts with a list of basic drawing tools, and a few "Common Sense Drawing Rules" to get you started. It is for those who are a little more advanced in drawing skill, yet still starts with Basic Shapes, then moves on to sections showing you steps for how to draw Rods and Joints, Dragons, Castles, and Heroes and Villains. Then there is a section on adding Textures and Patterns to your drawings, and finally, one on Putting It All Together.



Ralph Masiello's Dragon Drawing Book: Become an artist step-by-step
By Ralph Masiello
Ages 8 - 12

As with the others, this one also starts with a section on the drawing tools you may want to use. It is also for those who know a little about drawing already. There are step-by-step instructions for drawing eleven different types of dragons, from all over the world. For each dragon, you'll be shown one detailed step at a time, using just the drawings to guide you - no text instructions. You can easily tell which is the new line to add for each step, because it is shown in red.

Once you've been guided in drawing the dragon, the next page for each one shows what the fully-complete drawing could look like, with all color and pattern added, as well as some information about the type of dragon you just drew, and hints for how to create the patterns you see in the finished drawing example. At the end, you'll find a section on Resources for you to learn even more about dragons, as well as a Pronunciation Guide, so you'll know how to pronounce the names of the dragons you've just learned how to draw.


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And so, we've reached the end of our series for this year. We hope you enjoyed this Third Annual Bugs and Bunnies Literary Appreciation of Dragons Series as much as we did, and we hope you'll come back again next year to celebrate a whole new bunch of fabulous dragon books with us!

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13. NOW! New KING BRONTY, "Captain Crocker's Signal!"

More action is going on below decks on the "Scurvy Shark"! Prior to this post the crew of cut throat Dinosaur Pirates waited for Cap'n Crockers' signal to attack, to kidnap King Bronty and Prince Podoee.








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14. PLAYTIME PARIS - gabriela larios

Another exhibition opening this weekend is Playtime Paris where designer Gabriela Larios will be showing her portfolioin the Crea tif. Space. From 31st January - 2nd February Gabriela will be exhibiting some of her latest designs, prints and illustrations for the children’s market, created and hand painted in her home based studio in London. Many of them inspired by Gabriela's love for picture

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15. Harts Pass No. 237

Design something to succeed, and it probably will. Mess with that Griz when you don't have a plan or any prior experience with Griz-like situations... and your confidence may take a hit!

Wrapped up a fun comics workshop with the Methow Elementary 5th graders last week. I always forget to take photos of these residencies in action, but I will post some of the student comics when I get them all collected again (we're making a book) next week!


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16. Crooked Man


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17. Shave

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18. Yolanda the Yeti Yogi

Screen Shot 2015-01-30 at 7.40.19 AMThis is  work-in-progress. I am developing a yeti character (abominable snowman) for a "contest" Chronicle Books is having.  I wrote a little rhyme to go with Yolanda. As you can see the face still needs rendering. One leg and one arm still need work too.

       

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19. Comics Illustrator of the Week :: Dan Brereton

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Dan Brereton broke into the comics scene in the late 80’s/early 90’s with books like The Black Terror from Eclipse, and The Psycho from DC Comics. His distinct painted art style stood out among the other comics being published at that time. In 1995 Brereton introduced his creator-owned series The Nocturnals to the world. The Nocturnals is a pulp style horror series about a bunch of supernatural crime fighters, starring a cast of colorful characters like Doc Horror, his daughter Evening AKA Halloween Girl, Firelion(a revived victim of spontaneous human combustion), and many, many more.

The Nocturnals are celebrating their 20th Anniversary with a special KickStarter campaign for their next graphic novel The Sinister Path. There’s less than 2 days left as I write this, so hurry over there, if you’re interested.

Other works of note by Dan Brereton are Giantkiller, Batman: Thrillkiller, Legends of the World’s Finest, and The Last Battle, just to name a few.

Brereton has been nominated for 5 Eisner Awards, and has won an Inkpot Award.

You can keep up with the latest Dan Brereton news, and browse more artwork on his website here.

For more comics related art, you can follow me on my website comicstavern.com - Andy Yates

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20. WAMC Public Radio Interview



Yesterday in Albany, New York, I visited our public radio station WAMC and had a 20 minute conversation with my favorite radio guy, Joe Donahue. Link to audio interview.

They'll be giving away sets of my art instruction DVDs as a pledge premium during the fund drive next week.

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21. THERE BE DRAGONS HERE, STILL

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22. bon voyage

Hello little blog, how've you been? I just wanted to pop in and tell you I've packed up my things and will be traveling for a while. I'm still drawing and exploring, but very excited to be on the move again. If you want to see glimpses of my adventures, look me up on Instagram.
 

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23. Veronica Grech

Veronica Grech

After years of working in the field of education, Veronica Grech decided to pursue her true calling, illustration.  Inspired by her love for folk art and the age of exploration, she creates whimsical works brimming with color and life.

 

Veronica Grech

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24. STAR STUFF: Carl Sagan and the Mysteries of the Cosmos is a NCTE Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children Honoree

I am happily floored at the new that Carl Sagan and the Mysteries of the Cosmos is one of only FIVE books given the honor. Here is the link to the National Council of Teachers of English. Feeling proud- thank you NCTE!

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25. Graphic Design

FINAL Unity logos RGB 1-01 

Our Next Chapter was the capital campaign program for Unity of Fort Lauderdale.

I designed the 12-page booklet, and miscellaneous collateral pieces. I created all the vector images as well. The photographs were shot by someone else.

The puzzle theme was exciting to figure out. I am especially thrilled to now know how to take any image and map it to interlocking jigsaw puzzle pieces. Most puzzle graphics I see sort of cheat by not having the image flow across the puzzle pieces. I know the secret to making this happen

      

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