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1. So is it Halloween yet?


So is it Halloween yet? This fun illustration goes along with a story I wrote that I always liked. Somehow it feels like it's almost time - dark, cold mornings, it takes forever for the sun to come up. I don't know if we're getting an Indian Summer or not this year in Seattle.

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2. OCTOBER!


It's October! The time of year for doodling monsters, pumpkins, spiders, and spooktacular creatures of all sorts. This has got to be one of my favorite months of the year. 

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3. Why Write Mid-Grade?

Most authors of mid-grade novels get the question at some point, "Why do you write for teens? Why not write for adults?" And within the kidlit community, "Why write mid-grade? Why not Young Adult?"
      As a picture book author/illustrator, I'd heard the stories of such conversations, but I thought it was a cliché, a myth of the writing community, until word about my new mid-grade fiction, A BIRD ON WATER STREET, got out, and I started getting the question too. Happily, I have an answer.
      Adult and Young Adult novels seem to me to be mostly about solving a problem, or finding that perfect mate, or re-discovering oneself. I skip all that and go back to the beginning, when a main character isn't re-discovering anything - they are discovering who they are for the first time.
      To me, it makes for an unpredictable scenario. A young mind is one that isn't yet set in its ways. A young teen doesn't yet know if they are good or bad, if they make good decisions or not yet. It's all new territory and the pendulum could swing either way. Are they a person who stands up for what they believe in, or somebody who goes along with the status quo - with what's expected of them?
      And if a first kiss gets thrown in there while we're at it, where's the harm in that? Because no kiss will ever again feel like that first kiss. It's all about firsts really, when the world is still a wonder. When a teen is trying to make sense of it all. Really, it's a sensation we never lose in life, which is why I find it especially profound to explore those emotions when they're happening for the first time. It's why mid-grade may very well be a sweet spot for me. I hope for my readers too!

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4. New Holiday Book

I have a new book out for the holidays. Here are some samples of the art inside.



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5. Clement on the Can — New CLEMENTOONS Adventure


In this brand new episode of CLEMENTOONS, Clement makes a sled out of a crushed soda can and embarks on a wild ride. (Direct link to video)

CLEMENTOONS is my stop-motion animated adventure series about a little cartoon person on a perilous journey through the real world to the toyland of Melville. 


The animation is painstakingly shot frame by frame and then compiled into a movie. In this shot, a geared-down Lego motor pulls the sleds at a constant but very slow rate, while a still camera shoots at five second intervals.


There's no green-screen and no digital effects. When Clement goes through the brambles, he's really going through them.

The episodes will be released out of order. Each one begins with an escape and ends with a cliffhanger. 
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Previous videos:
Clement Meets Miss Bubbles
Clementoons: Behind the Scenes
Song by Frankie Trumbauer "There'll Come a Time," 1927,
Clementoons theme music by The Yanks, "If There Weren't Any Women in the World" 

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6. Robin Hood W.I.P.s

Screen shots while working:      I started in grey scale.

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7. KIDS DESIGN - h&m

And just a few more children's designs to end with today - this time some web pics and store snaps from H&M kids. Key looks currently in store seem to be Pandas and cute animals wearing spectacles.

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8. It’s a Hard Knocks Life

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He smells.

– What’s his name? – Guess.

Fifi?

That ain’t a name for this mutt.

Rover.

She’s coming. She’s coming.

Hide him.

I love you, Miss Hannigan.

And you will love the paddle closet.

And this…

…will love the sausage factory.

– No, Miss… – What?

We love you, Miss Hannigan.

www.robertabaird.com

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9. BOOK - merrilee liddiard

I spotted on the fabulous Mer Mag blog - created by Merilee Liddiard, that she has released a new book based on her wonderful  kids design projects. Called 'Playful' it will feature lots of Merilee's ideas for things to make for children to play with. Largely made from cardboard, duck tape and paint there is sure to be something inspirational for everyone on her website and in the new Playful

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10.


Dear all,

I would love to invite you to the up-coming Book of Life Official Show @
Gallery Nucleus
210 E Main St, Alhambra, CA 91801
Oct 25, 2pm - 5pm.

All artwork will be posted online on the official blog here:  http://bookoflifeartshow.tumblr.com/

Can't wait to see this movie!!

Cheers,
Alina

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11. KIDS DESIGN - primark

Our next post today features a different aspect of kids design from Merrilee's with these prints and placements snapped in Primark. These owls on scarves really stood out to me as great mix of an old fave (the owl motif) mixed with the latest trend for tribal style.

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12. An open letter to the self-published author feeling dissed, from Roger Sutton

http://www.hbook.com/2014/09/blogs/read-roger/open-letter-self-published-author-feeling-dissed/






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and wipe out again.....HELP!

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14. Fall Fell

One of the final images from my recently completed Profile Picture Project.

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15. Art Licensing Academy Course with Artist Tara Reed

photo art licensing expert Tara ReedHey guys,

This week is going to have to be a short post. Lots of deadlines to take care of and not a lot of time for writing. I did want to mention one thing however and that was that last Friday on the Drawn by Success Friday Hangouts, Carlos and I got together with licensing expert Tara Reed. It was a great interview where Tara shared a little bit about the new program she’s starting. If you’ve ever thought about licensing your art then this program is for you.

I should mention that the link below is an affiliate link and as you know I hardly ever do affiliates. Please keep in mind that I only stand behind what I think will benefit my readers. My philosophy on learning and teaching is if you want to learn something always seek out the best you can possibly afford. I believe teachers who are also working professionals with a proven track record in their chosen field are the best to learn from after all, they are successful for a reason. Tara Reed is one of those people. She is an excellent teacher and a wealth of knowledge. If you are not subscribed to her blog stop what you are doing right now, head over there and check it out you’ll be happy you did.

The post Art Licensing Academy Course with Artist Tara Reed appeared first on Bob Ostrom Studio - 919-809-6178.

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16. nerosunero at Galerie Lauth (exhibition preview)

Exhibition:
Mario Sughi (nerosunero)
Short Stories
Ludwigshafen (Germany)
10 October 2014 - 1 November 2014

Read preview on
Likeyou (Zurich, Switzerland, 1 X 2014)

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17. Francesco Muzzi

Francesco Muzzi on grainedit.com

 

Brilliant work from Italian designer and illustrator Francesco Muzzi.

 

Francesco Muzzi on grainedit.com

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Francesco Muzzi on grainedit.com

 

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18. Inspirational Artists: Victoria Ying and Mike Yamada

Husband and wife duo, Mike Yamada and Victoria Ying, are both tremendously talented Visual Development artists in Animation. They share some life experiences and give advice for those interested in making art as a career. Their film credits include Disney’s Frozen, Big Hero 6, Dreamworks’ Kung Fu Panda and How to Train Your Dragon.

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19. Welcome October!

focal length 50mm, f/2, exposure 1/500 sec

Welcome little tiny acorns, cooler weather, golden leaves, white swans swimming in the pond against a colorful autumn landscape at the park.....

Welcome October! I love you so much.

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20. Giraffosaurus


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21. Halloween Stickers - Free Printable

 
Hey, hey, October! Because Halloween's 'round the corner, here's a free printable for some spooky stickers. I've sized them to fit Avery's sticker paper, but you can always print them out on regular paper and glue them to what have you. These could also be fun printed on fabric transfer paper, added to t-shirts, trick-or-treat bags, etc. In short, have fun and enjoy!

   

 For personal, school and library use only, please. Copyright Abigail Halpin, 2014.

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22. Join me in Zambia – Safari Giveaway!

In October 2015 I will be leading an exclusive 7-day photographic safari in Zambia’s iconic South Luangwa National Park. There are just eight spaces on this trip and two of them are up for grabs in my new giveaway!

Enter the the giveaway here.

Find out more about this safari here or click here to download the brochure. Note, if you book on to this safari and then win the giveaway, your deposit will be refunded.

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23. Fun Fall at the Farm


It's getting to be pumpkin picking time. Illustrations from PICK A CIRCLE, GATHER SQUARES, A Fall Harvest of Shapes. Written by Felicia Sanzari Chernesky, illustrated by Susan Swan
     



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24. the corners of my mind

Today I start a month of sobriety, in an initiative by the wonderful MacMillan Cancer Support called Go Sober For October - which not only raises money for them but also gets us, taking part, to look at our own drinking habits.

My feelings about it change like the weather. One minute I'm really looking forward to it. Excited about the break. No alcohol for a month. I know I'll be more productive, I know I'll feel so much better, I hope the house will get cleaned.

Then it comes over me like a wave, a tsunami actually; NO WINE FOR A MONTH. And, it terrifies me. What will I do? It's those moments, those routines; Thursday after finishing work for the week; Friday night; chatting on the phone with Tim; early Sunday evening; whilst cooking; chatting on the phone with Mark. FRIDAY NIGHT!!!

From the far blurry corners of my mind I remembered something that I saw in one of Danny Gregory's books. I can't remember which, unfortunately, an Illustrated Journey maybe. In it, he gives tips on journaling and one of the ideas he shares is to go without something for a day (chocolate, alcohol, smoking, tv, the internet, etc) and journal about it. I think I may try this over the next 31 days. It would be the most fitting way of me to document the month ahead.

I'm not expecting the next month to be easy but then I remember the cause and it puts it into perspective. If your life had ever been touched by the amazing, and humbling job, that MacMillan do (or if the thought of giving up alcohol for a month terrifies you, too) please donate/sponsor me. You can do that HERE.
Cheers!

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25. metallic voodoo

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