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1. Animals Playing Instruments – #kidlitart's Twenty-Eight Day Challenge Part 3

Here is the third batch:

RHINO PLAYING A REBEC


SKUNK PLAYING A SAXOPHONE


TIGER PLAYING A TUBA

UPUPA PLAYING A UKULELE

VERVET PLAYING A VIOLIN

WALRUS PLAYING WASHBOARD 

XERUS PLAYING XYLOPHONE

YAK PLAYING YUEQIN

ZEBRA PLAYING A ZURNA





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2. Travel Journal: Drawing Vehicles

In last Monday's blogpost I shared my adventure on drawing fishing boats from the pier in a Thai marina. On that same pier, I sat again the next day, to draw one of the many tuk-tuks on the island. I found a place in the shade, with a good view on a parked tuk-tuk. There was a little terminal post I sat on. Not very comfortable, but it gave me the right point of view and perspective to draw all the details of the motorcycle and its awesome cart build around it.
Again, I found myself drawing for an hour or so (my butt was totally numb after that!), and every now and then someone would walk over to stand behind me for a while. looking over my shoulder. The last 15 or 20 minutes of the drawing, one man stood behind me to follow the process intensely and each time I looked up, he would give me a big smile and a thumb up. I don't speak Thai and he didn't speak much English either, so 'good' and 'thank you' were pretty much the words we exchanged.
After adding the last bit of colour, I told him it was finished and he wanted to take a picture of the final drawing with his mobile phone. After that, he thanked me and walked over to the tuk-tuk to drive off with it. I hadn't realized he had been waiting for me to finish the drawing. So I apologized and thanked him about a million times (I am glad I know how to do that in Thai!). It was really awfully kind of him, and I felt kind of bad for letting him wait and maybe miss out on clients! I felt relieved when 10 minutes later I walked by the tuk-tuk, parked in front of a house in town. it had a blanket over the motor so that indicated he was done for the day. The driver had been on his way home anyway and I believe he was proud that his tuk-tuk was being portrayed and it was worth a little bit of hanging around on the pier before heading home. Otherwise I'm sure he wouldn't have waited for me to finish the drawing, and just drive off anyway.

Later that day, I added a little layer of coloured pencil, to deepen the colours and add some more depth and contrast to the drawing. I left room for writing on the right side of the page and I might as well still write this story there.

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3. DESIGNER - kelly angelovic

Kelly Angelovic is an illustrator and graphic designer based in Boulder, Colorado. Kelly specialises in digital illustration, surface pattern design, typography, branding poster design, packaging and children's books. She studied business at University before going on to study graphic design at the School of Visual Concepts in Seattle. You can see some examples of Kelly's portfolio online here

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4. Avez-vous vu un éléphant ?...

A suivre...
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5. KITCHEN - claudia owen

Claudia Owen has designed a brand new range of trays which will launch in April at the Hong Kong Housewares Fair. Claudia describes the designs as feminine, modern and playful and each tray design features her illustrations of flowers and fruits. The trays are made from birch wood veneer from renewable forest and eco friendly. They are single sheets of birch wood veneer with no joins. The trays

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6. wee red writer interview



I've done an interview with Edinburgh-based Julie Stirling over on the Wee Red Writer website about my work making books, about the #PicturesMeanBusiness campaign, and some tips for budding illustrators. You can read it in two parts: Part 1 and Part 2. And get another peek at my Scholastic UK picture book coming out in March, Dinosaur Police.

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8. Krzysztof Iwanski

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Highly expressive and inventive work from Polish designer Krzysztof Iwanski.

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9. FASHION PRINTS - boden

A week or so ago we looked at the new SS15 kids fashion prints at Boden, and today I thought I would showcase some of those spotted in womenswear. There is a super bold geometric print (above & below) used on bags and clothes, stylised graphic tulips, daintily drawn seed packets and vintage plate designs amongst other delights. Here are a few edited highlights and you will find them all online

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10. ‘Doggy Love’ by Wong Ping (NSFW)

A young boy has an erotic fixation with a classmate boasting breasts on her back.

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11. Coconuts' Kickstarter Up-date:

Dear friends and backers,

This is Coco posting.  We are getting very closed to our goal ... I want to support Alina with her project, so I make 15 little cards with my paws as special THANK YOU gift to you!!  If you haven't pledged yet, it's not too late to join the fun now!!   If you already pledge and would like to receive my card.  You could chip in a buck or two to have my card adding into your reward package.
I only make 15 of these cards ... so these would be first come first served.  Starting now!!  Woof!!! Woof!!

Join the pledge now at or you can click the link under Alina's profile for quick access:

Thank you!  Woof! Woof!!

Sincerely,

Coconuts


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12. Portrait of Henry Smookain, as told by Hairy Tell Tall ~ from the Ancient Region of Hairiness

The Ancient Region of Hairiness is a fictional place where everyone is loved, nurtured, adored and respected when little and throughout their lives, which in turn results in a land filled with delight, true wildness and extreme contentment. Oh, plus everyone and thing is hairy, whiskered, bearded, or both (even the pigeons).

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ancient hairiness details


Filed under: finding norway, flying, love

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13. every princess needs a castle...

©the enchanted easel 2015
and this one is no different!

juggling 4 paintings in the next 2 weeks....1 of which has a deadline of midnight, march 12 (for a certain movie being released the following day. any guesses??? hint-there may be a glass slipper involved somehwhere...;)

the other 3 paintings? a custom nursery art order for a sweet little boy named Turner whose lovely grandma contacted me for some custom initial panels to match her gorgeous nursery for her 2 grandsons. aww, how sweet! :)

pics to follow...

{MARRIED TO THE PAINTBRUSH, I AM! LIFE IS GOOD!}

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14. Acquerello III - Kickstarter Extra Rewards!

Acquerello III Kickstarter Update:
Thank you for your wonderful support, we are getting very close to the goal now!! 
I will be developing a series of watercolor painting and charcoal drawing video demos. In these videos, you will get to see the concept art/reference image of my paintings; learn about my approach and technique in watercolor, and follow my painting process from beginning to finish. I would also share the tools I used and behind-the-scene fun facts.
These are never-before-seen videos and exclusive for Kickstarter backers only. They will not be released in any form beyond this campaign. Learn more about the videos and pledge now:

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15. Écoutez!

 
Things I'm listening to while working on book edits. Got Spotify? You can listen here.

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16. Disruptive Coloration



Male leopard in South Africa, Wikipedia photo by Lukas Kaffer 
Disruptive coloration is a type of camouflage that makes an animal disappear against its surroundings. It appears in nature on both predators and prey to interfere with their perception of each other.



It can not only disguise a subject against its background, but also against others of its own kind, making the boundaries of the form hard to see. The effect would be especially powerful when these zebras are running off in all directions.

Abbott Thayer with Richard Meryman, Peacock in the Woods, 1907.
Early in the twentieth century, a group of artists and scientists developed an interest in this topic, including Abbott Thayer, a student of Jean-Léon Gérôme. His book called Concealing Coloration in the Animal Kingdom contributed to the use of camouflage in World War I.

Doing a painting like this goes against our artistic instincts to separate forms from the background, yet the effect presents a powerful appeal to the viewer.
John Singer Sargent (1856–1925) The Hermit (Il solitario)1908
Other painters took up the idea around the same time, including John Singer Sargent. In his painting "The Hermit," he posed an old man in the foothills of the Alps and lit him with sun-dappled light, which nearly loses him in the the background. 

In the left center of the picture are two well-hidden gazelles. The animals were based on a stuffed gazelle that Sargent brought with him as a prop on his alpine travels. 
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17. David OReilly’s New Tumblr Showcases Advances in Hyper-Real CGI

Computer graphics have evolved more than you think.

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18. Snow Days


We've had quite a few snow days lately and we all rejoice. I love sleeping in and my kids are celebrating too (but not because they want to sleep in of course! Heehe!).

I found a good tutorial on Youtube HERE teaching how to make a 6 sided paper snowflake. My kids absolutely loved making their own. We had a full week of paper snowflakes all over the house!

For snow day, I made white play-dough and my kid's had a snowman building contest. I love contests because it keeps them busy! I set out melt beads and small carrot pieces to be used as decorations. That worked pretty well!


Our fluffy wild cat decided to nap by the window. I snuck up on her to take this picture and she never knew I was there.
I don't think soccer and snow really mix but somehow my son figured it out.

This is a snowman that my daughter made and then it snowed again covering it up. Poor snowman!

Blessings,
Jenni

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19. Edinburgh - Pictures 1

Crazy busy here, so not much time to write. But I will share some photos. Quiz: Anybody know the significance of The Elephant House? (Hint: Look at the next photo.) And why am I touching the nose of a dog statue? (Hint: Look at the next photo.)






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20. Extra Rewards - Acquerello III Kickstarter!!

Acquerello III Kickstarter Update:
Thank you for your wonderful support, we are getting very close to the goal now!! 
I will be developing a series of watercolor painting and charcoal drawing video demos. In these videos, you will get to see the concept art/reference image of my paintings; learn about my approach and technique in watercolor, and follow my painting process from beginning to finish. I would also share the tools I used and behind-the-scene fun facts.
These are never-before-seen videos and exclusive for Kickstarter backers only. They will not be released in any form beyond this campaign. Learn more about the videos and pledge now:

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21. Coconuts' Art Give Away!

Dear friends and backers,

This is Coco posting.  We are getting very closed to our goal ... I want to support Alina with her project, so I make 15 little cards with my paws as special THANK YOU gift to you!!  If you haven't pledged yet, it's not too late to join the fun now!!   If you already pledge and would like to receive my card.  You could chip in a buck or two to have my card adding into your reward package.
I only make 15 of these cards ... so these would be first come first served.  Starting now!!  Woof!!! Woof!!

Join the pledge now at or you can click the link under Alina's profile for quick access:

Thank you!  Woof! Woof!!

Sincerely,

Coconuts

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22. Match

an old spread

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23. world book day 2015: biggest book show on earth!

Today World Book Day UK hosted my co-author Philip Reeve and me along with a stupendous line-up of book people. Do we look excited?



It's been a ten-city, ten-day tour, and we were the London stop.



I never thought I'd be on stage with the amazing Jacqueline Wilson, Michael Rosen, Francesca Simon, Holly Smale and Steven Butler!



The venue was a big surprise. I'd never visited Walthamstow Assembly Hall before, and it felt like the big People's Palaces I'd seen during my student days in Moscow. Heavy, grand, and a bit imposing. But cool!




Check out the words above this doorway: FELLOWSHIP IS LIFE AND THE LACK OF FELLOWSHIP IS DEATH. ...WHOAAAA.



I guess it's the Fellowship of the Rings, check out the ceiling pattern. Here's what the hall looked like before the school coaches rolled in. (That's Reeve ahead, carrying my red Sea Monkey bag and his ukulele.)



And here's our presenter, magnificent ringmaster Steven Butler, who grew out his twirly moustache just for the occasion. You might know him as the guy who writes the Dennis the Menace books. He's been ringmaster for the whole tour, and he's still on his feet. Wow!



Steven memorized 'three unknown facts' about each of the speakers, which was rather impressive. My facts were:
1. When Sarah was born, her parents thought she was a sea monkey.
2. When she escaped from the zoo, they were sure of it.
3. She now draws sea monkeys in an attempt to distance herself from these silly creatures.

Philip's facts:
1. Philip wrote his first book when he was five, and it was called When Spike and Spook went to the Moon.
2. Philip is actually a highly advanced android named Wilf.
3. Philip hates being called Wilf; please never call him that.



Here we are, just before going on stage.



And we did our thing, drawing a Sea Monkey, singing some songs, reading from Oliver and the Seawigs, demonstrating the Power of Science with the Nom-o-Tron from Cakes in Space. (I told the kid that if they wanted to learn how to draw their own Sea Monkey, they could find out on my website.)



I love meeting other authors at festivals and things, but I hardly ever get to sit and watch their talks; I either have to leave or we're on at the same time. So it was great to get the chance to watch Holly Smale, writer of the Geek Girl books, in action!



Holly got almost as much fanfare as Jacqueline Wilson, who entered to screams that rock stars would envy.



Jacqueline's famous not only for her books, but also for the chunky rings she always wears. So Steven decided he had to give her a run for her money on that front. Check out all the BLING!



We got to hear Michael Rosen tell stories:



And Francesca Simon talk about Horrid Henry (and Perfect Peter):



Holly accidentally left her phone on-stage, so Steven took a big selfie.



I thought, with that many other amazing authors present, we'd have a great time but probably not sell a lot of books. But I was WRONG! Oxford University Press brought a big table full of books and sold every single one, and kids were sad not to get even more! The kids were going absolutely mad buying everyone's books and getting them signed, it was awesome. And even kids who didn't get our books brought Holly Smale's World Book Day edition of Geek Girl up for me to sign. So I drew geeky Sea Monkeys, which was fun.



Huge thanks to the colourful Kirsten Grant and her team, who organised the tour, Steve who did our tech, Steven for being a wonderful ringmaster, Newham Bookshop for organising books, our lovely OUP publicists Harriet Bayly & Camille Davis, and the local libraries for the use of the venue. And, of course, to all the schools who came along, and to my fellow authors, who made the day such fun. I'm excited to see which book characters people are going to dress up as on Thursday, World Book Day!

WORLD BOOK DAY DRESSING UP:
If you dress up as a character in one of my books with Philip or any of the other books, please please send along a photo, I'd love to see! Here are a few ideas from past years, if you're looking for some inspiration:

From There's a Shark in the Bath:

From Oliver and the Seawigs:

From Jampires (you can print a free mask from here!)


Princess Spaghetti from You Can't Eat a Princess! and You Can't Scare a Princess! (tiara-making tips here):

And you can download and print a free GOBLIN mask from Reeve's GOBLINS books!


Reeve and I would love love LOVE to see some Cakes in Space costumes! Astra, Pilbeam the robot, Poglites, killer cakes....DO IT DO IT DO IT!

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24. Just a quick note on perseverance in life and children's book publishing.



Most of us know the story of Hans August and Margret Rey, but in case you do not, here is the cliff note version from Wikipedia. It does not include many of the hardships that I am sure these folks endured. I thought of them because I have been reading All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.(yes, you must read it)
Hans Augusto Reyersbach was born in Hamburg, Germany, as was his wife Margret. Hans and Margret's fathers were German Jews; Margret's mother was not. The couple first met in Hamburg at Margret's sister's 16th birthday party. They met again in Brazil, where Hans was working as a salesman of bathtubs and Margret had gone to escape the rise of Nazism Germany. They married in 1935 and moved to Paris in August of that year.
While in Paris, Hans's animal drawings came to the attention of a French publisher, who commissioned him to write a children's book. The result, Cecily G. and the Nine Monkeys, is little remembered, but one of its characters, an adorably impish monkey named Curious George, was such a success that the couple considered writing a book just about him. The outbreak of World War II interrupted their work. As Jews, the Reys decided to flee Paris before the Nazis seized the city. Hans assembled two bicycles, and they fled Paris just a few hours before it fell. Among the meager possessions they brought with them was the illustrated manuscript of Curious George.
The Reys' odyssey brought them to Bayonne, France where they were issued life-saving visas signed by Vice-Consul Manuel Vieira Braga (following instructions from Aristides de Sousa Mendes) on June 20, 1940. They crossed the Spanish border, where they bought train tickets to Lisbon. From there they returned to Brazil, where they had met five years earlier, but this time they continued to New York. The Reys escaped Europe carrying the manuscript to the first Curious George book, which they then published in New York by Houghton Mifflin in 1941. Hans and Margret originally planned to use watercolor illustrations, but since they were responsible for the color separation, he changed these to the cartoon-like images that continue to be featured in each of the books.
Wow.

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25. Jay Quercia

Jay Quercia

Brooklyn-based illustrator and designer Jay Quercia recently gave his website a fresh makeover. With the update comes an impressive lineup of work that showcases his depth and versatility.

 

 

 

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