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51. Hiding with Ted - Illustration process

This video shows my illustration process in fast forward. I scanned my pencil drawing and greyscale watercolour washes, then coloured in photoshop.

I originally illustrated this for the cover of, Take Ted Instead, a picture book written by Cassandra Webb (New Frontier Publishing, 2016). However, I had to change the orientation layout of the boy and Ted to standing position, so the illustration would fit nicely around the words. 

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52. Going Away/Birthday Party

We have made so many good friends since arriving in Edinburgh (a year ago come August). I wanted the chance to spend time with every single one of them before I leave for the states for six weeks (to teach Picture Book Design at Hollins University). I didn't have enough time, of course, so the only solution was to have a party!
     Behind the camera is eight-year-old Pedro on his first photography gig. I think he did a pretty great job! Of course, I love seeing things through his eyes - which hit slightly above belly button level.

Here was the spread - at the bar, being enjoyed by Karin...

the salmon...
And the coffee table with its new glass top after the Donna Summer incident.
I was tickled by the friends who came, like Penelope and her husband Robert, Connie, Dick and those not pictured - Rosie, Jo, Catherine, and Pedro of course.

Shona and Marta

Mel and her boyfriend Eddie (not pictured)

C, Pedro's dad Ash, and Amandine
Stan got a chance to relax despite all his cooking. (He made vegan chili and Jamie Oliver's goulash - YUM!) Here he is with Paul.
And if there is any doubt to the budding skills of this young photographer - he got a photo of me which may become my new avatar. I look so happy! And I was, indeed. All my favorite people were in the same room together. They got to know each other's wonderful selves, to find out why I love them all so. What a fabulous send-off! See you all when I get back!

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53. Friday Linky List - 17 June 2016

LOVE this Literature skirt from Rooby Lane:

From The Artery: How The 'Goodnight Moon' Author and Collaborator Revolutionized Kids Books

From BuzzFeed: 34 Photos That Prove All Book Lovers Should Live In Hay-On-Wye (Thanks to Elizabeth W. for the link!)

From Bridget Stevens-Marzo: Katsumi Komagata at Foyles and ELCAF in London - and his transformative, transforming books

From Henry L. Walton: Writing Stories That Are Popular With Both Children and Adults

At 99U: Shantell Martin: A Creative's Guide to Changing Gears

From 99U: Javier Jaén - How one Barcelona-based designer is shaking up American culture

From Muddy Colors - have you seen this blog? It's great! Recent Magic: The Gathering Art

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54. Chicken Love

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55. Gosh!

FIRST IN LINE available at Gosh Comics London

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56. School's out!

Goodnight, pencil jars. 
Goodnight, lunchboxes. 
 School's out!
Hello, sunshine books.
Hello, swing seats. 
Hello, sandy feet. 

Summer is in session!

Summery reads:


 Sam and Jump by Jennifer K. Mann
A Beach Tail by Karen Lynna Williams, ill. by Floyd Cooper
Listen to Our World by Bill Martin Jr & Michael Sampson, ill. by Melissa Sweet
Surf's Up by Kwame Alexander, ill. by Daniel Miyares
Ocean Sunlight by Molly Bang & Penny ChisholmIsland: A Story of the Galapagos by Jason Chin

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57. Harts Pass No. 303

Things are a little easier in the summer... but is that always better?

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58. Why Was Estonian Animation Legend Priit Pärn Booted From His Country’s Only Animation School?

How does one of the most famous animators in the world get booted from his country’s only animation school?

The post Why Was Estonian Animation Legend Priit Pärn Booted From His Country’s Only Animation School? appeared first on Cartoon Brew.

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59. An apology

As a rule, neither Anika or I respond to reviews-positive or negative. But after she brought the following review to my attention I felt that an apology was in order. The review as it appears on a online book retailer
(5 stars) Kyle J "The reason why I don't like that book because it looks tough of how the bears can stand up. The book didn't seem like the best children's book I ordered so I've given it away to Good Will store"
An Apology.
Dear Kyle,
I would like to apologize for any distress that viewing this particular title or the images may have caused you. Rest assured that no bears (or bear like mammals) were harmed in the creation of the pictures that appear in this book. While it is true that I normally work from life, after a brief and somewhat chaotic experiment with the bear known as “Buster” from Wild Bill’s Piccadelliys Circus entertainment (LTD) we thought it best to work from reference photos. Many of which I might send to you. They do in fact show bears standing more fully erect than most teenagers I have encountered in the past six months.
I should also like to take this opportunity to apologize to the several neighbors of our studio who’s flower beds were compromised in “Busters” untimely departure from the work session.
I would also like to apologize to our handers assistant, Lenny, who's left leg mistakenly fell into Busters jaws while in the mist of attempting to secure an apron around the bears waist. Lenny our thoughts are you and your family tonight.
I would also like to apologize to the current and past residents of Piccadelliys Circus for the clearly unauthorized use of the name of your venerated enclave.
My most sincere apologies go of course to “Buster” and his many cousins of ursa major. I very clearly depicted the bears in my book dancing to something resembling an early form of swing dance with clear references to “In the Mood” by Glenn Miller ©1939 Bluebird records. Any misunderstanding this might have caused pains me.
Lastly, I would like to give thanks to our local police, fire, SWAT, and animal control departments for helping us to ensure that “Buster” was returned to Wild Bill and his associates in a timely and efficient manner.
Most of all, Kyle, I would like to thank you for your Philanthropy and generosity.
Do not forget that such donations are 100% deductible.
Please sign up for our mailing list I will make sure that you receive a copy of our next book!
Best wishes,
Christopher Denise

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60. Deep swimming

The Ocean deep
One of twelve motivs they are starting to sell out!
Atelier Choux carrés are an everyday essential, as a light blanket, burpcloth and more. More information http://atelierchoux.com/shop-atelier-choux/?lang=en

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61. Guy Francis: Dueling Banjo Pig

Link: Guy Francis' website.

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62. Spring & baked goods!

This is an illustration I did for a new agency mailer.  Each illustrator was asked to choose a season to illustrate and after watching The Great British Bake Off over and over on Netflix (when will they add another season?!?!!?) I opted for Spring and baked goods.  Anyone for a slice of Princess Torte?  In other agency related news, a big congratulations to my wonderful agent, Marietta Zacker!  Nancy Gallt Literary Agency is now Gallt & Zacker Literary Agency!  Huzzah!

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Lost my Cousin Sharonda Coleman=Singleton and Ms. Sally Jackson. Just two of the Charleston 9. It feels like yesterday and it was just a few days ago 49 Beautiful people lost their lives in yet another shooting. This evil wants to take my breathe away. I am angry, but yet I forgive. Not because other people need it so badly or even want it from me, but because I need to love and live my best life and continue to be a vehicle of love to anyone and everyone who might need it. I try so hard to put love on everyday, but sometimes I forget a sock, or jacket and it only makes me want to try harder. So easy to hate people. People that don't even care that you hate them. The best way to get back at them is for us, you, me is to keep living and loving to the best of our ability. LOVE always WINS.

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64. Time for boarding

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65. Thank You Penny Creek!

I wrapped up my last school visit of the current school year with a great couple of days at Penny Creek Elementary in Everett, WA! 710 kids in two assemblies and eleven drawing workshops over two days. Phew! Good stuff all around and LOTS of enthusiastic writers and artists with awesome drawings to share :)

The west-bound trips through the North Cascades National Park are always sweet...
And just a few more shots of a drawing workshop underway - where my facial expressions can sometimes get a little animated :)

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66. Portfolio of my ink and watercolor illustrations

I usually start a picture with a pencil drawing on water color paper or illustration board then paint a big, relaxed wash of watercolor over that, usually yellow. Next I begin painting on the characters and details. After bringing the water color work to a fairly finished state I begin the inking with either a very fine pen nib dipped in ink or a fine point artist pen with permanent ink, or even the beloved "Sharpie".
Markers and colored pencils are often used to finish. I hope you enjoy my pictures!

Childhood memories, myths and ghost stories are my inspiration. My favorite media are pen, watercolor,
 and colored pencil .
I have illustrated 5 books for author, Gregory Miller, a protege of Ray Bradbury.
 My art has sold all around the globe and collectors include my favorite author, RayBradbury. 
Lenox China, The Hamilton Collection, Fitz and Floyd, S&D Limoges and Faroy Candles are some of the
companies I have designed for. Creative heroes of mine are  Ray Bradbury, Joe Mugnaini, Jack Davis, Juan Gimenez, James Gurney, Charles Addams, Fred Banbury, Peter Spier,  Gregory Miller and Hayao Miyazaki.
John Randall York
809 South Chilton Avenue
Tyler, Texas 75701


Cover art for Gregory Miller's ON THE EDGE OF TWILIGHT

Cover for Gregory Miller's SCARING THE CROWS

Cover for Gregory Miller's THE UNCANNY VALLEY

Cover art for Gregory Miller's DARKNESS IN THE VALLEY


Cover, Gregory Miller's CROWS AT TWILIGHT


All of these images are Copyrighted by John Randall York, 2016

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67. Back to Virginia

As you read this, I will be on a plane heading back to the states to teach Picture Book Design and a Computer Workshop at Hollins University in the MFA in Children's Book Writing and Illustrating and Certificate in Children's Book Illustration programs. I'll be going from 50/60 degree weather to 90. From sweaters to tank tops. Culture shock? A bit. And yet, Virginia is beautiful too.
     So, join me for the next six weeks while I shift gears from Scotland and head to Appalachia!

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68. Peter Lord and David Sproxton Reflect On The 40th Anniversary of Aardman

"The studio is, in a way, the best thing we've ever done," says Aardman co-founder Peter Lord.

The post Peter Lord and David Sproxton Reflect On The 40th Anniversary of Aardman appeared first on Cartoon Brew.

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69. The boys are back in town

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70. pugs win independent bookshop week award 2016!

Why are my co-author Philip Reeve and I in Daunt Books Marylebone looking VERY excited?

We'd found out we'd won the children's book category for Pugs of the Frozen North in this year's Independent Bookshop Week Award! It's a celebration of indie bookshops, booksellers, and the amazing way they know their books so well and can stock and recommend just the right titles, and be real hubs in their communities. Besides selling books, indie bookshops have hosted wonderful events for us, knitted pugs, and encouraged us on social media, and we love them.

Philip has already blogged about it, and you can read more about the award in this Guardian article by Emily Drabble and over on the IndieBound website. And there's another article in The Bookseller here, by Lisa Campbell.

Big congrats to Emily MacKenzie, who won the Picture Book category, and Anne Enright, who won the Adult book category. Thanks to all the judges (Nicolette Jones, 2015 winner Sally Nicholls, Steven Pryse from Pickled Pepper Bookshop and Carrie Morris from Booka Bookshop). And thanks, of course, Britain's marvelous indie bookshops!

This kicks off Independent Bookseller Week and the best way to celebrate is to go down to your local indie and buy some books! :) If you don't have a local, Stephen Holland at Page 45 in Nottingham and lots of other shops are more than happy to post things to you. (Stephen's hand-sold SO many copies of Pugs of the Frozen North! Oh, and here's a link to my website in case you want to knit a pug or learn how to draw one.

Louisa Mellor at Den of Geek is compiling a list of top indies so go on over and add your fave if you don't see it there. You can watch developments from the week over on Twitter: #IBW2016

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71. I just got this in the mail! FIRST GRADE HERE I COME! by D.J....

I just got this in the mail!
FIRST GRADE HERE I COME! by D.J. Stein berg, published by Grosset & Dunlap, and illustrated by me is coming out on 6/28!

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72. Lilac Grey

There was a crooked man...
this week's Colour Collective submission.

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73. Terry McMillan for Seattle Review of Books

Author Terry McMillan will be reading at the Seattle Public Library on Monday. 


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74. Annecy: Korean Zombie Thriller ‘Seoul Station’ Pushes Animated Features in New Directions

This zombie animated feature from South Korea packs more than a few surprises

The post Annecy: Korean Zombie Thriller ‘Seoul Station’ Pushes Animated Features in New Directions appeared first on Cartoon Brew.

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75. cotton candy clouds. a strawberry moon. sakura blossoms....

sakura dreamers
11x14, acrylic on canvas
isn't that how we all dream? ;)


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