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51. A Thing In The Works

Not revealing much about this one yet, either, but here's a start. I'd like to thank eBay for helping me find just the right period train seat, complete with its original upholstery.

 thumbnail, pencil on paper

  sketch/value study, colored pencil and gouache on paper

final art, oil on prepared paper

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52. Ottawa Animation Festival 40th Anniversary Look-Back: ‘Hen, His Wife’

Before he became a key member of the team that made "Rugrats" and "Aaahh!!! Real Monsters," Igor Kovalyov challenged the animation world with his enigmatic short, "Hen, His Wife."

The post Ottawa Animation Festival 40th Anniversary Look-Back: ‘Hen, His Wife’ appeared first on Cartoon Brew.

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53. New Fleece Fabrics

Shannon Fabrics has a new line of fleece fabrics featuring my designs from several collections, Creatures and Critters 2, Jungle Creatures, and Jump into Spring.

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54. PAPERCHASE AW16 - kids safari

The second collection today from Paperchase's A/W2016 offering is 'Kids Safari' an understated collection in sophisticated black and white combined with mint green. It features various animals on lunch items such as snack boxes, mugs, egg cups and a flask. Expect to see it in stores and online very soon.

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55. Raúl Soria

Raul Soria

The illustrations of Spanish artist, Raúl Soria, are filled with vivacious colors, whimsical patterns, and pleasant surprises. Although his work is already lively and often surreal, his use of animated GIFs gives his portfolio an extra dose of charm. Don’t be surprised if one of his characters suddenly gives you a friendly wink or curiously raises an eyebrow.

Raul Soria

Raul Soria

Raul Soria

Raul Soria

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Do you remember LITTLE ELLIOT BIG CITY by Mike Curato? Well, Little Elliot has a new adventure in LITTLE ELLIOT BIG FUN! Mike stopped by to answer some questions about it...

e: What is your creative process, can you walk us through it, and what is your medium?
Usually, when I begin a book, I start with sketches of Elliot in various situations. Then, I start writing about each drawing that stands out to me. I go back and forth until a story starts forming. I don’t really set out with a theme in mind, I arrive there through the process. As in life, we don’t know what some experiences are about until we have some distance from it. Then, we can see the full picture and say, “Oh! That’s why I went through all of that! Life was teaching me X lesson.” Once I feel confident that my story has a beginning, middle and end, I start sharing it with my editor, Laura Godwin. We go back and forth with ideas for how to tighten up the book. To make my illustrations, I draw with pencil on paper, scan, and color digitally. Also, I spend a huge amount of time doing research. The Little Elliot books all take place in late 1930s New York, so I try to be as authentic as possible.

e: What do you think makes an illustration magical, what I call "Heart Art” - the sort that makes a reader want to come back to look again and again?
I think Heart Art is that element of an illustration that cannot be said with words (the whole reason why we need illustrations to accompany a text). A good illustration speaks directly to the soul. It’s a vulnerable truth that tells the viewer that someone else understands what they’ve been through and how they feel, much like music. This isn’t something one learns. It’s the result of the artist searching for the right visual elements that stir something in their being. It’s the part of the illustration that isn’t technical, but is more unto a sixth sense.

e: What was your path to publication?
I went to Syracuse University’s illustration program from 1999-2003, where I realized that I wanted to focus on picture book making. After graduation, I tried to break into publishing on and off for ten years, working as a graphic designer in the meantime. In 2012, I attended the SCBWI winter conference in NYC, where I was fortunate enough to win the portfolio showcase. In most of the illustrations in my portfolio, I featured a character I had been drawing for years, a small polka-dotted elephant. Brenda Bowen (who is now my agent) slipped her card into the portfolio. The next day, I received emails and phone calls from several publishers inquiring about who this elephant was and what was his story. By summer, Little Elliot went to auction and found a home with Henry Holt Books for Young Readers at Macmillan.

e: What is your favorite or most challenging part of being a creator?
I think my favorite part of being a creator is that magical moment when I am able to make something that makes me happy. I don’t mean that in a prideful way, it is more about witnessing the Art Heart that you were just asking about. I have a poet friend who once told me that when she’s performing, it’s her time to talk to God, and everyone else gets to watch. It’s a feeling that’s worth its weight in gold.
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e: Is there something in particular about this story you hope readers will take away with them, perhaps something that isn’t immediately obvious?
For me, the book is about confronting fears, and how to be a good friend to someone who is afraid. Life is full of scary rides, but when friends stick together, they can get through them.

Click the image below to see a GIF of Mike's process:

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57. ‘Accidents, Blunders and Calamities’ by James Cunningham

A father possum reads his kids a story that’s an alphabet of the most dangerous animal of all—HUMANS!

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I can't wait for you to meet Lucy in NAPTASTROPHE!, my next picture book. On bookshelves May 2, 2017.

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59. Richard Williams To Present ‘Thief and the Cobbler’ Work Print At MoMA

The master animator will be visiting New York City in September.

The post Richard Williams To Present ‘Thief and the Cobbler’ Work Print At MoMA appeared first on Cartoon Brew.

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60. Weekly Sketch Roundup

Every day I post a sketch to social media, this is my favorite this week!

The dude at the airport who is sporting a hat that reads "old fart" is setting new life goals for me.

To see more visit http://www.studiojjk.com/dailysketch.html

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61. Creating Rey and Bb8 Fan Art

Manelle Oliphant Illustration - illustration@manelleoliphant.com

Rey and BB8 FInished

I was sitting in artist alley at salt lake comic con fanX surrounded by fan art when I had the idea for this painting. Well, not this painting exactly but it was the beginning of an idea that led to this painting. Let me tell you how it happened.

I’ve never been able to pull off fan art. When I try to draw an established character, it always ends up looking exactly like the character already looked. So, you know, what was the point? For some reason, I thought of fan art only as an established character drawn in a different style or turned into a cat, which made it hard for me to want to create my own.

At conventions like Salt Lake Comic Con, I do alright. People like my stuff and they buy it, but not as much as people like and buy fan art.

Another Way To Draw Fan Art

But as I sat there behind my little table last March I realized that was silly. I needed to forget about drawing characters in my own way, and think in stories. I like stories and although I’ve tried to branch out recently, drawing narrative illustrations is my favorite thing.

So, in my head, I made up a story about what Rey and BB8 did the morning after they met. I sketched, and sketched and eventually got this. I think the image could have told the story better, but overall I feel good about it.

I’ll try selling prints of it at Salt Lake Comic Con in a few weeks, and we’ll see if it makes a difference in sales. If you’d like to buy one look for me in Artist Alley Purple 19. Or follow this link to buy one from the shop. 




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62. Fresh Meet Opens Doors For Vancouver Film School’s 3D Animation Students

This innovative networking program at Vancouver Film School is an important step for helping the school's students find work after graduation.

The post Fresh Meet Opens Doors For Vancouver Film School’s 3D Animation Students appeared first on Cartoon Brew.

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63. Wrapping Presents

I used three black Polychromo pencils on this one. Almost - two are total stubs, and one has a little life left in it, barely. This was a lot of fun to do! Its all colored pencil - no digital at all. All I did at the end was use Photoshop to clean up around the outside edge (erase the paper texture), and a weird blob that's on my scanner that I always have to clean up on everything I scan (sigh). This stayed remarkably clean, otherwise. I resisted the urge to 'nudge' a few values here and there, because I figured I'd end up redoing the whole thing once I get started. That's the good and bad of being able to fuss with things digitally - you can go on forever. No, I decided this was done, and left it alone. Onto the next one!

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64. ‘Ginger Beer’ by Ornella Macchia and Simon Medard

Music video for El Toto Cafe's "Ginger Beer."

The post ‘Ginger Beer’ by Ornella Macchia and Simon Medard appeared first on Cartoon Brew.

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65. PAPERCHASE AW16 - gothic garden

Today's new Paperchase designs for Autumn Winter 2016 are both collections aimed at the female market. The first called "Gothic Garden" is something Paperchase typically do a variant of each season a dark and moody floral. The new design combines tinted photographic flowers and a geometric crystal style pattern. It includes stationery and items for gifting in a 'luxe' style such as bags, phone

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66. PAPERCHASE AW16 - headgangers

Today's sneak previews feature children's designs from Paperchase's Autumn Winter 2016 offering. The first is 'Headgangers' a fun new graphic kids design from Paperchase. It features black and white photographs of cats, dogs, lions, leopards, bears etc all wearing coloured masks. This is typical of the bold ranges based around pets and animals that Paperchase create each season and this one has

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67. my pool

I ought to do more pool comics, there's so much material.

swimming pool

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68. PAY ATTENTION! Everything and everyone can be a source of wonder and inspiration.

It's been four years since my first children's book came out. One thing I've learned since then: to pay more attention to the people and things around me.

EVERYTHING AND EVERYONE can be a source of wonder and inspiration: a snippet of conversation, a secret smile, even someone's shoes. Ask yourself questions about the people and things you see around you, invent reasons why people look or act the way they do, what happened to them, why they chose to wear that particular piece of clothing today.

Now that I illustrate as well as write, I also try to pay more attention to physical details when I observe the world around me: what people REALLY look like, for instance, to help me add authentic or unusual details next time I draw a young girl or stay-at-home parent or businessman or older person or person of colour, etc.. My goal: to increase the breadth and depth of my internal visual library, the one I access when I'm doing a sketch without a physical reference right in front of me.

And this doesn't just apply to observing people. I've always preferred drawing characters much more than backgrounds. I used to hate drawing backgrounds, which is why I rarely drew them in my comics early on. Now I'm trying to get better at it and lo and behold, I find the more I practice, the more comfortable I become. Go figure, eh? I've been drawing a lot of TREES lately. I draw big trees, little trees, scary trees, alien trees, saplings etc. Experimenting with different ways of drawing foliage as well. NO, I don't have any book projects where I have to draw trees right now....but I know I will someday, so why not get better at something I don't enjoy doing? And it's working. I'll post more on this topic in the future.

So go forth and pay attention, all! Your creative inner lives will be enriched as a result, I promise.


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69. Mixed Parts, New Community Hub For Animators, Launches

Finally, a smart social platform for the animation community.

The post Mixed Parts, New Community Hub For Animators, Launches appeared first on Cartoon Brew.

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70. Design Facts

Design Facts

Did you know that it took Adrian Frutiger three years to design the twenty-one sans-serif fonts that make up the Univers family? Or did you know that in 2010, Milton Glaser was the first designer to receive the National Medal of Arts? On Design Facts,designer and art director, Shane Bzdok, shares facts about the history of graphic design, the people who have shaped the craft, and the impact design has made on our culture. To read these fun facts and submit some of your own, make sure to visit the site today and follow its Twitter page.


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71. Video: StyLit Presents An Exciting New Way To Stylize CG Animation

What if you could sketch a pattern or design on a piece of paper and have all the hand-drawn intricacies of your work instantly preserved in the texture of a 3D model? It may soon be possible.

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72. PAPERCHASE AW16 - mermazing

Also new at Paperchase for A/W16 is 'Mermazing'. This design features a single placement print of a  mermaid and lots of fun hand drawn typography. Paperchase regularly create fantasy style designs (like the current Purrmaids) and this is in a similar vein.

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73. MA Illustration Show

I'm doing an MFA in Illustration at the University of Edinburgh. That means four semesters split by a summer off in-between. It worked perfectly with my summer teaching at Hollins University. Also available would have been an MA in Illustration, which is three straight semesters. Several of my fellow students went this route and recently had their graduation show in the main court of the Edinburgh College of Art.

I'm so glad I returned to Scotland in time for opening night - which was crazy busy and I didn't get a single photo of! But I went back a few days later to share these photos with you.

They even set up a table to sell items from their presentation items - posters, postcards, cards, prints, etc. Katy Wiedemann was manning the table when I stopped by.
Katy is an anatomical illustrator. If you know anything about that, you know she has to be crazy good. Which she is. Here was her final presentation. And here's her website.
Another presentation I'm sharing is Karin Eremia's.
Most of these students will now be leaving us, heading out into the world on their own new adventures. But Karin may stick around for a PhD as well, so she and I may be able to hang out a while longer. Yay!
     The show included both the Graphic Design and Illustration MA students. Since we share a studio, the gang has become pretty tight.

Photo credit to Dan Lester.
Here are the illustration students specifically, Lily (China), Karin (Romania), Eve (France), Ailsa (England), Kelsey (US), and Katy (US).

Photo credit to Dan Lester.
Congratulations to all, it's been awesome to get to know you. I wish you all much success and happiness! And I'll be close behind you - next May...

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74. #portraitchallenge: efimov by ilya repin

Here's my take on today's #PortraitChallenge, a painting by Ilya Repin from around 1870, owned by one of my all-time favourite museums, the Russian State Museum in St Petersburg. (I like it even better than the Hermitage, even though the Hermitage is more grand.) Here's Repin's original:

I tried to draw it quickly in brown felt-tip marker for a change, then added some colour in Photoshop. Check out other people's drawings over at @StudioTeaBreak on Twitter!

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75. PAPERCHASE AW16 - arcatia

Our second range seen in a sneak preview today is Arcatia. This is another feminine collection being released by Paperchase for Autumn/Winter 2016 and is is based around pretty sketches of a Siamese cat. Mixed with florals Arcatia's colours are soft lilacs and purples mixed with grey. A leafy floral in gold is also used as a complimentary print. Ideal for gifting it features on all manor of

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