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51. Three Questions With Christopher Cheng: Advice for young writers, office chops and PYTHON

Christopher Cheng is an award-winning Australian author of more than 40 children's books and is a co-chair of the International Advisory Board for the SCBWI. I met Chris through the SCBWI, and I love his enthusiasm and positive energy. Pictured above: Chris with a python (!) as well as his narrative non-fiction picture book, PYTHON. Python was written by Chris, illustrated by Mark Jackson, and was published by Candlewick; it was shortlisted in the 2013 Children's Book Council Of The Year awards.

You can find more info about Chris at his website, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and YouTube.

Synopsis of PYTHON:

Python stirs and slithers out from her shelter, smelling the air with her forked tongue. It’s time to molt her dull scales and reveal the glistening snake underneath. Gliding along a tree, she stops and watches very, very closely as a bird drops onto a branch — and escapes the razor-sharp teeth just in time. But Python is hungry, so she slides on to stalk new prey. Combining informative facts, expressive illustrations, and a lyrical, mesmerizing narrative, here is a book to captivate anyone fascinated by this iconic creature.

Q. Could you please take a photo of something in your office and tell us the story behind it?

A photo of SOMETHING in my office - was that SOMETHING or ONEthing or ANYthing? Well, because I am never good at following instructions (can you write the manuscript to 35000 words - sure … and then I submit a 55000 word manuscript that was published), I just have to send you two.

First, my CHOP!

This is me (as you can tell from the side … but there is also actually my Chinese name on the base that I use to ‘chop’ my books when I am signing them at home.

If I am travelling, I have a mini version of this - it's my travelling chop! and then here is the photo of the creatures bordering my desk … I lurve having these:


Q. What advice do you have for young writers?

Five letters, sounds like LIGHT …. WRITE!

Do it every day.

Do it for fun -

WRITE anything that comes in to your head;
WRITE what you heard your big sister say on the telephone last night when she thought she was speaking in secret;
WRITE what you wish to do;
WRITE what you want to do;
WRITE what your IMAGINATION tells you to write.
just WRITE.

And when you write, edit what you write … don’t make it a ramble (unless it is supposed to be). Sometimes later (it might be after your initial thoughts, it might be after a day or so - on the day you set aside as the reviewing day) go back and rewrite your work. Write about what makes you happy. Write about what makes you sad. Write about … what you are too afraid to write about!

And when you write, giggle and laugh and cry and moan and weep and slobber … get into the skin of your character. BE your character. Ask the questions what would (your character) do?

And ENJOY what you are doing.

Q What are you excited about right now?

Joining the throng of folk that Debbie is interviewing.
Life … I love hanging out with others of my kind - children’s book people.
Reading new books by my friends - like Samantha Berger, and Debbie Ridpath Ohi, and Isabel Roxas and … and SCBWI - we are a beautiful tribe.

For more interviews, see my Inkygirl Interview Archive.

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52. Character studies

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53. Is it summer yet?

Okay I know, it's just spring since a few days - still I wonder: Is it summer yet? I'm so looking forward to have one of those Shakerato's on a warm day!

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54. "Everyone Can Fly" Exhibition at the SAM

I am thrilled to be a part of the lovely group exhibition Everyone Can Fly at the Susquehanna Art Museum in Harrisburg, PA. The show opened on March 20th, and will be up through the end of May. If you find yourself in the Harrisburg area I hope you'll drop by the beautiful museum and enjoy a visit.

photo credit: Jonathan Bean
From the website:

Everyone Can Fly is an exhibition of original illustrations from a group of award-winning children’s books with a focus on literacy and its relevance for the youth of our region. The centerpiece of this collection will be all of the original artwork from Tar Beach by internationally renowned author/painter/quilter/lecturer Faith Ringgold. This magical story was the recipient of the 1991 Coretta Scott King Award for Illustration and a New York Times Best Illustrated Book choice. Another feature of this unique exhibition will be the addition of local and regional illustrators.

Artists on view: 

Amy Bates, Jonathan Bean, Lauren Castillo, Megan Lloyd-Thompson, Faith Ringgold, Shadra Strickland 


Friday, May 15- Free Family Evening! Join us to meet the illustrators, enjoy light refreshments, music, and hands-on activities. Free admission 5: 30 – 8:30pm.


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55. Julie Paschkis' P. ZONKA LAYS AN EGG

Easter is just around the corner. Have you ever wondered about those lovely decorated eggs called pysanky and how to make them? P. Zonka of P. ZONKA LAYS AN EGG (by Julie Paschkis) lays them that way, but you and I have to go to a little extra effort. Lucky for us, Peachtree Publishers has created an online guide for creating your very own pysanky... like P. Zonka's. CLICK HERE to learn all about it!

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56. Some new paintings

Swimmer 1, 2015. Oil on canvas, 18x24.

Swimmer 3 (granulation) 2015. Oil and wax on drafting film, 14x17. 

Swimmer 4 (teal), 2015. Oil on canvas, 16x20. 

Swimmer 5 (blue), 2015. Oil on canvas, 16x20. 

Swimmer 6 (night), 2015. Oil and wax on canvas, 18x24. 

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57. When Hillary Ran for Senate...

The latest from my drawing table, from my book on Hillary Rodham Clinton:

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58. ‘Fugu & Tako’ by Ben West

The story of two Japanese salary men whose lives radically change when one of them eats a live puffer fish in a sushi bar.

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59. High-tech glasses may help remedy color blindness

The normal perception of color depends on having distinct sets of color receptors, including green cones and red cones, each of which has a peak sensitivity to a slightly different wavelength of light.

Simulated cause and effect of color blindness—Images courtesy EnChroma
When their signals are interpreted by the brain, they allow red and green colors to be easily distinguishable.

The photo on the left represents normal color vision, and the one on the right simulates the way things look to people with red-green color blindness. The charts shows how the gap between the green cones and red cones are narrowed in people with red-green color blindness.
Normal and Deuteranoptic vision, courtesy Color-Blindness.com

Another way to think of it is that for people with color blindness, the red and green signals are making noise on the same channel. It's like having two radio signals going at the same time. You can't make out what they're saying on either station, and red and green end up being mixed up. People with color blindness have the necessary healthy receptors. The only problem is that they're too close to each other.

To address this problem, engineers at EnChroma developed special filters which fine-tune the light going to each of those closely nested receptors. The result is a genuine experience of red, green, purple, and pink colors where they weren't visible before.

The promotional video (link to YouTube) shows the emotional effect of color-blind people trying on the glasses and seeing colors for the first time.

Because there are many kinds of color blindness, EnChroma is careful not to claim that this is a universal cure, but it appears to provide a helpful boost for many deutans. EnChroma/Valspar offers a free online color blindness test to see if they might be suitable.

Reviewers on Amazon say that the glasses sometimes take a while to get used to, and that you have to learn the names for unfamiliar colors. There are also concerns about the build quality and brittleness of the lenses.

Read EnChroma's more in-depth explanation 
Color blindness test

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60. The Art of the Letter

When is  the last time you got a real letter in the mail from someone? Was it just recently or was so long ago that you can't remember? Writing letters seems to be a dying art. Children are not even being taught cursive writing in school anymore. (Really!)

Last year a friend sent me an actual birthday card in the mail and I was thrilled. I do appreciate e-cards because, hey, it's just nice that someone remembers you! But getting a card or letter in the mail these days is like a gift.

Send a nice letter with my packaged Notecard Assortments

My daughter is a writer, artist and musician. A couple of Christmas's ago she bought herself a typewriter at an antique store and then she came home and promptly started to type away a story that she was working on. I thought she was kind of crazy but really enjoyed the sound of the clack clacking of her furious typing.

And then last summer I was at an antique store with a friend of mine and I saw a beautiful 1940 Remington Deluxe 5 in excellent shape with the case and it was only $40, so I bought it. I used it to type a couple of friends letters on it last summer at meaningful points in their life. Remembering how happy I was toget a real birthday card in the mail, I thought my friends would be equally thrilled to get a typewritten letter.

It was a wonderful experience.  There is no delete button that makes it easy to rephrase so I had to really slow down and think about what I was saying.  I had to be careful with my typing I'm not very good at it. There is something very beautiful and tactile about having to put so much pressure on the keys to make a letter happen and I really enjoyed how messy the letters looked as they struck the paper in varying degrees of ink.

 I have saved quite a few letters  and notecards over the years. Though the majority were hand written not typed. (Even better!) Some of the ones that I saved were from a lovely man who had an online art gallery called Hustontown and is someone whom who I still call friend. We met in Baltimore at an Outsider Art Festival and he agreed to represent my work.

He not only represented me, but encouraged me and submitted published my work in Outsider Art magazines and even got me included in a book about Self-Taught, Outsider and Folk  artists by Betty Carol Selin.

Reading over his chatty letters about his family and plans for my work still brings me a smile. I was in a completely different place in the work I was producing at that time, and re-reading his letters caused me to reflect on that and think about the direction that I'm going in now.

Assorted Notecards now available here
If you've become like most of America now and rely on texting and emails to communicate with people, why not think about writing again? Especially to people that matter to you. I am writing to my daughter more because I want her to have a tangible remembrance of me and the things I have said to her over the years to hold in her hands and reflect on when I'm gone, like the ones I have from my Mom. I sure don't think she is going to hold on to my emails :0)
12 pack Assorted Notecards now available here

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61. the UFO show

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62. ‘Angry Birds’ Feature Will Cost $180 Million to Produce and Market

Whether or not the "Angry Birds" feature will be creatively risky, it's definitely a financial risk.

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63. Illustration friday "Ruckus"

AHh... nothing like a good little ruckus to settle the nerves.

Illustrated for Illustration Friday's word of the week "Ruckus"

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64. Chronicle Book cover reveal!

My new Chronicle Book cover reveal  This book will be out in July💕Will share more about the book, when I can💕 Thank you Nancy for writing this lovely book and Tamara for having me to illustrate for the book  ‪#‎alinachau‬‪#‎watercolor‬ ‪#‎childrenbook‬ ‪#‎chroniclebook‬

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65. Daily Painting - Day 1 - Succulent Plant

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I decided to take one hour tonight to paint my succulent plant (although I changed up the pot for something more colorful). Was so fun and relaxing! I would love to try to paint or draw or create art every day and post it onto my blog and my facebook and instagram pages. Even if I can't make it happen everyday, I am going to try. So, what better day to start than today!

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Look what I was sent this week:

The lovely Missus B emailed to ask permission from myself and Damian Harvey. I'm not sure that she actually needed it, but it was lovely to be asked and even lovelier to listen to her reading our book. 

If you have children of the right age (or just like to have a story read to you - I know I do...) then take a look.

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67. My very first portfolio

Here is my very first portfolio - the 30 lb 'jumbo boy'.  It was gigantic and filled with astounding work! Art directors loved it. They ate it up like cake.

Each new portfolio I made got smaller and smaller until now they fit on an iPhone. But there's something to be said for the 'Jumbo Boy'. Art directors had to clear their desk just to look at it. 

I think the amazing thing is that I drew those in ink straight onto the newsprint page without any pencil or rough sketch. I loved how the fountain pen ink sank into the newsprint.

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68. NEW COLLECTION - tiger dk

This is a sneak preview of a new collection coming soon to Tiger. Raindrops will be a fun range of brightly patterned goods arriving just in time for those April showers. Items include a cushion (above) zip pouch, storage boxes, blanket and umbrella. Tiger are a Danish company with stores throughout the UK,Scandinavia, Europe and Japan. The raindrops collection is not yet available online but

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69. Suggested Donation Interview

James Gurney, Jay Braun, Tony Curanaj, and Edward Minoff

Tony Curanaj, sketched by Jeanette during interview

Earlier this month, Jeanette and I visited Grand Central Atelier in Long Island City, New York.

Tony Curanaj and Edward Minoff, two instructors there, are also the hosts of "Suggested Donation," an art talk podcast, and they interviewed me as well.

We got the tour of the GCA's new teaching space. They just moved into a spacious industrial building, filled with casts and sculptures and figure paintings.

Building on their success in the Water Street Atelier and Grand Central Academy, they have built a community of artists dedicated to upholding classical traditions.
Grand Central Atelier
Suggested Donation podcast interview with James Gurney

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70. DESIGNER - emma haines

Emma Haines is an illustrator and surface pattern designer based in the Midlands and is the founder of Cut and Stick Design. Emma studied illustration at Loughborough University and now works at an art licensing company. Her designs are inspired by 1960's children's books and she really loves character design - she enjoys bringing a smile to someone by creating a cute character. In the future

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71. Maria The Virgin Witch Review

Title: Maria The Virgin Witch (Junketsu no Maria) Genre: Fantasy, Religion Publisher: Kodansha (JP), Kodansha USA (US) Artist: Masayuki Ishikawa Serialized in: Good! Afternoon Translation: Stephen Paul Original Release Date: February 24, 2015 There’s not a ton of manga released in the US that talk about religion, or if they do, it scrapes the surface ... Read more

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72. Pencil roughs from Onesie Mumsie


Some of my pencil roughs from Onesie Mumsie (written by Alice Rex) due for release April 1, 2015.

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73. Chronicle Book Cover Reveal!

My new Chronicle Book cover reveal  This book will be out in July💕Will share more about the book, when I can💕 Thank you Nancy for writing this lovely book and Tamra for having me to illustrate for the book  ‪#‎alinachau‬‪#‎watercolor‬ ‪#‎childrenbook‬ ‪#‎chroniclebook‬

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74. ‘Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet’ Gets US Release Date

GKIDS will launch the film in New York City and Los Angeles in August.

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75. Spring Tulip Fairies

Working to incorporate the patterns I have so much fun drawing into fairy dress design. With spring upon us too, tulips and little weed flowers inspire me.

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Tomorrow I'm listing these cute original watercolor pixies for sale in my Etsy shop. Follow me on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram to see the exact time they'll be going up!

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