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26. The Contemporary Jewish Museum Hosts Exhibit On J. Otto Seibold

Mr LunchThe Contemporary Jewish Museum is hosting an exhibit shining the spotlight on children’s books illustrator J. Otto Seibold.

The “J. Otto Seibold and Mr. Lunch” art show was organized to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Mr. Lunch book series. It focuses on the three books: Mr. Lunch Borrows a CanoeFree Lunch, and Mr. Lunch Takes a Plane Ride.

Pieces of original artwork have been put on display. Seibold designed an interactive area so that visitors can explore new Mr. Lunch content. A closing date has been set for March 08, 2015.

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27. NaNoWriMo Tip #18: Use Strong Metaphors

Writers are often advised to “show, not tell.” That’s why metaphors can be so very helpful.

The animated video above features a TED-Ed lesson called “The Art of The Metaphor.” When it comes to crafting a strong metaphor, keep in mind that “a metaphor isn’t true or untrue in any ordinary sense; metaphors are art, not science.”

This is our eighteenth NaNoWriMo Tip of the Day. To help GalleyCat readers take on the challenge of writing a draft for a 50,000-word novel in 30 days, we will be offering advice throughout the entire month.

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28. Gift Guide: Home & Office

Gift Guide

Here’s our picks for home and office gifts! Included are prints, desk sets and plenty of stocking stuffers. See all the goods after the jump.

 

 

Tad Carpenter Field Print

Field Print by Tad Carpenter

Available at tadcarpenter.com

 

Ampersand by Hey Studio

& Print by Hey

Available at the Hey Shop

Nature Explorer by Lumadessa

 

Nature Explorer by Josh Brill

Available at Lumadessa

 

Broken Motorcycle by Methane Studios

 

Broken Motorcycle by Methane Studios

Available at Poster Cabaret

 

Invisible Creature via #grainedit

Stack and Scare! by Invisible Creature

Available at Amazon and invisiblecreature.com

 

Alphabet Blocks by Rosendahl

 

Alphabet Blocks by Rosendahl

Available at Amazon and Nova68

lego architecture studio

 

Lego Architecture Studio
By Lego

Available at Amazon and your local toy shop

 

 

Skate Deck by Magna

Skate Deck by magnapaint 

Available at Etsy

spice grinder by Umbra Shift

 

Spice Grinder by Umbra Shift

Available at Umbra Shift

Living Remix Blanket by Fern

Living Remix Blanket by Fern

Available at Amazon and 2modern.com

Urbio Planter

 

Happy Family Wall Planter
By Urbio

Available at Amazon and Urbio.

culinarium

 

Concrete Spice Storage
By Culinarium

Available at Amazon and Culinarium 

Albert Magazine Rack

Alfred Magazine Rack by DesignByThem

Available at DesignByThem.com

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Nest Office Caddy by Umbra Shift

Available at A + R

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Fierzo Desk Organizer by Alessi

Available at  A+R

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Desktop Collection by Eric Pfeiffer for Evernote

Available at Evernote

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Uten.Silo Storage System by Vitra

Available at Amazon and Vitra

Block Pegboard

Pegboard by Block

Available at Amazon and Block

Also available in Gray

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Letter Rack by Block

Available at Amazon and Block

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Concrete Desk Set by Magnus Pettersen

Available at Amazon and Areaware

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Shorty Mechanical Pencil by Worther

Available at Amazon

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Pencil – Digital Stylus by FiftyThree

Available at Amazon and FiftyThree

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Kiwi Wood Figurine by Lars Beller Fjetland / Discipline

Available at Amazon and Dwell

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Polar Bear Trinket Box by Karl Zahn /Areaware

Available at Amazon and Areaware

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Memory Block by Ito Bindery

Available at Ode to Things

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Cordito Cord Organizer by This Is Ground

Available at Amazon and This is Ground

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Sweeper and Funnel by Menu

Available at Amazon

 

Looking for more gift ideas? Check out our design & illustration book gift guide.

 

Disclosure: Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, we will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, we only recommend products or services we use personally and believe will add value to our readers.
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29. Holiday Stickers, Cards and Hang Tags

Eight Hour Day

Holiday sticker set by Eight Hour Day

Looking to add some snazz to your holiday packages? Check out this brief, but beautiful selection of stickers, cards and hang tags. Included are items from Eight Hour Day, Juli Shore Design, Everlovin’ Press and Tom Froese.

 

 

 

Eight Hour Day

Decorate gifts for Christmas with these stamp and label stickers made to look as if your package came from over the river and through the wood.

 

Eight Hour Day

Also available from Eight Hour Day is this the colorful postcard set.

 

Juli Shore Design

Juli Shore Design

The team at Juli Shore Design has created these lovely hang tags. Available individually or in a set of three, they add the perfect finishing touch to your holiday wrapping. To help keep things merry, each tag has a champagne cocktail recipe on the back.

 

Tom Froese Holiday cards

Tom Froese Holiday cards

Canadian designer Tom Froese recently teamed up with Everlovin’ Press to create these festive greetings cards. Each card is printed on 130# white coronado cover with a vellum finish. In addition, the envelope comes with a branded and letterpressed insert.

Looking for gift ideas? Check out our 2014 Holiday Design Book Gift Guide.

 

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30. Zac’s Destiny – Award Winner!

Great News! Zac’s Destiny won the online People’s Book Awards for the month of October 2014! Thank you so much to everyone who voted.
This award winning Sword & Sorcery fantasy is available to purchase from Amazon worldwide.

Click here to buy your copy

Kindle winner Oct14

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31. How to Steal a Dog Movie Pics


The cast and director of the Korean film, HOW TO STEAL A DOG, being interviewed;







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32. Antony and the Johnsons - I Fell In Love With a Dead Boy

Used for the fan video of Torchwood when Capt Jack Harkness met the real Capt Jack Harkness in WW 2.  This is an incredible song.                

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33. In the Sandbox

Belonging to yourself…

I used to have a post that was Sketchbook Saturday, because I draw like crazy on Saturdays. That’s probably why I love Saturdays so much. I’ve been feeling lately like my blog has lost its way a bit and has had less of me in it. And it dawned on my when I woke up this morning, “Hello! It’s YOUR blog!” So I am reclaiming it. And I want to play. And share. And invite you into my giant sandbox. Most of my stuff in my sketchbook has a purpose because I collect little pieces here and there for fun ways to teach. They make their way into books or classes, most the time. And hopefully, I will inspire you to make your own drawings.

pizza

the plight of the sensitive tummy

colorfultrees

magical forest: what kind of seeds would each tree make?

3cupcakes

fairy cupcakes made from magic


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34. HBO Unveils Teaser Trailer For ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 5

Follow the Three Eyed Raven. Gain the power of #TheSight: http://t.co/9fNrrJIGHG https://t.co/4RhAiTR9tw

— Game Of Thrones (@GameOfThrones) November 25, 2014

Who’s ready to follow the Three Eyed Raven? HBO has posted a teaser trailer for Game of Thrones season 5 on Twitter. The premiere episode will air in April 2015. We’ve embedded the tweet (along with the clip) above—what do you think? (via The Guardian)

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35. Globetrotting

I'm leaving for Georgia I will attend the Tbilisi Book Days.

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36. Disney Will Air Its Classic Cartoons on Time Warner’s TCM

In one of the more bizarre recent examples of cross-corporate collaboration, Disney has announced a new TV program called "Treasures From the Disney Vault" that will air on Time Warner-owned Turner Classic Movies.

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37. Big Hero 6


I went to see Big Hero 6 last week, and it was a truly fabulous film!   If you haven't seen it you should go soon.  The movie stays on point never wandering, building steadily on a message that is made very real as you see the characters respond to the action that whirls into their lives.  I won't give anything away here, but you get to see the distinct results of two decisions as the characters are paralleled.  Big sacrifices.  Great stuff!

Also in an art related thing, I was glad to find that Jin Kim has a new tumblr page.  His blog had shut down some time ago, but the new page has some cool Big Hero 6 work on it.  From what I understand, these are sketches Jin Kim created translating the finalized character designs into multiple angle drawings for the model builders to reference.  Over the last few years I've really taken an interest in sculpture, so I enjoy these quite a bit, and I'm a big fan of Mr. Kim's work.

And keeping with the animation theme of this post, you should check out the short film Duet, by Glen Keane.  I had seen this a few months back and I recall reading an article where Glen Keane expressed an interest in exploring the possibility of keeping the integrity of the drawn line in animation.  Most completed films have the inked lines and colored cells, but the raw beauty of the gesture sketch is lost on an image refined to that point.  This film is one of the most beautiful things I've seen in animation.


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38. HarperCollins Forms Partnership With JetBlue

harpercollins200HarperCollins has established a new partnership with JetBlue. Henceforth, the content platform on JetBlue’s Fly-Fi (a special inflight Wi-Fi program) will feature content from HarperCollins books.

For this month, passengers will be able to read excerpts from Patricia Cornwell’s thriller novel Flesh and Blood, Amy Poehler’s memoir Yes Please, and James Dean’s children’s book Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses. Readers will have also have the option to purchase any of the available titles from a plethora of booksellers.

Here’s more from the press release: “At launch, JetBlue customers will be able to choose from excerpts of books by Daniel Silva, Martin Short, Anthony Bourdain, Patti Smith, Joyce Carol Oates, Carine McCandless, Paulo Coelho, Patricia Cornwell, Dorothea Benton Frank, Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner, Dick Couch, Amy Poehler, James Frey and Nils Johnson-Shelton, Peter Lerangis, Herman Parish, James Dean, Nate Ball, Dan Gutman, Lauren Oliver, and Erin Hunter. Titles will change monthly. Books from these HarperCollins authors will be available to customers as e-samplers via JetBlue’s Fly-Fi Hub, which is currently accessible on 35% of their fleet.”

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39. So thankful to have found my calling

When I was growing up, I thought about being an optometrist, a cancer researcher, a lawyer. I didn't really think about being a writer, because I didn't meet a writer until I was in my twenties, and I was pretty sure writers did not come from little hick towns in Southern Oregon where a lot of people went to work at the mill after high school.  If they graduated.

I went to college, graduated in the last recession (1982), and eventually found work as a writer, writing copy for brochures like "What You Need to Know About Ovarian Cancer" [don't get it] or ad campaigns or employee newsletters.  Because I worked in health care, the government had rules about readability levels.  I once wrote a brochure on necrotizing jaw fasciitis that read at a sixth grade level, even though it had those two difficult words in it many times!

I didn't start trying to write novels until I was in my thirties, and first published when I was 39. When my first teen book was published in 2006, Kirkus gave it the typical snarky review, but said something about how it might appeal to reluctant readers.  I was totally unfamiliar with the term, and thought it odd when it turned up in review after review.  Basically, teens have to read, at least some, for school, whether they want to or not. Those are reluctant readers. Adults who don't want to read, don't.

And it turns out that kind of books I write - about murder and kidnapping and danger - are perfect for teens who don't like to read.  And maybe thanks to all those years I wrote copy that had to pass government requirements for reading levels, I know how to communicate complex topics fairly simply.

Every week or two I get letters like these:

"You are an amazing author. I never really liked to read until I started reading your books I'M HOOKED! I couldn't put any of them down! They are crazy page turners! THANK YOU FOR WRITING BOOKS!!!!"

"I don't like reading. I would never read books. I'm the type to play sports but when I first read the few pages, it got my attention and I just needed to read more and more to see what is going to happen next. I love mysteries/horror/action movies. I would watch them all the time but when I read this book I really felt like I was watching the movie in my head . When I told my friend about this book and I was telling him what was going on I felt like I watched this movie but there was no movie, it was a book I read.
I never-ever liked reading at ALL! But my teacher ordered me the book Girl,Stolen and I didn't want to read it,but then I decided to.I only read the first two pages,and couldn't put the book down!I loved it!"

"You have made me love reading now and I thank you for that. I love your books I think you are so awesome and again thank you for showing me that reading is fun and NOT stupid."

I want to be reluctant readers' gateway drug. 

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40. black friday SALE....

starts NOW!!!

i decided to start my black friday SALE a bit early. i mean why wait til friday to get a good deal?! ;)

all ORIGNAL PAINTINGS in my shop are now 20% off until (cyber) monday at midnight! i am making room for 2015's stash and NEED to clean out my studio. not that i don't like being surrounded by beautiful little mermaids and cute little critters....but I'm willing to share the love and let them find a new home. :) so....

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41. Debbie Reese (me!) on CUNY's INDEPENDENT SOURCES

Finally had a chance to watch the segment that CUNY's Independent Sources asked me to do with them about children's books and Thanksgiving. My belly is always in knots when I do something like this. But! The people I worked with there are terrific. Thanks, Nicole and Zyphus! I think it turned out great and hope AICL's readers will take a few minutes to watch/share it, and of course, get the books I recommend!

Scroll down to see the video. Here's some screen captures of it. I'm sharing them because THEY LOOK SO COOL!








And here's the video:






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43. My Amazing CTNx Experience

I had a most amazing time going to CTNx (Creative Talent Network Animation Expo) in Burbank this past weekend. Here are a couple highlights from my trip.

The day before the Expo, we got together with people from the Oatley Academy. We had breakfast together and then we went to the Getty Museum. It was amazing to be with wonderful people who I have taken classes with at the Oatley Academy who have become some of my best friends. 

After looking around the museum, we had "OA family time." Chris Oatley, Lora Innes, and Justin Copeland gave us some great talks on what to expect at CTN, longevity of careers in art, and not quenching our passions because of what other people think.


Here's a picture of some of my favorite people. 
Some of the group that took Painting Drama 2 this last year. 


After the Getty, we went to the Center Stage Gallery to see the Lovely Ladies of Animation exhibit. It was awesome to see their original artwork in person! Here is a picture of us gathered after to eat and visit. We ended up in a circle of drawing awesomeness.

The Expo itself was amazing. I met so many people that I knew from school, from Utah, and from the internet. I met new amazing artists. I got to talk with artists who I really admire in person. Glen Keane's opening speech almost had me in tears. I took many amazing workshops. I bought far too many books. I laughed until I almost fell over, and I got lots of giant hugs. 

Helping out at the Oatley Academy Booth.

With Peter De Seve.

With Pascal Campion.

Hanging with friends. The Muppet Crowd of Awesomeness!

Now you might be wondering what a children's illustrator is doing going to an animation expo. Well let me tell you. I have learned so much from the animation industry over the last couple years. I had a very good education from BYU, where I got my degree. But character design, and story boarding were not really part of what I was required to learn. I think these are important skills for anyone wanting to make children's books. After all, making a children's book is almost like making your very own personal movie (without the animation part). Having well designed characters is going to be a big part of the appeal of your picture books! 

Also, a lot of people in animation are also into the children's illustration world as well. I picked up a few picture books while I was there! I thought I would feel silly saying I was an illustrator (not a character designer or visual development artist), but it turned out that many of the people there exhibiting are illustrators just like me.

While I was at CTN, I got the chance to see so much good good art. The expo floor is like a giant Comic Con, but all the art is actually really really good (no crappy fan art). There was so much inspiration there. Some amazing character designers there that gave me some good advice for my character designs. I also went to a few workshops that were really inspiring and helpful to any artist.

Also, being at CTN was like a giant family reunion where so many of my friends were gathered. I loved going so much, and I hope I can go again in future years. I hope to see some of you there in future years!

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44. Nick Spencer and Steve Lieber offer “The Fix” in 2015

thefix Nick Spencer and Steve Lieber offer The Fix in 2015

Writer Nick Spencer just posted this teaser image for what seems to be a new Image book, drawn by Steve Lieber, his Superior Foes of Spider-Man collaborator. Completing the “get to know each other at big two, go to Image for honeymoon” move that so many have been making.

While the image and title seem to suggest a series about neutering beagles, we suspect it may be more compelling than that.

Via Comics Spire:

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45. Holiday reading: JUDENHASS by Dave Sim is now free

judenhass release Holiday reading: JUDENHASS by Dave Sim is now free

Okay not maybe the most chipper reading, but you’ll be thankful for you life after you read it> Dave Sim’s Judenhass (literally “Jew hate”) a harrowing, sensitive look at anti-Semitism and its horrific result in the Holocaust is now being offered for free at the website and via the Sequential app for iPad. Sim may be one of our more controversial comic masters, but no one has ever denied that he’s a comics master, or that he’s a master of emotion and composition, both evident in Judenhass, along with his historical research.

You can download Sequential, if you don’t already have it, here. And if you don’t already have it…what are you wwaiting for? it’s free and offers a lot of great free downloads and outstanding graphic novels in enhanced formats

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46. Animators and Mirrors

Though the work that animators create is often exhilarating, the actual process of animating, which involves sitting at a desk for hours at a time, is not particularly interesting to the general public. In the past, when studio publicity departments were tasked with creating publicity stills of animators, they often posed animators making an expression in front of their mirror while drawing a character with a similar expression. The mirror, it turns out, was not just useful to the animator’s own process but also to the photographer who wanted to compose a dynamic image of the animator at work. It never occurred to me what a common motif this was until I collected a few of them on Instagram a few days ago. Looking at more recent publicity shots of 2D animators, especially from the 1980s and ’90s, the animator-making-an-expression-in-a-mirror publicity shot was largely phased out in favor of a more generic pose of an animator drawing at a desk, looking at the camera while drawing and flipping, or the unnatural pose of holding a maquette while drawing. Enjoy this collection of legendary animators hard at work creating some classic characters:

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47. Target sightings

I just ran to Target to do some last minute shopping and found two holiday items with my designs...
First, I found Christmas cards with my fox design - there is also a giftwrap which I blabbed about earlier on Instagram and Facebook, if you want to see it.


The other is a winter design on paper plates...




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48. The Collected Poems of James Laughlin

Fall has brought us a true gift in the publication of the massive The Collected Poems of James Laughlin, published by New Directions in an exceptionally beautiful hardcover edition. The book includes an inexhaustible number of poems, in a lovely 1,214(!) page tome. Laughlin is best known as the founder of New Directions Publishing, the [...]

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49. Happy News!


Happy Happy News! I just wanted to share that my book "Bruhilda's Backwards Day" will be published by Sky Pony Press in 2016!!!

Here's some more posts about Brunhilda that you might enjoy! I have been sharing much of my process on this project!

The Showcase: Will Your Personal Project Make Money? On chrisoatley.com

Picture Book Dummy Part 1- Making the Dummy Book

Picture Book Dummy Part 2- Preparing the Dummy Book to Send to Publishers

Picture Book Dummy Part 3- Sending the Dummy Book to Agents and Publishers

Painting Drama 2 at the Oatley Academy

Visual Development for Brunhilda's Story: Today Strange Plants

Today was really not going well for Brunhilda! Another Illustration for my Book!

Another Sneak Peak into my Book

"Then one night, the cat made plenty of trouble." Process to Final!

Be a Vis Dev Children's Illustrator!

Finding a House for my Characters

Designing Some Characters




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50. Happy Thanksgiving

The pumpkin pie is done and so is the rhubarb strawberry crisp.  Soon I will start chopping onions and celery for the stuffing.  The bird is thawed and, for non-traditionalists, there's a ham in the fridge as well.

Tomorrow, I will clean and set up and get down my mother-in-law's china - which is now mine. 

And family and friends will gather.  We will eat and chat and laugh and maybe even quarrel, but I hope not.

Snow has been falling all morning.  I feel warm, full, and grateful.

Happy Thanksgiving, today and every day.

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