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1. 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

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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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2. 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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3. 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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4. 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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5. 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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6. 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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7. I Am Away!

In my mind anyway.  Totally and utterly exhausted with comics.  Face Book tells me I've reached a new milestone -"100 Likes".  I'd much prefer 100 sales.

Might be back who knows.

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8. 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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9. 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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10. 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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11. 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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12. 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

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

3cupcakes

fairy cupcakes made from magic


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13. 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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14. Globetrotting

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

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15. Comics Illustrator of the Week :: Leslie Stein

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Artist/musician/bartender/comics brew-master Leslie Stein has been making comics since the early 2000’s. She started making her comics by cutting & pasting construction paper into colorful silhouettes. Her work has continued to morph, and evolve over the years. Today, you can see how she’s broken down her characters, and stories into minimal line work, expressive colors, and animated typography!

Leslie Stein began self-publishing her personal anthology Eye of the Majestic Creature in 2004. The series stars her cartoon alter ego Larrybear(along with a colorful cast of characters based off of real life friends), and has transformed over the years from mostly fictional stories to semi-autobiographical stories, today.

Fantagraphics Books has published two collections of Stein’s comics, and is publishing a collection of her Diary Comics in 2015.

You can read new, regularly updated Diary Comics on Leslie’s tumblr site here, and VICE features a weekly comic by her, as well.

For more comics related art, you can follow me on my website comicstavern.com - Andy Yates

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16. 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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17. Happy Thanksgiving!

Some Thanksgiving colors... cranberry sauce a bubbling. I'm thankful I have so many online friends, old and new.

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18. 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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20. 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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21. Julia, Child by Kyo Maclear | Book Review

A beautifully illustrated book about food, togetherness, and the unique world of childhood.

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23. Book Review- The Mirror Empire by Kameron Hurley

Title: The Mirror Empire
Author: Kameron Hurley
Series:  Worldbreaker Saga #1
Published:  26 August 2014 by Angry Robot
Length: 569 pages
Warnings: semigraphic sex, assault, graphic gore
Source: Netgalley
Other info: Hurley has written many things, like God’s War and We Have Always Fought.
Summary : On the eve of a recurring catastrophic event known to extinguish nations and reshape continents, a troubled orphan evades death and slavery to uncover her own bloody past… while a world goes to war with itself.
In the frozen kingdom of Saiduan, invaders from another realm are decimating whole cities, leaving behind nothing but ash and ruin.
As the dark star of the cataclysm rises, an illegitimate ruler is tasked with holding together a country fractured by civil war, a precocious young fighter is asked to betray his family and a half-Dhai general must choose between the eradication of her father’s people or loyalty to her alien Empress.
Through tense alliances and devastating betrayal, the Dhai and their allies attempt to hold against a seemingly unstoppable force as enemy nations prepare for a coming together of worlds as old as the universe itself.
In the end, one world will rise – and many will perish.
Review: Two worlds exist, mirrors of each other, and two versions of people exist, one in each world. Doorways can be opened between them, but you can only cross into the other world if your double in that one is dead. In one world, the Kai, the leader of the magic workers,Kirana, dies mysteriously, leaving her ungifted brother Ahkio  to take her place. In another story line, Lilia was pushed through a door to escape death. Many other stories weave together to form the story of this mirror empire.
I read this because Kameron Hurley's  blog posts are really good and Angry Robot had this on offer from Netgalley and I'd heard of really good diversity  and so I read this.
I haven't read high fantasy for some time,I think, and it shows. I did infer lots of things about this world  and my head picture is probably completely different to Hurley's.
I also think I missed something crucial as to how everything fits together in terms of plotlines. There's Zezeli,an army captain, who goes campaigning and then.has to find her husband Anavha (who we followed for a bit then I think we stopped following him which was sad because I liked him). Other characters I liked include Roh, Ahkio, Taigan, Gian and many others. Most of the main characters really.  They were all developed, and their stories were intriguing and I wanted to carry on reading about them despite me not fully understanding the links between them all.
The worlds are well developed. Polyamory and female led relationships and strong belief in magic and a  coherent magic system can be found, and settings range from army camps to cities to frozen areas.
The writing is descriptive, even in the very gory areas. It felt like  a long book, but it didn't feel slow. i didn't want this book to end!
characters' storylines clearly overlap in places, but in others, it felt like we were just following someone without it feeding in to a main thing.  I didn't mind, because the small plots were well written and interesting, but I would like to see more convergence in any future novels.


Overall:  Strength 4 tea to a book I enjoyed for its characters' individual plots, despite them not all coming together.


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24. 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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25. 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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