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1251. Happy Weekend Inspiration Card 14


Feeling tired, strung out? Exercise is always a good remedy to revive your spirits. Illustration Friday inspired me to this card, by asking for submissions to the word "strings". Strings...strung...strung out - there you go!

I created the illustration for the German magazine LISA. I worked in Corel Painter, using a thick and thin ink pen, coloring areas with the fill tool, then adding a chalk-like brush on rough paper for texture, and airbrush for the cheeks.

Happy Weekend!

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1252. IF : Broken Strings


The wind gust came out of nowhere. I lifted my hand to free my tangled hair from my pearls and clumsily broke the strings in my haste. Pearls sailed everywhere and pelted my heart like hailstones.


Supplies are still packed in boxes! This is another paper bag with paint, a number 2 pencil and color pencils. Yup, done at the table!

For Illustration Friday : Strings

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1253. Kid Stuff Keeping Me Busy...

Well...I at least looked at the Illustration Friday topic and even doodled a few thoughts. But, this just isn't going to be the week to get something like that done.


Every other Wednesday throughout the school year about 30+ homeschooling families meet to share our gifts and teach classes to all the kids. I'm teaching an art class for kids 9 years to early teen that looks at how the portrait has been depicted throughout history. We started with Ancient Mesopotamia and the Abu Temple figures (known for thier huge eyes and stair-step hair and beards).



Today, after studying the style points and the color symbolism, they painted Egyptian-Style portraits on plaster tiles.



We only have an hour together and there's quite a variety of ages and abilities in the class, but I think they're all having fun and learning something at the same time - that's the main point, after all.
Maybe I'll be able to get to IF next week...

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1254. Sugary/Packed

Running a presidential campaign requires a lot of energy. That is why front runner SocMo starts each day with a great big SUGARY bowl of Sugar Frosted Chocolate Coated Wing Nuts. His bag is PACKED, and he is confident that the American people will be sending him to the White House very soon. I mean... just look at the other two candidates... this is NO contest!
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Since I missed last week on Illustration Friday, I combined the word for last week with this week. A two for one deal!

This month JONESAPALOOZA is THREE years old! In October 2005 I found Illustration Friday and wanted to play along. I created this blog as a place to put my entries. If you would like to see my very first entry just CLICK HERE. I needed a character to use for the word FLOAT, so I used a character based on an old sock monkey I had when I was small. SocMo's looks have changed some since then, but he has appeared in a lot of IF challenges and is now running for President of the U.S. of A.! WOo.

The quality of my Illustration Friday entries is all over the board. Some were well thought out and carefully executed, while others were dashed out in minutes. I have also learned a lot about Photoshop over the last 3 years here. This is where I do some experimenting with Photoshop to see what happens if I do THIS. Some expeirments work out OK, others don't... but I post them all. Even this week I was trying to figure out how to add the letters behind SocMo as an add on after I had finished the illustration. A good little challenge, but I did it!

As a special bonus for SocMo fans, I have now painstakingly gone through 3 years of posts and added some labels. If you go to the side bar and look under LABELS, you will find ALL SocMo postings grouped by years. Click on a year and take a walk down memory lane. Please... SOMEbody do it... or else I have just wasted my entire Sunday afternoon.

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1255. IF- sugary

I made this illustration of a little gnomes a few year ago, it's an illustration samples for my dear friend, too bad the project didn't go well, but hey.. look at the bright side, now the topic is just perfect for IF.. :D























this is the translation from the text:
' Little gnomes is very fond of chocolate, candies and biscuit, so fond of it that the food often stick on his teeth.'

*sorry about the wrong tenses and vocab hehe..!

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1256. Illustration Friday: sugary


Do you think it's possible that when we drop little pieces of sugary sweet candy on the ground and under the couch that bugs might consume the interior as their food source and live inside the hollowed out shells of candy corn and tootsie rolls? My submission for Illustration Friday's " sugary" theme is a little original spot illo that is a used for a gift tag. Upcycled candy corn with licorice stovepipe and crumb from a hershey kiss that makes up the chimney. Front door is the crust from a graham cracker. For rent or lease in your neck of the woods.

But for the real goop: National Candy Corn Day (October 30th) is only one of many sweet holidays recognized by the National Confectioners Association which was founded in Chicago in 1884. The NCA is one of the oldest, most respected trade associations in the world.
Candy Corn was originally created by George Renninger in the 1800. The tri-colored candy caused quite a stir when introduced by the Wunderlee Candy Company. As the process to make these bite sized candies was labor intensive, Candy Corn was originally produced only from March to November each year as a seasonal favorite.
In the 1900's, the Goelitz Candy Company started to produce this confection and continues to do so to this day as the Jelly Belly Candy Company.

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1257. Illustration Friday - "Sugary"

I thought these both fit the topic well this week:©Kathleen Rietz
©Kathleen Rietz
Have a sweet weekend everyone!

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1258. IF: Packed


Hey, I managed to crank an IF entry out, hoorah! This little image just popped into my head when I read the theme "packed". Don't know where he's traveling or why there wouldn't be any carrots there, but you never know, so you might as well go prepared.

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1259. illustration friday - packed


I spend a lot of time with young children and am constantly amazed by how packed their head space is. Just today, from my 6 year old, I have had: How do wheelchair people get into bed? How many seconds until Christmas? Can we also eat the fire when we toast marshmellows? Does God mind if we kill flies?

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1260. Packed


It's all about finding the right balance

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1261. Illustration Friday-- Packed, AKA Watch This Space.

So I'm all backed up on my illo friday images again. My schedule is packed-- There's fall canning to be done, 1/4 of a living room floor to be sanded (still), homework to be checked-- and of course, fall students are sending papers.
Usually, all of this would be fine-- I would just squeeze in an image before bed. But right now, my writing is getting all the creative juice.I'm participating in [info]jonowrimo, in which writers support each other in their writing goals. It began on Sept 15, and will end November 30th.
My goals were to complete revisions on my midgrade novel, "My Essay on Government Cheese", and to do all the research and outlining for another novel (YA with an emphasis on the A) that I've dubbed the Blackbird project.
I'm planning to have both of these goals accomplished by November first, at which point, I will switch on over to Nanowrimo and write the text for the Blackbird project.
I haven't been updating much here, though I've posted updates over on the jonowrimo community.

But I do miss my illustrating time, and once the pears are sauced and the grapes all juiced, I'll be back. Here's a little quiet space for resting your eyes, in the meanwhile.





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1262. Illustration Friday: “Packed”

Remember Hildy?  Well, she finally got fed up with her rooster-husband’s (husband #3) philandering ways and gave him the boot; sent him packing.  Turns out he’d been packed and ready to go for a good while, that old gigolo.  Good riddance, Bust-a!  So Hildy’s single again…and looking.

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1263. IF- Packed

Hmm, what should I bring?





























Dedicated to all of my friends who celebrating the 'mudik' time for celebrating Idul Fitri in their home :)


Happy journey, stay safe, selamat Lebaran!!

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1264. Illustration Friday - "Packed"

Unbelievable! I actually had a few minutes last night, so I thought I'd just play around with the theme. The word "packed" made me think of going places with kids...and all of the "stuff" that goes along with them. I ended up doing something that I actually liked!



Of course, it's only a pencil sketch - no color, no polish. But, that's one of the things I like about it - I didn't take the time to get all fussy about it. So, here it is - as is. I call it "Goin' to Grandma's."

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1265. Packed for IF

graphite on paper
candace illustration

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1266. IF - Packed

Blankie and all here I go!

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1267. Illustration Friday: packed


Are you like Pepito the bunny who packs everything just in case?


Today is the last day to send your entry for the I Love You All Year Round book giveaway!
I'll post the winner tomorrow :o)


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1268. Happy Weekend Inspiration Card 12

"A woman can never be too packed with shopping bags!". Laugh. Well that's kind of absurd, and not very deep. But hey it fit's with today's Illustration Friday theme "packed"! For all fashionistas out there, the stylish fashion blog www.almostpacked.com also inspired me to post this inspiration card for this week's Illustration Friday theme.

I created this illustration for German magazine LISA, to an article that was wondering if shopping is in a woman's genes. How superficial. Of ourse it's not. Right?

Laugh. Have a great, happy weekend everyone!

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1269. Illustration Friday: Island


Well.. it's super late in the week to submit my IF piece. I've been busy and just managed to finish it. At least I did take part of it this week, even if it's just for a little while.

I just love dolphins... don't you? To me they are the equivalent of a dog in the water world. :o)

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1270. Illustration Friday: Clique



I've got a couple of cliques up my sleeve! The doggy one is a repost but I thought it was perfect for the word. And this bevy of beauties waiting to play Bingo sure hits the mark too. Which clique would you rather join? I think I'd be the mutt with the beer, crashing that snobby party!

Happy Weekend everyone! And oh, moving update. We're waiting until the spring :) Thanks for your warm, well-wishes!

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1271. Happy Weekend Inspiration Card 11

Illustration Friday asks us creatives this time to illustrate something to the topic "clique". I created this image for Radio Energy Zurich, Switzerland, for a casting show: seeking a "Heidi" from the mountains that wants to come to the city and moderate a radio show. In any case, I feel the illustration fits to the topic well. It shows an important aspect of cliques that immediately came to my mind: We still have to listen to ourselves, even if we are in a clique. And sometimes this may mean that we have to leave the group.

When I was younger I was strongly influenced by what others were doing for a while (I was a teenager, what can I say). While that was good for me at the time, I started feeling stronger once I started to listen to my heart more and follow it. Duh - you may say. Yes, I know, it sounds so logical doesn't it? But it's not always that easy, sometimes we have to be brave when we want to follow our hearts. That doesn't just count for teenage cliques, but also for later in life. Sometimes we're stuck in a situation that's very comfortable to be in, but not necessarily following what our heart is saying.

That's what this weekend inspiration card is for: to give us power to be brave and always follow our heart.

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1272. Illustration Friday: Clique

This is my submission for this week's Illustration Friday! “The unlikely friends formed a clique that could never be broken!” Click here to rate this illustration.

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1273. Illustration Friday - "Clique" & "Little Black Ant" book cover!!!

Here are examples of "cliques"....these 3 pencil illustrations were educational illustrations I did for a publisher earlier this year.

Please also take a look at the last illustration...I just recieved this catalog image sample of the book cover I illustrated for the Soundprints book "Little Black Ant on Park Street"!!! This is the book that will be sold through the Smithsonian Institution. I am thrilled. I worked all weekend on the thumbnails for the inside illustrations. I am trying to get a file of the entire cover layout, since the illustration actually wraps around the front and back cover.

All of these illustrations showcase my "soft realistic" style. I am also working on a book in my "whimsical" style, which many of you are probably more familiar with. I will post illustratiosn from that upcoming book, too, as soon as I am able.





"Little Black Ant on Park Street" will be released in the spring of 2009, published by Soundprints.

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1274. Illustration Friday-Clique

Its a busy week (what else is new), so I haven't gotten this colored, yet. Hopefully before Friday.

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1275. Illustration Friday - "Packed"


Always good to read lables to see what kind of nutrients are packed into your food.
(This is another educational illustration I drew for a client earlier this year. About half of my work is this type. It certainly helps to pay the bills and I must admit that sometimes it is fun to work in graphite.)

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