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Jason Scheier is a visual development and concept artist at DreamWorks Animation SKG. Jason creates digital paintings as well as designs concepts in 3D.
In 2008 Jason drew the above concept presentation pieces for The Guardians of Childhood project at DreamWorks that eventually became Rise of the Guardians.
The following digital paint studies were created as personal projects and class demonstrations:
This is Jason’s modified Chevy Camaro design for the upcoming DreamWorks pic Turbo. The car was built and displayed at the Chicago Auto Show. See more of Jason’s work on his blog.
Just got my copies of the new 'Mollie Makes Feathered Friends' book. It's hard to put myself back to the time I created the 'Chicken Family' this time last year. Yet here it is. As usual, the style shots are gorgeous - I am full of admiration as I am not very good at this kind of beautiful set up. My things look so much nicer somehow.
The chicks are the tiniest things I have ever made. Apart from my own trumpet blowing, (Jane Toft the editor writes that I am one of 'Mollie Makes' favourite designers - golly!) there are many more sweet projects, including ones from fellow crafters I know and like. Laura Howard (aka 'Lupin') Kirsty Elson, and Jooles ('Sew Sweet Violet').
Anyway, the nice team at Anova publishing are giving away two copies via my good self. To enter, just leave a comment at the end of this post and I'll do the names out of a hat thing. If you're a lucky winner, I'll contact you directly and pass your email and/or details on to the book fairies at Anova. And - yes, it is a worldwide offer. CLOSING DATE - JUNE 30th
And in other related news, I have just four places left on another all day needle felting course, on July 8th. This one is held at my favourite pub, The legendary Queen's Head in Eynsham, twenty minutes from Oxford. We will have the entire snug bar to ourselves and the price of £55 covers materials, use of tools, morning coffee and biscuits, buffet lunch and a proper tea mid-afternoon, all made by the landlady and my dear friend, Jackie. We'll be making little houses to begin with and then going on to your own designs. More details on my website. It'd be lovely to see you.
I've been rethinking the approach to my illustration style lately. Well, longer than lately. Here is a piece I've been experimenting with. I start with blue pencil and go over it with black to give it a darker line. This version I scanned in and using Photoshop adjusted the filter so the blue line is pushed back to gray. I guess I just really like the sketchiness of it. I may try just dropping out the blue completely and using a final clean line, but we'll see.
I used to illustrate in a similar way, where I would keep the pencil line, scan and color it in Photoshop. We'll see where I end up. I'd love any feedback, so please feel free to comment. I'll be posting more soon as well.
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or also, the booty-shortz if you prefer....this Kickstarter campaign is only going on for another 17 days, so order while yer thinking about it. Fabulous music by Bubblegun, more info in the previous blog post. Also just watch the video, which is a guaranteed good time. You know you'd like to procrastinate on something right now....(merch illustrations by me)
It’s been a week of animated film trailers and teasers. This afternoon, we see the release of the Free Birds trailer, which is the first feature film produced by Reel FX, a studio known for animating the well received CGI Looney Tunes shorts. Free Birds is directed by Jimmy Hayward (Horton Hears a Who!) and will be released by Relativity Media in the U.S. on November 1st.
By: Kathy Temean,
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Penguin’s Grosset & Dunlap imprint will award a $10,000 contract to a writer who can write the first book in a new young adult series based on Jim Henson’s 1982 fantasy film THE DARK CRYSTAL.
The world of The Dark Crystal is a world unlike any we have ever known. Under the triple suns, the skies roil with cloud formations not seen in our skies. Seedpods spiral up and rocks scuttle off. It is a world where the wise and noble urSkeks have been split into two imperfect races, Skeksis and urRu; and the Gelfling Clans, the species most like our own, go about their lives not knowing what their future holds. This is a world waiting to be explored and expanded upon with new stories, new quests.
You could be the author of a new novel
set in the world of Jim Henson’s
The Dark Crystal.
At The Jim Henson Company, we continue to be enthralled with the possibilities of this world and invite you to join us in our obsession. We have set up a portal to share what we know, a new website with all of the information about this place and these creatures: DarkCrystal.com. We invite you to use the resources, character descriptions, locations, and history on this site to join us in imagining the next Dark Crystal story.
Cheryl Henson Founder, DarkCrystal.com
From October 1st, 2013 to December 31st, 2013, The Jim Henson Company and Grosset & Dunlap of the Penguin Young Readers Group will be accepting writing submissions to find the author for a new novel set in the world of Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal. This author search is open to all professional and aspiring professional writers.
This new Dark Crystal novel will be a prequel story set at the time of the Gelfling Gathering, between the Second Great Conjunction and the creation of the Wall of Destiny. We will be placing all known lore from this era on www.DarkCrystal.com, the definitive home of The Dark Crystal. There you will find all the knowledge available for you to shape and build your story—and all we ask is that you share your stories with us.
Your submission should be an original story set in the era outlined above. The final novel will be upwards of 50,000 words, but please send in 7,500-10,000 words that represent the story you would tell in a full-length Dark Crystal novel. It can either be the first chapters, final chapters, a collection of middle chapters, or a short piece that would form the inspiration for a novel-length story. The Author Quest will be a two-staged journey. In the first stage, each submission we receive will be reviewed by the editorial staff of Grosset & Dunlap and the creative staff of The Jim Henson Company, including Francesco Sedita, President and Publisher of Grosset & Dunlap, and Cheryl Henson, Founder of DarkCrystal.com. Our review will be based on the following criteria:
You may have an amazing story coursing through your brain, but channeling those brilliant ideas and expressing them thoughtfully and clearly on the page is something very different. Is your writing engaging and thought provoking? Have you crafted a narrative that readers can—and want to—follow? Have you captured the essence of The Dark Crystal in a way that will please the fans while also infusing the story with your own style and personality? Have you told a story that can withstand the test of time and forever be a part of The Dark Crystal canon?
Creating memorable characters is one of the most difficult aspects of storytelling. It’s more than just giving them a name and describing a haircut or clothes, it’s giving life to a whole new entity. When creating these characters, you need to envision them as complete beings with desires, needs, and feelings. Even if it never makes it to the page, you should know and understand where they came from, why they’re in the situation we find them in, and what they ultimately want in life. Just like in the real world, knowing where someone came from can help you see where they’re going. One important thing to keep in mind while creating these characters is that the Gelflings aren’t human and don’t act or think like humans.
Creativity and originality:
While we’re all fans of The Dark Crystal and we know the story of the film as if it was our own, traveling through someone else’s imagination can be a challenge. In creating your story it is important to tell an exciting and unique tale that expands the existing canon in a way that’s true to not just the physical world and characters of The Dark Crystal but also to its themes and ideas.
Since we are looking for professional-quality writers, all works must be well written. Even if you have a great, original story filled with unique characters, people aren’t going to read it for very long if it’s not properly written. We are not accepting submissions until October 1st, so please take your time.
After the initial review process is complete, five writers will be selected to proceed to the second stage of the Author Quest. At this point, each of the five writers will receive editorial feedback on their stories and be asked to make revisions. They will also be tasked with creating a detailed outline for their proposed novel. These top-five stories will be posted on DarkCrystal.com.
The final review will apply the same criteria as the first stage to both the revision and the outline. Grosset & Dunlap and The Jim Henson Company will then select the one writer who best exemplifies the creative talent, imagination, and writing ability that we’ve searched for to author this Dark Crystal novel.
Rob Valois Senior Editor, Grosset & Dunlap says, “We look forward to reading your story.”
What a great idea! I bet a lot of people will rent the movie, THE DARK CRYSTAL to everyone who wants to participate in this contest. Good Luck!
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For the next three months, eleven of my paintings are on the wall and for sale at Lucero Salon
in Oakland. Stop by and take a look if you're in the neighborhood.
Myself and the marvelous Jenny McKendrick
are exhibiting artwork (prints and originals) all for sale at The Southville Centre
between mid June to mid July.
We're very pleased with how it's pulled together, and it's such a sweet bright and airy cafe!
I'm delighted to say I have copies for all three of my 2013 books! Santiago Stays and Maria Had A Little Llama come out in September and August. Book signings and events soon!
On a side note, I will be giving a 90 minute presentation for the local SCBWI on July 27th in Oakland. More details soon.
Went for a 10-lap walk around the neighborhood (I think it's a little under 2 miles maybe?). On lap 8 I saw a falling star directly ahead of me. Considering all the directions I could have been walking in that moment, it must have been meant just for me. I sketched it to remember that beautiful surprises will find you if you're looking in the right places.
Pop culture references abound in the new teaser trailer for The LEGO Movie directed by the creative team of Phil Lord and Chris Miller (Clone High TV series, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, 21 Jump Street). Warner Bros. will release the film in the U.S. on February 7, 2014. The highlight in this teaser is the animation, which has the chunky staccato rhythms one might expect of LEGOs animated in stop motion though it is actually achieved through computer animation.
It has been a busy, busy season with many changes, and much growth. But for now it is time to celebrate!
This Sunday we will have a book party for my newest book, Niño Wrestles the World
, at the tiniest and most wonderful book store in San Francisco, Luna's Press
, hosted by my dear friend and poet Jorge Argueta
Here the poster invitations, both in Eglish and Spanish.
Hope you come!
The We The People petition website is run by the White House and bills itself as a site that gives “all Americans a way to engage their government on the issues that matter to them.” Any citizen of our great nation can create a petition and round up signatures from other constituents. The petitions that achieve over 100,000 signatures will generate a response from the Obama administration. Democracy in action…or so it would seem.
Last week, a courageous American started a petition that asked President Barack Obama to “re-enact the scene from The Incredibles where Frozone is looking for his supersuit.” The petition was supported by Incredibles director Brad Bird, who retweeted the request on his Twitter account. It made a reasonable request of the leader of the free world:
However, it turns out that Obama (or his minions who run the We the People site) do not appreciate The Incredibles as much as the rest of America’s freedom-loving, tax-paying, God-fearing citizens do. In an act worthy of the Turkish government, the petition asking Obama to re-enact a simple one-minute scene from a beloved animated film and which had received over 5,000 signatures in two days, was abruptly halted by the the U.S. government. Perhaps, then, Frozone was an appropriate character for Obama to re-enact because he clearly has no qualms about freezing the needs and desires of American citizens.
The harm that has been caused to the fundamental integrity of our democratic process is unquestionable, but we should never forget that, as Americans, we have the right to demand of our leaders to perform scenes from classic animated movies. In fact, a new petition requesting that Obama dress up as Frozone has already been launched on Change.org. We will make it happen one way or another:
By: Linda S. Wingerter,
Blog: Blue Rose Girls
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I am trying to raise a reader! I'm hoping the reading corner I set up in Rain Dragon's room helps:
What do your favorite reading corners look like?(see more of Rain Dragon's room at my personal blog!)
The name of the game this week has been experimentation, playing with long-forgotten pencils and a tube of Carmine Red. It's an inexact alchemy, but a darn good time nonetheless.
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Nothing like a tea party with your best friend. :o)
Here is my quick #Twoodle
for this week! I barely made it today. So busy, hehe...
I used the words Horse and Teapot.
And make sure to check out the awesome #Twoodles
from peeps all over the globe.
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I am often asked if I offer discounts on my classes or services. Yes, I do! To make things easier and affordable each session I offer EARLY BIRD SPECIALS on classes. It’s an opportunity to save money by signing up early. You can see the list of JULY classes here. Sign up by July 1st to get the class price advantage. For Private Lessons, I offer special bundle rates so if you schedule more sessions you save big and the prices go way down.
I would love to discount even more but this is how I earn my living. Every dollar earned at this site helps me eat and pay for things like the Internet, electricity, and my computer so I can continue to offer my services and products. I do offer two-payment plans and Paypal has Bill Me Later which breaks the payments down into small pieces which makes it reasonable. I’ve used that service before and it’s very helpful.
I had one person ask not too long ago if they could have a free class because they were on a limited budget. I had to laugh — I’m on a limited budget myself and am not in the situation yet where I can give away any of my time free. Hopefully, in the future, I can offer scholarships when I am in that position.
Look forward to seeing you in class!
Some updates and announcements first.
Jake Parker and I are teaching an online children's book class. It's not too late to buy the "LITE" version here.
We are probably going to run a critique only class but will only open it up to people who have taken our LITE or FULL class. The reason for this is so everyone is up to speed on the material we went over in class. The critique only class will allow attendees the opportunity to get critiques and draw overs on their existing work or work from our class or work they haven't done yet.
The LITE class will only be available for a few more weeks - it will be gone on July 11th.Here's the link to the class
We also have a facebook page for SVS here
These are some of the comments I pulled off of our facebook page:
Thank you Jake & Will, tonight was worth the price of admission. Awesome info.
Hello! I am one of the LITE students and I just finished listening to the first lesson. Thank you so much, Will and Jake, for sharing your experiences and insights. Can't wait till the next class!
Couldn't be more excited to be part of this class! After just the first lesson I have two pages full of useful info and a ton of inspiration.
Fantastic first class...love the personal sharing approach and tips on what you do to stay creative!
It really is a great and fresh approach to learning, you guys definitely have found a great format to share and keep it interesting.
No complaints on my end. Video & audio was coming through fine. And the content was fantastic. Super cool to have an opportunity for learning like that online.
wanted to thank you both (I couldn't even say Jake's environment rocked), So COOL, good to see the two of you riffing off each other
Thanks Will Terry and Jake! Great lesson... perspective is no longer a headache. I think watching it get manipulated was THE most helpful thing I've seen to date! Going to go practice!
Jake pushes beyond those normal perspective lessons. For him to say to not be exact because it makes you stiff. AND especially him showing the lines on his work was JUST INCREDIBLE
Just wanted to let you know I am loving the class! It's been super helpful and it is a great way for me to learn because I haven't been able to find any illustration classes where I live.
The train ride from Boston had wi-fi, views of the water, & animals!
Van Arts: Pixar Masterclass in New York!
The class features working Pixar employees. Each giving a talk on their specialty, with it being Ricky Nierva first time to the event. Since he's crazy busy as the character design/production designer.
Animation: Day 1 with Andrew Gordon
The first day had the most notes
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Blog: Sunshine Hill
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By: Stephane Kardos,
Blog: Stef's sketches
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I included some of the original concepts.
Anger is a good, healthy thing. It let’s you know when things are not right in your world.
Yesterday I had a pissy attack. I don’t usually care much for Twitter but it proved to be an excellent way to discharge my anger and frustration. I figured although I have over 400 followers, most of which are folks who don’t give a hoot what I do and who I am, that I was safe and could dump on my feed comfortably. It did seem to help.
Today I have some clarity. Do you ever notice that if you have one of those days, usually there’s a theme lesson that is happening. I was super angry at Verizon. This isn’t the first time my needs were ignored and I found myself with a huge overage bill that I did try to rectify but since I had upgraded online the new plan was in effect “incorrectly” so I had an extra $70.00 tacked on my bill. Not cool. I have a real problem with corporations that have different rules that don’t make much sense and don’t hear the individual. They did not earn my money nor they deserve that amount.
I was also very upset when I heard news of a situation with a former friend that was another “everyone is all happy and smiling but underneath is massive dysfunction that I can see but they won’t even talk about.” It’s the old Oleander experience I have lived with in the past. Everything is just fine, just drink the Coolaid. My usual response with both these situations is to want to scream and educate and show everyone, Hey! There’s a problem here. I want to warn people so they aren’t hurt! And I’ve lived in too many situations where I felt like I was in the middle of one of those horror movies where you are the only one seeing the evil alien behind the mask who is trying to take over Earth for destruction and no one believes you, because the alien looks just fine.
With the second situation, unfortunately, it’s not my problem. If someone’s lesson is to deal with an unhealthy individual, I can’t interfere. Unfortunately, in time, they will find that out–the mask will fall off. With Verizon, I could continue to try to convince them that there is an issue and jump up and down or I can…find a new phone company.
I often wrote about my problem with finding a good veterinarian and that situation finally shifted. I found a very kind one that will listen and is reasonable after kissing many toads that didn’t hear me or were very shaming. I guess when I look back at that situation when I was in it, I felt stuck in that endless cycle of discomfort until I got super pissy and realized I deserved to have what I needed and wanted. I didn’t have to play that dance anymore.
If my phone company doesn’t hear me I can look for one that will and that fits my needs. I don’t want to pay for a Share Everything Plan to save money when it’s just one phone!
And that toxic friend–obviously, I was in the middle of the lesson thinking I didn’t deserve more, and at the first signs of creepy behavior and red flags I should have ran the other way. Far away. Maybe that’s what I’m really upset about now. And that means no arguing, no trying to show or point out the alien in the mask, no trying to fix, or worse, heal them.
I still am fighting the urge to put up billboards for folks to stay away from certain organizations. So I finally learned that important lesson in that playing field. And some folks are still there–in school, so I need to have compassion, and not take away their schoolyard.
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Here is some more of the lined style I'm working on. Just a study of a couple of friends having fun together.