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2576. Fish and ships

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2577. nerosunero at Museum / works + interview

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2578. ‘Over the Garden Wall,’ Steven Universe,’ and ‘Wander Over Yonder’ Score First Emmy Noms

Some popular animated programs are being recognized for the first time this year.

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2579. Chart: A Guide to Every Disney Animation Sequel, Remake & Spinoff

How often does Disney make sequels, spinoffs, and remakes based on its animated features? This chart explains.

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2580. DESIGNER - abby galloway

These are the latest works from Abby Galloway. Abby is an illustrator, painter and designer based in Westview, Kentucky. If you are looking for up to date prints such as cacti and pineapples you can see her portfolio online here.

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2581. Happy 60th Birthday, Disneyland! Here are Your Best (and Worst) Animation-Based Attractions

Disneyland and animation have gone hand-in-hand for 60 years now.

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2582. Pick of the Week for GARDEN and This Week’s Topic


It’s Illustration Friday again!

We’re ready to announce this week’s topic, but first please enjoy the wonderful illustration above by Veronica Grech, our Pick of the Week for last week’s topic of GARDEN. Thanks to everyone who participated with drawings, paintings, sculptures, and more. We love seeing it all!

You can see a gallery of ALL the entries here.

And of course, you can now participate in this week’s topic:


Here’s how:

Step 1: Illustrate your interpretation of the current week’s topic (always viewable on the homepage).

Step 2: Post your image onto your blog / flickr / facebook, etc.

Step 3: Come back to Illustration Friday and submit your illustration (see big “Submit your illustration” button on the homepage).

Step 4: Your illustration will then be added to the public Gallery where it will be viewable along with everyone else’s from the IF community!

Also be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter and subscribe to our weekly email newsletter to keep up with our exciting community updates!


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2583. Treasure

“I'm an adventurer, looking for treasure.” 
Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

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2584. Motion Graphic Novel – The Land of the Magic Flute

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The Land of the Magic Flute is a Motion Graphic Novel, a re-imagined version of Mozart’s classic Magic Flute. We decided to take opera and narrate it in a fresh and entirely new medium. We implemented the opera in a contemporary way, into the shape of a comic and a language that speaks to youth. Mysterious and full of secrets, atmospheric drawings and animations, along with seven complete arias and a music concept which plays with excerpts from Mozart’s composition, The Land of the Magic Flute Motion Graphic Novel creates an unforgettable visual and hearing experience.”

Experience The Land of the Magic Flute here >>

Watch the trailer video here >>

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2585. Stop Blaming CGI and VFX for Everything, Says One Film Critic

"Attacking something purely because it’s CGI is lazy."

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2586. Squee! My illustrations are in the August issue of Highlights...

Squee! My illustrations are in the August issue of Highlights Hive Five!

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2587. DESIGNER - laura olivia

Laura Olivia latest work has been working as a surface pattern designer since 2010 with clients in fashion, stationery, beauty products and interiors. Laura's latest collection is called 'Mekong Delta' and is based on the Mekong Delta river in Vietnam and the surrounding banks and villages. The prints were designed with wallpaper, bedding and home fabrics in mind and are available to buy

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2588. Weather, Weather, Weather... SketchCrawling in Edale

The weather forecast for last Sunday - SketchCrawl day - was for it to rain overnight, but be dry all day. It was raining when I got up and still raining at 9 o'clock, when I got to the station. Hmmmm... 

I met Oliver, another sketcher, on the train. We both agreed it would clear up soon. Our optimism was rewarded on our arrival at Edale Station, where we also met two new members, Katie and Isabel, along with Archie, the dog. Undeterred by the low turn-out, our compact band of four set off for the hills. We got 100 yards and it started to rain.

Luckily, because we hadn't got far, a little cafe presented itself and we dived in. With huge self-control, we ordered tea, but none of the home-baked scones or flapjacks. It was still warm, so we took Archie out into the covered garden at the back, where I christened a brand new concertina book I had made the day before, by quickly painting the trees you can see above. 

The sun came out, so we ventured forth once more. Guess what? Yep. It was only spitting though. We were intrepid, we didn't care! But the trouble with Edale, is that it is mostly bare hills and no matter how intrepid you are, you can't use a sketchbook in the wet. After a while though, we found a couple of twisty trees, which gave some shelter, and set up camp. 

The great thing about dodgy weather is the sky. I had chosen a spot which gave us a panoramic view of the hills on either side on the valley. The light was constantly changing as huge, threatening clouds slid along the horizon. It was all very dramatic. The rain stopped again. Despite the very ominous skies that came and went, it remained dry for the rest of the morning. I painted like a demon. I love it up there.

Unfortunately, it was getting quite windy and we were all getting rather chilly. We gobbled our packed lunches, managed one last quick sketch, then headed back down. Close to the station there is a pub. It was raining again as we queued at the bar, but had stopped by the time we got our coffees, so we braved the beer garden with its lovely views. It was much warmer down in the valley. 

Lucy and Isabel headed home mid afternoon, but Oliver and I were back in the groove and kept scribbling. Oliver caught the 4.30 train back to Sheffield, but by then the sun was out, so I stayed another hour and drew some houses behind the pub:

I walked up to the station for the 5.30 train, but the views from the platform were even better than the views from the pub. The train pulled in. The hills looked at me with their gorgeous end-of-day shadows...

What's a sketcher to do? I let the train go and got out my paints again. I stood on the platform for the rest of the hour, painting the one above. I had to start a new book as I had filled the forts one. I finally heading back to Sheffield on the 6.30 train. 

When I got home, I laid out everything I had done and was astonished at how much I had managed: 

As you can see, the largest of my concertina's fell in half - it didn't like the dampness and, more than that, didn't like the fact that I had made it at speed and so used Pritt-Stick instead of PVA for the joins (note to self). 

Phew. I need a lie-down just looking at all that work!

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2589. "Imaginary Things" by Linda T Snider-Ward, Louisiana artist

Imaginary Things is part of a series of watercolor "thing" paintings. The paintings are created from my mind but often end up looking like something recognizable. This piece looks like seaweed and shells, washed up on the shore. More of my artwork can be seen on my website and my Etsy shop

If you're a watercolorist or just someone who enjoys experimenting with watercolor, and you would like to join this site and share your work, send me a link to your blog or website in a comment, and I'll add you to the site.

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2590. Artist of the Day: H. Faye Kahn

Discover the artwork of H. Faye Kahn, Cartoon Brew's Artist of the Day!

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2591. Friday Linky List - July 17, 2015

From The Amherst Bulletin (via PW): Renaissance Man Eric Carle Museum opens new exhibit on late illustrator Fred Marcellino

From The Guardian (via PW): Top writing tips for new children's authors from top editors

From The Guardian (via PW): 150 Years of Alice in Wonderland - in pictures

From PW: Authors, Booksellers & Agents Call for DoJ to Investigate Amazon (to investigate if Amazon has a monopoly on the retail book sales business

From School Library Journal's Betsy Bird's Fuse #8: When Clothing Approximates Sexism (and other woes)

From 100 Scope Notes (at SLJ): The Newbery Title Frankenstein, Create your own Newbery title

At Horn Book: Louis Sachar Talks with Roger (Sutton)

From Authors Helping Writers (via SCBWI Belgium): The Hardest Part of Writing Good Character Arcs - and How You Can Make It Look Easy!

From Washington's Top News (via PW): Vending machines in Anacostia provide free children's books

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2593. Dunes.

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2594. 10 Reasons Artists Won't Starve

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2595. GJ Book Club: Chapter 15: Balance

On the GJ Book Club, we're looking at Chapter 15: "Balance" in Harold Speed's 1917 classic The Practice and Science of Drawing. The following numbered paragraphs cite key points in boldface. If you would like to respond to a specific image or point, please precede your comment by the corresponding number.

The chapter called “Balance” might better have been titled “Opposition” because central to Speed’s philosophy is that the picture should contain a contrast between compositional forces. As he says:

1. In art we have the same play of opposing factors, straight lines and curves, light and dark, warm and cold colour oppose each other.

He points out that these opposing forces generally don’t balance evenly, especially in an exciting subject, where you want one side to be winning.

2. The opposition between straight lines and curves.
The first thing that came to mind was the drawings of the two Disney animation legends Bill Tytla (top) compared to Milt Kahl (bottom), the former made up more of rounded shapes, and the latter with more of a preponderance of straight lines. Both were master animation draftsmen, and if you look closely they both alternated straights and curves.

3. The rococo art of the eighteenth century is an instance of the excessive use of curved forms.
Speed’s view is that if you’re going to err on the side of straights or curves, it’s better to err on the side of more severe straight lines. (I kind of like rococo design, though).

3. Opposition between flat and gradated tones.
I thought of Maynard Dixon (top) vs. Thomas Hart Benton (bottom). Of course in the Dixon, the tones aren't all totally flat: there's some broken color and a gradation in the sky, but relative to the Benton, it's fairly flat. Note that the lines are straighter in the Dixon and rounder in the Beonton. 

Although Speed wrote earlier in the book about the importance of gradated tones, he said a painting can get messed up with too much ill-considered gradation and that a way to fix it is to replace the gradated areas with flat tones, kind of equivalent to the “Poster Edges” filter in Photoshop.

4. There should be some balance between the extremes of light and dark used in the tone scheme of the picture.

The Levels histogram in Photoshop shows this metric very clearly. Speed is suggesting that if you want to leave some space above the top end of the histogram, you should leave some at the bottom, too, so that the distance between the lightest lights and white is comparable to the distance from the darkest dark to black.

I had never heard before the old rule he refers to, “that a picture should be two-thirds light and one-third dark.” He’s certainly willing to challenge that idea.

5. Opposition between warm and cool colors. 
Speed says: “the further your colouring goes in the direction of warmth, the further it will be necessary to go in the opposite direction, to right the balance.”

This is similar to what our eyes do with chromatic adaptation. When we walk into a room lit by warm light, the “white balance” system of our eyes adjusts to even out the balance. In designing a color script for a film, we can temporarily upset the balance and plan a sequence that’s very much to the cool side, for example, but it should be followed soon after by a contrasting color scheme to provide relief.

6. Opposition between Interest and Mass.
Speed acknowledges here the psychological weight of certain objects, especially figures, which can often balance a large mass such as a tree or cloud.

Harold Speed (Dover ed.)
The Practice and Science of Drawing is available in various formats:
1. Inexpensive softcover edition from Dover, (by far the majority of you are reading it in this format)
2. Fully illustrated and formatted for Kindle.
3. Free online Archive.org edition.
4. Project Gutenberg version
Articles on Harold Speed in the Studio Magazine The Studio, Volume 15, "The Work of Harold Speed" by A. L. Baldry. (XV. No. 69. — December, 1898.) page 151.
and The Windsor Magazine, Volume 25, "The Art of Mr. Harold Speed" by Austin Chester, page 335. (thanks, अर्जुन)
GJ Book Club on Pinterest (Thanks, Carolyn Kasper)
GJ Facebook page
Original blog post Announcing the GJ Book Club

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2596. Harts Pass No. 258

The one-year anniversary of the start of last summer's Carleton Complex wildfire. Although extremely dry and fairly warm so far, the land is healing and the rebuilding is well underway. I haven't seen this week's edition of the Methow Valley News, but it promises to be an issue dedicated in some small way to remembering last summer's fires.

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2597. Treasure by Katy Nicolau


Submitted by Katy Nicolau for the Illustration Friday topic TREASURE.

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2598. Learn What Made Chuck Jones A Great Director In Under 9 Minutes

The filmmaking essay series "Every Frame A Painting" takes a trip into the wondrous, disciplined mind of legendary animation director Chuck Jones.

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2599. TREASURE by Patrick Girouard


Submitted by Patrick Girouard for the Illustration Friday topic TREASURE.

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2600. Comics Illustrator of the Week :: Brandon Graham

















It was a rare “event week” for me at the comics shop with the much anticipated release of the new comics anthology Island! Brandon Graham, the creator, editor, and cover artist for Island is our subject this week. Graham’s work is inspired by classic European and Japanese(manga)comics. He started off drawing comics for Antarctic Press & Radio Comix, some being pornographic(see Milk! #7, etc.).

Graham would go on to work with the infamous Meathaus collective and to creating his own independent titles: Multiple Warheads and King City. I was fortunate to meet the super-friendly Mr. Graham back in 2012 during his Multiple Warheads: Alphabet Tour and he was kind enough to contribute to my convention sketchbook!

Brandon Graham is part of a new age of Image Comics, which has overtaken the “Big 2″(Marvel/DC) in the original content department. Recently, Graham, along with artist Simon Roy, “re-imagined” Image Comics co-founder Rob Liefeld’s Prophet to much critical acclaim.

Island #1 is an over-sized comic magazine published by Image Comics and features work by Brandon Graham, Marian Churchland, Emma Rios, Kelly Sue DeConnick, and Ludroe. You can check out a preview here. The series will be released on a monthly basis.

You can see the latest news & art updates for Brandon Graham here.

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

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