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2576. alan rickman! noooooo

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2577. Kirsten Lepore Lends Stop-Motion Skill to Tonight’s ‘Adventure Time’

Lepore spoke with Cartoon Brew about the tactile wonder of stop-motion, gender and merit in animation, and why guest-directing 'Adventure Time' is a resume-stuffer that's hard to beat.

The post Kirsten Lepore Lends Stop-Motion Skill to Tonight’s ‘Adventure Time’ appeared first on Cartoon Brew.

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2578. shape challenge thursday

Yesterday my studio mate Elissa Elwick and I had fun taking our #ShapeChallenge drawings to the local cafe on our coffee break:



Here's Elissa's drawing (@ElissaElwick):


And mine:


It was fun seeing kids jumping in on the action! These came from a library in Bury, tweeted by Miss Ryder @BGSGLibrary:



@MrsJTeaches was also glad to see her kids drawing:


By Morris (via @MrsJTeaches)


By Mabel (also via @MrsJTeaches)


By Laurence (via his mum @caro_smith1)


By @ADsaxist


By @its_monocat


By @MrEFinch


By @PhilipArdagh


By @edwinburrow


By @cloesuzannebon


By @cartoonsbyRic


By @MrsJTeaches


By @phoebecarter65


By @roystoncartoons


By @gill_lewis


By @ReaditDaddy


By @Helenfarhan


By @SelinaLock


By @AcmeDarryl



And here's Thursday's new shape!

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2579. Presidential Polar Bear Post Card Project No. 62 - 1.12.16


Wild things in unexpected places! Austin's Barton Spring Salamander is an endangered lungless salamander that lives only in this unique Barton Springs habitat. A special find for a traveling bear.(An OK scan... and this is what I'll have for posterity sake. One more of these subpar scans to post but will scan/upload the last two for the week I get home. Sorry to keep the President waiting, but so it goes.) 

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2580. Immediate payday loan available

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THE FIRST BITE: SLICING THROUGH A BIRTHDAY CAKE TO REVEAL LAYERS OF TRUTH By Ramin Ganeshram, Journalist, Author As members of the children’s publishing community, we have a tremendous responsibility to present history with the utmost accuracy and care. Keenly aware of this, author Ramin Ganeshram, a noted culinary scholar, an expert in the field of Washingtonian history, and the mother of a school-age daughter, spent years researching the life and times of George Washington’s enslaved chef, Hercules to craft her book A Birthday Cake for George Washington. And, with this responsibility in mind, acclaimed artist Vanessa Newton made the deliberate choice to depict slaves as beautiful people who possessed great dignity, who experienced joy in their accomplishments as the president’s servants – and who smiled about their achievements in the face of slavery’s degrading evils. These depictions have engendered important discussions surrounding A Birthday Cake for George Washington and the book A Fine Dessert, most recently compared in a thought-provoking article that appeared in Kirkus, and addressed in the Scholastic On Our Minds blog. Scholastic is very proud to publish A Birthday Cake for George Washington. As the editor of this illuminating book, I am very pleased to welcome Ramin to this essential dialogue. In this post, Ramin shares her views. Here, she articulates why it’s imperative to render diverse depictions of slavery. She addresses slavery’s complex history and why this history must be addressed in its most accurate form, even when accuracy makes us uncomfortable. – Andrea Davis Pinkney, Vice President, Executive Editor, Scholastic Trade Writing about history is a tricky thing. When books center on—or even refer to—diverse historical characters, things become even trickier. We saw this with the critical backlash of Emily Jenkins’ A Fine Dessert and now with my book A Birthday Cake for George Washington (Scholastic 2016). Unlike many books that feature historical characters that are spun from their creators’ minds A Birthday Cake for George Washington, tells the story of a real American—Hercules, George Washington’s enslaved chef. He was a man renowned for his skill; a man respected by President Washington, a man who lived with pride and dignity. I know these facts from the nearly four years of research I did with the aid of historians, largely, at the National Park Service’s President’s House site in Philadelphia, where my story is set. We know from first-hand accounts that Hercules was famous in his day as a towering culinarian—admired and in-charge, despite his bondage. My story is furthered bolstered by my decades of research into American culinary heritage and the complex and varied nature of enslaved existence, particularly in Early Federal America—information used to demonstrate the range of Chef Hercules’ skill and brilliance. Yet, the discussion and criticism of the book has, instead, been focused on the literal face value of the characters. How could they smile? How could they be anything but unrelentingly miserable? How could they be proud to bake a cake for George Washington? The answers to those questions are complex because human nature is complex. Bizarrely and yes, disturbingly, there were some enslaved people who had a better quality of life than others and “close” relationships with those who enslaved them. But they were smart enough to use those “advantages” to improve their lives. It is the historical record—not my opinion—that shows that enslaved people who received “status” positions were proud of these positions—and made use of the “perks” of those positions. It is what illustrator Vanessa Brantley-Newton calls out in her artist’s note as informing her decision to depict those in A Birthday Cake For George Washington as happy and prideful people. In a modern sense, many of us don’t like to consider this, fearing that if we deviate from the narrative of constant-cruelty we diminish the horror of slavery. But if we chose to only focus on those who fit that singular viewpoint, we run the risk of erasing those, like Chef Hercules, who were remarkable, talented, and resourceful enough to use any and every skill to their own advantage. In our modern society, we abhor holding two competing truths in our minds. It is simply too hard. How could one person enslave another and at the same time respect him? It’s difficult to fathom, but the fact remains it was true. We owe it to ourselves—and those who went before—to try and understand this confusing and uncomfortable truth. To refuse to do so diminishes their history to one-dimension histories that may give comfort to some but ultimately rob us all of the potential for real understanding. With this in mind, we must be extremely careful about substituting old tropes for new ones. In the sadly not-so-distant past, enslaved people were often depicted in children’s literature as childlike, foolish, or happily insensible of their condition. Counteracting the industry’s previous wrongs, recent books like Dave The Potter, Henry’s Freedom Box, and The Story of African Americans have been gorgeous, intense and…pervasively somber. These depictions lend legitimate gravitas to their subjects—but the range of human emotion and behavior is vast, and there is room in between how the literary world depicted historical African American characters and how it does now. We must be mindful that we don’t judge historical figures by modern viewpoints. Knowing this, we thought long and hard about each word and depiction in A Birthday Cake for George Washington, as my editor Andrea Pinkney outlines in this post. Perhaps most diminishing within the critical commentary on blogs and elsewhere is the parsing of the race of the creators of the two projects one white (A Fine Dessert) and one of color (A Birthday Cake for George Washington). This is a reductive and divisive subterfuge that misses what should be the only point about legitimacy: If you do the deep research, ferret out the facts and are true to them then you have literary authority, regardless of color or ethnicity. When you write from your singular perspective or purely from imagination and pass it off as history, then authority is not yours. We in children’s publishing are now at a critical tipping point in discussions about race and history. Right now, we can come together to cut through the previous layers of singular perception and slice to the heart of the truth. Will you take the first bite? Ramin Ganeshram is a veteran journalist who holds a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University. She has worked as a feature writer for the New York Times and for Newsday as a feature writer and food columnist. She has been awarded seven Society of Professional Journalist awards for her work and has been a finalist for the IACP Bert Greene Award for Culinary Journalism. Her articles have been published in Forbes, National Geographic Traveler; Four Seasons, Saveur, Gourmet, Bon Appetit, and for NPR. She is also the author of a number of cookbooks

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2582. Harvey Dunn and His Students at the Rockwell

Last week we visited the Norman Rockwell Museum to see the exhibition "Masters of the Golden Age: Harvey Dunn and His Students." 

  
Dunn was a vital link between Howard Pyle's teaching and a generation of story illustrators in the Golden Age of Illustration. The exhibit includes a room showcasing Dunn's students, including Dean Cornwell, Harold Von Schmidt, and Dan Content. They produced big canvases brimming with color, character, and drama.


For example, here's a painting of "The Count of Monte Cristo" by Mead Schaeffer (from the Kelly Collection of American Art). The head is lit from above by a greenish light, shadowing the brows, and the bright yellow / white slash of light behind is applied boldly with a painting knife.


Dunn's precepts were forthright and positive, leaving no room for weak or tentative handling. He emphasized the same kind of mental projection that Pyle advocated. For example:
Everything must be positive. Never in doubt.
Put yourself in the picture and the situation.
To eliminate takes a great deal of study.
A man cannot lie unless he knows the truth.
Two of the rooms show the work of Harvey Dunn himself, and the work is beautifully presented by the museum staff. His students made a life cast of his face and hand, and those are displayed in a vitrine in the show. 


Unfortunately, even though I came to the show wanting to love his paintings, I found them less inspiring than the work of his students. Although many of Dunn's initial ideas had epic potential, the execution often suffers from awkward drawing and heavy-handed paint application.  

We found a letter in the museum archives where Tom Lovell summed up the problem: "Harvey Dunn could draw when it suited his purpose—all the "old ones" were well drawn. Later he became more crude in drawing and value."

This crudeness, I believe, comes from skipping over preparatory steps and proceeding directly from idea to the finished canvas. Many of the Golden Age illustrators produced such a volume of work on such short schedules that they often dispensed with preliminary steps. Illustrators who neglect those stages are more hit-or-miss, producing work that is often sub-par.

I think the consistently high quality of the work of Norman Rockwell, J.C. Leyendecker, and Tom Lovell results from the thoroughness and professionalism of their intermediate stages: sketch, color sketch, figure study, charcoal comp, etc.



We finished the day visiting the Museum archives and the classrooms with Patrick O'Donnell, a game designer and teacher. He's doing a program called "Art in Motion" where he demonstrates drawing for families who visit the museum. He'll be doing it again on February 13.
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"Masters of the Golden Age: Harvey Dunn and His Students" will be at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts through March 6, 2016
More on Mead Schaeffer on Illustration Art
PDF of Dunn's teaching "An Evening in the Clasroom"

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2583. CARDS - marks & Spencer

More Marks and Spencer's today with a look at some new arrivals in cards and stationery. I was amazed to see on January 4th that the Valentine's day and Mother's Day Cards were already out on the shelves. But today I am focusing mainly on general everyday new designs including lots of interesting hand drawn lettering. M&S reported some slow sales over the holiday period (mainly in clothing) but

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2584. Robbie Robertson's HIAWATHA AND THE PEACEMAKER - Guest Post by David Shannon!


HIAWATHA AND THE PEACEMAKER - SYMBOLISM
by David Shannon

      When I was approached by Abrams about illustrating this book, my first inclination was to turn it down. I was in the middle of several projects and busy writing my own stories, but I agreed to meet with the author, Robbie Robertson. After all, it’s not everyday you get a chance to meet one of the rock ‘n’ roll’s greatest guitarists, and his telling of the Hiawatha story was very compelling. It reminded me of some of the first books I’d illustrated, particularly The Rough-Face Girl, by Rafe Martin.
      Robbie and I met at his recording studio, and he told me how as a boy he’d listened to an elder tell the story of Hiawatha in a lodge in Canada. Robbie is a very good storyteller - whether it’s in a song, a book, or just sitting in a room – and soon I was beginning to mentally re-arrange my work schedule. Then he played the song he’d recorded for the book and it was clear that working with him would be a unique experience. So, I agreed to illustrate Hiawatha and the Peacemaker.
      Anytime I work on a cultural folktale, it begins with research. Librarians use books like this as teaching tools, so I try to get the details as accurate as possible (it’s a great excuse to buy a bunch of books and visit museums). At the same time, I don’t want to just copy what I’ve found, so there’s some imagination involved as well. I also try to use clothing, artifacts, and setting to enhance the story through symbolism.
      Hiawatha is a big, dramatic story about war and peace, hate and righteousness. There are many symbolic elements of magical realism – a stone canoe, a villain with snakes in his hair, a solar eclipse – that needed to be front and center in the illustrations. It took a lot of work in both the pencil sketches and the finished oil paintings to make these pieces believable and yet maintain a feeling of “otherworldliness”.
      As with many Indian tales, Nature plays a large part and I tried to use trees, water, fire, and stone as secondary symbols to reinforce the spiritual side of the story.
      The theme that drew me to the story most, however, is the idea of healing through forgiveness. Hiawatha suffers a great loss at the beginning of the story – the murder of his family – and must heal himself while he seeks to bring peace to the warring tribes. He does this by forgiving his enemy rather than fighting him. By healing his enemy’s psychic wounds he heals himself. His enemy, the warlord Tadodaho, is physically corrupted by his own evil and power. His body is contorted and snakes slither in and out of his hair. Hiawatha gives him medicine and drives away the snakes – pretty clear symbolism there!
     But Hiawatha’s healing is more subtle and internal and is symbolized by a wound across his eye. As the story progresses and he learns to see things differently according to the teachings of the Peacemaker, the wound slowly heals. In the end, it is his act of forgiveness toward Tadodaho that breaks the cycle of war and allows all the tribes, and Hiawatha in particular, to embrace his own life again.

CLICK HERE to buy the book.
Hiawatha and the Peacemaker by Robbie Robertson, illustrated by David Shannon, published by Abrams Books for Young Readers.

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2585. I'm giving a TEDx Talk!

Cat's out of the bag! I have been invited to give a TEDx talk here at the University of Edinburgh! It will be held at Central Hall on February 18th and tickets go on sale Friday. CLICK HERE or the image above for more information. (If you're a local friend, I sure hope you'll come and cheer me on!)
      Here's my blurb:
Is Your Stuff Stopping You?
     Award-winning author, illustrator, teacher and student Elizabeth Dulemba recently sold or gave away nearly everything she owned. And yet, she’s no minimalist. She’ll walk you through how she did it, and share how you too can open yourself to opportunities by evaluating your stuff – debunking the illusion of value we place on material possessions. Why do this? To answer the question "Is your stuff stopping you?"
     As part of the preparation for the day, I was given a one-hour-long training session with a professional speaking coach. WOWSA! I've been speaking publicly in front of all sizes/ages of crowds for over a decade, but I learned so much from Mel Sherwood of Grow-Your-Potential.com! I happily gave her a video testimonial when we were finished. Click the image to have a watch on Youtube.

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2586. Harts Pass No. 282

For David Bowie: 1947-2016

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2587. shape challenge friday

Thursday's #ShapeChallenge!



By @AcmeDarryl


By @MrEFinch


By @Dave_Windett



By @gill_lewis


By @Schaafkaas_nl


By @DazNewall


By @Thatsebuk


By @ReaditDaddy


By @cartoonsbyRic


By Mabel (via @MrsJTeaches)


By @MrsJTeaches


By @SelinaLock


By @CuppaMatt


By @richardjoyce72


By @ADsaxist


By @cstewart16


By Emerald (via @cstewart16)


By @SJ_Popcorn


By @PhilipArdagh


By @edwinburrow


By @tobobobo


By @allykennen


By @its_monocat



And today's shape! Do jump in and use the #ShapeChallenge hashtag. :)

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2588. NEW SEASON - marks & spencer kids

Next up I wanted to share some store snaps with you of my visit to Marks and Spencer's last week featuring children's prints. These bold new fruit designs on spring dresses really caught my eye. There have been lots of new arrivals since Christmas and below I have snapped a few prints in store and found some extra images online.

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2589. Figure Friday

Life drawing. Mixed pose day (this is about 40 minutes). Charcoal on newsprint.

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2590. ‘Violence Over Sex’ by Aron Keyser

A day at the beach goes wrong…but the parents have a solution.

The post ‘Violence Over Sex’ by Aron Keyser appeared first on Cartoon Brew.

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2591. STATIONERY - marks & spencer

And finally to finish off the week here are some of Marks and Spencer's stylish stationery items. I snapped these in their store in Bath where they have one of their 'Paper Library' boutiques. The area is especially designed with unique shelving and features notebooks, washi tapes, sticky notes, staplers, paper clips and more. Here are some of the items that featured a surface pattern... Read the rest of this post

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2592. KITCHEN - marks & spencer

I couldn't wait a minute longer to post these beautiful new designs from Marks and Spencer today. I really loved the look of their fab 'Hen' kitchen range which features Scandi style birds, fruits and flowers on a tea towel (above and below), as well as an apron, round tray, oven gloves and mugs.

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2593. Polar Bear Post Card Posts -- A Temporary Hold!


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2594. International Book Giving Day 2016

Whoa, it's been a year since I last blogged! I'm sorry about that; I promise to update with another post this month. :o)

For now, please allow me to remind you that February 14 is International Book Giving Day. On that day, you are encouraged to spread the love of books and reading among children by:

1) gifting a book to a friend or family member,
2) leaving a book in a waiting room for children to read,
3) donating a gently used book to a local library, hospital or shelter, or to an organization that distributes used books to children in need internationally.
For more details on International Book Giving Day, please visit www.bookgivingday.com and scroll through the hashtag #bookgivingday on your social media accounts.

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2595. 2016 Oscar Nominations: Animation Analysis

Low-budget features and South American contenders are competing alongside Pixar this year.

The post 2016 Oscar Nominations: Animation Analysis appeared first on Cartoon Brew.

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2596. Hello world!

Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start writing!

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2597. Picture Book Study: My Cousin MOMO by Zachariah OHora

This is a children’s picture book structure break down for My Cousin MOMO by Zachariah OHora. This breakdown will contain spoilers. Once upon a time:…

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2598. Portable dust removal units


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2599. KITE WEATHER

HOW TO FIND GOLD is only one of Anna and Crocodile's adventures.

I wrote a few of them down as letters to my team at Walker Books.
Here is a blustery one.










There's a whole book about Anna and Crocodile, called HOW TO FIND GOLD.

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2600. When Books Dream, and Other Caldecott Thoughts

When books sleep, do they see in color? 
In their slumbering, do they take a wayward path, 
meandering through bright worlds and words, 
do their characters reach for lofty things?

Do books dream
of Caldecott and Newbery?

Or do they wish
to be read,
to be loved,
from end to end,
from page to page,

word after word after word?

On Monday, the American Library Association announced their choices,
the most distinguished books of 2016. 
They've picked the stellar standouts, 
a handful of beautiful treasures. 
Finding Winnie gets the Caldecott medal this year. 
Oh happy day for illustrator Sophie Blackall and author Lindsay Mattick!

Caldecott Honors go to:
Waiting, by Kevin Henkes,
 
Trombone Shorty, illustrated by Bryan Collier & written by Troy Andrews,

Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement,
illustrated by Ekua Holmes & written by Carole Boston Weatherford

and one more Caldecott Honor-
glorious surprise!

Last Stop on Market Street,  illustrated by Christian Robinson & written by Matt de la Peña
rode home not only a Caldecott Honor,
but a Coretta Scott King Honor,
and the Newbery Medal,
the award given each year for the most distinguished contribution
in American literature for children. 
What an exciting day!

Some of our other book favorites were honored on Monday with special awards as well.

Drum, Dream Girl, illustrated by Rafael Lopez & written by Margarita Engle
won the Pura Belpre' award for illustration.

Mango, Abuela, and Me, illustrated by Angela Dominguez & written by Meg Medina
earned Pura Belpre' Honors in both writing and illustration.

Emmanuel's Dream, illustrated by Sean Qualls 
& written by Pacific Northwest author Laurie Ann Thompson
was honored with the Schneider Family Book Award. 
Yay, Laurie! 

And tomorrow, our Library Mock Caldecott committee
finds out their winners.

Last week, the committee had to stand up
and defend their favorite book finalists,
provide good, deep dirt on why their books mattered.

 Nearly every kid present had a different favorite book.
Each speaker, even my crowd-shy wildebeests,
braved the limelight to give strong, passionate, thoughtful evidence
as to why their book was a winner.
And that's when it struck me -
each book wins.
Each book published has a chance to speak, to set a spark in a child.
And that is a win.

That's the beauty and the power
of these little, flat packages of words and pictures
that we call books.

So if tomorrow at the Library Mock Caldecott Awards Party,
there just happens to be one Mock Caldecott winner
and a surprising eight Honor books,
it is because
each of those books
has won over
some very passionate readers.

And if you just happen to be around tomorrow -

Thursday, January 14, 2016 at 3:45 p.m.

at the Jefferson County Library,

come in for the party!

All are invited!


Come see the books!


Have some party snacks and toothpicks!
 
If you read five books, you get to weigh in on the People's Choice vote.

And next Thursday at 3:45 p.m. at the library,
we'll write letters to authors and illustrators. 
We'll send awards to our winners.
 

Here's to books that dream,
and to books that spark readers and dreamers!

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