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2576. Trees. #digitalart

Trees. #digitalart

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2577. Artist of the Day: Enzo Pérès-Labourdette

Discover the art of Enzo Pérès-Labourdette, Cartoon Brew's Artist of the Day!

The post Artist of the Day: Enzo Pérès-Labourdette appeared first on Cartoon Brew.

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2578. Internet Creators Are Pressuring Youtube To Respect Fair Use Laws

Creators are calling for an end to Youtube's current policies, which allow corporations to abuse American copyright law and restrict the free speech rights of independent artists.

The post Internet Creators Are Pressuring Youtube To Respect Fair Use Laws appeared first on Cartoon Brew.

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2579. Drawing is like hunting

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2580. Color Charts Through History

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2581. Silicon Valley READS The Storm in the Barn!

During the first week of March, I'll be doing a series of events about The Storm in the Barn for the Silicon Valley READS program.

Here are the events that are free and open to the public!

And here's more about the Silicon Valley READS program!

Please come out and say howdy!

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2582. Finished these guys!Star Trek Cat Captains for the Cat Art Show...

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Finished these guys!

Star Trek Cat Captains for the Cat Art Show in LA this March. They will be for sale, partial proceeds going to Kitten Rescue. :3

These were all done in gouache.


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2583. WALLPAPER - kim parker for clarke & clarke

I was inspired to create today's post after seeing the cover image on the latest edition of Country Homes & Interiors magazine. It features a vivid floral spring floral by Clarke & Clarke. The wallpaper print is called Ariadne's Dream by Kim Parker from her Artbook collection. The range features various beautiful florals on both fabrics and wallpaper and can be seen online here.

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2584. While waiting for chicken tacos

After I put in the order for my chicken tacos, I get out the gouache. Just four colors: ultramarine blue, flame red (Daler Rowney), burnt sienna, and white.

There's a stop sign catching the full sun and a brick building in shadow just beyond it. I'm painting over a casein base layer tinted to yellow-orange, and using a dark blue colored pencil for the first lines. The horizontal line through the base of the stop sign is the eye level. 

At the end I bring in a little white Nupastel and light blue colored pencils for the lines of the bricks. Gouache presents a very receptive surface to chalk and colored pencils.
If you're ever passing through Kingston, New York, I can recommend the great homemade Oaxacan food at Just for You Mexican Restaurant

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2585. David OReilly on Tokyo’s Georama, A Different Kind of Animation Festival

Filmmaker David OReilly reports on his experiences at the one-of-a-kind Georama animation festival in Tokyo.

The post David OReilly on Tokyo’s Georama, A Different Kind of Animation Festival appeared first on Cartoon Brew.

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2586. Smile :D

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2587. Do you believe in fairies?

Do you believe in fairies? Valentine's Rene Cloke Postcard number 3930.
Posted to an address in Sloane Court, London in 1941.

Message reads ... Dear Virginia I hope you were very good in the car. Don't forget to tell Nanny that your blue pram cover is in the bottom drawer in the day nursery lots of love Nanny. 

What do you think about when you read those words sent to a little girl in 1941?  I imagine a large town house with a staff of uniformed nannies residing over a nursery located on a floor somewhere far away from the rest of the family. I’m thinking of the days when children of wealthy families were kept 'out of sight and out of mind' other than at set times when they would be brought down to see the mistress of the house. Or is it possible the card was sent by the child's grandmother in the hope it would be seen by her other grandmother?  Have I been watching too much Downton Abbey perhaps?

Secrets. Valentine's Rene Cloke Postcard number 4619 - undated and unused.

The Pixy School. Valentine's 'fine art' postcard Number 3715.
Sent to Miss Dashwood of Ealing, London in September 1949.

Elfins of the Brook. Valentine's 'fine art' postcard number 3931.

This was sent to the same little girl as the first card this time the message simply reads - See you at tea time xxx

The Dream Fairy. Valentine's Rene Cloke postcard number 4621.

Sent to 'Shirley' with love on her birthday.

Fairy Artists. Valentine's Rene Cloke postcard no 4729 posted on the 21st December 1951.

The Basket Maker. Valentine's Rene Cloke Fairy Series. Posted in 1954.

Sent to a Miss Harris with heaps of love and kisses from Uncle Glynn & Auntie Anne xx 

The Little House Beneath the Trees. Valentine's Rene Cloke Fairy Series number 5110.

Sent to 'Sarah darling' unfortunately the card has suffered some water damage, and the message is illegible.

A Song of Summer. Valentine's Rene Cloke postcard no 1330  - undated and unused. 

The Fairies go Marketing. Valentines Rene Cloke Postcard No 3332B

Posted on the 1st December 1950 and sent to Darling Angela.  Message reads...I thought you would love to see these little fairies going to market. Can you dance as light as a fairy? Love and lots of hugs and kisses from Mummy and Paul xxxx

Can you dance as light as a fairy?  I certainly can’t I have two left feet and absolutely no coordination.  

I hope you enjoyed these vintage postcards from my collection if you would like to see others please visit these previous posts.  Dear Maudie, Doesn’t the tempus seem to fugit?   Easter Greetings.  Cats and dogs ... and Peter rabbit.  Is this the ideal home for Snow White?

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2588. Betting on the right horse

Lately I've been writing book proposals for other people, and when one went out, two publishers responded right away. One offered a decent advance; the other wanted the book, but didn't want to pay for it.
"I've never sold a book for nothing," the agent wrote.
The editor was indignant; wanted the book and whined about uncertainty. The agent said that acquiring mss. ought not to be going for certainty (buying mss. that are like other best-selling books etc.) but "betting on the right horse."
I love that idea! And not just because it reminds me of John Steinbeck saying, "Publishing makes horse-racing look like a stable, secure business."
Betting on the right horse is a good way to think about my own books, too -- though for me it's like owning a horse as well as betting on one. If you muck out the stalls etc. yourself, owning a horse is a lot of work. And so is writing a book. You have to really love the creature to make all that work worthwhile, whether it wins the race or not.

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2589. Shady life

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2590. Trip To Denver: Trouble With Indians

After perusing the Wyeth Exhibition at the Denver Art Museum, (my review here)we headed downstairs to partake of A Place In The Sun, featuring the painting of Walter Ufer and E. Martin Hennings, two artist of Germany decent that made their way from the East Coast to Taos, New Mexico both around 1915 and were funded by the mayor of Chicago, Carter Harrison and Oscar Mayer, yup the hot dog tycoon.

E. Martin Hennings, often painted his subject, nestled amongst the idyllic scenery in Northern New Mexico....

Walter Ufer was a different matter and through his painting he had something to say. Unfortunately, it didn't seem the curators and docents at the Denver Art Museum did much research on why he painted what he painted, focusing more on how he painted it.

Ufer's painting are rough and full of symbolism. The smartly dressed docent, who was leading a gaggle of stylish Denverite ladies around the show near us got that right.... 

Past that, she got about everything else wrong. Yes, I live in the Four Corners, very near Taos and  next to the Navajo and Ute reservations, have taught Native American children for about a decade, am an artist which can make me annoying on "the facts", but when I hear an official volunteer with the mini microphone and touch pad declare not slight errors but grievous misinformation on a culture she and the museum, according to the plaques beside the painting have no interesting in "getting right", it makes me cringe.

"Are these from Guatemala," asked one of the ladies, pointing out the brightly colored blankets Ufer depicted on several of his subjects. No response from the Docent.

Standing in front of Ufer's painting "Me and Him,"another of the ladies in the group asked why they looked so mad. The Docent's response, was..."Well, they are just a mad people."

Pause,,,,yes, she declared that the indegnious people who saw their land, culture and lives being taken over by the Western expansion of Anglo Europeans were just "cranky".

Then, pondering "The Solemn Pledge", borrowed by the DAM from the Chicago Institute of Art...

The Docent declared the painting depicted several generations of father and son, as they sent the boy off to Indian School where he would learn "how to be an Indian."


I know the Denver Art Museum is well, an art museum, not a history museum. But to be frank, they aren't that good at getting the art part right either. As I mentioned at the top of the post, we also viewed the Wyatt show, featuring father and son Andrew and James. The reality is this, there is a wide, wide gap between being an artist and being a docent or a volunteer that works at an art museum, reading off the important bullet points listed for them....

Ease dropping in the Wyeth show, there were times I think the docents didn't really understand what they were reading off. I've been to enough museums and observed enough patrons to conclude they mostly want a short, ordered description to what they are looking at or sometimes just to be told what they should think about the painting in front of them. That is bad enough when the painting depicts something somewhat familiar to them.

But when the subject, the indigenous people surrounding Taos New Mexico already has  volumes and volumes of bad information, I can't stand anymore grievous misconceptions being added to people's perception.

The US Government did not set up Indian School to teach the native population how to be better Indians. They pulled children from their mother's arms, sometimes at gunpoint to literally "breed out the Red Man" by distancing the younger generations from their cultures, their language and their families. Cutting their hair, dressing them in White Man's clothing, beating them if they spoke their native tongues, teaching them a trade and often farming them out to be servants and laborers...

Thus many of Ufer's subjects were of the Pueblos Indians gardening and working for their White employers...

Bob Abbott and His Assistant (1935)

The plaque next to the painting talks more about Ufer's last great work being a self portrait, connecting the spent artist to the old car, instead of the dejected assistant, sitting on the bumper, obviously more important to Ufer, for his placement in the painting, then the old car.

Reality was and still is, that places like Taos and Santa Fe are attractive to rich Easterners like Henning, Ufer and even Georgia O'Keeffe for holidays, artists retreats, second homes where labor is cheap, real cheap.
 In New Mexico, though Anglos are in the minority, they hold the power, politically and have the say in most matters, like land. President Teddy Roosevelt took 48,000 acres of the Taos Pueblos land, land they have had claim to since the 13th century and made it part of the Carson National Forest. The land, including the Blue Lake which the Taos People consider sacred. The holdings were finally  returned to them 1970 and 1996.

Sadly. such facts were not very highlighted by the Denver Art Museum in their A Place In The Sun show.   

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2591. Innovative learning week at UoE - Picture Books

The University of Edinburgh has an awesome idea - one week every year the school opens up for students (and visitors) to try something new. It's called Innovative Learning Week. The idea is that an art student can go attend a law seminar. A medical student can go take a glass blowing workshop. TED was actually an Innovative Learning Week-based activity. Basically, they want folks to try something NEW! I didn't stray too far out of my comfort zone because I was busy preparing for TED (which was new for me!), but I did attend a Picture Book Workshop on Friday, hosted by Robbie Bushe, Janis Mackay and my bud, Kasia Matyjaszek.
      As in most picture book environments, fellow MFA Illustration student, Boris ended up being the only male attendee out of 40 - turns out it was the most popular workshop on campus and nearly 30 people were on the waiting list! I'm glad we got in!

     Kasia laughed when she saw me there. She said, "You don't need this!" I said, "I can always learn." In fact, I have a new theory developing... I think you can only learn so much about writing novels - it's more of a 'just do it' exercise. However, you can always learn more about creating picture books. They are such a complicated art form! And truly, I learned so much on Friday!
     Kasia (pictured above) has become my artistic muse, making me try new media and embrace my inner child. (Not as easy as you might think.) Janis got me back in touch with the Hero's Journey a la Joseph Campbell. I always knew the structure applied to novels, but I'd never seen how it applied to picture books so clearly until this workshop.
     But I'm getting ahead of myself. Here are some of the wonderful things we did. First off, we were given an envelope full of randomly cut pieces of colorful paper and asked to create a character with them. Mine gave me two, Beast and Birdie:
We were asked to draw our new character/s and then take them on a journey - for each stage we were handed another piece of cut paper to inspire us - and it DID! Who knew cut paper could be such a powerful imagination trigger?
     Janis took us on a writing journey with our new character/s. We created storyboards in the most economic way I'd ever seen. Why didn't I ever think of wide sticky notes, which can behave as replaceable spreads?
Back to the artwork, we put our character/s into scenes and created one spread using all manner of supplies. Kasia likes to play when she works, and she made sure we did too!
We had a blast, and I discovered colored inks - LOVE! At the end we had a show to display our creations (with Prosecco - how evolved).
Boris and I proudly shared our accomplishments.
Surprisingly, I actually came up with a story I want to fiddle with some more. Cut paper, cut paper, cut paper! Brilliant inks and be sure to make a mess. Who knew it could inspire so much? Maybe you should try it too!

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2592. Advice For Young Writers, Wonder Woman and PUNK SKUNKS: Three Questions with Trisha Speed Shaskan

Trisha Speed Shaskan has written over thirty books for children, including her latest picture book, Punk Skunks. Trisha has an MFA in creative writing. She’s been a bookseller, educator, and youth worker. Trisha lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota with her husband Stephen, and their cat Eartha, and dog, Bea. 

Punk Skunks is written by Trisha Speed Shaskan, illustrated by her husband Stephen Shaskan, and was published on February 9, 2016 by HarperCollins Children’s Books.

You can find out more about Trisha on her website, on Twitter and Facebook.

SYNOPSIS: Kit and Buzz are BSFs—best skunks forever. They play everything together, including music, until one day they clash.

Q. Could you please take a photo of something in your office and tell us the story behind it?

When I was a child, Wonder Woman (from the live action TV show of the same name) was my hero. She had brown hair like me. And she was a woman who could do anything. And I do mean anything! Fight. Sling a lasso. Fly an invisible plane. She was strong, athletic, and fierce. For my sixth birthday, my parents gave me Wonder Woman Underoos™. But they also gave me Wonder Woman bracelets and a crown my father had crafted out of sheet metal at the shop where he worked in the heating and ventilating business.

He didn’t usually make bracelets, but I wasn’t surprised he created them. Whenever he wanted to do anything, he figured it out, worked at it, and went for it. As a young man, he earned a technical college degree, apprenticed as a sheet metal worker, and worked for a heating and ventilating business until he was ready to launch his own business. What started as a storefront in downtown Winona, Minnesota, later became a bigger business, with more than one building.

We always called our family business “The shop.” My father’s you-can-do-anything-you-set-your-mind-to attitude always inspired me. As a teen, I holed up in my room reading Edgar Allan Poe’s stories and poems, which I wanted to emulate. My parents gave me a typewriter. I typed up a book of poems (which weren’t even close to Poe’s!) In college, I continued to write stories.

When I told my father I wanted to be an author, he and my mother gave me an IBM word processor that I used until I could buy a better computer with the money I had earned from writing books.

Today, my Wonder Woman bracelets sit on top my desk in my office to remind me of Wonder Woman, one of my first heroes and my father, an even greater hero for showing me and telling me I could do anything I set out to do—but also for believing in me.

Q. What advice do you have for young writers?

Explore! Drum! Skate! You never know where your interests will lead you!

I grew up in Winona, Minnesota, a Mississippi River valley town. My parents exposed me to everything from piano lessons, to tap dance, to flag football. Some of those activities stuck. Others didn’t. Some activities I chose myself. Outside, I explored the neighborhood where I imagined a field of weeds was a flower garden and the space beneath the slide was a fort. I biked around the neighborhood seeking adventure under the trees, near the grocery store, and down by the creek. Later on, I skateboarded to those same places, where all along I had been telling myself stories.

Inside, I wrote stories, poems, and songs. One of the first poems I remember writing described snow. Later poems described my feelings—obviously the teen years! At school, I enjoyed math, reading, singing songs, and playing sports. I joined band where I eventually played the drums. Friends were important to me. My family was important to me. I enjoyed learning about the world that surrounded me. Today, I like to do many of the same things—not all of them. But here’s the important part: I also like to write about the things I enjoyed doing. My interests find their way into my stories. In the latest picture book I wrote Punk Skunks, Kit, a main character skateboards and plays the drums. Seem familiar? Today, I still enjoy drumming. Kit enjoys playing everything with her best friend Buzz. Today, my husband Stephen and I are best friends. Together, we play music, create books, travel, watch films, and take our dog Bea for walks. As I wrote earlier:

Explore! Drum! Skate! You never know where your interests will lead you!

Q. What are you excited about right now?

Through out my elementary, middle, and high school years, my parents and teachers nurtured my interest in music and creative writing. My family owned a bunch of records. My mother listened to Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, and plenty of rock-n-roll. In fifth grade, I joined Band. Within a couple months, I traded in my soggy saxophone reed for drumsticks. That year, my mother drove me to Minneapolis to see Prince’s Purple Rain tour. At the start of the show, the room darkened. The drums beat. Glowing drumsticks appeared. The spotlight shone on Sheila E.! She broke into “The Glamorous Life.” And I knew I had chosen the correct instrument!

In sixth grade, when my family vacationed in New York City, my teacher asked me to journal about the trip in lieu of doing homework. I paid close attention to everything from the graffiti on the sides of the subway trains to the shapes of the skyscrapers. The same teacher asked me to write a story to read aloud at my sixth grade graduation. I wrote a fable about a boy and a sunflower. For seventh grade science class, I wrote a fictional story set in the layers of the earth. I recorded the story on a cassette tape. My family members voiced the characters. Our dog Morris added a “bark.” My sister Nicole played piano.

Fast forward to right now—as if you own a time traveling cassette tape and a boom box! This month, my husband Stephen and I are visiting elementary schools where we’ll discuss our latest collaboration/picture book Punk Skunks, which is about friendship, conflict/resolution, and of course music! I’m excited to share music and stories because the students are the same age I was when my interest in both topics was born! At schools, I’m discussing the process of writing stories, but I’m also playing the drums. Stephen is playing electric guitar. We’re playing and singing the songs we recorded for the book. You can download the songs from a link on the book jacket. One song is “We’re Buzz and Kit,” which is an introduction to the main characters. The other song is “BSF (Best Skunks Forever).”


For more interviews, see my Inkygirl Interview Archive.

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2593. DESIGNER - kim parker

Seeing the Artbook collection at Clarke & Clarke made me want to delve further into Kim Parker's designs. Kim launched her namesake label in 2001 using her signature style of modern floral art. She designs for all kinds of lifestyle products including wallpaper, fabrics, designer rugs, tableware, giftware, bedding, bath, housewares, lighting, pillows, stationery, wall art and accessories. Her

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2594. Lost in space

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2595. el pico de la cigüeña volumen IV

Muchos cuentos aún perviven en la tradición oral extremeña. La colección El Pico de la Cigüeña es un proyecto que se ha llevado a cabo gracias a un grupo de investigación de la Universidad de extremadura con el apoyo de la Diputación cacereña, formado por José Soto, Hanna Martens, Enrique Barcia y Ramón Pérez Parejo. Gracias a ellos por su confianza en mi trabajo para ilustrar este IV volumen de cuentos, en el que aparecen La cogutita y el lorito y El rey durmiente en su lecho.  Aquí algunas de las imágenes del libro.
El Pico de la Cigüeña is a project of books that has been carried out by a research group at the University of Extremadura, formed by José Soto, Hanna Martens, Enrique Barcia and Ramón Pérez Parejo. Thanks to them for their confidence in my work to illustrate this fourth volume of short stories from the oral tradition.

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2596. comparison 8

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rough small sketches in black/white like the following were done to define the value range, the light and shadow, as well as the staging of the animation in the scene. this is from the disney animated feature BAMBI in 1940. later that step was part of the WORKBOOK, the translation of the storyboard into ‘film-language’, […]

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Danielle Paige is the New York Times bestselling author of Dorothy Must Die, its upcoming sequel The Wicked Will Rise, and the upcoming  Stealing Snow series (Bloomsbury, 2016). In addition to writing young adult books, she works in the television industry, where she’s received a Writers Guild of America Award and was nominated for several Daytime Emmys. She is a graduate of Columbia University and currently lives in New York City. On this 24th day of February, The Brown Bookshelf is honored to highlight the outstanding works of  Danielle Paige.

The Journey

I began my career in soap operas. I interned at Guiding Light while I was a junior at Columbia University. After I graduated, I worked my way up from production secretary to writers assistant to scriptwriter. I loved writing soap scripts, and I especially danielle paige book 5loved writing for teens. After that, I sold a teen soap to MTV that never made it to the screen, but it solidified my desire to write something else for that age group. I met one of my Dorothy editors at a Writers Guild East event, which is how I ended up on the Yellow Brick Road. Yellow Brick War is the upcoming third and final book in the Dorothy Must Die series, and as the series draws to a close, I get to start a new one. Stealing Snow is a dark and stormy retelling of The Snow Queen—think grown-up Frozen!



The Inspiration

I really love the classics. Everything from Great Expectations to a modern classic like Beloved. But I feel like inspiration is everywhere. I love storytelling wherever I find it. And since I got my start with TV, I also have to say that I adore Shonda Rhimes! From Princess Diaries 2 to her mega empire today, I am so inspired by her journey and the doors that she has opened. I’m also inspired by JJ Abrahams, everything from Felicity to Star Wars. I really believe in challenging myself as a writer, and I absolutely love trekking into new territory. I began in soaps, now I am on my Danielle Paige Book 1second retelling, and I don’t know what’s next but I really am enjoying the journey.


The Process:

I am definitely an outliner. I think it’s my soap background, but I need a map. There is usually a character or scene that lets me know that I can write this book. For Dorothy, it was seeing Indigo, my little goth munchkin, on the Yellow Brick Road. For my next series, Stealing Snow, a Snow Queen retelling, it was seeing Snow trapped in a mental hospital and what if-ing. What if she didn’t know she was the Snow Queen?  As for where I write, I write in my apartment in NY, but I like to print out pages everyday and edit in my favorite coffee shop                                                                                      

The Buzz




Danielle Paige Book 6Under The Radar

Nicola Yoon, Everything Everything – I blurbed her book!

Dhonielle Clayton and Sona Charaipotra, Tiny Pretty Things,

Sabaa Tahir, An Ember in the Ashes

Adam Silvera, More Happy Than Not

Valerie Tejeda, Hollywood Witch Hunter

Melissa Grey, The Girl at Midnight



The State of the Industry

I think the We Need Diverse Books movement is having an impact on the YA sphere. I got to moderate the WNDB panel last year at the annual ALA conference. Seeing those books do so well since reflects the obvious hunger readers have for books that betterDanielle Paige Book 2 reflect our society, and I think the industry as a whole is engaged in the conversation now. There is actual movement in the right direction. I know firsthand of editors and agents committed to expanding their lists to be more inclusive, and I am heartened by the creation of Cake Literary, a diverse book packager. There is still a very long way to go, but WNDB has become more than a trending hashtag. So I am hopeful.


Thank you, Danielle Paige, for your contributions to children’s literature!

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2598. Presidential Polar Bear Post Card Project No. 91 - 2.22.16

This coming Saturday, February 27th, is International Polar Bear Day! I've had polar bears on the brain since about 1999 - even more so since last September. Check out Polar Bear International's  page above and then take 30 min or so to make a post card for the President - a gentle polar bear reminder of your own to protect the Arctic!

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2599. Burn Me Happy

Hello everyone on my desolate and barren blog. I am writing to let you all know that this will be the last post I make on this blog. Who cares, you haven't updated this thing in years, you ask? Well guess what, I will be updating and posting on ANOTHER BLOG! *Que Oprah audience crowd shot of people losing their shit* Not the Tumblr about the cup thing, no! This blog will be devoted mainly to my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE medium to work in, WOODBURNINGS!!! I will post (regularly, I promise) with new personal art and news and such and hashtags and tumbling. Click HERE! And thanks guys, for the years of inspiration and encouraging comments, I really grew as an artist in this little crumb of the internet pie. On to new things, and Burn Me Happy! -Zar

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2600. Day 23: Christopher S. Ledbetter

Author Pic 3 largeChristopher S. Ledbetter was a reluctant reader as a child growing up in Durham. His understanding of what that’s like inspires the young adult novels he creates. On his website, he shares: “I continue to write because I see it as an avenue to inspire and uplift. And, because the stories refuse to stop springing into my mind and demanding to be written.”

A former high school teacher with a deep sense of purpose, tales of discovery and transformation call to him. Ledbetter is driven by a desire to empower his young audience and his characters. His contemporary stories mix in fantasy and mythology, his first love.

Drawn (Evernight Teen),  his debut novel, won high praise from Kirkus: “Inventive, fast-paced fantasy with imaginative settings and engaging characters.” Inked, his sequel to Drawn, debuts on July 1. We are honored to feature Christopher S. Ledbetter on Day 23.

The Journey:

I began writing seriously in late 2006. Since then, a plethora of trees have been sacrificed along my journey. *Laughs* Once I decided that becoming a better writer was something I wanted to commit to, I joined American Authors Association and the Historical Novel Society. The most helpful organization I joined was SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators). I began attending local and international conferences. I attended workshops. I joined an awesome critique group. And even after all that, it took several more years to understand how to craft a saleable story.

I’ve written probably ten full manuscripts. One I self published, but truthfully it never drawncovershould’ve been published without further revisions and editing. The second manuscript I ever wrote back in 2011 finally got picked up by a publisher last fall in 2015 after multiple, heavy rounds of revisions. But the first traditionally published book, Drawn , was my ninth full manuscript written.

The Back Story:

As I said above, Drawn was my ninth full manuscript written. I thought it was an incredibly unique concept about a boy who gets sucked into another world simply by drawing himself into a sketchbook. Add a splash of romance to that… shake it up, and voila… Drawn. I finished writing that story in June 2014 and after consulting BETA readers and revising based upon their suggestions, I queried agents widely. *Crickets* No agent wanted it. But I knew I had a hit so I submitted directly to a small publisher that a writer friend of mine had used and they picked it up. I am so grateful to Evernight Teen for taking a chance on me.

The Inspiration:

I am inspired by authors such as Laini Taylor, Suzanne Collins, JK Rowling, James Dashner, Kwame Alexander, Kristin Cashore, Jennifer Donnelley, Jason Reynolds from afar. Aside from them, I’ve worked with some truly amazing authors in my critique group, but I won’t list them here. There’s thirty or so of us.

In a grander sense, I am continually inspired by anyone who has the guts to produce art of any kind, and put that work out into the world to be judged. Sketch artists, painters, spoken-word poets, musicians… I have much love for all of them, equally.

The Process:

Sometimes I begin with a character or set of characters. I recently sold a YA fantasy called The Sky Throne to Month9 Books. It’s due out spring 2017. With that story, I began with an ensemble of six characters. For Drawn, I began with the story concept first then dropped the characters into that madness.

I have a worksheet that I really love that I got from Martina Boone. It helps me think about the character from a lot of angles. When fleshing out a character, it’s important to give them quirks and flaws and really think about the small details that make them unique and the particular ways that the character would view their world.

I like to think of my new/ contemporary writing style as conversational. My historical writing style has been described as lyrical and sort of like it’s being told by an old sage telling stories around a campfire.

Typically once I get into a story, I will plot all the major narrative points out. Then I’ll write by the seat of my pants from one plot point to the next. Many times, twists and turns arise, and I just roll with them.

The Buzz

  • HEA-USAToday Must-Read Romance 2015
  • Evernight Publishing readers’ Choice: Best YA Book 2015
  • Library of Clean Reads: Best Read of 2015

1st place- YA & MG Art Fiction -Goodreads Listopia

1st place – Beach Books – Goodreads Listopia

3rd place – Interracial young adult novels – Goodreads Listopia

4th place – Where the Boys Are: YA & Paranormal/Urban Fantasy from Male Authors – Goodreads Listopia

“Ledbetter successfully makes his fantastic premise very believable… Inventive, fast-paced fantasy with imaginative settings and engaging characters.” ~ Kirkus Reviews

Stunning! Each word was vividly woven together, creating a brilliant read… YA lovers, look no further for your next read!” ~BTS Book Review

Under The Radar

Angela Brown, author of Beacon. GL Tomas, author of The Mark of Noba. Nnedi Okorafor, author of Akata Witch.

The State of the Industry

I love the We Need Diverse Books movement. I would love for the kidlit industry to reflect the demographics of our world. I want to see more POC main characters and to also have them reflected on the covers. This is important for youth growing up… to be able to see themselves on book covers. And they don’t all have to be “issue books.” Romance and romantic comedy books featuring characters of color in a widely distributed fashion should be the norm, not the exception.

Find out more about Christopher S. Ledbetter here.

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