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2576. DESIGNER - kimberly ellen hall

Kimberly Ellen Hall is the designer behind the studio label Nottene (pronounced [nuh-ten-uh]) which a Norwegian word that means nuts. Kimberly studied Textiles at Central St Martins in London, but is now based in Philadelphia. Her clients have included Anthology Magazine, and the Denver Art Museum. Kimberly's latest design is Koselis Glasses which she has made available as a fabric through

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2577. Book Review: ‘Anime Fan Communities’ by Sandra Annett

I regret starting this review on a negative note, but it should be said that "Anime Fan Communities" is not the most accurately-titled book. Author Sandra Annett takes international anime fandom as her starting point, but she ends up engaging with a much wider range of topics.

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2578. Candice Ransom's LOOKING FOR HOME - a trespassing journey


Fellow Hollins professor, prolific author, and dear friend Candice Ransom has achieved a new and somewhat unexpected (to her) achievement... Longwood University has established a collection of her photos in their Greenwood Library's Digital Commons website. The reason being, Candice has an unusual hobby - taking photos of abandoned places, which usually requires a bit of trespassing to accomplish. The results are gorgeous - she's a natural photographer. And she wrote a lovely essay to accompany her photos. I adore her work and I know you will too, so GO HAVE A LOOK! And CLICK HERE to read more about how this all came to pass on her blog, Under the Honeysuckle Vine. (It's delightful reading.)

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2579. DESIGNER - anisa makhoul

Anisa Makhoul graduated from the  Minneapolis College of Art and Design with a degree in Printmaking and went on to form her own clothing label, Makool. During the next 10 years Anisa had her own shop in Portland Oregon where she designed and screen printed clothing and fabric. She also designed for multiple celebrities. After taking time out to have a baby Anisa moved to Amsterdam where she

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2580. Dinotopia Exhibition coming to Connecticut




Next month, the Stamford Museum and Nature Center will host a major Dinotopia exhibition.



There will be over 50 original paintings from several of the books, including Dinosaur Parade, Waterfall City, and Dinosaur Boulevard. The artwork is completely different from the Lyman Allyn show a few years ago.
The show will also include preliminary sketches, reference maquettes, and several dinosaur fossils.
I will be in attendance for a few special events:

Farm to Table Supper with Chef Tim LaBant
Saturday February 28, 2015 from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Enjoy a casual, rustic winter supper in the warmth of the Bendel Mansion featuring Tim LaBant, Owner/Chef of the Schoolhouse at Cannondale. Guests will begin with cocktails and artisanal hors d’oeuvres in the Museum Galleries with artist James Gurney who will provide a tour of the Dinotopia galleries, with stories behind the paintings. Here's the link for tickets.

Fantasy Drawing Workshop with James Gurney
Sunday, March 1, 2015, 1:00-3:00
Leonhardt Gallery in the Stamford Museum

James Gurney will present a digital slide program and a hands-on drawing workshop for artists of all levels of experience. Gurney will demonstrate the water-soluble colored pencil techniques he uses for many of his observational and imaginative sketches. Participants will get a chance to try out the watercolor pencils as they draw dinosaur models and still life objects. The workshop will take place in one of the exhibition galleries. Materials will be provided. The class size is extremely limited. Link for more info.

Book signing and public presentation
Sunday, March 1, 2015, 3:30-4:30
Leonhardt Gallery in the Stamford Museum

After the private workshop, all museum guests are invited to meet the author/artist. Mr. Gurney will offer a mini-lecture about the making of Dinotopia, followed by a book signing. Copies of Gurney's Dinotopia editions and art instruction books Imaginative Realism and Color and Light will be available at the gift shop.
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Farm to table sign-up


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2581. Emoticons

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Don't you just love giving emotions to animals? I do. This little guy has been displayed hundreds of times.

      

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2582. Year of the Sheep calendar….check! My all-time favorite...



Year of the Sheep calendar….check! My all-time favorite holiday. Somehow end of February is a time when I’m actually able to process the previous year & to think about what themes reflect things that actually matter to me in the new year to come. (I think I’m selling them locally, but email me if you insist on having one & are far from Portland - I could stick ‘em on my webstore if there’s a screaming demand?)



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2583.

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Half Past Winter: Two Curious Cubs Set Out to Find Their First Snow By Ginger NielsonHalf Past Winter
Age Range: 4 - 6
Hardcover: 28 pages
Publisher: Virginia Nielson (2014)
ISBN: 978-0-9913093-0-6
What to expect: Bears and Adventure
Half Past Winter is an adorable tale of two bear cubs and their adventure to find winter’s first snow. They grow impatient in their den when no snow comes and decide to explore until they find snow. Their journey does find snow; however, they end up in the middle of a blizzard and become lost. This heartwarming story follows their adventure back home to their mother and cozy den. Little ones will love to follow the two cubs adventures and will giggle with what they find. The story is simple and succinctly told and is a great read for early readers.
The colorful and animated illustrations are outstanding and allow little ones to read the story through pictures. The illustrations are excellent interpretations of the narrative world and allow children an opportunity to begin to develop cognitive storytelling.
Half Past Winter Illustration
Illustration copyright © 2014 by Ginger Nielson: HALF PAST WINTER
This is an emotive story that draws empathy from the reader—especially when the cubs are lost and then reunited with their mother—making it a great choice to open up discussion on emotions and feelings about others. Half Past Winter is a superlative bedtime book for children ages 4 to 6.
Add this book to your collection: Half Past Winter
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About the Author
Ginger Nielson is a full time author/illustrator who lives at the top of a hill, near the edge of a forest, in semi-rural New England. There is a magic wand on her desk, a dragon in her basement, and several tiny elephants in her studio.
Half Past Winter, by Ginger Nielson, was reviewed by Tenley Peck. Follow along with our articles tagged with Kids Winter BooksKids Snow Books, or our Seasonal Books Category to discover more great titles just like this one.

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2584. A little painting.



A little painting.



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2585. Sunrise

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I love rendering weather scenes. This is just one of many images of mine that incorporates a specific weather or time-of-day. You can probably tell that the clouds were pure delight to create. I find silhouettes to be important for any scene. The negative spaces and shapes formed with the silhouette can either help or hinder the visual communication.

      

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2586. Package design/illustration for a new gourmet ice cream brand...













Package design/illustration for a new gourmet ice cream brand emerging in LA soon…better hope they can airlift their products, if you don’t live within driving distance. 













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2587. Products, Props and Tools

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Here are some examples of my vector renderings for specific products, props or tools. I love rendering objects just as much as I love creating characters and telling stories. There is nothing better than getting into the fine detail of a rivet or a bolt.

It is so much fun to simplify the shapes and then make those shapes come to life with gradients and transparency.

      

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2588. Mr. Men and Little Miss Headed To Big Screen

Fox Animation, makers of the "Ice Age" and "Rio" franchises, has acquired the motion picture rights to the Mr. Men and Little Miss characters.

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2589. Slam Bam Comic Jam at the Art Academy

Cover for Star Crossed by me for a comic collaboration with Steve Bryant
A Month-long Comic Arts Exhibition and Extravaganza
Features Artists from Kabuki, Star Wars, and The Walking Dead
 
WHO: Exhibition Artists: David Michael Beck, Allison Craig, Brian Hagen, Russell Ihrig, David Mack, Tony Moore, Joe Slucher, and Christina Wald.
 

PRESENTERS: Mike Fleisch, Anthony Moorman, Joe Slucher, and Christina Wald.
WHAT: Art Academy of Cincinnati’s Inaugural “Slam Bam Comic Jam” Exhibition & Extravaganza
WHEN: January 30 – February 27, 2015


Opening Reception: Final Friday, January 30, 5-8 pm Live Screen-Printing of Limited-Run T-Shirts (Only 50 Shirts Available, $10 each), Music,
Comic Merchandise Tables, and Costume Contest for fans of Wookiees and Walkers

Closing Reception:
Final Friday, February 27, 5-8 pm Making It Documentary and Q&A with film director Anthony Moorman
Complete Schedule of Events will be posted on the Art Academy’s website.


https://www.facebook.com/events/404716769677449/ 

http://www.artacademy.edu/new-site-2013/wordpress-news/?tribe_events=slam-bam-comic-jam



Catbat will also be premiering!



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2590. Not a Landscape but...3/5 Art Challenge on PBAA

Okay, so I'll post some work from old to new.  Day 1 - Some work from early in my career.




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2591. Harts Pass No. 237

Design something to succeed, and it probably will. Mess with that Griz when you don't have a plan or any prior experience with Griz-like situations... and your confidence may take a hit!

Wrapped up a fun comics workshop with the Methow Elementary 5th graders last week. I always forget to take photos of these residencies in action, but I will post some of the student comics when I get them all collected again (we're making a book) next week!


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2592. Book Review: The Scar Boys by Len Vlahos

Morris Award Finalist YALSA’s Morris Award honors the year’s best young adult novel by a debut author. The Morris Award winner for 2014 will be announced at the upcoming ALA 2015 Midwinter Meeting in Chicago. Harry, whose actual name is Harbinger Robert Francis Jones, didn’t see it coming. Not that he could have done anything […]

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2593. Sketchbook "Somethings"

It is developing into A Year of Somethings. That is, a year made up of many "read something", "write something", "make something" and "share something" bits. I'm still leaning into a more sustainable way of doing the sharing part, at least when it comes to this blog. Here are some patterns I created in my sketchbook this month:

Sketchbook patterns #sketchbook #yearofthespark

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Another all-over pattern. #sketchbook #yearofthespark

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Night and day leaf pattern. #sketchbook #yearofthespark #inky

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Last one today. A more muted all-over leaf pattern. #sketchbook #yearofthespark

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Those of you who have been following the INKY 500 will see that the preoccupation with overall leaf patterns rendered in brush pen continues!

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2594. STATIONERY - lisa deighan

Designer Lisa Deighan has recently added a selection of  A5 notebooks to her Etsy shop. There are fifteen designs in total and they are all made in England and 100% recycled.

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2595. Graphic Design

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Our Next Chapter was the capital campaign program for Unity of Fort Lauderdale.

I designed the 12-page booklet, and miscellaneous collateral pieces. I created all the vector images as well. The photographs were shot by someone else.

The puzzle theme was exciting to figure out. I am especially thrilled to now know how to take any image and map it to interlocking jigsaw puzzle pieces. Most puzzle graphics I see sort of cheat by not having the image flow across the puzzle pieces. I know the secret to making this happen

      

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2596. FABRICS - minted

After hearing from Kimberly Hall about Minted fabrics I wondered what other designs they might have to offer and picked out a few P&P choices to showcase. Above is a cute design from Phrosné Ras and below stylish leaves by Oscar and Emma. You can see over 400 designs online here.  Above and below : Hannah cloud Above : Erika Firm and below : Cheer up Press. Below : five designs by

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2597. A Sketch for Today

A sketch for today. May all of you out there creating, whatever form you choose, have a lovely day.

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The post A Sketch for Today appeared first on Lita Judge.

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2598. What do Minion Peeps, THE YETI FILES: MEET THE BIGFEET, Aya Kakeda and Joyce Wan have in common?

LOOK WHAT JUST ARRIVED. Huge thanks to Teresa Kietlinski!!

So here's the story....

Three weeks ago, I saw this photo in Teresa's Instagram feed. I was all excited because I'm a big Minions fan and also am curious about Peeps (have never had one). I asked Teresa where she got them and during the ensuing conversation, it became clear that I probably would not be able to find any in Canada at that point. I was sad. Teresa took pity on me and offered to mail me some.

The package above arrived today and not only did it have Minion Peeps but also (!) a copy of Kevin Sherry's THE YET FILES: MEET THE BIGFEET (Scholastic), a YOU ARE MY CUPCAKE sticker from Joyce Wan, and a lovely postcard showing illustrations by Aya Kakeda. Do check out Aya's website; her illustrations are so gorgeous and wonderfully odd and intriguing!

I'm also a Joyce Wan fan already and am looking forward to seeing her in NYC in a couple of weeks at SCBWI-NYC! So looking forward to getting my copy of THE WHALE IN MY SWIMMING POOL, which is coming out from FSG/Macmillan this April (and is a Junior Library Guild Selection!).

And I'm excited to read THE YETI FILES: MEET THE BIGFEET by Kevin Sherry. I've seen mention of this series online and been very curious, but hadn't yet gotten around to looking for a copy to browse. The illustrations look like so much fun, and I can't wait to read this soon.

By the way, I had already eaten a Minion Peep by the time I got this far in my post. :-) Talk about a SUGAR RUSH, WOW. About to eat the second one, so I can't blame him for looking worried:

THANK YOU SO MUCH, TERESA!!!!

You can find out more about Teresa Kietlinski and the other literary agents at Prospect Agency on the Prospect website. Teresa reads five picture books a day (no exceptions). You should follow her (@teresakie) on Twitter as well as her blog.

Back to my Peeps now....

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2599. Signing books

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2600. Dinos

 I have just finished my first title for 2015 'Hello, Dino!
It's a touch and feel/sound book with dinosaurs.
The above artwork is is from a different project but
I hope to share some samples with you soon!

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