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Laura Kidd's latest album "Direction of Travel" has just launched digitally, with a music video - and I made the animations on it. Watch and listen!

I am so proud to be part of this - it's an amazing song from a brilliant album.  I had to listen to it a LOT to synch up the drawings, and I still love it.

It took me a week of mostly drawing and redrawing rain drops, with assistance from my niece Paula who did the lettering.

An early test. A bit too inky!

Making a big neat sheet of regular rainfall, painted with a calligraphy brush pen.
Scanned and animated.

Most of the rain is hand-drawn to suit the specific scene, though.

Editing the rainfalls drop by drop to make it look more natural  that they are missing her face...

Experimental digital weather

Drawing a thunderbolt

Extremely helpful cat

All the lettering and some of the rain, by Paula

Zonked assistants


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2577. Warner Bros. Is Releasing A ‘Timeless Classic’ Onto DVD In June

"They don't make animation like this anymore," says Warner Bros. exec Mary Ellen Thomas.

The post Warner Bros. Is Releasing A ‘Timeless Classic’ Onto DVD In June appeared first on Cartoon Brew.

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2578. Serendipity: a Mistake Makes Things Better!

As you probably already know, I am working on my artwork in a rather random order. Actually, it's not random to me: it's about content on the page, rather than story progression, but it probably looks random from the outside. Having drawn the smelly muck heap spreads, I went back a bit and tackled the farmer and the prickly haystack. I wanted to get the look of the muck heap under my belt first, then I could ensure that the haystack looked sufficiently different.

This was a lovely bold spread, so much easier to tackle in pastels. It another one where the background will be dropped in later, in a nice, bold colour, which is why there is so much of my pink paper visible. I have already established the look of both the farmer and the bull in earlier spreads, which made things even easier.

When that was finished, I thought I would go back to the other spread where that same gate appears: spread 2. As you can see, the muck heap is just being delivered to the field, complete with stowaway piglet. At this stage, Class One are still oblivious to the bull, though the reader can't fail to notice him glaring through the gate bars:

Of course, this was a much fiddlier piece to do and, in the end, it took nearly 3 days to get all the detail in. The pastel 'clogs' after a while: you can only build it up so much, then you have to use fixative, which allows you to continue to layer over the top. Having fixed it when it was 2/3rds finished, I had to more or less rework everything, to bring back the brightness of the colour. A bit of a nightmare, especially when there is this much going on. Fixative has always been an unfortunately necessary evil.

Here it is on my desk, with the rough I always mount alongside, for guidance. That will allow you to read Julia Jarman's text:

Before people send me messages pointing out that I've 'missed a bit', the writing has been left off the sign on the gate deliberately - you always leave text off picture book artwork, so it will work for foreign editions. I will create the 'Beware of the Bull' text separately, so it can be taken off for any translations.

You might also notice another little anomaly in that area of the illustration. In my rough, there is more of the bull showing. Actually, on my very first drawing, it was just a tail visible, as a teaser, but my art director thought we should see a bit more of him. My re-work of that rough is the one above. However, when I was preparing to start the artwork, tracing the image onto the pink paper, using my lightbox, I forgot to trace the bull's body! I noticed my error in plenty of time, but thought it actually looked better. With just his face, it looks like he's hiding, and yet he's perilously near to the boy, which I think will amuse my young readers.

So, I coloured up the spread with just the bull's head showing and have sent the photo to my art director to see if they agree. I can easily add the body back in if they would rather. Cross fingers they like it as it is!

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2579. For the Love of Mother Earth

Find this (and two other designs I painted) available as a free digital download over on Spoonflower. Enjoy!

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2580. Papertoy Monsters, 50 Cool paper toy art crafts you can make yourself

Papertoy Monsters is a collection of 50 cool paper monsters you can put together using scissors and glue. Each monster is rated by difficulty level,…

The post Papertoy Monsters, 50 Cool paper toy art crafts you can make yourself appeared first on RABBLEBOY - The Official Site of Kenneth Kit Lamug.

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2581. Shoots. #derwentgraphik #lisafirke #linepainter

Shoots. #derwentgraphik #lisafirke #linepainter

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2582. Animation Community Members We’ve Lost in 2016

A look back at members of our community who died in 2016.

The post Animation Community Members We’ve Lost in 2016 appeared first on Cartoon Brew.

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2583. STATIONERY - art file : squeeze

This new stationery collection from The Art File caught my eye this week at John Lewis. It reatures loosely illustrated lemons and pears with interesting textures such as dashes and scribbles laid on top. The colours are a sophisticated choice on the pear design with blues, greys and pinks keeping things cool. Also in the collection are a bold yellow lemon print and a warm pink watermelon

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2584. Olympic games

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2585. Keith Shore

Keith Shore

Keith Shore’s imaginative designs for Mikkeller help the Danish brewery stand out within today’s competitive world of craft beer. With limited color palates and a distinguishable cast of characters, each label tells a whimsical story inspired by the beers’ unique ingredients. Shore’s gouache-like qualities, bold patterns, and distinct figures make Mikkeller’s products instantly recognizable in bottle shops across the globe.

Keith Shore

Keith Shore

Keith Shore

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2586. Nutcracker Illo

Here’s an illustration I meant to get done before Christmas, but, you know, life.

It’s finished now, and was great fun!


Here’s a detail.


I love drawing so much <3

In unrelated news, I realized yesterday that I made the coloring contest deadline on Sunday, April 13th.  There is no Sunday April 13th this year.  This is yet further proof I shouldn’t be allowed near numbers.


Anyway, the coloring page deadline is now Wednesday, April 13th.  Wear those crayons to the bone, my friends.


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2587. "sweet serenity"....

"sweet serenity"
9x12 acrylic on canvas
©the enchanted easel 2016
the name of this little beauty.

inspired by pantone's "GORGOIS" (as my FAVORITE make up artist, Mally Roncal would say-please, that's a whole different blog post....LOVE that woman...i digress!) palette of 2016, featuring the colors, rose quartz and serenity (hence her name)...and my favorite, lilac grey (ironic, considering i am not a big lover of anything purple).

i'm kind of loving little miss serenity right now and i will be featuring her on some great products in my Society 6 shop a little later in the week. until then....

PRINTS are available in my etsy shop and...the ORIGINAL PAINTING IS FOR SALE. contact me here or message me here if interested.

{below are some parts of the painting...}

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2588. Sunday Sketching

Brand new purse Moleskine. The paper is much less....less golden, less yummy.... alas...

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2589. My New Kickstarter is LIVE NOW!!!

Check out the video and project here!

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2590. April Blogs

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2591. KITCHEN - missprint

John Lewis is also a great place to spot new designs from MissPrint, and I was pleased to see a new range of ceramics and kitchen storage. Products in the range include tins, storage jars, a milk jug, teapot, salt & pepper set, ramekins and egg cups. MissPrint also have a new wallpaper design since P&P last reported on them, a smart hand drawn geometric called Nectar.. And

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2592. The Bologna Book Fair

I purchased a bus pass and bought my tickets for the fair early so that I wouldn't have to wait in the lines. I was READY! Okay, I was physically ready. Mentally, there was no preparing for something like the Bologna Children's Book Fair. I was completely overwhelmed.
     There were no less than six halls (buildings) which were each the size of a football field and each filled with booths representing publishing houses from all over the world. It made it seem like the ENTIRE WORLD IS ALL ABOUT CHILDREN'S BOOKS! LOVED that! LOVED the connections I made and saying 'hi' to trade industry buddies. But I was also unbelievably humbled by the amazing talent represented there. (These were some illustrated trees being auctioned off for a good cause.)

     As I walked around, I realized again and again, "e, you have got to up your game!" (Here's me sneaking up on a Stormtrooper.)
     In some ways, I wish I'd seen the Fair when I was starting my career - to see what I'm truly up against. But on the other hand, if I'd known, I'm not sure I would have had the guts to keep trying. So, hmmmm.
     I learned so many things, though, which I'll try to share with you while I'm still raw with processing it all. (My brain hurts!) First, I saw what I believe to be a disparity between the showcased illustrations and the actual for sale, published books. What they say the trends are and what actually sells seem to be two different things to me. The market is the true decider. Buyers do have power, and wow, do their tastes vary.
     There is as much demand for the more showy, colorful commercial books as there is for the trade books - maybe more. Although that market doesn't venerate the creators like the trade industry does - it's more about licensed characters, and they are POPULAR.
     Different countries/cultures do have different looks, although there's a lot more overlap than you might think. Fairs like this, I think, are homogenizing the market a bit, which is a shame. That said, there are some really stunning new and inventive looks coming out of Indonesia, India, and Germany. Heck, everywhere really. Every culture has it's run-of-the-mill stuff and it's stars. But there are some truly exciting things happening all over the world. It was a treat to get a taste of that.
     The booths themselves varied considerably. Some were big and fancy and some were small and humble, and sometimes it had nothing to do with the size or reputation of the publishing company. (Heck, Lawrence King, publisher of Johanna Basford's coloring book SECRET GARDEN was one of the smallest displays there - and we all know they have gobs of money!) Here were some of my faves:
     Here was one I didn't expect to see there - very modestly and quietly tucked into a corner.
     I loved getting to finally meet my publisher from Little Pickle Press, Rana DiOrio for the first time. She's just as dynamic in person as I imagined. And they had a great space in the Children's Books USA booth, which also housed some other great publishers such as Peachtree Publishers, Holiday House, Charlesbridge, etc. They were in nice company and made a strong showing. Rana was busy the whole time talking foreign and licensing rights. Go Rana! She's been working so hard to get the word out about A BIRD ON WATER STREET. See it in there? (The fact that I didn't get a photo of the two of us is a testament to how overwhelmed I was. Can you say 'deer in headlights'?)
     There were indeed a ton of illustrators there - a dedicated post on that is coming soon. In the mean time, I quickly found that the way to talk to somebody was to introduce myself as a blogger with over 3,600 subscribers to my newsletter rather than as an author/illustrator. Eyebrows went up at my subscriber numbers and I had their attention. That was nice, especially as I'm trying to get to know the UK market and am looking to feature more UK books on my blog. I was given a ton of catalogues and emails to PR folks. I'll follow up with them when I get home. And of course I gave them my info, on an illustrated postcard. "Oh yeah, I'm an author/illustrator too." :)
     I especially loved meeting people who I'd been emailing with for years. Some were people I haven't worked with yet, but would like to (and who happily recognized my name). And some were publishers I have worked with in the past and would like to do more with in the future - like Judy at Free Spirit Press. (This is their booth.)
     Mostly, it was simply odd reconnecting with industry friends in ITALY. We had chats, hugs, drinks, dinner - you name it. Highlights were drinks with Kelly Barrales-Saylor and Jordan Kost of Albert Whitman, running into Alvina Ling of Little Brown, drinks with Erzsi Deak of Hen & Ink Literary, meeting my publisher Rana DiOrio, and seeing all my SCBWI buds. It seems I only ever see these folks in exotic places anymore and I'm okay with that! I saw old friends, made some new ones, and soaked up as much as I could about books, the market, illustrative directions, and inspiration. I do feel like I took advantage of the book fair as best I could have. That said, I only went for three of the four days. It was enough, truly.
     Meanwhile, I am trying to process all the great conversations and experiences I had. Any one of them would have been enough to keep my brain busy for days. I have enough to keep my brain busy for months!

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2593. Tool

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2594. DESIGNER - andrea müller

Andrea Müller is an Australian-German textile/graphic designer who is passionate about quirky illustrations, fabric and sewing. Andrea is currently based in Munich, but her influences are varied as she grew up in Australia and then lived in Berlin for 14 years. Andrea works as a surface pattern designer under the studio label Jolijou (French for pretty playful) and she licenses designs with

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2595. The Art of Epic Mickey Book Review

The Art of Epic Mickey is a 160-page hardcover landscape coffee table book written by Epic Mickey co-writer Austin Grossman and features a forward by Game Director…

The post The Art of Epic Mickey Book Review appeared first on RABBLEBOY - The Official Site of Kenneth Kit Lamug.

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2596. FABRICS - andrea müller

Andrea Müller has created this lovely fabric new collection called 'Vintage Kitchen' for American fabric company Riley Blake. It's features a bold range of prints in three different colour groups and catching my eye was the highly original graphic carrots design and elegant raindrop geometric. Released in March 2016 you can see Vintage Kitchen online at here at Riley Blake.

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2597. life painting

life painting. mixed media on paper. 35 x 50 cm

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2598. DESIGN COURSE - pattern camp

Pattern Camp is a virtual, online 2-day, weekend-long pattern design workshop taught by full-time artist and surface pattern designer, Jessica Swift. Participants will leave the workshop with the confidence and skills to create their own beautiful repeat patterns using both Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. The next session will be Saturday + Sunday April 16-17, 2016. Registration opened on

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2599. STATIONERY - john lewis : denim

Also at John Lewis you will find an exclusive own label stationery collection called 'Denim'. Featuring on notebooks, list pads, planners, pens, photograph albums, etc Denim is a range based on a painterly floral design with strong navy blue highlighted with accents of bright yellow or red. A complimentary print features loose colourful dots. In stores now and online at John Lewis.

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2600. Chris Watson's Audio Postcards

If you like listening to immersive soundscapes while you're painting, you'll enjoy the BBC podcasts by Chris Watson. He's a wildlife sound recordist who takes his sensitive equipment all over the world. His 15-minute programs alternate audio environments with his voice identifying what you're hearing.

Sample episodes:
Midnight at the Oasis—The sounds of the Kalahari Desert, from dusk to dawn, including interesting audio perspectives where he achieves interesting audio perspectives by putting the microphone under the sand dunes and under the bark of the trees.

St James Park—Tracking wildlife in urban environments near his home in Newcastle-on-Tyne, England, he starts with the weekend revelers and sports fans chucking out litter. Then we hear the sound of rats and mice eating up the discarded food, and then the urban predators, tawny owls and foxes.

Glacial Melt — The sounds of calving glaciers in Antarctica, and the assorted wildlife above and below the water.
More Chris Watson sound programs
He has contributed audio to the BBC The Life of Birds video documentaries.
Watson talks with David Attenborough about their lives in sound (28 minutes)

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