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2576. DC’s ‘Hanna-Barbera Beyond’ Will Remix and Reimagine Classic Characters

Hanna-Barbera characters like you've never seen them before.

The post DC’s ‘Hanna-Barbera Beyond’ Will Remix and Reimagine Classic Characters appeared first on Cartoon Brew.

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2577. Here’s Where To Download OpenToonz, Studio Ghibli’s Free Animation Software

Get the software program used to make Studio Ghibli films, "Steven Universe," and "Futurama" for free.

The post Here’s Where To Download OpenToonz, Studio Ghibli’s Free Animation Software appeared first on Cartoon Brew.

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2578. Presidential Polar Bear Post Card Project No. 115 - 3.27.16

"Bigger than we know..."

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2579. ‘See The World’ by LWZ

A music video for Ogris Debris' "See The World."

The post ‘See The World’ by LWZ appeared first on Cartoon Brew.

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2580. Watercolor Watch: Draw Tip Tuesday

Welcome to Draw Tip Tuesday!

Today’s draw tip isn’t mine, and it’s also a bit different from what you may be used to.
By popular demand, here is the video I made for Sketchbook Skool with my dad showing his fabulous invention: the Watercolor Watch!

To make your own watercolor watch, here’s the manual my dad made for you:
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The post Watercolor Watch: Draw Tip Tuesday appeared first on Make Awesome Art.

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2581. Bucket List

Things to do on your third stroke-aversary:

Dig for treasure. 
My treasure might be hiding in the mountain of dirty laundry downstairs.
Or maybe in shuttling wildebeests to lessons, or practice.
Or maybe the treasure is in every speck of this beautiful daily dirt.
The sun is shining,
the flowers are out.
It's beautiful.

Being alive is good, my friends.
It's so good.

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2582. Redwall fan? Original, one of a kind, Redwall art for sale.

A detail from the Redwall art listed in my ETSY shop.

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2583. A super quick robin hood for planet pulp’s march challenge!

A super quick robin hood for planet pulp’s march challenge!

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2584. Bookmarks at ECA!

Thursday was the Bookmarks event at the Edinburgh College of Art. My fellow classmates have been panicking for days preparing for it.

I decided to just observe this year mostly because I'm also trying to put together my PhD proposal instead. But I did get to enjoy! Here was the sculpture court as folks set up. It got insanely busy later.
Lectures began at 1:00 - speakers were bookmakers, museum curators, printers, and professors from other colleges. It is amazing what a book can be, so much more than we initially assume! Here's a good example. Sorour Fattahi did the most amazing things with the book form:
I got so inspired by what people showed. My favorites were collograph pieces by Anupa Gardner - GADS! And first year illustration students had made some stunning mini woodcut books.
My friend Sara did well, and I bought a diary from her.
And all my fellow post grad classmates did well too. Look at the spread!
I was so proud of them! Here are Karin, Catherine and Sarah - good job, guys!

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2585. Coloring Page Tuesday - Tortoise and the Hare

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Gunther's newest adventure is now available on Amazon and in any and all bookstores by asking for the title, or giving the ISBN number. ISBN-13: 978-1499600513

Once Gunther hears the whale song of danger he first gets permission from his mom to go investigate.

Once she agrees, he is off on his excellent adventure. But first
he needs to find his swim fins from his last trip out to sea.

Following along are many fish all of whom are also curious to see what caused so much trouble.
The whale song can be heard for miles and it says, "Danger, Danger, Danger1"

Gunther's old friend, "Big Blue," the largest of the blue whale family is calling for help.

Even with the best intentions, Gunther finds himself unable to complete the task for Big Blue and must fight a storm at sea and hope for some help from below the tossing waves.

Because it is Gunther's adventure, I won't tell you any more, but hope you will decide to find the book and read it for yourself.  You have to know that if Gunther the Underwater elephant is involved there will certainly be a happy ending.

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2587. Social Butterflies. Coloring book concept. @lisafirke 2016....

Social Butterflies. Coloring book concept. @lisafirke 2016. #roaring20s #matsbootcamp2016 #makeartthatsells #lisafirke

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2588. Illustrator Info Postcards in Action

You’ve all heard about how important postcards are for illustrators. They open doors and are the best and easiest way for you to catch the attention of art directors and designers. Here are three examples of postcards in action, from designers and art directors at Harper Collins. 
Katie Fitch 
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Twintuition by Tia and Tamera Mowry
I got an e-post card from Heflin Reps Illustration Agency while I was searching for an artist for a new series called Twintution written by the actors Tia and Tamera Mowry. I was looking for something graphic and colorful that fit in the tween market. The artist Annabelle Métayer was a perfect fit for the four book series. 
Amy Ryan/Joel Tippie
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Omega City by Diana Peterfreund
Balzer + Bray


I was looking for an illustrator who could bring the fantasy world in this book series to life. As I was putting together pitches for the editor, I received a postcard in the mail from Shannon Associates with new artwork from Vivienne To. Though the sample showed mice, the sense of light and the world Vivienne created really caught my eye. I looked up her portfolio from there and loved it. The editor agreed that she’d do a fantastic job and sure enough, the cover for Omega City has a great sense of mood, light and perspective.


Aurora Parlagreco
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Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy
Balzer + Bray
I had presented a variety of cover ideas for Dumplin’ but hadn’t yet landed on the perfect image. Daniel Stolle’s postcard arrived in a promo from the Anna Goodson Illustration Agency in the midst of this struggle and the style and mood of his art felt just right for the story. I wanted to show a full-figured girl on the cover in a positive and confident way, and Daniel’s sample perfectly exuded these feelings in a fresh, graphic way. 


































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2589. The Secret Life of Men

My friend Joe once told a story of his screenwriting class.

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In screenwriting class, you workshop the scripts your classmates have written.  The class each gets a copy, you read it aloud, and then you “discuss”.  Joe’s class had just finished reading a script written by a guy named…Sean.  I think his name was Sean.  Anyway, in Sean’s script, there was a scene where two women are sitting on a bed, in their underwear, eating chocolates.

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They weren’t dressed in Victorian underwear, though.  (My mom reads this blog, sooo…)

It was time to “discuss”.  Joe, who was married and also had a bunch of sisters, began to “discuss”:

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And Sean was like:


He obviously didn’t know what girls did when guys weren’t around.  Because if he did, the scene would’ve been a girl sitting on the toilet, browsing Pinterest.   For like, an hour.

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(I’m sorry you had to see this.  I’m sorry I had to see it, too.  The truth hurts.)

(Side note:  I have over 1800 recipes pinned on Pinterest.  1800!  Guess how many I’ve made?  3.  Not only am I a digital hoarder, but when the next giant solar flare hits, I’m up a creek…all those delicious recipes, sacrificed to the sun god.  It breaks my heart (and my tummy) just thinking about it.)

Anyway, I’ve been thinking about poor Sean-who-knew-nothing-about-girls lately.  At first I thought this was pretty funny…

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Until I realized that, having been single for most of my life (minus that 1st grade fling with Gage), I don’t really know much about guys.

I am Sean.


Well, okay, not entirely.  I once talked to a boy, so…I like to think I have a pretty good idea of what guys do when girls aren’t around.

And I am about to tell you.

(Brace yourselves.)

The typical day for a man begins at 6:00 AM.  Because guys grow beards while they’re sleeping, they have to shave in the morning.  I don’t know a lot about shaving but I believe it’s done with an ax.

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They then go and lift heavy things.

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Men love lifting heavy things!

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Barbells, bars of barbells, refrigerators, houses…The Secret Life of Men_10

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I can’t lift heavy things so I’m kind of jealous.

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Oh my gosh…it’s just…I’m…this may have been the dreamiest picture I’ve ever drawn I need to go take a cold shower.


After that, most of the day is spent taking car engines apart.  (Something I also cannot do.)

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(…or draw.)

For dinner, the manliest men do not eat.  They simply drink bottles of hot sauce.The Secret Life of Men_14

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Hot sauce with names like:  “Land of a Billion Tiny Black Peppers”….”Sweet Sweet Salsa Muerte”….”Melted Boiling Heart Cockles”….”Virgin Viper Kisses on Hot Asphalt.”

(I could do this for hours.  I’m thinking about starting a hot sauce-naming company.)

And then…men put masks on, grab baseball bats, and go out into the city TO FIGHT CRIME!!!

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Whap whap whap whap whap


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Whap whap whap whap whap whap whap whap


(Er…sorry mom.)

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After crime has been eradicated (around 11:00 or so), men like to get in touch with their soft-side by watching a feel-good chick flick.  (Men love feel-good chick flicks.)

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And then they aaalll go to bed…so they can do it again the next day!

Now you know.  The secret life of men has been exposed.  I’ve done you all a service.  Thank me, shake my hand, leave a comment…but most definitely do not tell me that what men really do is just wander aimlessly around the aisles of Home Depot.

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Don’t destroy my dreams.


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2590. Lens Flare for Painters

Whether you call it lens flare (what happens in a camera when you look at the sun) or color corona (a similar phenomenon that happens in your eye), it's a powerful effect that's popular in photography and video these days, but it's also something that has fascinated painters for a long time.

Peder Mønsted, A Winter's Day
The painting above was done in 1918, before color photography would have been in common use, so it's almost surely based on the effect that you can observe with your eyes. However, I don't recommend looking directly at the sun, which can damage your eyes.

The effect comes from light scattered by water vapor and dust in the air between you and the sun. The light is further scattered by your eyelashes when you squint, and then by the aqueous humor and vitreous fluid of the eye. The effect is best observed when you glimpse a setting sun through trees or when you see a streetlight at night.

Try squinting hard at a streetlight and tilting your head to see how the rays tilt with you. Also, try walking through the forest where the sun is mostly blocked by branches and glance up toward the sun as you walk to see how the corona comes and goes.

Giuseppe Pellizza (Italian, 1868-1907) Volpedo, The Sun, 1904
Both Mønsted and Pellizza show the corona with lines radiating from the sun. They also observe a shift from yellow into red. Pellizza breaks the effect into particles of varied color. Note how simply and softly he paints the foreground areas.

Lens flare is easy for digital artists to add, and a little harder for physical painters, depending on the technique. As a photographic effect, it has origins in camera optics. Its artistic use—and overuse—in film, television, and photography is well explained in this Vox video (link to YouTube). Thanks, Dan.
Related GurneyJourney posts:
Color Corona
How to Get a Feeling of Misty Light
Practical Lights
Light Spill

More of this kind of stuff in my book Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter

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2591. Delighted Dogs

Final-Delighted-DogsI just finished this illustration for a dog walker/sitter. She will be using these critters on her website. Of course my passion for dogs and my exacting attention to breed specific characteristics helped to distinguish a chihuahua from a yorkie. Lots of love went into this one.

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2592. Thoughts about Doing Live Demos

My friend Greg Ruth asked me about my thoughts on doing public painting demos, so here are a few musings.

James Gurney paints James Warhola, photo by Patrick O'Brien at MICA
Drawing or painting in front of an audience has its challenges. It's really a kind of performance. I've done everything from Vaudeville style chalk talk gags for bored first graders to oil portrait demos at art schools.

For both, I lower my expectations about how well the painting is likely to turn out. That's because I have to fire up both brain hemispheres so I can talk and draw at the same time, something I'm not as accustomed to doing as art professors are.

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Demo portrait in watercolor of Dennis Nolan, professor at Hartford Art School
Also I can't predict the outcome because I don't have a single tried-and-true system of painting. I may come at the subject with pencil, watercolor, casein, gouache, or oil, depending on how adventurous I'm feeling, or what I happen to have with me.

For me, painting and drawing alternate between moments of confidence and moments of doubt. I think it's best to avoid expressing too much of either emotion. What the audience genuinely does need is a practical understanding of how that internal struggle plays out on the page. How do you spot an error, and how do you fix it? What makes you decide to rub something out? What things to you need to get right at different stages?

The demo should be not merely a display of process, but also of the reasoning behind the process, so that the student has a map to find their way through the thicket.

Greg Ruth interviewed a lot of other artists on this topic, and you can read the range of thoughts on demoing on the blog Muddy Colors. I'd be interested in any comments from those of you who are veterans at doing painting demos. And I'd also like to hear from students about what you have liked most about the best demos you seen (OK to name names or suggest videos), and what are your pet peeves about demos that haven't been helpful (without naming names).
My video tutorials on Gumroad
Instagram I have a differrent track of images on Instagram

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2593. #shapechallenge: a good story

Today's #ShapeChallenge drawing, with a shape set by saxophonist Alison Diamond (@ADsaxist on Twitter).

Awful news in the media today about library closures, libraries losing a quarter of staff, 343 libraries shut down since 2010. :( You can read more about it in http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-35707956 and this article in The Bookseller. It's truly awful what this government's doing; our libraries need money to upgrade themselves, not cuts.

On a lighter note, author Michele Robinson has posted 50 things that worry her when she does Author Visits. (I think the list is going up past 60 now as people keep giving her extra things to worry about. It's very funny... and TRUE.) Read The Picture Book Event Anxiety Checklist.

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2594. Oh No! The Bull is Waking Up...

Sorry I have not been blogging much lately about my work on Class One Farmyard Fun. It's ironic that, in periods when I have loads going on to tell you about, I have almost no time left to actually tell you.

Anyway, I have been working on a batch of spreads towards the end of the book, when the children try to catch the escaped bull. The bull has been running amok, biffing children here there and everywhere, but has managed to knock himself out. This illustration follows on from a near-miss with the lad in the red trousers:
   Now the bull went after Paul
   But - phew! - he missed and bashed a wall.

Julia Jarman's text for this actual page is:
   Meanwhile Miss and a duck had landed in the farmer's truck (they were previously biffed)
   Miss hissed, 'Children hide in here! The bull is waking up I fear.'
   She was right - his eye-lids flickered, enraged by a pair of bright red knickers.

I don't generally do artwork for the spreads in order, but I tackled this sequence of illustrations one after the other, as they have a lot of the same items in: the bull, the truck, the washing etc. I needed to use each illustration as colour reference for the next, so kept them on the drawing board as I finished them. It's very handy having a nice big board: 

The text for the next page is:
Then suddenly Sam had a plan:
'Miss, quick, drive as fast as you can,
Past that washing and down the track.
With luck we'll get that bad bull back
In the field from where he came
and lock him safely up again.'

I had problems at the rough stage with this sequence of spreads and it was this that Julia and I were discussing when we met up at the Northern Children's Book Festival. In her original text, the bull sees the red knickers hanging on the washing line. But I was having trouble making that work when I got the idea to tangle the knickers onto the bull's horns. Unfortunately, that created a knock-on problem, because Sam next needs to grab the knickers to wave at the bull. Taking the knickers from the bulls horns was obviously too dangerous and scary for him. So I got the idea of him using the prop from the washing line to hook them off without getting too near. Julia agreed with my ideas and changed her text to fit. She is absolutely lovely to work with - she is always open to ideas and never 'precious' about her text. This is her altered text, which goes with the spread below:

But could they do it?
Sam got the prop... and took the pants off that bull in a strop.
Waving them, he yelled, 'Ole! Catch us if you can! Okay?'
The bull charged on, enraged by red
As Miss drove the truck, straight ahead...

I am now working on a spread from earlier on, where several of the children have been tossed into a smelly heap of manure, and the bull is creeping up on Miss... Watch this space!

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2595. ‘Slow Wave’ by Andy Kennedy

Sleep disturbances from outside and within.

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APRIL is going to be a fun month with appearances, exhibits, theater, and more! Here are some of the highlights: THANK YOU! April 1st marks the 13th anniversary of the publication of my first book, DON'T LET THE PIGEON DRIVE THE BUS! It's been a wonderful ride (as you can see in this month's post) and that is thanks to YOU, my readers! Thank you!    EXHIBIT! THE ART & WHIMSY OF MO

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2597. Never Tease a Weasel

Never Tease a Weasel
Jean Conder Soule illustrated by Denman Hampson
Published by Parents' Magazine Press in 1964. 

You can knit a kitten mittens
And perhaps that cat would purr.
You could fit a fox with socks
That exactly matched his fur.
You could make a goat a coat
With a collar trimmed in mink;
Or give a pig a wig
In a dainty shade of pink
But never tease a weasel;
This is very good advice.
A weasel will not like it 
And teasing isn't nice!

You could make a riding habit
For a rabbit if you choose;

You could make a collie jolly
With a gay crocheted cravat;
Or make a possum blossom
In an Easter Sunday hat.

But never tease a weasel,
Not even once or twice.
A weasel will not like it
And teasing isn't nice!

A truly delightful book published by the Parent’s Magazine Press in 1964 with illustrations by Denman Hampson. A new edition with illustrations by George Booth was published in 2007. If you prefer the earlier version (as I do) you will need to hunt in your local second-hand book shop or charity shop. Or if you prefer to shop, you could check on eBayor ABEbookswhere there are several copies for sale at time of writing.  

Never tease a weasel.
There! Now I've said it thrice.
A weasel will not like it –
And teasing isn't nice!

Don’t you just love that Perky Turkey?   

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2598. Pick of the Week for DRAGON and This Week’s Topic


It’s Illustration Friday!

Please enjoy the wonderful drawing above by Carrera.Works, our Pick of the Week for last week’s topic of DRAGON. Thanks to everyone who participated with drawings, paintings, sculptures, and more. We love seeing it all!

You can see a gallery of ALL the entries here.

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


Here’s how:

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

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

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

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

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2599. Repin's Easter Procession

Ilya Repin's Religious Procession in Kursk Province shows an Easter procession of Bright Week, a tradition of the Eastern Orthodox church. 

Repin --Study for Religious Procession

Controversial in its day, the painting documents the range of Russian social strata moving together toward their common destiny while cruelly maintaining their differences.

According to David Jackson
"At the right, burly peasants carry a platform holding the icon inside an elaborate neoclassical case; only gleams of light reflecting off the gold riza icon cover can be made out. Lines of peasants joining hands hold back the crowd, the foremost at the left trying to stop the crippled boy breaking through the cordon with his stick. Alongside ride peasant or priest stewards and officials and police in uniform, some of the latter beating back the crowd with their riding crops. Behind the icon follow priests and better-dressed people, carrying icons in front of their chest, and an "effete, dandified and bored priest" in vestments carefully straightens his hair." 

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2600. Advice For Young Writers, Treadmill Desks and MISSION MUMBAI: Mahtab Narsimhan Answers Three Questions

Mahtab Narsimhan is the award-winning author of The Third Eye. Her realistic novel, The Tiffin, based on the dabbawallas of Mumbai, also received critical acclaim. Mission Mumbai and Looking for Lord Ganesh are coming out this year. Committed to diversity in her stories, Mahtab lives in Toronto with her husband, son, golden retriever, and far too many novel ideas. 

I was lucky enough to get my hands on an advance reader's copy of MISSION MUMBAI: A NOVEL OF SACRED COWS, SNAKES AND STOLEN TOILETS. Mission Mumbai is a rollicking adventure packed with laugh-out-loud fun, dare-devil thrills and truly moving moments. A book nerd, foodie and aspiring photographer, the story's main character Dylan is irresistible. I loved his sense of humor! Also, the descriptions of Indian food had my mouth watering. Can't wait until this book is out in bookstores on March 29th! Highly recommended. 

You can find Mahtab at MahtabNarsimhan.com, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Synopsis of MISSION MUMBAI, which comes out from Scholastic Inc. on March 29th, 2016:

When Dylan joins his best friend, Rohit, on a family vacation to India, he’s excited! Mumbai is amazing but he’s always a step away from disaster. When Ro’s family problems threaten to cut the trip short, it seems their friendship might be shattered irrevocably.

More info about the book on Scholastic.ca and Scholastic.com (with teacher info).

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

The most recent addition to my office is the treadmill under my desk – a gift from my husband, Rahul. I have to thank award-winning author, Arthur Slade, for the inspiration. This little (actually, not so little because it weighs 114 pounds!) device has changed my life. Writers are normally sedentary so being active, while creating, is fun. And it's a cool way to exercise your head and heart! On a regular day, I get in three to four hours of writing and walking, simultaneously. When I’m done, I’m Done.

Typing on the move took some getting used to but after months of practice, I get into the rhythm within minutes. It keeps me alert and motivated to go just a bit further than I would. Instead of feeling tired, I’m energized at the end of a walking-writing session. Love it!

Q. What advice do you have for young writers?

A walk starts with a single step. A book starts with a single word. Don’t be intimidated about a task, no matter how large. Break it up into small manageable chunks and get going.

When starting a new project, I give myself a daily goal of 1500 words. I adopted this practice after reading ON WRITING by Stephen King whose daily goal is 2000 words. It’s the best advice I ever got.

I try and hit that goal even on the days I don’t feel like writing. It all adds up and I have a draft (albeit not a very good one) at the end of 3-4 months. You can always improve on bad prose but not a blank page.

Of all the analogies I’ve read about writing, this one is my favourite:

When driving at night, your vision is limited to the distance illuminated by your headlights. You cannot see all the way home. By focusing on the short stretch of road you can see, you do eventually reach home.

Writing is very much like driving home in the dark. You can’t see the end of the novel when you begin. Even if you do have some idea, you’re not sure of the road you’ll take to get there. By focusing on a chapter, or even a page, at a time, and sticking with it, you will eventually get to The End.

Mahtab's launch of THE TIFFIN in Mumbai

Q. What are you excited about right now?

I’m always excited about my most recent work-in-progress . At the moment it’s a middle-grade science-fiction series set on Mars. This setting is a tad different from Mumbai, where I grew up, and needs a lot of research. And yes, there are mutants!

I’m thrilled about my novel, Mission Mumbai, A Novel of Sacred Cows, Snakes and Stolen Toilets which will published by Scholastic on March 29, 2016. Kirkus gave it a great review.

My first picture book, Looking for Lord Ganesh, is also out in April 2016 with Lantana Publishing of UK.  

I also have a short story, Wrath of Gaia, coming out in a speculative fiction anthology by Laksa Media, titled "Strangers Among Us".  So, this is a great year for me!


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