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26701. The Lot of the Comic Artist...

Art and respect outside of comics...

Hi Everyone,

There is a world outside of comicbooks, honest...

I thought I would be a little controversial with my opening comment here today, for which the reasons will hopefully become apparent, as the tale progresses. This is especially so as the coming words seem to express the exact opposite of my current career position. 

I originally wrote this Blog a couple of years ago after I was involved in a series of conversations on a forum on the internet and although it was a broad subject, it contained some of the subject matter, which I have broached in my Blogs since I started writing them. I had intended on publishing this particular Blog as a result of those conversations an age ago, but the machinations of the previous two year’s events conspired against me doing so before now, until I had managed to proof-read it.

The conversations between several comics professionals and myself covered lots of ground during the time we spent in them. Some of the discussions covered positive aspects to the business, whilst others were not so. There are some home truths here in this Blog and I have chosen not to pull punches, but I have elected not to name and shame, the damage is done to those in the industry that will appreciate these words and also maybe there will be some folks that hear of this Blog and see the words and recognise themselves as guilty as charged, but somehow I doubt that will even occur to such folks.

Ask most folks inside of the business and you will hear the countless nightmare stories of artists (pencillers/inkers/colourists), writers, and letterers waiting for jobs to come along and then getting insane deadlines because folks had sat on the jobs, late payments, just because creative folks were looked on as last in line for payment (at best), and sometimes even a cut in pay from the start of a job, because the publisher hadn't made as much as they wanted/expected, etc.

Pieces of artwork, numbering in the hundreds, if not in the thousands (per artist in question) that have never been returned to the rightful creators and sadly there are many artists that can lay claim to this fact applying to themselves. This artwork not being returned due to the facts that either it was not the policy of the said publisher to return artwork (despite having already received a

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26702. speed


This is the second horse race painting I did last week.
Check out my blog at Nora MacPhail - Artist

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26703. In case of rain


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26704. The Sendak Fellowship


I wrote this piece for the March/April 2012 SCBWI Bulletin. They are kindly letting me post it here as well.

Among the very first books that I ever touched, were the five Little Bear books by Else Holmelund Minarik and illustrated by Maurice Sendak.  The bittersweet episode in which Little Bear thinks his mother has forgotten about his birthday was especially fascinating to me as a young child.  The story is touching and beautifully told, but what really got into my guts, and stayed there forever, are those perfect ink drawings.  The disappointment you could see on Little Bear's expressions; the different personalities of Hen, Duck, and Cat; the melancholy of the humble birthday soup: all this is illuminated by Sendak's pen in such a sensitive manner. The last time I took a good look at those drawings was years ago, but if I close my eyes I can still see them so clearly.

As an adolescent, I began imagining for myself a future as a visual storyteller of some kind.  Looking around for inspiration, I encountered Hieronymus Bosch, Alfred Kubin, Elzie Crisler Segar, George Herriman, Wilhelm Busch, and other artists in various fields. Since I didn't go through any kind of formal education to speak of, these people and their work were fundamental in my artistic progress, for better or worse.  But when I sat down at my table to learn how to use that wonderful drafting tool that is the dip pen, I knew what to keep near at hand: Maurice Sendak's drawings.
In Italy, where I was born and grew up, most of Sendak's books were not nearly as popular as they were in the United States and elsewhere in the world.  Only when I moved to New York in the mid nineties did I fully understand the range and importance of his work.  I began collecting his books, which kept me company on my path to the profession.
One day in February of 2011, opening the mailbox to clear it up from the usual utility bills and advertisements, I found a curious item: a letter.  It was addressed to me, and bore the letterhead The Sendak Fellowship.  I opened it, expecting to read a request for a donation to a children's literacy program or something of that nature.  Instead, the letter was an invitation to spend four weeks in Connecticut, in a house a few steps from Maurice Sendak's, in the fall.  I would be given a studio where to work on my projects, if I felt like it.  In fact, there was no obligation to produce anything specific, or anything at all.  In addition to this, and to me most importantly, I would have a chance to meet Maurice Sendak.  Maurice Sendak!  I said yes, but I was scared.
The notion that Sendak actually knew my books enough to invite me to his place was unsettling.  I have always been afraid that one day I'll hear a knock at the door and some stranger in a uniform, an Art Police officer, will notify me of my lack of qualifications and therefore my

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26705. “The Woods” Animation Test by Max Winston

LA-based animator Max Winston posted this animation test for The Woods!, a project that he developed over two years for Nickelodeon. He wrote last Friday on his blog that Nick “recently informed me that they don’t want to go through with making it into a show.” That’s probably a sign that he’s doing something right considering that this is the same network that turned down Adventure Time in favor of greenlighting Fanboy & Chum Chum. Max is currently shopping the idea around to other buyers.

CREDITS
Created, Directed and Animated by: Max Winston
Director of Photography: Helder K Sun
Written by: Doug Langdale & Max Winston
Color concept & BG design: Romney Caswell
Voices: Zoë Moss, Jacob Strick, Max Winston
Compositing: Hlynur Magnusson
Fabrication Assistance: Brad Schaffer
Shot at Screen Novelties


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26706. Cake Slice Favor Box - Printable pattern

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26707. Things to Remember

 
I drew this months ago, slipped it into a stack of papers, forgot about it, then unearthed it while unpacking from a move last week. I also found a forgotten can of tomato soup, but that's slightly less exciting.
   

And other assorted interestingness: Saturday's Super Moon, new "Sherlock" episodes and Tiny House Swoon.

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26708. Betsy Walton

Betsy Walton became a full-time freelance painter and illustrator in 2006. Her style is informed by a range of influences including Byzantine icon paintings, American folk art, geometric abstraction, and the work of many contemporary illustrators and painters. Check out more of her interesting work at her portfolio site.

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26709. Letter L

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26710. Illustration Friday: Hitched

Ink, watercolor on cold-pressed watercolor paper.

If you're new to my blog, why not become a follower?

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26711. K. F. E. von Freyhold

Hier weitere Bilder des bisher nicht bekannten Bilderbuches (von K.F.E. Freyhold ?).







Hier weitere Bilder des bisher nicht bekannten Bilderbuches (von K.F.E. Fryhold ?).

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26712. Announcement

As most of you know, for the past ten years I have devoted my time and energy to building the New Jersey SCBWI Chapter and to helping our members advance their careers. My goal as Regional Advisor has always been to help SCBWI members develop their writing and illustrating skills; to land agents and publishing contracts; and to provide world class workshops and conferences. Although this is a very sad announcement for me to make, I have decided to step down as Regional Advisor in July.

Under my tenure, the New Jersey chapter has grown in membership, programming and reputation. I’m not leaving the chapter or organization—just devoting more time to my own writing, and illustrating, which is why I joined the SCBWI in the first place. I will continue to provide information to help you, keep posting information about your successes, and talk about many other exciting projects on my blog.

As this will be my last conference as Regional Advisor, I hope you’ll consider attending (visit www.regonline.com/njscbwi2012conference  for info). Let me assure you the chapter will continue and thrive. Several members have already inquired about stepping up, so I’m confident the chapter will have a new RA by the time I leave, making it a smooth transition.

I’d like to end by mentioning that I am very proud of how each of you have grown over the years we’ve been together. I will always be a cheerleader for all of you—I believe in you, your writing and your illustrating—and hope we can stay in touch in the future. You have become part of my family and friends and I know I will miss you.

I mentioned I’ll be doing a number of projects in the future. If you’d like to be kept informed, please drop me an email and put “Future List” in the subject.

I look forward to seeing everyone at the June conference or over the summer.

Talk tomorrow,

Kathy


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26713. Party in a Box Printable patterns


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party in a gable box printable pattern

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26714. More Gratuitous Puppy Pics -

Cute, tiny and fluffy - like a stuffed animal!



He's like an endless bundle of bouncy, needle-toothed energy -



Happily, he also winds down pretty quickly -


Right now, there are more naps then frenetic episodes - but sadly, this ratio will not last long....

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26715. Prodigal Son - Best of Show!


Olive Tree Arts hosts an annual art show and sale each year. The theme of the art in this year's show needed to be based on the story of the Prodigal from the Bible in Luke 15:11-32. I created this piece and was floored when it won Best of Show! It's such a neat art show with over 100 pieces from different artists, so you get to see different perspectives on the same story through the different pieces of art.

Here's my inspiration statement on my piece:

What inspired me most from this parable was the father’s loving heart. The shadow represents the father’s view that his son will always be his little child. Even when his son basically said, “I wish you were dead and I had your money,” the father handed the money over without bitterness. In the culture of that day, the son should have been disinherited or even stoned. A father who loves his son that much had to have had high hopes for that boy. Did he pray for his baby son? Did he watch his son’s heart grow harder through the years? Did his own heart mourn for those younger days? When the rebellious son finally took some steps back towards the father, did the father run to meet him and lift him in the air with such overflowing joy that he couldn’t contain himself?

I believe he did.

And that’s the kind of love God has for us. An overflowing spinning and grinning kind of love.


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26716. Sketching




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26717. Sunday Sketching - more with the left hand...

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Still working with the left hand. Today, I tried smaller heads overall...

One of the things I've noticed is that it's not so much that my left fingers don't work as facilely as my right, but my *wrist* certainly does not! It has never learned how to make small, controlled arcs and twists that I apparently use all the time when drawing.... Interesting discovery..

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26718.

Presenting:

Thing:
There was this guy dressed as the grim reaper
dancing on the sidewalk with a scythe and a flag.

Here's a closeup. 

Sitting by him was a dude playing the ukulele.  
There wasn't an open case in front of him and
 it's not tax season anymore, so they were probably protesters. 
 I don't know what they were protesting, but I totally want in.


THING:

I was driving down the freeway last weekend and there was a cop 
in the far right lane, going really slow with his lights flashing.

When I passed, I saw why...

d'aaaaaaaw!!!
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26719. “Bounce Bounce” by Hayley Morris

Brooklyn-based Hayley Morris created this richly textured underwater fantasia for Hilary Hahn and Hauschka’s song “Bounce Bounce.” The evocative tide pool creatures were created with fabric, yarn, papier-mâché and driftwood, the latter used to make the wooden bird. The disparate materials that Hayley uses are united with an electric color palette and swaying shadows—all animated by hand under the camera. More details about the video and the musicians can be found in this IFC article.


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26720. Sunday

Today I am having a quiet Sunday. No work. The week ahead is so busy that I figured it was a good idea to have the weekend off. I watched some TV-on-demand and was surprised how hard it is to concentrate. I jusy keep thinking of work.
Here is a lazy bird doodle:





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26721. “Mr. Skrutnik’s Space Zoo” teaser

I don’t know if this series will ever make it to the US – or will even get made – but here are some tantalizing clips from a new TV pilot called Mr. Skrutnik’s Space Zoo, which is currently making the rounds at several festivals. It was produced by MOL Toons out of São Paulo, Brazil; Chico Zullo directed the pilot and designed the characters. I think it looks cool.

(Thanks, Chico Bela)


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26722. Circus Animal Cookies

I bought a bag of these at the store, to draw.


And I told myself I wouldn't eat any - just draw them.


And of course you know how that turned out.


The actual cookies are really nothing more than irregular shaped blobs, covered in frosting and sprinkles. They bear no resemblance at all to the animals they're supposed to be. And the frosting is kind of scuffed, and the sprinkles are all uneven. Rather unappetizing, actually. But they're pink! And full of sugar! And somehow iresistible.

 They're in my etsy shop.

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26723. Blank


My mind's gone blank
Pen and wash 5cm x 7cm. Click to enlarge.

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26724. “Hero” Featured on CNN

Yesterday (Saturday, May 5th), I flew up to Atlanta and had the opportunity to talk all things WondLa with CNN’s Randi Kaye.

I was also able to discuss my involvement with the Starlight Children’s Foundation, an organization I am proud to be a part of. Just in case you missed it, you can watch the entire interview on CNN’s site here.

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26725. But no recipes…hmmm

Here‘s a nice mention of Jack and the Giant Barbecue in a lineup of barbecue books for kids.


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