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26701. The Diviner

Sometimes the treasure we seek is right under our nose.
Pencil and watercolour. A3 size. Click to enlarge.

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26702. SpongeBob XXX Parody

Here’s the SpongeBob XXX parody no one asked for…but everyone will probably watch: SpongeKnob SquareNuts. The Brew likes to keep things classy so we’re only linking to the SFW trailer. You perverts who want to see a sponge and a squirrel go at it will have to find the whole thing on your own.

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26703. It's "Dumpling Days" for Julia!


Like Anna and Grace, I’m having work done on my new home. I’m fortunate to be able to have renovations done while still living at my “other” house—the place that I have called home for nearly thirty-seven years.
In late December, I posted a couple of pictures of the built-in bookcases that we had installed in the upstairs office/library/den of our new home.

I’ve already begun filling the shelves—mostly with children’s picture books.
 
Because I have sooooo many books, my husband and I decided to have another built-in bookcase made for our upstairs hallway. Village Woodworking in Topsfield (MA) did such a wonderful job with our bookcases and china cabinet that we also decided to have them make us a media center with bookshelves, drawers, and other storage for our living room.
 Our Built-in China Cabinet

Julia likes to visit the upstairs “library” at our new house, look at the picture books, pull some off of the shelves and “read” them. Sometimes, she insists on taking one of the picture books back over to HER side of the house. 

I often grab my “gram cam” to snap pictures of Julia reading books.

Julia reading Secret Seahorse.
Julia reading Miss Mary Mack.

One of Julia’s new favorites isn’t a picture book. It’s Grace’s novel Dumpling Days. One night last week, she refused to go to bed without the book. On Wednesday afternoon, she sat on the floor of the family room quietly flipping through the pages and looking at the sketches that Grace included in her novel. That night, her dad told me she chose Dumpling Days over her favorite stuffed animal when he put her to bed.
Julia reading Dumpling Days yesterday afternoon.

 Babies loving books! Is there anything better?

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26704. Pushing Through

So, last night I finished an illustration for an Australian publisher (a lot of fun by the way!) and today I'm back to working on Maddy Kettle. I'm going to try and push through right to the end of it. I'm very close and I think if I put my head down and just work on it with few distractions I can get all the inking done.

After Maddy is all finished and sent off for edits I have a ton of other projects to get to. 

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26705. Interview With YA Author S.J. Laidlaw About Process, Persistence and AN INFIDEL IN PARADISE

 

I met Susan Laidlaw through the MiG Writer Critique Group and was excited to hear about the publication of her upcoming book, AN INFIDEL IN PARADISE, which comes out from Tundra on February 12th, 2013. I'm so looking forwarding to meeting Susan in person for the first time when all the MiGs get together at the SCBWI Winter Conference next week!

Set in Pakistan, AN INFIDEL IN PARADISE is the story of a teen girl living with her mother and siblings in a diplomatic compound. As if getting used to another new country and set of customs and friends isn't enough, she must cope with an increasingly tense political situation that becomes dangerous with alarming speed. Her life and those of her sister and brother depend on her resourcefulness and the unexpected help of an enigmatic Muslim classmate.

Q. What is your writing process?

In terms of scheduling my writing, I’m a very early riser and I’m always most creative first thing in the morning. Ideas percolate throughout the night. I often wake up in the night thinking about my stories, but I only rarely get up to write down my thoughts. Usually, I wait till morning.

I don’t set out a specific number of hours to write but I do try to write every morning and keep going until I feel I’m no longer being productive. Sometimes that’s only 3-4 hours but sometimes I’ll keep going all day. If I’m having a really good writing day, dishes are piled in the sink and we’re having tuna sandwiches for dinner.

I do a basic outline and a basic character sketch of my main characters. I find it helpful to have an idea where I’m going, even if I diverge, which I often do. I like to really think about all my characters’ backstories and motivations. Even if they aren’t central to the plot, I need to understand who they are to bring them to life.

Getting comfortable with the character’s way of looking at the world is also important. I’ve worked as an adolescent counselor for most of my career, so looking at life from a teen perspective is actually very natural to me but when I was writing AN INFIDEL IN PARADISE, I made a point of immersing myself in books with similarly aged main characters. I particularly liked reading books whose main characters were angry or a little snarky, as Emma, my main character, is both.

For about a year now, I’ve been working on my second novel. I wrote it, sold it, and now I’m in revisions with my wonderful editor, Sue Tate, from Tundra Books. This time I’ve been reading a lot of Young Adult novels with male protagonists, since the main character of my second novel is a 17-year-old boy. I particularly like novels with a bit of humor, since that’s an element of my writing, but I’ll really read anything from the young adult male perspective.

If I find a book that is particularly inspiring, I’ll keep it close at hand and re-read sections of it when I feel stalled on my own writing. If I’m really blocked I may take multiple writing breaks to just curl up and read. That’s one of the things I love about being a writer, you can fritter away hours doing your favourite activity and still call it work.

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao is one book that I re-read many times while writing my second novel. I’m also a massive, nerdy, John Green fan. I truly hope I never meet him because I know I’ll make a total fool of myself.

Q. If you could give your younger self advice about the craft or business of writing, what would you tell her?

Over twenty years ago I wrote my first book. I sent it off to one publisher. It was turned down but the editor wrote me a very nice handwritten note saying the book wasn’t a good fit for her publishing house but she’d like to see more of my work. I was devastated and didn’t try sending out my work again until just a few years ago. I realize now that that personal note was actually quite an endorsement and I shouldn’t have given up for twenty years.

So I guess my advice to anyone who enjoys writing is, don’t give up. You’re going to suffer rejection along the way. Look at it as part of the process and just keep sending your work out there.

One second piece of advice and it’s equally important is find a good writer’s support group. Being part of MiG Writers has been hugely beneficial to me and it’s not even for the critiquing so much as all the other things, sharing information, encouraging each other, celebrating each other successes, interviewing each other – Thanks for this, by the way.

Writing is by definition something you do by yourself. It’s a reflective, contemplative, process, as is it should be, but publishing is the opposite. It’s all about getting your name out there, getting people to notice you. This isn’t necessarily something that comes naturally to most writers – it certainly doesn’t to me - but having writing friends can make it a lot less intimidating.

Q. Any upcoming projects or events you'd like to mention?

I'm very excited about my second book, which I'm currently revising. It's set in Utila, a tiny island off the coast of Honduras, where my husband and I have a cottage. I've always used Utila as a place to write because there are no distractions, but it's also an ideal location for a mystery. More than half the island is completely deserted, just jungle and mangrove swamp. It's also a bit of a lawless place, particularly in recent months, though Utilans are working hard to keep the problems under control.

In my second novel, the main character's sister goes to Utila to study whale sharks. Utila's also one of the best places in the world to actually snorkel with whale sharks. I've done it myself. Anyway, Luke's sister goes to Utila to work at the whale shark research center - which does actually exist - but one night she disappears without a trace. The authorities think she must have drowned but they can't produce a body and Luke doesn't believe it, so he sets out to Utila to find her.

If everything goes according to schedule, that novel will be out in 2014. I just need to finish these revisions by March!

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You can find out more about Susan Laidlaw and her work at:

S.J. Laidlaw website

On Facebook

On Twitter: @SusanLaidlaw1

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15767359-an-infidel-in-paradise

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26706. Bugs. Bugs. Bugs.

And the strongest ladybug on earth.

I drew this on a scrap piece of paper while I was making dinner over the past two nights. They aren't the most accurate bugs but some are recognizable, such as the dung beetles holding out on the ball of poo at the bottom. All bugs like poo, right? For the sake of this sketch they all do, okay? Good.

Click here for a larger view. This blogger preview thing is terrible for artwork. Hear that blogger? Fix it.


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26707. Warner Bros. Anniversary DVD Set salutes Hanna Barbera

This year, Warner Home Video is releasing several DVD boxed sets designed to celebrate the film studio’s 90th anniversary. A few of them will actually compile cartoons. They’ve just announced one of these: The Best of Warner Bros.: Hanna Barbera 25 Cartoon Collection, a 2-DVD set available on May 21st, for $26.99 ($18.89 on Amazon). It includes selected H-B cartoons from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70′s. The contents are:

1950s
The Ruff & Reddy Show (1957) “Planet Pirates” (episode 1)
Huckleberry Hound (1958) “Spud Dud”
Yogi Bear (1958) “Snow White Bear”
Hokey Wolf (1961) “Castle Hassle”
Pixie and Dixie and Mr. Jinks (1958) “A Wise Quack,”
The Quick Draw McGraw Show (1959) “Masking for Trouble”
Augie Doggie and Doggie Daddy (1959) “Gone to the Ducks”
Snooper and Blabber (1959) “The Lion is Busy” with Snagglepuss
Loopy De Loop (1959) “Wolf Hounded”

1960s
The Flintstones (1960) “Love Letters On The Rocks” 30 mins.
The Yogi Bear Show (1961)
Snagglepuss “The Roaring Lion”
Yakky Doodle “Hasty Tasty”
Top Cat (1961) “T.C. Minds the Baby” 30 mins.
Wally Gator “Gator-Napper”
Touché Turtle and Dum Dum “Rapid Rabbit” with Ricochet Rabbit Lippy the Lion & Hardy Har Har “Hick Hikers”
The Jetsons (1962) “Rosie the Robot” 30 mins
The Magilla Gorilla Show (1964) “Makin’ with the Magilla”
Punkin’ Puss & Mushmouse “Callin’ All Kin”
Ricochet Rabbit & Droop-a-Long “Will ‘O the Whip”
Jonny Quest (1964) “The Robot Spy” 30 mins.
Peter Potamus (1964) “Cleo Trio”
Breezly and Sneezly “Stars and Gripes”
Yippee, Yappee and Yahooey “Black Bart”
Atom Ant “The Big Gimmick”
Secret Squirrel “Cuckoo Clock Cuckoo”
Squiddly Diddly “Way Out Squiddly”
Precious Pupp “Precious Jewels”
The Hillbilly Bears “Do The Bear”
Winsome Witch “Have Broom will Travel”
Frankenstein, Jr. “The Shocking Electrical Monster’
The Impossibles (1966) “The Spinner”
Space Ghost “The Heat Thing”
Dino Boy “The Sacrifice”
Space Kidettes (1966) “Moleman Menace’
The Abbott and Costello Cartoon Show “Gadzooka”
Birdman (1967) “Birdman Meets Birdboy”
The Galaxy Trio (1967) “Revolt of the Robots”
The Herculoids (1967) “Attack from Space”
Cattanooga Cats (1969) “Witch Whacky”
It’s The Wolf (1969) “Slumber Jacks”
Motormouse and Autocat (1969) “Wheelin’ and Dealin’”

1970s
The Funky Phantom (1971) “The Liberty Bell Caper” 30 mins.
Jabberjaw (1976) “Dr. Lo has Got to Go” 30 mins.

Sounds like quite a bargain to me. Sharp-eyed CB readers Rodrigo Tramonte and Homero Bender noted on Cartoon Brew’s Facebook page that the rabbit pictured on the box between Yogi Bear and Quick Draw McGraw is not a familiar Hanna Barbera character (see below). It’s actually “Rapid Rabbit” from a late Warner Bros. Looney Tunes theatrical short, Rabbit Stew And Rabbits Too (1969).

Apparently the artist meant to use a Ricochet Rabbit (the particular Ricochet Rabbit cartoon on this set is titled “Rapid Rabbit“). I’ve been told Warner Bros. will correct the artwork on the final package.

(Thanks, TV Shows on DVD)

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26708. twiststreet: Gabriel Ba drawing Apocalypse Now.  (See...



twiststreet:

Gabriel Ba drawing Apocalypse Now.  (See also)

Are you kidding me?!?!



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26709. Playing with Pattern: Playful Geometrics Giftwrap

An exercise for my wonderful e-course, The Art & Business of Surface Pattern Design - this was a difficult one for me, as I decided to challenge myself and not only stick to just geometric patterns this time, but also use colours I wouldn't normally use. It's taken me ages to complete, but I finally have some samples ready as well as the collection in two different colour combinations!

To begin, here are the sketches I doodled into my moleskine journal. Ignore that flower in the front, that was just for play. I didn't want the geometric patterns to look too rigid or formal, so I added a bit of quirkiness to them. There are whimsical warped circles, oddly shaped squares and rectangles, and slightly distorted plus signs scattered around everywhere. I wanted it to have slightly sophisticatedlook but with a dash of casual fun.

 

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Most of the above rough ideas were scanned in and below are the end results. First, the Playful Geometrics Collection 1, based on the Pantone spring summer 2013 colours:

 

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Next, a couple of the above on mockup giftwrap paper sheets:

 

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Then, I (re)created the above patterns using the colours from my Peach Tulip Hues photograph (here's the image in case you're curious: Peach Tulip Hues) ... so here's the Playful Geometrics Collection 2:

 

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And finally, a few of the sample giftwrap paper sheets from the above:

 

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Having completed all that, I'm now no longer sure which colour combinations I prefer. I'm going to be using one of the above Collections to work on further, does anyone have a preference? I do like them both but may go with the second collection as the colours seem more spring/summery, what do you think?

Back to the drawing board! Have a sunny day, cheers.

 

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26710. Zen Bitch

I was trying out the Zen Brush app and drew this portrait of my sick dog who's been laid up in dog hospital for two days.
ZenBrush on iPad. Click to enlarge.

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26711. Original Art For Sale

Looking for the Real Thing?
Purchasing an original is a big deal. 

Not only is the price demanding, but you're investing in something unique, one of a kind, fragile, and ultimately an asset to you and your legacy.

Sounds deep, but art collecting truly is just that.

My goal this year is to make my originals more obtainable to you. Throughout the year you will find them on Facebook in a photo album, here under Art for Sale, and hopefully soon on my website.

The blog is the simplest way to purchase an original. Visit Art for Sale (found at the top of this page), find the piece, and click Purchase.

It goes through Paypal, and if that doesn't work for you, please Email me and we can make an arrangement. If you've ever done business with me, then you know I'll do whatever is in my abilities to make it work for you.

Buying art isn't like buying something from the store, it's an investment...remember? I make that investment too by serving you, getting to know who you are, and if possible check in and see how that piece is working for you and your home.


I also create Custom Work 
If you're interested in owning an original, but don't see one you'd like to purchase simply request a custom piece by visiting my Etsy shop and contacting me through the "Request custom item" link there, or email me.

Please be sure to read these Policies first before you ask for a custom piece...as it should answer most of your questions.

New works will be added often, so keep your eye on the Art for Sale page by bookmarking it!

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26712. Italian Motorcycles from the 1950s and 1960s

50cc astor super sport

50cc Astor Super Sport 1969 /Itom (1948–73), Turin, Italy / Courtesy of Stewart Ingram

During the Second World War many of Italy’s motorcycle and automobile manufacturing facilities were destroyed by allied bombing. To aid in the post-war economic recovery of these industries, the Italian government revised a highway code which reduced the minimum driving age to fourteen. With this, motorcycle manufacturers could create a new class of vehicles aimed at the younger generation. What these bikes lacked in power, they easily made up in style.

In 2012, SFO curated a small collection of these motorcycles for an installation in their international terminal. Included in the display were pieces by Itom, Benelli and MV August - all of which are scarcely seen on the roadways of Europe let alone the U.S. Although these vehicles have long ceased production, their legacy lives on through their iconic design.


Giulietta Super Sport

50cc Giulietta Super Sport 1959
Fratelli Peripoli (1957–80), Vicenza, Italy

Competition SS 52 Gobbetto

125cc Competition SS 52 “Gobbetto” 1952
Moto Rumi (1950–63), Bergamo, Italy

48cc Record Sport

48cc Record Sport 1968
FB Mondial (1948–79), Milan, Italy

Images via SFO

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Citroen Brochure
Monaco 1975 poster
Vintage Porsche Posters

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26713. The Part-Fairy Survival Kit at the Guardian Gateway Telesummit

Screen Shot 2013-01-25 at 12.56.09 PMI’m excited!

My topic: The Part-Fairy Survival Kit

On Tuesday, 10 AM Pacific, I will be interviewed as part of the Guardian Gateway Telesummit. It looks super cool. My topic is The Part-Fairy Survival Kit! I’ll cover:

  • the secret to seeing and hearing the Fairy Realm
  • learn how Nature can help you heal
  • find out if you are part fairy and what you need to survive and thrive

Here’s Details:

 I am excited to share with you a FREE one-of-a-kind event taking place this month: The Guardian Gateway Telesummit.

Twenty teachers are coming together to show you how to connect and work with the high-vibrational Beings—angels, unicorns, faeries, dolphins, plant spirits, power animals, and more—who are guardians and supporters of your gifts and soul purpose.

My colleague Kim Wilborn will be interview 20 powerful teachers who will show you how to work with the Guardian Energy that is SO wanting to help each one of us… and the world.

There’s no cost to attend, and even if you can’t attend the talks live, you will get access to each replay for 48 hours.

I cordially invite you to be my guest at this wonderful event. You’ll learn how to work with the High-Vibrational Beings who are waiting to:

  •  ~ Bring solutions to your everyday problems
  •  ~ Assist you in everything you do
  •  ~ Give you the wisdom and support you need to live your best life
  •  ~ Help you discover and live your life purpose
  •  ~ Raise your vibration and improve what you attract into your experience
  •  ~ Assist you in manifesting your heart-based desires
  •  ~ Provide an unshakable support system

 You’ll experience:

  • ~ Jean Slatter: Learn How to Hire From the Heavens
  • ~ Steven Farmer: Receiving Guidance from the Spirits of Nature
  • ~ Linda Shay: Joyful Spirit Dolphins…At Your Service
  • ~ Sue Storm: Angels for Prosperity
  • ~ Pam Montgomery: Discovering Your Personal Plant Spirit Ally
  • ~ Ronni Ann Hall: The Part-Fairy Survival Kit
  • ~ Cordelia Brabbs: Your Miracles Team
  • ~ Raven Many Voices: Dragons – Finding Your Fire Within
  • ~ Monique Hunt: Connect with Your Spirit Guide council
  • ~ Elvia Nina Roe: Meet Your Angels
  • ~ Helen Oceanheart: Open Your Heart to the Whales and Dolphins
  • ~ Max Ryan: Raising Your Vibration with the Angels
  • ~ Kimberly Mulrooney: Angels on Call
  • ~ Lesley Morrison: The Healing Wisdom of Birds
  • ~ Annie Day: Tree Spirit Healing
  • ~ Carrie Hart: Power Animals Unleashed
  • ~ Theolyn Cortens: The Teachings of the Nephalim
  • ~ Bernadette Wulf: Faeries Among Us
  • ~ Robbie Holz: Working with a Celestial Team

If you would like your life to be easier, happier, and more in alignment with your Soul Purpose, register today for the FREE [http://www.mcssl.com/app/?Clk=4956000] Guardian Gateway Telesummit.

“See” you there!


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26714. Getting Started As A Children's Book Illustrator




I've had a lot of artists email me over the years and ask me how to get started as a children's book illustrator. Today I answered an email to someone who said she had graduated from school quite a while ago, but started a family and didn't ever get started in the industry. Now her kids are a little older, and she is interested in starting a career in children's book illustrating. She wondered where to get started, and also asked about how to get some training on craft etc. Another reader asked me about pricing. So I'm going to copy my answers here. It's a lot of information, but hopefully it can answer some questions for those of you who might be wondering some of the same things.


If you are wanting to get into the children's illustrator scene, I would highly recommend joining the SCBWI. IT is a world-wide organization. When you are a member, you can apply for grants and scholarships which can help you start your career. There are also really great resources such as a yearly publication they put out with a list of all the children's publishers and agents etc. As a member, you also get a bi-monthly magazine full of great tips about the industry. If you are near a local chapter, they also offer activities in which you can learn more about craft, the industry, and network. In the U.S. there are two annual conferences a year- one in NY and one in LA. And there are International conferences as well. As an illustrator, you also get to display your work on an online portfolio in the SCBWI website.

To get started,the best thing to do first, is to establish a good portfolio. Make sure it is consistent and has illustration that could easily fit into a children's book. Look at lots of children's books, and then go make your own images that could fit into the genre. Make sure you portfolio includes illustrations of children.

Then you will need to get an online portfolio. You can start out with a blog- Blogger or Wordpress. In blogger, you can make static pages in your blog to make it sort of like a website. Some other great places to display your portfolio for free are Behance or Coroflot. I like behance the best, and from your portfolio, you can also build your own website on their Prosite. You can also build your own free website with not too much difficulty on Wix.

Then, start sending postcards to publishers. You can find the publishers from SCBWI's The Book, yearly publication that you will get when you join. Another good resource is The Children's Writers and Illustrators Market book. Some publishers prefer receiving post cards, and others prefer emails. These books will tell you how to send your artwork. If you send a post card, a great place to get them printed is Got Print. They have great prices and the quality is very good. Whether you send an email, or a post card make sure to include both your contact info and website. You can also send out your artwork to agents (info on agents also can be found in those books). But it is easier to get an agent after you have published something, so I would recommend trying publishers first. Then it is important keep sending your artwork to the publishers on a regular basis. Some artists send every month, some send quarterly. Just as long as you are consistent. Sometimes it takes a long time to get noticed, but don't give up.

If you are interested in writing and illustrating your own books, I would recommend reading Writing with Pictures: How to Write and Illustrated Children's Books by Uri Shulevitz. Some helpful websites for writing children's books are The Purple Crayon, and author Rick Walton's site.

Pricing is a harder issue. This market is so subjective. There is The Graphic Artist's Guild Handbook of Pricing and Ethical Guildlines. I would also recommend reading this blog post by Will Terry

If you are looking to improve your craft, I would recommend taking an online class. There are some really great ones being offered for illustrators. Schoolism offers a lot of classes on craft. Chris Oatley-through his Oatley Academy is offering awesome classes on composition, and soon some on character design etc. He also offers some great tutorials in his site. You can buy some great instructional videos from The Gnomon Workshop and Folio Academy. Going to conferences about children's book writing and illustrating is also a very important part of improving your craft.

I hope that you find these resources useful. I know it is a lot of information, but the main thing to start out is to get a good portfolio, and then get it in front of people. Besides getting a website and sending out postcards, it is important to blog and get on twitter and connect with other illustrators and art directors so your work can be seen. Social networking is very important in this industry, and a great resource to learn more about social networking in the children's industry is Katie Davis' blog and podcast. It is a process that will take some time, but if you keep working and working and improving your art and letting it be seen, you will start getting work as an illustrator. Key to success as a professional illustrator- keep drawing and don't give up!

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26715.

Share a Story - Shape a Future: Share a Story - Shape a Future, A Blog Tour for Literacy (Updated: 1 Mar)

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26716. IT'S REAL


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26717. My Daughter's Valentine's Pancake

Just a quick "Hello" today before I make lunch for my husband.....I wanted to show you my daughter's pancake art.  She was inspired to make her own Valentine's Pancake Candy Box after eating the one I made previously HERE.  So, so, cute! I love the additional pancake layers she made for her candy!

A close friend of mine bought me another griddle for my house so that I can have two griddles going at the same time for my kids-pretty cool huh?!  It seemed to work pretty similarly to my Presto griddle so it will come in handy around here :)

Gotta go make lunch....thanks for stopping by!

Jenni

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26718. Department of Transportation

Letting my fountain pen have a well deserved rest and using a Kuretake no 40 brush pen instead. 

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26719. MFA in Visual Narrative - SVA New York!!!

Oh! How can I express how much I want do this!
School of Visual Arts (New York): Visualized | MFA Narrative
     Begins June 2013! The MFA in Visual Narrative program at SVA is a groundbreaking approach to visual storytelling. Comprised of three eight-week summer sessions in NYC and two academic years online, this low-residency program places equal emphasis on creative writing and figurative visual expression: the education of the artist as author.
      The program is chaired by editorial illustrator and comic book artist Nathan Fox, joined by such diverse professional storytellers as cartoonists and authors Jessica Abel and Matt Madden, art director and illustrator Jennifer Daniel, writer and information designer Alicia DeSantis, writer and illustrator Edward Hemingway, artist and printmaker Ross MacDonald, historian and critic Leonard Marcus (!!!), publisher and writer Dan Nadel, designer and artist Jeff Rogers, artist Jonathon Rosen, illustrator Matt Rota, author Mark Sable and writer/game producer Ben Zackheim.
      For more information, visit mfavisualnarrative.sva.edu, register for the information session on January 26, 2-4pm, or click here to apply now.

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26720. Original Art For Sale

Looking for the Real Thing?
Purchasing an original is a big deal. 

Not only is the price demanding, but you're investing in something unique, one of a kind, fragile, and ultimately an asset to you and your legacy.

Sounds deep, but art collecting truly is just that.

My goal this year is to make my originals more obtainable to you. Throughout the year you will find them on Facebook in a photo album, here under Art for Sale, and hopefully soon on my website.

The blog is the simplest way to purchase an original. Visit Art for Sale (found at the top of this page), find the piece, and click Purchase.

It goes through Paypal, and if that doesn't work for you, please Email me and we can make an arrangement. If you've ever done business with me, then you know I'll do whatever is in my abilities to make it work for you.

Buying art isn't like buying something from the store, it's an investment...remember? I make that investment too by serving you, getting to know who you are, and if possible check in and see how that piece is working for you and your home.


I also create Custom Work 
If you're interested in owning an original, but don't see one you'd like to purchase simply request a custom piece by visiting my Etsy shop and contacting me through the "Request custom item" link there, or email me.

Please be sure to read these Policies first before you ask for a custom piece...as it should answer most of your questions.

New works will be added often, so keep your eye on the Art for Sale page by bookmarking it!

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26721. Rustboy Character Line Up

Four years ago, we tried to develop Rustboy into a feature film at Sony. Im not much of a character designer but I took a shot on this one since I was part of the early story development team.


Above was a snapshot of the development "pod" right after our pitch to Sony execs: (l-r) Armand Serrano, visual development; Todd Wilderman, story; a scriptwriter guy; and Brian Taylor, creator of Rustboy.


Images ©Sony Pictures Animation and Armand Serrano.

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26722. “Ghost Stories” trailer by Late Night Work Club

I first posted about the animation collective Late Night Work Club back in November. The group was started by Scott Benson with Charles Huettner, Eimhin McNamara and Eamonn O’Neill, who then we reached out to other people they knew and respected.

They’ve just released the trailer for their first shorts anthology, Ghost Stories, which will be released this coming Spring. In addition to the collective’s founders mention above, the anthology features the work of Sean Buckelew, Dave Prosser, Jake Armstrong, Erin Kilkenny, Alex Grigg, Daniella Orsini, Joe Orton, Conor Finnegan, Louise Bagnall and Christen Bach. Based on the trailer, it looks terrific:

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26723. A Busload of Pigeon Books!

This April will be the 10th Anniversary of the publication of DON'T LET THE PIGEON DRIVE THE BUS! and to celebrate this spring Hyperion is publishing collection of 3 Pigeon books (DON'T LET THE PIGEON DRIVE THE BUS!, THE PIGEON FINDS A HOTDOG!, & DON'T LET THE PIGEON STAY UP LATE!) in a collection entitled IT'S A BUSLOAD OF PIGEON BOOKS! I just received my preview copy and I'm really excited!

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26724. Illustration Friday topic is Wings

For the topic wings I thought I would put another Two Can Art Collection image up. My studio has a big wisteria vine right outside my window that the birds love. It's nice to see them flit about. This little chickadee is in a different setting. I love the orange-red berries against the blue texture. As you may have seen in previous posts the textures are all painted by my son who is autistic and loves the whole sensory experience of paint to paper. I use the painted textures to create images. This is one of my favorite images from the collection.

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26725. 1903 movie of London street scenes


(Direct link to video) This vintage film records ordinary street traffic in central London in 1903. Pedestrians dodge horse carriages in Hyde Park Corner, Parliament Square and Charing Cross Station. A motorcycle zips past a lamppost at 3:38 and a horseless carriage appears at 3:50-3:60.

"We see crowds of people disembarking from a pleasure steamer at Victoria Embankment, pedestrians dodging horse-drawn carriages in Pall Mall and heavy traffic trotting down the Strand. There are plenty of famous landmarks to spot here, including Big Ben, the National Gallery and the Bank of England, and it is fascinating to see the similarities between the customs of then and now - the dense traffic (mainly horse-drawn, with the occasional motor car) is highly reminiscent of today's London rush hour, while advertising on public transport is clearly no new phenomenon - in one scene, an advert for Nestlé's Milk seems to be plastered on every other vehicle."


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