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26701. Castle drawing

This is a drawing of a castle in Ireland.
Well, so far its just the sky.

I always like to do the sky first. Sometimes I do clouds, sometimes not. Sometimes the skies are greyer or bluer, depending on the mood of the piece, as well as what colors will work with the colors in the building.

 For this one I decided a nice, simple, gradated sky would work best. I slowly build up the color starting with the lightest blue, then do 'washes' of colors, much like you would do with watercolors or acrylics, only I do it with colored pencils.

I'm using Prismacolors for this. The colors in the sky are: Light Sky Blue, Caribbean Sea, Blue Lake, Non-Photo Blue, True Blue, and Cool Grey 10%. I could have probably done it with fewer colors, but because I'm me, I used more.

Also, when it could be done, I usually decide to put in another hour and give it one more layer.

I'll start in on the castle next, and when its finished the sky will probably get another going over to make adjustments and tie it all together.

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26702. Hotwheels - Work in progress

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26703. Week-end Book Review: The Water Dragon by Li Jian

Li Jian,
The Water Dragon
Better Link Press, 2012.

Ages: 4+

Every day Ah Bao collects firewood in the forest near his tiny mountain village.  He carries a small ax and a rice crock made from a gourd. One day, Ah Bao notices a shiny red pebble on the ground and puts it in his rice crock. As soon as he does this, the crock begins to shake and rattle, and before he knows it, the crock is overflowing with more rice than Ah Bao could ever eat.

When he gets home he realizes that the stone has the same effect on money!  Now Ah Bao and his neighbors are never hungry or poor, but it hasn’t rained in the village since he found the magic stone. Ah Bao places the stone inside a bucket of water in the hope that it will overflow, but instead, the stone absorbs all the water in the bucket.  The next day, Ah Bao goes in search of the water dragon he dreams about, hoping he will convince it to shower his village with water once again.

Along the way, Ah Bao meets several animals caught up in trying predicaments.  He helps each of them and is rewarded in turn.  Each animal also warns Ah Bao that he will soon meet “a greedy red monster.” Undaunted, Ah Bao moves on.  When he finally meets the monster, both Ah Bao and the reader are surprised at how he handles the situation and the turn of events that follows. Ah Bao becomes a hero, but not as we might have expected!

This remarkable book is experienced illustrator Li Jian’s first foray into writing his own picture book. The story was inspired by legends he heard his elders tell when he was a child.  The pictures, which combine Li’s classical training in Chinese painting with his talent for bringing fairy tales to life, are at least as compelling as the bilingual text (in English and simplified Chinese characters).  Ah Bao is both a courageous and humble hero with a big heart and a sense of responsibility. He will be admired by children and parents, who will doubtless look forward to Li Jian’s next solo offering.

Abigail Sawyer
May 2012

N.B. Li Jian’s illustration work is currently highlighted in PaperTigers’ Illustrator Gallery.

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26704. The Winetaster

winetaster by 9567
winetaster, a photo by 9567 on Flickr.

Tagged: Allen Capoferri, Art, California, character design, Commentary, Funny, Humor, people sketches, sketchbook, sketchbook drawing, USA, Wine

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26705. family fun sketches...

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26706. Hmmm. . .

The first of The Adventures of BB and Sam, an ebook series from Dubai-based Bon Education, takes children to Thailand! I'm thinking of checking it out!

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26707. Illustration Friday: Sight

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26708. Sert's Maquette Tableaus

Josep Maria Sert (1874-1945) was a Catalan muralist whose epic works grace the walls of the League of Nations in Geneva and the Waldorf Astoria and Rockefeller Center in New York.

Many of his compositions teem with artistic groupings of larger-than-life figures.

To gather information, he posed human models, but he also constructed elaborate tableaus of small mannikins or maquettes. These little groupings gave him scope to try things that might be impossible with real humans.

He used rods to hold them in position. He dressed some in little costumes to figure out the clothes.

Mannikins only give a rough approximation of a real figure, but they're often a helpful starting point. Sert started drawing and refining right over the photographs. The grid helps him transfer the pose accurately to any scale.

For scenes of storms at sea, he sculpted waves from clay, and placed model boats into them.

Josep Maria Sert  (He also goes by the Spanish name José María Sert y Badía)
Thanks to Jim Vadeboncoeur for telling me about this guy!

Book: José Maria Sert : La rencontre de l'extravagance et de la démesure
Related GJ posts:
Lay Figures
Scaling up with a grid

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26709. Up next!: A sequel to Super Alphabet?

This was a demo piece that I did in a video for SCBWI - WA a week ago that showed how I did the art for Super Alphabet... now I'm thinking that a sequel is a doable.
Check out and the video at:

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26710. Picture Book Writing Tips

The beginnings of manuscripts are important.  Publishing professionals receive and read hundreds of manuscripts a month and don’t have time to read them all through to the end. The beginning isn’t more important than other parts of the story, but because it’s read first, it has to grab their attention, pique their interest, and indicate either that the author can write or has a good idea.

If you write a good beginning, editors and agents will read on to see if you develop a compelling plot, create credible characters, and sustain reader interest.

If your beginning isn’t strong, the manuscript will likely be rejected before the reader reaches the end of the first page. Just as important is the response of the ultimate ‘reader’ of the picture book, the child who either is—or isn’t—engaged by the end of the first few spreads.

How do you write a beginning that makes the reader want to read further? There are no rules when it comes to writing, but one idea is to use dramatic structure. Having a structure helps anchor your narrative and gives you a way to think of plot.

For our purposes, a plot is simply a way of organizing a series of related incidents, events, and situations leading to a satisfying resolution. It’s helpful to divide the plot into three sections—the  beginning, middle, and end.

A good beginning accomplishes three things:

1.  Introduces your main character or characters—the who of your story.

2.  Introduces the circumstances and situation, shows the world where the story takes place and gives the reader a sense of what the story is about—the where of the story.

3.  Introduces the desire/need/conflict that will drive the character and the story—the what of the story.

The beginning, also known as the set-up, engages your reader’s interest and makes them want to continue to read.  A rule of thumb is that the beginning should take up about a quarter of the book. In a standard thirtytwo page picture book (which allocates a spread to the title/dedication page, a single page at the beginning to the half title, and a single last page of the book), there are twenty-eight pages (or fourteen spreads) to tell your story. That means the beginning should be three to four spreads. For a thousand-word count story, that’s two hundred and fifty words. The trend is toward even shorter books, so you don’t have much time to set up the story and engage the reader.

You need to be a word miser, and the best way to do that is to find a way to introduce all three elements at once. The best openings start with the situation in which the protagonist finds themselves, combined with dramatized action, conflict or the expression of a desire.

A skilled writer can establish mood and tone in

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26711. Yay, The Latte Rebellion!

Congratulations to Sarah Jamila Stevenson! Her novel The Latte Rebellion (Flux Books, 2011) won the bronze medal in the children's multicultural fiction category of the 2012 Independent Publisher Book Awards.

"Hoping to raise money for a post-graduation trip to London, Asha Jamison [who is half Indian, a quarter Mexican, and a quarter Irish] and her best friend Carey [who is half Chinese and half Caucasian] decide to sell T-shirts promoting the Latte Rebellion, a club that raises awareness of mixed-race students.

But seemingly overnight, their 'cause' goes viral and the T-shirts become a nationwide social movement. As new chapters spring up from coast to coast, Asha realizes that her simple marketing plan has taken on a life of its own—and it's starting to ruin hers. Asha's once-stellar grades begin to slip, threatening her Ivy League dreams, while her friendship with Carey hangs by a thread. And when the peaceful underground movement spins out of control, Asha's school launches a disciplinary hearing. Facing expulsion, Asha must decide how much she's willing to risk for something she truly believes in."

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26712. deantrippe: heyoscarwilde: H.P. Lovecraft and Nikola Tesla:...



H.P. Lovecraft and Nikola Tesla: Paranormal Investigators

Illustration by Travis Pitts :: via zom-bot

Boom. This wins.

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26713. muscles studies

pencil drawings. i changed their colours with irfanview.

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26714. Is This The Ugliest Animation Book Cover?

Luca Raffaelli’s Le anime disegnate: Il pensiero nei cartoon da Disney ai giapponesi e oltre may be a very good book, but this cover for its new edition is something else. Share your nominations for ugliest animation book covers in the comments.

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26715. Researching the environment of story

By happy accident, I discovered the  way to travel interstate, overseas, inter-culturally  and explore the  ambience of remote towns, cities, country lanes and outback outposts. Air tickets – well that’s the ideal, but no, I used Google Earth.

It started with my trying to locate a lovely country home in West Hougham, Kent, England. It was featured in Country Life for September 7th, 2000, and was the

Inspiration for “The Dolls’ House in the Forest”

inspiration for my story “The Dolls’ House in the Forest”. I was fascinated by the quaintness of the architecture compared to anything out here in Oz and the size of the immense, almost regal trees forming a perfect backdrop to the house. I tried to relocate the house by doing a ‘street view’ saunter down English lanes in the vicinity.  I located the area on the map and zeroed in from aerial to ‘here I am virtually walking down this street on the other side of the world the environs of which I just happen to need to explore.’

I didn’t find the house, but I had the most wonderfully inspiring time wandering down country lanes that were little more than wagon tracks, great boughs canopying overhead and wildflowers dotted in the fields…

Now, if I need to capture something of the ‘feel’ of an area. I seek out an address. Then in I go and wander around, exploring the architecture, streetscapes, lifestyles evidenced in things as random as  street art, verge gardens, bus stops, signage, graffiti, shop window decor, fences or lack of, litter, strays and the bystanders to my wanderings.

I have also found that  exploring the Realtor advertisements in the area I am exploring gives insight into the inhabitants of the town. Many homes  give a slideshow or even a video tour online.  This helps you pick up on details of life – home decor, layout, from wall hangings to  cushions, scatter rugs to artwork, the placement of chairs to take in a much loved outlook, the windows and their views out, the garden.

Perhaps this sounds a little bit the voyeur. It is not the intention, far from, it is seeking faithfulness in recreating a  ’feeling’ for place. It is gathering the elements of story , setting the stage, arranging a convincing backdrop to the action!

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26716. Grumpy Flower Hat Bear

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26717. Tim Spooner Painting

I'm working in my new workspace in East London. It's all very exciting. Boyfriend is out to pick up some coffee.
I'm going to cover the wall above my computer desk with my art collection... I'm having it framed up piece by piece whenever I feel I can afford it. Here's a miniature painting by Tim Spooner showing a creature talking to a ghost (in socks)

I'm working on my third book about Cats today, lots of fiddling with novelty flaps and logic and jokes and colour. It's going to be a fun book, I'm not allowing it to be otherwise.

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26718. Kitty Hugs

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26719. on the train

On more drawing made on the train, this time on our way back from Gothenburg.

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26720. “Avengers” storyboards by Jane Wu

Storyboard artist Jane Wu (Mulan II, Shane Acker’s 9) has posted two of her dynamic boards from Marvel’s The Avengers. Click on images below to see them in animatic form. It’s nice to know that strong work like this, from seasoned animation professionals like Wu, went into creating the blockbuster hit movie.

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26721. Hotwheels - Work in progress

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26722. danhacker: Drive | Jim Rugg Another phenomenal peice by Jim...


Drive | Jim Rugg

Another phenomenal peice by Jim Rugg, done only with ballpoint pens and spiral notebook paper. The Notebook Nerd exhibition by Jim Rugg is on display at iam8bit in Los Angeles, California. 

Jim Rugg has been on some kind of wild tear lately. If you can’t get to the iam8bit show, there’s always this Flickr set of his bananas pen drawings. Plus his new podcast, Tell Me Something I Don’t Know, which he cohosts with artist Jason Lex

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26723. sight

Once Arlo had it in his sights to master flying, there was no stopping him.

I don’t know much about owls, but I would imagine with such big peepers, this little fella’s eyesight would be incredible.

So, Illustration Friday, it’s been a while! Good to be back!

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26724. fancydance

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26725. Fifth Ave St Fair - Sunday, May 20th, 12-6pm

This Sunday, May 20, 12-6pm, I'll be selling art, prints, books and things. My space will be at 285 5th Ave between 1st and 2nd St.

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