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26701. Author Sketch: Matt Phelan

Headed over to A Children's Place Bookstore on Saturday to catch illustrator/author Matt Phelan talk about his book "The Storm in the Barn" which was just turned into a theater production by Oregon Children's Theater. Matt was in town to watch the world premier. Really excellent work and a super nice guy.

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26702. sketchy business card

Every once in awhile, I get to do a drawing-based design...I doodle amuck in a sketchbook and then just spend the final few minutes on the computer.  I like that the client was feeling adventurous about the red-pink color scheme I proposed...

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26703. More peaceful, snowy scenes...

...from current children's book project. It snowed enough here, this spring, for me to paint from life rather than photos! I'm not a skier, so I have to learn to appreciate it as a lovely landscape, filling my window.

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26704. Coiling snake illusion

If you glance around at this optical illusion by Akiyoshi Kitaoka, the snakelike coils around the outer edge will start to move.


But if you let your eyes come to a rest, the snakes come to a stop. Try looking toward one spot and 'spacing out.' Then start looking around again, and the snakes start moving.

Apparently, scientists have concluded, the illusion is somehow tied to eye movements.

Science News: Snakes Illusion

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26705. Working on my deck


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26706. Art Night

We had a small art night on Friday, which turned into more of a watch Kung Fu Panda 2 party, but I managed to do a few little doodles . . .




I might be a bit narwhal obsessed right now, but really who can help but love the unicorn of the sea! I have a few in this post, but you should see my sketchbook. Pages of narwhals!

Of course, I had to do at least one dragon.

And some monsters!
And an alien with a wicked cool laser.
And end with another narwhal!

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26707. So many little happy found-art faces, characters, and little...



So many little happy found-art faces, characters, and little worlds to be found at Sabine Timm’s Flickr.



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26708. "SAIL" Exhibition
























Hello everyone!

It's been a few weeks since I've stopped by here..! I've been busy organising work for several upcoming exhibitions, the first of which is "SAIL". It's taking place over a couple of weeks in May at galleries in both Cirencester and Cheltenham. There will be a huge variety of different creatives exhibiting and should be an exciting show! There will also be plenty of art works, prints and cards avaliable to buy if you wish! If you live locally, please pop by and say hello!

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26709. More on those Kley/Krupp devils

You might recall the recent post about Heinrich Kley's painting of the Krupps demons or devils in the factory. There was an interesting discussion in the comments about what the painting might mean. 

My friend Christoph Heuer has shed some more light on the picture. He went through the catalogue of the Mythos Krupp exhibition and found the following chapter, which gives a detailed account of the context of the Kley painting. It turns out that it had a specific point as a propagandistic retaliation to an article in the London Illustrated News. 


Here's the image which appeared in the London Illustrated News, with the subtitle "THE DEVIL'S FOUNDRY--FOR GERMANY'S GREAT GUNS: THE KRUPP WORKS AT ESSEN -- A PRESS-ROOM."

And here is Christoph's translation of the chapter in the exhibition book:

Myth of Steel
Since old ages iron and steel are surrounded with myths and a secret aura. The fact that it has a superiority over other materials is reflected by the high position a blacksmith had in early societies: they possessed special rights as they were able to master forces of nature like fire and with this tamed power be able to produce weapons, that promised and represented power. Even after the age of reason they were still surrounded by this aura well into the twentieth century. 

In art, this is well reflected in the paintings of Heinrich Kley's "the Devil of Krupp" from 1914 and Otto Bollhagen's "crucible steel casting in the old melting building" from 1912. Red glowing, gleaming colors illuminate the dark scene with a ghostly light and reflect an association of hellfire. At the same time, these paintings also display the pride in mastering the forces of nature by man and industry...

...The building for melting iron was the centre of the Krupp crucible steel production. In Kley's painting, between the workers, the giant devils supply themselves with liquid glowing steel as if having a drinking party. The scene is dominated by red glowing crucibles and appears in a ghostly light. The painting is the best known commissioned work of Kley for the Krupp company. It hung in the casino (a restaurant within the factory canteen) in Duisburg-Rheinhausen. 

It was made as a reaction to the anti-German propaganda in the British press. Shortly after the outbreak of WW I The "London Illustrated News" had published a Bollhagen painting under the title "the Devils Foundry: for Germany's great Guns: the Krupp Works at Essen". Kley accordingly displayed the devils with artistic exaggeration.

Kley also worked for the magazines "Simplicissimus" and "Jugend" who also reproduced the "Devils of Krupp."....Bollhagen captured the workforce intensive crucible steel casting. Under

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26710. Chazelle

Pencil 14cm x 15cm. Click to enlarge.

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26711. A nice collection of old bookplates over at BibliOdyssey, which...









A nice collection of old bookplates over at BibliOdyssey, which remains one of the richest resources on the Internet.









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26712. The importance of creating just for you

The funny thing about illustration is it's relationship to "fine art."

With fine art, we can express whatever's on our mind and in our hearts, and it doesn't matter what anyone else thinks about it. With illustration, however, our job is to communicate someone else's message or story.

This is a performance art piece in which I express Man's futile attempts to voice the essential transitional quality of life, juxtaposed with his struggle to rationalize the substructure of critical thinking in a meaningful way.

The trick is, to do it in our "voice", with our attitude, even with our own beliefs and convictions. Which is presumably why a client hires one illustrator and not another—they're not just hiring our watercolor or vector abilities (which they obviously lack), but they're also hiring our take on the message.

Unfortunately, we often fall into the trap of churning out whatever's asked of us like a factory worker. We all do it. If we don't ever spend time with illustration's sister, "fine art," and create for ourselves, we loose track of what our own "voice", our attitudes, our beliefs and convictions actually ARE.

That's a major reason why Google encourages their employees to spend a percentage of their work time on their own personal experiments. Some brilliant ideas have come out of it.

And here's the kicker: all that evolves over time! What was important to me 5 years ago is not at all the same as what matters to me now. It takes routinely expressing what's going on inside ourselves for no one else but us to keep the flames burning.

And yes, get away from the computer once in a while (or whatever your media of choice is), but don't abandon it. Just try something totally new: collage, oil paints, pottery, music, poetry, dance—it's all self-expression, and sometimes it takes using a different mode of expression to get it out, to unclog the mental log jam—especially one you haven't tried before.

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26713. Not attributing artists on the Internet is one thing, but...



Not attributing artists on the Internet is one thing, but actively removing an artist’s name and adding your own? Not cool.

samhiti:

THIS IS A GAG: But it is not funny

I like when people repost my art, helps get my name out and support my career, that’s why I post. But somebody took the Vader comic I did and cropped off my name and reposted it with the websites name all over it. Not cool “defendhyrule” aka Bryan Gonzalez.



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26714. 2012 – Worlds End

A look to the future

Hi Everyone,

Well lots of folks have been asking since the launches last year of Worlds End – Volume 1 what would be the next stage of the plans for Wizards Keep, so I thought I would address those matters here for all of you that have been wondering.
The main order of the day for me is to ensure I hit the second volume in the series running and that is just what I am currently doing.

The final draft of the script was written a few weeks ago and I am presently working on the pencils for Worlds End – Volume 2. The scripts for all the various bits and pieces in the second book are all written now too. I decided that the book would be better served by working in this way with the rest of the books so that all the textual pieces are finished before the drawing starts.

It may have seemed a little slow news wise this last couple of months, but here at the Keep it has been anything but quiet. There are all sorts of things to check out and there will be some other things to look out for in the not too distant future.

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26715. Letter F

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26716. Pete

In dedication to my grandfather.

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26717. Offline, An accordion style companion

Postcard book buy it to day in my online shop: http://mattiasadolfsson.bigcartel.com/product/offline

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26718. Box Office Report: Aardman’s Weakest US Debut

Aardman’s latest feature The Pirates! Band of Misfits, directed by Peter Lord, debuted in second place in the US with an estimated $11.4 million. It’s Aardman’s weakest opening ever in the US. However, it was considered on a par with studio projections, and the film should end up with a respectable run, especially considering that no other animated films are set to be released in May.

For comparison, here’s how other Aardman features have opened in the US:

Chicken Run (2000): $17.5 million
Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005): $16 million
Flushed Away (2006): $18.8 million
Arthur Christmas (2011): $12.1 million


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26719. El día de los niños ~ El día de los libros 2012


Tomorrow, April 30th, is El dia de los ninos ~ el dia de los libros. (Children's Day / Book Day) So celebrate! Celebremos!
     I have reading-themed coloring pages and lots of activities for my bilingual books including bilingual word find puzzles or sopas de palabras (click on a cover below). So, use 'em and have fun!
     El dia de los ninos ~ el dia de los libros is hosted by the ALA - the American Library Association.

Need more good reading suggestions? School Library Journal recently put together a list: On the Radar: Top Picks from the Editors at Junior Library Guild: Reading Level: Primary Spanish (Grades K-3).



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26720. Prom: Here and Gone

Prom was last weekend, and here in our rural school, where the senior class is only 35 students, everybody is invited, otherwise there wouldn't be enough for a fun party!

The girls pretty-fied themselve before the gang came over to take pictures against our old outbuildings and blooming fruit trees...
But the ligth did not cooperate, the evening a little too late, but we did the best we could, chasing the shadows...
The girls were all beautiful and the boys were very handsome...
But no one knew where to look with so many cameras clicking...
The light winning out and the party about to start, everyone headed to their mom or dad's nicer rides...
And let us parents know that the "photo op" was over!

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26721. one girl and her ukulele in southwest scotland

If you've been following my blog, you might remember me posting about the Wigtown Book Festival for the last couple years. And how last year a young journalist named Zoë Bestel made a video interviewing me about my pirate book, You Can't Scare a Princess!. Well, Zoë's been busy composing new songs, singing and playing her ukulele, and she's just about to launch a new single, on May 4th.



The song's called 35 Missed Calls and there's a beautiful video that goes along with it, which features some of the landscape I love around the southwest Scottish coastline. Oh, and Zoë's excellent green polka-dot wellies, and yes, I would like to get myself a pair of those.


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Go visit Zoë's website to find out more about this fabulous lady and buy the single. I would say to her 'good luck with it', but I know she's not relying on luck; she and the people around her in her community are working hard so she can do what she loves. So, hurrah, Zoë, and keep at it, Wigtown!

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26722. The importance of creating just for you

The funny thing about illustration is it's relationship to "fine art."

With fine art, we can express whatever's on our mind and in our hearts, and it doesn't matter what anyone else thinks about it. With illustration, however, our job is to communicate someone else's message or story.

This is a performance art piece in which I express Man's futile attempts to voice the essential transitional quality of life, juxtaposed with his struggle to rationalize the substructure of critical thinking in a meaningful way.

The trick is, to do it in our "voice", with our attitude, even with our own beliefs and convictions. Which is presumably why a client hires one illustrator and not another—they're not just hiring our watercolor or vector abilities (which they obviously lack), but they're also hiring our take on the message.

Unfortunately, we often fall into the trap of churning out whatever's asked of us like a factory worker. We all do it. If we don't ever spend time with illustration's sister, "fine art," and create for ourselves, we loose track of what our own "voice", our attitudes, our beliefs and convictions actually ARE.

That's a major reason why Google encourages their employees to spend a percentage of their work time on their own personal experiments. Some brilliant ideas have come out of it.

And here's the kicker: all that evolves over time! What was important to me 5 years ago is not at all the same as what matters to me now. It takes routinely expressing what's going on inside ourselves for no one else but us to keep the flames burning.

And yes, get away from the computer once in a while (or whatever your media of choice is), but don't abandon it. Just try something totally new: collage, oil paints, pottery, music, poetry, dance—it's all self-expression, and sometimes it takes using a different mode of expression to get it out, to unclog the mental log jam—especially one you haven't tried before.

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26723. #537: little red hen

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26724. Pete

In dedication to my grandfather.

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26725. Tracing Photographs

...it's allowed! If you took the photographs yourself. Which I did. Ha.
I'm not great at drawing humans, let's face it. Unless you want it done in my particular cartoony way, which isn't always the ticket... 
So at the moment I am having fun tracing photographs of my friends. It's not that easy - the digital brushes are laggy, and, well, traced photographs have a way of looking not that great. And detail is getting lost whenever I zoom in too closely.
But I think I'll work out something useful, and maybe even learning something about light and shadow and anatomy and all that.
Here's Laura Kidd in concert:
And here's the lovely Simon March of THE COLOUR MAKES PEOPLE HAPPY STORE, ready to sell you some serious PAINT:
These were painted using brushes from Stumpy Pencil.

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