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26701. "Eisweihnacht" ab November im Buchhandel

Dieses Jahr habe ich wieder für den Kinder-Verlag ein Weihnachtsbuch illustrieren dürfen. Geschrieben von Ruth Berger, spielt die historische Geschichte diesmal in Frankfurt, im "Eiswinter" 1844:

Der Waisenjunge Josua wird auf die Straße gesetzt. Halberfroren trifft er auf Elise Best, die allerdings eigene Sorgen hat: Ihr Vater hat soeben den Bankrott des Geschäftes verkündet. Elise soll sofort heiraten, um ihre Versorgung zu sichern. Dummerweise hat sie ein lahmes Bein, und der einzige sich anbietende Heiratskandidat ist ein alter Pfarrer. Ein Weihnachtswunder muss her, das sowohl ihr als auch dem kleinen Josua aus der Patsche hilft ... doch gibt es solche Wunder überhaupt?
Die historische Recherche für dieses Projekt war wieder sehr spannend, und hat mir ein ganz neues Bild von Frankfurt vermittelt. Knifflig wurde es diesmal überraschenderweise bei Detailfragen wie zum Beispiel der, wie wohl der Weihnachtsschmuck um 1844 aussah. Glaskugeln gab es nämlich zu der Zeit wohl noch nicht, dafür Nüsse, Zuckerstangen, bemalte Holzäpfel, Nussknacker und versilberte Zapfen. Eines der wenigen Bildbeispiele aus der Zeit ist eine Illustration für "König Nussknacker und der arme Reinhold" von Heinrich Hoffmann:

Illustration für "König Nussknacker und der arme Reinhold" von Heinrich Hoffmann, Quelle: Projekt Gutenberg
Und hier ist der fertige Weihnachtsschmuck, wie er im Buch erscheint:
Das Buch ist ab dem 9.November erhältlich. Viel Spaß beim Lesen und eine schöne Advents-Weihnachtszeit!
This year I was again invited to illustrate a historical Christmas novel for Kindler. "Eisweihnacht", written bei Ruth Berger, is available in bookstores November.

It was once again a great joy to research the past of a city, this time Frankfurt, and figure out all the historical details, like what the christmas decoration in 1844 might have looked like.

Enjoy and have a wonderful holiday season!


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26702. Giving Thanks

Happy Thanksgiving!

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26703. Happy Thanksgiving – Poem, Kudos and Vote

GOOD NEWS: Ame Dyckman’s BOY + BOT is a FINALIST in the Best Picture Book category for the 2012 Goodreads Choice Awards!

One day, a boy and a robot meet in the woods. They play. They have fun.

But when Bot gets switched off, Boy thinks he’s sick. The usual remedies—applesauce, reading a story—don’t help, so Boy tucks the sick Bot in, then falls asleep.

Bot is worried when he powers on and finds his friend powered off. He takes Boy home with him and tries all his remedies: oil, reading an instruction manual. Nothing revives the malfunctioning Boy! Can the Inventor help fix him?

You helped Ame make the finals, let’s help her WIN! It’s so good, it even inspired a teacher to make a Bot Hat for Ame’s school visit.

Final round voting is now open, and runs through Tuesday, November 27th.

Here is the link to use to vote for Ame.  Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy!

Talk tomorrow,


Filed under: Author, Competition, inspiration, Kudos, Picture Book, Poems Tagged: Ame Dyckman, Boy + Bot, Eileen Spinelli Poem, Happy Thanksgiving

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26704. Creating books to celebrate family this CHRISTmas

These days we have the luxury of creating lovely photo books for gifts and it is a great Christmas gift for grandparents. After receiving a rather generous 40% plus free delivery discount from one of the photo labs I subscribe to, I began creating a year collage of memories. In the end I decided to buy one for our coffee table and for our adult kids. I did spend some time creating the design

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26705. "Gif" élu mot de l'année : 5 raisons d'applaudir - Yahoo! Actualités France

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26706. well let me tell you 'bout the way she looked, the way she'd act, the colour of her hair

The evening after I got back from France I went to a Dr. Sketchy event in Sheffield. It was called 'Drawn of the Dead' and  had a very spooky zombie theme.
After the high of the exhibition in Clermont Ferrand, and the way I've been feeling recently, it was EXACTLY what I needed.
 Not only did I get to play with my pens but also got to catch up with my sketching buddies, which was long overdue.
Really, really, enjoyed the evening. But, then, I always enjoy Dr. Sketchy. Music, wine, friends, drawing and zombies. What's not to like?

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26707. Leave Your Leaves, Thanks

Our thankful project:
Sticky sticks

Paper leaves
 Hole punchers
Leaves on trees 
And words. 
To remember
why we have it so good.
 NOW the party can start....
For laughs.
For cheeks. 
 For kisses.
For great books, art, nature.
For peace bringers.
For friends and kindreds.  

Happy Thankful Day, friends. 

And whether, my artsy allies,
my parent pals,
my bloggy belles,
you are waltzing in your glory days
or mired in your daily dirt, 
in spiky heels or holey socks, 
with a wealth of words or a stuttering muse,
regardless of where you stand on your map, 
I wish you joy and great thrills 
of contentment.  

Books of Thanks and Hope:

Brother Sun, Sister Moon -  
by Katherine Paterson, illustrated (in stunning papercuts, no less!) by Pamela Dalton
Let the Whole Earth Sing Praise - Tomie dePaola
Train to Somewhere - Eve Bunting, ill. by Ronald Himler
The Dog Who Belonged to No One - Amy Hest, ill. by Amy Bates
Apple - Nikki McClure 
Hope for Haiti - Jesse Joshua Watson (Buying this book helps kids in Haiti, too!)

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26708. GOOFBALLS BOOKS 3 and 4!

ALL IMAGES ©COPYRIGHT 2011-2012, EGMONT BOOKS, USA/UK. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. some of the interior bw art. :-)  3 is in stores, 4 is on the way. it drops early next year, i think. and then 5 and 6 (phew!) some time next year!

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26709. Horsey Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Previously: Meet Rosebud

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26710. Introducing The NEWEST Design For My Running Shirt Line

Because this is as close as I can get to having Runner tattooed across my face.

runner face shirt
I love this design because it pretty much sums it all up. Succinct. To the point. For once, the runner/writer who is forever using TOO many words is able to embrace brevity.

Runner. That I am. You most likely are too. It may not be written on our faces, but it etched on our bones. It is written on the soles of our feet, or at least on all those blisters!

Runner is splashed across our personality in more ways that we probably even realize.

If you are a runner you know it. You don’t need it tattooed on your face because it shines through without it. But let’s admit, it’s still a pretty cool idea…so wear the shirt and save yourself the painful needle time. ;)
runner face shirt
This is the NEWEST addition to my personally designed running shirt line! And perfect time for the holidays, no? ;) Screened on white, American Apparel 50/50 tech tee. Check out all of the designs and get yours today…then go get your run on!


1) If you could get one word tattooed across your face what would it be?

2) What is one way runner is splashed into your personality?

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26711. Freewheeling imagination

Kim Jung Gi puts in another solid performance, this time with a Pentel brush pen, drawing bikers, babes, pigs, tigers, and a Monkey King on a big blank sheet of paper with no lay-in. The time lapse film has no sound, and I wish the camera operator had been a little smoother with the moves.
Previously: Kim Jung Gi

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26712. Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!
     Today, I'm thankful for YOU, my readers. I hope you have a wonderful holiday with friends and family aplenty!
     CLICK HERE (or the image) for lots of Thanksgiving coloring pages you can share with your little ones today.

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26713. Kids Cooking for Thanksgiving Dinner and a Turkey Craft Tutorial

vintage childrens recipes thanksgiving turkey dinner cooking
I found some cute recipes pages in vintage Jack & Jill childrens magazines from the 1960's.
I'm in the middle of making my last minute shopping list for cooking Thanksgiving diner tomorrow, and maybe you are too. Here are some quick and easy recipes the kids can help out with when preparing the holiday feast.

Trimmings for Turkey: Parsley rolls, Perky Turkey Stuffing, Cranberry-Orange Relish, and Down East Pumpkin Pie.
vintage childrens recipes thanksgiving turkey dinner cooking
November recipes: Write your name on pumpkin pie, Gelatin salad or dessert, and Turkey Noodle Casserole.
easy vintage childrens thanksgiving craft paper turkey
And when all the food is in the oven, and all you have to do is wait for it to get ready, keep the children busy with this easy handmade thanksgiving decoration. Make a Thanksgiving turkey from paper plates!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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26714. Back from Prescott

Well, I'm back in town after visiting family in Prescott, AZ.  We had a great time and kept very busy.  We started out in Tucson visiting the Pima Air & Space Museum, then drove down to Sahuarita and took a very thorough five hour tour of a decommissioned missile silo complex at the Titan Missile Museum:

 Stopped by the beautiful Mission San Xavier del Bac on the way back to Prescott:
 Got in some good hiking on the Centenniel Trail and near Granite Mountain:
And finished off with a tour of the Frank Lloyd Wright-influenced Arizona Biltmore before catching our flight out of Phoenix:
It was so good visiting with family and great fun all around!

Looks like I fell behind a bit on my Picture Book Month posting - and I even have books befitting the themes of all the days I missed!  Oh well - I'll pick up with today's theme of dogs.  I found this Little Golden Book on my shelf that I must have had since I was little.  I think the puppies are adorable.  And it looks like the book's held up pretty well considering how old it is!

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26715. the bleeding t

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26716. Any day one of Matthew Houston’s drawings shows up in my...

Any day one of Matthew Houston’s drawings shows up in my Flickr feed is a good day.

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26717. Vase

Wow, I'd forgotten how hard it is to work out these silly cat books... deciding on how all the objects are rendered and building them out of paper and making them look messy while still fitting them EXACTLY on the flaps... My easiest task today was drawing this vase. My hardest one is ongoing: building a crude paper piano that opens up. And it all has to look good!

Talking about the vase: I decided that this book will have more detailed drawings, like that vase. A bit like the fish in the first book. I think it might help contrast the animal characters and the inanimate objects. It also helps me, because the area I live in doesn't seem to have as many nice bits of paper to pick up in the street as the last one, and I threw out most of my paper scraps last time I moved house. So I am doing a little bit more drawing and less collaging. Thus, vase.

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26718. Happy Thanksgiving!!!

©Lesley Breen Withrow

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26719. beautiful readers!

I actually have a backlog of photos sent to me via e-mail for my Starry River of the Sky Giveaway! Aren't these beautiful readers?

I have more photos to share but keep them coming! You can win a special edition pocket pacy or your portrait painted by me! More details HERE!

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26720. Playing with Patterns: Fall Tango Collection


Another exercise for my brilliant e-course, The Art & Business of Surface Pattern Design. Using the colour of 2012, Tangerine Tango, to push-start inspiration -- and teaming up with one of the colours for the coming spring, Margarita Green -- I managed to come up with the above pattern to be used on gift wrap ... as well as fabric and anything else I might be able to consider placing it on, of course.

I've been away for the better part of the week, so this was originally drawn to the hum of a plane, high up in the night sky among the stars, in between countries, while everyone else about me slept.

So tell me, am I going in the right direction here - if you saw this in a store, would you consider purchasing it to wrap gifts up in? Cheers.

Original art © Mariana Musa for Floating Lemons

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26721. My secret garden

What a beautiful morning, day before Thanksgiving.  Sometimes I walk in the garden and feel like I'm Alice in Wonderland.  Then I go back inside and draw. :)

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26722. Was Having a Good Thanksgiving until...

Hubby was cleaning the kitchen and left for a minute, to have the "hovering" dog sneak in and eat the tops off half the homemade rolls I had spent all day making. Same dog, same scenerio a few years ago, except it was the pecan pie his mother- in- law had spent the day making. Beginning to think this new modern idea of the shared work load at the holiday, really is Not worth it!
How's your Thanksgiving going? Any stories?

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26723. Feeling Thankful

Happy Thanksgiving!  I hope you'll get to eat lots of turkey and pie!

Here are a few of the things that I am especially thankful for this year...

1. Book deals

2. The sunny new house that we'll move into in the spring

3. Getting to meet my cousin's beautiful baby, Harper.

4.  My dreamy husband

5.  Gingerbread lattes

6.  My jumbo round watercolor brush

7.  The illustrations of Gyo Fujikawa

8.  My friend, Jaclynn Larington, who co-founded NYCmore 2012, to organize NYC marathon runners to volunteer for the Sandy relief effort. 

What are you thankful for this year?  

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26724. overcaffeinated cat drawings

Two more drawings from last week when I was feeling a bit fragile. (And yes, I'll be fine, which my mother wanted to know when she saw yesterday's two worried cat drawings.) I sometimes have this way of dealing with stress and melancholiness by staying up late and letting it build up to something very melodramatic... SO over-the-top theatrical that I have to draw it, and then I make myself laugh at how stupid I'm being.

That's a cat who shouldn't have drunk all those cups of coffee so late in the day. I used to be able to drink up to two pots of coffee before bed and sleep like a log. Weird, how my body won't let me do that anymore. But I could still drink two pots of tea and be fine.

Hey, some cheery news! At Thought Bubble comics festival in Leeds last weekend, the British Comic Awards were announced, and our NELSON book scooped this year's prize for Best Book! Hurrah!!! Thank you to our lovely publisher, Kenny Penman at Blank Slate, our editors Rob Davis and Woodrow Phoenix, and the 54 creators who made it happen. If you haven't read NELSON yet, do get a copy, it's a great read. (Details on the Blank Slate website.) I'm also a huge fan of the Hilda books by Luke Pearson, so get your hands on those, too.

And here are four of the NELSON creators! The four Fleece Officers briefly reunited for bubble tea. Our studio mate Ellen has moved back to New York (see her Brooklyn studio here) but she came to visit for Thought Bubble and the launch of The Strumpet, which she co-edits. Ellen, Gary and I all drew strips in NELSON and Lauren knitted a mini Nel Baker for the launch party (see her here!). Lauren's been busy with loads of fabulous projects lately, including a knitted version of Sarah Lund from The Killing and spending last week in Indonesia with Save the Children working the Craftivist Jigsaw Project. (Find out more over on her blog!)

The Fleece Station's Ellen Lindner, Lauren O'Farrell, Gary Northfield and me at Deptford's Panda Panda cafe

I was really sad not to be able to go to Thought Bubble; I definitely want to go next year. Here's the Vern that Rick Eades gave me there last time. Vern loved yesterday's sunset and scribbled lots of bad poetry and whuffled on his sousaphone while I worked on a book that doesn't include him in it. (He's slightly jealous.)

And a peek at Deptford Market, where my studio mates and I spotted Paddington Bear on our way to lunch. (Hello, Paddington!) He was lying face down in the rubble with his hat off, so I spruced him up a bit.

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26725. New finished painting and the process!

©2012 Shawna JC Tenney

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! Today I want to share my new illustration and the process I went through to get to the final. I did this illustration as part of Chris Oatley's Painting Drama 1 class. His new painting drama independent study course is now open for enrollment here. Chris teaches tools that will help you have beautiful dynamic compositions and will help you understand what needs to be fixed. You learn from the masters of art history- which is awesome! The process which you see here was guided by Chris, but is individual to me. He doesn't teach you how to draw like him, but rather gives you the tools to make your compositions strong in your own style. I've never learned composition in the way he teaches, and I am so glad I took his class! I highly recommend this course if you want to learn how to successfully tackle any project you are working on with a fabulous dramatic outcome.

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