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26701. Lucky chinese herb.

©2012 Dain Fagerholm
Lucky chinese herb.
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26702. Irish Traditional

I painted this 8x10 oil in 1995 in the west of Ireland, and I send it to you with my warm wishes on this Saint Patrick's day.

If you'd like to hear some Irish music from the comfort of your own computer today, tune into the live-streaming music site Concert Window.

Co-founder and Irish traditional accordion player Dan Gurney will be performing in Texas this afternoon with his good buddies Sean Earnest (guitar) and Joey Abarta (uilleann pipes).

The show starts at 4:00 Eastern U.S. time. They're touring in support of their new album "The Yanks."

Concert Window website
Hear a free track at the the Yanks Band website
Review of the new Yanks album on Irish Echo

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26703. Space trouble

Space trouble by sevensheavendotcom
Space trouble, a photo by sevensheavendotcom on Flickr.

"Houston, we have a problem!"

Also available as a high-quality art print:
www.imagekind.com/Space-trouble_art?IMID=e8090371-4bcb-48...

(sevensheaven.nl)

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26704. 93-Year-Old Cel Painter June Patterson Talks About the Disney Classics

June Walker Patterson worked as a cel painter on Disney classics like Pinocchio, Fantasia and Bambi. Today, she is 93-years-old and lives in the Los Angeles area. Animation artists Larry Whitaker, Chance Raspberry and Luis Escobar had the brilliant idea of visiting her to record a video interview. It’s part of their new animator interviews website called TheCornerBooth.net.

If you’re looking for more details about what it was like for women who worked as ink-and-paint artists at Disney, I recommend this Vanity Fair article from a few years back.

In the video interview with June, she mentions her husband Ray Patterson, who also worked at Disney and later became a core member of the Tom & Jerry crew at MGM. I had the good fortune of interviewing Ray in 2000 and published an interview with him in Animation Blast #5. This was the title page of the piece:

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26705. Grace

I found a perfect café... Grace Café in Rose Street, Fitzroy, Melbourne.
It's tiny, if you choose to sit on the slim terrace the waiters have to go right out on the street and serve you from there, across a low wall.
The flowers on the tables are made from rolled-up pages of old books, and when the tea arrived on jumbled crockery, the tray was a framed page from "Through The Looking Glass". We leaned it up on the windowsill:


My favourite page! The one with the sheep in the shop. The Sleepwalkers is in part based on that scene.


I ate a delicious crépe filled with quark and topped with berries, and saw other great food going past the table: sandwiches heaped with avocado, beautiful cakes... You should go there if you ever find yourself in Melbourne.

Then I went straight on to Tea Too and bought Buddha's Tears tea which should last me a long time, it only takes a couple of tiny rolled-up leaf pearls to make an amazing cup of jasmine-flavoured tea.

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26706. Sculpting a hand


(Video link) This seven minute video shows the process for sculpting a hand in water-based clay by Philippe Faraut.

The general thought process is very similar to painting in opaque oils. You first establish the big forms, then carve them down to smaller planes and finally blend and refine the surface and the small details.

The artist's website, with more info on his materials and tools
Mr. Faraut's books:
Mastering Portraiture- Advanced Analyses of the Face Sculpted in Clay
Portrait Sculpting: Anatomy and Expressions in Clay

Via Best of YouTube

More on highlights and specularity tomorrow.

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26707. Grandfather etc.


Two more pages from my upcoming Memoirs.
Paper53 on iPad. Click to enlarge.

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26708. Spring Is In the Air...

So, where've I been?  Well, busy as usual - getting one child ready for high school graduation and another enrolling in high school, proofreading the annual research papers for my 5th and 8th grader, running my mother-in-law to and fro on errands...the usual.  Not to mention daylight savings - can't get used to that one!  I've actually been productive on some art projects with some newfound springtime motivation - I just haven't been able to get the laptop away from my teenage daughter lately to download my pictures.

Kids presenting research paper summaries to the Writing CoOp

The weather is getting to where I can work in the garage again, so I spent all day yesterday clearing out the piles that have built up and reorganizing the workspace (post-mural).  I picked-up a 30"x40" canvas for the study I recently did (shared in the previous post).  I wouldn't be able to work that large in the corner of my small bedroom.

Garage work space ready for new projects...

I actually did have a request for some artwork for a friend and the charity organization that she's involved with.  There is an upcoming fundraiser for Royal Family Kids and she asked me to do a design based on their Old West theme to be printed on placemats along with their logo.  Maybe a little something for the portfolio...





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26709. GAME ART: asylum game (blue girl in cell with hole).


©2013 DAiN8)
blue girl in cell with hole at top. (asylum game)
ink pen and color dye marker on spiral notebook paper
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©2013 DAiN8)

This is the first screen of the demo for my ASylum video game.  Please help back this project on my Kickstarter page. 
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/dainfagerholm/asylum-a-3d-puzzle-game-for-ios-android-handhelds
Thanks, REgards, DAiN8) 

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26710. Runners, Racing, and Kicking Butt

For runners the weekends usually mean two things: races and long runs. In honor of the first I’ve brought you a little running cartoon.
runner girl
Okay, okay, I’m not suggesting we all become snarky, “I just kicked your butt” runners…or, well maybe I am. How about I want you all to go out there and kick@$$ but let’s keep the majority of the snarky comments in our heads??

Oh, even better, you can bring all your runner snark here and let it out! ;)

Go, run, kick some butt! :)

———-
Racing ultimately comes down to an inward battle, it’s a matter of MENTALLY pushing further than what your body is ‘telling’ you it is capable of. HERE, HERE, and HERE are all posts relating to improving your mental toughness.

More cartoons and my Runner’s Strip comic HERE! :)
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1) Pick a race distance, and where does the real pain start to set in?
I’ll pick a 5k…that first mile really is deceptively ‘easy’…second mile you start to feel it, then BAM if you were ‘stupid’ that first mile, you REALLY feel it that third. The last .12 then is lost in a fog of, “Where is that darn finish line?!” ;)

2) If you have a race on Saturday, do you come back with a long run on Sunday? Or how do you work a long run in, if you do?
I suggest, depending on how hard the race was, you either do a longer cool-down and make Saturday the double-duty race/long run day. Or if it’s early in the season long run on Sunday after race.

3) What does your running weekend look like?
best running shirts

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26711. Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

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26712. Lone wolf~Night sky


I did this piece two, maybe three years ago. Originally intended for my sister-in-law who is a collector of pretty much anything that has to do with wolves. This was one of those projects that sat in the back of my mind for a good amount of years before I actually put pen to paper. Then when I did, this is what came out. I didn't give this picture to her because I didn't really like it at first. I ended up making her another piece, and framing it up. Anyway this one has kind of grown on me through the years. It's now on the move along with a few of my other pieces waiting to be displayed in the next coffee house show in Lakewood Ohio. Much thanks to my cousin/art rep Marie, who believes in me and my art.

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26713. St. Patrick - Icky Poo

So why are we celebrating this person? He killed over 800 people- hundred of them...So St. Patrick- Icky Poo. Funny who people choose to celebrate...

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26714. Hulk Mask!


The company I work for came up with a neat idea called a "color war." Teams were chosen to represent a color and show their creativity. I was given the color green and the first thing that pop into my head was to make a hulk mask.
So, I figured, let's go for it!

Here's the design I came up with after doing some exploratory drawings. I kept it linear because I knew I'd be working with cardboard and getting it to bend is terribly difficult.



Work in progress with all the creative juices flowing!


And the action poses! 

I had so much fun making this mask and ended up winning Fan Favorite in the office :) 



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26715. Happy P-Day!


The third marching fellow of the year:




And because I just realized I didn't post the second:


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26716. IF "Eye Glasses"



Another version of the same. Just practicing a bit more in Photoshop. 
I like this sketchy style as well.

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26717. The Poetry of Reality

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26718. Figure Friday -

Forgot to post this yesterday.... Couldn't draw full-body proportions worth beans in life drawing, so gave up and just did a head shot....

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26719. Girl in box waits for storm to pass. (throw pillow) @society6

©2013 DAiN8)
Girl in box waits for storm to pass (throw pillow). 

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26720. More Success for Nancy Viau – Book Launch Invitation

nancystpatNancy Viau is the author of Samantha Hansen Has Rocks In Her Head (MG 2008), Look What I Can Do!(March 2013), and Storm Song (April 2013), and (Middle-Grade Novel, 2008). She is having a book signing and you are invited. 

You had a book launch party when your first middle grade book, Samantha Hansen Has Rocks in Her Head, debuted. What are your “Send Off” plans for Look What I Can Do!?

There are no local bookstores in my area, but I’ve always been in love with Children’s Book World of Haverford, PA, and visit there as often as possible. So, the second I found out I would (finally) have a picture book published, I called them up and asked if they’d consider hosting my book launch. They said YES! The date/time is set for March 23rd at 1:00. Visitors will also get a sneak peek at Storm Song (release date, April 16th), and I have few copies available already! Everybody is welcome. Bring the kids! I’ve got a ton of goodies for them.

Look What I Can Do! bookcoversmallDid an agent help sell Look What I Can Do to Abrams?

I was unagented when Abrams made the offer.

What was the idea spark for Look What I Can Do!?

I live next to a forest with a field and stream nearby and one day it hit me:  Those cute little creatures out my window work so hard at every thing they do, and they don’t ever give up. I pictured my own kids working equally as hard at human things—walking, talking, skipping, catching a ball, etc. and that’s when the idea really took off. The refrain says it all:

Friends of forest, field, and stream,

look waht i can doscan0002smallKeep trying on your own.

Be proud today.

Have fun and play.

In time you will be grown.

Can you tell us about the journey that you took to get Look What I Can Do picked up by Abrams?

It’s a really long story that spans almost ten years. Suffice it to say, that an editor at Abrams rejected this piece early on, but gave me personal comments. Many other editors did the same. I let the story slide into oblivion, but in 2008 I brushed it off and began revising it (for the twentieth time). Abrams bought it in 2009.

Did you have any involvement with choosing Anna Vojtech to do the illustrations for Look What I Can Do?

Abrams knew that I wanted real-life animals in the spreads, not cartoon-like ones. For a long while, award-winning illustrator Nancy Tafuri was the frontrunner for illustrator but that fell through. I had sent Abrams a few illustrators I liked and Anna was one of them. Abrams didn’t bite and they sent me others to consider. A year or so went by. Then one day, I got an email that included Anna’s name as a possibility! I guess it was meant to be. I really believe her work is exceptional and perfect for my story.

Storm Song bookcoversmallSince it takes so long to get a picture book published and I see that Robin Benjamin was the editor for Storm Song, I wonder if this book started out with Marshall Cavendish?

Yes, Storm Song was acquired by Marshall Cavendish, and I was thrilled to be associated with that house because their books have always been among my favorites. However, M.C. sold the children’s division to Amazon, and I was one of a couple hundred authors who ended up with a new publisher. At first I was concerned, but Amazon Children’s Publishing/Two Lions Imprint has been awesome. I have a team of seven marketing professionals on my side, and have had conference calls with all of them at once! Their support is incredible and the book is beautiful. What more could I ask for?!

How much interaction did you have with Robin Benjamin?

Robin has been my editor since Marshall Cavendish originally made the offer. I didn’t hear from her a bunch because she felt that only one stanza needed revision. (Whew!) They did ask me what I thought of Gynux, the illustrator (he’s amazing!), and once his sketches were done, I was even able to give feedback on one spread that I felt needed tweaking. Robin always kept me informed about the book’s progress, and it has been a pleasure working with her.

storm songinteriorsmallDid an agent sell this book?

It sold a few weeks after my agent and I broke up, but that agent remains the one on record for it.

Are you working with an agent now?

Karen Grencik of Red Fox Literary is my wonderful agent. We celebrate a one year anniversary soon!

What things are in the pipeline?

Stay tuned! ; )

Do you have any words of wisdom to share with other children’s writers?

1. Be patient, and 2. Drink lots of wine.

Nancy, best of luck with the books.  I am so sorry your party is on the same weekend as the Writer’s Retreat I am attending.

WRITERS TIP: I you live anywhere within driving distance to Children’s Book World in Haverford PA, it would be worth your while to get to know them.  They are very supportive of children’s authors.

Talk tomorrow,

Kathy


Filed under: authors and illustrators, Book, Interview, success Tagged: Abrams BFYR, Amazon Children's Publishing, Book launch party, Children's Book World, Nancy Viau, Robin Benjamin

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26721. *N. C. WYETH* Rip Van Winkle by Washington Irving Published by

N. C. WYETH

Rip Van Winkle by Washington Irving

Published by David McKay Co ~ 1921



































































































via The Golden Age Mr. Door Tree http://thegoldenagesite.blogspot.com/2013/03/n_17.html































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26722. Painting With Sticky Notes

Do you ever use sticky notes on your paintings?  Sometimes I see problems that need to be addressed on an illustration I'm working on and if I don't have time to fix things right away I may forget the area that needs work.  I've found that Sticky Notes come in handy at those times. 
I'll quickly scribble directions to myself and stick the note right on the spot that needs fixing.
Of course you'll want the painting to be dry before doing this. 
It may seem like an extremely obvious reminder to use but it works for me and I thought I'd pass it on.


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26723. Happy St. Patrick's Day!


Paula's Blog
Paula's Website

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26724. Cardinals and Roses

I had this drawing on the board back when the conclave first started, but then the cats all got sick (they're fine now - BAD head cold, BAD BAD BAD) and that went on for an endless couple of weeks, and I got a little behind, playing nurse and all.



                          (please click on this to see it bigger)


These are some of the CATholic cardinals who didn't get elected Pope, out for a stroll through Rome, seeing the sites, and scouting for a place to have a nice plate of fishy pasta.

I had a lot of fun doing this one! Its a combination of colored pencil and Photoshop. A while back I figured out how to do a 'digital colored pencil' technique, but then got sidetracked with something else and never really developed that idea. I think now that I will go back to it, and see if I can put together a portfolio of children's book pieces that are all done that way. TALL ORDER. But hey, one piece at a time. I'll blog as I go, so you can stumble along with me.



I also finished this red rose leaves piece. This is ALL colored pencil, the old fashioned kind. I have some photos of other leaves and buds that I would like to do, and make this a series. This one was done with Polychromos and Pablos (both oil based), on Stonehenge paper, and is just under 8"x 8" (20.32 x 20.32 cm). I will do prints in the shop as soon as I am able. Today maybe.



Speaking of the shop - I'm changing the paper I use for prints from the semi-gloss I've been using, to Epson Presentation Matte. I like it a lot better. Its a lighter weight, but I love the crisp images it produces. It also works really well for less "shiny" subject matter (like candy in foil wrappers). I still have some of the semi-gloss though, so if you would prefer that for something, please let me know. 

I have to tweak my whole shop (today's chore) to include the new paper, as well as adjust some prices for shipping. I'll think I have it all sorted out, then I'll get a sale to a new (to me) country that has crazy expensive shipping, and I'll have to include that in all the listings. Like Australia, for example. What I could send here in the US for $3.50 will cost $9 to Australia sometimes. I hate having to charge so much to ship things, but I also hate to get a rude surprise at the post office, and find out I've just lost all my profit on the sale to under-charged shipping. Those of you with shops know what I'm talking about.  Its the least fun part of having a shop. I just want to make the art! 


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26725. Spring Is In the Air...

So, where've I been?  Well, busy as usual - getting one child ready for high school graduation and another enrolling in high school, proofreading the annual research papers for my 5th and 8th grader, running my mother-in-law to and fro on errands...the usual.  Not to mention daylight savings - can't get used to that one!  I've actually been productive on some art projects with some newfound springtime motivation - I just haven't been able to get the laptop away from my teenage daughter lately to download my pictures.

Kids presenting research paper summaries to the Writing CoOp

The weather is getting to where I can work in the garage again, so I spent all day yesterday clearing out the piles that have built up and reorganizing the workspace (post-mural).  I picked-up a 30"x40" canvas for the study I recently did (shared in the previous post).  I wouldn't be able to work that large in the corner of my small bedroom.

Garage work space ready for new projects...

I actually did have a request for some artwork for a friend and the charity organization that she's involved with.  There is an upcoming fundraiser for Royal Family Kids and she asked me to do a design based on their Old West theme to be printed on placemats along with their logo.  Maybe a little something for the portfolio...





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