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26701. Posing for Will Denison of Dinotopia

When you need the right reference photo, you do what you gotta do.
From Dinotopia: Journey to Chandara, 2007.
Previously on GurneyJourney: New Use for Refrigerator Cartons

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26702. Attack devil cats attack

From www.baggelboy.com

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26703. All about Pout

Pout  ©Kathy Weller / WellerWishes
• Pout • Make-up in Electra • 
Here's a few pieces from my new flashy, dashy group of art called Pout. I am so inspired by young women and this collection speaks to that fleeting, stardust moment in a young lady's life when she is  discovering fashion and make-up as a tool for creativity and as a source of self-expression. It's such an important moment... and it is SO much fun! Do you remember?

Pout  ©Kathy Weller / WellerWishes
• Pout • Girlie Heads • 
So many of the things that continue to move my heart these days are the same things that I formed a very deep connection to when I was very young. (hello, Kitty!) I think this holds true for other objects in our daily lives as well. Especially things like cosmetic goodies, which have such universal female rituals attached to them... so you know where I am going with this... think secret lockets, fairies, butterflies and a padlocked diary with a heart-shaped key! :D

Some items hold strong memories, nostalgic connections that really bring us back to that age when we began experimenting with finding our own "style"... Seems superficial, of course, but it is not! Having fun with fashion and style and different looks is so very important because the experimentation is important to evolving into our adulthood.... Plus, it's also creative— hey, you are painting, but on your face. And, you can just wash it right off with some soap and water and have a blank canvas again!

Do you remember your first nail polish, or your first lip tint or eye shadow? The packaging often so pretty and ornate, and the pieces themselves were tools of creativity themselves.

Pout  ©Kathy Weller / WellerWishes
• Pout • Make-up in Peach Puff  •
So... Pout is all about playing dress up - Being the star in your own show... Having fun, embracing your inner (and outer) Glama Girl, and just "trying it on" to see what happens! 

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26704. Owls in the Woods

I've been meaning to post about some fabric that I designed that is available at JoAnn Fabrics and I finally am getting the chance to blog about it. It's called Owls in the Woods and is made from a cool new fabric called Slicker. It's got a soft laminated surface, so it would be great for raincoats, tote bags, tablecloths, etc. Here's some screen shots from JoAnn's website:

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26705. House Archive Boxes

house archive boxes

Looking for a stylish way to store your favorite things? Check out these corrugated storage boxes from House Industries. The first edition of the Archive Box features three different versions: a pattern based on House’s Neutraface Slab typeface, huge high-contrast numbers from Photo-Lettering’s Benguiat Montage alphabet and a typographic brace motif.

See them all here.

house archive boxes

Alphabet House Archive Box

house archive boxes

Braces Archive Box

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26706. 2012 Deschutes County Fair Fine Arts Judging

This year we had over 219 entries in the Open Fine Arts exhibit.  That was considerably more than past years.  The quality was way up over all making it very difficult to judge.  But it was a lot of fun!

Here is a long shot of the exhibit; even in this picture we are unable to show all the entries.

Here is one of me pinning Best of Show ribbon in the Professional Class  The picture below won a first place.   It took 7 hours after the 1 hour lunch we took to judge, choose, and place all the ribbons.

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26707. nice things at breakfast

Lovely portrait by Dulcie, age 7.

Stuart's the best. I love Jasper Fforde's Thursday Next books.

Thank you, Bridget Hannigan! From The Literary Gift Company.

Bless you, Philip Reeve! That drawing's amazing.

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26708. It's (mostly) Official...

Well, there it is  -

The signature means I'm done.  Really, I could probably tweak something here and there forever, but I realize that must stop somewhere.  Maybe I'll be caught making an adjustment in the middle of the night under cover of darkness, but for now I'm content with the end product.

I did add a lupin-type flower to the tabletop for added color and visual interest.

I also added some of a dull reddish color to the hillsides - I color I remember seeing when I was in the "observation" stages of the mural.  I wanted to add another layer of color to the first 2 panels without going overboard - the rest of the mural is vibrant and busy enough and the first panels are intended to contrast that energy with the more bucolic setting of the fields.

A ruddy red on parts of some of the upper hillsides

Now, I will begin the layers of exterior varnish and Voila!  It's off to the city it goes...

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26709. Big Bad Wolf Private Commission

Watercolour and ink commission of So great to draw older cartoon characters, I feel like there's a lot to learn from their design.

Today I'm just finishing up the very last commissions and thumbnailing the Cat Island book. Hoping to have to have Cat Island thumbnailed in the next few days and then return to Maddy Kettle to finish that off by late Fall. 

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26710. A Site Devoted To Rubber Hose Animation

It seems the more CG becomes the prevalent form of contemporary animation, the greater the desire that young artists have to rediscover hand-drawn animation techniques and styles. Animation smears already have a Tumblr. It’s only fitting that there’s now a Tumblr devoted to one of the earliest major styles of animated movement—rubber hose animation.

(Thanks, Charles Kenny)

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26711. I’m going to teach you how to make $5,000 in a day


You might be looking at your bills and your business and thinking “I should be making a lot more money because the folks all over the internet tell me I should.” And that’s right!

I need a website that screams at people with the same format as everyone else because that’s what works!

And since I want to make a ton of money off of you so I can sit in luxury and have a flat screen tv and a big boat, I will teach you in one extremely over-priced workshop or teleseminar the secret that you want to make a ton of money. Only I have the answer and you are so curious, you can’t take it! You need to know what that is so you will pay anything!

Of course, there will be lots of talk and I may even be a bit vague. I will give you tools that work for me, but may not work for you. There will be lots of foreplay in my marketing video leading up to now a lot of real action in the end.

I will teach you how to lose that annoying one-to-one interaction and connection with people. Isn’t it more fun charging a ton while you sit and watch videos all day eating bon-bons? I mean, who has time for that anyway?

But wait, there’s more. You might want to buy my other products that promise a bunch but don’t entirely deliver. I sell you the hope and dream, not real material. I just give you that excitement buzz with a catchy title.

It’s all about the dollar, no need for the other things getting in your way. Don’t you want to be a success and win approval? Show how worthy you really are especially in a bad economy? You will show how great you are at manifesting and embodying THE SECRET and show how “special” you are!


What if, instead, you are internally guided to what is just right for you? Each day and each baby step along the way, you are not left alone. You’ll have what you need when you need it. Your business is as individual as you are and has specific needs and a plan that work for you. You might be building a very strong business slowly with a solid foundation underneath. It’s a business based on your values and what really floats YOUR boat so it’s a win-win situation between you and the client/customer.

You have the answers inside of you and will be directed to the right outside resources you need. I’ve seen it. I’ve felt it. I’m experiencing it right now.

But hey, what do I know? I’m not a marketing guru. :)

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26712. GIF+ (3d moving image gif format) test

GIF+ test of woman dancing from Muybridge study.
frame delay at zero
8 frames (4 orginal frames + 4 frames displaced at -5 on horizontal axis)

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26713. The Making of a Character

With Charley Harper as my inspiration, I developed the following approach to picture making. This process developed one step at a time. Like many other areas of life, I focused on the work immediately in front of me and discarded any thoughts about “what comes next?” I trust that if I care for the task at hand, that the next step, the next task will reveal itself when the time is right. So Step one…

I am working on a book that contains a chimpanzee character. I have never touched a chimpanzee. I have seen photos of chimps but my best characters come from really experiencing the basis person or animal. I believe there is nothing better than being in the presence of your model. That way you can study it, really study it. Luckily my family had planned a trip to the zoo, which of course, had many monkeys, apes and chimpanzees. I stayed glued to the windows of the Primate House. I tried to etch into my brain their gestures, expressions and behaviors. Seeing how the fur straggles from the skin, versus fur that lies down and massages the skin is the type of detail I look for when studying reference material. I am convinced that I would not notice that detail as easily in a photograph.

Step two… Sketching

My first attempts at drawing the chimpanzee are NOT about drawing the character yet. I am still studying chimps in their natural environment. I need to learn what makes a chimp a chimp and not a gorilla or a monkey. What are the shapes that uniquely define the silhouette of a chimp? What are the definitive proportions that are unique to this species? What contour line expresses the essence of chimp?  The sketches attempt to catch the illusion of real chimpanzees. Only by drawing am I able to think through what can be discarded and what must stay. Only by drawing am I able to understand what makes a chimp a chimp.


Step three…Sketching in clay

Time to study anatomy. All my sketches and reference material are two-dimensional and flat. My character must live in the illusion of a three-dimensional world. I never presume to know how every element within my picture might look. I need to see it and study it. For the chimp, since he/she is a new character I question what the ears would look like at various point-of-views. I question what the eyebrows look like under different lighting. I question how the jaw might adjust for different emotions and expressions. If it is impossible for me to answer my own questions, I sculpt. I use plain white Sculpey and push and pull, add and remove clay to develop my own version of a chimp. As I work in clay, I am really sketching in 3-D.  I am able to see the answers to my questions. My fingertips seem to gather information about the chimp in a way my eyes cannot. All the previous research into shapes and anatomy give my fingers the foundation for simplification. So while the clay chimp comes to life, he/she develops not as a realistic copy, but instead closer to a true essence of character.


Step four...coming soon.

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26714. Actor, writer, producer and director...

I finally finished my first ever ebook app... so that hopefully will pass the Apple certification and be in the iTunes store before too long. It was so much fun making a multi-media book!  It's really more like creating a theatre production.

This is an interactive e-book app, filled with interactive sounds, animations, puzzles, coloring and musical activities.

I'm the actor, writer, producer and director. I do the set-design, lighting, costumes, makeup, stunts, choreography and special effects. I'm also the cameraman, technical wizard, animator and I make the coffee.  Oh, and I'm the publisher too.

It should be available shortly from Interactive Touch Books and iTunes

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26715. Tumblr Posts Start Memes and Win Jobs - NYTimes.com

Tumblr Posts Start Memes and Win Jobs - NYTimes.com

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26716. Owning a Poodle Puppy is a Teacher's Job

IT frustrating? I am not sure if patience is my strongest attribute but perseverance may well be. I have battled with my printer for years and every now and then I spend yet another hour or 2 or 3 trying to make it do what I need. I finally had victory this morning after another 2 hours of frustration and search the internet for troubleshooting. I figured it out, adjusted all the settings

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26717. Brom/McCaig Workshop Weekend!

The inimitable Brom and Iain McCaig are teaching a workshop this weekend for TLCWorkshops. For updates, check out the TLCWorkshop blog - here!

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26718. No Fee Writing and Publication Contest

HarperTeen and figment are partnering to provide YA writers with this contest opportunity to get their story published in an anthology along with other well-known YA authors. 

The contest challenge: Write a story that takes place at night or in the dark. The story can be of any genre: contemporary, paranormal, horror, science fiction, romance, humor, fantasy, etc.

What happens in the dark? Why are things different at night? Maybe it’s magic, or madness or both. A new anthology coming Summer 2013 from HarperTeen, Defy the Dark explores those questions and invites you to try your hand at answering them.

What’s in it for you? A chance to be published in Defy the Dark, alongside some of your favorite YA authors (including Sarah Rees Brennan, Rachel Hawkins, and Beth Revis). 

The winner will be noted in the book’s table of contents, on the copyright page, and have a byline on their story. They will also have an opportunity to give an acknowledgment and will be featured on the Defy the Dark website. The grand-prize winner will receive a $500 cash prize awarded by HarperCollins and five copies of Defy the Dark.

1. Eligibility

The Defy the Dark New Author Contest (the “Promotion”) is open only to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States (including District of Columbia and territories, possessions and military bases) or Canada (excluding Quebec) who are thirteen (13) years or older at the time of entry.

2. Sponsors

Figment, LLC, 118 East 64th Street, New York, NY 10065, and HarperCollins, 10 East 53rd Street, New York, New York 10022.

3. Entry Period

The Promotion begins on August 1, 2012 at 12:00 a.m. Eastern Time (“ET”) and ends on September 1, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. ET (the “Promotion Entry Period”).

No sun-drenched, thousand-watt fables here—bring us your things that go bump in the night, bring us the things that hide in the shadows. Saundra Mitchell, the anthology’s editor, is excited to read your best YA fiction and choose one writer to be a part of the forces that will Defy the Dark.

4.  Submission Requirements

  • Submission must be between 2,000 and 4,000 words.
  • Submission must be an original work created solely by you, has not been previously published, and does not infringe upon any third-party copyrights or other intellectual property rights.
  • Submission must not contain defamatory statements.
  • Submission must not contain any telephone numbers, street addresses or email addresses of any individual.
  • Submission must not invade privacy, publicity or other rights of any person, firm or entity.

Click here for more official rules:  http://dailyfig.figment.com/defy-the-dark-official-rules/

Good luck!

Talk tomorrow,


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26719. ParaNorman | This Little Light

This is an amazing video of the creation of one small prop for the upcoming movie PARANORMAN. Truly awesome!

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26720. Starting My Pastel Artwork - Hurrah!

I haven't yet got the final go-ahead on those last few redraws, because my art director has been on holiday, but most of the illustrations for Swap! are ready to go. So last week I finally gave in and started tracing-up on the light box. It's such a tedious task, tracing each illustration onto my pink pastel paper, and I have to do it in the dark too, despite the sunshine outside (groan), as the pastel paper is too thick to see through otherwise. 

It was great to get stuck into colour though. I started with the first spread of the book, not because I like to work through in the correct order, but because I had clear ideas about the colours things needed to be (pretty much pink, pink, pink), so it was a safe place to begin. 

It was also a comfortable way to find the main characters, as they are very large on the page. I  was imagining Lucy blond, but concerned that might not jump out of the page as much as brunette, especially as I am rather fond of soft, pastel coloured backgrounds (which we will drop in later, digitally).

I wasn't sure what colour to do Sparky. Black would be tricky for showing details, white a little boring, brown a bit dingy and dull... I wanted him to stand out from the backgrounds too, so I chose white with tan bits, to make it more interesting and colourful.

Which spread to tackle next..?  

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26721. Whales

Underwater noise -icky poo. 

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26722. Illustrator Saturday – Sarah Dillard

Sarah Dillard studied art at Wheaton College and illustration at Rhode Island School of Design. She is an illustrator for children’s books and the stationery and giftware markets. Sarah’s first author/illustrated book, Perfectly Arugula, was published in 2009 and the audio book version won the Gold Award for the 2010 National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA) Storytelling competition. She lives on a mountain in Vermont with her husband and chocolate lab.

TIGHTROPE POPPY written by Sudipta Bardham and illustrated by Sarah Dillard

If you were an EVEN NUMBER written by Marcie Aboff and illustrated by Sarah Dillard

Here is Sarah and her process:

Most of my work starts with a very rough doodle, just to get an idea of the composition.

This is another rough sketch with a little more detail.

This is a more complete sketch with water soluble graphite pencils to work out tones and more detail.

The finished (?) painting. This was done in watercolor and gouache on 300 lb water color paper. I love the weight of this paper. It does not buckle when wet so there is no need to stretch it. I tend to start with watercolor and then build up the color with gouache. Then I add texture with gouache and a tiny brush. I liked the november-ish feeling of this and could have stopped here but everything looks better with a little snow, so..

I added a dusting of snow and some swirly wind in Photoshop.

And then it just kept snowing. Now that bunny is really cold!

Have you ever thought about writing and illustrating your own book?

I have! My book “Perfectly Arugula” was published by Sterling in 2009. I have two books under contract now that will be coming out in 2014.

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26723. Marta Madureira

Delightful work by Portuguese illustrator Marta Madureira...

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26724. Golemish Biro

Someone suggested using biro, so I did.
Ballpoint pen 35cm x 28cm. Click to enlarge.

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26725. let us not talk falsely now, the hour's getting late

 The chances are, if you have been to the beautiful Yorkshire Sculpture Park then you will have seen Henry Moore's Draped Seated Woman. From the main entrance, just as the park opens up to you, she can be found looking out over the lake. She sits on the hill watching over the park. Keeping her eye on things. Surrounded by her flock.

 If you sit for a while, maybe to draw or something, you'll hear the same old comments, over and over again, from those who come to look at her; stuff about 'her head being too small' and her 'being all out of proportion'. I want to tell them to take a look at themselves, they ain't exactly in proportion either. But I don't. I keep my head down. Keep drawing.

 And, besides, she doesn't need me to stick up for her. She doesn't care what they have to say. She's heard it all before. Over and over again. No, she's not interested. Why would she be when she has this view to look at?

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