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326. Pages from the past...

Opening the pages from my past we find old magazine spreads...

and old book plans and dreams...

and even a self portrait of me at age 8 1/2.  I added the Pierrot costume, which seems just about right for this serious little fellow.

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327. Part 2 of the Creative Juice Podcast

Because practice makes perfect, part 2 of the podcast I did with Margot and Jeb on practice!


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328. Wiggle

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329. Unconfirmed: Nick Park’s Next Feature Is Soccer-Themed ‘Early Man United’

The film could be released in 2018 in time for the FIFA World Cup.

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330. (badly drawn/scribbled) today’s daydream at two pm: Matzo Ball Pizza

kosher pizza - sepia

Filed under: love

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331. Turbulent flight

Made on the flight from Stockholm to Moscow

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332. 2015 National Puppetry Conference

I was accepted into the Marionette strand of the Eugene O'Neill National Puppetry Conference! I'll be building wooden marionettes with Jim Rose, a master puppeteer who greatly influenced my grandfather. It's my first time stepping into the string world. Fundraiser with all sorts of luck-related ThankQs here! http://www.gofundme.com/golinda2015

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333. Coloring Page Tuesday - Dancing Cactus for Cinco de Mayo!

     It's Cinco de Mayo! And I had to draw another dancing cactus - I just love these guys!
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My two bilingual picture books
Paco and the Giant Chile Plant ~ Paco y la planta de chile gigante
Soap, soap, soap ~ Jabon, jabon, jabon.
     I create my coloring pages for teachers, librarians, booksellers, and parents to enjoy for free with their children, but you can also purchase rights to an image for commercial use, please contact me. If you have questions about usage, please visit my Angel Policy page.

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334. "green eyes,

©the enchanted easel 2015
yeah, the spotlight shines upon you..."

this beauty, named Lily, is what's on the easel for the next week.  i "heart" her.
{couldn't resist the Coldplay lyrics, of course ;)}

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335. Dinotopia / World Beneath Podcast, Episode 14

Close your eyes, open your imagination, and travel to Dinotopia. It's time for Episode 14 of Dinotopia: The World Beneath. You can listen to the track by clicking on the play button below, or by following the direct link to SoundCloud.

The explorers find the treasure of the lost city of Poseidos.

Who are the king and queen of the World Beneath?

This audio re-creation was produced by ZBS Productions. Audio producer Tom Lopez and composer Tim Clark created many layers of sound to make Dinotopia come alive to the ears.

The Christian Science Monitor called this production "A dazzling soundscape that does full justice to Gurney’s wondrous lost world… perfect family listening.”

The final episode arrives in a week. Each short episode will only be live online for one week, and then it will disappear.

If you'd like to purchase the full two-hour World Beneath podcast right now and hear all fifteen episodes back to back in a feature-length production, check out The World Beneath at ZBS Foundation website for the MP3 download. It's also available as a CD.

The Book
You can also order the original printed book from my web store and I'll sign it for you. (It ships via Media Mail within 24 hours of your order. US orders only for the book, please). The book is also available from Amazon in a 20th Anniversary Edition with lots of extras.

The Museum Exhibition
Many of these paintings are now on view at the Dinotopia exhibition at the Stamford Art Museum and Nature Center through May 25.

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336. Encore Webcast Scheduled!

Encore scheduled! On May 15th at 12, 2 and 2 pm ET, tune in again! State-test free!

And this webcast is completely free of charge.


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337. oliver et les îles vagabondes: prix enfantaisie!

My co-author Philip Reeve and I were so excited to get a message from our International Rights Manager Stella Giatrakou, saying she'd heard from French publisher Seuil that Oliver and the Seawigs had won an award in Switzerland! It's the Prix Enfantaisie, organised by Payot bookshops and the Swiss Institute for Youth, and they've been doing it for 20 years; 3,000 children voted for Oliver et les îles vagabondes from a selection of five books.

We weren't able to go to the Geneva International Bookfair to accept the award because we had already agreed to go to the Stratford-upon-Avon lit fest. But I knew the perfect person in Geneva to collect the award! She's Marie-Pierre Preece, the amazing librarian at the International School of Geneva, that I visited in 2012. (All the kids call her 'MP'.) Here she is on the left, with the picture I drew for her library during my visit:

And MP asked Philip and me if we could make a video for the ceremony, which we did. (Note the excellent sound effect halfway through, that was Philip's doing.)

Yes, thank you, Payot, Seuil, our excellent French translator Raphaële Eschenbrenner, Stella at Oxford University Press, and MP! Here's MP collecting the award at the book fair, next to the winner in the other category, Max Ducos, for Le Mystère de la grande dune.

And MP signing our books! She wrote in an e-mail:

The second picture is me signing your book. The kids asked for a signature and I said, 'Well how, if the illustrator is not here?' and then one of them said, 'But you, Miss, can't you sign our books?' and I couldn't resist! But I signed 'de la part de', so all is honest and good.

Some of the kids spoke English and were able to understand the video, and MP translated for the rest. They also had some questions. So I rang up Philip on Skype this morning and we've answered them together. A big thanks to everyone who voted for our book!

Questions from Swiss readers:

* Did you use a computer to create the illustrations?

Partly, yes! I started out by using old-fashioned dip pen and ink, and scanned those black-and-white drawings into the computer. In Adobe Photoshop, I added the blue colour (which is gray in some of the paperback versions).

* Where did the idea of vagabond islands come from?

Sarah: Philip had the idea to write a sea story, and we originally thought it might be about a dog that washed up on a beach. But I was telling Philip about how I'd been to a meeting of the Children's Writers & Illustrators Group (part of the Society of Authors), and the acronym for that is 'CWIG'. I pronounced it 'Seawig', and joked that I'd love to draw a picture of islands with stuff piled up on their heads. (I'd just been drawing a lot of monster wigs for an exhibition.) Philip said, 'AHA! That's just what we need for this story!' and it all started from there.

* Why did you choose the sea and not another type of environment?

Sarah: Philip and I both grew up near the sea and love it. The sea is also the closest thing on earth that we have to an alien planet; scientists are still discovering strange alien creatures in its depths. So it's natural to think that any kind of creature could come out of it.

Little Sarah with her sister, Mary

* Where did you get the idea of the characters in the book?

Philip: We wanted a character who could go off and have adventures so we made his family explorers. Sarah really likes mermaids, so we decided we'd have him meet a mermaid. And the other characters just popped in when they felt like it.

* Why is the boy called Oliver? is there a link with somebody you know?

Philip: We were walking along the banks of the Thames while we talked about this story and we came to a place called Oliver's Wharf...

* Where did the idea of Sea Monkeys come from?

Sarah: From comics! In the American Archie comics I read growing up, there was always an advert for Sea Monkeys, and I never believed that, for only a dollar, they would look like the ones in the picture. But I did wonder about them.

* Did you go around the world like Oliver's parents?

Philip: When I was little, my parents took me around England, Scotland and Wales in a campervan, a bit like Oliver's Explorermobile.

Sarah: I grew up in Seattle and did travel quite a bit with my parents, to places in the USA and to Scotland, England and France. Recently we all went to China together, and I made a travel comic about it that you can read here.

* Did other books inspire you?

Philip: Yes, but too many to name.

Sarah: In the beginning of creating our story, I thought a little bit about The Voyage of the Dawn Treader in the Narnia books, and the seagull in Watership Down, but by the time we'd finished creating our story, it was something completely different.

* How long did it take to write the book?

Philip: Including all the illustrations, about a year? We came up with the ideas together and I went away and wrote it, which took about a month.

* What books did you like as a kid?

Philip: Tolkien, Asterix, Tintin, Rosemary Sutcliffe.

Sarah: The Twenty-one Balloons by William Pené du Bois, In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak, collections of Calvin & Hobbes comics.

* What are your favourite books?

Philip & Sarah: We both love Geraldine McCaughrean's The White Darkness.

* Why did you become writers and illustrators?

Philip: Because there's nothing else I can do!

Sarah: I've always loved drawing and writing gives me the chance to decide what I'm going to draw.

* Since when have you been a writer?

Philip: Since I was five. But my first published book was in 2001, Mortal Engines.

Sarah: Me, too, since about five. I made a book called My Fish. (You can read it all here.)

* Did you go to a special school to become writers and illustrators?

Philip: I went to art college but mostly I learned to write by just writing.

Sarah: I studied Russian at university, with a focus on Russian language and literature. But then I lived in Moscow for two years and discovered amazing Russian art and got very inspired. Over the next six years, I illustrated quite a few books and then went to art college for two years to study illustration.

* How is it to live an author's life, how do you organise your days?

Philip: I don't organise my days, they just happen.

Sarah: Days can be so different! One day I might be working at my desk, then the next day I might be traveling to talk about my books in front of hundreds of people on stage.

* Do you have another job?

Philip: I do illustrate sometimes for other writers.

Sarah: Sometime publicising the books feels like a whole second job! I once wrote an article about how I have a fleet of clones helping me with all the work involved in being an illustrator.

* Will there be a follow up?

Sarah: Yes! The characters won't be the same - Philip and I wanted to come up with whole new worlds for each book - but they'll all be adventure stories. We've published one called Cakes in Space (or Astra et les gâteaux de l'espace in French, published by Seuil). You can learn how to draw some of the characters here on my website. And our next book is coming out in English, Pugs of the Frozen North, and hopefully in French, too!

Photo by Sarah Reeve

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338. Spain’s Latest Animated Feature ‘Possessed’ is A Tale of Supernatural Horror

The debut stop motion feature from an Aardman alum will screen in competition at Annecy.

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339. Draw Tip Tuesday: Caffeine!

Welcome to Draw Tip Tuesday!

Who needs fancy art tools when you have a simple sharpie and a little bit of coffee? And who needs inspiration? Just draw what’s in front of you - in this case: a cup of coffee!

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340. nerosunero (mario sughi) back on Juxtapoz

Juxtapoz Magazine / Erotica (San Francisco, CA, USA, 5 May 2015)

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341. SURTEX 2015 - greenmarrow studio yao

Yun Jeong Bae from Greenmarrow Studio is returning to Surtex 2015 with new designs and visitors can check them out at booth 354,

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342. WIGGLE by Maria Taylor


Submitted by Maria Taylor for the Illustration Friday topic WIGGLE.

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343. New website

F I N A L L Y.
The new paulapertile.com is live!

It needs 'more' (mostly, art samples), and a couple of fiddly tweaks, but over all I'm pretty happy with it. I used the godaddy website builder, mostly because I have my domain name registered there already, and also had a credit. So it made sense. I wanted something simple, and I like the scroll-down design rather than fancier bells and whistles. I went with the business site option, which lets you have a lot of pages. They have several templates you can choose from, and I chose the "Freelance Portfolio" one - and then completely changed it (of course). Its all 'drag-and-drop' and really easy to use. They give you a lot of options for little design-y things (I got so excited over the 'make rounded corners' thingy!), most of which I didn't even use. So I would recommend this. (*godaddy is not paying me to say any of this, by the way)

Besides the business option, they have a simple and inexpensive 5 page option, and also upgrades for SEO optimizing, as well as a store-builder. It can add up, but they have sales often so I plan to wait for one of those before I sign up for anything else.

There are so many options for website building software these days. Squarespace, Weebly, Wix, come to mind. They're all beautiful and modern and fancy and hip. I kind of like the idea of not being so trendy though, and sticking with something a little more classic. It fits my style. 

Another really good thing with this is that its mobile-friendly! (All those other options I listed are too, I'm sure.) I looked at my old site on my phone and it was microscopic. The godaddy website builder lets you preview how your site will look on a desktop and a phone as you go along, so you know exactly what you're doing. On a phone, it arranges all the images in a single file 'up and down' scrolling thing, which are sometimes a little out of sync with how they're arranged on the page, but its still 100% better than what I had before, so I'm fine with it.

Full disclosure: there are a couple of things I'm not 100% thrilled with, and wish I could change.

1) You're allowed 2 drop-down pages for each main page. Which is great. But. Normally, if you hover over a page title that has drop-down choices, you just pick one of those and go to that page. With this design, the main title page is also 'clickable', and is still a stand alone page by itself. So you need to have stuff on there as well as the drop down pages, which feels a little redundant, and I'm not sure how to get around that. (Like, if you hover over "Children's Books", "Color" and "Black & White" pages come up as the drop down options. I think most people would just click on one of those, and not the actual main page - does that make sense?).

2) Another thing is, the way I designed my pages, every element - image, or type - is independent, and can be dragged around to go anywhere on the page. Which I love! But, when I decide to update the site with new work, which will go on the top of the page, I'll have to rearrange the whole rest of the page downward, one piece at a time, rather than selecting the whole lot and dragging it as one thing. Pretty sure anyway. There might be some way to do it easier that I haven't figured out yet, so don't quote me on this.

Still, I'm super happy to have this done, and it will be fun to update things and fiddle around with it as I go. I know several people who are re-doing their websites right now. It must be "website re-design season"! Its soooooooooooooooooooo much easier now than it used to be - remember using (or trying to use) Dreamweaver or . . . what was the other one? Go Live, that was it. Blimey! I never did figure those out.

Please let me know if you find any links that don't work, or if anything feels clunky or 'off' or weird.
Happy Website Building!

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344. Unconfirmed: Nick Park Is Making Soccer-Themed Film ‘Early Man United’

The film could be released in 2018 in time for the FIFA World Cup.

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345. SURTEX 2015 - kelly ventura

I have a lot more fab Surtex flyers to post up this week as the show draws nearer and nearer. The first set of striking new designs are by surface designer and painter Kelly Ventura who will be in booth 458. Kelly has worked with a variety of clients in the home, gift and children's industries including West Elm and Crate & Barrel.

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346. Bugs Bunny to Return in Direct-to-Video ‘Rabbits Run’

The classic Looney Tunes star is now a New York City cab driver.

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347. SURTEX 2015 - les francaises

Les Francaises represents the coming together of two French designers: Mathilde Wydauw and Laurie Brochard who have teamed up for Surtex this month. Show buyers can get a little bit of French style from these two talented artists in booth 726 and for those not attending you can email Laurie & Mathilde at contact@lesfrancaisesdesign.fr

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348. Arctic Adventure

via Mythwood - The Art of Larry MacDougall http://ift.tt/1JoJEWJ

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349. Tuesday - A Week in the Artist Studio

Monday officially sets the week in motion, and by Tuesday, I feel like I can best determine what kind of week it's going to be. Granted, things unexpected always happen, but this week Norah has a cold, which means a lot of play and a lot of snuggles. I need to keep my to do list simple and not expect to get everything done.

If she has a cold, I'm not too far from one, so self care (napping when she naps, eating well, etc) is just as important for me too.

Today I'm excited because I get to paint three lovely ladies sipping tea. I was going to do coffee (since I'm a coffee fanatic), but I wouldn't have been able to draw the wee tea flags that I adore so much. ^_^

Tuesdays are a day for creating. I do my best to reserve this day for painting or drawing. Sometimes if I am able, I will paint or draw Monday night to gear me up for Tuesday. Somehow that works for me.

Last night I was able to put 4 hours in (!!!) and got some Christmas art finished, and today is the reward by painting something fresh and new!

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350. SURTEX 2015 - gabriella buckingham

Gabriella Buckingham has Gabriella has over twenty years experience as a painter and illustrator and after breaking out into the world of Surface pattern she will be showing at Surtex for the first time this year with Cultivate Art Collective in booth 222. Gabriella will be showcasing a wide variety of work available for licensing including lush vintage inspired florals and character filled

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