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326. Draw Tip Tuesday - Hatching Shades

Welcome to Draw Tip Tuesday!

Even though you may be familiar with the hatching technique, here’s a quick draw tip on how to use it. It certainly won’t do any harm repeating techniques!

Hatching is basically placing a lot of lines next to each other to fill a shape. If you have only pen and pencil, it’s a great way to color your drawings, using a variety of shades from light to dark. It’s also a way to draw shadows and to give shape and form to the subjects you draw.



I hope this video is helpful (subscribe to my YouTube Channel if you want more)- why don’t you try the hatching technique yourself today? I’m sure you will make awesome art!
If you want to learn more, click here to join one of my classes today!

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327. Self service only


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328. Digital self portrait

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329. Page preview Fable Comic

One of my pages for the Fox and the Crow are previewed at Macmillan's site!!

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330. Updated: Will Write For Chocolate

I figure it's time I add a children's book illustrator to my Will Write For Chocolate household.

You can browse older strips in the Will Write For Chocolate archives.

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331. 3 Habits You Could Do Without

Do you like to create things? Do you, in fact, love it?
And does it make you feel good? You want to make art?
Believe it or not, that makes you an artist.
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 You may feel that the word or title ‘artist’ is too high aimed and you may find it hard to call yourself one.
It’s just a label. Allow yourself to be an artist. Therefore, you need to be a little selfish every now and so often.
As an artist, you need to make time to take time. To make art.
There may be a few habits that you could do without and it would save you time if you did.

 

 

 

Here’s a little help with that:

1. Stop thinking about what others may think about you.
Even though you may think you know what they think: as long as they don’t share it with you, it’s none of your business - so why would you waste any time or energy worrying about it?
2. Stop worrying about your artwork.
When you are worried whether your efforts will result in an excellent piece of art or not, it can be very hard to start at all.
Worrying about something does not change the outcome. So stop the self-sabotaging and just start. Make your goal to enjoy the process and you’ll be much more likely be happy about the result as well.
3. Stop taking yourself too seriously.
You’re an artist, after all! You need humor and a free mind to get inspired and to create.

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332. Illustrator John Cuneo

Illustrator John Cuneo, portrait by James Gurney
Last weekend I sketched a quick portrait of John Cuneo in water-soluble colored pencils and watercolors. His illustrations in New Yorker and Atlantic Monthly have won a lot of awards, and on his blog lately he has been drawing on menus and sketching what he calls "sad cartoons." 

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333. Three Questions For Arree Chung: Advice For Young Writers and Illustrators, Gonzo and HOW TO PEE

Arree Chung wrote and illustrated the picture book “NINJA!” and is also a founding member of Live in a Story, which offers wall decals created by children's book illustrators and designers. When he's not creating, you can find Arree riding his bike around the San Francisco Bay Area.

Where to find Arree: Website - Facebook - Twitter - Instagram.

Synopsis of How To Pee: Potty Training For Boys (written by Todd Spector, illustrated by Arree Chung, published by MacMillan):

"Out with the old and in with the new! Family physician Dr. Todd Spector presents a fresh and outrageously fun way to encourage little boys to give up their diapers. They can try it freestyle (in the backyard!), or give the potty a try with the help of a few props and plenty of imagination. Peeing in the potty is a lot more fun if you do it rocket style, cowboy style, or superhero style!"

Q. Could you please take a photo of something in your office and tell us the story behind it?


This is one of my favorite toys. Gonzo. This doll is probably older than I am! This doll is special, because Jerry Houle, my licensing mentor gifted this to me. Jerry spent years working with Jim Henson in building a licensing program for the muppets. I am a huge muppets fan and have always admired Jim for his storytelling and the art he has put in the world. Jim changed the way people looked at puppets.

Q. What advice do you have for young writers and illustrators?

As a creative person, the thing I love doing the most is creating something new out of thin air. It maybe a story that becomes a book, a doodle that becomes a painting or an idea that becomes a business.

Making something new can be hard but I find that there are two really hard points: starting and finishing. Here are some tips on how to make it.

GET Excited.

Start right away.

Attack it.

Do it NOW. Get it down.

Scribble. Let yourself go. There is no wrong.

Don’t listen to your inner critic. Listen to your gut instincts. Work fast and intuitively.

Get your first draft done.

Accept that it’s a process. It’s okay that it’s not perfect. You’re making building blocks and you don’t know what pieces you need yet.

Look at the work again. You’ll probably see things you want to change about it. Change it.

Keep working on it. Identify what the heart of your idea is. It should be specific and feel honest.

Now reduce.

Keep reducing until you’re left with just the essentials.

Sketches for FIX-IT MAN (Author: Susan Hood, Publisher: HarperCollins).

Q. What are you excited about right now?

So many things!

Books! I love storytelling. I have three books coming out next year.

I’m excited about so many things right now. I have three books coming out next year. NINJA! Attack of the Clan (publisher: MacMillan) which is a sequel to my first book, NINJA! I'm illustrating a book called FIX-IT MAN (author: Susan Hood, publisher: HarperCollins), which is about being helpful and inventive. It has a very fun collage style to it. My third book out next year, is HOW TO PEE: Potty Training for Girls (author: Todd Spector, publisher: MacMillan) - which is a sequel to the potty training for boys book I illustrated. I'm really excited about all of the books.

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For more interviews, see my Inkygirl Interview Archive.

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334. New Prints Hot Off the Insta Feed!!

Whew…so update from the art cave!!

If you’ve been following me on Instagram, (if not, do feel free, I love all my awesome friends there!) you may have noticed a bit of a new style.

I’ve been doing a lot of pencil realism work as of late, and have added a NEW PAGE featuring my growing collection there. I’ve also added loads new available prints to my ART SHOP…so by all means feel free to mosey over there. Anything not already listed, you can happily purchase by sending me an email: cait@caitchock.com.
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Art is all about challenging yourself with new endeavors and evolving as an artist, so I’ve enjoyed playing with these new portraits. Don’t fret, changes don’t mean abandonment, and my lovely Tinies and previous long-lashed characters are NOT abandoned…these pencil ladies are now just added to the family. 😉

I’ve also wanted to send a BIG THANK YOU to every single person who’s commented, liked, and supported my art. It means the world and I will continue to keep supplying the artage. It’s a beautiful thing to be able to make your work something you love to do, and thank YOU ALL for allowing me to do that.

xx Cait

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335. The Idea Generation Process of Shawn Ferreyra

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[Editor’s Note: In response to our announcement last week that Illustration Friday will be focusing more heavily on the art of idea generation, illustrator Shawn Ferreyra reached out with us to share his own process for coming up with new ideas. What follows is an intimate look at Shawn’s idea generation methods in his own words. You too can share your techniques through our contact page.]

I came to illustrating via theater via playwriting via screenwriting via comics. This is one of many exercises I learned back in my playwriting days that I’ve adapted for illustration. I hope this is helpful!

Go to Staples or whatever and get a 3×5 index card holder and fill it with blank 3×5 index cards. Carry it with you at all times along with a sharpie or a felt tip pen. Nothing fancy.

Start an observation diary. Not a diary of your thoughts or feelings. A diary of your observations. On index cards. Not in a notebook. On index cards. One card per observation. Don’t write on both sides. Don’t date your cards.

 

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Overheard a wall street guy say something cringe worthy? Write down what you heard.
Saw an interesting person on the subway? Draw them. No more than 3 minutes.
Street preacher said something crazy? Write it down.
Saw an interesting still life? Draw it. No more than 3 minutes.
Saw a woman reading and laughing out loud hoping someone would ask her what’s funny? Describe it in as few words as possible.
Saw a gorgeous cityscape or landscape? Draw it. No more than 3 minutes.
See someone constantly blinking when they speak? Describe it in as few words as necessary.

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Do this for a few weeks, maybe a month. At the end of the month, lay all your cards out on a huge table. Start organizing them. How should you organize them? I don’t know, there is no should. Your mind is going to make you see patterns. You’re going to start to see things that go together. You’re going to start to see bits and pieces coalesce to suddenly become fully realized ideas.

You’re going to start to realize that the cards aren’t just your observations, but fragments of how you perceive the world, what you’re obsessed with, what you’ve been thinking about and wishing for. Your unconscious mind has been meditating and mulling these things over this whole time, and you’ve just tricked yourself into showing them to your conscious mind.

Thanks so much to Shawn Ferreyra for sharing his idea generation process. Want to help make Illustration Friday more of a place of learning? Leave some thoughts in the comments or send us your own process for coming up with ideas and shaking up your conscious mind here.

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336. Teacups and Tangles


Monday sketchbook-ing.

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337. Pool

Pool by JiHyeon Lee

by JiHyeon Lee  (Chronicle Books, 2015)

Hello to you! And you! And you!

Here I am, ready to flip my g o n e  f i s h i n g sign back around.

First, have you had a nice summer? I have been away from the grind, sitting on a deck, writing books and reading them, and it’s been so very nice to be off the grid for a while. But I do miss my books.

You might have seen today’s floating around this summer, and I can’t think of a better one to celebrate the season.

Pool. The word itself conjures up both serenity and splashing chaos, and both of those things exist inside this book.

At its heart, this is a tale of a friendship. Even as grownups there’s a dance to the early moments of togetherness, and this story is that thing in book form.

A boy at the edge of a pool, all the hope of his day before him. A crowd, scary with its wacky floats and almost-tentacles.

Pool by JiHyeon Lee

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That’s when he dives, under it all and to the quiet, and that’s when he meets his friend. And that’s when things get weird. Isn’t that how it is with friendship? You see new things together, you name the new things together, you create a new kind of community together. The fish and plants and the world under the crazies is bizarre to us, but is it to them? Perhaps not.

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That’s the beauty of finding a friend in the quiet places, whether or not you were looking.

And at the end, when the crowd is exiting to the left, the friends leave to the right. Those two, going forward. Together.

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This is one of those books that I fell in love with when I first saw the cover. And it’s worth wondering why.

I love that the face could belong to either the girl or the boy. I like to think it’s after the magic, both because of the sweet smile and the still-dreamy fish, reflected and real. And I love that by staring at us, it’s almost an invitation. To play, to swim, to step away from the crowd at the edge of the pool.

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Can’t get enough of this book? Me either! Here are some other places I loved reading about it. Danielle at This Picture Book Life paired it with the most adorable pool floats (ice cream sandwich!), and there’s still enough summer left to make that dream a reality! JiHyeon Lee is over at Picturebook Makers talking about the story behind the story and shares some process pictures, which I can’t ever get enough. And you can download some free Pool wallpapers at Chronicle’s happy home online. Enjoy the swim!

Thanks to Chronicle for the images in this post!

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338. DESIGNER - leanne oughton

Leanne Oughton is an illustrator from Pembrokeshire, Wales. Leanne is a huge fan of children's design and loves bright colours and creating animal characters (especially bears).  She is a graduate of both MATS and ABSPD and posts new patterns daily on her Instagram. Leanne's dream project would be to illustrate a series of children's books and if you like here work she is available for

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339. Biancaneve


No updates for eight months is unsual on my blog. I've not disappeared, I've been working on different projects. Some I can share, others are still waiting to be published. Mostly, I'm trying to find a bit of time to design my website properly, which means also taking down a lot of my older work. Not the ideal task for the summer with 40°C!

I'd like to share the illustrations from this italian edition of Snow White, though. It was one of my favourite projects this year. I love classic fairytales. I hope one day I'll have the chance to illustrate a  Brothers Grimm collection. Dark and scary...
I don't always include so many images from the same book on the portfolio, but in this case I have trouble choosing.

The book is published by Edizioni EL an italian house I work regularly with. I believe good books are made by good synergies - I like the editors at Edizioni EL and always enjoy working with them. Good communication and lovely people. Special thanks to Silvia Genovese and Gaia Stock.









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340. Butch Hartman Q&A: ‘Fairly OddParents’ Creator Talks About Launching Noog Network

Butch Hartman knows a thing or two about working with a network -- which is why he's starting and funding his own.

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341. ‘The Casebook of Nips & Porkington’ by Melody Wang

A mouse and pig are members of the constabulary who go on a quest to return a stolen egg to its distraught parents.

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342. SCBWI LA15 Another Success

Another year, another great conference. The 2015 Summer Conference boasted keynotes from Kwame Alexander, Mem Fox, Stephen Fraser, Shannon Hale, Molly Idle, Varian Johnson, Jane O'Connor, Adam Rex, Dan Santat, and Meg Wolitzer.

See highlights and insider photos here: http://www.scbwi.org/highlights-from-la15/

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343. Coloring Page Tuesday - Book Loving Bear

     This little bear is all about book love - as I have been since arriving in France! One of the best things about traveling is dropping into book stores and seeing what the books look like. Here in France, most of the picture books are completely new to me, but they have been stunningly beautiful. I wish I could take them home! Even better, is when I stumble across books by friends, all the way across the Atlantic ocean!
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     When the birds return to Water Street, will anyone be left to hear them sing? A miner's strike allows green and growing things to return to the Red Hills, but that same strike may force residents to seek new homes and livelihoods elsewhere. Follow the story of Jack Hicks as he struggles to hold onto everything he loves most.
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344.

As we head back to school I thought I'd make a video for art students...here's my advice for getting the most out of your education.

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345. MB Artists Promotional Catalog

My agent just released our new promotional catalog, themed "Ethnicity".  I love seeing all of the artists' interpretations!  Check it out!

http://www.flipsnack.com/AC98DF86AED/mb-artists-ethnicity-catalog.html

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346. Color and Light in Taiwan


Color and Light has been spotted in a bookstore in Taipei, Taiwan. (Thanks, Olina Chang).


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347. Blois College of Art

The other day while walking about Blois, France, Stan and I sought out the Blois College of Art. As you would expect, it was in a beautiful old building. As you wouldn't expect, it was covered with signs of interesting thoughts:

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I especially loved these:
Write for the glory.

What is art?

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348. August Insight

 

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349. Online Character Illustration Class with Matt Kaufenberg

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In our continuing effort to keep you inspired we’d like to tell you about this really fun online course that will walk you through the steps necessary to take your character illustrations to the next level.

In this class Matt Kaufenberg will take you through his process of illustrating a character, starting with the concept, then moving into Illustrator to create the shapes, and finally, rendering it in Photoshop.

What You’ll Learn

  • Finding Inspiration
  • Character Concepts
  • Building the Foundation in Illustrator
  • Rendering in Photoshop
  • Color Adjustment and Texture

Click here to learn more about this class >>

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350. August Featured Illustrator Katy Betz

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