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326. Babl Books at ALA

I am excited that Babl Books, whose mission is to offer bilingual picture books, including mine, to kids everywhere,  will be at ALA this weekend. They are sharing a booth with We Need Diverse Books. Check them out if you go! BABL BOOKS will exhibiting at the  ALA Conference in Orlando – Jun 24-27 Find […]

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327. Short Break Before Starting the New Novel

Time to read, sketch, take long walks, and do a little gardening.

Revisiting several of my favorite books

Stephen King's - ON WRITING

Blake Snyder's - SAVE THE CAT

Cheryl B. Klein's - SECOND SIGHT 

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328. ‘Gerascophobia’ by Shuangshuang Hao

A boy fears for growing up and aging, and does odd things to avoid growing up.

The post ‘Gerascophobia’ by Shuangshuang Hao appeared first on Cartoon Brew.

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329. Drawings for my Daughters

Another school year is coming to a close, another year of drawing on my daughters' lunch napkins. I archive the doodles on a Tumblr so the girls can look back at them some day. 

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330. Needle felt tinies and new workshops

Tiny Polar Bear (sold)

I  recently updated my website and for the first time (ever) catalogued all my designs by year and month. Nine years of almost non-stop needle felting.  It took many days of hunting on various camera cards and through this blog and Flickr, but eventually I got there.

Looking through it was a bit of a wake up call and I was able to look at my work and realise not only that I've done a phenomenal amount of work, but also that I've not really moved on, stylistically. Although, to be fair, the last few years haven't exactly been the time for creative navel gazing.

I think it has a lot to do with the last few years of creating commercial patterns, which have to be easy to make, and doing so many workshops, ditto. So I've not really stretched myself. 
I think making myriad cute toys has almost run it's course for me, after all, I've been doing them for nine years. So I've been finishing off several bits and pieces, including this set of tiny animals and bird dolls, which despite being small, take around six hours plus to make

As usual, I've bunged them on dear old Etsy. I'll be starting a shiny new website soon, for my new work. 

I started a new and very 'grown up' line of work this summer, but it is under wraps until I have several pieces. Suffice to say, I am stretching myself at last. 

While I'm cheerfully shoving things for sale under your noses, I may as well add that I've got some fabulous new workshops in the UK, for later in the year. I have two winter workshops in Hampstead, London at the Village Haberdashery - my first time in London! It's going to be the red eye train at crack of dawn for those two.

I am also going to be in Witney, Oxfordshire at the Witney Sewing and Knitting Centre. And in Birmingham, at the lovely shop of Lauren Guthrie, who was a British Sewing Been finalist in 2013, at Guthrie and Ghani

All of these courses, with links to the relevant booking pages, can be found on my website, on the Needle felt workshops page.

In other news, I've finally started painting properly again. But I'll spare you that for the time being.

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331. From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess

Here's the first two book covers I did for "From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess" by Meg Cabot.

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332. Weekly Sketch Roundup

Every day I post a sketch to social media, this is my favorite this week!

Summer reading (and sketching) on a Saturday morning.

To see more visit http://www.studiojjk.com/dailysketch.html

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333. Take me too - Illustration process

Another new video showing more of my illustration process from the picture book Take Ted Instead (written by Cassandra Webb).

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334. FABRICS - new releases

I wanted to highlight a few fabric designs today that have caught my eye recently from different companies. The first were these bold new additions to Alexander Henry's popular Folklorico collection. stylised Mexican themed prints look fresh and colourful and can be seen online here. Meanwhile these florals from the Hand Maker collection by Natalie Barnes of Beyond the Reef

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335. Sketchbook Skool News: Nina Johansson!

2016-06-22 17.24.14I am so excited that in Sketchbook Skool, we keep adding amazing artists to our Fakulty. Nina Johansson, who is a fantastic illustrator, urban sketcher and watercolourist is officially joining us, and I just got back from Stockholm, where we filmed a bunch of lessons with her.
She is very inspiring, and so is her art, but Nina is also my kinda gal – positive, passionate, skillful and she has a great sense of humour to top it all off.

We’d been preparing for the video shoot via email and Skype – and then meeting in person is such a treat – especially since she’s been such a great host to make my stay in Stockholm convenient and fun.
Thanks to all great prep work and to our creative film crew, everything went smooth and we had a lot of fun during the shoot!

Great crew!

Gabrielle (sound), Me, Peter (camera) and Nina



An extra treat after wrapping up was having dinner and a sketch with Nina in the center of Stockholm, celebrating our accomplishment.


And on my way back, I made good use of my travel time and enjoyed drawing.


I absolutely love how the drawing below turned out – using just a fountain pen and a grey brushpen. It also opened up an interesting conversation with two of the flight attendants who spotted my drawing. I love how art can connect!




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336. South American Animators: Apply To This All-Expenses-Paid TV Development Program

Fifteen participants will be chosen from Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela to participate in an all-expenses animation development program.

The post South American Animators: Apply To This All-Expenses-Paid TV Development Program appeared first on Cartoon Brew.

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337. Summer Reading Prompts

All summer long on The Book Report with JJK on SiriusXM Kids Place Live, Absolutely Mindy and I are throwing out summer reading prompts for the young listeners. When your kiddo has completed each mission, they can color in and decorate a badge. Hopefully, they will be well-decorated by the end of the summer!

Here are the archives for the first two challenges:
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338. Presidential Polar Bear Post Card Project No. 177 - 6.21.16

Another post that includes one of my daughter's excellent Father's Day cards :) In this case, she painted a quite fashionable lady bear -- note the scientifically accurate thinner neck in addition to the fabulous dress -- so I decided to create a paper dance partner! Pretty cool to have these cards already in hand to make my own inspirations even easier. And the beat goes on...

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339. searches w/ warm-cold color combinations

i used some photos from the www to make these example-sketches of warm-cold color combination of media and papers. soft pastels on coloured paper. approx 15 x 20 cm

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340. FABRICS - erin mcmorris

These colourful blooms are by Erin McMorris from her 'Noe' fabric collection with Free Sprint Fabrics. The bright graphic prints were inspired by a trip to San Francisco where she loved the city's crafty vintage style. The collection is available now from stockists including Fabricworm. Erin's very latest collection for Free Spirit Fabrics is Noteworthy (below) which

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341. Rejane Dal Bello

Rejane Dal Bello

Rejane Dal Bello is an award-winning Brazilian designer and illustrator currently based in London. After having previously worked for Studio Dumbar in Rotterdam and Wolf Olins in London, she now runs her own firm that specializes in corporate, nonprofit, and cultural sectors. She currently teaches at St Joost Art School and often volunteers her creative services to underprivileged communities and charitable organizations.

Rejane Dal Bello

Work completed while working with Studio Dumbar:

Studio Rejane Dal Bello

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written by Carmen Oliver
illustrations by Jean Claude

Elizabeth talks about “Heart Art,” the part that makes the illustration magical. For a writer. For me, “Heart Art” or “Heart Story” is author intention. My heart is in everything I write. I believe it’s in every author’s work.
      Embedded. Woven. Waiting to be discovered.
      The real reason behind why the author wrote the book. And when a writer tells a story with their heart stitched into the fabric of a manuscript well, then, success. Magic. Bliss.
      Donald Mass in his novel The Breakout Novelist said, “Success as an author requires…a big heart.” I agree.
      I think it takes a big heart to come back to the page, time and time again when things aren’t working. When you’re frustrated. When the doubts creep in. I think a big heart encourages the writer. Trust yourself. Begin again. You can do this. Go on, we’re in this together. A big heart can’t give up. It cares too deeply. About the story. About the characters. But most of all, about the readers. About delivering a story that matters to them. And yes, to you too.
      A big heart reaches out and extends a hand to fellow writers. Knowing helping them achieve success is a reward unto its own. By serving them, you receive something too. A big heart knows there’s room for everyone.
      I also believe a successful author is one that measures all the achievements, big or small. A page written today. A chapter finished. A novel outlined. It’s not always a book sold. #1 in sales. An award in your back pocket. Success comes from working day in and day out. Slow and steady. Writing when you don’t want to.
      A big heart is open to all possibilities. Knowing that there is more than one way to get to the destination. Knowing that failure is needed to get to success. Knowing that humility and humbleness make us do our jobs better. A big heart knows anything is possible. And we don’t have to step on people to get there.
      In my heart, I know there are no coincidences in life. That if you allow your heart to be open, big and wide, well there’s nothing you can’t do. So let the people in. Learn from whoever is willing to teach you. Love the work. Lift others.
      Don’t worry about success. It’ll find you. All you need is a big heart.
      If you’re in Austin, TX this summer, Carmen is teaching Perfecting the Picture Book I at The Writing Barn and later this September at Highlights with Don Tate’s workshop The Journey: Your Path to Publication with special guests, Alison Green Myers, and Kathleen Hayes.
Carmen's fave writing spot at a lake house...

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343. Presidential Polar Bear Post Card Project No. 176 - 6.21.16

The summer solstice and the strawberry moon. 24 hours of daylight and a sun that never sets on the #Arctic #saveourseaice #wearetheartctic #summersolstice #monumentsforall

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344. FABRICS - juliana horner

Staying with Free Spirit Fabrics we have some highlights from a collection by their newest designer Juliana Horner. Juliana is the daughter of well known designer Anna Maria Horner and her first fabric collection for Free Spirit is called 'Fast Friends'. Juliana says the designs are a celebration of not one inspiration but of many, and they explore the inclusiveness and togetherness that is

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345. At the trade show

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346. Harts Pass No. 304

More predator humor at Harts Pass. Cute and grizzly. It gets me every time :)

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347. Annecy 2016 Review: Rainy, Crowded, Star-Studded, And Unforgettable

Everyone was at Annecy this year, from Guillermo del Toro to the president of France.

The post Annecy 2016 Review: Rainy, Crowded, Star-Studded, And Unforgettable appeared first on Cartoon Brew.

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348. 15 Years!

My first book was published fifteen years ago. Something that has been happening to me now on the road—I meet high school graduates who tell me they read my book when they were kids. Trippy. 
On the day of publication, back in 2001, I walked into a bookstore to find my book in the wild. I walked up to a bookseller and said, "I'm looking for a book that was just published. I don't know the author's name, but the book is called Good Night, Monkey Boy." The bookstore employee typed the title into the computer and then grimaced. "What's the matter?" I asked worriedly. The clerk responded, "The author has a really weird last name." I smiled as they butchered my last name and then followed them to the bookshelf where my book was. My friend Erich Birkby was with me, we had the day off from working at the The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp. We were both astonished—there was my book! On the shelf! In a bookstore. 
I paid for the book with a credit card and walked away undetected. It's a tradition that I had with every on-sale date...until Punk Farm was published. Once they started saying, "Hey, Jarrett!" my jig was up...

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More untidy tables at: DRAWING TABLES: http://www.frizzifrizzi.it/2016/06/23/le-scrivanie-degli-illustratori/

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350. Its all in the eyes.

Sometimes its all in the eyes, or in this case-eye.

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