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326. Our sunny day continues in Newhaven

From Leith, our walk wound around to Newhaven. This is the old fishing warf overlooking the Firth of Forth. You know you're there when you come to the charming marina.

     A lovely sidewalk takes you along the old dock buildings.
From there you can look back to the wee town of Newhaven. It's lovely and there's a great breakfast place we often choose as a destination, Porto & Fi. But, we'd already eaten in Leith and our tummies were full. So we walked out past the marina. The jut out offers an amazing view of the firth - we sat and soaked up the sun for a while.
And enjoyed the view.
That's the Kingdom of Fife on the far side.
     Finally, it was time to get back. I got this one last shot of Stan on our way.
     We stopped for tea at The Starbank Inn, another fave, to fortify us for the 2-mile walk home. Yes, I was a wee bit sore by the end of it all, but gads, what a fabulous day!

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327. CARDS - paperchase part 1

I still have some interesting Paperchase bits to share with you this week. Attending their AW Press Show last month at Tottenham Court Road also gave me a great excuse to photograph the store. I started in the greetings card department and here are some of the fab designs I saw for sale. 

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328. The Edinburgh International Book Festival

One of the best things about living in Edinburgh is the annual Edinburgh International Book Festival. It goes on for two weeks during FRINGE and it is an oasis of literary wonderfulness in Charlotte Square.


     For the first week of the Festival, I've been supporting friends and taking advantage of some free events. First was Sarah Broadley's reading in the Spiegletent. That's a new word to me, but it basically means a pop-up venue that looks like this.

     Sarah is the incoming regional advisor for the Southeast Scotland chapter of the SCBWI. She read an entertaining piece about her first pair of rollerskates, and the injury that ensued. I had a similar escapade involving a skateboard in my childhood, so I could relate.
     SCBWI also hosted a postcard wall inspired by the Illustrators' Walls at the Bologna Children's Book Fair (which I wrote about HERE).
     It wasn't nearly as big as Bologna obviously (!), but it was a really nice showing of the amazingly talented illustrators here in Edinburgh.

This was the panel that showed off my wares.



     SCBWI also hosted an editor panel with Barry Cunningham (Chicken House and JK Rowling fame), Lauren Fortune (Scholastic), and Sally Poulson (Floris Books).
     Louise Kelly and Sheila Averbuch (current RAs) asked some great questions, including illustrator-specific questions. My biggest take-away was that illustrators in the UK are mostly hired through agencies. HMMMMM!
     Mostly, it was lovely connecting with fellow children's book creators. I'm slowly getting to know folks here and am not as much the new kid as I was. That's nice.
     I purchased tickets for several more speakers next week. More on those soon...

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329. Presidential Polar Bear Post Card Project No. 207 - 8.20.16


While participating just a wee bit in some post-vacation back-to-school shopping, I did spend at least a little time sitting in a chair near the dressing room to draw this lovely little bear trying out a new dress. My particular input is usually most helpful with considering Garfield/Ode thrift store tees and camouflage-patterned cargo shorts -- and thusly not usually helpful at all!

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330. Wrapping Presents


I've been doing more black and white work lately.
This was drawn with a black colored pencil (well, three, actually).

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331. EXCLUSIVE: Laika Chief Travis Knight Reveals Future Plans For Studio

Laika has some very different projects planned for the future.

The post EXCLUSIVE: Laika Chief Travis Knight Reveals Future Plans For Studio appeared first on Cartoon Brew.

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332. Cartoon Tips from the 1930s

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Cartoonist Bill Nolan (1896-1954) helped to create the classic rubber hose style of animation when he worked along with Otto Messmer on the Felix the Cat cartoons. 


In 1936, he wrote a little book called Cartooning Self-Taught, which presents the 1930s style.  The heads, hands, and body shapes are based on circles—or really spheres. The pupils are tall pie-cut ovals.

Men's feet are big and clown-like, with a low instep and a balloon toe. Each type of character should have a distinctive shoe: "A tramp needs tattered footwear; a dude requires shoes with spats; a farmer, boots."

Arms and legs get thicker as they go away from the body. Darks are shaded with parallel curving strokes. Poses are extreme and dynamic. Nolan says, "Comics are much more interesting if they seem to be doing something rather than remaining stationary." 

Characters can be created by using circles of different sizes. I like the angry cook with the elbows forward, the fat tycoon, and the cop swinging his billy club.


The dog, bear, and cat are doing a gait called a rack or pace, where both right legs move in tandem and both left legs move in tandem.

An assortment of animals "are all made from combinations of circles," he says. "There is no end to what you can do if you get firmly fixed in your mind the idea of building comics from the basic circles."

You can see the influence not only on the early Disney animators, but also on illustrators like R. Crumb and Dr. Seuss.

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333. VIDEO: Overwatch Dragons

This is a gorgeous animation - Overwatch Dragons by Roberto Ortiz. Click to watch at CG Society:

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334. ‘LEGO Movie’ Studio Animal Logic To Offer Animation Degree

The new one-year program, in partnership with University of Technology Sydney, will launch in 2017.

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335. Little pond


This is how the so-called 'herb patch' looked a couple of weeks ago, still with the plug-ugly plastic coated washing line post firmly cemented into the earth. So as the weather had picked up, I did my scorched earth weeding and Joe got to work with Brian-next-door's sledge hammer.


After a long tussle and removing lots of rock debris, we tugged and pulled and shoved and eventually we dragged the monster out. We could just about manage it between us. 



Unfortunately, someone DID like the overgrown mess and we found this lovely toad nestling in a pile of bricks. We left her undisturbed, but she vanished overnight. We are hoping that she has found a nearby home.


By the end of the day we had almost cleared everything.


The garden originally came with two little old troughs which were destined to be made into miniature ponds. This is a fairly ordinary cement one, which had been upside down since I moved in over three years ago. I had assumed it was a block of stone until Joe turned it  over and discovered the secret.


The previous owner told me that this bigger one was an antique 'pony trough' which came from a nearby town, but then he told so many fibs about the property that I am inclined to take that with a pinch of salt. It is a nice old thing, anyway and had been languishing uselessly in the drive.


The fun part was putting the stones and pebbles in and filling it.



 

By now it was early evening and the cows had made their way up the field. They seemed curious, but I don't think they cared about our lovely little pond.


The ponds have provided a source of constant amusement. Despite having to empty them and paint them with concrete sealant. Because we didn't realise that the stone could leak. But since then the garden birds have been enjoying the novelty too. Joe has taken quite a few photos. At first the blue tit was the sole bather. 


But then a tribe of sparrows moved in and claimed both ponds for their own. 


Anyway, to cut this long pond-y story short (forgive the length, neither of us have ever had ponds before), this part of the garden is finally starting to be ours and looking like a proper place. Not a wilderness of weeds. 



Today however we have had rain and I went back to proper work, heralding autumn with this little painting, 'Acorn Cottage' which (naturally) is for sale in my other Etsy shop, 'Lost Arcadia'. 

 





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336. Presidential Polar Bear Post Card Project No. 206 - 8.19.16


Much like the summer heat isn't much good for the Arctic, my recent summer vacation wasn't much good for the Polar Bear Post Card Project... That being said, after nearly two weeks on the road and being mostly out of touch with the world at large, my family and I are back in the saddle and buckled down for work, school, the xc running season, and whatever else that fall will bring. As my very first picture book editor used to say, "Onward and Upward!"

PS While the Polar Bear Post Card production may have stalled, I DID have an excellent vacation!







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337.


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338. MO WILLEMS STUDIO SEPT. 2016 UPDATE!

It's September, a busy month of NEW books and touring shows and wonderful exhibitions and fun stuff!    BOOKS!   I'm super-excited about the SEPTEMBER 20th release of the ELEPHANT & PIGGIE LIKE READING SERIES launching with two books by two great pals. LAURIE KELLER's WE ARE GROWING! Which BOOKLIST loved, giving it a starred review and saying: "Though Elephant and Piggie have

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339. Ink and Paint Chip Dugan

Howdy friends and neighbors!

It has been a couple months since I have had time to post something here. This summer has been a busy one. I have been working hard for a new client. The style is slightly different from my usual work, so I have had to put many hours in honing "inking and coloring" skills. Usually I do pencil drawings, and light color washes in PhotoShop which resemble water colors in the final piece. This is a style I have honed for years now, and am quite comfortable with.

The style this new client is asking for is pen and ink, like comic book art. I started using Photoshop brushes (which would have been ideal if they worked right). But I was never able to achieve the same results in the computer as real ink on real paper. After a couple of days of research I decided to delve into inking with a brush. I bought the supplies, and spent literally a couple of months trying to master a skill that takes years to hone. Not surprisingly I came up short of perfection (in my opinion). After working out the cramps in my drawing hand I switched to ink pens. There is still a problem of having to clean up the lines (removing the white of the page so I can color it). It is a time consuming process, although with some help from my friend Matt Strieby I was able to reduce my time spent cleaning up dramatically.

The drawing you see here of Chip was done with Micron Pens on Pentalic Paper for Pens. Then I scanned it, and in Photoshop (using the new selection tools they have) separated the lines from the page. Then I painted underneath the lines on a separate layer. I did this drawing to test out the new Micron pens and to practice cross hatch shading. I hope in the next couple days to post a black and white coloring page version of this art to TheSearchersWorld.com, and to The Searcher by Ryan Loghry on FB.

It has been a summer of learning, and struggling, and in the end success which is what we all strive for right? I hope you have enjoyed this post, and the drawing of our hero Chip. Thank you for stopping by. God bless, and have a terrific day.

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340. Artist of the Day: Dylan Glynn

Discover the art of Dylan Glynn, Cartoon Brew's Artist of the Day.

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341. SCBWI Draw This! - ROYAL



This month's SCBWI Draw This! prompt was ROYAL. I've never participated in this before, not sure why. They usually send out the new prompt on the first of the month, but this month it didn't arrive until the 15th, I'm sure because of the SCBWI LA conference. So that left way less time than usual to get the art done. I love all things "royal", so felt compelled to draw a little something.

This is another one done with a black Polychromo colored pencil. That's all.

Notice that the crown has one jewel missing.
I think there's a story here waiting to be told. . .

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342. Harts Pass No. 310

On this closing weekend of the Summer Olympics, I FINALLY get around to posting my strip from 8.10.16! A little here and there and everywhere of late with the last few weeks of summer break. Back on a regular schedule as we head into fall. Enjoy!

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343. Laika Was Crazy Enough To Animate A 16-Foot Tall Skeleton for ‘Kubo and The Two Strings’

We go behind-the-scenes to learn how Laika animated one of the biggest stop motion puppets ever constructed.

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344. Despite Fantastic Reviews, ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ is Laika’s Weakest Launch To Date

Illumination's "The Secret Life of Pets" also set a new all-time record this weekend.

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345. Friday Linky List - 19 August 2016

From The New Yorker: (Children's) Books Just for Grown-Ups (retitled classics)

From PW: Holiday House Changes Hands

From There's a Book for That: Big Questions: Picture Books That Inspire Philosophical Discussion #pb10fro10 2016

From CNN Style: This lab is capturing pollution and turning it into paint - very cool!

From SLJ: How Canada Publishes So Many Diverse Children's Books

From The Scottish Book Trust: How Picture Books Can Help Us Make Sense of the World

From The Society of Illustrators: The Original Art 2016 36th Annual Exhibition

From Noblemania (via Fuse #8): Guess the kidlit desks contest - fascinating peek at people's creative work places!

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346. Violaine & Jérémy

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347. Ink and Paint Chip Dugan

Howdy friends and neighbors!

It has been a couple months since I have had time to post something here. This summer has been a busy one. I have been working hard for a new client. The style is slightly different from my usual work, so I have had to put many hours in honing "inking and coloring" skills. Usually I do pencil drawings, and light color washes in PhotoShop which resemble water colors in the final piece. This is a style I have honed for years now, and am quite comfortable with.

The style this new client is asking for is pen and ink, like comic book art. I started using Photoshop brushes (which would have been ideal if they worked right). But I was never able to achieve the same results in the computer as real ink on real paper. After a couple of days of research I decided to delve into inking with a brush. I bought the supplies, and spent literally a couple of months trying to master a skill that takes years to hone. Not surprisingly I came up short of perfection (in my opinion). After working out the cramps in my drawing hand I switched to ink pens. There is still a problem of having to clean up the lines (removing the white of the page so I can color it). It is a time consuming process. Although I was able to reduce my clean up time dramatically with some help from my friend Matt Strieby (Matt also helped provide me with the tools I have needed to keep my work going. Thanks Matt, I owe you a lot buddy).

The drawing you see here of Chip was done with Micron Pens on Pentalic Paper for Pens. Then I scanned it, and in Photoshop (using the new selection tools they have) separated the lines from the page. Then I painted underneath the lines on a separate layer. I did this drawing to test out the new Micron pens and to practice cross hatch shading. I hope in the next couple days to post a black and white coloring page version of this art to TheSearchersWorld.com, and to The Searcher by Ryan Loghry on FB.

It has been a summer of learning, and struggling, and in the end success which is what we all strive for right? I hope you have enjoyed this post, and the drawing of our hero Chip. Thank you for stopping by. God bless, and have a terrific day.

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348. Cyclops




Page of cyclops designs and some little situations,-
relating to a story that would be great to work on.

We'll see how the writer fares with the publisher

but it was nice to spend a little time on Saturday night thinking of designs.





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349. Harts Pass No. 311

Still playing catch-up here from our time away from computers and such: While biking through the Idaho panhandle with a bike full of gear, you begin to truly appreciate the wonder of the bicycle and its unique and fortuitous mechanical advantage :)

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350. A sunny day in Leith

We've had a wonderful streak of amazing weather here in Edinburgh lately. About 65°F (18°C) with no humidity. It makes for absolute perfection. Stan and I had to get out in it! So the other day we did our big loop. We take the converted railway trails (to walking trails) out to Leith then circle around through Newhaven and back home again. Without tangents, which of course, there are tangents, it's seven miles. First, Leith...
     I've shared photos of Leith with you before HERE and HERE. We love this little port town.
     For this trip, we had a slight mission. A friend of ours created a fundraiser for the Scottish Book Trust, 100 Bookpeeps. Readers take photos of themselves with their favorite books and make a small donation for the privilege. We had to share my novel, A BIRD ON WATER STREET! But where better than on Water Street? There happens to be one in Leith. So that was our first destination.

     Our second destination was to get a better photo of the Dazzle Ship.
     Have you heard of these? It's apparently a real thing. Ships were painted during WWII to throw off locators trying to figure out which direction ships were going or how far away they were. This one was recently painted by artist Ciara Phillips for the Edinburgh Arts Festival. Last time we were in Leith with friends, it was windy and rainy and I didn't get a good shot. Remedied!
     That done, we went to lunch at Tapa. It was an OMG sort of meal and we'll be taking our friend Melissa Libby (Atlanta restaurant promoter) there when she comes to visit soon. Stan said the Spanish guy at the next table claimed it was the best tapas restaurant in the UK. I agree!
     Afterwards, we wandered about. Y'know how in the states old hotels will claim 'George Washington slept here'? They do that here too, but the dates are slightly more remarkable.
Yeah, that says "Mary Queen of Scots, 1561"! Here is the garden she walked through. Can't you see her there?
     We also discovered several new restaurants we want to try and Tom Kitchin's Michelin Starred restaurant "the Kitchin." That one might have to wait for a book to sell.
     From there, we walked to Newhaven...

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