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Submitted by Jon Stuart for the Illustration Friday Topic of NEFARIOUS.
Illustration Friday was recently featured on The Art of Ed, a super useful and inspiring blog for art teachers all over the world! We’re very excited about this because we hear from educators all the time that they regularly use IFriday as a teaching tool in their classrooms.
The best part of The Art of Ed’s post is that they offer a variety of ideas on just how you too can use Illustration Friday’s weekly topic challenge as a creative prompt for your students, no matter the age or skill level.
We’re all about inspiring people to create, so please do check out their post if you’re a teacher looking for some creative ideas on bringing Illustration Friday to your classroom as well!
A man enters a bathroom and finds a lot of pairs from his own body. This discovery makes him thinking he is a sum of two. The thought leads him becoming two. 'Wow, look at this,' he says to his double.
Es ist wieder ein neues Bild von Hermann Oberdieck aufgetaucht. Vermutlich ist das Original eine Federlithographie. Dieses Exemplar war leider nur ein Druck dieser Zeichnung/Lithographie.
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Nat drawing in London
So, I've been nominated to do this post-three-drawings-a-day-for-five-days thing that's going around Facebook
at the moment. Have you come across it? I'm not sure if it's just on Facebook, perhaps it's doing the rounds on the blogs too? I think it's quite a fitting that at this time, with recent horrific events in Paris, that our screens and social networking are being filled with illustrations and drawings by people who love illustration and drawing.
Kate drawing in Sheffield
So, I was nominated by Katherine Tyrrell.
I'm sure many of you will know her blog Making A Mark
. If you don't you really should check it out.
It's ridiculously informative, on all sorts of topics for artists and people making their way in the industry. I've learnt so much from it. Katherine also has a new book out and a few of my illustrations feature in it. The book is called 365 Tips for Drawing and Sketching, you can read more about it HERE
Miriam drawing in Buxton
Anyway, the three drawings above are my sketches for the first day of the challenge. It seemed apt to start with sketches of people sketching. Plus, I seem to have been doing an awful lot of that recently. This little sketch of Miriam, above, is one of my own personal favourite sketches. I'm particularly pleased that I did it with such few lines, without over working it, as I often do. Plus, I managed a real likeness - which is hard to do. But then, you wouldn't be able to tell that if you don't know Miriam.
But hey, while I'm at it, whilst I'm posting sketches of people sketching, I might as well include these two, below, that I made last weekend. They are from a sketchcrawl I attended, in Stockport, on Saturday. Emily was our youngest sketchcrawler at 7 years old.
Emily drawing in pink
Here's the thing about sketching with other people; you can learn something new from each and every one. No matter what their ability or level and no matter what their age. From Emily I learnt about the two pencil technique. Or, at least, she helped me remember it. I always did stuff like that when I was a kid. And, now I've been reminded of it, I'll be using it as a big kid too.
Emily drawing in blue
Whether I'm working on my own writing (including the 250, 500 and 1000 Words/Day Challenge) or an illustration project, I find I'm able to better focus and be more productive if I can create a mental space in which I feel safe enough to do my best work.
Perhaps safe isn't the right word. I like Shaun Tan's "bubble of delusion" idea, which I first heard in his talk at an SCBWI Winter Conference a couple of years ago.
Sean's advice: Set up a safe space in which you feel positive about yourself and your work, and in which you know that you WILL do great work. Surround yourself with positive, encouraging people. Try to avoid negativity as much as possible. Sean says he steers clear of reading reviews of his work, for example.
Part of the way I do this is trying very hard to STAY OFFLINE when I'm doing creative work. Even dropping in on Twitter or FB for a few minutes can end up being an energy-sucking black hole, often making me question whether I'm doing enough (especially in terms of promotion, networking, working on my craft, etc.) or doing it -whatever "it" is- the Right Way.
What do YOU do to create your own Bubble Of Happy Delusion?
Someone posted "The Legend of Lucky Pie" on YouTube today, claiming that it's an actual cartoon produced in China. Can anyone confirm if this is real?
If you're in London on Thurs, 5 Feb, join Philip Reeve, Shoo Rayner and me for an event on writer-illustrator partnerships and how they can work:
Writer Philip Reeve and illustrator Sarah McIntyre will talk about their collaborative partnership and how they have worked with other writers and illustrators. Do publishers help or hinder artistic relationships by keeping writers and illustrators apart? Are suggestions, from either side of the fence, ever welcome?
The Society of Authors have already advertised the event to their members, so if you're not a member, get in touch with them soon if you want to be sure of getting a ticket. Details on their website!
You can follow The Society of Authors on Twitter - @Soc_of_Authors - Shoo Rayner - @shoorayner - Philip Reeve - @philipreeve1 - and me, @jabberworks.
I think I'm having panic attacks at the thought of having new windows put in the house next week. I'm going to have to move my studio downstairs and then back upstairs. It'll be duck and cover all week... with umpteen projects on the burner and deadlines ticking away... HELP! But it's just a passing panic.
One thing I'll miss about the old windows is the hand-made glass that bends the light. Back in 1929 I guess they still had glass like that. What I won't miss is the layers of old paint, the freezing cold, the stuck jambs painted shut, the bugs all summer and the noise.
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For christmas this year we wanted to give Tristam something that he could enjoy for the next number of years. we didn't want to do some brainless thing like a DS or other mind numbing video game- we wanted something that didn't rely on a time constricted platform and something that he would have to physically engage and grow with...so I called up my old friend Scott Kam at Rootamental Skateboards and he made Tristam this custom board. The board is big enough to be easy to learn on- with soft squishy wheels, but has customizable features where he can take the board to a skate park, for example, and do some tricks there as he progresses with the sport. My thoughtful parents provided him with helmets and every pad and piece of protective gear made and we all gave it to him on christmas eve. He was floored! Couldn't believe it! He was beside himself- we had always said "no" to a skateboard and he felt like he had been at a dead end with the whole thing- and now he gets a board made by a passionate, hardcore skate aficionado like Scott and the kid is over the moon. Hurrah! So now, I take him to vacant parking lots and places where he can learn without car traffic and the kid is catching on quick...Scott said this is the kind of board a kid can have all of his life...awesome.
Sushi in Shell Beach- gorgeous...delicious. Fred and I decided that there is no sushi in Mauritius..doesn't seem to be an understanding of the concept...most of it are these dense hockey pucks of rice with some pink stuff in the middle..funny- it's an island!
Christmas Eve at my parents house with my sister, brother-in-law and their kids. We were all playing games and laughing. Family togetherness- a beautiful thing. Me mid-festivities relaxing with Fred and a glass of wine in may parents' home- cozy, lovely. That night my childhood friend, Davy, popped over unexpectedly with his family- the whole holiday was full of family, friends, and good simple pleasures.
José Luis Moro Escalona, who ran one of Spain's leading commercial animation studios and created the iconic Familia Telerín, died yesterday in Madrid at the age of 88.
More altered postcards….making their way to various mailboxes. I did get a little indignant about the bird postcard, because ‘drab’ seemed rather harsh. Maybe I wear grey & black all the time, so I am projecting. But really, when are we not projecting?
Looking at the work of Emma Louthan, Cartoon Brew's Artist of the Day!
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Holy moly! Another star for ROLLER GIRL! This time from School Library Journal! I am beyond thrilled. One of my favorite lines: "Her clothes shopping 'hell' sequence is spot-on". Ha- I am glad my hatred of clothes shopping translated so clearly. You can read the whole review here. Thank you, SLJ!
A page of early thumbnails from my sketchbook. I am so neat and organized!
I was invited to the loveliest get-together Sunday. Margaret Quinlin, publisher at Peachtree Publishers invited librarians, teachers, creators, influencers, and me to her lovely home in Atlanta, where Peachtree editors, publicists and art directors showcased and talked about their new book releases for Spring 2015.
It was fascinating hearing the background behind the creation process and lovely to see everybody's passion for their work. I took some truly candid photos of the event (shared with Margaret's blessing). Here's Stephanie Fretwell-Hill talking about STANLEY THE FARMER and SPECTACULAR SPOTS by Susan Stockdale:
Tom Gonzalez gave a fascinating talk about his process for TOAD WEATHER:
Vicky Holified talked about the latest book by Adrian Fogelin, SOME KIND OF MAGIC.
Also, Loraine Joyner (art director) talked about P. ZONKA LAYS AN EGG by Julie Patchkis, and Kathy Landwehr talked about RODEO RED, written by Maripat Perkins and illustrated by Caldecott Honor-winning Molly Idle (who has visited my blog a few times). All said, it was a fantastic glimpse into these great new books and the journey behind them.
Some of the original pieces form the books were showcased in Margaret's dining room:
It was so nice to be invited to this party as I have several friends at Peachtree. I couldn't help grabbing selfies with several of them. Like...
Kathey Lanwehr (editor), Me, and Christine, the former New York librarian and newest publicist has been doing a great job reaching out to help spread the word about this fresh crop of fantastic books.
Here I am with Loraine and Stephanie:
And me and Mia Manekofsky, Decatur children's librarian and awesome person.
Tom and me.
Thanks to Margaret, Christine and everybody at Peachtree. It was a great party and introduction to Peachtree's lovely new books as well as a fascinating glimpse into the tight team you have there. It's no wonder Peachtree has gained such a strong reputation for great books in the kid lit world.
New York-based foreign animation distributor GKIDS has acquired North American rights to "When Marnie Was There", the latest film by Japan's Studio Ghibli.
By: James Gurney,
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Manfred Schatz (1925-2004) was a wildlife artist who captured the energy and movement of living animals.
He developed a distinctive motion-blur effect in his oil paintings, using large fan brushes to soften edges in the direction of movement. The wings of these flying ducks are nearly lost, and the water is suggested with a few deft strokes.
|Manfred Schatz, From the Shadows |
Manfred Schatz was born in 1925 in Stettin, Germany, and attended the Academy of Arts in Berlin before the age of 18. He was unable to escape the war and was drafted in the German army, fighting on the Russian front.
He was taken prisoner in Russia and spent more than four years in a prison camp. He suffered from exhaustion, tuberculosis, and near starvation. After he was set free, he recuperated at a hunting preserve with his brother, a game warden.
There he fell in love with nature and with observing the movement of animals. Though it may appear he was influenced by studying photographic effects, he primarily relied on his knowledge, memory, and imagination to convey fleeting impressions of the human observer.
According to one biographer, he was "unhindered by the use of technical equipment like cameras, which Schatz believed would only impede his true viewing of wild creatures." He started exhibiting in 1953, and by the 1960s, his work began to win international awards.
He said that his greatest influences were Anders Zorn and Bruno Liljefors.
You can find the work of Manfred Schatz in some public collections, including the Genesee Country Museum
in Mumford, New York, the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum
in Wausau, Wisconsin, and the National Museum of Wildlife Art
in Jackson, Wyoming.
Book on Amazon: The Moving Art of Manfred Schatz
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This has to be one of the most decadent things I've ever eaten (or drawn).
I used mostly Prismacolors, then a little Polychromo Caput Mortuum Violet (my favorite color!), and a Coloursoft Brown Earth. Its about 8" x 8" on 10" square-ish paper.
Not much else to say. I'll clean up the background and do prints.
Now its back to kitty drawings . . .
This eggplant was on the kitchen counter, and looked so pretty because of its colour and shine - every time I passed by it just screamed out: 'Draw me, Koosje!'
So that's what I did.
After that, I killed it and threw it in a stew together with a bunch of chick peas and tomatoes - even the eggplant's taste is pretty!
-drawn with a mix of brands of colour pencils, on a small brown paper bag that I kept for drawing purposes - now was the time to glue it into my sketchbook and make good use of it-
If you want to learn to work with colour pencils, I can teach you in 'Just Draw It', my 5-week online drawing course. It starts February 2nd, and will the course will temporarily retire after that, so I have the chance to learn and develop more skills myself! In Just Draw It, I guide you through the lessons full of drawing techniques, to make you more confident when drawing, and to polish up your skills. Join me, it's only $99! Click here to read more and to register.
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Headless Admiral Ale
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This is pushing the idea of 'landscape' a bit, but technically it fits. I tried to make these cookies look like an old ruined arch, out in some bleak landscape. And . . . clouds!
And finally exhibiting at Top Drawer this year was Zoe Atwell. Zoe showcased her range of cushions, tea towels, greeting cards, notebooks and prints. After many years working in editorial design Zoe decided to pursue her long-standing love of colour and pattern. Zoe's design style is mostly hand-drawn, abstract and stylised. Her patterns are happy and cheerful and are designed to bring fun and
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We went "through the woods", over some mesas and down into Farmington New Mexico to do some shopping and see INTO THE WOODS, the 1987 Broadway musical turned into a musical movie by Rob Marshall, director and choreographer of many a Broadway musical and of such other films as...
MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA ( 2005)
And was the "pinch" director of the not such a good idea reboot, well actually re-reboot since the first movie was never meant to be the beginning of a trilogy, the Pirates franchise....
But we will not hold that against him.
INTO THE WOODS, stars Meryl Streep as the Witch, Emily Blunt as the Baker's Wife and James Corden, known more for TV and Broadway and London stage as the Baker...
Tracey Ullman is Jack's stressed out mother and Daniel Huttlestone is Jack...
who just had to open his mouth, for me to remember him in his last endeavor...
LES MISERABLES (2012)
Broadway darling Likka Crawford stars as Little Red Riding Hood...
So how did I like INTO THE WOODS? It was very Broadway-ish. I liked the score by James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim, wonderful songs, especially Meryl Streeps rendition of "Stay With Me". That song could make any mother cry and ponder locking their sweet precious children in a tower to protect them from the world. I was right there with her for a while there.
But what I like best about INTO THE WOODS, well, is Chris Pine's...
spot on impersonation of Captain Kirk...
Captain Kirk, who is played by William Shatner, but Captain Kirk playing the role of Prince Charming...