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326. Battle Creek

I don't mean to name drop, but I was in Battle Creek, MI and met one of the local celebrities... Thank you for hosting me, School Nutrition Association of Michigan! And thank you to the Book Bug for bringing all the books!

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327. zoom rockman solo comics show

I've been watching Zoom Rockman make and publish his own comics for a long time - since he was about 11 - so I was keen to see his solo comics show, launching his Zoom Comic Issue No.11, which opened last night at lovely Westminster Reference Library, right next to London's Leicester Square.

Photo by Melisa Hasan, Content Producer at PopJam

Zoom doesn't just publish his own comics, he gets the whole idea of presentation and makes amazing props to go along with his comics. Check out this burger stand! His family are furniture designers, so they have good access to cardboard and Zoom makes the most of it.

If you're in central London, do drop by to see Zoom's work, right from his very first comic! It's helpfully labelled, and he can get away with all sorts of logo-related issues, at least until he turns 16. (He has an agent and there was at least one solicitor in the gathering, so possibly longer than that.) :)

Check out the cool stuff in the cabinet; Zoom's good at doing merch.

Comics guru Paul Gravett interviewed Zoom, and we got to hear about how he used to go to bed with a clipboard every night and make comics going to bed and comics waking up, and at school, too.

His headmaster was in the audience, named Mr Moriarty (for real), and he's made sure Zoom has time to work on his comics, and hasn't minded featuring in some of them. It was also interesting to hear how various television series have influenced his comics (which shows that telly doesn't necessarily squash creativity and can inspire, too).

Here's Steve Marchant, who's worked for a long time with the Cartoon Museum, inspiring kids to make and publish their own comics.

Here's a panorama of the show, with a glimpse of Zoom's little brother, Ace (in the luminescent hat). I had a quick look at some of the books on the shelves - particularly the art books - and I'd love to pop in sometime and do some sketching from some of them.

Time Out says the show runs until Sat, 21 Nov, so stop by soon! And you can buy comics directly from Zoom's website.

Congrats, Zoom! I met Melisa Hasan there from PopJam (a free app) and now I've got my own account, but so far only Zoom (Zoom_Rockman) and Jamie Smart (FindChaffy) are my friends, so feel free to come friend me there (SarahMcIntyre)! I'll try to post some more artwork soon.

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328. Menzel and Glazing

Adolph Menzel The Balcony Room, oil, 1845
Adolph Menzel was painting from life in oil many years before the Impressionists. His friend Paul Meyerheim described his way of working: “Especially in the time where the whole world was painting out of that brown soup, it was Menzel's characteristic to put every tone correctly mixed and thickly into the right place."

Adolph Menzel, The Studio Wall
Meyerheim continues: "He never performed the method of glazing. He always painted differently than his contemporaries and as a result the world wasn't familiar with his technique."

"He compared glazing or similar transitions with transparent colors to the use of the pedal on the piano, stating that a good pianist can play everything as if he was using the pedal. Yet as a matter of fact everything has to be played on the keys themselves without the tones getting blurred.”
Thanks to Christian Schlierkamp and Christoph Heuer for help with the translation.
From Paul Meyerheim

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329. ‘Poils’ by Delphine Hermans (NSFW)

A funny portrait of hair lovers. Seductions, disappointments, fantasies…

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330. TEA TOWELS - mel smith

Designer Mel Smith has been busy working on her new Travel Bug collection - an ongoing range of designs and illustrations which are inspired her own trips. Mel started with her home town of London and followed with her next destinations - Marrakech and Amsterdam, and most recently has added New York to the mix. These designs are featured on tea towels, art prints, cards, mugs, coaster sets and

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331. Snow bunnies...

Today I took a quick break from book projects to work on a design for a holiday card.  I think these bunnies are on their way to a festive holiday soiree.

Also, Baby Love (written by Angela DiTerlizzi, illustrated by me, and published by Beach Lane Books) is on Amazon's list of best books of 2015 for 0-2 year olds.  Huzzah!

And I've really been enjoying the blog of illustrator, Jessica Lanan.  I think you'll like it, too.

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332. STATIONERY - new designs at go

This 'Meadow Bird' is one of the latest arrivals at Go Stationery. The beautiful brightly coloured birds were designed by P&P fave Susan Driscoll of The Print Tree and features on notebooks, notecards, gift wrap and bags, and more. Also new at Go are pretty watercolour designs produced with the Warner Textile Archive, a 2016 diary from Wendy Kendall's Retro Orchard collection and some cute and

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333. Look, Ma! A Book Trailer! Tips on How to Make an Effective Book Trailer

What is a book trailer and how can I get one?

Book trailers have become a popular part of modern book marketing campaigns. Just like movie or television show trailers, they are a great way of creating buzz and excitement for your soon to be best-selling book. There are many approaches to creating a successful trailer and I’ll be sharing with you some of my ideas.

But do book trailers really work?

Heck Yes, they do! Readers just don’t read… they watch, listen and immerse themselves in the audio-visual nature of popular culture.We live in a multimedia engulfed society, and neglecting visual-audio presentation tool is a big disadvantage to anyone working towards a career in writing and the arts. You are after all a story teller… and creating trailers is just one way of enhancing your audiences experience and emotional connection with the story. In addition, book trailers are great tools for sharing via social media due to its “stickyness” factor.

So let’s get on with it.

First thing is coming up with a plan for your trailer. What kind of trailer are you thinking of creating? What is your budget?

In this post we’ll talk about the different kinds of book trailers. I’ve broken it down into three easy to digest categories.

Let’s take a look.

Live action book trailer

These are the type of trailers that we typically see in movies. You’ll be working with real actors, directors, and video editors to create this slick production. This trailer works great if you want to create a realistic portrayal of your story. Just like a movie, you will have to cast the right actor to portray your characters and find a production team who will transform your vision from paper to screen. Bad acting and sloppy filming can negatively impact your presentation. So you might want to stay away from your nephew with a camera phone (Unless you’re going for that gritty camera phone look).

Think of your costs when producing a live action trailer… you’ll need to budget for actors, make up, equipment, costumes, video editing & production time and even location.

Try reaching out to your publishing company first and see if this type of production is in the budget. The alternative is to reach out to freelance artists or smaller firms who can create your trailer without breaking the bank. This usually means you have to slim down on your visual effects and only film the main scenes that will create the best impact with your audience.

Some writers like to go this route because they can also use the trailer as a tool for pitching their books to movie studios or producers. Not a bad idea, if you ask me.


Graphical trailer

These trailers are primarily composed of typographic and graphic animations with music and voice overs. Think of a slideshow on steroids. You can still create a fantastic trailer without having to blow out your marketing budget. I see a lot of books opting this direction and have done it with great success.

Going this route doesn’t necessarily mean that your trailer has to be a canned production. You can still personalize the trailer by using your own images, photography, and music. And if you’re working with a really good video editor, he can add motion that will make your trailer come to life as good as a live action trailer.

Keep in mind that audio plays a large part in creating the atmosphere of your trailer. Using sound and music properly can “mask” certain elements that you don’t show on screen. For example, in movies they will often use the sound of airplanes to create a airport scene… without showing the airplane itself. Think creatively!


Animated trailers

Animated trailers are a little in between live action and graphic trailers. It’s a mix of motion and movement with the use of animated characters… yet it doesn’t necessarily mean that it takes less time or money to produce.

It is also specialized in a way that it will probably be more effective for certain types of books (for example, children’s books or graphic novels and comics). Instead of actors, you now have to animate drawn characters and background scenes.

If you’re trying to create this type of trailer for a book that doesn’t utilize existing artwork (such as comics), then you will need an artist who will translate your stories and characters into a visual medium. Artists varying styles can also affect the atmosphere of your trailer, make sure to find someone who can portray the emotions you want.


Another factor to consider is how much control you want over the direction of your trailer. If your publishing house is producing the book trailer, they might want to hire a professional team who will create a script that works best to sell your book.

If you’re doing it guerrilla style (that means indie), then you have more control over your production. But at the same time you take on more of the burden and the responsibility for the end result — good or bad. Not everyone can be a director, yet with enough studying and dissection of existing trailers, you’ll slowly see the formula on how it’s done.

In the next blog post, I’ll talk a little bit more about the process of creating book trailers!



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334. Children's Book Art Exhibition

Without looking at the caption, how many authors and illustrators can you spot?
The annual children's book art exhibition at R. Michelson Galleries runs through January 15th.

With pals Grace LinJeanne Birdsall and Lisa Yee at last weekends reception at the R. Michelson Galleries.

What's not to love about Norton Juster? Sure, he's a genius, he has a heart of gold.... The man turns up to an art exhibit wearing a sweatshirt emblazoned with his book cover. And the book in question is certified classic. Microphone dropped, good sir. Microphone dropped.... 

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335. Portfolio Piece Rehash: The Mouse at Home

I had so much fun doing the last portfolio rehash that I decided to do another one.

Back in 2013 I did a series of mouse illustrations. They were an experiment into using bolder colors and different materials. While I learned a lot from this phase of my illustration journey, it isn’t exactly representative of the kind of work I really want to be doing. Something just felt… off. So I posed the question to myself: can I re-do some of these pieces, and bring them to the next level?

Mouse at home by Jessica Lanan

Here are some of the things I liked about this piece:

  1. This has a fun “hobbit hole” or “wind in the willows” feel to it
  2. There are lots of charming details that enrich the mouse’s world
  3. This is the sort of thing I would’ve loved when I was a kid

Here are some of the issues I defined:

  1. The mouse lacks personality and narrative. He could be pushed to be a more robust character.
  2. The piece feels stiff. It would be stronger with a looser, more painterly feel. (Easier said than done, am I right?)
  3. The perspective is a little too extreme and is causing some distortion in the foreground. The high horizon line makes us feel a little distant–the exact opposite of the cozy moment I had in mind.
  4. The stairwell behind the mouse is dark and ominous. I keep looking up those stairs waiting for something to creep in from behind. Not good.

The mouse’s lack of character was the biggest problem, so I went back to the drawing board and spent some time coming up with a simple story to add context: a little mouse goes on a wintertime visit to his grandfather’s house. With two mice, this cozy scene would be a perfect family moment.

I redesigned the piece with a round, egg-like composition in order to enhance the safety and stability of the scene. I made a special effort to keep things loose while still including many of the same details of the original. Cold pressed paper and a messier technique helped to add texture. Here’s the final result: (Click to enlarge.)

Watercolor illustration by Jessica Lanan of two mice sitting in a chair by the fireside.

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336. Oakwood Cemetary Fast Watercolor Painting by John Randall York 2015

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337. Paramount Sets ‘Little Prince’ Release Date, Delays ‘Monster Trucks’ Again, Announces ‘SpongeBob 3’ and ‘Amusement Park’

Paramount Animation will be releasing lots of random animated films over the next few years.

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338. Artist-in-Residence at 'Under One Roof'

Last week, I took my sketchbook to Manchester Art Gallery, to do something slightly different as part of my residency. 

The 'Under One Roof' research project has been looking at all the different ways in which people live together in our modern society, whether as house-shares, families, lodgers, returning to live with parents, co-ops etc and how that impacts on the quality of their lives and their relationships. I know lots about it now, because last Wednesday, I spent the whole morning sketching the presentation which marked the project's end. 

On the train there, I felt like having a bit of fun to warm up so, instead of a normal sketch, I did a semi-blind contour drawing, which basically means that you don't let yourself look at the paper, only at the subject, except when you need to re-position your pen. I let myself look for adding the colour though:

I arrived a little early, so I had 10 - 15 minutes spare, to stand on the street and record the outside of the gallery before I went in. Luckily it wasn't raining:

Inside, there was stress in the air. The team giving the presentation were huddled around the computer at the front of the room. Something wasn't working! The audience began to arrive and were given coffee. I began to wonder if I would be drawing worried academics all morning...

Luckily it was sorted in the nick of time and we began. I originally found a seat at the front, then realised I was better further back, where I could see the audience as well as the speakers. 

I think this is my favourite one from the morning, for capturing the flavour. The man in the foreground arrived late, then kept changing position as he 'settled'. He did me a big favour by filling a pregnant space in the composition, but also by adding a sense of 'life' by his ghostly presence:

It was all really interesting. I tried to capture key points which stuck in my mind and weave them around the images. The graph in this part of the presentation was about how people use shared / private spaces: 

Some of it was quite funny, because it was based on case studies, so was often anecdotal. I remembered the issue of grime in bathrooms and kitchens, from when my brother once lived in a shared house. He got so fed up, he employed a cleaner, which only made things worse, since that completely stopped people cleaning up after themselves! Apparently lots of sharers leave each other notes complaining about mess, rather than deal with it face to face.

Some people embraced sharing though, actually choosing it over living alone, rather than being forced into it through financial necessity; others became prisoners in their rooms. There was also talk about the embarrassment of inviting visitors into a shared space, when the house is full of other people's drying underwear! 

It was a really intense morning: sucking up all this interesting information, but also concentrating really hard on trying to draw everything at the same time. I was delighted (and a little astonished) that I managed to fill an entire 2m sketchbook. 

I laid it out on one of the tables at the end, so people could see what I had been up to. They were all really interested and it definitely added something slightly theatrical to proceedings, bringing people together to interact with one another in a slightly less usual way. 

Here's what my book looks like, with all the work running together:

The morning was pleasantly rounded off with a very tasty buffet lunch. I probably should have drawn that too, but I was hungry! I reckon I earned it.

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339. Pressing matters

I've been carting this old Adana flat bed press around for about eighteen years. It's always been knackered and the roller perished before I was born, I think. It's hard to find out much about this type of Adana, but my persistent foraging in Google convinced me that it was an early model, probably from the 1930s.

Being in need of funds and something to flog,  I dragged it out of the shed. Brian-next-door came round with his tools and inexhaustible knowledge of all things mechanical. It was gradually taken apart. 

Uncovered, the metal looked even worse. But Brian was quite sanguine about it. 'Soon clear that up' he said.

We saved the bits carefully.

I plonked myself on the drive and cleaned the small stuff. 

Brian got busy with a drill and wire brush attachment.

 It was quite astonishing how well it came up. Brian, of course, was right.

Every bit was cleaned, but not overly so; I wanted it to retain its history and life scars. We all wear patinas as we get older.

Then it was mostly  put back together.

 Looking as if it had a new lease of life.

There was a problem with the roller mechanism, which was so jammed up even Brian couldn't immediately undo it. But he took it to his magic shed and after some work, dismantled, cleaned and oiled it so that it will be more user friendly for the next owner.

The wooden top was sanded lightly and soaked in woodwork treatment, just to be on the safe side and I beeswaxed it. Then it was ready for the final assemblage. Which we did in the kitchen, Shropshire style.

We tried to remember what screws went where. Brian confessed that his memory is not what it used to be and what I know about nuts and bolts can be scratched on the head of a pin. (And there would still be space).

But between us we managed to work it out.

And eventually, the final screw went back in.

So this neglected old press went from this - 

- to this. It's now on eBay, as sadly, I need to sell it. So on the off chance that anyone knows anyone who is looking for a simple flat bed printing press, it is on auction on the UK eBay site here until Tuesday 17th November. Keep your collective fingers crossed for me please!

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340. Hanging out with Michael Nobbs

Last weekend I was in Wales. What a beautiful country! Not that I've been sightseeing but I did have a peek out of the window in the train and in the car. I stayed in Aberysthwyth - a town I know from the fictional detective show 'Hinterland' - but it'll stay a bit of a mystery to me because I saw most of it when it was dark.
So why did I go there? To hang out with the wonderful, creative and inspiring artist Michael Nobbs, who I am very happy to announce is a new member of our Sketchbook Skool Fakulty. Together with cameraman Brian, we filmed Michael's Sketchbook Skool klass, in and around his studio. Here's a little behind-the-scenes video:

Michael recorded a three-minute podcast on the day of filming - if you want to listen to it, click here.
Find out more about Michael by following this link
And here's a link to Brian's website.

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341. Why Were Artists Snubbed From Blue Sky’s New Scrat Short?

You're not actually thanking artists if you delete their names from the credits.

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342. Hanging out with Michael Nobbs

Last weekend I was in Wales. What a beautiful country! Not that I’ve been sightseeing but I did have a peek out of the window in the train and in the car. I stayed in Aberysthwyth – a town I know from the fictional detective show ‘Hinterland’ – but it’ll stay a bit of a mystery to me because I saw most of it when it was dark.
So why did I go there? To hang out with the wonderful, creative and inspiring artist Michael Nobbs, who I am very happy to announce is a new member of our Sketchbook Skool Fakulty. Together with cameraman Brian, we filmed Michael’s Sketchbook Skool klass, in and around his studio. Here’s a little behind-the-scenes video:

Michael recorded a three-minute podcast on the day of filming – if you want to listen to it, click here.
Find out more about Michael by following this link
And here’s a link to Brian’s website.

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343. This Man Claims Disney Stole ‘Wreck-It Ralph’ From Him

Dyke Robinson alleges that Disney infringed his copyright for a project called "Digiland."

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344. Auld Reekie

That's the nickname for Edinburgh. According to Wikipedia it's because...

when buildings were heated by coal fires, chimneys would spew thick columns of smoke into the air. This created a haze over the city when viewed from a distance.
I imagine it didn't smell too good, hence the nickname.
     These days Edinburgh still has a distinct smell, but it's not of coal smoke. Most days Edinburgh smells like yeast from the distilleries that work in and around the city. It's a bready smell, like you could chew on the air, and yet there's a slight sourmashness to it. It's hard to explain, but it's something that has definitely become a familiar sign of our new home. I like it.
     On another note, I stumbled across an interesting art project commissioned during WW2 to keep artist's busy. It was called Recording Scotland. Artists set out all over the country to paint and record images of day to day life. My favorite is this one of our very street - Broughton Market by Anna Dixon. Our building was built in 2008, so isn't in this image from about 1920-1942. But that building facade in the upper left is the view out our dining room window, so I know exactly where this is. How cool is that?

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345. Poker

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346. SCBWI at Bologna Book Fair

Bologna Children’s Book Fair is held every year in late spring. The SCBWI presents a showcase at the Bologna Book Fair every second year. The next SCBWI showcase will be held April 4-7, 2016. See more at our Bologna Book Fair page: www.bologna.scbwi.org


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347. GKIDS Releases New ‘Boy and the World’ Trailer, Sets NY and LA Release Dates

"Boy and the World" is angling to become the first Brazilian (not to mention South American) film nominated for an animated feature Academy Award.

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348. NCBLA Launches GREAT READS Campaign and New Website!


The National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance (NCBLA) has just launched GREAT READS, a new project aimed at connecting kids with great books. A GREAT READ can be a page turner, a funny-bone tickler, a wild adventure ride, a slow drift down the river, a snuggle-under-the-covers. A GREAT READ may, or may not, be great literature, but sharing GREAT READS is the best way to turn kids into lifelong readers. Visit the NCBLA's newly designed website thencbla.org to meet their wonderful, warm, and sometimes wacky, roster of nearly 70 emerging and established authors and illustrators who have recommended a GREAT READ.


Scroll through the photo gallery to see what books all of the GREAT READS authors and illustrators recommend! Be sure to click each photo to discover more about each author's and illustrator's book recommendations and to learn about their own unique books.


About The National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance

The National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance (NCBLA) is a small, action-oriented education and advocacy organization with 501(C)(3) not-for-profit status founded by award-winning young people's authors and illustrators in 1997. Acting as an independent creative agent or in partnership with interested parties, the NCBLA develops original projects, programs, and educational outreach that advocate for and educate about literacy, literature, libraries, the arts, and humanities.


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349. It's Tough to Lose your Balloon Project

At a recent school visit, I saw this beautiful project based on It's Tough to Lose Your Balloon. Kids would write a problem on one side of the balloon and a solution on the other side. I saw this sobering entry...a profound reminder of what is being done in our school cafeterias.

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350. Daily Drawing: Turkey 8


The truth about Thanksgiving has begun to sink in…

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