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51. SIGGRAPH 2016: An Animation and VFX Preview

SIGGRAPH can be overwhelming, so here’s an animation and VFX-focused look at what not to miss in Anaheim.

The post SIGGRAPH 2016: An Animation and VFX Preview appeared first on Cartoon Brew.

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52. Faculty Catch Up: Ashley Wolff

Ashley Wolff teaches Creating Picture Books for Children here at Hollins University in the MFA in Writing and Illustrating Children's Books and Certificate in Children's Book Illustration programs. And I'm happy to share she had a new book come out this year while we were apart - IN THE CANYON written by Liz Garton Scanlon. Today, Ashley dropped by to share her creative journey with us...


Welcome to the Grand Canyon
by Ashley Wolff
​     One the “Seven Natural Wonders of the World”
      It’s about 270 miles long, up to 18 miles wide and a mile deep, Its walls contain rock layers that reveal a timeline of Earth’s history.
     To make In The Canyon as good as it could be, I had to explore the Grand Canyon. I took my excellent and intrepid little sister and in we went!
​ from RIM to RIVER…
​ and back!
      The main character of In the Canyon, written by Liz Garton Scanlon, speaks in the 1st person voice. She begins her narration like this:
​ “Here’s a map, some boots, a pack, a walking stick, a sandy track.”
​ I always enjoy working with a model and I found a lovely girl in San Francisco named Willa.
I spent a few hours with Willa taking pictures, and then used those to draw from while illustrating the book.
     She gazes at the reader from the jacket, inviting you to join her In the Canyon.
      As soon as you dip below the rim of the canyon you enter a vast, deep bowl that has no direct route to the bottom. The trails are constantly zig zagging down the steep walls. Occasionally you can spy the river, way down deep.
      My sister Peri, seen from a few switchbacks above, with many more to go. The Colorado river, bright green, is crossed by 2 bridges. One is visible here.
      ​If it is a cool spring morning on the rim, it is full, hot summer at river level. Along the way are blooming cacti and yucca, birds, lizards and curious squirrels.
      ​I can't get enough shots of the blossoming Beavertails.
​ “Here’s a footstep, dusty red, another one and more ahead.”
      Signs like this one are a regular sight. To do this rim to river to rim hike one must be very fit and prepared for a lot of heat and exertion.
      Some people choose to travel by mule. Mules are chosen from Tennessee and Missouri. They are used for pack supplies to Phantom Ranch and pack mail out of the canyon and later promoted to trail mules.
      I used a photo of a family, gathered under an overhang, as inspiration for this illustration.

      ​“Now here’s a tiny slice of shade, a yummy lunch, some lemonade. And a lizard, still as sand, his head all speckled, body tan.”
      ​Finally, we're at river level, where the deep shade around Phantom Ranch is most welcoming. Time to recharge and load up on water and salty snacks for the hike back out. Peri and I made it back to the rim by nightfall, a 16 mile roundtrip.
      ​But the child in In the Canyon is luckier. She gets to spend the night, camping by the river.
      “Here’s the dark and here’s the shine, and here’s the moon—it’s like it’s mine. To tuck inside me way down deep, Grand and wild, mine to keep."
      I'll come back to the Canyon someday, no doubt with enough overconfidence to descend to the bottom and back in one day as I did with Peri.
      After all, I have what it takes: "a map, some boots, a pack, a walking stick, a sandy track.”

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53. Mike McQuade

Mike McQuade

Mike McQuade is a Philadelphia-based designer and illustrator. Utilizing collage-like techniques and modular grids, he creates inventive and thought-provoking compositions. These arrangements beautifully illustrate and highlight hard-hitting topics for prominent publications such as Fortune Magazine and The New York Times.

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54. Read A Book!


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55. Origami and Charcoal #002

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Folding paper with dirty hands is so much fun. I am sure this is going to be a thing with me. There are several ways that I am considering exploring this process.

Notice that the background has smudges. I did my folding with two pieces of paper. One to fold and one on the table. In the process of folding the paper on the table became smudged. It looks more like a drawing when the two pieces of paper are photographed together.

Notice that the background has smudges. I did my folding with two pieces of paper. One to fold and one on the table. In the process of folding the paper on the table became smudged. It looks more like a drawing when the two pieces of paper are photographed together.

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56. Q and A

Some of the questions I've been asked

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57. Maybe there is a story here

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Tree Elf | I discovered this little tree elf today when creating the post-it-doodle-a-day. He just emerged in a shy friendly way. There may be a story here. He has been playing in my head most of the day.

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58. It’s Not Ogre Yet: Dreamworks Announces ‘Shrek 5’

The studio will also release "Shadows" in 2019.

The post It’s Not Ogre Yet: Dreamworks Announces ‘Shrek 5’ appeared first on Cartoon Brew.

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59. Artist of the Day: Andy Gottschalk

Discover the art of Andy Gottschalk, Cartoon Brew's Artist of the Day.

The post Artist of the Day: Andy Gottschalk appeared first on Cartoon Brew.

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61. Free Range Animation

A scratchy thumbnail animatic of a story- well half.
Really scratchy- but even still the feel of the story comes through
who'd have thunk?

Its about creativity/ideas setting you free but its also about me thinking of focusing on animation and calling my business Free Range Animation  -
partly because I'm out here in the country
but also to distinguish my stuff from the woeful corporate/establishment type stuff
- the ideas are free range not battery ones.
Free range animation. from Lachlan Creagh on Vimeo.

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62. The home fleet


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63. BLUEPRINT - pomelo & pomelo

Another studio showing at Blueprint in New York are Pomelo and Pomelo who will be there with 17 other fantastic studios for the 3 day show (8th-10th August). Abby Zweiful and Sarah Watson have been creating loads of new seasonal art to showcase at the 4th Blueprint this August. It is not all baubles and pine cones, there will also be plenty of geometrics. florals. and unique illustrations

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64. Comic-Con 2016: Five Must-See Animation Panels

Brad Bird, virtual reality, storyboarding, and true animation legends are part of our must-see Comic-Con events.

The post Comic-Con 2016: Five Must-See Animation Panels appeared first on Cartoon Brew.

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65. Free To Paint

Since "retirement" and "painting on the beach" have come up on the list, here are a few of my paintings done on a recent trip to Block Island, RI.  Up at 6 a.m. - take a walk - become inspired - paint!  Retirement is not on my bucket list.





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66. Friday Linky List - 22 July 2016

From GalleyCat: The Fascinating Work Habits of 18 Famous Writers

From Muddy Colors: Textures and Hands

From DesignContest: 5 Must Watch TED Talks for Designers

From Publishing Perspectives: 30,000-Euro Global Illustration Award Debuts at Frankfurt Book Fair

From Illusalon: Global Illustration Award

From The Federation of Children's Book Groups: Guest post from Steven Lenton: Becoming a picture book illustrator

From 99U: Why Every Creative Needs to Be a Great Storyteller

From Muddy Colors: Why All Storytellers Should Tell Children's Stories

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67. ILLUSTRATION - julia grifol

Julia Grifol is a Spanish Fashion print designer and Ilustrator who sells and licenses her patterns. Recently she decided to go back to her roots and create a series of watercolour illustrations. Here we can see some examples of her new work and more about Julia can be found online here.

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68. Food truck


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69. BOOK - thereza rowe

London-based illustrator Thereza Rowe has joined forces with publisher Ivy Kids to create a stylish new art activity book called "Sticker, Shape, Create". The book features 1500 sticker shapes and 29 colourful background scenes along with step by step instructions on how to build up pictures. The idea is also to combine the stickers with your own drawings to add imaginative details and bring

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70. How to Host a Pancake Art Party with Friends

Hi Friends,

Pancake art is super fun and especially with friends! I've hosted many pancake art parties, classroom parties, demonstrations and classes and trust me, people really get into the fun of making pancake art. Even people who don't like to eat pancakes or don't think their artistic, love to play with pancake art. It's just really fun!

So, gather a few friends this summer and invite them over for some pancake art fun! I've put together a few tips to help you create a successful time....


  • First off, check out my Pancake Tips page to see the products I use and the tips I wrote about. This is really important! Most pancake art mixes don't work well for pancake art and you don't want to get frustrated.


  • You can make your batter up 1 1/2 hours before your friends come over. Don't make it up earlier than that because the rising agent in the pancake mix will go flat.


  • If you use a large griddle, two people can share it. I generally try to have 2 griddles for every 10-12 people. If you have more griddles going than that, think of ways to avoid blowing the electrical circuit. I've done this a few times when I've had 3 griddles going at once.


  • If you have more than one griddle going, divide your friends up an assign them a griddle to wait in line for.


  • Decide on a pancake art "theme." It's best if you have a least one pancake art tutorial readily available to show them. Check out my YouTube channel for ideas.

  • Create pancake art colors that fit with your "theme."  


  • Provide syrup, candy for decorating your pancakes such as chocolate chips and M&Ms, whipped cream, and sprinkles


My daughter's pancake that she made while having a pancake day with her friend

Are you planning to host a pancake art party of your own? Tell me in the comments below!

Blessings,
Jenni

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71. BLUEPRINT - cinnamon joe

The Cinnamon Joe Studio are really excited to have their next Blueprint show coming up in New York. The show will run from August 8-10th and will be their fourth. The Cinnamon Joe artists have created a selection of wonderful flyers to showcase their brilliant art and we are lucky enough to be able to view them all here... Read the rest of this post

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72. BLUEPRINT - just kids ltd

And finally today Just Kids Ltd are exhibiting at Blueprint in August for the first time. Just kids are based in Sheffield, UK and they also exhibit at Heimtextil Frankfurt and Indigo Brussels. They design children's artwork for customers worldwide for bedding, furnishing, wallpaper and stationery. The collection consists of artwork from 7 talented artists who specialise in children's design

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73. Dieter Rams Documentary

Dieter Rams

Gary Hustwit, the director of the documentaries Helvetica, Objectified, and Urbanized, has started working on his new movie, Rams. This will be the first feature documentary about Dieter Rams, an iconic industrial designer best known for his designs for Braun and Vitsoe. The project will explore the untold stories behind his process, philosophies, and inspirations. In order to fund the film, Hustwit has created a Kickstarter campaign that will also help support efforts to preserve Rams’s design archive. If you would like to contribute to the campaign, visit its Kickstarter site before it expires on July 22.

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74. BLUEPRINT - jennifer nelson artists

As we saw yesterday another Blueprint show is nearly upon us and one of the studios exhibiting is the fabulous Jennifer Nelson Artists. Here we have beautiful flyers by Jennifer's artists that showcase creative type, florals, birds and seasonal designs. The first flyer above is by Bee Brown, followed by Anisa Makhoul, Jennifer Orkin-Lewis, Jill Howarth, Jill McDonald, Lauren Lowen, and Miriam

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75. A travel update...

Last year, my husband and I traveled around the country in an RV named Daisy.  We promised to keep a blog documenting our travels, and while we did do a few posts, I'm afraid said travel blog never quite got off the ground.

Before we headed out on the road I imagined lots of free time spent sitting around nightly campfires, learning to play my ukulele, working on cross-stitch projects, and writing lots of fun blog posts with photos and descriptions of where we'd been, what we'd seen and experienced, and where we were heading next.

In reality we had maybe 3 campfires during our ten months of travel.  I did manage to eke out one small cross-stitch project and learn a couple of new chords on the ukulele, but all in all, the free time I imagined was mostly non-existent.

Between keeping up with work deadlines, trying to post once in awhile on my own blog, researching new places to stay every few days, navigating new towns and grocery stores, trying to find good dog parks, dealing with RV maintenance stuff, and general exploring, there wasn't much time for blogging.  Also, it turns out that navigating a career change for Bill, learning to work in a tiny space for me, and sort of just figuring out what a marriage looks like when you squeeze it into less than 100 sq. ft. with two bouncy dogs, all felt kind of private.  



Our awesome black lab, Domino, wasn't able to finish the trip with us.  While we were in Oregon last summer our eternally gung ho girl finally succumbed to three years with cancer.  She was the coolest and we miss her a lot.

So, I guess the super short version of our RV travels is that it was wonderful and hard and I'd totally do it again IF I had a very light work load or was going to take a break from work all together.



Last October, with several new projects and tight deadlines rolling in and some health stuff to take care of (everything is ok now), we headed home to Colorado where we settled into Bill's parents' cute little cabin near Rocky Mountain National Park, which is where we're still living (since our house is rented out).

Eventually we'll move up to Washington State and occasionally we talk about heading out in the RV for a month or two, but for now we're enjoying summer in the mountains and having some free time to sit around campfires now and then.  

Here are a few snapshots from our trip, but for great photos of some of the places we visited and the wildlife we saw, head over to Bill's photography website: www.WHughesStudio.com

Here's to big adventures, well loved dogs, and safe trips home!
















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