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51. German VFX Studio Luxx Prepares Its First Feature, ‘Manou the Swift’

German-based Luxx Studios reveals teasers and details behind the production of its 'Manou the Swift' animated feature.

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52. Choosing Your Focus


Hi Friends!

Thanksgiving is coming up in our country and it's a time to reflect on our blessings and to thank the Lord for all he's given us. I was thinking about how this totally goes with our new theme, "No Whaling or Whining."

When we first bought our house many years ago, we had tons of problems with it. We had termite damage, spider infestation and problems with our water sewer system. There were other things too but those were the main problems.

At the time, I began journaling a lot about all of my problems. I wrote pages and pages of complaints and I would re-read them over and over again, usually several times a week. I really thought that journaling like this would help me feel better about my problems but it didn't. Shocking I know! Ha!


At some point, I realized how draining my journal was on me. Maybe that's when the Lord got a hold of my heart and brought clarity to the whole thing. 

Journaling is good, don't get me wrong. I'm a visual person and I like to see my thoughts down on paper. Maybe your like that too. 

But now, I journal my thoughts, pray over them, and if they are complaintful, I give my problems to the Lord and rip them up.
 

I still journal today, but my journaling style has changed. Now it's sprinkled with funny things or memories I want to remember and blessings the Lord has given us. I'm not perfect and I sometimes go backwards and complain but I really try not to. 

Let's make this Thanksgiving season a time to start over. To hit the reset button and to stop ourselves when we begin to grumble and to be thankful for our many blessings.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 
Rejoice always, pray continually, 
give thanks in all circumstances; 
for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 
 
If you'd like to make this Turkey Pancake, click HERE to see my video tutorial.

Blessings,
Jenni

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53. Guthrie and Ghani workshop


Another early start for last Sunday's workshop at Guthrie and Ghani, in Birmingham. Thankfully fairly 'local' and only a train ride away. The Christmas tree workshop is one that I always pack copious amounts of wool for, as  you never know what colours people are going to choose, though it is often green and red.


I also bring a large amount of  'treasure', as trees are usually decorated.


The workshop space at Guthrie and Ghani is simply gorgeous; lots of room, oodles of light and plenty of tables. Oh, and copious bunting with a beautiful chandelier.


I had the pleasure not only of meeting new people and a fabulous returning work-shopper, but also of finally hooking up with lovely Heather Ellis, who is an illustrator  I have known since the late 1990s, when we were both members of an illustration forum. Before the days of Facebook, IG and all the other social sites. After all these years, we got to say hello face to face and hug and it was one of the highlights of the day for me.



It was another great session, and the 'treasure' was eagerly rummaged through.





Unfortunately, at the end of the day I had to rush off for a scheduled train, so I didn't have time to take my usual photos of the end results, which were lovely and varied. Many thanks to the kind 'elves' who packed my wool bag, with all the colours neatly sorted - a huge help and very much appreciated. And big thanks to my friend Heather, who picked me up when I almost fell down the stairs in a rush, paid my bus fare to town (as the bus only took exact change) and then walked with me to point me in the right direction of the train station. A guardian angel indeed, as I was so tired by then I could barely walk straight.


My final workshop of the year is back at the Village Haberdashery in West Kensington, London, making Christmas trees again. You can expect a lot of wool and beads. Booking can be done via their website here. This is a much smaller workshop, with limited places but I hope it will be as much fun as this one. I also have a venue and rough date for a local Shrewsbury workshop, at the start of March 2017. if you'd like a little more information about this before I make it more public, do drop me an email.
 

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54. ‘We Bare Bears’ Is An Allegory for Being A Minority in America, Says Creator Daniel Chong

The only minority creator of a show currently airing on Cartoon Network reacts to the U.S. election.

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55. Hayao Miyazaki Fails At Retirement Again—Plans to Make Another Feature Film

Can't keep a good man down!

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56. Four more books for my bookshelf in 2016.

I had four new titles published this year. I'm very fortunate to have had the opportunity to illustrate these very different books. The first was the fourth in the "Memoir" books, Memoirs of a Parrot by Devin Scillian (Sleeping Bear Press).


This book was expensive. I don't mean the purchase price... but the story is about a guy who buys a parrot and plays a ukulele. So, I needed to buy a ukulele. That was the expensive part.


Plus, I was also inspired by another ukulele strummer, Emily Arrow. She visited a nearby school and I sat in on her excellent presentation. Great music...with a ukulele named "Bow".


Oh well, I could have purchased an African grey parrot. That would have been even more expensive.

My second book of 2016 was Rappy Goes to School by Dan Gutman (HarperCollins). No, I didn't buy a dinosaur for this one. They are way too messy... and hard to house train.


The third title for 2016 was Buddy's Bedtime Battery by Christina Geist (Random House). A cute story of getting a child to slow down for bedtime. "Beep!" 


Then, dancing to the fourth book of 2016 is Footloose by Kenny Loggins (Moondance Press). Kenny Loggins (with Dean Pitchford) re-wrote the iconic song to become a kid's dance tune. A story about two children who discover that zookeeper "Jack" and the zoo animals wait until the sun goes down, then put on their dancin' shoes


So, there you have it. With Christmas just around the corner, I can think of four really nice gifts for that special child in your life. I'll be closing out the year, wearing my dancin' shoes and strummin' my ukulele. This is November (turkey month) and I definitely have a lot to be thankful for.

That's all for now. I need to practice my ukulele.



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57. stay in touch




A certain social media platform seduced me away from this blog for a while. I drank of the sugary instant gratification of easy feedback, and was left with a malnourished connection to my community and a scattered, inaccessible record of the history of my work. 

If you and I have been communicating over there, I hope you'll come with me back to the creator-controlled back-alleys and dim, abandoned lots of the internet. It takes a little more effort, of course. But it also causes us make more thoughtful choices about what we engage with. And our time is most precious. 

You can sign up for my infrequent newsletter, right over there ---> on that little MailChimp widget in the right column, that'll remind you one or two times a month to check the blog here. Newsletters always have discount codes for my Etsy shop, which is stocked up again. 

If you have a blog, there's some way we can follow each other. (I'll have to remember all this old fashioned technology.) My Instagram is still streaming pictures of work in progress, exhibitions, and regular everyday inspiration. 

If you use a non-algorithm controlled social network that you are happy with, I'd love to hear about it. Leave a message in the comments or email me at merfire(at)gmail.com.


image above: The Letter Writers, wood cut window display for ArtFish42
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58. Presidential Polar Bear Post Card Project No. 279 - 11.10.16


Alright, head out of my disappointed butt, and back on it! Hopefully President Obama is seeing these... or at the very least he might someday see them as a collection when he catches up on all of his Presidential mail. That being said, he DEFINITELY needs to remove the originals from the White House because this entire hopeful act of sending original art and advocating for further protections in the Arctic will no doubt fall on deaf ears with the next administration. 

However, taking the higher road and since education IS absolutely in need... I am committed to skewing the next several months of post card submissions towards facts and figures about climate change. It's my recommendation that the President and staff make photo copies and hide them around the White House. You know, taped to the mirror in the Lincoln bedroom, tucked into books or hidden in lampshades of the Oval Office. That kind of stuff. Perhaps if the new President sees enough of this info presented in sort of a cartoon, kid-friendly format, it will start to sink in. PS I'll be sure to give the bear some stereotypical "smart kid" glasses and other props that are easy to digest. Given the President elects predilection for stereotypes and quick judgements, this should only help with the assimilation of information...

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59. ‘Journal animé’ by Donato Sansone

An artistic improvisation carried out from day-to-day between September 15 and November 15, 2015.

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60. A page of 5 minute warm up #sketches from #lifedrawing. #sketch...


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61. Books from my Bookshelf - Tale of a One-Way Street and other Stories


In this collection of eight original stories, Joan Aiken takes us on a journey to a land where all the magical things that only seem to happen in dreams really happen. 

The stories are: Tale of a one-way street, The lions, Bridget's hat, The goodbye song, The queen of the moon, Clean sheets, The alarm cock (not clock!) and The tractor, the duck and the drum. The illustrations are all by Jan Pienkowski. 

Image above from THE ALARM COCK 

Once there was a shop with a sign over the door that said, VINE, WOLF, AND PARROTT, HELPERS. If you opened the door and went in, you saw the Vine right away, for it grew out of the floor and up the walls of the little shop, so the whole room was lined with leaves, and clusters of flowers hung from the ceiling.... A sign over the counter said, No fee unless satisfied.  Payment in kind Accepted. We help you with all your problems!

Image from TALE OF A ONE-WAY STREET 

They saw a great forest of pipes, each pipe mended in a different way. They saw streams and fountains of letters and numbers sparkling in the purple rays of the sun, making hundreds and thousands of different words, giving the answers to any number of sums...

 Image from THE LIONS

At each corner of the little park, facing inwards so that they could see on another comfortably, crouched four stone lions. One had moss growing on his tail. One had a swallow's nest of straw built between his ears. One had a broken paw, where a boy had thrown a brick. And somebody had written I LOVE FRANK on the fourth lion ...

 Image from BRIDGET'S HAT

"Now," he said. "Pay careful attention. The diamond that fastens your right-hand boot is a very old and precious one; it is called the Eye of the Desert, and has the power to take you wherever you want to go, if you step out with your right foot first, and wish at the same time. Is that clear?


A second image from BRIDGET'S HAT

Image from THE GOODBYE SONG

But one night, out of the depths of her worry, she dreamed a song, and the next day, when she woke up, she remembered the words of it, and the tune.  These were the words:

Road, river, mountain, sea,
Bring my boys safe to me
Earth, air sun, moon,
Bring my sons back soon
Luck, chance, wish, will
Keep them safe from all ill.

Black and white image from BRIDGET'S HAT

Image from THE QUEEN OF THE MOON

Tansy walked along the side of the field till she came to a little stream. She built a dam out of sticks and mud. Then she built an island out of stones, and put smaller stones and earth on top. Over the earth she laid green moss, and then she picked moon daisies and stuck them into the moss. They looked as if they were growing...

Image from THE TRACTOR, THE DUCK AND THE DRUM

So Euan wrote to his Aunt Bertha:  Dere Ant Birthday I shd bee verry great full if u cd send mee a track tor I can ride on wat goes chug chug chug & a drum I can play on wat goes rub a dub dub & a duk to swim in my barf wat goes quak quak quak.

 Image from CLEAN SHEETS

So Gus had to go to bed, but he took the leaf with him. And lying in bed, holding the leaf scrunched up in his hand, he remembered floating down the Colorado river in a canoe past great golden cliffs. He remembered scoring the winning goal in an ice-hockey match. He remembered getting into the pilot's seat of a small aeroplane he had been given. Then he went to sleep ...



I’m so happy I stumbled across this beautifully illustrated book in a local charity shop.  I love the intense colours and the silhouettes by Jan Pienkowski, plus the stories are fun and imaginative.  This from the introduction:

What very strange creatures you are apt to meet if you dare to go the wrong way up a one-way street. What splendid things you can remember, even if they didn't happen (like the zebra you got for your birthday or all the doughnuts in the world which you ate without being sick), if you hold the leaf of a memory tree in the palm of your hand. What a peculiar muddle your presents can get into when your birthday cake is baked with a wishing spoon, and what magical rewards come your way if you save the king of grasshoppers from drowning in your porridge.  

Tale of a one-way street
Joan Aiken with pictures by Jan Pienkowski. 
Published by Jonathan Cape Ltd. 1978

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I’m going to leave you with a funny story as told by our daughter in law Karen.  She is talking about her youngest daughter (our granddaughter) Lilly.  

... Lilly decided to help me with the washing ... after loading the washing machine I said ok now shut the door like you are really cross, meaning slam it shut … as she slammed the door she yelled "I am sick of this".   

Tada!!  Thank you Lilly ... please take a bow!



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62. Luc Besson Says There Are 2,734 VFX Shots in ‘Valerian’

The first teaser trailer for Luc Besson's 'Valerian' is out—and it's packed with vfx and animation.

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63. Sleep

This is my post for the theme of sleep, this postcard got me a job from highlights, a hidden picture where the sheep are dreaming of kids flying. It was fun.

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64. Artist of the Day: Rune Fisker

Discover the art of Rune Fisker, Cartoon Brew's Artist of the Day!

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65. Aquatic


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66. you may be an artist if...



...you notice your perspective is wildly different from the majority of the population around you.

You might have felt this way for a long time and didn't realize it could mean you are an artist. Or, you might be feeling this way (in a big way) for the first time.

Luckily, there is endless advice to be found from the legacy of artists who navigated this terrain before us, people whose inner world was drastically different from the outer world they found themselves in. They made art to make the outer world look a little more like their inner world, in an instinctual desperate need to align the two in order to make sense of anything.

A nudge to those just finding this out about themselves: begin with a rediscovery of yourself, both the bright and the shady places. Pick yourself apart daily, bit by bit. Turn the pieces over, inspect them gently. Be ready to be surprised by what you find, both pleasantly and terrifyingly. Without this self-inspection, the rest will be much harder, so do this hardest part first. Then you'll be more ready (though never completely ready) to spiral back outward into the absurd and gorgeous world.

"Be interested in what disturbs you. Rebel against your inclinations. Find beauty in the imperfect. Interrupt yourself. Disorder and chaos will serve you if you direct them. Cultivate elasticity, expand. Dismember the expected. I believe in the unbelievable." 

(-selected from Philippe Petit's Creativity: the Perfect Crime)

(Photo from Rise Up and Shine, Butterfly: Chrysalis Sky Funeral, Linda Wingerter)







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67. Delia at Comic Con

My friends Ellen Kushner and Delia Sherman are coming to visit this week - I can't wait to see them! And I can't wait to help share Delia's awesome new novel, The Evil Wizard Smallbone. She talked to Rocco Staino about it when she was at Comic Con in New York recently. Click on the image to watch on Youtube.

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68. Breaking: Dreamworks Animation Ceasing Operations In India?

The studio could cease operations as early as January 2017.

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69. Friday Links List - 11 November 2016

From BoingBoing: Noir and horror for your kindergartner (Chronicle's Melissa Manlove on Jon Klassen's I Want My Hat Back and This is Not My Hat.)

From The Toast: Children's Stories Made Horrific (a carryover from Halloween)

From 99U: Essential Steps to Making a Killer Portfolio

From Brightly: 10 of the Best Dragon Books for Kids :)

From The New York Times: The New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Books of 2016

At a loss - Make Good Art (Zenpencils.com)

From The Federation of Children's Book Groups: Michael Morpurgo receives the prestigious Action For Children’s Arts J M Barrie Award

From SLJ's 100 Scope Notes, Travis Jonker brings us The Children’s Literature Community Responds to the 2016 Presidential Election

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70. Dreamworks Animation and Universal Kill ‘Croods’ Sequel

"The Croods" have gone extinct at Dreamworks.

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71. A 30 minute pose from #lifedrawing. #sketch #pencil #drawing


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72. A bike for Stan

If you've followed me for a while, you know that my husband is a wheels kind of guy. Bicycles, motorcycles, cars - it doesn't matter. The man is better on wheels than on his own feet. Which is why it's pretty exciting that we've finally gotten him some wheels to explore Edinburgh. Here's his new bicycle.

Edinburgh is riddled with former train tracks that have been turned into pathways for walkers, joggers and bicyclists. The best maps of bike-safe trails is from Spokes. The purple lines are the trails.
So, Stan headed out this morning to begin his adventuring. And he's sending me incredible photos.
It's good for the soul. I'm so happy for him!

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73. Part of a 10 minute pose from #lifedrawing. It was a challenge...


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74. BREAKING: Record-Breaking 27 Animated Features Submitted For 2017 Oscars

A record 27 features have been submitted for consideration in the animated feature film category of the 89th Academy Awards.

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75. A close up of from the 30 minute pose at #lifedrawing. #sketch...


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