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51. Comics Illustrator of the Week :: Leslie Stein











Artist/musician/bartender/comics brew-master Leslie Stein has been making comics since the early 2000’s. She started making her comics by cutting & pasting construction paper into colorful silhouettes. Her work has continued to morph, and evolve over the years. Today, you can see how she’s broken down her characters, and stories into minimal line work, expressive colors, and animated typography!

Leslie Stein began self-publishing her personal anthology Eye of the Majestic Creature in 2004. The series stars her cartoon alter ego Larrybear(along with a colorful cast of characters based off of real life friends), and has transformed over the years from mostly fictional stories to semi-autobiographical stories, today.

Fantagraphics Books has published two collections of Stein’s comics, and is publishing a collection of her Diary Comics in 2015.

You can read new, regularly updated Diary Comics on Leslie’s tumblr site here, and VICE features a weekly comic by her, as well.

For more comics related art, you can follow me on my website comicstavern.com - Andy Yates

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52. Happy Thanksgiving!

Some Thanksgiving colors... cranberry sauce a bubbling. I'm thankful I have so many online friends, old and new.

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53. Happy News!

Happy Happy News! I just wanted to share that my book "Bruhilda's Backwards Day" will be published by Sky Pony Press in 2016!!!

Here's some more posts about Brunhilda that you might enjoy! I have been sharing much of my process on this project!

The Showcase: Will Your Personal Project Make Money? On chrisoatley.com

Picture Book Dummy Part 1- Making the Dummy Book

Picture Book Dummy Part 2- Preparing the Dummy Book to Send to Publishers

Picture Book Dummy Part 3- Sending the Dummy Book to Agents and Publishers

Painting Drama 2 at the Oatley Academy

Visual Development for Brunhilda's Story: Today Strange Plants

Today was really not going well for Brunhilda! Another Illustration for my Book!

Another Sneak Peak into my Book

"Then one night, the cat made plenty of trouble." Process to Final!

Be a Vis Dev Children's Illustrator!

Finding a House for my Characters

Designing Some Characters

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54. Disney Will Air Its Classic Cartoons on Time Warner’s TCM

In one of the more bizarre recent examples of cross-corporate collaboration, Disney has announced a new TV program called "Treasures From the Disney Vault" that will air on Time Warner-owned Turner Classic Movies.

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55. Mort & Phil Will Take on ‘Penguins of Madagascar’ in Spain This Weekend

There's a fascinating box office match-up brewing in Spain this weekend between DreamWorks Animation's "Penguins of Madagascar" and the homegrown Spanish CGI feature "Mortadelo y Filemón contra Jimmy el Cachondo."

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56. Big Hero 6

I went to see Big Hero 6 last week, and it was a truly fabulous film!   If you haven't seen it you should go soon.  The movie stays on point never wandering, building steadily on a message that is made very real as you see the characters respond to the action that whirls into their lives.  I won't give anything away here, but you get to see the distinct results of two decisions as the characters are paralleled.  Big sacrifices.  Great stuff!

Also in an art related thing, I was glad to find that Jin Kim has a new tumblr page.  His blog had shut down some time ago, but the new page has some cool Big Hero 6 work on it.  From what I understand, these are sketches Jin Kim created translating the finalized character designs into multiple angle drawings for the model builders to reference.  Over the last few years I've really taken an interest in sculpture, so I enjoy these quite a bit, and I'm a big fan of Mr. Kim's work.

And keeping with the animation theme of this post, you should check out the short film Duet, by Glen Keane.  I had seen this a few months back and I recall reading an article where Glen Keane expressed an interest in exploring the possibility of keeping the integrity of the drawn line in animation.  Most completed films have the inked lines and colored cells, but the raw beauty of the gesture sketch is lost on an image refined to that point.  This film is one of the most beautiful things I've seen in animation.

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57. Oscar-Contender Signe Baumane On Why Animation Beats Live-Action for Some Stories

Signe Baumane talks about why animation was a better choice than live-action for her feature film debut "Rocks in My Pockets."

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58. My Amazing CTNx Experience

I had a most amazing time going to CTNx (Creative Talent Network Animation Expo) in Burbank this past weekend. Here are a couple highlights from my trip.

The day before the Expo, we got together with people from the Oatley Academy. We had breakfast together and then we went to the Getty Museum. It was amazing to be with wonderful people who I have taken classes with at the Oatley Academy who have become some of my best friends. 

After looking around the museum, we had "OA family time." Chris Oatley, Lora Innes, and Justin Copeland gave us some great talks on what to expect at CTN, longevity of careers in art, and not quenching our passions because of what other people think.

Here's a picture of some of my favorite people. 
Some of the group that took Painting Drama 2 this last year. 

After the Getty, we went to the Center Stage Gallery to see the Lovely Ladies of Animation exhibit. It was awesome to see their original artwork in person! Here is a picture of us gathered after to eat and visit. We ended up in a circle of drawing awesomeness.

The Expo itself was amazing. I met so many people that I knew from school, from Utah, and from the internet. I met new amazing artists. I got to talk with artists who I really admire in person. Glen Keane's opening speech almost had me in tears. I took many amazing workshops. I bought far too many books. I laughed until I almost fell over, and I got lots of giant hugs. 

Helping out at the Oatley Academy Booth.

With Peter De Seve.

With Pascal Campion.

Hanging with friends. The Muppet Crowd of Awesomeness!

Now you might be wondering what a children's illustrator is doing going to an animation expo. Well let me tell you. I have learned so much from the animation industry over the last couple years. I had a very good education from BYU, where I got my degree. But character design, and story boarding were not really part of what I was required to learn. I think these are important skills for anyone wanting to make children's books. After all, making a children's book is almost like making your very own personal movie (without the animation part). Having well designed characters is going to be a big part of the appeal of your picture books! 

Also, a lot of people in animation are also into the children's illustration world as well. I picked up a few picture books while I was there! I thought I would feel silly saying I was an illustrator (not a character designer or visual development artist), but it turned out that many of the people there exhibiting are illustrators just like me.

While I was at CTN, I got the chance to see so much good good art. The expo floor is like a giant Comic Con, but all the art is actually really really good (no crappy fan art). There was so much inspiration there. Some amazing character designers there that gave me some good advice for my character designs. I also went to a few workshops that were really inspiring and helpful to any artist.

Also, being at CTN was like a giant family reunion where so many of my friends were gathered. I loved going so much, and I hope I can go again in future years. I hope to see some of you there in future years!

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59. SAV5 vector presets experiments

Experimenting with various vector based presets
looking for both a natural media appearance and something different

The detail here shows off a few of the presets effects

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60. Animators and Mirrors

Though the work that animators create is often exhilarating, the actual process of animating, which involves sitting at a desk for hours at a time, is not particularly interesting to the general public. In the past, when studio publicity departments were tasked with creating publicity stills of animators, they often posed animators making an expression in front of their mirror while drawing a character with a similar expression. The mirror, it turns out, was not just useful to the animator’s own process but also to the photographer who wanted to compose a dynamic image of the animator at work. It never occurred to me what a common motif this was until I collected a few of them on Instagram a few days ago. Looking at more recent publicity shots of 2D animators, especially from the 1980s and ’90s, the animator-making-an-expression-in-a-mirror publicity shot was largely phased out in favor of a more generic pose of an animator drawing at a desk, looking at the camera while drawing and flipping, or the unnatural pose of holding a maquette while drawing. Enjoy this collection of legendary animators hard at work creating some classic characters:

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61. A5 Scribble of Epicness

Another bit of watercolour tomfoolery.
Kind of at the limits of my (failing) vision and brush tip at the teeny size- guys face is less than 1cm.

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62. Holiday Stickers, Cards and Hang Tags

Eight Hour Day

Holiday sticker set by Eight Hour Day

Looking to add some snazz to your holiday packages? Check out this brief, but beautiful selection of stickers, cards and hang tags. Included are items from Eight Hour Day, Juli Shore Design, Everlovin’ Press and Tom Froese.




Eight Hour Day

Decorate gifts for Christmas with these stamp and label stickers made to look as if your package came from over the river and through the wood.


Eight Hour Day

Also available from Eight Hour Day is this the colorful postcard set.


Juli Shore Design

Juli Shore Design

The team at Juli Shore Design has created these lovely hang tags. Available individually or in a set of three, they add the perfect finishing touch to your holiday wrapping. To help keep things merry, each tag has a champagne cocktail recipe on the back.


Tom Froese Holiday cards

Tom Froese Holiday cards

Canadian designer Tom Froese recently teamed up with Everlovin’ Press to create these festive greetings cards. Each card is printed on 130# white coronado cover with a vellum finish. In addition, the envelope comes with a branded and letterpressed insert.

Looking for gift ideas? Check out our 2014 Holiday Design Book Gift Guide.



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63. Prim Kitty

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64. black friday SALE....

starts NOW!!!

i decided to start my black friday SALE a bit early. i mean why wait til friday to get a good deal?! ;)

all ORIGNAL PAINTINGS in my shop are now 20% off until (cyber) monday at midnight! i am making room for 2015's stash and NEED to clean out my studio. not that i don't like being surrounded by beautiful little mermaids and cute little critters....but I'm willing to share the love and let them find a new home. :) so....

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65. Of Rafts and Feasts

In remembrance, 
       I find thanksgiving.
In remembrance, I find a feast.

It's in big things, like remembering
rough stones that have lined my journey,
and seeing them smooth some of my sharp edges.
Like the poets, I count the ways.

I count that it's been over one year since I had a stroke
and heart surgery,
and here I am,
heart-strong and feet-steady.
Playing soccer.
When I remember, there are skeins of thanksgiving
woven into this heart.

Six months since Winnie’s leg, the worrisome spot,
the relieving news, the surgery. 
There are not enough words for this kind of thanksgiving.

This is life. There will be stormy days for all of us.
But remembrance is my feast.
thankfulness is my life raft.

I find thankfulness indeed when I count the big things.
And I find joy in the small.
Like when the wind pulls umbrellas
and makes us think, just for a moment, that we might fly.

Or in gathering leaves.
Reading books.
Lighting candles.
Twirling till we’re dizzy.

Holding hands.
Happy Thanksgiving, my friends.
I am thankful for you.
Thankful that we share this earth,
with all of our colorful, quirky differences.
What a feast!


Brother Sun, Sister Moon by Katherine Paterson, ill. by Pamela Dalton
Pilgrim Cat by Carol Antoinette Peacock, ill. by Doris Ettlinger
The Farmer and the Clown by Marla Frazee
The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis
Psalm 23 illustrated by Richard Jesse Watson

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66. In the Sandbox

Belonging to yourself…

I used to have a post that was Sketchbook Saturday, because I draw like crazy on Saturdays. That’s probably why I love Saturdays so much. I’ve been feeling lately like my blog has lost its way a bit and has had less of me in it. And it dawned on my when I woke up this morning, “Hello! It’s YOUR blog!” So I am reclaiming it. And I want to play. And share. And invite you into my giant sandbox. Most of my stuff in my sketchbook has a purpose because I collect little pieces here and there for fun ways to teach. They make their way into books or classes, most the time. And hopefully, I will inspire you to make your own drawings.


the plight of the sensitive tummy


magical forest: what kind of seeds would each tree make?


fairy cupcakes made from magic

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68. Walking doodles

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70. Just right

Trying another scribble with the whole "achieve result with no work" method.
Trying to not labour everything  is a bit hit and miss.
Obviously I'd like it to be "just right".
Expressions are alright.
M c Escher would be proud of the bed- but lets call it rustic.

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71. Globetrotting

I'm leaving for Georgia I will attend the Tbilisi Book Days.

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72. Gift Guide: Home & Office

Gift Guide

Here’s our picks for home and office gifts! Included are prints, desk sets and plenty of stocking stuffers. See all the goods after the jump.



Tad Carpenter Field Print

Field Print by Tad Carpenter

Available at tadcarpenter.com


Ampersand by Hey Studio

& Print by Hey

Available at the Hey Shop

Nature Explorer by Lumadessa


Nature Explorer by Josh Brill

Available at Lumadessa


Broken Motorcycle by Methane Studios


Broken Motorcycle by Methane Studios

Available at Poster Cabaret


Invisible Creature via #grainedit

Stack and Scare! by Invisible Creature

Available at Amazon and invisiblecreature.com


Alphabet Blocks by Rosendahl


Alphabet Blocks by Rosendahl

Available at Amazon and Nova68

lego architecture studio


Lego Architecture Studio
By Lego

Available at Amazon and your local toy shop



Skate Deck by Magna

Skate Deck by magnapaint 

Available at Etsy

spice grinder by Umbra Shift


Spice Grinder by Umbra Shift

Available at Umbra Shift

Living Remix Blanket by Fern

Living Remix Blanket by Fern

Available at Amazon and 2modern.com

Urbio Planter


Happy Family Wall Planter
By Urbio

Available at Amazon and Urbio.



Concrete Spice Storage
By Culinarium

Available at Amazon and Culinarium 

Albert Magazine Rack

Alfred Magazine Rack by DesignByThem

Available at DesignByThem.com

Nest Office Caddy by Umbra Shift

Available at A + R

Fierzo Desk Organizer by Alessi

Available at  A+R


Desktop Collection by Eric Pfeiffer for Evernote

Available at Evernote

Uten.Silo Storage System by Vitra

Available at Amazon and Vitra

Block Pegboard

Pegboard by Block

Available at Amazon and Block

Also available in Gray


Letter Rack by Block

Available at Amazon and Block

Concrete Desk Set by Magnus Pettersen

Available at Amazon and Areaware

Shorty Mechanical Pencil by Worther

Available at Amazon

Pencil – Digital Stylus by FiftyThree

Available at Amazon and FiftyThree

Kiwi Wood Figurine by Lars Beller Fjetland / Discipline

Available at Amazon and Dwell

Polar Bear Trinket Box by Karl Zahn /Areaware

Available at Amazon and Areaware

Memory Block by Ito Bindery

Available at Ode to Things

Cordito Cord Organizer by This Is Ground

Available at Amazon and This is Ground


Sweeper and Funnel by Menu

Available at Amazon


Looking for more gift ideas? Check out our design & illustration book gift guide.


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73. Target sightings

I just ran to Target to do some last minute shopping and found two holiday items with my designs...
First, I found Christmas cards with my fox design - there is also a giftwrap which I blabbed about earlier on Instagram and Facebook, if you want to see it.

The other is a winter design on paper plates...

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74. Job Openings: Indiana University, Boulder Media, Buck, JibJab, Nitrogen, Copernicus & More

Are you hunting for a great animation job? The Cartoon Brew Job Board is the ideal place to look for your next gig.

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75. A Self Fulfilling Prophecy: Tetsuya Tsutsui and The Social Media Strategy

“The level of idiocy of some people in this world surpasses imagination.” *** Okuda is a long time temp worker at a computer software company in 2008, and after suddenly realizing that he was never going to get a long term, stable position, he eventually got fired for being “fucking useless,” or bringing up the ... Read more

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