And yes, I'm a font nerd. And here's my favorite Comic Sans song ever:Add a Comment
And yes, I'm a font nerd. And here's my favorite Comic Sans song ever:Add a Comment
I will be teaching an Adobe InDesign Class at Wake Tech in Cary on the Western campus starting Wednesday 1/28/2015. This class is a beginner level course. It runs Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6:30 until 9:30 PM. Class sign ups have been extended until the day the class begins 1/28/15. I have been teaching this program for a little over 5 years now and it’s definitely one of my favorites. Learning InDesign has been a total game changer for me. I highly recommend this class for anyone who is considering a career in design, layout or publishing. Many of the student I have taught have gone on to very promising careers as a result of having completed this course. A hand full have actually picked up jobs before the course was even finished. The general consensus among the students I stay in touch with is most wish they hadn’t waited so long to take the class.
InDesign – For Layout and design, InDesign is king. This program is sometimes overlooked by artists who use Photoshop or Illustrator because those programs get them by. If you’re tired of just getting by InDesign is a must. This program is hands down the best layout program in the Adobe creative suite and it is the industry standard for layout and design. I highly recommend all artists learn this program so they can have a complete understanding of the design process. InDesign is used by most printers with very few exceptions. If you are thinking about a career in design, layout, print or publishing this program is a must.
Here is a little snippet from the Wake Tech site describing the course:
Adobe InDesign CC is a versatile publishing application that gives you pixel-perfect control over design, layout, and typography. Learn how to create elegant and engaging pages for brochures, posters, magazines, newspapers, and eBooks. Use responsive design tools to easily develop layouts that look great on a variety of page sizes, medium orientations, and digital devices.
So there you have it. If you are interested in signing up you have until Wednesday January 28th.Add a Comment
We have been back in Mauritius for almost a month. Tristam is back in school (and thankfully loving it), and Fred and I are working tweaking our work and home schedules to keep the balance we had just a few weeks ago- before thing got BUSY. The last couple of weeks, very slowly, it began to happen again...the days got chopped up into "to do's" - which totally blows, because the nothing really happens and down time vanishes for no good reason- and then the ever elusive goal of "balance" falters and becomes even more distant. Life becomes more maintenance than focus- because it gets partitioned out into little bits that are not enough time to get into anything...
This morning though, I headed back out onto the Indian Ocean on a paddle board. There was an extreme low tide- magic! No boats were able to get out into the water because it was just too shallow- not so for the paddle board. The water was calm and crystal clear. The creatures and corals that I saw this morning were the sorts of things I pin on my Pinterest boards- the kinds of life where you just marvel that this creature actually exists! I met a French man out in the water who was laying down on his paddle board looking down into the water and then sometimes he would turn on his side and look up at the towering tropical clouds. We were the only ones out on the water and he told be about some islands I could paddle to and explore- and so I did. I glided over reefs with wild looking corals and brightly colored fishes. I saw the ocean floor like I have not seen it before because the water was so clear and it was so calm- no boats. It was an experience I hope to always remember.
At the end of it though- a bit of sadness - a hit an area with coral that was a ghostly white- it was dead. There were few fish there- and when I looked up- dozens of fisherman. The local fisherman struggle to make a living as the coral ecosystems are taxed and over-fished and the fish they have depended on for generations become more scarce and smaller....I wondered as I came in what the future of the coral reefs will be...if someday the creatures I saw out there will be limited to aquariums.
The Dansih blood loving enfante terrible, film director Nicolas Winding Refn.
The cast of the animated series "Bob's Burgers," currently in its fifth season on FOX, has figured out how to do something rare: make money from the live performance of animation.Add a Comment
DreamWorks just announced to it staff that it will shut down one of its main studios, PDI DreamWorks, in Redwood City, California.Add a Comment
About two weeks ago, our very kind and generous neighbors invited us to go out with them on their boat to go dolphin watching. Inge and Michele are delightful neighbors. They retired here last year from Paris. Inge is originally from Germany, and Michele is French. I speak German with Inge and Fred speaks French with Michele and somehow, we manage to communicate and enjoy on another's company.
Anyhow, one of their children and her husband and their kids were here on holiday and one morning, they popped by to see if we wanted to come with to look for dolphins. YES please!
They have a local skipper who took the whole group of us to the south of the island neat Tamerin. There we stopped and had some sandwiches that Inge had made and hung out around this tiny little island that appears on a lot of post cards around here. I'm not sure what it is called, but here it is.
I went for a more meditative sound today, with this one called “flowing”. I also just found out that I could download it off my table to my computer straight without having to upload it to dropbox, making it that much faster. Hopefully when you listen you can feel the movement.Add a Comment
I came across a really great web shop recently called Deco-Graphic. This French based website not only stocks some great brands such as Atelier LZC, Mini Labo, Isak, Hipp, Ingela, Mr & Mrs Clynk, Fifi Mandirac, Orla Kiely, and Lotta Jansdotter but it also styles it's product shots really nicely. The owners obviously put a lot of time and effort into their photography and create styling withAdd a Comment
The first time I came across Dinara Mirtalipova’s work, I spent a few days pouring over her website. Her command of patterns, her linework, the worlds she created in her paintings were so captivating, and I was instantly hooked. Her compositions are lush and whimsical. There is a beautiful tension in her pieces that is all at once energetic and quietly meditative.
In addition to children’s magazines such as Storytime and Girls’ World, Dinara’s work has appeared on sleeping bags and rugs for Land of Nod, her own line of dishtowels entitled Mirdinara Kitchen and a fabric collection for Windham Fabrics. She has also hand-painted beads, nesting dolls and clay eggs. Her work is inspired by folklore, fairytales, textiles, and songs her mother used to sing to her.
Written by Bryna Shields
You may know that I teach at Hollins University in the MFA in Children's Book Writing and Illustrating as well as the Certificate in Children's Book Illustration programs every summer.
Well, we are thrilled to announce that Hollins has received a gift of $60,000 from James Rockefeller, Margaret Wise Brown’s (a Hollins alum) fiancé (at the time of her death), to establish the Margaret Wise Brown Award for the best published picture book text, with the first award to be given at the Francelia Butler Conference in 2016, for a picture book published in 2015.
This annual award will carry a $1,000 cash prize plus travel to Hollins (in Roanoke, Virginia) to accept the award and give a reading, and a bronze medal with a portrait of Ms. Brown on one side, and the recipient’s name and year awarded on the reverse.
There is no comparable award for picture book writers. The Caldecott is for illustration, the Newbery rarely (although occasionally) goes to picture books, and the Charlotte Zolotow, and other awards for picture book text, do not include monetary winnings. So we are very proud of this new award!
Publishers - if you would like your picture books to be considered, please contact Amanda Cockrel, founding director of the children's literature graduate program at Hollins University for further details.
Submitted by Sophie Crichton for the Illustration Friday topic of TOY.
Speaking of Swedish painters, blog reader Staffan Alsparr shared some information about Julius Kronberg (1850-1921): "I thought he might be an artist that you haven't heard of before, which isn't strange at all, he is very unknown here as well."
|Kronberg, Portrait of Artur Hazelius, 1910|
|Julius Kronberg, David och Saul, 1885|
|Julius Kronberg and his daughter, with charcoal preliminary for a mural|
|Maquettes by Julius Kronberg|
|Julius Kronberg Queen of Sheba|
Hope to see you at a book reading!
January 31, Huntsville, AL- Learning Expo
February 5, 5:00 pm -Denver, CO- Denver Public Library
March 6, -New Orleans, LA- Read Across America
March 13, 7:00 pm -Richmond, VA- Chesterfield County Public Library
March 21, -Newport, RI- March Into Reading
March 28, 10:00 am -Northampton, MA- Meltdown!
April 25, -Newburyport, MA- Newburyport Book Festival
just for fun. graphite and coloured pencils, gouache con.coloured paper, from a photo I took some time ago to the backyard plants.Add a Comment
Discover the work of Baptiste Pagani, Cartoon Brew's Artist of the Day!Add a Comment