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51. Comcast/NBCUni Lays Off 200 Dreamworks Animation Employees

The Dreamworks Animation layoffs have begun following Comcast's acquisition of the studio.

The post Comcast/NBCUni Lays Off 200 Dreamworks Animation Employees appeared first on Cartoon Brew.

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52. ArtSlope***Opening Party TONIGHT*** Friday, Sept. 16,7pm-Midnight

I'm excited to share a preview of this new piece that I collaborated on with friend and fellow artist Jonathan Blum!

Come check it out TONIGHT at the opening party for Brooklyn's Big Tent and the launch of ARTSLOPE a nine day art festival in Park Slope, Brooklyn. This piece will be on display with works from 30 other Park Slope artists. 

At Shapeshifter Lab-18 Whitwell Pl (near 1st St), Brooklyn, NY 11215, Gowanus. Friday, Sept. 16,7pm-Midnight

I'll be spinning records throughout the night along with a few friends and fellow vinylheads.

Hope you can make it, if not, enjoy the preview!

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53. Stacy Curtis: Dueling Banjo Pig

Link: Stacy Curtis' blog.

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54. Coming into the final stretch on this comission. Maybe...

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56. “Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere. There in each...

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57. Why I Force Religion on my Kids

One of the first pancakes my daughter and I made together-Jonah and the Whale

I'm often asked (on my Youtube channel) why I force religion on my children...and why I don't just let them discover what they believe on their own??

I think this a great question really worth devoting some time to in answering. My husband and I train our children but we also encourage them to read the Bible and find out what it says so that they see the truth for themselves. So, back to the original question, "Why do I force religion on my children?"

-The Bible says to train your children
This is obviously going to take effort but it's worth it! Also, please know that I'm not perfect and sometimes I'm better at teaching my kids than other times. Life happens and routines change. Summer threw us off a bit but I'm working to get things back on track. Let me share with you a few ways that my husband and I train our children in God's word and I hope it inspires you with some ideas of your own:
  • Take our kids to church
  • Read the Bible to them
  • Bible lessons with art pancakes
  • Bible lessons with art projects (crafts)
  • Verse of the Day. I have my oldest child read the "verse of the day" from my Bible App on the drive to school. This has led to some awesome Bible discussion on our drive!
  • Pray together. My kids take turns praying for our day on the drive to school, at meals, and also before bed.
  • Have your children memorize scripture. I like to print out whatever verse I'm teaching in art pancakes and put it on the fridge.
  • Be an example yourself! Read your Bible, pray, go to church...put God first! Your children will notice.
 Proverbs 22:6
Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

-It will make them wise for salvation
It's my heart's desire that my children love the Lord and find salvation through Christ. I want to be with them in heaven someday!

2 Timothy 3:15
And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, 
which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

- Teach children what sin is
You can't rely on the world to train your children on what is sin. The world embraces sin, makes excuses for it and labels it in all sorts of ways so that it appears ok. Sin is not ok. It's important to teach your children about sin, train them on the 10 commandments and to encourage them to walk daily with Christ. Here's a playlist of pancake art videos on teaching the 10 Commandments. Check it out!

Deuteronomy 11:18-21 
Therefore shall ye lay up these my words in your heart and in your soul, and bind them for a sign upon your hand, that they may be as frontlets between your eyes. And ye shall teach them your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt write them upon the door posts of thine house, and upon thy gates: That your days may be multiplied, and the days of your children, in the land which the Lord sware unto your fathers to give them, as the days of heaven upon the earth.

-Obedience to God=Blessings
As a mother, I want to see my children blessed and the Bible is clear that following Christ will bring blessings. That's not to say that you'll be free from hardships, but the Lord is faithful and hears the prayers of those that love him. I've seen him work wonders in my life when I trust in him instead of myself.

Deuteronomy 6:18
And thou shalt do that which is right and good in the sight of the Lord
that it may be well with thee, and that thou mayest go in and possess the good land 
which the Lord sware unto thy fathers.

-God will direct their path
It's important to have my children follow the path that God has for them rather than a path led by their own way, which leads to destruction. I don't want my kids to follow in a lifestyle led by sin or a life lead by selfishness. It won't end in anything good. There's freedom when you let go of your life and let Jesus take over. He has a perfect plan for your life and for your children's life if they follow his lead.

Proverbs 3: 5-6  
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; 
and lean not unto thine own understanding.  
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

 -Enjoy Fellowship with Christ
I can't imagine going through life without Christ by my side. There's a song by Avalon (link HERE) that sums this up perfectly. No matter what trial you face, He is there. I want my children to enjoy that kind of relationship with Jesus.

I have a little testimony.....

A few weeks ago my kids and I were at Chick Fil-A and my car wouldn't start because the battery in my key apparently went out (I have a key-less car). I tried many times to start the car and the only solution at the time was to find a Walgreens and walk there with my kids to get a new battery. I looked one up on my phone and it was going to be a long hike, so I asked my daughter to pray. I truly believe that the Lord hears the prayers of children. Their faith is so strong! Immediately after her prayer, the car started! What a blessing! I was able to drive the car to Walgreens and there was a worker there who knew exactly how to help me because he had just had a similar problem with his key. He knew how to open the key fobb (which was a mystery to me) and replace the battery for me. What a blessing from the Lord! We were really praising Jesus!

So, don't give up....keep teaching your children about Christ because the Bible promises us that when they are old, they will not depart from it. What a promise!! Hold on to it!


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58. GRUMBLES on catalog covers!

It was a very happy mail day when I opened an unexpected package, and saw my Jack and Jill artwork from GRUMBLES FROM THE TOWN on the cover of  Boyds Mills Press's Fall 2016 catalog! Inside was this lovely 2 page spread.....

And then a few months later the publisher emailed us all this wonderful news.....
The Mountains and Plains Independent Booksellers Association chose my Mother Goose art from GRUMBLES FROM THE TOWN to feature as their 2016-2017 Winter catalog cover! The cover debuted in their newsletter with a very nice write up of our book! It's so wonderful to share this honor with Jane Yolen, Rebecca Kai Dotlich, our editor Rebecca M Davis, and Boyds Mills Press!

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59. Busily painting on this private comission. #sketch #watercolor...

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60. Mountain Lady

Over every mountain there is a path, although it may
not be seen from the valley.  - Theodore Roethke

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62. Press Release: Ang Ilustrador ng Kabataan (Ang INK) celebrates 25th year with “Tinker Tales”

Ang Ilustrador ng Kabataan (Ang INK), the Philippines’ first and only organization of illustrators for children, marks its 25th year with its anniversary exhibit, “Tinker Tales,” slated on Sept. 12 - Oct. 16 at the Third Floor Exhibition Halls, Ayala Museum, Makati Avenue cor De La Rosa St., Greenbelt Park, Makati City.

Founded in June 1991, Ang INK was the offshoot of a children's book illustration workshop sponsored by the Philippine Board on Books for Young People (PBBY) and the Goethe-Institiute Manila and conducted by visiting German book illustrator Reinhard Michl. The organization was born out of the workshop participants’ belief that a collective effort among colleagues is vital to the professionalization and development of the industry.

Since its inception, Ang INK has gone on to mount 46 group exhibits and publish several books as a group: “INKuwento” (1999), “Kuwentong Kalikasan, Katha ng Kabataan” (1999), “Water in the Ring of Fire” (1999), “Hale Hale Hoy” (2006), “Mga Tambay sa Tabi-Tabi” (2009), and “Ang INKredible Coloring Book” (2016). It has also received recognitions, including the Pearl Anniversary Reading Advocacy Award (2000), a Philippine Board on Books for Young People citation (2001); and a Museo Pambata Award of Recognition (2014); while individual members have reaped national and international awards. Today, Ang INK members continue to create art not just for children’s books, but also for comics, magazines, newspapers, workbooks, websites, toys, games, animation, greeting cards, posters, murals, postcards, and TV commercials.

In 2016, Ang INK renews its commitment towards encouraging the creation and appreciation of illustrations for children with “Tinker Tales,” a showcase of over 200 works by Ang INK artists, inspired by stories gathered from a variety of institutions: The Raya School, San Vicente Elementary School, AHA Learning Center, Quality Life Discoveries, and ATD Fourth World-Philippines.

In “Tinker Tales,” Ang INK continues the cycle of children inspiring art which inspires children. Prompted by story stones previously created by Ang INK at the Ayala Museum, children of different backgrounds came up with different stories, which are in turn illustrated in the works featured in the exhibit. The second part of the exhibit is a new set of characters, objects, and settings that can be used for fresh stories, for the next 25 years and beyond.

Aside from the exhibit, Ang INK will also be hosting its annual INKFest (free admission with museum entrance) on Oct. 1, 10 am to 6 pm at the Ayala Museum G/F lobby, showcasing live art, merchandise tables, art activity booths, and more.

Other activities in line with the month-long anniversary celebration are the following: Sept. 24, G/F Lobby, book launch of Adarna House’s Kapitbahay Kubo and Kara at Play illustrated by Jamie Bauza & Pergy Acuña (10 am – 12 nn, free admission); Illustration Masterclass: Secret Techniques for Award-Winning Book Illustrations facilitated by Sergio Bumatay III and Rommel Joson (2 - 5 pm, P1,500 registration fee); and Oct. 8, Kiddie Arts & Crafts Party (10 am - 12 nn, G/F Lobby, free admission with museum entrance), and Sketch Afternoon, a drawing session with your favorite INKies (2 - 5 pm, 3/F Lobby, P650).

"Tinker Tales" is mounted in partnership with Ayala Museum, in cooperation with Prestige Paper Products, Fedrigoni, Canvas.ph, Sakura, Adarna House, Oishi, Wavelink, Lampara Books, Summit Books, Davies Paint, and OMF Literature.

For details and other inquiries, contact hello@ang-ink.org.

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63. General Edinburgh Awesomeness

Surely it's not possible that I've begun to take all the awesomeness that is Edinburgh for granted? Or perhaps I just don't have enough hours to write about all the tiny magical things that happen here. Like going to listen to our friend Amandine sing in a choral group at the Edinburgh School of Art Sculpture Court.

Or meeting up with fellow illustrators, Catherine and Jeanne for a small critique group at Waterstones on Princes Street - with the best view of the castle in the background.

Or finally meeting Debbi Michiko Florence in person after a decade of emailing back and forth.

Or catching a sunbeam with Stan at The Olive Branch, to send a Happy Birthday wine glass *clink* to a friend in hospital.
Life here is full of little miracles and I'm so grateful for all of them!

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64. Witney and the Magic Roundabout

Last weekend saw me back in Oxfordshire again, at the Witney Sewing and Knitting Centre. Witney is a bit of a 'home town' for me; I've known it most of my life, since I first moved to the area when I was 19. I haven't been back there since Andy and I upped sticks and moved to Shropshire, so I was ambivalent about seeing it again. However, I did the stiff upper lip thing and didn't have a meltdown, but concentrated on my workshop instead.

It is a  lovely space to work in with great all round lighting and people quickly started doing the pattern of the day, which was my old 'Doglets' pattern from 'Mollie Makes' (issue 13 2012). Another odd thing as I was moving away from the area when it was published and so much has happened in the ensuing four years.

However, lovely doglets were made, and amended in some cases. I'm not a stickler for people sticking to my patterns and if people want to go off piste, I actively encourage it.  My next workshop is down in Hampstead, London on Saturday October the 1st at the Village Haberdashery. It's limited to six spaces and there are a a couple of places left, so if anyone fancies it, the booking link is here.

I was away for a  couple of days and stayed with friends. There was decent beer.

 And fish. 

And a vintage 'Magic Roundabout' playground which was dragged out of the attic and played with. And photographed.

Back in Shropshire, I have been spending most of my time working on my new independent website, 'Lost Arcadia' where I am now selling my paintings and needle felt work. My latest small painting 'Country Church' is a nod to my old home of the Cotswolds and the myriad small, sweet churches buried within it's rolling landscape.


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65. The Ship's Cat & Titanic Belfast

If you noticed my absence last week, it was because Terry and I were in Northern Ireland. We have wanted to visit The Titanic Maritime Museum in Belfast for ages, and last week we finally got the chance. The museum is located on Queen’s Island, an area of land reclaimed from the water in the mid-19th century and a short walk from the centre of Belfast.

It's impossible to be unimpressed by this gigantic structure. This is no ordinary building, clad as it is with thousands of individual silver shards. Around its base are pools of water, which appear to be as deep and black as the Atlantic Ocean must have looked at 2.20am on April 15, 1912. 
I’m sure the depth of the water is an illusion as there are neither warning signs nor guard rails. 

Looking up at this immense building, it is easy to imagine the iceberg that sent Titanic to her watery grave. I don’t know if the designers intended to give that impression, but it was certainly the feeling I got as I stood there. 

The inside of the building is every bit as impressive as the outside.

The exhibition begins with an explanation of Belfast’s roots as an industrial centre.  Life-size silhouettes are projected on to the walls to give an impression of daily life.


From here you are taken on a journey through the construction of the ship, her launch, a virtual tour of the decks and a peek inside a first, second and third class cabin.  

One of the saddest parts of the exhibition is a gallery where the lighting is low and survivors’ voices (drawn from the BBC's archive) recall the horror of the sinking.  As you listen, you are directed along a series of boards detailing some of the distress messages sent to and from Titanic.

Finally, screens beneath your feet take you on an underwater journey to the decaying remains in the Atlantic depths.

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit and are not surprised to learn Titanic Belfast has just been named Europe’s leading visitor attraction.

If you would like to find out more about the Titanic story there are numerous websites offering information. I found History.com and the BBC history websites especially interesting. The Titanic Belfast website is also well worth a look.

Or, if you are looking for an interesting read, I recommend Titanic and other ships written by Charles Herbert Lightoller (1874-1952). Published by Ivor Nicholson and Watson, London in 1935.   Lightoller was the second mate (second officer) on board the Titanic and the only senior officer to survive the disaster. He was also the last man to be taken aboard the rescue ship RMS Carpathia. Just six of the thirty six chapters deal directly with his time on board the Titanic, but I found the rest of his life equally interesting. Titanic and other ships is available on ABE books at time of writing should you wish to look for a copy. 

One final thing - a friend and reader of this blog asked me to keep a look out for the ship's cat. It pains me to say this but there was no sign of a cat. But then I googled Titanic - ship's cat, and found this;  

It’s quite possible that there were multiple cats aboard the ship. Many large ships used them to monitor the rodent and pest problem that plagued the lower decks. The Titanic’s mascot and well-known ship's cat, Jenny, was one such cat.

One stoker, Jim Mulholland, volunteered to look after Jenny when she transferred from Titanic’s sister ship Olympia. It was rumoured that the cat had a litter of kittens a week before the ship left from Southampton. But what happened to Jenny on the morning of April 15, 1912?

Reports vary. Some say she, and her kittens died along with most of the passengers. However, others report Jim Mulholland observed Jenny unloading her kittens from the Titanic one by one before it left port in Southampton. He took this as a bad omen, picked up his things, and also left the vessel. He credited the cat with saving his life. (Source

What really happened to Jenny is a mystery. But perhaps this feline photographed in Belfast’s Botanic gardens is one of her descendants?  

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66. Friday Links List -

From Mother Jones: The Uncomfortable Truth About Children's Books: Attempts to diversify lily-white kid ilt have been, well, complicated.

From James Clear: Forget About Setting Goals. Focus on This Instead.

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67. ‘The Black Plot’ by Gina Niespodziani and Mark Szumski (NSFW)

Music video for High On Fire's "The Black Plot."

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We have a showcase today of some Friday pattern eye candy courtesy of the students taking part in the ABSPD course.  The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design' is an online e-course run by surface pattern designer Rachael Taylor, with whom Print and Pattern offer an annual scholarship for a free place on all modules of the course, plus a host of other bonus goodies. ABSPD attracts a

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69. Art Mom - Sick Toddler

This equals quality craft time at the dining table this morning. I'm working on Christmas ornaments and she's creating playdoh cupcakes. 😊 Making it work. 

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70. MAISONS DU MONDE - portobello

My best discovery and favourite store in Bologna, Italy was without doubt Maisons du Monde. This contemporary store felt like a mixture between Heals, West Elm and Ikea. It was packed with patterns on a wide variety of products. So this week I will be bringing you a selection of their products through my snapshots taken in store and web pictures. Their designs are all themed into collections

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71. BOLOGNA TRIP - round-up

These are a few final snaps from last weeks Italian trip. It begins with a series of souvenirs which were the result of a design competition to create a new identity for the city. Out of over 500 entries this was the winning creation from Matteo Bartoli and Michele Pastore. The geometric shapes are taken from elements of the Bologna's historic shields, crests, and heraldry emblems.

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72. Picture Hooks Master Class

This weekend I participated in the 2nd Picture Hooks Master Class for 2016. This time Sara Ogilvie taught us about picture books. I was often asked why I was there since I've already been published, but I never stop learning. And especially now, as a student, I am going through a complete reboot/rebirth/reinspiration time. Honestly, I should be like this all the time - eager to try new things and producing at remarkable rates. Being a student has turned me on! And this class was no exception. Here was our work area - a studio in the Edinburgh Portrait Gallery at the top of my hill.

     Sarah walked us through her path to publication, and working with art directors, and the journey through several of HER BOOKS. Since I'm not familiar with the UK market and how things work here - I learned A TON from her!!!!
     On Saturday, she had us do a really fun activity... She passed out slips of paper that had emotions on them. Each person had a turn at selecting an emotion and creating a pose for the rest of us to draw for one minute. Here were some of mine:
Then we each chose a plastic animal to draw in those poses. I got the tiger.
My fave was the Sleepy pose.
This exercise prepared me wonderfully for the story boarding we did on Sunday. We could either work with our new characters, or on an existing project. I chose a project-in-progress with ducks. I truly believe her exercise helped me stretch how I handled the storyboard, and I hope to do a line of 'mood sketches' from now on before I start storyboards. Such a good idea!
     Sara was fantastic and amazingly generous. She encouraged us to bring in personal works to share on Sunday for feedback, which I did. Her gentle steering was so encouraging and so helpful. Truly, it was an amazing workshop.
     What's also wonderful is the sense of camaraderie that is developing between the students who have been attending these master classes. Many are working illustrators and art teachers. Many are trying to reboot careers. Needless to say, the talent is amazing and inspiring in itself to be around. I learn as much from my classmates as I did from Sara! For instance, Hazel did cut-paper bats. Here I am with Sara, Hazel, and Hazel's bats.
Catherine worked with stencils, cut paper, and textured painting.
Astrid, who is one of our Illustration tutors at the College of Art worked on multi-media awesomeness. As she said, she was eager to get messy!
We're becoming a lovely tight group. Here I am with Hannah and Anka.
And then, of course, there was Vivian, who has been an amazing mentor to me here at the Uni.

     I can't wait for the next event in December!

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73. Friday Links List - 16 September 2016

From The Guardian: Top 10 Scottish Picture Books

From 99U: Andrea Tsurumi: You’ll Never Have “Enough Time”: The prolific illustrator on how to keep a lid on it to avoid burnout.

From the booking biz: 21 Ways to Fund Author Visits

From PW: Pew Report: Overall Book Readership Holding Steady, but E-Books Have Stalled

From The Bookseller: Frith wins inaugural Klaus Flugge Prize for illustration

From Open Culture: 3,000 Illustrations of Shakespeare's Complete Works from Victorian England, Neatly Presented in a New Digital Archive

From Muddy Colors: Painting Short Hair, Fur, and Velvet

From Electric Lit: Infographic: How Long Did Famous Novels take to Write?

From Brightly: 13 Picture Books That Celebrate Hispanic Heritage
And don't forget my books - click the covers to learn more!

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74. VIDEO: David Lynch on Creativity

I love this animation created to accompany David Lynch's ideas on creativity. Click the image to watch on Facebook.

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75. Presidential Polar Bear Post Card Project No. 236 - 9.15.16

A second International Dot Day post card!

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