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61652. Beware of Cory Loven. Yes, he’s an excellent illustrator,...

Beware of Cory Loven. Yes, he’s an excellent illustrator, but he can also read minds. Specifically mine. I mean, I assume that he can since every piece in his portfolio seems to be a hand tailored mix of things that I like. Great work Mr. Loven. Now stay out of my head. Seriously.

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61653. Working frantically! (but almost out of the woods)


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61654. Illustration Friday: Toy

Next month I'm excited to be attending the Indiana SCBWI conference. I'm now working on completing 2-3 page picture book page spreads for the Illustrator's Intensive with Kerry Martin. This tiny robot toy is a small part of one of my pages. He's only 1 inch tall in my final sketch. Since he worked for the IF topic, I threw some quick colors on him which may change after I figure out the rest of the page. Since I scanned in at 720dpi to enlarge him here I left my sketch lines more au natural instead of going through my usual Photoshop Photocopy step, which seemed too heavy for this little guy. I'm liking the softer sketch lines, and may try this for the full pages.

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61655. MOTHER'S DAY - cards

also today a few more cards spotted whilst out and about in the shops. starting with above & below : three mother's day cards as seen in uk fashion retailer 'new look'. below : a selection of cards spotted in waitrose from publishers such as caroline gardner and soul uk. below : two cute character cards spotted in waterstones bookshop.

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61656. Nervous Driver

I'm a nervous passenger but my friend is a far more nervous driver.
Pen 12cm x 26cm. Click to enlarge.

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61657. Milt Kahl is Even Grumpier Than You Thought

Milt Kahl

If you read just one thing today, make it this newly released 1976 interview with Disney animator Milt Kahl conducted by Michael Barrier and Milton Gray. Hearing Kahl speak his mind brings the past alive in a way that few history books can, and sheds light on the divisions and rivalries between the golden age Disney animators. When the interview took place, Kahl had recently left the Disney studio after forty-plus years and he doesn’t mince words:

“The way that I feel about it is that my performance in The Rescuers is good. The only thing is that you know that this picture is going to be mediocre. It has a few high spots, but it’s full of bad taste that is, as I like to put it, tempered by bad judgment. That’s kind of a lousy way to put it, but I feel that way. I’m really rather bitter about the set-up, about some of the people who I thought considered that we were working together, and I find that we really weren’t. Here I am, a person at the height of my powers, and I feel there’s not a place for me anymore. I don’t want to be involved; I can’t fight this thing. And there certainly isn’t a place for me anywhere else in this business.”

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61658. School House

School House Pop-Up Card.
Thanks to Wendy Hokenson who gave me the idea to create a School House Pop-Up card.

After I cut it all out, I added 18kt gold to the School House bell.

It is all one piece and folds flat to mail, as usual. 
The USA flag was a last minute addition.
The door opens.

I am tempted to do a watercolor of an apple for the front of the card, but that seems  too corny.

What else could I add?  Maybe a silhouette of a Teacher, in a contrasting color.

Here's to the Teachers,

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61659. Some work in progress

More work for Fadenrot... still pending approval!

I have two more to paint following these and more projects to come! I am super happy with this work!

♥ :)

The boy is reminiscent of earlier painting I did of a boy with a goldfish in a pond.

I painted these while Josh was editing a new BIPT podcast. It's actually pretty rad because I get a preview of the podcast before it's up. It's also funny because I get to hear all the "outtakes." Stutters, badwords, etc. HAHA. This week's topic sounds pretty interesting, too. I think so many illustrators have their own experiences and opinions when it comes to the "High Art World/Gallery Culture" vs "Commercial Artists" quote on quote. At least, I've had some experiences in college and just visiting different galleries. Anyway, it's interesting topic to listen people talk about.

Well, I better try and hit the hay as I still have 8 hours of day job tomorrow followed by more paintings!! :)
Which isn't a complaint!
Good night!
PS: thanks for all the comments everyone- I truly appreciate it!


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61660. Cover Art Revealed: The Wild Life of Elk

Coming this fall! The ultimate ungulate experience! Stay tuned!

It is a children's book put out by a joint venture between the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and National Forest Service written by Donna Love.

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61661. Day 13 - 365 Day Illustrator Tour with Illustrator Dawn Phillips

Today, I continue to work on facial expressions for Roggie.
Can you guess why Roggie's face is green? Here's a hint...it's his reaction to what his pet froggie eats.

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61662. New! Now with added BLOG!

Hello, and welcome to my new look blog! I've re-jigged it so that it's more in keeping with my www.MrToodle.com website, that should hopefully be on your screens soon. Below is a sneek-peek of what might be in store for Toodle fans in the near future.

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61663. MOTHER'S DAY - next

finally a selection of cards from next.

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61664. Anagrams

 Anagram spots I recently did for TIME for Kids magazine. Clockwise from upper left: Rats/Star, Pan/Nap, Paws/Swap, Desserts/Stressed.

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61665. Before I Die...by Candy Chang

It took Candy Chang one month and seven hours of intense stenciling on this wall for this Before I Die project (with a lot of support from old and new friends). She turned the side of an abandoned house in her neighborhood into a giant chalkboard where residents can write on the wall and remember what is important to them. Before I Die transforms neglected spaces into constructive ones where we can learn the hopes and aspirations of the people around the neighborhood.

Once the wall is filled they wash the board with water and start with a clean slate again. All the responses are being documented and will be included in a book. She says, "I have received many requests from people who’d like to install it in their city, so we’re looking into ways to manufacture an affordable stencil (I made this one by hand. It is a lot of cutting)". We’re also interested in visiting your city and figuring out ways to install it together.

visit her website here to lean more... or if you are in New Orleans, stop by the corner of Marigny and Burgundy (900 Marigny Street) to add your thoughts to the wall.

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61666. How many ways can you write your artist's profile?

It better be quite a few because as from late February this year Google is getting tough on duplicate content. I will explain. Recently I submitted my profile to an art website listing (as you do often enough when promoting your work). I pulled one of my paragraphs from my website profile. The site owner contacted me requesting that I re-write my profile so they do not get penalised by Google

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61667. colouring monsterville

A monster cake for the front window of Lolliplops sweet shop and ice cream parlour:

Right now I'm making two kinds of images for Monsterville at the Discover centre: the cakes, above, will be printed onto vinyl and stuck onto wood or foamboard, but the sets, below, will be painted by a team of theatre design people, so I'm just giving them a general idea of where everything goes and the colour scheme. I still need to do print versions of a few details, such as the Lolliplops poster and some of the little critters.

I'll do a print-quality version for vinyl of the Wigs & 'Taches advert, it's still in the rough stages. It's a happy little nod to the yetis in Alex Milway's Mythical 9th Division. The 'Lolliplops' name suggestion came courtesy of Graham Marks. Oh man, I love building these monsters' world. Working on a bunch of interior stuff today. And some over-the-top fancy WIGS!
(Click here for previous Monsterville blog posts.)

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61668. I’ve been a big fan of animator and illustrator Ric...

I’ve been a big fan of animator and illustrator Ric Carrasquillo’s work for some time now.

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61669. Publishing Industry News

Abrams will launch its third imprint Appleseed Books, a new imprint geared towards babies, toddlers, and preschoolers, in Spring 2012.

Helmed by publishing director Cecily Kaiser, the imprint will publish eight to twelve titles per season, aimed at children up to age five. “The Appleseed list will be commercially appealing with the added plus of the trademark Abrams aesthetic,” said Kaiser in a statement announcing the new imprint. “Even the youngest children deserve beautiful books. And when beauty is presented in a relevant and engaging way, parents, teachers, caregivers and librarians get on board too.”

The Appleseed list will be a mix of board, novelty, and picture books; it joins the existing Abrams Books for Young Readers and Amulet Books imprints. Kaiser was hired by Abrams in June 2010; she was previously editorial director for Cartwheel Books and Little Scholastic. Abrams has not yet announced any titles or authors for the imprint’s debut list.

Digital children’s picture book publisher WingedChariot will make apps for HP’s TouchPad and webOS. In addition, the company announced a joint digital partnership with Walker Books at the Bologna Book Fair earlier this week. 

Simon & Schuster launched a new online, interactive book club for tweens in partnership with social media network Everloop beginning with Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life, by Rachel Renee Russell and SPHDZ Book by Jon Scieszka.

Chronicle Books has appointed Ginee Seo as director of children’s publishing, effective May 12. Previously she was VP and editorial director of Atheneum, where she had her own imprint.

Crown has also promoted Sean Desmond to executive editor. 

At HarperCollins, Roger Freet has been promoted to Executive Editor for the HarperOne imprint.

Derry Wilkins has joined Sourcebooks as publicity manager, children’s & YA. Previously she managed children’s publicity for Sterling.

Former White House Press Secretary Named Crown Forum Editorial Director; Other Press Bumps Up Author E-Royalties; and More

Former White House Press Secretary Dana Perino has been named editorial director of Crown Forum, where she will acquire and edit six to eight titles annually for the conservative imprint.

Perino, who currently works as a communications strategist and Fox News contributor and helped devise the promotional strategy for George W. Bush’s Decision Points, will work out of Washington, DC.

Starting Friday, April 1, Other Press will increase its ebook royalty rates to 50 percent of net proceeds once an author’s advance has earned out, and to 30 percent before an advance has earned out.

Effective immediately, Hachette Book Group will handle Canadian sales and distribution for the Disney Book Group. HBG will also provide sales and distribution into the trade book market for Marvel.

Hope something listed provides an additional opportuntity to place your work.

Talk tomorrow,


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61670. Toys and What I'm working on

Hello WAWE members. Posting two pieces this week.
The first piece is a cover for Simon and Schusters,
Ziggy Book series (from the bottom up).
The other is a sample piece for a future book.
I will post it for Illustration Friday's
"Toy." They are gouache and
watercolor and photoshop.
Have a great week.

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61671. Happy Birthday, Vincent!

Today is Vincent Van Gogh’s birthday. Now why in the world does that matter, since he’s long dead? Well, he’s one of my favorite artist’s, right up there with Charles Schulz and Micheangelo, among others. Some say he was crazy, but I say he was crazy like a genius! His Starry Night is my all... Read the rest of this post

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61672. “Spend It Wisely” by Tommy and Markus Vad Flaaten

Two brothers go down town to buy a present for their little sister’s upcoming birthday when the unthinkable happens… From the madcap minds of Norwegian sibling animation/design duo Tommy Vad Flaaten and Markus Vad Flaaten: Spend It Wisely.

(Thanks, R.A. MacNeil)

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61673. NYC cobra

A cobra from the Bronx zoo has escaped. Probably out buying up souvenirs all over town.

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61674. pink light design

I'm so excited to share with all my Blogger friends some awesome news! I'm now represented by Pink Light Design! I'll be doing Licensing work for the surface design industry. I'll still be working with my kid-friendly images, but also mixing it up a bit and taking on some other subjects as well. I also have images available for licensing through Gibson and Holt, in the UK.

I'll be showing at Surtex, in NY, in May. Well, my work will be there, anyway, with Pink Light Design. So, if you're at the show, stop by their booth and say Hi to Mary Beth, she's an awesome designer and super nice, too!

Well, I better get back to work, lots to do to prepare for the show! 

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61675. Digital Colored Pencil

For a long time now I've been lamenting about how long my colored pencil work takes to do, and how its not always practical for my commercial illustration work, especially children's books. I love love love how it looks, and love doing it, but it just takes too darned long. Also, as the demand for digital work keeps increasing, I've been feeling kind of stuck and depressed, thinking that the 'look' and technique I had developed was fast becoming obsolete. What's a colored pencil artist to do? I wondered.

Then I found Will Terry's Digital Painting in Photoshop course, and I had a Eureka! moment. I highly highly recommend getting this if you think you might want to learn how to paint digitally. He shows his process for painting digitally with texture, which I adapted to make a 'colored pencil look'.

Here's my first practice painting, an attempt at replicating the illustration below it, which is all colored pencil.

above -digital
below - real colored pencils

Its not too bad a start, for a first try. I didn't take it 'all the way', since I don't want to keep repainting an old piece forever, but did enough to feel comfortable knowing this is actually possible, and to have something to show you.

The first thing I did after I figured out how to make the texture I wanted was a sort of gray scale, to practice controlling values ~

Painting digitally like this is so much like doing it by hand - you work in layers, building up the color, just like you would with actual pencils. Its still not fast, but its also not as slow as 'real' pencils. Also, you can try a new color, change your mind, erase, etc. without a lot of fuss. This is key when doing illustration work - often changes need to be made, like "can you make the boys shirt blue instead of green" or "please add one more child on the left side" or "change that hairstyle" or whatever. Working digitally, those changes are soooooooooooo much easier.

Here's how that little snippet of illustration looks, broken down into layers (and you can see I painted some of the 'raspberry' layer on the 'blueberry' layer, but that's OK). So let's say I decided to turn the blueberries into kumquats or something, or wanted to change the background color - I could just delete that layer and make a new one, or erase and make changes, without affecting the rest of the illustration. Like magic!

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