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61651. Fun with Linoleum

My new round of art classes is underway - a Christmas Keepsakes class and a Intro to Linoleum Block Printing. 


My sample print
 

The Christmas class is a lot of work because I'm doing three projects that I've never done before.  There's a certain degree of invention because I want to offer something that is unique and worthwhile (for parents who are paying for these classes).  Then, there's an element of adaptation because some of my original ideas are just too challenging for the younger members of the class (8 year olds).  I have to find a way to achieve a successful end that's "do-able" with those kids.  And, I've found that that challenge is something I enjoy - gives me something to obsess over, I guess.  And, I've got 2 girls who are all too happy to be my testers at home...


Guess you'll have to wait and see!

What are we doing here?



The block printing class is just fun.  I haven't done this in probably over ten years, and I forgot how much I enjoy it.  I had an uncarved linoleum block from way-back-when and used a sketchbook doodle to make a quick sample (the rocket shown above).

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61652. Happy Thanksgiving!

This drawing started as a small sketch of 2 turkeys for my (sketchbook project)…
I added a little color &  a beautiful yellow lab.


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61653. DESIGNER - lucy clark

freelance designer lucy clark sent me some of her latest patterns fresh from her current portfolio and i really loved these apples (above). besides having her folio designs for sale lucy has also been working on a textile product range which will hopefully launch next year.

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61654. Thought Bubble...

The Leeds Comic Convention...


Hi Guys,

It’s just a quick one today to let everyone going along tomorrow to the convention that I will be popping along too. Although I will not have a table this year, I will be taking along prints of the latest pages from Worlds End for folks to check out and a few bits and bobs, so you can still ask for Ashcans and the like.

Please feel free to ask me what I have with me and a sketch if you want one too; don't be shy.

I’m looking forward to seeing you all there.

Until next time, have fun!

Tim Perkins…
November 19th 2010

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61655. Bright Buttons


This is a long overdue post. I have been meaning to post about this for quite some time and well...well, I guess I just haven't for many reasons that remain unclear.

My wife Ali, is an enormously clever person (I can boast about her because this is my blog and I hold the official bragging rights - a tremendous honor.) One day, some time ago, she invented a board game called 'Bright Buttons'. Pretty much, just like that. Actually, the story goes a little more like this:

One morning one of our boys (Ollie) came into the kitchen to see a well known board game still on the table from the previous night. He asked Ali if he could play it with her and she naturally said 'yes', changing the questions so that they were appropriate for his age (Ollie was three at the time). He loved that he was able to play a board game with his mum and Ali could see that, done right, a game like this could be a great educational tool as well. It wasn't long before she had a 'cardboard and sticky tape' version that included fun physical and spacial awareness challenges along with questions that encouraged kids to be inquisitive and engaged. Although Ali was vaguely aware that there wasn't anything like this on the market for pre-schoolers (really little people), at this stage it was just a fun game that we enjoyed playing with our kids. Then a friend who just happened to work in the toy industry suggested that she thought it was the sort of thing that a board game company might be looking for.

So Ali teamed up with a graphic designer friend (Kerry Jones) with similar aged kids and they put together a much more flash (sticky tape-less) version and sent it to an International board game company called UGames. They loved it and well, it is now sold in Australia, Germany, the Netherlands (where it was nominated for 'toy of the year') Belgium, France and Luxembourg. Luxembourg people!!

Ali and Kerry also have another two games on the way as part of the series.

Can't tell you how proud I am. And I thought I was the creative one!

PS. Forgot to tell you where you can buy 'Bright Buttons' (if you want!) It can be found at Border's Books, Myer, Toys R Us and a whole bunch of good independent/educational toy stores. Also, it's out there online too.

PSS. I'm off to New York on Sunday and will be posting (sketches, photos and useless thoughts) from over there. No doubt it will be rather New Yorkish.

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61656. meet lila and lily...



the last in my "petal pixie" series...for now anyway;) i need to start painting them for the holidays. i have decided to sell them in my etsy shop as REPRODUCTIONS with the pixie's name on it. i am actually already done painting blue belle and i will be posting her tomorrow!

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61657. Fun with Linoleum

My new round of art classes is underway - a Christmas Keepsakes class and a Intro to Linoleum Block Printing. 


My sample print
 

The Christmas class is a lot of work because I'm doing three projects that I've never done before.  There's a certain degree of invention because I want to offer something that is unique and worthwhile (for parents who are paying for these classes).  Then, there's an element of adaptation because some of my original ideas are just too challenging for the younger members of the class (8 year olds).  I have to find a way to achieve a successful end that's "do-able" with those kids.  And, I've found that that challenge is something I enjoy - gives me something to obsess over, I guess.  And, I've got 2 girls who are all too happy to be my testers at home...


Guess you'll have to wait and see!

What are we doing here?



The block printing class is just fun.  I haven't done this in probably over ten years, and I forgot how much I enjoy it.  I had an uncarved linoleum block from way-back-when and used a sketchbook doodle to make a quick sample (the rocket shown above).

So far,

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61658. More needle books

Here's a peek at one of Bradley's birthday presents from October.
His very own custom robot needle book, with his name embroidered on the front and a robot print inside.
mustard linen woodland embroidered needle book
Yesterday I finally finished my last in a batch of new needle books, some in mustard with flowered branches..

and some in pink with red and pink flowers..
pink embroidered needle book

So these new ones are shaped like an acorn.
acorn needle book

The front and back covers have the cap pieced together with the nut part, then lined. The tricky part was the little stem but that really did seem necessary. Even the pages inside are shaped like acorns! Sewing together all the layers at the end can be tricky, the wool tends to shift and it all ends up a bit wonky. So I just did it by hand while a big clip held it all together. All these new needle books are in my etsy shop and will be coming wit

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61659. 2011 CALENDAR - pauline grayson

these lovely patterns are by utah based designer pauline grayson and feature on her 2011 calendar. available as a download from her etsy shop mufn inc each month features an original floral pattern on the back, ready to frame at the month’s end. all of the patterns coordinate so can be kept together or given away as gifts.

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61660. That time of year again?


Buurrrrrrrr...For most of us, this guy...He can take the harsh winters.

Many more wintery themes to come within the next month or so on my blog, so stop by I promise there will be plenty! Winter is my favorite time to paint.

chris harrington

Take care!

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61661. Birds can talk to fairy-tale princesses


Frogshackle

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61662. This fabulous 2011 calendar by Alex Griendling can be yours for...



This fabulous 2011 calendar by Alex Griendling can be yours for only $20, but they’re only being printed in small batches. Act fast! 

This calendar takes 95 time travel occurrences and places them on a single timeline. Watch thousands of years of time travel take place over the course of 12 months! Includes favorites such as Back to the Future, Terminator, LOST and Chrono Trigger. (via 2011 Time Traveler’s Calendar : The Design Work of Alex Griendling)


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61663. Escaped kite!

rory: hello miss.
caitlin (looks up from book): hello.
rory: you look like a nice person. i also see you like books. well, i like creating a tower of books and jumping from it to retrieve escaped kites. mind if i...?
caitlin: by all means. i'll keep 'good night moon' if you don't mind though...

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61664. samsketch: A self portrait of sorts. My friend took some really...



samsketch:

A self portrait of sorts. My friend took some really lovely photos of me recently, so I used one for reference.

Samantha Kallis: confident lines, bold use of colour, and a Tumblr full of fabulous drawings.



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61665. Illustration Friday - Burning


A fire burning in the hearth is lovely this time of year!

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61666. The New Yorker Collection Has Arrived at pingg


(Click on image for larger view.)

From the editorial submissions:

The good folks at pingg.com have partnered with The New Yorker to create an exclusive collection of online invitations and ecards featuring the magazine’s world-famous cartoons. This premium collection debuts just in time for the holiday entertaining season, which means you can send invitations and greeting cards to friends and family with the wit and style of The New Yorker!

Check out all the ecards here.

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61667. Ole Blue Eyes

Mucking about with crayons.
Coloured pencil 22cm x 20cm. Click to enlarge.

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61668. Bright Buttons


This is a long overdue post. I have been meaning to post about this for quite some time and well...well, I guess I just haven't for many reasons that remain unclear.

My wife Ali, is an enormously clever person (I can boast about her because this is my blog and I hold the official bragging rights - a tremendous honor.) One day, some time ago, she invented a board game called 'Bright Buttons'. Pretty much, just like that. Actually, the story goes a little more like this:

One morning one of our boys (Ollie) came into the kitchen to see a well known board game still on the table from the previous night. He asked Ali if he could play it with her and she naturally said 'yes', changing the questions so that they were appropriate for his age (Ollie was three at the time). He loved that he was able to play a board game with his mum and Ali could see that, done right, a game like this could be a great educational tool as well. It wasn't long before she had a 'cardboard and sticky tape' version that included fun physical and spacial awareness challenges along with questions that encouraged kids to be inquisitive and engaged. Although Ali was vaguely aware that there wasn't anything like this on the market for pre-schoolers (really little people), at this stage it was just a fun game that we enjoyed playing with our kids. Then a friend who just happened to work in the toy industry suggested that she thought it was the sort of thing that a board game company might be looking for.

So Ali teamed up with a graphic designer friend (Kerry Jones) with similar aged kids and they put together a much more flash (sticky tape-less) version and sent it to an International board game company called UGames. They loved it and well, it is now sold in Australia, Germany, the Netherlands (where it was nominated for 'toy of the year') Belgium, France and Luxembourg. Luxembourg people!!

Ali and Kerry also have another two games on the way as part of the series.

Can't tell you how proud I am. And I thought I was the creative one!

PS. Forgot to tell you where you can buy 'Bright Buttons' (if you want!) It can be found at Border's Books, Myer, Toys R Us and a whole bunch of good independent/educational toy stores. Also, it's out there online too.

PSS. I'm off to New York on Sunday and will be posting (sketches, photos and useless thoughts) from over there. No doubt it will be rather New Yorkish.

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61669. YOU can win $500 worth of books from

Chronicle Books. More importantly - *I* can win $500 worth of books from Chronicle!

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61670. Flying Fish

You probably have had enough of my winged creatures by now; whether it's a baby, a bear or in this case, a giant fish! But seriously, it shows how desperate I am to just fly away! I need a change...

Hopefully I'll come back with some new and different pieces in near future. Right now it's just me struggling with this so-called artist's block thingy!

Cheers :)

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61671. Miss Wonderland Glass Pendant

Miss Wonderland Glass Pendant
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One of my favorite fairy tales is Alice in Wonderland. This cute little girl is holding a bunny toy by the ear. Pendant is created from my Miss Wonderland digital painting.

Glass Tile Pendant is 1 7/8″ tall by 7/8″ wide.

It comes with an ultra Fine 1.2mm Silver Plated Snake Chain Necklace with Lobster Clasps. 16″ and 18″ chains are available. Send me a message specifying whether you want 16″ or 18″.

Packaged in a cute little cardboard gift box.

This fairy tale classic is perfect to give as a gift to someone or wear it yourself.

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61672. Sheep print

This is one of the very first designs I did - it never sold and I always favored it. I just printed it at Spoonflower - can't wait to see it as a fabric. Once I get the order I will make it available in my Spoonflower shop.

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61673. Online drawing and animating tools

Drawing

http://caimansys.com/painter/

http://mrdoob.com/projects/harmony/

http://harmony.uphero.com/#sketchy

http://www.lostconnection.net/harmonykmod/

http://www.zefrank.com/scribbler/

http://mugtug.com/sketchpad/

http://sketch.odopod.com/

Animation:
http://www.doink.com

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61674. Free Fall Friday

Betsy took the photo for this week’s prompt in the Adirondacks. She says, “Something compelled me to shoot the hotel from this angle, and I hope you find it inspiring.

“Now study the photo. Next, choose music of your choice to listen to. Close your eyes. See the photo in your head, and let the music play for three to five minutes.

Once the music ends, start writing.” Write one page, starting with the following words: At the top of ________

To read about the writing retreat I attended last weekend (where the photo was taken), go to: http://betsydevany.wordpress.com/2010/11/19/falling-leaves-retreat-2010 /

Here are questions to consider:

  1. Is your mc inside or outside?
  2. How does your mc feel about the building?
  3. Is the structure a hotel or a private home?
  4. What season is it?
  5. Is it day or night?
  6. Is the tree symbolic, or even a part of the story?
  7. What does your mc want?

Ready or not, take the plunge. Write! And remember, enjoy the process.

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Talk tomorrow,

Kathy


Filed under: inspiration, writing excercise Tagged: Practice, Writer's Prompt, writing

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61675. The Original Art Show: Part II

As I mentioned, I already attended the Society of Illustrators’ Original Art Show during its opening, but the hustle and bustle of the event kept me from really getting a good look at all the pieces and reading the actual books.  So the Putnam art and editorial crew took a field trip last Friday to spend a few hours there in relative quiet and share our likes/dislikes.

All of the books are obviously winners, and of course, there were plenty that I already knew I loved: Peter Brown’s Children Make Terrible Pets, Jan Jutte’s Sleepover At Grandma’s House, Lane Smith’s It’s A Book!. But I wanted to mention a few new titles that I discovered along the way.  Here are my favorites:

1. Tao Nyeu – Bunny Days (Dial)

I was literally cooing and gasping with laughter aloud when I read this, as I couldn’t believe that a single book could be so adorable and disturbing at once!  In three parts, Mr. and Mrs. Goat find various ways to accidentally muddy/trap/maim a group of baby bunnies, and Bear comes to the rescue… with, um, interesting solutions.  Well-meaning Bear subjects the bunnies to the washing machine (and hangs them to dry!), a high-powered fan, and a sewing machine. AND THE BUNNIES ARE STILL CUTE! AND NOT DEAD!  Hilarious.

2.  Carmen Segovia – Brownie Groundhog and February Fox (Sterling)

This was one of my favorite designed books at the show.  I just love the wintery limited color palette with pops of red… reminds me of a modern version of classics like Mary Wore Her Red Dress. Plus, predator (Fox) and prey (Groundhog) become friends and share toast.  Aw.

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