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Below I’ve embed the entire episode one-hour of History Detectives which aired last night on PBS. The first 18 minutes is devoted to tracking down the story behind a cache of rare cartoon cels, which turn out to be from the long-forgotten first Buddy cartoon, a Looney Tunes cartoon from 1933. During the course of the investigation, host Tukufu Zuberi interviews animation art expert Mike Van Eaton, Woodbury University’s Dori Littell Herrick, ink & paint veteran Martha Sigall and yours truly, Jerry Beck. For your further viewing pleasure, the PBS website has also post the first Looney Tunes cartoon, starring Bosko, Sinkin’ In The Bathtub (1930).
A little about perspective and composition on book covers. There's so much that can be done to draw attention to a book, as long as you're lucky enough to have the bookseller display it with the cover image visible. Just think about where the viewer stands in relation to the images on the covers of these kids' and young adult books.
Firehouse! by Mark Teague (Scholastic, 2010). How low can you go? Awesome.
The Barrel in the Basement by Barbara Brooks Wallace, illustrated by Sharon Wooding (BackinPrint edition, originally published by Atheneum in 1985). We the viewers are looking down from above, which accentuates their diminutive size.
Guardian of the Dead (the U.S. hardcover) by Karen Healey (Little, Brown, 2010) We are practically lying on this creature's chest. Low and inside.
Ed Young's Moon Bear, written by Brenda Guiberson (Holt, 2010). It would be so easy for this bear to appear menacing, the way he looms over us. But he doesn't seem too scary. Right?
i don't know what this technique is called in English... a soft base of painting then added some pieces of cloth and thread on top, then pressed. After that into the the acid like a normal etching...
una abstracción en grabado - Barniz blando, con telas arriba, prensa y después aguafuerte - impreso en gris (mezcla de tintas vs.)
Flesk Publishing has just brought out a new book on the rough drawings and unfinished works of comic artist Al Williamson (1931-2010). The 64-page softcover volume gives a look at the development process of a recent master of adventure comics.
The sketchbook pages and tissue paper overlays are reproduced in color, bringing out every nuance of texture and tone. Subjects in this first volume of a series shows science fiction themes: dinosaurs, warriors, maidens, spacemen, monsters, and ornate cities and jungles.
We hiked up to Colorado's only real geyser, up the West Fork near Dunton. The dogs ran, the girls goofed with each other while they hiked up the trail, and then sat around the stinky milky pool of water until it bubbled up...
then it was down the aspen clad hill collecting firewood to go cook hotdogs over and then the summer was over.
Today, the house is quiet, the dogs are sleeping and the light is beginning to tilt sideways...Fall is thinking about coming and I'm ready!
I added a page (I Love Patterns) to my site with these new patterns, you can click on each thumbnail to see them bigger. The patterns are based on some portfolio pieces, I had a great time designing them, hope you like them.
Añadí una pagina (I Love Patterns) a mi sitio con estos nuevos repites, pueden hacer click en cada imagen para verla mas grande. Los repites están basados en piezas de mi portafolio, disfruté mucho diseñandolos, espero que les gusten.
I wanted to post some sketches I did a weekend or so ago before too much time passes!
I see no date on this sketch, but I think this was on August 22. I had taken a sketching excursion that ended out in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue. By the time I got out there it was 3 p.m. and I was hankering for some grub. So I tried this little place called “Cafe Herb’s”. That was the day that was overcast but it didn’t rain until after sunset. So there were people getting in their outdoor activities–like these three. They were in bicycling gear and enjoying lunch when I sat down. I pulled out my sketchpad, pen and watercolors to give the scene a go, below:
Below: A photo to document the scene and completed sketch. I hate that old watercolor set!
Below: And it wouldn’t do to not post a post a pic of my lunch: a tomato and (Swiss?) cheese sandwich with some sort of lemony herb-seasoned pasta salad. And water. It filled the hole. : )
The first documented use of the word ‘nerd’ was in the book If I Ran the Zoo, written in 1950 by Dr. Seuss . The book's protagonist, Gerald McGrew, claims that he would bring a creature known as a Nerd from the land of Za-Troo to his zoo. The wild-haired critter wore a black tee and was delightfully grumpy with sideburns. The name stuck.
Nerd is a term that refers to a person who avidly pursues intellectual activities, technical or scientific endeavors, esoteric knowledge, or other obscure interests, rather than engaging in more social or conventional activities. It often carries a derogatory connotation or stereotype. The nerd may be awkward, shy and unattractive. Therefore, a nerd is often excluded from physical activity and considered a loner by peers, or will tend to associate with like-minded people.
My wife and I recently put a much needed new basement floor into our 100 year old house. To celebrate I skated to the tune of the hustle. I don't usually post videos but I think this one may be worth seeing.
Viva La Vida es una organización argentina sin fines de lucro que alberga animales rescatados de la calle, abandonados o maltratados, y se encarga de buscarles un hogar. Su centro de adopciones está siempre abierto a quienes estén buscando una mascota para amar y cuidar. Allí, perros de todas las edades, tamaños y colores están esperando que lleguen sus nuevos dueños.
Es un placer participar en un calendario ilustrado que lanzará esta asociación, junto a Mercedes de la Jara, Gusti, Roger Olmos, Cecilia Varela, María Elina, Leonor Perez, Aitana Carrasco, Elena Ospina, Lia Angotti, Abril Castillo, Cara Carmina, Unai Zoco, y que contará con textos de Ana Tortosa y Luciano Testa.
Él es Churro, y será enero en las hermosas palabras de Ana.
Viva la Vida is an Argentinean nonprofit organisation that rescues animals from the street, searching a home for them. Its adoption center is always open for those who are looking for a pet to love and care. Dogs of all ages, sizes and colors are waiting for new owners to arrive. It is a pleasure to participate in an illustrated calendar for this organisation, with Mercedes de la Jara, Gusti, Roger Olmos, Cecilia Varela, María Elina, Leonor Perez , Aitana Carrasco, Elena Ospina, Lia Angotti, Abril Castillo, Cara Carmina, Unai Zoco, and with texts from Ana Tortosa and Luciano Testa.
He is Churro, and will be January in Ana´s beautiful words.
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank illustrator, Melissa Kojima for all of her wonderful, inspirational contributions to Illustration Pages so far. Melissa was first featured on Illustration Pages back in January, 2010. She has been a contributor to IP since her first post on February 11, 2010, and has been posting every week on the site since then. Melissa’s witty and clever style of writing adds such great flavor to the IP site. The artwork and artists she shares with us each week are truly inspirational.
Melissa’s own illustrations and artwork is also inspirational. Take some time to visit her brilliant work at the following links:
Episode 49 of the Escape from Illustration Island Podcast features an audio interview with Illustrator and Type Designer Jessica Hische. Together we discuss the world of Type Design, working in a design studio, and Battlestar Galactica. I also announce the upcoming release of the EFII: Year One eBook, Audiobook, and Special Edition Podcast Episode, as well as how you can win your own copy.
Here are links to some of the things mentioned on the show:
For 2011, and hopefully longer, the The Graham Johnson Cultural Arts Endowment (GJCAE) Community Present will be the Critter Cube Stories. Teacher and creator, Ian Sands, is beginning to construct 30 Critter Cubes and Critter stories to be displayed in Wake Forest, N.C.
The Critter Cubes are cubes with colored graphics that can be turned over and with each turn a new story begins. The project is intended to be interactive with the community and encourage verbal and written expression using the stories created by the arrangement of the cubes.
The Graham Johnson Cultural Arts Endowment has financed the first 4 Critter Cube Stories and in 2011 plans to encourage further development of the project throughout the surrounds of Wake Forest.
In addition to the critter displays, the GJCAE will work with the community to provide coloring books so children can craft stories. Prizes will be awarded for the most original, creative, or best story lines improvising with the critters.
The past week I've been trying to carve out 15 minutes at either the beginning or end of the day to mess around with some non-work related projects. It goes a long way towards recharging my batteries.
And by way of explanation, I walked past a house the other day that had moonflowers growing out front, which made me think of a song. So, it seemed like it was high time to sketch some nocturnal botanical specimens and song.