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61651. A Dragon, I Assume

Henry painting what I assume to be a dragon. I think my nerdiness is rubbing off. good, I need an ally.

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61652. Red Fire Guitar

I'm no Picasso or Van Gogh, but I have been known to slap around a bit of paint traditionally here and there. I was going through some older files the other day and came across a scan of this painting I did back in 2006. It was done in Acrylic paint on canvas paper. Such were the days before the digital craze took over :)

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61653. Come & see the show


Sorry I haven’t posted in a while.  In between assignments I’ve been getting artwork ready for an exhibit in Clarion, Pa—at Clarion University in the Pew Fine Arts Gallery. It runs February 5 through 21.

The reception’s Friday, February 4 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.  If you live around here, or are intrepid enough to assail the frozen fastness of northwestern Pennsylvania, we’d love to have you!

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61654. Scarskirt, Almost There

Here's part of an inked panel from the upcoming webcomic The Situation, written by Jeff Vandermeer and drawn by me. I' almost done all the initial art and can't believe it. I think it'll be a great comic and I hope it gets collected some day in book form. And boy, did I ever learn a lot while doing this book.

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61655. My interview on Escape from Illustration Island!

Thomas James started Escape from Illustration Island a few years ago, and it has become a premier resource for illustrators just starting out (and some of us who have been in it a while). I was honored to be a guest recently for an Illustration Island podcast. And boy was it thorough! I got a little philosophical in some of my answers, but hopefully shared some information that will be of value to budding illustrators. If you listen, I hope you'll let me know what you think!

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61656. Stylish Blogger Award

Thanks Linda for sharing the Stylish Blogger Award with me. You have always been an inspiration, as an artist and a friend. To visit Linda's blog just hit on the stylish blogger award off to the side :) By accepting this award I am to pass it on to 15 other blogging sites I've discovered, and also tell seven things about myself. So here goes... 1. I love a good Thunderstorm2. My favorite

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61657. Australia Day…

It’s Australia Day in, well, Australia today and Slightly Addicted to Fiction has highlighted what sounds like a particularly stunning book by one of my favorite Australian illustrators, Bronwyn BancroftWhy I Love Australia.

Meanwhile Book Chook features a paper boomerang ativity… And while you’ve got the paper and scissors out, how about making a PaperTigers Paper Tiger while you’re at it?

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61658. Animal Wednesday: The Queen and her jester

Bliss, the Queen on her Royal Throne accompanied by Ratty and Mousie.

At the moment she's not very amused by the Court Jester...

Emma, the Court Jester with a few of her many toys and Bliss's feather wand.

Now if only she would learn to pick up after herself ;)

The funny thing is, Bliss spends her evenings gathering all the toys (babies) into one pile while we're alseep!

Happy Animal Wednesday! May you be as entertained by your kids as I am. 

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61659. Final Decision

After much trial and error (and worry) I think I've arrived at the final character designs for "Baby Moose Visits" :-))

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61660. 30 Lessons Learned, #16: You May Become Paranoid

This is likely to happen if you have two children in the house AND your kitchen is your studio. Or maybe it just happens to everyone?

I purchased a very sturdy cardboard box for my final pieces. Still, as the stack of finished art grew, I started to worry about water, milk and flying cheddar bunnies. My daughter's social life suffered because I was afraid to have roving gangs of children in the house. Then, I began to worry about natural disasters. I have never been so happy to safely deliver a package of ANYTHING in my life. And, because I live close to Tricycle Press, I was able to hand deliver the art. Very satisfying!

I was at a conference where Barney Saltzberg mentioned that all of the art for one of his books had been thrown away by a janitor at the printer. He had a very zen response, choosing to look at the experience as a sign and an opportunity for growth. I think I need to meditate more. A lot more.

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61661. Slow Going...Still Going

I couldn't be more grateful for the inadvertent down time I've had lately. It's allowed me to slowly chisel away at the last of the famous American portraits for Scholastic and I am super lucky that the second half of the project (12 illustrated scenes featuring these people) doesn't get assigned until next week at the earliest.

Apart from that, I've been wrapping up some of the small educational spec jobs I've been doing for McGraw Hill. Some of it has been interesting, some of it has not. But it should be a nice little chunk of change when it's all over, which is great since (apart from the back and forth discrepancies in directions) I've barely noticed working on them over the last month.

This is are a couple examples of some of what I've been up to:
A museum interior in which students will draw Native American artifacts/art:

A 5th grader's explorer card and mock journal entry:

A Colonial furniture maker's shop:

And a wallet (the first pass and the revised art):
Thrilling, I know.
In other news....

The SCBWI conference is THIS weekend, and I can't wait to hear all the talks and presentations an

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61662. Snowy Days

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61663. First Board Book!

(Korean edition & printer proof for new board book)

I am extremely excited that my 2007 picture book Very Hairy Bear by the wonderful Alice Schertle will be available in a sturdy board book edition this fall! As the parent of a toddler, I have come to appreciate the genius of the board book format. I've been hoping for my own board book for a long while now. Thanks, Harcourt!

And here's an interior printer proof shot against the current snowy scene outside my studio...

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61664. Adolf Oberländer

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61665. P.D. Eastman & Roy McKie

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61666. Beatrice Braun Fock

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61667. IF: dusty

When I think of the word 'dusty', I think of those tiny little particles of dust (I think they're called 'motes') that dance around. I'm working on a collage commission at the moment, so I wanted to keep the line on this one, for a change.

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61668. A Day to Share a Kind Word, or a Helpful Deed, or Both

Did you wake up today with the irresistible urge to encourage someone? Share some kindness? Help someone out? Do some good? Well, today is the perfect day for it, because January 26th is:

Toad Hollow Day of Encouragement

No, I am not making this up. Ralph C. Morrison did. Well, he and a group of dedicated Voluntoads. 

Yes, you read that right: Voluntoads

Perhaps a bit of backstory is in order.

First, just what is Toad Hollow Day of Encouragement?
Simply put, it is a day to make a heartfelt connection with others, to share "a kind word with your fellow man." 

And woman! 

(Sorry. I had to add that last bit. It's the Penn Stater in me. Click here to see a YouTube vid of a performance of The Nittany Lion song. You'll hear what I'm talking about shortly after the :50 second mark.)

So. Heartfelt connection? Share a kind word? Got it. But, how did THDoE come about?
It all started with an old schoolhouse, an elderly lady, and a storyteller. The schoolhouse, built in 1834, sat at the end of Knox Street, in Kalamazoo, Michigan. A lass by the name of Eunice was a student at that school, way back when. Then, many years later, Eunice was profiled in the local paper, and mentioned her old school. 

At the time the article was published, Eunice was once again a student, this time taking a community

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61669. studio guard gnome

Someone hoisted this gnomish thing up on a pole by the front door of our studio building a couple months ago. I don't know why they put it there but I like seeing it when I come to work in the morning. Depending on my mood and the light, it can look jolly or very, very sinister.

Is it an Enid Blyton character? Maybe it's our Russian house troll domovoi.

I'm hoping to post a sketch later today, but it's been mad here with deadlines. Yesterday I went to my first meeting as a committee member of the Society of Authors Children's Writers & Illustrators Group. I'm not quite sure why they urged me quite as strongly as they did to join when An Vrombaut and Ros Asquith retired, since I'm a real newbie in publishing, but they seemed to think I'd bring in a breath of fresh air or something. A whiff of cluelessness is more like it, but it's fascinating getting all the latest industry gossip. And they use real tea cups, with saucers and everything. Here's the gang that was there yesterday (missing Jeremy Strong and Bali Rai).

Michaela Morgan, Nicola Davies, Nicola Smee, Gillian Cross, Jo McCrum, John Dougherty, Helena Pielichaty

So I may be blogging some Society of Authors stuff for you every once in awhile. Although they gave me a whole list of things I couldn't blog about from the meeting (including mention of a rather nasty use for pinking shears). This seems to be the story of my past few months, everyone finishing their sentences with, but you won't be blogging about this, right? Makes me wonder if I need to invent a whole parallel life that I can blog about. Maybe I should become a pirate.

I the meantime... I pulled myself awake watching two videos this morning, which are as opposite as two things cam possibly be. One is this lovely video of a girl and her dad singing Home by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros (thanks to Couch Fiction writer Philippa Perry). Very family friendly. And the other is this Bollywood Robot film with a Russian voice-over that is so absolutely, appallingly terrible that it's almost good. (Warning, contains a lot of brainless violence.) I like the YouTube comment posted underneath: And thus the age old question was answered: What happens when an 8 year old is given 18 energy drinks and a directing gig? Spot on. (Link thanks to Jamie Smart, whom I suspect imbibes the occasional energy drink himself.)

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61670. Ruby’s Magnificent Stew

Ruby Rue makes makes magnificent stew, though her secret ingredient nobody knew.

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61671. Lisa Lichtenfels' Sculptures

I've been a huge fan of Lisa Lichtenfels work for years. Her work is just stunning. The first time I saw photos of one of Lisa's sculptures I didn't believe they were made out of wire, batting and pantyhose. In fact I had trouble believing it was a sculpture at all it looked so real. Yep, that is pantyhose! When I saw her work in real life I still couldn't believe it. I even bought her books on soft sculpture techniques. I experimented a little bit but let's face it, this woman has more patience in her pinky toe than I have in my whole body.

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61672. Ruby’s Magnificent Stew

Ruby Rue makes makes magnificent stew, though her secret ingredient nobody knew.

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61673. Greetings from hong kong!

Greetings! I just work up from a 7 hour nap. Let that be a lesson to you to turn your phone off silent mode if you want to hear your alarm. Dang.

It's okay though. My headache has disappeared and I no longer feel exhausted from a 20 hr flight and 6 hours of wandering Kowloon like a zombie because the hostel room wasn't ready yet. So far, we've experienced the growing festivities that is the Chinese new year. We actually leave at the turn of the new year but are deeply considering going to Disneyland hk on our way out since it's on the way to the airport. That and I friggin love disneyland. we passed a sign on the highway that just had mickeys silhoutte head and an arrow suggesting Disneyland was the next exit. Awesome. I respect brevity in universally understood shapes.

We spent the early morning wandering through kowloon park. I love seeing all the old folk doing tai chi. I tried to draw them but found it incredibly difficult because one, I'm rusty and two, it's a challenge to sketch a defining key position because there is none! You know the pinnacle moment in a baseball pitch, someone running, etc. but that's not really the case with tai chi. It's all fluid, equally seeming significant poses. Ill keep practicing.Maybe I'll start doing yoga next to them. Whuttup playaaaa!

It's such a different experience walking around w James who is blond, tall and blue-eyed. I really love traveling in asia because I have an ability to blend in! But dang. James. Buzz kill. Tailored suit sir? Rolex watch, copy watch, sir? Every single time we step out! O brother. I also wonder if we look like a couple where Im the Asian girl he's saving from poverty in exchange for her youth and great wife abilities. And I'm in it for the cash money dolla dolla billz.

On a random note, Im very glad I do yoga. The flexibility skillz came in handy on the plane. A major buzz kill on long flights is the blood circulation issue from sitting for hours. My feet get so swollen I start to doubt if I'll ever fit into my shoes again! So here and there I would stretch my legs up perpendicular to the floor. I felt a little self conscious with everyone seeing my orange snoopy socks but hey! Beats feeling like you have fat feet.

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61674. Gizmodo taps illustrators to give stories more punch, pop, pow! » Nieman Journalism Lab » Pushing to the Future of Journalism

Gizmodo taps illustrators to give stories more punch, pop, pow! » Nieman Journalism Lab » Pushing to the Future of Journalism:

Cartoons, illustrations, and drawings can add a nice touch in the Internet environment where text stories are aggregated, chopped up, syndicated or simply re-skinned and re-written without giving credit. Art, on the other hand, is treated as a more proprietary piece of intellectual property and can catch a reader’s eye, build a brand’s signature style, and help tell the story.

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61675. Hyperlink Placement

In the world of print, you can attract attention to a word by placing it in bold face or italics. Or you can underline it. Or you can put a number after it to refer the reader to a footnote¹ or an endnote².

In the world of the Internet, you can also give it a hyperlink. Since the link is usually colored and underlined, it automatically conveys emphasis. A hyperlink is similar to a footnote because promises clarification or contextualization.

The Chicago Manual of Style, drawing upon centuries of established print tradition, suggests rules for using boldface, italics, underlining, and footnotes.

What about hyperlinks? When and where should we use them?

According to prevailing wisdom, providing a link in the middle of a section of text benefits the reader. Like the footnote, it can reveal a source, explain a term, or provide a deeper excursion into a given topic. For example, if you link the “Battle of the Bulge,” your reader presumes that by clicking on the link, there will be some web page waiting that expounds on that topic.

But the reader doesn’t necessarily know where the link leads. Wikipedia, maybe? Or some World War II site? Placing the cursor over the link brings up the URL code at the bottom of the window, and right-clicking it can open it in a separate window for later perusal.

Nicolas Carr, in his recent book, The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brain, argues that links embedded in running text interrupt the flow of thought. Somewhere in the back of his brain the reader must make a few judgments: Where will this link take me? Should I make the jump now or come back later? Should I skip it altogether?

These judgments must be added to the cognitive load of reading the passage itself. It’s like trying to read while someone is tugging on your sleeve. Carr argues that these competing thoughts interfere with comprehension. Even worse, if the reader actually follows the links, there’s a risk of losing him entirely.

One solution to this problem is to resist linking until the end, and then to present an array of choices, like doors at the end of a hallway. That way the reader can sustain attention for the full written piece without distraction.

In a web essay, Carr experiments with placing all his links at the end.

Carr make an interesting point. Why not link at the end of a piece? The reader can recall the key concepts or names when he or she sees them again in the endlinks. Because endlinks don’t need to fit into the syntax of a sentence, they can be composed to suggest not only the topic but the destination. For example, instead of “Battle of the Bulge,” the endlink can read: “Battle of the Bulge on U.S. Army's Official Site.”

Carr’s argument won me over—but not completely. You may have noticed I have generally shifted my linking strategy, putting them mostly at the end.

There’s no need to be a purist. Sometimes you might want the reader to head out through a side door, and that a kind of channel-surf-skim-reading style is one of the pleasures of the Internet. Not all pieces of writing are long rational expositions requiring uninterrupted concentration. And, as several people pointed out in the comments after Mr. Carr’s essay, embedded links can signal the credibility of the writer’s source material, something that a reader might want to establish before the end.

What link-placement strategy do you prefer? Please let me know in the comments.
1. Traditional footnotes aren’t really possible on a Web page, since the “page” is scalable and infinitely long; therefore, on a computer, they’re all really endnotes.
2. Amazon’s Kindle handles endnotes by following the word with an asterisk. That asterisk links within the e-book database to the relevant note.

Battle of

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