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61651. my top10 for 2010










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61652. Triptych II (inside, details)


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61653. Hat Trick!

Ok, I went for it and did a third painting - a bird to round out the group.  The girls said it was their favorite one, but I'm not so sure about it.  I like it well enough, but I'm not sure it's my favorite of the three.


I think that's where I'll stop on this series at the moment.  Although, I guess there are a lot of animals I could potentially do, but this is enough.  I'm ready to do some drawing again maybe.  We'll see...

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61654. 2010 Pieces






Here are a few of my favorites I did this year.

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61655. Best Kids’ Picture Books, 2010


List and slideshow from the The Children’s Book Review

Top Ten Picture Books

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61656. Ringing in the New Year

An image from our most popular post in 2010: Luis Adelantado’s Inaugural Exhibition in Mexico City This year has been quite a ride for DaWire. We have grown in numbers and expanded our network of contributing writers and websites. But most importantly, we have successfully carved our little niche in the online world. DaWire is [...]

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61657. SBP 2011: The Boy Who Cried Wolf

The Boy Who Cried Wolf

The Boy Who Cried Wolf, also known as The Shepard Boy and the Wolf, is a fable attributed to Aesop. Here is my sketchbook project interpretation.  The naughty Shepard Boy is laughing at his family and their concern for him. As the story he goes, he will learn a valuable lesson about lying.

Watercolor & Ink & Graphite

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61658. not quite 2011

Here's a preperatory sketch I made last night for something I'll talk about again soon. I'll just be mysterious and say it's somehow connected to the upcoming launch of Chelmsford's Just Imagine centre on 15 Jan and a nutty writer named Steve Cole. And may involve monsters.



Lsat night a bunch of us went to Erika Moen's signing at Orbital Comics (she makes comics for adults), then Ellen Lindner, Stephen Betts and I ate super-yummy dumplings in Chinatown and I had a lychee and green grass jelly crushed ice drink which was rather amazing. Here's a lady making dumplings in the front window.



While I was at Orbital, I was browsing their rack of indie comics and bought this comic, Anais in Paris by Mardou (based in St Louis, Missouri, and one of the WoM founders, along with Ellen). It's a lovely and quirky comic biography, well worth reading.





We were just heading home, when we got a call from John Aggs, and headed back for another drink with him, Julia Scheele and her boyfriend, Neville.



Ellen Lindner and Julia Scheele


John Aggs and me

Back home, these tasty items have shown up in our kitchen, which could only mean one thing...



...Visitors from Belgium! Here are two of our best friends, Mags and Manoelle. (I lived with Mags in Moscow). It was marvellous to see them, and when we took them off to the train the next morning, we just kept walking until we got to Dan's house for a cup of tea.



Here's our friend Dan Fone, my web designer, and his trusty companion Casper.

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61659. SBP 2011: The Boy Who Cried Wolf

The Boy Who Cried Wolf The Boy Who Cried Wolf, also known as The Shepard Boy and the Wolf, is a fable attributed to Aesop. Here is my sketchbook project interpretation.  The naughty Shepard Boy is laughing at his family and their concern for him. As the story he goes, he will learn a valuable lesson about lying.

Watercolor & ink & Graphite

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61660. The Evil Kitty King and his Queen

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61661. My secret weapon


People sometimes wonder why I'm so good at ping pong. Well, now you know. Fear. You'd lose too if you had to face this paddle.

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61662. robot gay

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61663. My secret weapon


People sometimes wonder why I'm so good at ping pong. Well, now you know. Fear. You'd lose too if you had to face this paddle.

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61664. New mullet-'do' for a new year + fine art print special:

I'm telling you this as a favor:

EVERYBODY ELSE IS ALREADY SPORTING A MULLET THIS YR! JOIN OR BECOME OBSOLETE!!!!

One of my (too-many-to-recount-here)  New Yr's resolutions: learn new tricks on the computer. In the photo above, I added hand-letting thru a fancy channel switcheroo kind of thing (that even though I accomplished this, I cannot relate exactly how). When i get more accomplished, I'll post a DIY step by step thing, I promise.

Other news....I have 2 xtra prints from a past show (see below) -- next 2 lucky consumers who order this from my Minutiae Laboratories site get a free greeting card & postcard included. Only $16 including shipping. Anyhow, I figger the holidaze are over, but shopping goes on, yes?

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61665. New Year’s Eve Free Fall

This week we will keep with the theme of the New Year.  Remember, you are trying to write a first page to keep your writing mind limber.  Here’s the prompt:  We stood in front of the band watching the clock …

Keep safe tonight and have a fun time.  Hope our paths cross in 2011.

Talk tomorrow,

Kathy


Filed under: Writer's Prompt, writing, writing excercise Tagged: First Page exercise, Happy New Year, Writer's Prompt

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61666. Tutorial Tip

I came across this website after watching a few videos by children's illustrator Lynne Chapman. I got totally distracted by all the information on there. If you are after free tutorials on Illustrator, Photoshop and all sorts of interests then it is worth popping your key words into their search box.That should keep you busy until my next post :-)http://vimeo.com/

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61667. #31 – Now go and do!

Every day in December I will be posting Illustration Business tips. Just a thank you for all your support, friendship and encouragement over the year. I also might throw in a giveaway or two! Any particular thing you want tips on? Just leave a comment. See the bottom of each post for Q&A on each topic.

So now you have had 30 straight days of illustration tips (and I have not gone into labor like I was afraid and not be able to post continuously). With the new year starting tomorrow – get going. Make 2011 your year! Get rid of all the negativity (from yourself & others) on why you “can’t” do this, and focus on you “will” do this.

One things that has helped me every year is making some kind of goal chart. In 2008 I made this little goal flip chart:

I’ve written them on a chalk board and just a little list taped to my desk. I’d try and go over it all every time I start my day. If you haven’t found or started a critique group, now is the time to do it. You are going to need the motivation and also the accountability to get you to where you need to be.

So…on your mark. Get set. Go!!!!

Anything I left out? If you have a specific question – I’ll take them over on my Facebook page so everyone can read the Q&A. Look for the #30 dot for the discussion on this post. I’ll see you there!

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61668. A Party for Amos McGee (and other books, too!)


Merry Holidays, everyone! I am having a bout of insomnia and a roaring headache so now seems as good a time as any to stop avoiding this blog and instead, avoid drawing for a bit. You'll have to excuse me if the writing today is a little off. I know it's a been a while since I've posted. Every so often I would check erinstead.com to see if a new post somehow magically appeared. It did not.

Our Amos McGee has been working awfully hard these days and I do hope he took a little time off this holiday season. If you saw the previous post, the book was chosen as one of the New York Times Best Illustrated Books of 2010. Our publisher generously flew Phil and myself back to the city (we had just been there a few weeks before to turn in a book) and we attended a party.


I am by nature a very shy person. Very shy. It takes me about three years of knowing someone to make a friend. I think my parents did a pretty good job at teaching me how to politely get through situations like parties without completely losing my cool. But a party with a name tag and a framed prize that I have to walk up and accept....this is a nervous situation for me. Which is not so say I wasn't excited and blown away by the whole thing. If anything, that excitement made it worse.


So there I am. I am the person standing up there with my head down looking at the ground to make sure my knees didn't buckle and that I am, indeed, still standing. Everyone else seemed pretty cool and collected up there.

A note on who I'm standing up there with–
Be sure to check out the books on the list. The professionals in that picture (most are illustrators and some are the edit

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61669. Hat Trick!

Ok, I went for it and did a third painting - a bird to round out the group.  The girls said it was their favorite one, but I'm not so sure about it.  I like it well enough, but I'm not sure it's my favorite of the three.


I think that's where I'll stop on this series at the moment.  Although, I guess there are a lot of animals I could potentially do, but this is enough.  I'm ready to do some drawing again maybe.  We'll see...



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61670. My Top 5

I did a lot of drawing this year. I earned my living doing freelance, and lots of commissions. Then I spent my free time on self-publishing, participating in sketch groups (like art jumble!) and drawing fan art. The speed and quality of my work has improved a lot. I'm more confident than ever. I'd say these are the five best pieces I did this year. but if I made the list again tomorrow, it would probably be different!

 #5) Rocket Raccoon- Did this for a sketch challenge in about 45 minutes to an hour.
 #4) Mort and Pugroff from Monsters 101- I might have done other pieces better than this one that didn't make the list... but I just did this one yesterday, so I'm still feeling it!
3) Storm- I actually drew this in January. Still stands up as one of the best drawings I did all year. I can say that I have raised my game so that they don't take nearly as long as this one did anymore, though!
2) This page of Manchild: Birthday Boy chapter two appeared in the fall issue of my magazine GhettoManga Quarterly. I write and draw Manchild myself (as well as editing and self-publishing the magazine), so It isn't perfect, but I'm very proud of it! You can preview and order the magazine on IndyPlanet.
1) Herman Heed- In 2010 I drew (and colored and lettered) two 25-page Herman Heed comics for the ed

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61671. A Party for Amos McGee (and other books, too!)


Merry Holidays, everyone! I am having a bout of insomnia and a roaring headache so now seems as good a time as any to stop avoiding this blog and instead, avoid drawing for a bit. You'll have to excuse me if the writing today is a little off. I know it's a been a while since I've posted. Every so often I would check erinstead.com to see if a new post somehow magically appeared. It did not.

Our Amos McGee has been working awfully hard these days and I do hope he took a little time off this holiday season. If you saw the previous post, the book was chosen as one of the New York Times Best Illustrated Books of 2010. Our publisher generously flew Phil and myself back to the city (we had just been there a few weeks before to turn in a book) and we attended a party.


I am by nature a very shy person. Very shy. It takes me about three years of knowing someone to make a friend. I think my parents did a pretty good job at teaching me how to politely get through situations like parties without completely losing my cool. But a party with a name tag and a framed prize that I have to walk up and accept....this is a nervous situation for me. Which is not so say I wasn't excited and blown away by the whole thing. If anything, that excitement made it worse.


So there I am. I am the person standing up there with my head down looking at the ground to make sure my knees didn't buckle and that I am, indeed, still standing. Everyone else seemed pretty cool and collected up there.

A note on who I'm standing up there with–
Be sure to check out the books on the list. The professionals in that picture (most are illustrators and some are the edit

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61672. Jewcy's Top Ten

I’m grateful to Margarita Korol of the news and culture website Jewcy.com for picking “Color and Light” as one of the top ten art books of 2010.


“It is college. From James Gurney, whose Imaginative Realism fed the hungry brains of fantasy artists internationally, this new book is recession-friendly real world wisdom and poised to become a classic guidebook for the century. If you’ve felt like a failed artist all year, starting twenty eleven well-trained will get you on the right track.”


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Jewcy's Top Ten Art Books
Also, thanks to John Fleskes and to Greg Newbold ("Santa Brought Art Books") for pluggin' the tome.
Color and Light on Amazon internationally: USA | CA | UK | FR | DE | JP
Color and Light signed (and doodled in) by me, from the Dinotopia Store

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61673. stew and warmth and bracken tea


Filed under: sea

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61674. Blackberry and Apple


Here, in case you missed it, here’s a BBC skit that literalizes computer metaphors.

Imagine telling N. C. Wyeth that you can do a painting with a magnetized lasso and a rubber stamp tool. 

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Link to YouTube

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61675. illustration friday~winter


ok...i'm so biased here. but this week's i.f. theme might be my favorite! I LOVE WINTER..LOVE IT!!! this illustration was meant to be made into a rubber stamp, but time did not allow for it. oh well, there's always next year:) i sketched it first in pencil and then hand-inked it with my good ole' rapidograph pens...the BEST!:) i am hoping to turn it into a full-blown color painting SOON!
below are a few other sketches and designs i felt fit the topic of "winter". did mention it's my favorite season...?;)


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