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61651. Acrobatics


This was for last week's Illustration Friday prompt, "Acrobat," but I didn't get around to posting it in time. Drat. The texture in the background is from this aaaaamazing flickr user.


And here's a picture of the illustration in progress, starting out as a pencil and watercolor sketch. An aside, the watercolors I've had since high school. I don't have an undying loyalty to the brand or quality (and often end up filling in with tubes), but the sentimental attachment? It's pretty strong.

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61652. my art gives good face

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I had a photo shoot with my artwork It was really great to work with. It gave a lot of face. Overall it was a good photo shoot. "Why take photography of your work" you may be wondering? Because I'm back in the Etsy game. I decided to only sell originals and maybe a few prints here and there of the originals that I choose to covet for myself, but don't expect too much as far as prints go. I HATE making prints. Unless they are giclees, they are not worth chezz. I'd rather do an original and make new stuff then constantly print old stuff, half assed, on the cheap. 

Yea, I'm anti-commercialism while trying to sell on the most capitalist website ever. I'm complicated. 

Back to the photo shoot, I'm not sure if I'm ready to sell my Witch of Blackbird Pond illustrations yet. They are still pulling me under.

 

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61653. Illustrator Saturday – Mike Scott

Mike Scott has been a professional illustrator for 26 years. Moving from Ohio to New Jersey in 1984, he worked at The Courier-News as a illustrator, graphic artist and editorial cartoonist until jumping to The Star-Ledger in 1996, where he worked as a graphic artist, illustrator and editorial cartoonist until 2009.

Now, he works as a freelance artist in magazine & newspaper illustration, web graphics, logo design and general illustration. The NJ Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists awarded Mike a first- and third-place for his editorial cartoons for newjerseynewsroom.com in 2010.
 
His children’s book illustrations are done in pencil and pen & ink, and then painted in Photoshop.
 
First up is an illustration done for NJSCBWI’s  June 2010 illustrator intensive. I chose to illustrate a double-truck spread from Peter McCarty’s wonderful book, “Jeremy Draws a Monster.”
 
After I do some character sketches, I sketch out the spread at a larger size, so it can be reduced for the final (it tightens up the drawing).
 
Once the art director approves the initial sketch — after whatever tweaking or changes he/she needs, I transfer the drawing to a better grade of paper (usually 80 lb. drawing paper) using a light table. I ink the final with Micron felt pens and technical pens.
 
In this example, the AD suggested I make the monster a little less scary, and also make him taller, to give him more emphasis within the illustration. I thought those were pretty good suggestions, so I made the adjustments.

Then I scan the inked drawing into Photoshop. With this illustration, drew and scanned Jeremy and the monster separately. I wanted Jeremy to be outlined in black, but the rest of the illustration outlined in a blue line to make Jeremy stand out more. Using layer masks in Photoshop, I adjusted the color of the outlines to blue and placed Jeremy and the monster in the illustration. Photoshop is also great because it allows me to place the type.
Now I’m ready to apply the “paint” in Photoshop. I work with layers in Photoshop, so every element’s color is on its own layer —this is one advantage about Photoshop: if I need to adjust any element, I can go to that element’s layer and not affect any other item in the illustration. I try to map out the color of the entire drawing in my mind.
In this example,

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61654. Work in Progress

From my own project. I still need to add a figure to the upper left and upper right.

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61655.

Painted outside in the park today with my friend Helen.. Had a blast... Helen painted with pastels and I worked in acrylic.The weather was warm, in the high 80s but in the woods its always nice and cool... enjoyed listening to the acorns falling from the trees.Photo is location in Irondequoit where we painted. Painting is Helen's latest for the Shoe Factory art sale promotion.

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61656. Warner Bros. cartoon murals

When the Warner Bros. Animation Department was located in Burbank in the 1980s (the period when they were producing the Greg Ford/Terry Lennon movies, shorts and TV specials), veteran animation artist Richard Thomas and background painter Alan Bodner created several murals to decorate the hallways at the studio. The murals were eventually removed by Warner’s Chuck Seaman in December 1992 when the animators were moved to new offices in Sherman Oaks (at the start-up of Tiny Toon Adventures).

Mr. Seaman has held onto them for the past 18 years and now needs to find them a new home. Either separately or all together, Seaman is looking for a buyer. They are on drywall and steel studs. Click the photos above to see enlarged images. If interested, contact Chuck Seaman wcsthink-at-yahoo.com

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61657. Guest Post: Karon Alderman, Special Mention in the Frances Lincoln Diverse Voices Award 2010

Frances Lincoln MD, John Nicoll's presentation to Karon Alderman - Special Mention in Frances Lincoln Diverse Voices Children's Book Award 2010We are delighted to welcome Karon Alderman to the PaperTigers blog: Karon received a Special Mention in this year’s Frances Lincoln Children’s Book Award for her title Story Thief, about asylum seekers in Newcastle upon Tyne, in the Ouseburn Valley, which is also the location of the Award’s co-founder and principle administrator, the wonderful Seven Stories.

Story Thief is about an 11-year-old failed asylum seeker called Arlie. She narrates her story of the days following the arrest and detention of her family as she tries to hide from the authorities. She is supported by her friend Louise and two boys who have their own reasons for staying in hiding. At the announcements of this year’s award, Mary Briggs, one of this year’s judges and the co-founder of Seven Stories, hinted at the twists in the plot that give Story Thief its name. She also described it as “not a happy story” and “distinctly depressing”, and perhaps the lack of hope is what would make this more suitable for older readers than the middle-reader audience the award is aimed at. However, apart from its local setting being close to Seven Stories’ heart, it was felt that it needed a special mention because it explores the horrors of asylum seekers’ situations and presents the reality of the sense of helplessness when dealing with the beaurocratic system.

Here, Karon tells us about her passion for the issues she highlights and why she wrote the story.

Story Thief is about Arlie, an eleven-year-old failed asylum seeker. When her mother and sister are taken in the night, to a detention centre, she is on a sleepover with her friend next door. She tries to run away, helped by her friend, Louise.

I was thrilled that Story Thief was a runner up in the Diverse Voices competition, especially as I’d written it very quickly. However, the ideas had been simmering for some time as I support Common Ground, the East Area Asylum Seekers Support Group, a voluntary organisation that gives friendship and practical help to asylum seekers.

The asylum seekers I’ve met – the woman who’d lost her nine-year-old daughter, the girl who’d been trafficked, the stateless woman – are real people, in desperate situations, yet living in hope. But at the same time, I saw endless press coverage about asylum seekers committing crimes or receiving generous benefits. Actually, asylum seekers in Britain get a £35-a-week card. If their application to be official refugees is rejected, they can be left destitute. They are not allowed to work. They can be moved with little notice, detained, deported.

The story grew from two incidents: reading in the Observer (18 October 2009) about children imprisoned in detention centres, without a fixed timescale or any public outcry; and when a friend was unexpectedly detained for an interview at the immigration office. As I was looking after her baby at the time, I tried to find out what had happened and discovered a secretive system with unhelpful staff.

I felt that I could hear Arlie’s voice in my head. She is bright and bra

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61658. I work where I roam

Painting at Susina's Bakery.
Sewing custom ordered earmuffs in Barnsdall Park
Travel/life/work talk with Merrick over Golden Bird's fried chicken. Soo good.
Sometimes the vehicle in which I roam is where I work.
Yep. The ultimate. Printing prints inside my car. I am also blogging from my car, using the internet from the house I'm parked in front of. HA! Takes mobile office to a whole new level, no?

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61659. Pop Art: A Continuing History by Marco Livingstone

Pop art brilliantly blended the banal and the mythic, creating the most genuinely popular movement in modern art. Marco Livingstone's comprehensive hi... Points: 0

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61660. Nice Review for Jiggsy




Really pleased to have the first review for A Necklace For Jiggsy.

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61661. IF: "Old-Fashioned" Vampire Costume

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61662. Touch the Art: Pop Warhol's Top by Julie Appel, Amy Guglielmo

It's pop, &lt;i&gt;with a twist&lt;/i&gt;-a fun collection of works by such 20th century masters as Warhol, Lichtenstein, and Hockney... Points: 0

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61663. Tim Gough & Greg Pizzoli

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61664. Legends of the Guardians talkback

Zack Snyder’s adaptation Kathryn Lasky’s Guardians of Ga’hoole opens today. The critics opinions are mixed, the LA Times says it looks great but is too dark for youngsters; the NY Times considered this a minor release and let a C-string reviewer cover it. I’m seeing it at an Asifa-Hollywood member’s screening next Thursday. If you’ve seen it, or are seeing it this weekend, let us what you think.

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61665. Lynne Chapman on How to Illustrate a Book



One of my favorite illustrators from the UK is Lynne Chapman. I love her blog so much because she shares so much of her process with her readers. She works in pastels which is a fragile medium. Here is a photo of her art table as she was finishing up her book. She sends the finished artwork to the publisher, who scans the work and sends back the digital art to her on a disk. She can then go in and alter the artwork in Photoshop to her liking.


Her latest book Bears on the Stairs is the focus piece of a series of videos she has done on how she works as an illustrator. Here is the first installment. She will be posting more in the weeks to come on her fabulous blog. Enjoy!

How to illustrate a book - Part 1 from Open College of the Arts on Vimeo.



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61666. Train

A street car sketch on my ipod.

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61667. Art for Animals: Giving Sanctuary to Misplaced and Abused Animals

We really enjoy featuring people and organizations that are dedicated to helping others throughout the world. By highlighting these people here on Illustration Pages our hope is to assist in bringing awareness to their efforts. That’s why today we’re proud to feature, Art for Animals.



Art for Animals was founded by artists Amanda Gray and Donna Wilson. They believe that as humans and custodians of our planet, it is our responsibility to ensure that all the creatures of the world are cared for with love, compassion and kindness. Their mission is to help rescue and give sanctuary to misplaced and abused animals. Through their combined years of experience, devotion and commitment and with enough financial support, Art for Animals can help make a difference.



Donna and Amanda’s dream is to open an animal rescue sanctuary for animals that are in desperate need of a safe, caring, loving and enriching home. At present they are trying to raise funds to build an exotic animal rescue sanctuary on the south coast of New South Wales, Australia. They have been fortunate enough to secure 40 acres of land but are still in need of additional funds to start erecting fences, quarantine facilities, enclosures and many other necessary items to assist in caring for the animals. Numerous animals are desperately waiting for the completion of this sanctuary.



61668. Peach



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61669. Make it Pop!: Activities and Adventures in Pop Art (Art Explorers) by Joyce Raimondo

* Interactive introduction to six famous artists: Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Claes Oldenburg, and George Segal&... Points: 0

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61670. Hunting: Page 2

Hunting Page 2

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61671. Emily




















Happiest Friday to you!

Emily is going to spend her weekend drinking peppermint tea and reading a delightfully good book. Let's join her, shall we?

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61672. Pop Art (Adventures in Art) by Christian Demilly

This entertaining book introducing young readers to the world of Pop Art is the latest addition to a series whose &quot;compelling layouts allow t... Points: 0

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61673. Happy Punctuation Day!



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61674. Pop Art (Taschen 25th Anniversary) by Tilman Osterwold

TASCHEN's 25th anniversary ? Special edition! Large-format hardcover edition at a special bestseller price ?Everything is beautiful, ? raved Andy Warh... Points: 0

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61675. Space Bots

copyright 2010 by Ben Clanton


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