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61651. :: Elephant Fable :: Fábula de Elefante ::

It´s been a while, to much to do. But here is an illustration I did for a magazine, although it did get picked I really like it. It was based on an Indian fable of an elephant and some mice that help him escape from his captors.

Ha pasado un tiempo, muchas cosas por hacer. Pero acá va una ilustración que hice para una revista, aunque finalmente no fue escogida, me gusta mucho. Está basada en una fábula de un elefante y unos ratones que le ayudan a escapar de sus captores.

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61652. Buffalo

I just opened the mailbox to find this magnificent beast. Courtesy of our recent Buffalonian rodeo-goers.

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61653. day 381: ptarmesan reggiano

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61654.

3x3 Call for Entries

call for entries: 3x3 Int'l Children’s Show
Deadline: April 22, 2011
We're now accepting entries for the 2011 Children's Show. More than just children's books. More than just children's books published in the United States. Our competition includes anything and everything related to reaching children under the age of 12 as well as a specific category for young adults. Published and unpublished. And we're international—entries are accepted from every country and as always judged by a distinguished panel of judges. Winners will be featured in our 3x3 Illustration Annual No. 8 which will be distributed internationally at leading bookstores and newsstands.
Enter Children’s Show.

eligibility
Any work produced or published in the calendar year 2010. Entries need not be published in 2010 as long as the imagery was produced during that time period. Published and non-published work is eligible. Entries may be made by the illustrator, art director, author, editor or publisher.

categories
Our categories include children's books—published and unpublished, book covers—published or unpublished, children's illustration—published or unpublished, educational materials, editorial, children's programming, miscellaneous and young adult.

judges
Our international panel of judges for this year's 3x3 Children's Show include
Paolo Canton

Publisher, Tipipittori, Italy
Cynthia Matthews
Creative Director, Mudpuppy
Yvonne Silver
Art Buyer, Scholastic
Christine Kettner
Art Director, Clarion and Harcourt Children's Books
and illustrators
Camilla Engman, Sweden
André da Loba, Portugal—presently residing in the US.

why 3x3?
The 3x3 ProShow is the only truly international competition for illustration. No other show is as completely international as ours. While many shows showcase the work of their own country’s illustrators, 3x3 knows no boundaries.
¶ Each year we receive entries from all corners of the globe and we’re the only show where the judging panels are truly international.

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61655. The Anthology Project Volume 2 Series editor Joy Ang has posted...



The Anthology Project Volume 2

Series editor Joy Ang has posted some images of the follow-up to last year’s The Anthology Project, and it looks as stunning a package as its predecessor.



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61656. Top 100 Collectible Picturebooks - Epilogue

Top 100 Collectible Picturebooks -

A series of articles to select the Top 100 Collectible American Picturebooks, providing the rationale for each books' inclusion, with an objective of providing readers with the context for valuing first editions within the genre.

Within the hobby value is a combination of scarcity and collectibility: very scarce and very desirable lead to very valuable. Scarcity is a function of the number of copies in the first printings and the subsequent attrition over time due to natural causes. Collectibility is more elusive, outlined heretofore as a complex intermingling of eight rated factors.

Myopia, Objectivity & Self-Serving Interests

The list of Top 100 Collectible American Picturebooks is my myopic perspective and not intended to be definitive, instead purposed as a vehicle for learning. Hopefully the vehicle fulfilled its purpose.

I am equally hopeful the reader has confidence in the objectivity of the books selected. While one cannot be entirely objective when rating subjective criteria, one can be entirely objective with motive for personal gain. Admittedly myopic, the Top 100 is not self-serving - I did not promote books which I own nor demote books I do not. Similarly I did not inflate or deflate the estimated market prices for first edition picturebooks I own or do not.

Of the Top 100 Collectible American Picturebooks, after twenty years of collecting more than 4,000 first edition picturebooks, I have sixty-four of the chosen ones in my collection. It is doubtful I will ever attain first edition copies of every book on the list. Sigh ... Simply put, I don't have the resources available to purchase the high dollar books, and the days are long gone of finding loose books in the wilds of eBay. At today's estimated market prices, it would cost between $184,000-to-$240,000 to purchase every book on the list in at least VG/VG condition.

Money can't buy what it can't find.

Since one-third of the books are not currently offered for sale, it would take some level of perseverence to acquire each book on the list. Bless the ones who try, may their treasure hunting lead to good fortune. If someone engages a book scout to acquire the books, please - PLEASE! - provide me with a running account of the results.

Wading Into The Tide

From the introduction to this series of articles: First Edition Dr. Seuss

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61657. People

There's been a noticeable increase in the presence of celebrities entering my dreams lately. Last night it was talking with Henry Miller at a cocktail party for a good number of hours. Prior to that it was an etiquette dinner thrown by P. Diddy in my old apartment.

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61658. George Edwards - 1743

Fantastic juxtapositions.





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61659.

Inspiration
Hellooooooo Kitty!

M&S have done it again! What a cute dress!

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61660. Help me with a title



"Help me with the title" 14X18" Oil

Here is a painting I finished earlier this week. I'm trying to see how impressionistic I can get. Spring has had it's effects on me this year and during the recent break I've just been painting as much as possible while trying to keep ahead with work and studies. I hope someone likes this painting, I had my doubts about it but it's growing on me. I'm trying to "let go" a little. It's hard to let go with painting. Any suggestions for a title on this one? Let me know.

PS- send me you art work via digital photo to my email if you'd like me to show it. here is my email address: ndcorley5@gmail.com

Chau, more to come.

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61661. 10 Logo Designs from Designer and Principal of Live From Bklyn - Dailey Crafton


Before co-founding Live From Bklyn with Dave Wallace, designer Dailey Crafton was art director at L’oreal Paris where he led multiple promotional design projects. His work has been featured in IdN Magazine, GDUSA Magazine, and on numerous websites and blogs including, Mad About Design and Under Consideration’s FPO blog. Dailey leads the creative team at Live From Bklyn in conceptualizing and producing both offline graphic design and online digital web design.







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61662. This Just In!

We have breaking news at Thurber House. It is almost summer! It may not feel like it but Puxatawney Phil did not see his shadow, which means its coming fast and we better prepare! First thing’s first, register your young writer in Thurber House’s Summer Writing Camp. Calendars fill fast and so do our camps, so before you make vacation plans and buy the sunscreen, make sure to read the information below!

This year’s camp not only includes fabulous teachers and fun creative writing activities, but also some amazing field trips including the Columbus Museum of Art (2/3 gd.), Franklin Park Conservatory (4/5 gd.), and Columbus Metropolitan Library (6-8 gd.)! Fractured fairy tales, murals, idea books, family trees, sci-fi and more. There are so many awesome things this summer, that we can’t possibly list them all. If you have a writer, this is their camp!

Camp is one week and takes place at Thurber Center, 91 Jefferson Ave., next door to Thurber House. Tuition covers all field trip expenses, supplies, camp T-shirt and a daily snack. For grades 4-8, you will need to provide a sack lunch each day. Note: grade levels are based on what your writer will be entering in the fall.

Thurber Summer Writing Camp 2011

2/3 Grade Campers: 1:00-4:30 p.m.; $95*

June 13-17;
June 20-24

4/5 Grade Campers: 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; $165*

July 25-29; August 1-5; August 8-12

6/7/8 Grade Campers: 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.; $165*

June 27-July 1; 
July 11-15;
July 18-22

* There are a limited number of scholarships for those seeking financial assistance.

 

Keep checking our blog and website (www.thurberhouse.org) for more breaking news to make sure you are prepared for summer!


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61663. Banish the Blah Bubbles – Excerpt Friday


As an integral part of the Fairy Beginner class, I have students do a seemingly simple exercise that is very telling. I designed it almost 5 years ago, and the last few weeks I realized how important this exercise is.

For fun I am going to do the Banish the Blah Bubble 30 day challenge. I encourage you to do the same.

For each day I will create a bubble or circle (I created flowers from my Art journal pages for fun) and will write down what brought me true joy that day or gave me energy or a rise. This is true guidance from myself.

The interesting thing is what makes me happy, and truly happy, may be very different than someone else’s bubble. My “yes” may be your “no.” I am stripping away where I have molded, compromised, agreed to, and isn’t mine.  I may think I like walking, but maybe I’d prefer dancing for my exercise. Maybe others see me in a life of travel but I’d prefer a secure homebase to feel grounded and happy. My bubbles will lead me there. I made the above bubbles 5 years ago, and I am surprised by some of my joys and many have changed, as have I. I might not want the same things as time goes on either, but my bubbles tell me what I do want in the present.

Here’s my bubble for yesterday, which is officially Day 1 of my challenge. I dare you too.

And for what doesn’t work for me and lands on my Nasty Fairy list, I present:

The WTF Award

I secretly have a WTF award (okay, now it is not a secret), I give out in my mind each week to the stupidest words said to me or the behavior that was just crazy or mean. This week I give this prestigious award to the Weed Guy who is supposed to call ahead before spraying the yard with toxic chemicals. He left me an answering machine message he was swinging by not saying when and just hoped the dogs wouldn’t be out. WTF?? I do give him the benefit of the doubt because I do think there is some damage there from inhaling so much weed killers, but this about the safety of my girls that I don’t take lightly.


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61664. dear rosemary

My first agent, Rosemary Canter, died this morning and I've written a letter to her, even though I know she won't be able to read it. She was a wonderful person and there are a lot of us who will really miss her.



Dear Rosemary,

Thank you for being the best agent I could have ever hoped for. When I first met you, I was rattled and fearful about the business side of being an illustrator, I'd already had a couple hard knocks. When you took me on, you gave me the courage to think I could take on the world and do a good job of it.

I must confess, I had a bit of a crush on you from our first meeting; I was so smitten with your glamourous air of graceful confidence, your gutsiness, cleverness and, of course, I was terribly flattered by how seriously you took my work. When we had that lunch together in Bologna with my editor, I remember I was a bit nervous, but more because I wanted to make a good impression on you than anything. I've hoped I could be a bit like you when I'm a few years older.

It was so hard seeing you struggle with cancer; you seemed so invincible and, because no one else dared mess with you, it seemed totally wrong that something as stupid as illness could take you down. There was a lot I didn't know about your personal life, but you were very open with me in other ways, and I know for sure that you were aware how fond I was of you. How much I'm still fond of you, I can't quite believe you're not here anymore. I know it must be even harder on Jodie, she worked right beside you for so long and you trained her up so well to take your place. In a business sense, the transition has been seamless, but I know we'll both miss you terribly.

I love you, Rosemary. I wish I could have got to know you earlier, I know you have some long-time clients who have been through so much with you and care about you deeply. The world was a different place because you were in it, more exciting, more colourful, and I'm so glad we were able to find each other, even if the time was far too short.

How does one end a letter like this? I hope to see you again and that death is not the end. We'll have such fun running around the afterlife, not having the slightest worry about contracts or co-edition deals, and I'll make you that Moroccan tagine I was always promising.

Love, Sarah

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61665. George Catlin

Now I'm on a Buffalo kick for the day. Here are some of Catlin's less gruesome examples.



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61666. The Friendlins Are Back


PAPERCRAFT ALERT: FRIENDLINS SET 3 and 4 is ready to download. Friendlins by Desktop Gremlins are the World's First Never-ending "Social" Papercraft Monsters. Visit Desktop Gremlins today to expand your Friendlin chain. Desktop Gremlins are free easy-to-build papercraft downloads that only require a scissors to make. (No tape! No glue! No knives! No KIDDING!) Download your FREE Friendlins...

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61667. I Love Dust

i love dust

I recently re-stumbled upon the the work of I Love Dust, and thought I’d share some of their newer work with the Grain Edit family. They have a knack for creating dynamic environments and filling a page with striking colors and texture. I really enjoy their diverse use of type, which is always really tailored to the purpose of the project. On top of their amazingly extensive portfolio, their client roster is just as impressive. Be sure to check out the rest of their portfolio for some serious illustration & design inspiration!

I love dust

I love dust

I love dust

I love dust

I love dust

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61668. Fun illustrations and sketchbook drawings from Chris E. ONeill



Fun illustrations and sketchbook drawings from Chris E. ONeill



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61669. Buffalo Tale

This is the last one, I swear. But I wanted to show it because it reminded me of something. If you're ever flying west across the plains while the sun is going down you might catch the reflections of dozens and dozens of small round ponds that form a perfectly straight line for hundreds of miles. I've been told that these are left over from the mass buffalo migrations of the past (pre-railroad). They once rolled in puddles and dust as they walked along in order to beat the heat and ditch flies. After a while these little wallowing bowls deepened with use and eventually formed the ponds that remain today. Anyway, apocrypha perhaps, but certainly something interesting to discuss while hanging out with Henry Miller at a cocktail party.

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61670. Blockhead - The Music Scene (by Ninja Tune) Blockhead, animated...



Blockhead - The Music Scene (by Ninja Tune)

Blockhead, animated by Anthony Francisco Schepperd, got some serious applause at this year’s Ottawa International Animation Festival.



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61671. Friday Art of Fan!

Our Florida neighbors dropped off a lovely sketch of my favorite space elf, done by a friend of their daughter’s.

I showed it to Meno and this was his response:

“I love color picture of Meno!

Thank you Earthling of name Diana.

I also work on pretty picture.

Please to enjoy Betty White!

Was to be in book the 2. But editor want The Hoff.

(Oh well. Win some and lose.)

Now Betty White everywhere. Who laugh now?”

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61672. Proverb

Proverb:
Prove [i.e. test] thy friend ere [before] thou have need; but, in-deed
A friend is never known till a man have need.
Before I had need, my most present foes
Seemed my most friends; but thus the world goes.

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61673. Top 100 Collectible Picturebooks – Epilogue

Top 100 Collectible Picturebooks –

A series of articles to select the Top 100 Collectible American Picturebooks, providing the rationale for each books’ inclusion, with an objective of providing readers with the context for valuing first editions within the genre.

Within the hobby value is a combination of scarcity and collectibility: very scarce and very desirable lead to very valuable. Scarcity is a function of the number of copies in the first printings and the subsequent attrition over time due to natural causes. Collectibility is more elusive, outlined heretofore as a complex intermingling of eight rated factors.

Myopia, Objectivity & Self-Serving Interests

The list of Top 100 Collectible American Picturebooks is my myopic perspective and not intended to be definitive, instead purposed as a vehicle for learning. Hopefully the vehicle fulfilled its purpose.

I am equally hopeful the reader has confidence in the objectivity of the books selected. While one cannot be entirely objective when rating subjective criteria, one can be entirely objective with motive for personal gain. Admittedly myopic, the Top 100 is not self-serving – I did not promote books which I own nor demote books I do not. Similarly I did not inflate or deflate the estimated market prices for first edition picturebooks I own or do not.

Of the Top 100 Collectible American Picturebooks, after twenty years of collecting more than 4,000 first edition picturebooks, I have sixty-four of the chosen ones in my collection. It is doubtful I will ever attain first edition copies of every book on the list. Sigh … Simply put, I don’t have the resources available to purchase the high dollar books, and the days are long gone of finding loose books in the wilds of eBay. At today’s estimated market prices, it would cost between $184,000-to-$240,000 to purchase every book on the list in at least VG/VG condition.

Money can’t buy what it can’t find.

Since one-third of the books are not currently offered for sale, it would take some level of perseverence to acquire each book on the list. Bless the ones who try, may their treasure hunting lead to good fortune. If someone engages a book scout to acquire the books, please – PLEASE! – provide me with a running account of the results.

Wading Into The Tide

From the introduction to this series of articles: First Edition Dr. Seuss

“[...] it is important to understand that booksellers make pricing decisions, while book buyers make valuing decisions.

Booksellers make pricing decisions based primarily upon the asking prices for comparable books currently in the market, sometimes research the history of comparable books sold, mixed with their experience associated with the book’s particulars (i.e. author, il

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61674. Tucson Festival of Books

Hey you!

One more reminder to head on down to The Tucson Festival of Books this weekend. The event is free, the parking is free, the weather is perfect, and the roaming packs of attention-starved authors will most likely start going door to door if they don't receive their annual dose of socialization. Three fantastic reasons to attend!

And for all of you dialectologists out there, if you're interested in studying a somewhat fading Vermont accent in action, I'll be reading Two Dumb Ducks and the many (3) Adventures of Max and Pinky at the story blanket at 11:00 on Saturday.

Then, just a few hours later and not many more steps away, I'll be on a panel with authors Jake Bell and Thacher Hurd in room 349 of the Education Building. We'll be discussing writing and illustrating books for boys.

Of course, all (4) of your favorite Maxwell Eaton III books will be on sale and available for signing. Now I just bought a brand new box of Sharpies this morning, so you know this is serious business.

Your bud,
Maxwell

P.S. If you can't make it to the festival (you know who you are) then my books are always available through your favorite brick and mortar or online retailer. Isn't that exciting? Don't you love sales pitches?
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61675. Help me with a title



"Help me with the title" 14X18" Oil

Here is a painting I finished earlier this week. I'm trying to see how impressionistic I can get...to quote a friend. Spring has had it's effects on me this year and during the recent break I've just been painting as much as possible while trying to keep ahead with work and studies. I hope someone likes this painting, I had my doubts about it but it's growing on me. I'm trying to "let go" a little. It's hard to let go with painting. Any suggestions for a title on this one? Let me know.

PS- send me you art work via digital photo to my email if you'd like me to show it. here is my email address: ndcorley5@gmail.com

Chau, more to come.



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