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61651. Oliver Jeffers Contest: After 8 hours...

Here's the piece so far. There's still so much that needs to get done but hey! I'm happy with how it's turning out :)
Ps: don't be alarmed by the black parts. Just empty space of nothingness that will soon be filled filled with illustration!

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61652. October 6th - Candyman

31 Days of Halloween continues! Here is the card for Wednesday, October 6th - a loose interpretation of Tony Todd as the title character from the 1992 film, Candyman. This card is currently up for grabs - $20.00 plus $5.00 for shipping, flat rate. If interested, please email me at slatermark33@hotmail.com, subject heading "Candyman Sketch-Card." More on 31 Days of Halloween.

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61653. Small Works

6"x6" mixed media and collage on cold press illustration board. Available at the Jim Store.

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61654. Cactus

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61655. CandleHat

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61656. “The Eagleman Stag” trailer

The Eagleman Stag is a new short by 26-year-old London-based animator Mike Please, who is a graduate of Royal College of Art. It has some nice translucency and film grain effects that lend the computer animation a handmade feel.

Oh wait, it’s not computer animation:

This trailer had me totally fooled when I saw it. By paring down his stop motion models to their rawest element—unpainted foam—Mike achieves strikingly distinctive look. A few months ago, I purchased a hot wire foam sculpting tool on a whim, so intrigued was I by the device after watching a live demonstration. I’m even more fascinated by the possibilities of foam after watching this trailer.

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61657. Changing Faces

Oh thank goodness I’m finally done with a significant part of this revamp project. If you’ve been visiting the blog and studio lately it’s undergone a slight face lift but I’m glad we’re coming close to the finish line. Now I can focus my energy on the gazillion and one other things to get done like setting up the boutique which I haven’t touched since last week because of this main site over haul.

Bah. I’m going to stop now before I bore you to death with my nerdy babble. Have fun looking around the new (old) site! Let me know if you find any problems while navigating your way around it.

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61658. 12 DAYS Free Activities! Word Find Puzzle

I'm celebrating the release of my latest book, THE 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS IN GEORGIA, written by Susan R. Spain, illustrated by Yours Truly (Sterling Children's Books), all week by giving away free stuff!
     Today's giveaway is a word find puzzle. I create these for all my books (because I loved them as a kid and still do).
Word Find Puzzle:

Find LOTS more free stuff at my 12 DAYS ACTIVITY PAGE!

Want to help us spread the word about THE 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS IN GEORGIA?
     Go to my 12 DAYS ACTIVITY PAGE and scroll down to the peach (it looks like this one). Below it is the banner you can share and below that the html code to plug into your blog or website (just copy the code and pop it into your post)!
     Send me the link to your shout-out at elizabeth at dulemba dot com (or use my contact form) and not only will I add your link to Tuesday's big blog announcement (over 4,000 people will see it), your name will also go into a drawing for a free copy of THE 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS IN GEORGIA!
     And don't forget - leave a comment to be entered in today's drawing for a free copy of THE 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS IN GEORGIA!!

CLICK HERE to read about my visit to the Georgia Music Hall of Fame.

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61659. Cactus

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61660. STORE SNAPS - misc

more store snaps taken whilst out and about recently, starting with a department store in newbury i visit once in a while called camp hopson. the first card made me think what it would be like if a charley harper bird landed on an orla kiely bag - it is in fact a santoro popnrock card. this innovative series of cards won card of the year in the home & gift 2010 awards. you can see the whole

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61661. STORE SNAPS - fashion prints

i get quite a few emails saying people especially enjoy all my store snaps so today i'd thought i would group some together. the first are from when i was out looking for a winter coat and could'nt help but snap a few clothing prints for P+P at the same time. the colourful owls above & below were spotted in 'outfit'. autumn leaves were all the rage in laura ashley.

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61662. STORE SNAPS - artbox

if you ever find yourself in london looking for some cute japanese or korean designs then you must visit artbox in neal's yard covent garden. i was in there last week browsing whilst i waited for the donmar warehouse to open and took these snapshots. they are mainly of cram cream goodies. also available online here.

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61663. Drawings from Kids

Looks like I need to step up my game! I am amazed that this young author has already written 100 books. And the Runaway Popsicles sounds brilliant. Well done!

Do you have a note or a drawing that you'd like to share? I would love to see them!
They can be emailed to me via props@studiojjk.com or mailed to:
Jarrett J. Krosoczka
PO Box 60155
Florence, MA 01062

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61664. The Meddling Kids of Real Genius

There is no better team of meddlers than the androgynous Mitch Taylor and his mentor Chris Knight. Sorry, It originally excluded the Scoobie Doo caveat.... and an argument for Lazlo Hollyfield filling the roll of Shaggy is very sound.

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61665. that's reality

Just some shells. Drawn in my travel Moleskine. That's it. Snail shells. Oh, and a letter written on a sea shell. Just that.

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61666. The Haunted House on the Corner

This was done with Gouache and India Ink.

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61667. Production value

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61668. Bewitching Hour

I started doodling this while I was waiting to pick up my son this afternoon. This was wicked fun! :)

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61669. beneath

(pencil and Photoshop - click to enlarge)

If you are an opossum, it's not beneath you to eat garbage.

I only had time to quickly pencil out something and throw on a little Photoshop color. But I did have fun playing with the brushes and layers in Photoshop. Wish I had more time for a little better finish to this picture. Oh, well... Maybe next week I can get something done before Thursday.

Yeah, right.

I did catch a possum in a live trap recently in my yard. I had some leftovers in it as bait. I thought I was going to catch yet another skunk, which are digging up my yard. My count to date is 7 skunks caught and one possum. I let the critter go and he scampered off to find some nice gar-BAHzh at someone else's house.

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61670. Lighthouse: A Visdev Process

Last weekend I had the pleasure of doing a talk on visual development at Hyndol Art Academy. This Lighthouse sample was part of the presentation and thought I'd share it here on the blog. These artworks were done in actual pre-production but eventually never used.

Online research on New England lighthouse structures.

Shapes and Patterns Studies

 Often the simplest shot like this is more challenging since there's not much elements to play with. That's why thumbnail sketch is extremely valuable and most of the foundation is laid out in this stage. On this location, I purposely washed away a chunk of the island to break what could have been a boring shape. On a bigger note, it created a history for the island and paved way to putting the structure on stilts making it more interesting.

Values to Color
This is the shot layout that got a nod for exploration. I had to take the house structure on stilts out. Story revision calls for the character to live on top of the lighthouse. Its imperative to get the values squared away before getting into color.

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61671. “Stand-Up” by Joseph Pierce

Standup by Joseph Pierce

Stand-Up (2008) by Joseph Pierce made a strong impression on me when I saw it at Annecy a couple years ago. Since then, I’ve searched every so often to see if Joseph had posted the film on-line, and he’s finally made it available. I’m happy to report that Stand-Up holds up and then some. This was Pierce’s graduation film produced at the UK’s National Film & Television School, and since then he’s gone on to direct the short film A Family Portrait, which won the Grand Prize at the Stuttgart animation festival earlier this year.

As a generality, rotoscoped animation doesn’t do much for me. It mostly leaves me scratching my head and wondering why did they even bother to animate it in the first place. Animation can be (and should strive to be) much more than a watered-down impersonation of reality. Pierce gets that, and uses roto as a means to an end instead of presenting it as the finished product.

The quirky visual style of Stand-Up is exhilarating, as is the way that Pierce’s creative animation weaves in and out of the underlying roto. The main character’s agitated graphic transformations push far beyond the live-action source, illustrating both narrative and psychological aspects of the unsettling story. The story itself, loosely structured but thoughtful, is a look into the world of a boozing stand-up who uses his routine to make a startling confession. The inherent ‘creep’ factor that is an annoying by-product of the rotoscope process actually feeds into the film’s style and makes the comedian’s tale that much more disturbing. It all adds up to a short film that you won’t forget anytime soon.

Watch Joseph Pierce’s Stand-Up.

(Thank you, Celia Bullwinkel, for the link)

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61672. “Tatooine” by Eric Power

Minneapolis musician Jeremy Messersmith latest song inspired Austin-based animator Eric Power (Waking Life) to recreate the Star Wars trilogy with paper cut-outs. The end result:

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61673. Bubble Bubble...

This was a part of a book I did in 2005. Thought it would be perfect for this week's prompt.

Sorry I haven't been submitting much lately, but I have been working in other media than watercolor and, well, it IS Watercolor Wednesday, after all.

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61674. Scooby & the Gang

This was a fun one to draw.

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61675. Children’s Book Author Susan O’Keefe – Debut Adult Book

Children’s book author, Susan O’Keefe breaks into the adult book market with her debut novel, Frankenstein’s Monster.  Her new book hit the book shelves this week and is already getting rave reviews.

Susan Heyboer O’Keefe patches together the remains of Mary Shelley’s novel and sends her creature roaring back into the world.   Keith Donohue, bestselling author of The Stolen Child says, “Susan has created original monsters of her own that will frighten and fascinate and keep you up late at night.”

Frankenstein’s Monster begins after Shelley has sent the creature off, ”borne away by the waves, and lost in darkness and distance.” Now, haunted by his violent past, and relentlessly pursued, the creature tries to become more than the monster the world says he is. At last stepping out from the shadows, he discovers there are many kinds of monsters—and some of them hide beneath the greatest beauty.

If you have attended any of the New Jersey SCBWI Conferences, you probably met Susan and if you were lucky enough to have her critique your manuscript you know how special she really is and how much of herself she shares with other writers.

Susan’s first title was the bouncy, best-selling counting book ONE HUNGRY MONSTER. Sandwiched between these two very different books are twenty years of bunnies, eggplants, cemeteries, nuns, mysteries, comedies — and more monsters.

I heard from one of our members who had purchase the book and all she could say was, “WOW!”

Take a minute to check out her new book at Amazon or visit her website: http://www.susanheyboerokeefe.com

Congratulations Susan!

Talk tomorrow,


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