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61651. Skipping Off Work!

Today I was very bad...

Well, it was SUCH a gorgeous day. And let's be honest, given what it's been like in England for the last couple of summers, you've got to take your sun where you can get it!

So, after rushing off a few of the most important emails, I packed rucksack, closed the door on work and John and I escaped to the countryside.

I couldn't get over how hot is was. And not a single cloud anywhere in the rich blue sky for the whole day!

We drove to the point where the road ran out, then walked for about half an hour beside the lovely Howden Reservoir just outside Sheffield. The striking sunlight made the colours really zing. Canada Geese were mowing the grass, grouse kept leaping from the bracken stalks, doing their strange throaty chuckle, sheep with black and white faces stared at us as if to say - why aren't you at work?

We sat down on the grass beside a river and did some drawing. I had a go at capturing splashing water that ended up looking more like fireworks, but what did that matter when the sun was shining, I had prawn mayo sandwiches and a flask of tea? All was right with my world.

We walked on for another half an hour then sat by the river again. I did another sketch while John rested his eyes. Wonderful stuff. I didn't want to come home!

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61652. Local Bindery Saves

After Struggling with D.I.Y. postcards, they came to the rescue

Who sells the best paper for D.I.Y. postcards?

I have gone through many different papers, spending lots of money, and now have stacks that I probably will never use, just to find what's right for postcards.

I've been determined to save by making my own, but to purchase cardstock strong enough just isn't possible without spending loads of money.

I gave in and just started to make them with the best quality matte paper I could find. Unfortunately customers found this paper still too flimsy. So I moved on to the idea of having them professionally made.

Who can provide the best price for the best product?

I went to overnightprints.com, zazzle.com, vistaprint.com, and yet I couldn't find a deal that allowed me to continue charging the price I had in my shop. When I broke down the numbers, it was still too expensive...and I wasn't going to charge $7 for one postcard. You crazy?!

I almost came to just settle with the fact I would have to undercharge and pay extra to offer postcards.

Who came to my rescue? 

Bindery 1. Enough said. They're a local printer here in Des Moines, ran by the lovely Renatta and her family. Name sound familiar? She also runs Lotus Moments Event Center where I just recently had my Artist Reception.

Most large binderies and printing companies probably wouldn't bother with a small business artist who needs a handful of postcards. What a waste of time and money! They're accustomed to thousands to be printed off for one client.

Bindery 1's passion to serve everyone, large and small, makes them unique. I had a couple hundred postcards printed for the artist reception and was impressed with the price AND the quality! Not to mention the turnaround time.

After many questions and her patience, I plunged and ordered 500 postcards. HUGE order......for little 'ol me.

I can now offer professional grade, strong, vivid, and affordable postcards to my customers while staying local! Who knew a business would be so willing? The new postcards will be offered soon. :)

The Bottom Line:  
Don't be afraid to approach your local binderies and printers and get a quote from them. There might be someone out there who is willing to do the small run to support you, and in turn it will support them! And if you can't find anyone, contact Renatta at Bindery 1!

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61653. Today’s “Bizarro”

Today’s Bizarro by Dan Piraro – which had a little help from Wayno.

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61655. Portrait: Einstein

Start of a new term at AiPD -- and as usual I gave my students a "however you want" inclass project of drawing Einstein. This is my version. Kinda' fun to look back at all the versions.

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61656. Cambridge Music/Sketch Event this Sunday

I’ll be in Boston this weekend, and I invite you to join me for an impromptu sketch gathering.

The event is an Irish music concert at Club Passim, the little folk music venue in Harvard Square, Cambridge, Massachusetts where Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, and Joni Mitchell have performed.

The performers this Sunday will be my son Dan Gurney on accordion, along with  Isaac Alderson (flute), Dylan Foley (fiddle), Sean Earnest (guitar), and Bridget Fitzgerald (song). They're all completely used to being sketched by people in the audience.

The concert will be webcast via ConcertWindow, so if you can’t make it, you can watch and listen for free on your computer. I’ll post my sketch at the end of the concert on this blog, so you can see the results.

Dan is planning a return trip to Ireland this summer to record a CD of traditional music, and he’s inviting sponsors via a Kickstarter page. If you click over to that link, there's a video where he describes his plans and tells you what you'll get in exchange for sponsorship.

Bring a sketchbook and I’ll see you there. It will be a great evening of sketching and listening.

CONCERT DETAILS: Sunday 4/10 at 4:30pm. $12/10 admission
Club Passim (Veggie Planet)
47 Palmer Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

Wikipedia on Club Passim

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61657. laughingsquid: Who Framed Roger Rabbit by Tom Whalen


Who Framed Roger Rabbit by Tom Whalen

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61658. Finding Beautiful Oops Moments

Finding Beautiful Oops Moments

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61659. Envelope Art Gallery

After yesterday’s post, several of you suggested a gallery or contest of envelope art, and I think it’s a great idea. So let’s do it.

1. Decorate a standard size #10 envelope. It could be any style, subject, or medium.
2. Address it to “Envelope Art Contest, The Dinotopia Store, PO Box 693, Rhinebeck, NY 12572.”
3. If it’s part of a store order, I’ll ship your stuff and set your envelope aside for the contest. All USA entrants will receive a signed Color and Light poster. Artists from other countries are eligible too.
4. Entries must be postmarked by May 30, 2011.
5. On June 10, I’ll post all the entries on the GurneyJourney blog. You’ll vote on them in a blog poll.
6. PRIZES: The winning entrant will receive signed and remarked posters for Color and Light, Imaginative Realism, Journey to Chandara, and the Norton Museum show poster. The second and third place finishers will get signed and remarqued C&L and IR posters.
7. People of any age, and any level of experience can enter. If you're 17 or younger, please write your age on the back of the envelope.
8. If you’re not sending a store order, you can just send a decorated envelope.
9. Entries can't be returned. All art becomes the property of BDSP, Inc. You’ll be credited on the blog with your website if you like (write that on the back of the envelope). If you don’t want your return address shown, please write it on the back of the envelope, or else I can blur it out.

Incidentally, can anyone guess who illustrated the envelope above? Hint: it’s a top animator at a big studio, drawn in 2003 when he was a first year art student.

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61660. Thrift Happy

Thrift Happy

I should have been cleaning. But when the urge to seek out unknown treasures for bargain prices calls, cleaning loses every time. No hesitation. Not even close. Oh well, life's too short anyway, right?

 Every year I go to a sale in Mazomaine, Wisconsin, about 25 miles from my house. Held by a church, the prices are cheap and selection is great. I somehow missed the first day this year, which is the best day to go. But I went today, the second day of the sale, and still brought home a couple boxfuls for about $22.00. (yess!) Here are some of my finds. Pardon the mess, I was too excited to get them out of the box to clear the table much. Oh, and that cleaning thing.

How great is this table top lamp? I PAID $1.00 FOR IT. (This is why I am a junkie.) Need to get some type of shades for it and find a spot for it.

I was taken with this signed photograph picture, the colors are really nice. The photo was was taken in Italy. I really like the triple mat on it too. It was $10.00, but they saw me hesitating and knocked it down to $7.00. I Need to get a different frame for it, something with a little contrast. 

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61661. The Art Of The Logo: The Brian Miller Design Group

logo design
Magnify Logo - branding and creative agency

Brian Miller is an award-winning designer and lecturer who specializes in branding for the Web and print. In addition to managing the Brian Miller Design Group, he teaches design at the Shintaro Akatsu School of Design, and is a member of the board of directors for the Type Directors Club.

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Type Answers Logo - community-based website invites users to ask questions about typography

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Stunt Lizard Logo - online retailer of extreme sporting equipment

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Spinning Plates Logo - electronic, jazz improvisational group

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Shintaro Akatsu School of Design Logo

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The business district of New Canaan Logo

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61662. If Frankenstein was a cow stuck in a bottle (bottled for IF)

The prompt for Illustration Friday this week is “bottled.” For some reason, I immediately thought of my character, Frankenmoo, stuck in a bottle. I considered just drawing the bottle around him to finish quickly, like this (original Frankenmoo / Frankenmoo Bottled):

That wasn’t much fun or very creative though. Plus, I really wanted to paint something, so I got out my brushes and ink to make a new image* of Frankenmoo in a bottle:

I’m much happier with this image of Frankenmoo looking scared and smooshed in his bottle.

Which version do you like better?

* I drew this image freehand with a brush, painting Frankenmoo first, then painting the bottle around him. (This was my third attempt. It didn’t work to paint the bottle first and then try to fit him in it.) After the ink dried, I scanned it in and colored it digitally. I wanted to paint it with either watercolors or acrylics, but my scanner doesn’t scan these colors well and I wanted them to match the original colors.


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61663. Young Poets Week (Canada) ~ April 10 – 16

Young Poets Week takes place April 10 – 16 across Canada. Youngpoets.ca is an excellent source of inspiration for this year’s celebrations with valuable educational resources, lesson plans, reading lists, a digital history of Canadian poetry and an on-line discussion group. Young writers are encouraged to browse articles or join a chat-room discussion with peers and published poets. The 2011 Jessamy Stursberg Poetry Contest for Youth contest winners will be announced during Young Poets Week.

This week’s Poetry Friday is hosted by Madigan at Madigan Reads- head on over.

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61664. Kidlit4Japan: PaperTigers Auction – #121: A Signed Spirit of PaperTigers 2010 Book Set

Now live over on the Kidlit4Japan site:

Auction #121: A Spirit of PaperTigers 2010 Book Set of Seven Picture books, some signed. From PaperTigers.org

Description: You are bidding for a set of seven high-quality picture books (all hardcover) which were selected as the Spirit of PaperTigers book set for 2010 to be sent to different schools and libraries around the world.

The Book Set comprises the following titles with some, as indicated, containing book plates signed by the author/illustrator:

First Come the Zebra – SIGNED
Written and illustrated by Lynne Barasch
Lee & Low, 2009. Ages 4-8

Little Leap Forward: A Boy in Beijing – SIGNED BY THE AUTHORS
Written by Guo Yue and Clare Farrow, illustrated by Helen Cann
Barefoot Books, 2008. Ages 9-12

My Little Round House - SIGNED
Written and illustrated by Bolormaa Baasansuren
Groundwood Books / House of Anansi Press, 2009. Ages 4-8

One Hen: How One Small Loan Made a Big Difference – SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR
Written by Katie Smith Milway, illustrated by Eugenie Fernandes
Kids Can Press, 2008. Ages 7+

Planting the Trees of Kenya: The Story of Wangari Maathai – SIGNED

Written and illustrated by Claire A. Nivola
Frances Foster Books/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2009. Ages 5-8

The Storyteller’s Candle / La velita de los cuentos – SIGNED BY THE ILLUSTRATOR
Written by Lucia Gonzalez, illustrated by Lulu Delacre
Children’s Book Press, 2008. Ages 4-8

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon – SIGNED

Written and illustrated by Grace Lin
Little Brown Books for Young Readers, 2009. Ages 9-12

Estimated Value: $150

Bio: PaperTigers.org is a colorful website devoted to multicultural books from around the world for children and young adults, with a particular focus on the Pacific Rim and South Asia. We seek to promote the celebration and tolerance of diversity, and to nurture literacy and a love of reading. As well as highlighting the world of multicultural children’s and ya literature on our website and blog, we work to reinforce our goal of promoting cross-cultural understanding via our Spirit of PaperTigers Outreach, under the banner Books and Water: Nourishing the Mind and Body.

PaperTigers’ website: www.papertigers.org

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61665. André Beato

André Beato is an incredibly talented typographer from Portugal that I came across lately. The thing that strikes me most about his work is the fact that he creates unique minimalistic compositions while maintaining interesting & intricate typographic forms. The balance that he has found in creating his projects is quite inspiring. Check out the rest of his site and don’t forget to download the great iPhone wallpaper that he made to support Japan relief efforts.


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61666. Illustration Friday: Bottled

crow and pitcher


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61667. Mya reads

Perfectly awesome Mya reads Petunia.

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61668. Photoshop Brushes - Flow Vs Opacity

I'm giving a presentation next month with my friend Carlyn Beccia at the New England SCBWI conference. I get to speak about Photoshop painting techniques. And I thought this would be a perfect time for me to really look at some of the features of the Photoshop brush tool.

When you click on the brush tool you have an option to set the flow and opacity of your brush. This is one of those things that I found very confusing in Photoshop. What the heck is the difference between Flow and Opacity? They both have to do with the transparency of the brush strokes, but depending on the brush you are using they can seem to do pretty much the same thing. But there are some difference between the two.

According to the Photoshop help file, flow sets the rate at which color is applied as you move the pointer over an area, where as opacity sets the transparency of color you apply. Umm, I don't know about you, but that really didn't help me a whole lot.

So let's take a closer look at each options. Let's select the hard round default brush. If we draw with this brush it looks like a think solid line but when we open the brush palette and increase the spacing we notice that this brush is lots of circles being laid down really close to one another, if you lay them down close enough together they look like one continuous line.

So for now let's leave the spacing kind of wide so the individual circles are touching slightly, somewhere around 70%. Now if I set the opacity to 100% and the flow to 100% and draw a line with this brush I get a sort of rippled solid blue line. No surprise there. If I leave the flow at 100% but reduce the opacity to 50%, I get the exact same ripply line only 50% lighter. But if I reverse it and leave the opacity at 100% and reduce the flow to 50% I get something a little different. Now, each little dab of the brush is reduced to 50% but where those little dabs overlap the paint coverage is actually darker than 50%.

Okay so that's not too confusing. Now what happens if I start reducing both the opacity AND the flow? This is where is can start hurting your head.

I like to think of opacity as being the main transparency governor. If I set the opacity to 75% then no part of my stroke will ever be stronger than 75% transparency. Within that 75% range I can decide how transparent each dab of the brush will be from 1 to 100%. So let's say my opacity is set at 75%, even if I set my flow to 100% my stroke will still only be 75% of the original color.

Right now you might be saying, well, that's great, but how is that going to help me with my painting? Look at these four samples. In each one, I scribbled around and around in circle until I could go no darker. As you can see the center of each dot is the same color (75% opacity) but you can see when I used a lower flow rate, I needed more little dabs of paint to get to that color. At 5% flow I was scribbling quite a lot longer than I was at 100% flow. So flow gives you a way to gradu

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61669. The Slime Modifier and a Statue of Ham as a Western Mayor

When a concept artist wake up in the morning, he has no idea the random stuff he's going to have to draw!

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Bookshelf #3: bPigs??

This is two of three pieces I'm getting ready for the Betty Ray McCain Gallery in Raleigh’s Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts. Here is the question...

For the Critters do I

A. Use the Pigs and go for repetition even though they are sort of flimsy..


B. Use a mixture of Critters like the piece below???


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61671. Lecture April 10 at the Rockwell

I thought I'd pass along the news about an interesting lecture coming up this Sunday, April 10, at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts:

"The fascinating transition at The Saturday Evening Post between two star illustrators—J.C. Leyendecker and Norman Rockwell—will be the subject of an upcoming lecture by Dr. Jennifer A. Greenhill.   on Sunday, April 10, starting at 11 a.m. 

"Dr. Jennifer A. Greenhill, Assistant Professor of Art History at The University of Illinois in Champaign, will examine the moment acclaimed illustrator J.C. Leyendecker left “The Saturday Evening Post,” and Norman Rockwell took over as the magazine’s star illustrator. The tenor of publishing during World War II, different approaches to “surface” in illustration, and the challenges that abstraction posed for artists working realistically will be explored. After the program, a brunch will be served in Linwood House, the Museum’s 1859 Berkshire cottage. Cost to attend the lecture is $25, $20 for Museum members. Pre-registration recommended by calling 413.298.4100, ext. 260, or e-mail: mgeorgeson@nrm.org." More information at this link to NRM.org

Image: "Rosie the Riveter," Norman Rockwell. 1943. Cover illustration for "The Saturday Evening Post," May 29, 1943. Private collection. ©1943 SEPS: Curtis Publishing, Indianapolis, IN

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61672. It's No Joke

I'm in a Richard Prince mood today.
Ink on lined paper 15cm x 10cm. Click to enlarge.

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61673. Spring Cleaning

Yesterday I decided to clean up my office where I do most of my artwork. I'm gearing up for some picture book projects that are going to finished artwork and I'm feeling a bit disorganized with paintings, sketches and papers floating all over the place. Whenever I walk into an Apple store I get longings for clean, sleek, uncluttered surfaces. But, unfortunately, I just can't seem to maintain it. Maybe its the creativity that just makes everything messy?

Anyway, I've got my desktop all cleaned off and I thought I'd show you my favorite pieces of equipment that I use as an illustrator.

Last year I purchased a new iMac. I was badly in need of an upgrade and it was so satisfying to get current. Even though the computer itself is a breeze to set up, I hired a tech guy to transfer all my files to my new computer and to make sure everything was updated properly. Along with that we made sure I had lots of backup. My backup drive just perks along on it's own and automatically backs up my files all day long. Sweet! I use my Wacom tablet for my digital projects, sketching, working in photoshop, etc.
Couldn't live without it!

I purchased these Alex flat files from Ikea a couple of years ago. They come in black and white.
I LOVE them and think I will get another set. They are large enough to hold all my artwork, sketches, oversized paper, etc. but are not too obtrusive. Also they make a great stand for printers, scanners, etc. Which, you can see I use for my Epson printer.....

My printer is an Epson Stylus 1280....so old! I'm shocked I can still find ink for it :)
But such a workhorse! It got me through 3 years at Surtex and I've not really had any issues with it. Great for proofing my artwork, but definitely time for a new one!

One of the biggest reasons I had to get organized was to find room for my latest piece of equipment which is the large Epson graphic arts scanner. I have debated this purchase for many years

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61674. Occasional Plum #4: Mr. Mulliner

A typical evening at the Angler's Rest: hot scotch and lemon and a few stories from Mr. Mulliner. See Meet Mr. Mulliner, Mr. Mulliner Speaking, and Mulliner Nights.

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61675. Nesting

After several truly exhausting days, we're finally all moved in to our new place. We have a lot of unpacking and arranging to do. My studio still appears to have been ravaged by a tornado, but I'm making progress. I'm hoping to have my studio together by the end of today (or at least by tomorrow afternoon!).

It seems we weren't the only ones procuring a new home this past month. The swallows came back again this year and built a brand new nest above our kitchen window just as we were beginning to move out. Their old nest from last year had been removed, so they had to start from scratch. A lot of work for them, no doubt, but it did afford me a great opportunity to watch the new nest evolve over time. I tried to take a picture a day to document their progress:I'm amazed by how quickly they were able to construct a new nest. They seemed to have completed it well within two weeks. I think I should take a cue from those little birds and

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