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61651. What I'm working on

© Copyright Alicia Padrón 2010



I recently created these two characters for a possible book project, a little Princess and her royal kitty. I like to think she lives in a cotton candy color world.

Turns out she wasn't chosen for the book, these things happen, so she is available so to speak. ;o)

Meanwhile I've been busy working on a beautiful Christmas book to be published next year in the UK. I will also be working on a series of baby books which I'm really excited about! I can't say much just yet. I love doing baby books.

We are still on our summer vacation. Kids don't start school until mid September, so juggling work with vacation time has been a challenge I have to say. But it's all good.

Hope you all had a great summer too. :o)




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61652. Desktop Gremlins unleashes the TOOYU!

Free paper toys that you can download and build right now! Unleash a mischief-maker onto your desk with Desktop Gremlins papercraft!
It is TOOYU!

Centuries ago, when villagers celebrated a birthday, magicians learned a spell that transformed well-wishes and happy thoughts into a magical candle-carrying gremlin called a Tooyu. If captured, the Tooyu would grant a wish to whoever doused its flame. As years passed, Tooyu appearances became rarer, but people remembered the creature by baking a sweet cake treat to honor its power. It is hoped when you sing “Happy Birthday,” a Tooyu might make its return.

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AND FOR MORE FUN… the Tooyu web page also features a fun zone that enables visitors to unlock even more. Unleash an additional five of the most rare Tooyu the world has never seen! Get your Tooyou now...


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Desktop Gremlins are downloadable paper craft construction projects that are fun to build, display and share. Conceived to be a creative diversion that showcases Landis illustration and brand development, Desktop Gremlins are invading the world. The site has welcomed close to 20,000 visitors from over 3,500 different cities all over the planet. Build your own mischief-maker today visit desktopgremlins.com

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61653. Elephant and Piggie Reading T-SHIRTS + TOTES!

I'm happy to announce that Wondershirts has just released a new line of Elephant and Piggie (with a Pigeon cameo) T-Shirts for Kids & Adults, plus a Tote Bag!The image is based on the Read With Friends poster to benefit Northampton's Forbes Library.Just in time for the new school year!

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61654. August Break: August 24th

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61655. First post




Thank you for letting me join this group. I have been browsing this group and the talent is wonderful. I am looking forward to participating with everyone.

Here is my latest design. I really had fun working on it. It is mostly watercolor but I also used colored pencil and reg. pencil for fine detail.

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61656. atmosphere

On a cold winter day you need to feel the sun shining in the window and create a cozy, warm atmosphere.

It's is hard for me to imagine being cold right now. The temperature here has not been out of the nineties since June. The weather man is talking about it getting down to the eighties this week. Woo, I'd better go find my jacket.

This was an assignment I did recently. Maybe it helps you to feel cool if you are drawing cold folks trying to keep warm. That is the crazy part of being an illustrator. You always seem to be six months off. I can't wait till Christmas when I will be drawing people on the beach soaking up the sun.

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61657. “Yannick Nézet-Séguin: No Intermission” by Theo Ushev

Yannick Nézet-Séguin: No Intermission by Theodore Ushev (Lipsett Diaries, Drux Flux) combines documentary with abstract animation to illustrate the work of up-and-coming conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Ushev writes that, “It was my first experiment with the computer programming language Processing. Basicaly all of the animation was done using it – crossing the data, and randomizing the data from the sound information and the movements of the hands of Seguin.”

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61658. ally

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61659. Rama on the Radio

This summer, I was interviewed by Dick Gordon for his radio program, The Story. Our conversation will broadcast tonight but you can also listen to it online. Although we mostly talked about the year I spent working on a farm in Virginia, those events are what inspired me to pursue my careers as a teacher and an illustrator. So, it still might be interesting to this crowd.

This illustration of the farm (above) describes something that happened while I was there. It was originally published by the Cricket Magazine Group for a story that I wrote about the experience.

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61660. YETI

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61661. MDS - beer

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61662. Busy, busy Book Week!

So, Fearless didn't win the CBCA early readers Book of the Year, but he doesn't mind a bit. I know I'm a bit late with this, but I'd like to congratulate Lisa Shanahan and Emma Quay for the success of the delightful Bear and Chook by the Sea, and all the other fine and fabulous authors who won awards.

It's been a mad whirl these last couple of weeks, and I've certainly seen more of Sydney than ever before, touring lots of schools in suburbs that were hitherto just mysterious areas on the map. The theme of this year's Book Week was "Across the Story Bridge", and it's just amazing how many incredibly creative Teacher-Librarians there are out there. I've seen some awe-inspiring story bridges - I'm kicking myself for not thinking to take photos. Some of them almost rival the Harbour bridge in scope and scale. All the TLs I've met have been doing such a good job of enthusing the kids, and getting them into the spirit of Book Week. TLs, I hope your schools know how lucky they are to have you.

I'd especially like to say a big thankyou to the folk at the Bankstown Library for hosting me for four days. Each year they organise a series of author/illustrator talks and visits for schools in the surrounding area, and luckily for me I was one of them this year. Here are the lovely librarians with their Story Bridge display:

I'd also like to say a big thank you to the students from the Prsbyterian Ladies College, Abbotsleigh, Kesser Torah College, St Patrick's PS, Chullora PS, Birrong PS, Chester Hill PS, St Therese's, St Felix's, Bankstown PS, Al Sadiq College, Holy Saviour, and Knox Grammar Prep School for being such wonderful hosts. 

At the end of a session we usually take 10 or 15 minutes where the students can become mini art directors and boss me around - they invent a character and a story, and I have to draw it (usually badly and messily!) So here are a few of the crazy pictures we've come up with together.

A Bandit Penguin stealing a cartload of fish from a walrus fishmonger....

The folks of St Felix with their fierce doberman scaring a kookaburra, while a blue-tongue lizard laughs at the kookaburra's fright.

At Knox Grammar, the year k-2 group came up with the idea of a hungry (and rather optimistic) lion who wants to eat a T-Rex. Standing next to my scribble is someone who puts me to shame. He's only in Year 2, and he drew this amazing lion in chalk pastel. He rushed off to get it at the end of my talk so he could show me, and I'm so glad he did! Very impressive, I think.

 

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61663. Parrish and Pyle

Maxfield Parrish is sometimes said to have been a student of Howard Pyle, but recollections by Frank Schoonover, in a 1966 interview, seem to indicate otherwise. Below: Parrish's Knave of Hearts.

The association between the two artists wasn’t exactly master and pupil. The two masters met briefly at the Drexel Institute, where Pyle was teaching an illustration course.

One afternoon, said Schoonover, “Maxfield Parrish was in the class, and I thought Mr. Pyle was so generous. He looked down and he said speaking to us young neophytes on the high stools in the back row, he said, ‘We have a new member of this group or I might say a visitor to the class, Maxfield Parrish, the painter. You’re all acquainted with this work, especially with his achievement of color.’ His Parrish blue, you know, it was known as ‘Maxfield Parrish Blue.’ So he said ‘Mr. Parrish, I’m deeply honored by your being here but I want to say this to you and to the others. In some ways I think our positions should be reversed. You should be here talking and I should be there listening to you.’”

Parrish didn’t stay in the class. According to Schoonover, he only appeared once.


Pyle image above and further discussion at the Howard Pyle blog:
“Master Jacob Proto Parrish”, where Ian Schoenherr explores the question of how Pyle influenced Parrish.

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61664. The Big Girl by He Weifeng

A film that answers the eternal question: “Will you still love me the same as before if I was a fatty?”

This Chinese student-made short, a blend of chalk-drawing animation, 2D and stop-motion is beautifully made, and a heck of a lot of fun. The interactions of the 2D characters with the “real world” props is very good. He Weifeng is a soon-to-be graduate of Guangzhou’s Academy of Art.

(Thanks, Russ Handelman)

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61665. PLR petition

PLR (public lending rights) allows an author/illustrator a small earning from each lending of their work from a public library (6p per lend). The government want to drastically cut this funding.

There are but a few JKRowling's, Stephanie Meyer's, and Quentin Blakes. Many of us, if not most of us struggle to make ends meet and every penny makes a difference. Please, please show your support of PLR funding by signing this petition.

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61666. Tutorial of the Week: Matte Painting

Check out these two matte painting tutorials that were recently shared on Creating Worlds, a website and podcast for Matte Painters by Matthew Scheuerman.

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61667. Middle-grade book-to-movie adaptations

Any bibliovideophiles out there?

I’m blogging about middle-grade book-to-movie adaptations over on the Mixed-Up Files website. 

  

Come check it out! :-)

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61668. Monsters

Hi! This is my first entry here. Hope you like it!





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You can see more here:

http://lironcilloart.com
http://martadelafuente.blogspot.com

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61669. Moscow


If you've read this blog long enough, you probably already know that if something stays still long enough, I'll cover it in marker.

This has been one of those on again/off again projects. I was up at Artist and Craftsman a few weeks back picking up supplies and spotted the blank canvas bags; the rest is history. I'd had a bizarre dream right about this time that I was stuck in Moscow with my sister, busking our way back to the U.S. At this point, the violin I had was stolen by the evil head of a music conservatory and it had just begun to snow and...

I woke up. Not sure we were going to get back stateside the way things were shaping up.

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61670. Microstoria: Caribou




  
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61671. Ingvard the Terrible is now on Storybird


My shop on Storybird is up and running! Right now, I've got 20 images on there, some old, some new (including this handsome rascal, done in anticipation of Halloween), but I have plenty of ideas for more.

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61672. Illustration Friday--Atmosphere

Atmosphere - Definition and More from the Free Merriam-Webster3 : a surrounding influence or environment (an atmosphere of hostility)In the dictionary they had a few definitions for“Atmosphere” and it was interesting to me how the one above emphasizes "an atmosphere of hostility" It would have been just as fitting to say "an atmosphere of peace" How often as people we choose to emphasize a

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61673. IPhone Game Angry Bird goes to Hollywood

For what certainly won’t be the last time, a successful iPhone game is attempting to make the leap into animated features and series. We’ve reported before about artists who have developed animation show pitches into iPhone games, but in this instance, the creators of the iPhone game Angry Birds already have a hit on their hands. Variety reports that they’re currently shopping the property for movies and TV shows.

The article doesn’t actually say that anybody in Hollywood is interested—just that they’re pitching the idea around—but they already have a toy deal in place. The game has sold over $7 million worth of downloads through the Apple store and the “cinematic trailer” above has topped 5.5 milllion views on YouTube. Mikael Hed, the CEO of Rovio Mobile, the Finnish company behind the game, isn’t being modest and thinks he just might be the next Pixar: “Time and time again, they take an unknown brand and make it big,” he said. Good luck with that.

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61674. Gabrielle Bell Comicumentary from the San Diego Comic-Con



Gabrielle Bell’s Comicumentary from the San Diego Comic Con.

Part One | Part Two | Part Three | Part Four

via BoingBoing

Bonus: Jillian Tamaki at Comic Con.


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61675. waiting room doodle

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