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61651. fabulous 3-year-old conductor

My friend Alice Brewer posted this and I thought it was going to be cheesy, but it's actually rather brilliant. Just thought you might like it!

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61652. My tweets

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61653. Mr Bill Kettle, Kangaroo Rat

Another character redesign for Maddy Kettle. SO much happier with this than my original kangaroo rat sketches. Sometimes it seems to take a bit to get the actual animal out of my mind and draw a cool character. Or like I need to internalize the animal until I don't have to draw it as it really is.

Currently rewriting the ending to Maddy Kettle. I finally managed to get it where everything seems to resolve logically but I'm trying to figure out the moment and the note where it ends. It's a continuing series of books so it doesn't need to end like a novel. Which it ain't.

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61654. An Ode January… and Soup!

A double dosage of happiness came upon us in January: The New Year and National Soup Month!

As a huge soup fan, I started the new year off with weekly meals featuring soup as the main course. I cooked soup in crock pots, ordered home-made soup in restaurants and enjoyed quick ramen meal mixes with fresh chopped veggies… Well, you get the idea.

For this post, I dusted off an illustration created a few years ago as homage to Lewis Carroll’s poem, Beautiful Soup. Here’s to a savory 2011…!


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61655. Typedepot: Designing Original Typefaces

Typedepot is a "small" type foundry currently based in Sofia, Bulgaria, founded by Alexander Nedelev and Veronika Slavova in 2009. These two talented designers came together and created Typedepot after the creation of their first font "glide", and since then they've started production of several new typefaces available soon for purchase.

The main focus of Typedepot is to design original typefaces for retail and custom use. The foundry leans in the direction of contemporary type forms both for screen and print use.

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61656. Plotting...

I have been studying my way through some books on writing... including the brick called "The Seven Basic Plots", which might kill me one evening when I fall asleep while reading it.
Today I went out to the library because the house is cold and I can't be bothered to turn the heating on. I sat by the window and took notes about my novel, and now I am quite sure I've cracked the plot and worked out how to tidy it up, and how the second half I haven't written yet must go.
When I went back outside the sun was shining. I had a lunch of walnut bread and raw honey, and turned and turned the story in my head. I ironed my pyjamas, mended a jumper and paid some bills, and all the while the story kept turning in my head and I could see no holes.
I think it's time to start writing again! Wish me luck, I'd really like to get this one finished well.

I also upgraded Scrivener, haven't checked out all the new features yet but it looks rather good... I note there is a comic script template included now.
And: Notational Velocity is a very useful program for keeping track of ideas, I recommend it.

Music of the Moment:  Ah-Um  by  Charles Mingus

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61657. Eye Highlights

Here’s a fun experiment you can try with a friend. In a dark room, hold a candle about a foot away from your friend’s eye. Position the candle a few inches off to the side of the direction of the gaze, and have your friend look a little to one side, too.

Look at the variety of highlights. And remember: a highlight is a reflection of the light source on a wet or shiny surface.

Several highlights are visible. The brightest one (2) is a reflection of the candle on the outer surface of the cornea. The image is oriented right side up, a miniature image of the candle itself. Just under the main highlight at (2), you can see a little red area. That’s a reflection of the glowing red wax just below the candle flame.

The next brightest highlights, (1) and (4), are reflections off the eye fluid that pools up along the edges of the eyelid. Those highlights are directly across the pupil from each other.

Another faint highlight, (3), is visible to the right of (2). This highlight is a reflection off the back surface of the eye’s lens. If your subject changes the focus from near to far, that highlight will shift very slightly to the left and right as the shape of the lens changes. When the lens accommodates to different focal lengths, it’s mainly the back surface of the lens that changes shape.

There are two very faint intermediate highlights between (2) and (3), but they’re too dim to show up in this photo. One is a highlight off the back of the cornea, and the next would be off the front of the lens. You might see them if you try this yourself.
Photo by Jeanette (in candlelight @ 800 ASA)
More at Seeing the Light: Optics in Nature, Photography, Color Vision, and Holography, by David S. Falk, p. 149. (Thanks, Roberto)

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61658. Announcing New Website and Illustrator Dawn Phillips 365 Tour

You're welcome to view the following at my "NEW WEBSITE".

* Profile of the Illustrator
* Art Gallery
Character Development
Dummy and Finished Story-boards
Realistic Illustrations
Whimsical/Cartoon Illustrations
Black/White and Line Art Illustrations
Free Coloring Pages

* Illustrator's Bookshelf ~ which includes the Children Book, Brief Summary, You Tube Book Trailers,
Interview the Author, and Available for Purchase.
* References from Publishers and Authors

365 Day Illustrator Tour - starts March 7th

What if you can chat on-line with an Illustrator?
What if you can enter contests, win free books, win coloring page downloads,
receive special book offers and so much more? Interested?

Join Illustrator Dawn Phillips on her “365 Day Tour” on Facebook as she shares an illustration and brief story every day with you.

Thank you, for your time and consideration!

Kind Regards,

Dawn Phillips



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61659. Ongoing Evidence That Aaron Zenz is the Best Dad Ever

Can be found here.

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61660. Watercolour Wednesdays thank you for accepting my subscription :)

Hello everyone! I'm very happy to become a member of the group . Thank you for accepting my subscription :) I'm presently an unpublished Childrens book illustrator but i'm working towards becoming one hopefully! thanks again !

Today i post my IF illustration of "swarm" my illustration was inspired by a christmas artifact i had of a snowman. So i asked myself, why not do this snowman i'm so fond(on my wordpress blog i've done a few other illustrations with my wonderful snowman:)) of in different everyday characters ? this is the ending result.

Thank you very much once again

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61661. warning! conehead ahead!

yepper. i was that kid on the block where, well, i got bored easily. you could only play with a stupid hula-hoop or megabubble bubble wand for just so long, you know? my mom would FREAK when i played with construction cones, tho. i'd lug em home, and she'd say "ACK!!! THOSE ARE SO DIRTY! WHY CAN'T YOU JUST GO PLAY BARBIES LIKE YOUR SISTER?" WHERE DID YOU GET THOSE? I'M SURE THEY ARE THERE FOR A

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61662. Victor Higgins

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61663. Book Review: Dream of Red Mansions

One of the greatest masterpieces of literature, reading this was an incredible experience. Poignant, funny, metaphysical, tragic, allegorical, psychologically profound, and highly entertaining, it bridges the worlds of heaven and earth, dreams and "reality," and is a truly astonishing achievement. Reading does not get any better than this--it really is up there with Don Quixote, The Divine Comedy, War and Peace, Shakespeare, and anything else you might name. As one Western scholar on the work noted, to "appreciate its position in Chinese culture, we must imagine a work with the critical cachet ofJames Joyce's Ulysses with the popular appeal of Margaret Mitchell's Gone With the Wind – and twice as long as the two combined"...There is an excellent review here (http://www.complete-review.com...) if you are interested (it's listed in an alternate translation as "Story of the Stone").

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61664. Pigeon Racing

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61665. UWMA Early Literacy Symposium

I submitted a proposal to speak at the United Way’s Early Literacy Symposium here in Atlanta and they have accepted me! The symposium is on April 15th at the Loudermilk Center here in Atlanta.

The Early Literacy Symposium brings together more than 300 education professionals from early care and education through 3rd grade levels.  The Symposium features the latest innovations in literacy instruction, research and practice to foster children’s early reading proficiency.  Reading proficiency by the end of third grade is widely recognized as a critical educational benchmark.  This year’s theme is Extending Conversations With Children – exploring ways that meaningful talk, while employing new words and concepts, can be intellectually stimulating to children of all ages and contribute to early literacy and academic success.

Who attends the Symposium?

Teachers of young children from birth through 3rd grade

Program directors and administrators

Early Reading First grant teachers and project leaders

Georgia Pre-K teachers

Curriculum and instructional coordinators

Early childhood specialists

University students in ECE and K-3 programs


Clearly I will be more along the lines of entertainment at this symposium, but as always, I will try and give my audience something they can use in their classrooms outside of what I do in my work. Hopefully my interest in visual communication will be of interest to the educators and childhood specialists in the bunch. My proposed talk will be given in two parts:

Visual Storytelling and Making Connections

Part one is about my work, process, and goals in creating images for picturebooks stressing the way I use of reference to support the ideas in my work; and part two will focus on strategies using visual aids and technology that teachers can implement in their classrooms to help enrich and support the learning process.

from my talk at the 23rd Annual Conference on Children’s Literature,
“Framing Social Issues in Books for Children”

A special “thank you” to Jan Miller Burkins, literacy consultant and co-founder of Literacyhead.com for involving me with UWMA. It should be fun~

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61666. Shaved and unshaved tarantulas.

Poor fellows.

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61667. Proverb

From A. A. Milne's 
"Once on a Time"

For centuries past the ruling monarchs of Barodia had been famous for their ginger whiskers. "As lost as the King of Barodia without his whiskers" was indeed a proverb of those times. A King without a pair, and at such a crisis in his country's fortunes! It was inconceivable. 

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61668. Illustration Friday - 'Warning'

This is my first blog post in ages - oops! It's been manic here since November - lots of lovely work and new books to look forward to and I'm very excited that 'Yuck' has been shortlisted for the Red House Children's Book Awards as well! Fingers crossed...
This week's Illustration Friday topic is Warning, so I thought this one would be ideal. It's from Star Friends or Ooogle-Doogle and the Boogle by Tracey Corderoy, and the story reads..

But one day, the Boogle raced out of the gate! "No!" gasped Ooogle-Doogle. He never ever went out there! WHAT IF THERE WERE SCARIES? But he couldn't let anything happen to his friend, so nervously he followed.

I'm happily working on a lovely new book by Tracey at the moment, so watch this space!

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61669. All work and no play

All work and no play makes Jack a very dull boy. But at least it allows Jack to finish up some looming deadlines... hopefully.

Here is a nearly finished bit of art from the new book. It's so enjoyable as a digital artist to decide to change one's mind. I wonder if I should make the sky pink instead?

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61670. "Bushy-haired Bald Guy"

A friend was telling me yesterday her daughter saw my illustration in the Friend... "Oh, yeah, did she draw this bushy-haired bald guy?" Don't know why, but that just tickled me!

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61671. Book Review: Things Not Seen, by Andrew Clements

     "It's after the shower. That's when it happens. It's when I turn on the bathroom light and wipe the fog off the mirror to comb my hair. It's what I see in the mirror. It's what I don't see.
     I look a second time, and then rub at the mirror again.
     I'm not there.
     That's what I'm saying.
     I'm. Not. There."

Bobby Phillips is a normal 15 year-old-boy, with a normal life. Until one morning. He takes his shower in the dark, like normal. He turns on the bathroom light when he's done, like normal. He wipes the steam from the mirror and looks in, like normal. But no one is looking back. Which is definitely not like normal. He's invisible. And he has no idea how it happened, or how to get back to normal. When he tells his parents, they all realize this can't get out until they can find a way to fix it. He can't tell his friends. He can't go to school. And unless they can figure this out, he can't have a life. But then one day, he meets Alicia at the library. And even though she's blind, and he's invisible, he begins to think that Alicia is the only one who can really see him. 

For Teachers and Librarians:
Invisibility, and its opposite, comes in many forms. Your teen students may identify with Bobby, and with Alicia, in a variety of ways. And teachers, librarians, and guidance counselors will find many ways to incorporate Things Not Seen into the curriculum:
  • Emotional: Bobby feels invisible to his parents, even before he actually is invisible. He feels like they put work before him, and don't notice who he is or what he wants. Alicia feels all-too-visible to her parents, whom she feels are smothering her because of her blindness, and not giving her room to be who she wants to be. How do they each find ways to make their presence and wishes felt? What are the consequences or positives of those actions? Bobby unexpectedly has to fend for himself for a few days, without his parents. Discuss: how did he feel during this time? What mistakes did he make? What did he learn? What did he do well? Has something similar happened to your students? How did they work through it?
  • Social: Bobby and Alicia form a friendship at first based on only partial honesty. How does Alicia react when she learns the truth about Bobby? How does Bobby feel about not letting her know at first about his invisibility? How does he feel after she knows? What stresses do Bobby and Alicia's friendship go through when one of them finds a solution to their individual d

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61672. J'aime la langue

Bonjour, mes amis! As I've mentioned, I'm currently learning french. Class is in a creaky old house shared by a bread bakery on my favorite corner in Harvard Square. It's been lovely!

Learning, in general, has always acted as caffeine for my art inspiration. French class is serving this purpose like a large Burdick's dark hot chocolate would (Cambridge folks, you know the powers of this beverage!) When my mind is told to stretch, art making always follows. I've been dreaming in french too–waking up with little bits like "pas du tout" "deux par deux" floating around in my head. Though I'm not any good yet (see below), I want to soak in every bit! It is decoding code, listening for jewels in sentences and stringing them together, trying to make that french "R". It is like learning to dance; falling down over and over until you muddle through on tiptoes and find your balance just one sentence long...

Mes devoirs français (starring Claude + Gerard):

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61673. Author Spotlight: Andrew Clements

If you were to ask Andrew Clements why he became a writer, he may possibly respond the same way he did in an article for Scholastic.com:
"I didn't wake up one morning when I was in fourth or fifth grade and say, 'I know! I know! I'm going to be a writer!' That never happened to me. I think the reason I'm a writer is because first, I was a reader. I loved to read."

That love of reading isn't the only reason he became a writer, but it seems to be one of the most important ones.

Mr. Clements was a literature major at Northwestern University, where he also did a bit of songwriting and poetry writing on his own time. A professor at a nearby college saw his writing, and she asked him to teach creative writing at a series of summer high school workshops which she'd organized. It was during this experience that he found he liked teaching, and so he completed a Master of Arts degree in teaching from National Louis University.

Beginning in 1972, Andrew Clements taught in public schools north of Chicago, Illinois: two years of fourth grade, three years of eighth grade English, and two years of high school English. After that, he and his wife and 2 1/2 year old son moved to New York City, so he could pursue a singer-songwriter career, which lasted about a year and a half.

From there, he found a job working for a small publisher who specialized in how-to books. Then, he took a position helping a college friend launch a new company which imported children's books from Europe - translating and adapting them for the North American market. This new venture was first called Alphabet Press, and later became Picture Book Studio. Mr. Clements worked there as a sales manager, and an editorial director, and also wrote picture book texts.

Andrew Clements' first published work was A Country Christmas Treasury, about which he says,

"I'd built a number of the projects featured in the book, and I was listed as one of the 'craftspeople' on the acknowledgements page, in tiny, tiny type."

His first picture book was Big Al, published in 1987.

Then, in 1990, when he was doing an author visit at a school, he got the idea for a story about a kid who makes up a new word. That story became his first novel, Frindle, published in 1996. Frindle became Andrew Clements' most popular book, and he credits this title as being the one that ultimately led to his career as a full-time writer. Since then, he has written many novels and books for various age levels, from grades K-12.

Born in Camden, New Jersey, on May 7, 1949, Andrew Clements now lives in Westborough, Massachusetts, with his wife Rebecca. They have four gro

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61674. Checking in.

I miss everybody here. I haven't been posting because frankly, I have been bitten by the digital art bug. I have finally gotten around to learning how to use my Wacom and stylus and translating my traditional watercolor style to the pixel life.

In addition to that, I am also branching out into licensing. I have several projects in the works, but nothing to show there yet.

If you want to see what I've been up to, please visit me on my blog for daily doodles, upcycled clothing creations and works in progress peeks.

I hope to get my watercolors dusted off and soggy soon.

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61675. Page Cavanaugh Trio - Three Bears

Try getting this out of your head!

Need more? How about Little Red Riding Hood by Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs?

Thanks to Fuse #8 via BoingBoing for the links!

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