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73726. Photos vs. Scans

16 x 16 o/c
I haven't worked on this any more yet, but it finally dried enough to scan. Even though I have a good camera and have tried inside, outside, sun, shade, various white value settings, etc., I have not figured out how to get a digital photo with color as accurate as I can get with a scan. Maybe having a copy stand with professional lighting is the only way.

Comparison, photo vs. scan

Last week I joined Hire an Illustrator, and advertising site that seems very well designed and has great features. Interesting that, like childrensillustrators (which was fairly successful for me) it is another site based in the UK. Waiting for those great jobs to come pouring in--though I'm barely getting started on my Air Force painting, still want to paint, and still have a lot of catch-up to do around the house.

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73727. Ripple Blog on Wednesday!

This is my donated drawing for Kelly Light's fantastic Ripple blog. The idea is simple and great: illustrators donate original art dealing with the oil spill disaster, Kelly auctions them off, and ALL proceeds go to help the bird and marine life of the area. This month is Great American Illustrator month and she's already sold some amazing cards from folks like Mo Willems, Frank Dormer, and Jarrett Krosoczka.

My card goes up for auction this Wednesday, July 21 at 6:30 PM EST.

Above is a slightly enlarged view. The actual card is ink on 2.5 x 3.5" watercolor paper. It's called A Day at the Beach. For details on how the bidding works, go to the Ripple blog and look at the right side column.

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73728. it's easy

This is a bit of a departure for me. I know it doesn't look like it, but it is.

Yes they are doodles. Yes it's drawn with a ballpoint. But, let me tell you, the urge to cross hatch the hell out of those doodles was eating me up inside. But, I resisted. Somehow, I resisted. Apart from a little LOVE.

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73729. The mixed blessing of inheriting the family firm



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73730. Japanese zombie baseball? Plus, some thoughts on writing productivity

Because why not?

Ha ha, here's the synopsis:

"Battlefield Baseball is a tough game--it doesn't end until all the members on the opposing team are dead. In this game the Gedo High team is composed of blue-faced zombies, and their opponents on the Seido High team know they don't have a chance at beating them unless they can bring back a star pitcher who has a lethal pitch called the Super Tornado, but who has hung up his cleats and has no desire to return to the game."

(I just spelled "small" "snakk." Kind of a cute word. I've always thought "Snack" would be an excellent name for a small dog, don't you agree? And maybe you could spell it Snakk and say it means something on the dog's planet, like Valiant Warrior or Pontius Pilate or something.)

Monday morning, just got to the cafe, and I am going to set Freedom* asap and get to it. (Right after this blogging interlude, snarf snarf.) I've had a string of awesome writing mornings, I'm really in a groove and it is a wonderful wonderful feeling. I am not even afraid of my deadline right now, not even a little. Just super excited! Of course, as we all know, these things turn on a dime. Fingers crossed for this stretch to continue. Two things:

-- Writing every day. Every day. Every every day. First time I've pulled off this stunt in a long while, and I owe it to my wonderful husband who gets up at 4 am every morning so he can get a little work done before taking Clementine from 8 to 1, so I can write. Also, he's been doing 90% of the stuff around the house lately (he might amend that to 99%). Mwah, sweetie. Thank you.

-- Before Clementine was born, I heard this rumor that when you have less time, you get more productive with it. I am at last learning how to make that true. See, it's not one of those things that is just instantly true. It doesn't happen that you magically wake up more productive.You have to work at it, but desperation can be the mother of productivity, ha ha. I have to say that my 4-5 hours now are more productive than many of my childless 12-hour work stretches used to be.

That is all. Beware zombie baseball players. Ouch.

* too lazy to link: Freedom is an application (for Macs) that disables your wireless for a specified period of time so you can't get online and distract yourself. Some days I really really need it. Thank you, Freedom!

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73731. The Stacks by Scholastic

As publishers scramble to find their place in this new digital reading environment, Scholastic has created something very interesting, and maybe very smart. It's called The Stacks. It's still in beta, but it's a safe place for kids to gather, find books to read, games to play, create a fun profile and chat about books on message boards. In other words, it's got just about everything a young reader could want.
     The limitation is, of course, The Stacks will only be offering books Scholastic publishes (I think) but they're a big house and that's still an enormous selection.
     If you check it out, will you report back and let us know what you think?

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73732. Tooth Fairy magic

This is a logo I just finished designing for a client who creates and sells beautifully designed tooth-fairy pillows for kids.

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73733. T Cooper & Alex Petrowsky's New Book: The Beaufort Diaries

Contributed by Alex Petrowsky

A polar bear tries to go green-in Hollywood-with Leonardo DiCaprio-in an outrageous tale that includes equally outrageous full-color illustrations. Watch the animated trailer featuring David Duchovny below.

It may sound like a familiar story-boy goes to Hollywood, boy befriends big star, boy gets almost as famous as big star, boy finds fame tricky-but T Cooper's first illustrated novel is subversively different. For one thing, the "boy" is a polar bear. For another thing, the "big star" is Leonardo DiCaprio. And together, they decide to make an action movie...about the environment.

It's a story that's both wacky and edgy, as readers have come to expect from T Cooper (Lipshitz Six or Two Angry Blondes, Some of the Parts). But in this case, Cooper has pushed the envelope even further by enlisting illustrator Alex Petrowsky to help tell the story. Petrowsky's poster-like, full color images combine photos with cartooning and painting for an arresting effect that's both wildly humorous and hypnotically otherworldly.

It is, in short, a compelling tale with an edgy charm and a persevering conscience. And it's all in a lush package, as if T Cooper's gifts for wisdom and humor and social commentary had been boiled down to their essence for a devoted following, then blown up like fireworks for a much wider audience to ooh and aah over.

Find out more about T Cooper here, and check out Alex Petrowsky's website. And if you like what you see go buy it at your local bookstore or online.

If you have an article, tutorial, technique or process that you would like to contribute to the Illustration Pages site please contact us at info@illustrationpages.com

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73734. Gotta Have a Hook Challenge

Hi all, ol' Duder's got a lot of irons in the fire. Recently I've been participating in an open art challenge put on by WotC art director Jon Schindehette on his blog Art Order. It's been a lot of hard work and a lot of fun. Here is the assignment brief:

Setting - A cavern
Characters - A Male Dwarf Fighter and a Hook Horror
Scene - The dwarf has just delivered a mighty smack to the hook horror and knocked it backward through a stalagmite and/or stalactite.
Details: The dwarf is wearing heavy scale mail armor. Wielding a warhammer and a heavy shield.

These are the thumbnails I started with: I chose number 3 as it felt the most dynamic and engaging to me: 

Here is the B/W drawing and value study that will serve as the foundation to the final painting:

 Next will be the final color phase coming up in the next couple of weeks.

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73735. Thumbnail sketches - Anette

At the beginning of a project I think it's important to make several sketches to work out the best idea for the illustration. Small rough sketches, thumbnails, is the way to go. This way you can explore lots of different ideas and compositions - and work out problems very fast.

This is a book illustration I worked on a few years ago. I think it's a great example of how I work. First you see a really rough thumbnail showing the idea of the children in a circle. Then you see a small sketch where I'm working out the composition on the page, making space for text etc. I usually make a lot of sketches like this, with different variations. And then there's the final illustration, painted with acrylics.

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73736. Wordcount Challenge Check-In: 250, 500, 1000 Words/Day


Haven't heard of the Inkygirl Wordcount Challenge? The goal of this challenge is to help provide goal-oriented inspiration, with flexibility to avoid giving up in frustration. Please click on any of the buttons above for more info.

I'm going to the SCBWI Conference in L.A., so likely won't be posting an update until after I get back in early August.

So how did you all do this past week? Good luck with your writing, all!

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73737. KHUAN + KTRON for Weekend Knack Mag­a­zine

khuan + ktron

Amazing illustration work by the uber-talented folks at KHUAN + KTRON. The Belgian based design firm was commissioned by Weekend Knack Magazine to create a series of weekly covers. You can see the first five here.

khuan caveman

khuan caveman

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73738. Gadgets from Kids

More great LL gadget ideas from kids!

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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73739. day 201: milestone

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73740. tiny blue hut

Filed under: snow, winter

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73741. Skybax Maquette

In 1990 I constructed a reference maquette for the Quetzalcoatlus or “skybax” in Dinotopia.

If you’re thinking of making a maquette for a dragon or pterosaur, you might try some of these techniques.

I wanted to make this "hero" model to be fully posable so that I could position the wings in up and down flying positions. I also wanted to be able to fold up the wings so that I could imagine it perched on the ground.

It has a skeleton of aluminum armature wire running from head to tail and out through the wings. Toothpicks serve as wing bones, pipe cleaners as legs, and zigzagging floral wire support the wing. The head is made from a chunk of pine, with Sculpey bulking up the crest and eyes.

The neck is made from flexible squishy foam, allowing it to bend or twist. The prone rider is made from Sculpey, resting on a saddle glued together out of scraps of leather.

The wing membrane gave me the most trouble. My wife donated a pair of her old stockings, which I stretched over the wing bones and coated with a thin layer of latex. I added another layer of latex a few years later, but the wings got too thick and lost their elasticity.

The whole thing was knocked over several times by the cat. During one crash landing the rider lost an arm, so I replaced it with cardboard.
Previously on GJ: Cellphone tour spotlighting "Skybax Rider" painting.

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73742. The Unexpected Ordinary

Bodies, body parts, and dragons--the usual subjects of fantasy book covers. It's hard to find a fantasy book that doesn't feature a face, a person, or an illustration of the title. But, in my recent browsing through the fantasy section, a few covers caught my eye. Their jackets featured common items that I didn't necessarily expect to show up on fantasy book jackets:

A pin—so simple, yet representative of a whole fantasy world.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (Scholastic Press, 2008)

Jane Yolen and Adam Stemple’s Pay The Piper (Starscape, 2006)

is more musical than the average fairy tale book cover.

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73743. Star Wars Chibi: Darth Vader

I haven't watched any of the Star Wars movies in a very long time. But all of these drawings are making me want to go and revisit the originals. Before everything went horribly wrong. any way, here's Chibi Vader. This went somewhere totally different from where I intended i to go. The yo-yo was a last addition which I happened to like much more then my original intention.
Like the previous chibi drawings, sketched in Manga Studio EX and inked traditionally with Pentel Pocket brush Pen.

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73744. The Coolest Shoes Ever

Margo Selby woven fabric + The Old Curiosity Shop shoes = THE COOLEST SHOES EVER

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73745. Vintage Elefant

At my birthday party, I rediscovered the elefant I made Bruce a couple years ago. It was one of the first and wow, he looks vintage! He has little toes & such an angular body. The sewing was so poor he's breaking at the nose now. So funny & strange how much they've evolved!

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73746. Found Dog Slide

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73747. IF - breakfast

For Illustration Friday this week. I don't eat bacon or eggs for breakfast, but if I did, I'd want it them to be in a smiley face like this.

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73748. Kanha National Park

India is an incredible country – a vibrant, bustling place that overwhelms the senses. There’s nothing that quite prepares you for the noise, dust and heat that assaults you upon arrival and I came back from this trip more worn down than when I had departed. Having said that, India is a great place for photography. It may be one of the most densely populated countries in the world, but in terms of wildlife diversity it is also one of the richest.

A spotted owlet sitting outside its nest.

Kanha National Park is located in the Satpura Hills of Madhya Pradesh. Verdant Sal forest covers most of the park, interspersed by grassy meadows and rocky ridges. This is the area where Rudyard Kipling gained inspiration for his novel “The Jungle Book”. It’s easy to see how such a beautiful environment could have inspired Kipling.

A view through the beautiful Sal forest.

The aim of my trip was to photograph a broad selection of Kanha’s wildlife, but at the top of my wish list (like many other photographers) was the Bengal Tiger. It was a difficult prospect to try and photograph these magnificent cats within the limited time I had available, however I was lucky enough to see seven different cats whilst I was there. Photographing them was extremely difficult – often I just caught a fleeting glimpse of orange and black stripes melting into the jungle, or a tail flicking out of the long grass. In the end I managed to get a good photo of this tigress lying on the forest floor. She had three sub-adult cubs, which were resting out of sight.

A tigress resting from the intense midday heat.

Tigers are the top predators in their ecosystem, and have been a prominent symbol in Indian civilisation for centuries. It is a sad fact that tiger numbers have fallen by about 95% in the past 100 years and they only occupy 7% of their former range. I feel privileged to have seen this magnificent animal in the wild but I am greatly saddened by its current demise.

The birdlife in Kanha was amazing – the park hosts over 200 resident and migratory species. The 600mm lens and cropped-frame Canon 1D MK IV allowed me to get some great images of bee-eaters, owls and a number of other feathery creatures. Peacocks are a common sight in the forest, but you can never tire of their beautiful feathers and extravagant display.

73749. Sketch Cards

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73750. Back When We Were New

After reading Kate's insightful post I got to thinking about how we all came to be here as a group.  The
was started by three artists who had a vision of a lifetime of creating art for children's books. Sherry Rogers, Ginger Nielson and Amy Moreno got together and formed the core of a group that has now grown to 12 talented and dedicated children's book Illustrators.  It was just about this time in 2006 that the group created a website with images, interviews and bio pages for the core and 5 more artists.

Since that time we have changed a bit, grown some, and seen successes on many levels.  The group that inhabits this space today is a team of individuals who are still dedicated to their craft. The goal is the same, to inspire and motivate children to love and read books for life.  The illustrations we create are meant to expand the pleasure of the journey and enrich the written word with treasures for the mind.

Weather creating in a traditional, digital, or something of a hybird media,  each artist brings a special gift to the children who read and enjoy our books.  So today ~


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