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Oh no, certo che non è saltato fuori solo questo! Ma per adesso posto una sola illustrazione perché sono taaaanto stanca :((
Ma prima di lasciarvi la buona notte, vi devo assolutamente segnalare un carinissimo contest nell’altrettanto carinissimo blog di Davide che (oltre ad avermi micro-intervistata!!!! qui ^____^ ebbene si!) ha scelto una delle mie illustrazioni come ispirazione!
A humming, a twitter, a buzz, a noise beyond hearing emanated from the deep, dark, depth of the closet.
A puff of air, a small breath of breeze, a flicker of curtains opens a slit of light from a bright moon lit night.
Caught by a moon beam, held by a boy's clear sight, a closet Gnome stands frozen and frightened to move a minute muscle.
Perhaps unnoticed or not believed, perhaps thought to be imagined or seen as night's shadows dancing.
Hoping Mortimer the Gnome wills himself unseen to make himself invisible.
Knowing and now seeing what he knew all along his eyes locked and fixed on this creature of beyond.
The boy Felix stares gluing his eyes refusing to blink scared that his magical creature would disappear.
"You there. I see you. Yes you." And in a breath Felix and Mortimer were side by side, face to face and eye to eye.
"I know some serious magic needs to happen now or I couldn't do this." And with that Felix touches Mortimer with a eruption of faerie dust.
"I know something magical when I see it."
"It is a well known fact that Gnomes live among us unseen. This has been going on for a long, long time and we like it that way. Sometimes people will see us and do not believe it, this happens all the time. You got to be nuts to believe in little people, you need glasses. Well those are the rules and that is just the way it is. Grow up! And go back to sleep I am just a dream. Forget about it."
"Now you touching me like that was out of line. OK OK maybe I do owe you a little magic. And maybe all this Faerie dust is a dead give away."
"Caught in a moon beam; they warn you, they tell you never ever get caught in a moon beam. So I did. Big deal. Or it wouldn't be if you hadn't touched me. Now my whole world is changed. I have to... never mind. Magic is what you want and magic is what you will have."
Catchup Time! I thought I was all caught up with the chicken and the egg scenario and then I noticed... Another word? Still a week late! Fortunately I was able to come up with another icon that fit my theme while answering the challenge. Medium: HB pencil, contrast bumped in PS and screened over a photo for texture.
One of my donations to OCAD's Whodunit show, pen & ink and watercolour
With all my rushing around last weekend I didn't manage to attend the OCAD Whodunit sale. This sale is an annual fundraising event that features artwork by students, emerging and established artists that are not named until after the show. Each piece of artwork is the same size, 5½” x 7½” and may be purchased for $75.
I was emailed about donating to this show, and I had determined to do it. Unfortunately I hurt my back near the deadline so I ended up staggering down to the OCAD building to deliver my artwork at the end of the last day it was due.
Today I found out that one of my paintings was chosen for the Gala Silent Auction and I was invited! The email didn't get to me in time as it was sent to the wrong address, people often miss the "L" in my email.
My other donation to OCAD's Whodunit show, featured in the Gala Silent Auction
I felt so flattered to be picked for that, it made me really happy as I was pretty insecure (as always..it's exhausting) about my artwork. I don't know yet if my two pieces of artwork were sold, but if they haven't they will be returned and I'll offer them for sale myself.
So, here it is. My first zine. My Molezine. Oh yeah, you can't believe how much joy it brought me when I came up with that. 'Molezine'. It was, as Oprah would say, a light bulb moment.
You can find out anything you might want to know about it on Etsy. So I'll keep this brief. It is basically one of my Moleskines condensed into a little zine. Covers and all. I'll just reveal a few of the nine drawings that feature, the rest will be a surprise for those of you who order one or two or five (!). If you follow this blog, though, all of the drawings will be familiar.
To anyone who has already ordered they'll be shipped over the weekend. I'm so excited to be sending them out around the world. I like to imagine you sitting on buses looking through them. I don't know why buses specifically, it just seems appropriate.
Just a reminder, too, if you order before Christmas Eve will be put into a draw to win THIS DRAWING. Thanks folks.
Before I moved to Britain, I'd never heard of Wigtown, which is strange, because it's a beautiful Scottish small town with TWENTY independent bookshops! Who cares if it rains all weekend, there's so much browsing to be had!
Here's the the proprietor of the children's bookshop, The Box of Frogs, Fiona Murphy, with her assistant Linda Cameron. Two lovelier people you could never find, except perhaps for the brave souls (about eight kids, with accompanying parents) who charged through rain, landslides and mid-road lakes to make monsters with me in the back of the shop.
Here's Katie with her rather scary monster and Helena with her fabulously bedecked beastie. Apparently in Scotland, they don't so often use the word 'manky' (as in, Morris the Mankiest Monster), so the assembled group decided 'fusty' (pronounced foosty) might be a better word, 'like the way my car smells after there's been a wet dog in it,' one mum explained. So Morris the Foostiest Monster it was.
We put together a monster by committee (Rufus the Slimy), then they helped me come up with some accessories.
I love the way every shop in Wigtown somehow brings in books, even a garden shop.
We stayed with our friends Angus and Mary, who live about a mile out of town, and Mary's favourite shop is The Old Bank, where I met Joyce Watson and Ian Cochrane, who play a big part in hosting the town's annual book festival. This next year it's running 24 September - 3 October and in past years, it's pulled in some big names. (Last year it featured Julia Donaldson, Alan Grant, Roddy Doyle, Babette Cole, Alan Durant, Marcus Sedgwick, John Fardell and Philip Ardagh... not a shabby line-up!)
Every time we've stayed with Angus and Mary, we've had such a great time running around the farm pretending to to help Angus with the chores. This time we inspected fence posts for rot (if they wiggle, they need replacing). Here's their house, surrounded by those lichen-covered stone walls that play such a great role in the Scottish landscape.
And here's the beautiful old mill, a listed building on their property that they're trying to keep from crumbling. The trees in front are rare strains of English apple trees, part of a project to keep some of Britain's best old apples from dying out.
Angus and Mary took us to the Isle of Whithorn, where we'd planned to go for a walk. The rain and wind nearly knocked us off our feet, so we spent the afternoon in a wonderfully cosy pub, The Steam Packet Inn. (I notice they feature very different weather on their website.)
This is the first year that i've been cooking a Thanksgiving meal. I didn't grow up with celebrating Thanksgiving, but i have been at 2 thanksgiving dinners before, plus what i've seen in movies and on Food Network, i whipped up a storm in the kitchen today! Cranberry Sauce, Cornbread, Coleslaw (two batches!), Stuffing, Peach Cobbler (only thing that didn't came out right), Potato Salad, Sweet PotatoCasserole (ala Boston Market with marshmallows!), Gravy, and Mac & Cheese. And since hubby doesn't eat Turkey, i made Fried Chicken. Everything from scratch! Oh, i'm lying, the cornbread came from a package, had to add some ingredients though. We will be eating for days!
All though we've been going through some hard times lately, today we are relaxing and giving thanks. In between cooking i've been watching old Gene Kelly Fred Astaire movies. Oh i love today!
The Thank You card design with this post is the setup for a bunch of postcards i will have printed and send to all those who have helped us with convincing the immigration service that Love and I are really a loving couple. So many people came trough and wrote letters for us. I am very grateful.
I don't know what the future will bring, but i think i have had my share of bad luck for a while. Better times must be ahead! Thank you. Everyone. Online and Offline. For all your love and support.
("Fancy Chicken" - a Yokohama Red Shoulder Cockerel to be exact. For "The Wind Dancers", published by Feiwel & Friends).
Required food coma after obscene amounts of delicious food achieved.
Feeling grateful. For family, 2 awesome kids, a husband who works insanely hard to support us, good friends, a house that has a room for a studio for me, a job that I love doing, pets and gardens full of wonderful things. Also I am grateful for you - my lovely lovely internets friends.... You have enriched my life so much over the last several years of my 'virtual' existence.....
I really enjoy drawing these animals - it's so much easier now. Not because my skills are so much better than when I was in college (although there has been improvement). It feels more psychological than anything else. It's a lot easier to relax and enjoy when you're not rushed by deadlines or have grades looming over every project.
Anyway, this set of drawings brings me to the end of my sketchbook. I started it about 10 years ago and this is its last page. I've filled other sketchbooks in the meantime. I set it aside many years ago when I was doing other types of art and little-to-no drawing. I found it and its many empty pages when I finished my last sketchbook (musn't be wasteful).
An appropriate Thanksgiving Day post: food artist Prudence Staite was commissioned by Disney to recreate scenes from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs as publicity for the current Blu Ray release. Staite used 14 different varieties of the fruit to make the six scenes - four of them are posted on the BBC News website.
Oh my goodness, I have not had time to paint anything at all the last week or so. I can't believe all of the great work that has been posted here the last few weeks. I must go back and take it all in. I'm so thankful for all of the inspiration other artists bring!
This is a painting I did a while back. Pumpkin pie is my favorite dish during this festive holiday. So, Pumpkin Pie Here I Come!
I thank God for what He has done and is still doing in my life. Today and every single day, I intentionally never take for granted, thank God and be content for the blessings of life, family, friends, health, talent, job, etc... Have a wonderful thanksgiving to all! Enjoy your turkey...or chicken...
Last weekend was so busy! On Friday I met up with my friend Susan from Montreal, a fellow illustrator and crafter. She makes beautiful little needle felted animals that appear in the unbelievably charming vignettes in her calendar.
We did a bit of a swap and I don't want to make you jealous, but look at the lovely things Susan brought for me (as well as the apron on the top of this post!):
floral upholstery fabric, silk threads, striped ribbons, glass and mother-of-pearl buttons, silver ribbon, lacy white and blue ribbon, and not one but two versions oflittle red riding hood ribbons. I love everything so much!
We visited the workroom for the Sheridan student sale, and as usual we were greeted by the friendly Maisy, were inspired by the crafts, coveted the workroom fabrics and fed delicious cupcakes. Thank you Karyn!
On Saturday I rushed down with Bradley to the Movies & Makers craft show, hosted by Lisa of GirlCanCreate. I was nostalgic since I grew up going to the Fox Theatre every weekend for the matinees. Once again, lots of craft inspiration. And a delicious cupcake from Lisa, thank you! That morning we just happened to pass by the Beaches United Church bazaar on Wineva Ave. and I found these adorable pillow cases. Bradley has graciously suggested that I am welcome to cut his up to make something else. Shortly after that I met a friend to see the Sleeping Beauty ballet at the Four Seasons Centre. It
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My last few days have been consumed with writing and editing. I get easily distracted at home doing these things so I've been spending most of my days at cafes. These are some sketches from cafes and subway cars.
I am happy to announce the creation of a new resource for cartoon research: The Early Animation Wiki. This site is the creation of faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates at the University of Toronto, and is designed to collect data on the early days of film and television animation. Nic Sammond, Associate Professor of Cinema Studies at the University of Toronto, says:
“The goal of this wiki is to support a robust community of scholars, historians, and collectors of animation-as well as animators-who can share their wisdom and knowledge about this rich and amazing art form. The Early Animation Wiki is attempting to chart the beginnings of animation, with a focus on the careers of animators and the rise (and sometimes fall) of studios. That this leads toward the present day is inevitable, but our initial focus is on building a useful tool for studying the early days of animation.
“It may be a bit of an exaggeration to say the website is ready for use. The Early Animation Wiki is now online, but the first thing it needs is contributors. As you will see, many of its entries are incomplete, and there are quite a few entries missing as well. Also, it isn’t yet as open as other wikis. We hope eventually to add video content and more graphic features to what is, at the moment, a very text-based resource. What we need from you now is the benefit of your knowledge, expertise, and critical and constructive suggestions. I hope you will lend as much as you can.”
Here’s a couple of odds and ends I didn’t around to posting this past week. first up, Chris Jones spent six years making The Passenger and has a blog detailing everything about it.
Next, this short below by Christophe Lopez-Huici is Not Safe for Work (but that’s okay since most of us have the day off). I don’t know why I like it, but the combination of the music and crude stop-motion sorta works for me. More by this animator here.
And finally, this controversial commercial from the UK, created by Mother, for airline pollution activists, Plane Stupid: