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73726. Oliver Jeffers Contest: Scene 6

Makes sense now? :)
Slow & steady hustle.

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73727. Military budget

Will this month's spending review impact on national security?
Pencil and watercolour. 24cm x 32cm. Click to enlarge.

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73728. vern and lettuce on holiday

Oh my goodness, getting all our gear to Alexandra Palace today for the Knitting & Stitching Show was a total slapstick comedy disaster, and we only managed to arrive 15 minutes before closing time. Then I raced down to Islington for dinner with one of my absolute best childhood friends that I hadn't seen in something like 15 years. Now I'm almost incoherent with tiredness, but I just checked my e-mail before bed and found this fabulous Vern and Lettuce page for The Pickle from the amazing Emma, who lives in Paris.

I might not be able to blog for a few days, so I thought I'd leave Vern and Lettuce to keep you company:

You rock, Emma!

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73729. New Art Print Store

I am really, really excited to announce that I just opened up an original art print store! (It's a Big Cartel shop. If you are wondering what the differences are between an Etsy shop and a Big Cartel shop, please read here or here for details where things are nicely explained.)

At my store, I'm offering recently created art that I've thought..."HEY... THIS would be JUST PERFECT for a NICE, BIG art print!" There is not a huge number of offerings in my store, nor do I plan on there being. It is just easier for me to manage that way, and it will keep things fresh and lively. I will rotate in new prints, and currently available prints out, on a regular basis. Hope you'll take a look!

My newsletter will be the go-to spot for store specials. So, if you are interested, you should sign up for it to receive future secret specials. You can sign up to the right- just click on the link on the pink polka-dotted text image on my sidebar.

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73730. Cactus

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73731. Discovering the Colorful World of India

Using the books of author Uma Krishnaswami as inspiration, in 2008 4th Grade students at Bellevue and McKinley Brighton Elementary Schools, in the Syracuse City School District of New York, collaborated on a long-term research project about India, which resulted in a series of podcasts called “Discovering the Colorful World of India.” I encourage you to listen to all of their recordings about Uma, her books, Indian art, culture, and more, starting with the podcast about Uma, at the bottom, and moving up the list from there.

This project was the 2008 winner of a competition organized by E*LIT (Enriching Literacy through Information Technology), a wonderful project created by the Syracuse University’s Center for Digital Literacy to motivate children (K-12) in Central New York to read, work collaboratively and use technology in productive ways. Each year, from 2004-2009, an author whose work showcases the perspective of an underrepresented population was selected as the competition focus. Uma Krishnaswami was the featured author in 2008, and the Bellevue and McKinley Brighton Elementary students did a wonderful job of using her books as a springboard to learn more about the many facets of India.

If you haven’t seen it yet, head on over to our website to check our current celebration/exploration of Children’s literature from India and the Indian diaspora. And come back to the blog after enjoying the highlighted features to let us know what you think of them!

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73732. Lighthouse: A Visdev Process

Last weekend I had the pleasure of doing a talk on visual development at Hyndol Art Academy. This Lighthouse sample was part of the presentation and thought I'd share it here on the blog. These artworks were done in actual pre-production but eventually never used.

Online research on New England lighthouse structures.

Shapes and Patterns Studies

 Often the simplest shot like this is more challenging since there's not much elements to play with. That's why thumbnail sketch is extremely valuable and most of the foundation is laid out in this stage. On this location, I purposely washed away a chunk of the island to break what could have been a boring shape. On a bigger note, it created a history for the island and paved way to putting the structure on stilts making it more interesting.

Values to Color
This is the shot layout that got a nod for exploration. I had to take the house structure on stilts out. Story revision calls for the character to live on top of the lighthouse. Its imperative to get the values squared away before getting into color.

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73734. Illustration Friday: Beneath

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73735. Cactus

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73736. The Best Sketch yet!

Well, not necessarily but I am very pleased with the outcome.

This is a sketch I inked for an upcoming workshop taken from existing manuscript text (not my own). After the AD comments I will revise and go to town with collage, and it should take on a whole new life. The subjects are goblins, a cowboy and Halloween candy. I have a feeling the boy's arms may need more flaying, and that better sizing of the goblins on the right may be in order. We'll see if I am right. Or if it is something else entirely that I am not seeing.

The challenge to me here was making candy smells tangible. But I LOVE challenges. And hopefully I solved that problem. Still want to work on the candy names. A few of them are not good enough... yet.

Anyway, it was a blast doing this, and expanding on the text. I did it over the weekend in about six hours (we ((the illustrators)) had a very short deadline... like a week). I was a bit nervous about coming up with anything decent in that amount of time... but the ink and ebony pencil fairies sighed on and kissed my forehead. Every artist needs Ink and Ebony Pencil Fairies.

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73737. The Haunted House on the Corner

This was done with Gouache and India Ink.

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73738. IF: Beneath

In keeping with all of the pigs flying out of my pencil lately, this one's perfect for IF's Beneath. I suppose this little guy is trying to catch the bus with his messenger bag and sack lunch.

I really need to do something in color. I've just been real busy sketching all sorts of stuff. And enjoying watching how the characters develop. I see this guy with a red polka dotted umbrella. I'm a sucker for things polka dotted I guess.

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73739. Animal Wednesday: Three's a charm-er

I've been busy with this little project today and I feel like I'm in the zone.
As I drew this sweet mutt, I noticed I was making his nose and markings look like hearts, so that's how I decided what to write above his head.
I actually can't stand this cutesy saying, but I think it fits him to a tee.
Besides, I really, really ♥ him ;)

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73740. “The Eagleman Stag” trailer

The Eagleman Stag is a new short by 26-year-old London-based animator Mike Please, who is a graduate of Royal College of Art. It has some nice translucency and film grain effects that lend the computer animation a handmade feel.

Oh wait, it’s not computer animation:

This trailer had me totally fooled when I saw it. By paring down his stop motion models to their rawest element—unpainted foam—Mike achieves strikingly distinctive look. A few months ago, I purchased a hot wire foam sculpting tool on a whim, so intrigued was I by the device after watching a live demonstration. I’m even more fascinated by the possibilities of foam after watching this trailer.

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73741. Fabric Collection Release

To my surprise, today was the day that Brandi at Clothworks sent me the link to my latest fabric collection.  It’s quite fun.    Will you take a peek?  or should I say,  Peep?


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73742. Holiday Fairy Mini 5 Card Set

Diana Levin Holiday Fairy Mini 5 Card Set
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Based on a fairy painting of vibrant colors, organic shapes and Art Nouveau inspired and floral motifs.
These 5 fairy Mini Cards are perfect as holiday gifts.

Each card is 4″ x 5.5″ on ivory background and comes with a matching ivory envelope.

5 in this set. $15

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73743. Bewitching Hour

I started doodling this while I was waiting to pick up my son this afternoon. This was wicked fun! :)

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73744. Here we go!!

What was once a storyboard is now REAL! Sorry, I feel like I'm abusing my blogging privileges. I'm just so dang excited.

Also, random fact: 90s r&b/baby making music (i.e. jodeci, avant, new edition, aaliyah) is my work soundtrack. Props to Bedhead for the late night creep.

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73745. “Tatooine” by Eric Power

Minneapolis musician Jeremy Messersmith latest song inspired Austin-based animator Eric Power (Waking Life) to recreate the Star Wars trilogy with paper cut-outs. The end result:

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73746. Still going on Pirates!

I think when this book is finally all wrapped up, I'll have had my fill of salty sea-dogs - at least for a while. :)

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73747. The Meddling Kids of Real Genius

There is no better team of meddlers than the androgynous Mitch Taylor and his mentor Chris Knight. Sorry, It originally excluded the Scoobie Doo caveat.... and an argument for Lazlo Hollyfield filling the roll of Shaggy is very sound.

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73748. Halloween Pumpkin Carving Contest to Inspire Your Creativity

Contributed by Melissa Kojima

Since it's that month when fall begins and we kick it off with Halloween, I thought I'd present you with a Halloween pumpkin carving contest. It should inspire your creativity! And the stakes are high with this contest. It's not just your simple cut out face anymore. I mean look at the tongue on the pumpkin above! Anna Goodson Management (AGM), who manages illustration talent, creates this contest every year. The winners will be showcased on AGM's site for the first few weeks of November. Deadline is November 1st, 2010. Check out the details on how to enter at this link. So get carving and good luck!

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73749. Daph!

This is my first post here, so thanks for adding to the group! For my first installment is a quick digital sketch I did of a tomboy Daphne. Enjoy!

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73750. 100 Sounds to See

100 Sounds to See, written by Marsha Engle, with photography by William Huber is to be released November 1st. Click on the book to see more about it and view the video of Marsha talking about 100 Sounds to See in the upper right hand corner.

This from HCI (the publisher):
With all the distractions that are part of our waking hours, it is no wonder that the simplest sounds of an ordinary day are overlooked and taken for granted. Sounds like the crackling of ice, raindrops on a rooftop, the rumble of an approaching storm, and even turning the page of a book are so commonplace that we seldom--if at all--take time to appreciate them. Yet, when the ability to hear these everyday sounds is taken away--as in Marsha Engle's case--we are humbly reminded of their value. As she was slowly losing her hearing, Marsha hired professional photographer William Huber to capture these ordinary sounds in stunning photographs, and they have collected them here in this unique and breathtaking book for both the hearing and hearing impaired to enjoy. 100 Sounds I Wish I Could Hear is a tribute to the beauty of hearing and a gentle reminder to the hearing world to listen to and appreciate everyday sounds.

I have just finished the preliminary sketches for her second book that I would love to tell you all about, but then I would have to kill you, as I have signed a confidentiality agreement to keep my big pie hole shut. This is the most fun I've had not talking in a long time! ;-)

who knew?

When you purchase an item from MY STORE, 10% of your purchase price will be donated to my favorite animal charities; Last Chance Animal Rescue and Horses Haven, both in lower MI. Which charity the donation goes to, will depend on the item purchased and I will love you forever from the bottom of my little black heart. ...and even if you don't purchase anything from me, you can go to their site and make a donation! These animals deserve a chance!Have a seat in the sun with a tall cold glass of something and browse through the pages of my website ArtQwerks

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