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73726. day 265: gross beak

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73727. Sketches

My little pup sleeping in a heap of bean bag chairs.

I'm sketching a lot lately. It feels so good. This guy may or may not be part of a new winter collection.
There's nothing better than a cozy sweater!

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73728. Barney Google

An original Barney Google from 1954. In their heyday, comics had an enormous impact on American culture. It would be no exaggeration to say that half the people in the country read this comic strip every day. Charles Schulz's nickname, Sparky, came from Barney Google's horse Sparkplug. The strip added "googly eyes," "doodle bug," "horsefeathers," "heebie-jeebies" and of course, "googol," "

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73729. What did I forget today?

Each morning when I'm leaving for the cafe to work (I'm currently alternating between two), I do a quick rundown of the stuff I need. Laptop, check. Manuscript (currently using hard copy for revisions, and that sucker is heavy to carry), check. Notebook, check. Phone, wallet, keys, umbrella, power cord. I think that's it. I frequently forget one of these things. Usually it's the wallet or the power cord, which was not a big deal when the cafe was so close to my house -- plus they knew me and would let me pay for my coffee the next day. Now I have to be more organized. I almost left without my wallet this morning, but remembered at the door (it was on the floor where *somebody* had been playing with it, picking at its felt flower), and felt all smug. Ha.

So what's missing, now that I'm here? A tiny thing. Two tiny things: the little rubber covers of my ear buds! *Somebody* has newly started to pick them off while pursuing her favorite hobby of emptying my purse out item by item, so I had to put them out of her reach so she didn't, you know, eat them. And they remain out of reach. Joke's on me.

What I've learned from this is that you can still wear ear buds without the covers, but they don't block out ambient noise anymore. And that's kind of the whole point. So drat and blast.

Anyway. This next part here is probably obnoxious, but I can't help myself. In response to my last post (which was not, I swear, a desperate plea for praise!), young reader Katherine sent me a wonderful email, and I am not going to get in the habit of preening over praise emails here, but I can't help it this time. Here it is:

Hi Laini!!!
I was reading your blog and heard you needed encouragement!!! (Prepare yourself, for I shall be ranting about how much I love your characters..)

I'm 14. I read a LLOOOOOTT of books, on average, 2 books a week. And I can say with complete certainty that your books are my favorite and you are MOST DEFINITELY my favorite author. None of the others even come CLOSE.
I LOOOOOVE YOUR CHARACTERS!!!!! Specially Magpie :D and I was actually telling my friend the other day how cute Hirik and Whisper were as a couple!!!!! :D :D :D :D :D (*fangirl squeal*)
And it's not just your characters I love. The way you write it??? So much beautiful detail, the perfect combination of adventure, love, magic, sadness/heartbreak, anger, fantasy, everything!!! I love it all and you balance it all perfectly.
And also, your ideas are so original. SHEER GENIUS. The tapestry, the Djinns, and the one I thought was the coolest? Silksingers. I never would ever have thought of that and I don't know anyone who could. Spinning magic carpets with their voices!!! I'm a singer, so I probably got more excited about it than most would, but STILL....wow. Just wow.

On a completely unrelated note, you're so funny as a person :D not funny as in, laughing at you but as in your jokes are HILARIOUS :D
And I remember reading one of your old short stories about a ghost girl who put beetles in matchboxes with jewels and pretended they were robbing banks...... that made me laugh so hard and I loved it so much!!!

Anyways, I just wanted to say you are my idol and don't feel down. And just know that your characters are pure genius and you should never think otherwise.


Oh man, thanks Kat. That email made my entire head smile. You should have seen it. My big smiling head :-) Thank you. I love getting emails from readers. In the three years since my first book was published, the amazement has not diminished one bit that there are people out there with my books in their hands and what's more they like them. This is the coolest thing ever, and every day I am grateful I went for it, this dream, that has made my life so rich and fun.

Also, I love Kat's note because it affirms for me that my books do what I hope they do (for some readers, at least), and that they are the kind of books I w

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73730. Sketchbook Project 2011 Pages 12-15

Missing the subways, and getting a driver's license. Pages 12-15 of my sketchbook project 2011. To read this story from the beginning, please visit here or my flickr set.

(please click to enlarge and read)
**I will be posting new pages for this project every TUESDAY**

I did it! I posted two Tuesdays in a row!

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73731. Sharing Artists From Our Past

In the early days of Illustration Pages we had the pleasure of featuring some really talented artists. Below is a recap of five of those artists. Please take the time to look through the work of others we've featured by utilizing the IP Category links to the right.

Patrick Mcquade

Lou Lou & Tummie

Rebecca Fox


Amy Bock

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73732. Illustration Friday - Acrobat

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73733. Tuesday Musing

This isn’t going to sound very nice, but I used to love when my second grade teacher was out sick.  Not because I wanted her to feel bad, but because Mrs. Turkell was always the substitute teacher and Mrs. Turkell could do something better than any other teacher I had ever had.
Mrs. Turkell could tell stories!  Not just any stories.  Mrs. Turkell told her own stories.  My father would make up stories about a boy and a rabbit called Billy and Nibbly.  If I had gone to a baseball game my father told a story about Billy and Nibbly going to a baseball game.  If I were going to camp, coincidentally, Billy and Nibbly were going to camp.  These were great stories, but Mrs. Turkell told stories about people I didn’t know and adventures that were so different from anything I had ever done.  Any day I came to school and found Mrs. Turkell in our classroom meant that we were going to have a new story.
I remember her telling us a story about a boy, I think his name was David.  He was a sick boy and didn’t go to school.  He stayed home every day.  He would play ball in his back yard, by himself and life was pretty humdrum and quiet.  One particular afternoon, David was playing with his ball when it bounced behind the bushes.  David searched for the ball and found a very small door in the wall behind the bushes.  He had never seen it before.  

David had forgotten about the ball by now, he was so interested in seeing where the door led.  Unfortunately, he wasn’t strong enough to open the little door.  It wouldn’t budge.  He pulled and pulled and shook the door knob but nothing happened.  The door wouldn’t budge.  David was sitting, staring and wondering how on earth he could open it, when his mother called for him to come inside for lunch.
David barely touched his food.  He was dreaming about the door he had discovered.  Why had he never seen it, he wondered.  How long had it been there?  Who built it?  What was inside?  “Are you feeling alright?”  his mother asked.  David nodded, “I’m fine.”  
He couldn’t wait to be done with lunch so he could go back outside and open the door he had discovered.  Unfortunately, David’s mother made him rest.  “But I’m not tired,”  David protested.  “You always rest after lunch,”  his mother reminded him.  David knew better than to try and win an argument with his mom, so he went to his room.  
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73734. I Feel Better with a Frog in my Throat in stores now!

Hot off the presses and in stores now! You can win a copy at the Raucous Royals Blog

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73735. Artist Alley

My new promo video. Featuring art that will be in 
my new book on sell at NYC Comic Con.

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73736. Trunk Show

I wanted to draw something difficult. Yun and I were staying at a house on a lake in the Berkshires. We were in the middle of the woods. It was a little rainy and I was searching for something to draw. I was attracted to the trees. If you really sit and stare at bark, it is so intricate. It can be very challenging to draw, especially the way that I do. The trees were not laid out like that. I would choose one tree and draw it. Then I'd walk and find another and then draw that one. I was composing as I went along. There was moss covering all the rocks. It was a nice little touch to tie the drawing together. I'm so used to drawing cities. I feel nervous in the woods. Deep down I know the Texas chainsaw massacre guy is lurking about out there somewhere. He is sitting quietly in the dark watching me knowing I can't see him.

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73737. Leela And Frye

Not a fan of the show, but still,That wouldn't stop me from taking on this sketch card commission of the characters.

By the way, my full color sketch card commissions sale is still open, and will be until the end of September. So if you've been contemplating getting a card, you still have time.

Here are the details:

Full Color Sketch Cards.

$10.00 + $2.00 shipping

$5.00 each additional character

Payment through Paypal only to eric@ericmerced.com

Please email me before making any payments to reserve your spot.

Once your spot is reserved, payment is due to secure the spot. 

Please help spread the word on Facebook, Twitter and where ever else you are able to. I would greatly appreciate it. 



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73738. Whooo... Goes There?

Rough sketches for a new promo piece. I think it shall be black & white.

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73739. My new, super-duper, Drawing Table

I  decided to set-up a work station in our family dining-room, since we only use it on birthdays or special occasions like Christmas dinners. I need a space on the main level that was accessible to work on my artwork and keep an eye on my kiddies when they are at home. Having my art desk up in the corner of my bedroom was fine for the evening but just wasn't working well during the rest of the busy day. And there just isn't another room available for a studio.  This all sounded great in theory until I started to think about what work surface would fit, and be organizable in a flash, if company was coming.  I wanted something that wasn't enormous like a standard drafting table, but also had storage, so I could quickly tuck everything away from curious little fingers if I had to make one of my  pick-up runs to the school.

 Well one day, during my little morning "me-time"  tea/blog surfing, I came across a post by the talented Phyllis Harris. She was was writing about her new, fabulous desk that her hubby had purchased as a gift. I know, she is one lucky lady to have such a great hubby! It was perfect, so compact, yet so functional and full of great storage!! I emailed her right away, and she was very kind to give me the manufacturers info.  I did a little investigating but alas, with the shipping  to Canada it was just too expensive.

So I thought a bit, and thought a bit more, and then thought, I would show the specs to my dad, who by the way is a contractor by trade, to get his input to see how much it might cost to have custom built. He said he'd talk to his brother who is a retired Fine Carpenter, and see what he thought. Well, those brothers are fast! The next time I asked him what he thought, he exclaimed that my Uncle Bob had it almost finished!!! Yippeeee, I did a happy dance, and thought to myself how helpful and kind it was for them to take on this project of mine. Check it out !!

How cool it this drawing table?? Don't you wish you had an Uncle Bob the builder too? The angled top has a hinge so I can put my work-in-progress inside to keep it safe from little hands; there is a flat top section to put my mateials and tools, so they don't slide around; there is a drawer and cuboard with shelves for storage; and at the side I can keep all my huge illustration board pieces upright, safe and sound.

I just ordered a drafting chair this morning from Staples, so hopefully I will be able to get "crackin" and start to work on my new AMAZING drawing table in just a few days!!  Thanks Dad and Uncle Bob!!! You're the best!! :)

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73740. Row and row and row!

Since Greenwillow posted this spread on their blog I'm assuming it's ok to share here.  This is one of the spreads from Pirates of the Sea.  My pirate picture book I'm painting fast and furiously!

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73741. Speak Loudly! Speak Out Against Censorship

If you haven’t heard, author Laurie Halse Anderson’s novel Speak is once again under the knife of censorship. In particular, Wesley Scroggins an associate professor at Missouri State University is touting the book as pornography. Anderson is rallying her troops and asking bloggers, tweeters, writers, teens, and all who love this book to share the positive effect the book has had. It is time to SPEAK LOUDLY about the power of books to help educate and heal!

I thought I’d share with some great quotes about censorship and teen novels:

“It’s not just the books under fire now that worry me. It is the books that will never be written. The books that will never be read. And all due to the fear of censorship. As always, young readers will be the real losers.” - Judy Blume

“The reason books get banned, but movies can do almost anything is because the novel is more powerful than a movie. The reader is part of the creation of the story because they must imagine and envision it. There is creation in the act of reading.” – Carolyn Mackler

“Books won’t stay banned.  They won’t burn.  Ideas won’t go to jail.  In the long run of history, the censor and the inquisitor have always lost.  The only weapon against bad ideas is better ideas.” ~Alfred Whitney Griswold, New York Times, 24 February 1959

Censorship in any form is the enemy of creativity, since it cuts off the blood of creativity: ideas.” – Allan Jenkins

“The real heroes are the librarians and teachers who at no small risk to themselves refuse to lie down and play dead for censors.” - Bruce Coville

“Withholding information is the essence of tyranny. Control of the flow of information is the tool of the dictatorship.” – Bruce Coville

Find Out More Information or Get Involved:

  • Follow the thread #speakloudly on twitter for more great posts and information.
  • Add a Twibbon on your twitter profile to show your support.
  • Write a letter to the editor of News-Leader.
  • Write a letter to the superintendent or principal in the Republic School District.
  • Comment directly on Scoggin’s post.

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73743. Assorted Mummies in my Sketchbook

Pretty gruesome text but beware, that’s the way of the Mummy!

Below is my Miranda Mummy. To read the poem that goes with her click the link below.


Pages 23 and 24 of the Sketchbook Project  2011

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73744. Nutherworld 22

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73745. Assorted Mummies in my Sketchbook

Pretty gruesome text but beware, that’s the way of the Mummy!

Below is my Miranda Mummy. To read the poem that goes with her click the link below.


Pages 23 and 24 of the Sketchbook Project  2011

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73746. ” Pombinha Branca” by Fernando Augusto Dias

As long as we’re exploring student CG from around the world, here is Pombinha Branca by Fernando Augusto Dias, produced while studying at Melies—School of Cinema and 3D Animation in São Paulo, Brazil. Undeniably bright and charming, it probably makes a stronger impact on Brazilians who are familiar with the nursery rhyme on which it’s based. In fact, it won the best Brazilian student film award at this year’s Anima Mundi festival.

Director and Animation: Fernando Augusto
Character Design: Fernando Augusto and Dalton Muniz
Musical Production: Fernando Augusto and Ítalo Lenker
Arrangements: Lua de Prata Group
Sound Designer: Herbert Perez de Lima

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73748. Catalogue d'Oiseaux: Common Kingfisher

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73749. ABC Floor Puzzle

It seems like I've been doing alot of work involving the ABCs lately. Here is a floor puzzle for Scholastic Book Clubs, now available through this month's Firefly catalog.

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73750. Allora & Calzadilla at Chantal Crousel

Jennifer Allora & Guillermo Calzadilla, Petrified Petrol Pump, 2010. Fossil-filled limestone. Photo credit: Florian Kleinefenn

The recent announcement of the selection of the American-Cuban duo Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla to represent the United States at the 2011 Venice Biennal has generated quite an international buzz. They are young and relatively unknown with very conceptual and at times controversial proposals that bring attention to political and social unrest. Art with a conscious, so to speak.[...]

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