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73726. Milton Glaser “In Search of the Miraculous” DesignCast

Presented by: Milton Glaser

When: Tuesday, Oct. 5th at 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM EST

Milton Glaser, who has been called the "most influential graphic designer of the era," will discuss the work on his upcoming exhibition at the AIGA in New York in this webinar, while exploring the backstory, context, and the challenges and interconnections of influence. Learn more and register...

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73727.

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Illustration Friday-Old Fashioned

I was a very proud sister the day my little bro won the school conker championships many years ago!

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73728. Portable Art


Just in from the new iRead Online Catalog!

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73729. things i'm obsessed with: fish hooks

I'm OBSESSED with Disney Channel's Fish Hooks. It's about 3 teenage fish friends living in asorted aquariums in a pet shop. It combines photo collage animations (think if Eric Carle and the Monty Python animations had a baby) with traditional animated characters. Children's book illustrator Noah Z. Jones is the creator. 

But what I'm really obsessed with are the supporting characters such as Clamantha the yearbook editor clam, Shellsea-the main character Bea's beastie, Mr. Baldwin-the pregnant seahorse teacher, and Jocktopus-the football playing jock octopus. 

The voice of Clamantha (who by far is my favorite) is by Alex Hirsch who made Off the Wall, a short about a doodle on a wall named Wallby. It made the rounds for awhile on art/animation blogs because he was a student at CalArts at the time, and because it's hilarious.

It's called obsession for a reason. You do your research.

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73730. Modesty Blaise Sketch

I've had a quick attempt at Peter O'Donnell and Jim Holdaway's Modesty Blaise.


It's the result of a suggestion made by James Corcoran, who when we were doing the Art Swap included a little bonus sketch for each of us... I only found this fab little depiction of Dirty Frank by chance when I was clearing up, and I'm so glad I did.


Dirty Frank is one of my favourite characters from 2000ad's Low Life, a story about undercover Judges, written by Rob Williams.

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73731. full sail...

spread design for a book project
If you can find both of the cats award yourself with a cookie

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73732. Violets and Camellias

Back to some kind of normality at last and a final deadline to clear; this year's order for
Teddy Bears of Witney. Sadly, due to the silly amount of work I had on, I was unable to do as many editions as I did last year and only just managed to get these two sets ready in time for the 2011 catalogue.

Rather stupidly I didn't order in a large batch of pink wool when I made the first Camellia and when I re-ordered from the same stockist the dye batch had changed. Only slightly, but enough to make me grind my perfectionist teeth with frustration. See how the righthand merino is slightly bluer than the lefthand one?
Thankfully I spotted what looked to be a better match on the
Tigerlily Makes blog and after a few emails, a sample was winging it's way to me in the post. It was, happily, almost identical to the original pink and I was able to order enough to finish the two remaining models - thank you Lisa for such super service and good luck with your new online felt making boutique.
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73733. pup

yet again, a very quick piece for a children's educational magazine

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73734. Log


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73735. Dan Colen’s Poetry

DAN COLEN: Poetry, Installation view. Photo by Rob McKeever

The most talked about and controversial show of the New York City Fall season: Dan Colen's inaugural solo debut at Gagosian titled Poetry. Walking around Chelsea during the opening weeks of the season, it was hard to turn the other cheek to numerous conversations regarding Colen's show. There was hype and tons of expectation.[...]

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73736. A short history of Op-Ed illustration

A few picture book illustrators in the mix


Seymour Chwast
Jules Feiffer
Maira Kalman
Tomi Ungerer
Peter Sis
Gary Baseman
R.O. Blechman
Andrea Dezso

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73737. Dachshund

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73738. DUMBO Arts Festival 2010

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The DUMBO Arts Festival is always a fun (and might I add free) way to spend a weekend. There’s always a ton of installations and artwork to take in it which can be a bit overwhelming at times but art is suppose to overwhelm..right? We got there a little late last Saturday night but we still managed to see some thought provoking (or mind numbing which ever direction you prefer to go) shows like Eric Corriel, “DUMBO Underwater” which was right across the street from Adam Matta‘s sidewalk performance as a “human beatbox”. Walking into this annual festival I had to be prepared to take in the creativity that sprung out from every which way which is what makes this one of my favorite art festivals in NYC because it feels more like a ride than anything else. This festival is what I always imagine the cirque du soleil family would be doing behind the scenes and during their down time..hehe. An overall good weekend for me…now back to work. HAPPY MONDAY!

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73739. Get the New Audiobook Version of ’15 Steps to Freelance Illustration’

You asked for it, so here it is!

The 1-hour Audiobook version of the critically-acclaimed eBook, ’15 Steps to Freelance Illustration’, is finally here.

With over 500 copies of the eBook downloaded in the first 3 months of its release, this step-by-step guide is already helping many artists to build a strong foundation for their freelance Illustration business.

Now, by popular demand, you can download an audio version so you can listen and learn while working in your studio. Fans of the Escape from Illustration Island Podcast and EFII’s previous Audiobooks will definitely enjoy this long-awaited resource.

Along with the Audiobook, you will of course also get all the additional items that were included with the eBook:

  • A supplemental Workbook that allows the artist to personalize the steps to fit their own unique business
  • Select list of 85 essential resource links for Illustrators
  • 6 hand-picked bonus articles, previously published on EFII, to assist beginning artists
  • Quotes from over 40 artists answering the question “What do you wish you knew when you first started out?”
  • Sample Contract

Limited Time Offer!

To celebrate the release of this new format, I’m offering it at 50% off until this Wednesday, Sept. 29th!

So, for the first two days, you can get it for just $9.95 USD.

After that, it’ll go up to its full price of $19.95, so act fast!

Special deal for owners of the eBook

If you’re one of the 500 Illustrators who already bought the eBook version in the first 3 months of its release, you’ll be able to download the Audiobook for an additional 50% off of the cover price. So, if you act within the next two days, you can get it for just $4.95 USD! After that, you’ll sill be able to get your copy for just $9.95 USD.

Here’s how:

Refer to ‘Step 1 – Take Stock’ in your copy of the eBook. The last word in that chapter is your promo code for 50% off of the Audiobook! Simply enter that promo code at checkout and click on ‘Update Cart’ to apply the added discount. (Please don’t share this code with anyone, because it’s specifically for those who have already purchased the eBook version.)

Get Your Copy Now!

To get your copy of the ’15 Steps to Freelance Illustration’ Audiobook, click the download link below, or if you’re not familiar with the book, click here for more info.

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73740. Lost World's Fairs - A Bold Mission of Type on the Internet


Friends of Mighty, a Brooklyn-based design studio, have joined forces to explore typographic possibilities on the web. How they made type sing on their site...

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73741. GAG - Pricing & Ethical Guidelines


The Graphic Artists Guild has released the latest Handbook of Pricing and Ethical Guidelines. Every freelancer should have at least one copy of this book in their library. It is the definitive resource on how to price out projects - one of the trickiest parts of working on your own.
Thanks to Escape from Illustration Island for the heads up.

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73742. Alice, opening this Friday!


My new "Alice" show opens this Friday, 6PM! We hope to see you there!

Check out the Facebook invite and invite yourself! http://tinyurl.com/alice-show-facebook-invite


Everyday this week I have planned pretty exactly. There are certain things that need to happen by the end of every day to make sure we make it to the show. In addition to the drawings from the supplemental drawings posts I've been doing, I'm adding another 10+ original watercolors just for the show, I'm finishing the drawings for those now.

All in all, it's going to be a huge party, Erin is making rainbow cake (MADE OF RAINBOWS) and so again, I hope to see you there!

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73743. Banned Books Week

Support the First Amendment, Read a Banned Book

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73744. Illustration Friday: Old Fashioned


I'm an old-fashioned girl at heart.
I love vintage wallpaper and good old-fashioned shelter mutts that win my heart.♥

acrylic paint and colored pencil on my favorite medium, scrapbooking paper.
And of course the best model ever!!

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73745. Indiana Bat Festival

Close Up of Fruit Bat
Here are some images from the Indiana Bat Festival! Thanks to Laura Hohman and the Indiana State University Center for North American Bat Research and Conservation for being excellent hosts and the invitation. It was great fun!

I will have a link soon the the university photos when they are onine.




Rob Mies doing his Bat Demo with a Fruit Bat
 
Me Signing at my Table




One of the Cool Things About a University Science Department: Skull Displays!

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73746. Aother iPod Noodle

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73747. wigtown sketch + interview with matt badham

I'm still plugging away at trying to learn a bit more about drawing landscapes. At the Wigtown book fest, I was telling Polly Dunbar about it and she burst out laughing,
'So you're doing it to impress Philip Reeve!'
'Noo!" I protested vehemently. 'I really need to learn how to do this!' Then I thought about it a bit more, and decided that if I really wanted to impress Philip Reeve (who's been posting his own sketch-a-day), I'd be posting anything but landscape sketches since it's the area where I'm least skilled.
And then I thought about it a bit harder and wondered if perhaps I was trying to impress him with my stubborn, pig-headed persistence. Yes, I decided, Polly must be right. I probably am trying to impress Philip Reeve (oh, the shame), but I can live with that if it forces me to keep drawing. I won't even tell you how fast I am whipping through his Mortal Engines books; he's impressed me, at any rate.

Here's a stretch of riverside at Newmilns Farm, near Wigtown, where Angus and Mary live. I'm still trying to work out how to draw finely-textured light (or backlit) things against a dark background without having to draw every blade of grass. Tricky. I bought a used book at Wigtown's Old Bank Bookshop called The Northern Landscape: Flemish, Dutch and British Drawings from the Courtauld Collections that I'm going to take along sketching with me, for reference.



The countryside around there's so beautiful, Stuart and I just kept saying, 'Wow. Wow. Just... wow.'



A big thanks to Richard Bruton and his daughter Molly, who have given Vern and Lettuce the ultimate thumbs-up. Richard writes:

...when I asked her what she thought of the book after she’d read it (and reread it several times) she simply added:
'It’s my favourite comic.'
I really can’t think of any way she could have said it better and can’t really fault her judgement either.


And the other big thanks to comics journalist Matt Badham for the interview he did with me, cross-posted at the Forbidden Planet International blog and Down The Tubes.


(Click on the pic to go to the different articles.)

(Blank Slate publisher Kenny Penman takes issue with the interview in the FPI blog comments, hehe. Still trying to think how I might reply.)

If you're in London, don't miss tonight's Laydeez Do Comics event just off Brick Lane, featuring my fab studio mate Ellen Lindner, DFC colleague and friend Patrice Aggs, artist Steve White and Charlie Bowden from Pickled Ink Illustration Agency. I'll be there, details here!

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73748. Family Pet


This piece was created for the prompt "Family Pet," intended to be a simple vignette featuring a cat-hugging girl. The cat shown here is actually my cat Griffin, a lovable little muffin I rescued from the humane society last November. He's brought a lot of happiness to my husband and I, so I thought him to be the perfect character for this piece.

This illustration has inspired a full story to go along with it, which is just in the begining stages at this point. But writing it should keep me busy for a while. I'm excited. It's the first story idea I've had in a long time, and I think it may have potential. :)

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73749. CTN Expo to screen “The Illusionist”

Here’s another update from the folks at the upcoming CTN Expo: Sylvain Chomet’s The Illusionist is now set for an opening night advance screening, on Thursday November 18th. All advance pass holders will be admitted.

Also, its just been announced that Chris Wedge from BlueSky will be attending and speaking, as will Enrico Casarosa (Story Artist and Illustrator at Pixar), Bobby Beck (no relation) from Animation Mentor, and HB Lewis (Designer Illustrator Writer for Disney, BlueSky, DreamWorks). Pixar will host an animators panel again this year and yours truly, Jerry Beck, will moderate a discussion with the principals of Barcelona’s Headless Productions.

The CTN Expo II will be held November 19th-21st in Burbank. Word is the CTNX hotel (The Burbank Airport Marriott) is 93% sold out. Overflow rooms (at full rates) will open up, but if you are thinking of attending book now and save. For more information, click here.

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73750. Lucky 13

In celebration of our 13th wedding anniversary today, the family decided on a 13 theme for our dining room chalkboard drawings before I left on tour.Here are 13 birds lost in thought:13 fingers, eyes, & teeth on "Mr. Furteen":An owl hollow of 13 owls (anyone else see the Guardians of Ga'Hoole this weekend?):"Mr. Thirteeth", with a rotten tooth for a light switch:An update of Rebecca Guay's sketch

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