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73726. Pin-Up "Girl"

-Nick Fechter

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73727. meerkat heaven!

Hooray! Have a look at this great picture by Rachel Dukes, otherwise known as [info]poisonrational! Rachel has been offering some fabulous deals to help pay for her medical expenses and I was happy to jump on board. And I got lots and lots of meerkats, it doesn't get much better than that! (Except maybe gibbons.)

You can even spot Morris the Mankiest Monster in there (and [info]cdave's horns)! Thanks, Rachel!

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73728. Bits and pieces and Nutcracker books

Another week has just whooooooshed by! Golly. Its that time of year I guess. I know I've been trying to do all the extra holidayish stuff as well as a couple of illustration assignments and tend to my sick kitty. (She's doing better, thanks.)

So here are a couple of things I wanted to share:

Prismacolor has announced the winners of their annual "For Art's Sake" competition. Congratulations to Alex Vogel, Elizabeth Patterson, Sangita C. Phadke, Zelda Wang, Sherry Kostura, and Diego Anzunza!

There is a newish art tutorials website called ArtGraphicA.
They've included my colored pencil tutorial on how to draw a wedge of Cotswald Cheese. (thanks!) Click on the Free Art Tutorials link on the right side of the home page to see them all.

Last night I watched "The Making of Gone with the Wind" on TCM. I do declare! I had no idea. One thing that was fascinating was how many special effects there were, and how they were done. They had some artist wizardry going on there, for sure. Remember, this was 1939, waaaay before computers. They had a guy who hand painted scenes on glass and somehow superimposed them with what they had on film (which was often shockingly lacking) and made what we know as Twelve Oaks, Tara, the Burning of Atlanta, etc. Did you know that that burning scene was actually footage of them burning down old sets on a back lot (like stuff from King Kong), that was then doctored up to look like Atlanta? I sure didn't. Lots and lots of other really cool info like that, plus all the endless screen tests of really inadequate Scarlett wanna-bes (Katherine Hepburn?) and Ashleys and Melanies, plus all the behind the scenes director drama. Can you tell I enjoyed it? If its playing again and you can catch it, do!

And because its Christmas, I have nutcrackers on the brain. I even bought stamps that had nutcrackers on them (except that there were 4 designs in the book, and I had to use other ones as well as the nutcracker ones, oh well.)

Here are some of my favorite Nutcracker picture books, in no particular order. (I know there are lots more, but as usual, I ran out of steam a bit before I got to the end of the list.)
Click on the image for its link on Amazon.


Gennady Spirin. I have this one. ooooooh

Maurice Sendak

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73729. Roy E. Disney R.I.P.

The Walt Disney Company announced today that Roy Disney has passed away. Roy did his father and uncle proud. He was a true champion for the legacy of Disney animation — and he will be sorely missed.

Click here for LA Times obit.

Your comments are welcome below.

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73730. HAPPY BIRTHDAY… to me!


30 anni…

basta, non scrivo nulla… sono troppo depressa!



E qui con il nonno  e la  nonna  a 3 anni…

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73731. Froggie on Paper

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73732. Pin-Up "Girl"

-Nick Fechter

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73733. Felices Fiestas a todos!

★ Merry Christmas for all!! ★

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73734. Thanksgiving Bowl

These two images are from the book "The Thanksgiving Bowl". Fortunately for that mouse, the bowl was nearby!

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73735. Indiana SCBWI Picture Book Conference

I'm still behind on things I want to share and chronicle here on the blog. There's been so many good art things going on lately. I want to finish a drawing tonight, but before I do I want to share some of my notes from the Indiana SCBWI Picture Book Conference I attended last month. I was most excited about this conference because the focus was all on Picture Books. (Their MG and YA conference will be in Spring 2010.) These conferences are like graduate school for anyone looking to seriously enter the children's book market.

I arrived the night before for the Open Mic at the hotel to hear attendees read the beginnings of their manuscripts. Since I'm still trying to jump start my writing brain these are always helpful. Then afterwards, we laid out our illustration portfolios for a critique. I was excited to meet fellow CCAD grad, and amazing illustrator, Kristi Valiant, who had printed out critique cards with check marks for the necessary criteria, and what the strongest and weakest pieces were. This last question was one of the most helpful. Then, it was off to sleep before an early morning, and I realized that this was my first solo stay at a hotel. After cramming 5 of us in the smallest hotel room I'd ever seen in my life back in San Diego, I felt like quite a princess in my nicely sized room. :)

The conference was at The Saturday Evening Post. Somehow, it hadn't dawned on me where we were until I saw the sign. I didn't realize this famed publication was located in Indiana.

The halls were lined with all the familiar covers.

Actual real life original Norman Rockwell paintings also hung throughout the building. Real canvas texture!

Courtney Bongiolatti, Associate Editor at Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers was our first speaker. She spoke about what an editor looks for in a Picture Book.
In her terms, she's looking for:
1. Uniqueity -Make what's existing unique. Unique a trend. Unique a format.
2. Readability - Does it read well out loud?
3. Realatability
4. Schoolability - Is it relevant to the school market?

Laurent Linn, Art Director for Simon & Schuster for Young Readers spoke to us about the Anatomy of a Picture Book, and their basic structure. He explained that rather than think about the art as separate illustrations, a PB should be thought of as one illustration over 32 pages. Fun Fact: a press sheet is called a 'signature' because back in the day

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73737. Happy Birthday Iraj!!!

I wanted to wish my husband a very happy birthday on Thursday. I am so grateful to be his wife. He's a great husband, and father. He's worked hard to make our dreams come true and we love him so much.

Unfortunately, my eldest is going into surgery on Hubby's birthday. It's hard to feel sorry for a guy who's playing video games instead of going to school, though. He's so tough he hasn't even had any pain meds. He takes after his dad and mine. I wish I had their pain tolerance and speedy healing powers.

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73738. Stuff for sale…

I am packing up to head out of NY. Periodically I will be listing things I have for sale. For example, this week
I have an old G3 that’s been collecting dust in my apartment for some time now. It’s yours for $100…or your best offer!750px-Apple_Yosemite

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73739. Happy Holla Days!

Be Cool... by samax
Ya Better Watch Out by Samax
Happy Holla Days everyone!

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73740. Roy E. Disney R.I.P.

Breaking News: The Walt Disney Company has just announced that Roy Disney passed away today. Click here for LA Times obit.

More to come. Your comments are welcome below.

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73741. Buffy in color

Earlier today I posted the inked version of this along with a video of me inking it in Manga Studio. Here's the color version colored in Photoshop :)

Eric Merced
Dreamer of Fantastical Things

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73742. Limited Edition Grain Edit T-Shirt Available for Pre-Order

grain edit t shirt

Grain Edition #01 - Limited Edition Grain Edit T-Shirt designed by Invisible Creature

We are excited to announce the Limited Edition Galaxy Blue Grain Edit T-Shirt designed by Seattle’s own Invisible Creature. We love the design and hope you do too! The 5 color t-shirt features a gaggle of cool creatures sitting down for story time (my favorite is the little guy with the red and blue eyes). Each shirt is lovingly screen-printed by the guys and gals over at Blue Collar Press right here in the good ole USA.

The shirts will be $20 till this Friday at Midnight (PST). After that the price jumps up to $25. Also for every t-shirt you purchase you will receive 1 entry in the 2009 Grain Edit Holiday Giveaway Bash.

*** Please note this is a PRE-ORDER. We will be receiving the shirts at the end of Dec and shipping orders the first week of January. ******

You can PRE-ORDER the Limited Edition Galaxy Blue Grain Edit Shirt here.

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5 color illustration screen-printed onto an American Apparel 2001 organic galaxy blue t-shirt.

-100% Organic Cottom
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-Made in the USA y’all


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*** Please note this is a PRE-ORDER. We will be receiving the shirts at the end of Dec and shipping orders the first week of January. ******

You can PRE-ORDER the Limited Edition Galaxy Blue Grain Edit Shirt at our Etsy shop.

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Congrats to B. Rane! She is the winner in the Photo-Lettering giveaway.

Grain Edit recommends Annonce. A font designed by Canada Type. Check it out here.

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73743. Christmas Favourites 01…

Christmas Puddings & Custard or Brandy Sauce…

Hi Guys,

Well here I am with the first of my favourite things to eat at Christmastime.

No matter how many meals out we are invited to during this period and how many different choices of sweets I am faced with this particular traditional one is number one on the list for me and I never resist the temptation to indulge myself with a portion, or two if Margaret is full and does not fancy anything else on the menu.

This year will hopefully be no different, well not if I can help it.

Something else I love at this time of year are honey-roasted peanuts, which I can never get enough of.

Well I’ll leave you to guess what tomorrow’s treats will be and those of the following three remaining Blogs in this short series of five.

Until next time have fun!

Tim Perkins…

December 17th 2009

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73744. Un deseo de corazón

De tou coeur!

Ce que 2010 t'apportera...
ne le laisse pas passer.
Que l'amour ne te manque pas!

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73745. Polka

Mel & Mitzi dream of being on the
Ed Sullivan Show some day.

Gouache & Acrylic on Masonite - 9 x 12

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73746. Illustration Friday - Hatch

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73747. Christmas Cards

One for the Naughty and one for the Nice.

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73748. Illustration Friday - Hatch

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73749. a quick update...

no, i have not fallen off the face of the planet for everyone wondering why i haven't blogged recently! i am super busy working on some christmas orders! one is a portrait of a child for a dear friend of mine, another is a large ocean sunset painting for carsten for christmas as well as a sweet little piece called "our first christmas" which i am determined to finish in the next few days...for carsten also (BIG SURPRISE)! i thought it would be cute to frame a print of it and also a print of my piece entitled "lucky charm" which is also him and i and give it to him as one of his gifts for christmas:)
and...i've been working myself sooooo crazy lately that i even managed to pull a muscle in my right shoulder...yes....my drawing shoulder/arm! it's from endless nights of being hunched over my drafting table til the wee hours of the morning! truly a labor of love right?;) so, with some motrin and a heating pad it's back to work i go!!!
stay tuned for these pieces i talked about above to be listed as soon as they are done:) which i hope is sooner than later;)

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73750. Illustration Friday - Hatch

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