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73726. Some Rudimentary Fumblings

Trying to figure out how to colour line drawings in Photoshop. I'm a bit behind on this...

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73727. Stu’s Show: Freberg this week, Beck next week

This week on Stu’s Show, the one and only Stan Freberg will be live and in-studio, along with comedy writer/producer Mark Evanier, who will co-host. They’ll cover as much of Stan’s illustrious career as they can, including his years doing cartoon voiceover work at Warner Brothers in the 1940s and 50s, partnering with Daws Butler to write and perform Bob Clampett’s Time For Beany, recording some of the greatest comedy records of all time, and opening an advertising agency responsible for producing the most hilarious and innovative commercials to ever hit the TV airwaves. The show airs live on your computer, 4:00 p.m. PT/7:00 p.m. ET, with rebroadcasts daily at the same time. Listen to it HERE!

Next week, (live on March 24th) Brewmaster Jerry Beck will join Stu to discuss classic animation and take phone calls. I’ll remind you about this again next week.

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73728. Mrs. Stuart’s Dailys

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Maria Stuart has a blog of daily drawings that, with the captions added, are like sublime little cartoons: Mrs. Stuart’s Dailys.


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73729. Volstok Telefunken

I thoroughly enjoyed Belgian animation studio Volstok Telefunken’s latest demoreel.

Previously: De Monsters.


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73730. Ol' #6: A Past Future In The Present

Recently I had the good fortune to paint the cover of Steampunk Tales #6. It so much fun to work in a genre that I really dig. I like to describe Steampunk Tales as a 'Digi-pulp.' They are really taking a great format that has propelled so many story tellers and illustrators forward from the past, and bringing it into the 21st Century by making it accessible to so many tech platforms. Sort of a past future in the present, much like Steampunk.

{ I've posted links at the bottom of this post where you can go to download the latest issue, please check it out! It's a lot of entertainment for just $1.99}

I really enjoy Pulp action and drama, and may have really started my romance with them after reading { and by 'reading' I mean 'mostly looking at the pictures,' } "Bradbury: An Illustrated Life, A Journey To Far Metaphor. Ray Bradbury was one of the first authors who really got to me. His work was a.) short, b.) rich with fantastic imaginings, and c.) just down right beautiful. I've been in love with his works since I was in my single digits. Moving forward, what I saw in this book was how he got his start through pulps and fanzines. Of course, next to each one of those stories were fabulous, bizarre, and wonderful illustrations. Many of those illustrators went on to have full and rich careers, but, in the beginning they were doing it in a spirit of adventure and a love of the stories. I don't mind saying that here too, in this same spirit, I wish to send down a tap root in the hopes that my works will, over time, blossom and bear fruit.

I like to share the process of how these images come about. I have to say right up front that I didn't document a lot of steps on this one, but what I have is here.

I guess what really got the ball rolling was a note from the editor that connected me up with the writer G.D. Falksen, whose authored a series entitled "An Unfortunate Engagement." He briefly described an scene wherein the Hero, Heroine, and Sidekick are liberating slaves from a Siberian airship factory. Already I was drooling, there is just so much to work with here; giant airships, explosions, narrow escapes... ahh the stuff that pulps are made of!

The first take that I was ready to settle on { there were many that ended up on the cutting room floor } was one that showed the Hero charging at the front of the masses, grit in his teeth, and explosions all around! I described it like this in the email: "Take 1: Our intrepid trio crests a hill ready for more action as the giant airship burns to the ground in the background. Airships! Ray guns! Action and Adventure!"

As I continued to work over what was going on, I wanted to leave more for the imagination of the reader. Some of my favorite works of art allow the viewer to access what's going on. This can be done in an infinite number of ways, the way I chose was to allow most of the action to be "off screen" and to focus on the Hero and Heroine. The second sketch was discribed thus: "Take 2: The faces of two

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73731. Kiddyland Tokyo


I gasped for air when i walked down Omotesando and finally saw the huge Kiddyland storefront. Not that it was hard to find, i walked straight there. But because i have been wanting to go there for so long now. And it didn't dissappoint at all. I walked around in utter joy thinking i wish i could live in here!

Obvioulsy, with this Little Twin Stars display as the first thing you see when you enter the store.

A whole table full of giant Kapibara-san's, very Kawaii!

An entire display filled with these sweet sheep (?)

One of my all time favorite characters: Monchichhi!

Walking up to the fourth floor, this is what greeted me. I love Rillakuma!

There were these pretty setups of Sylvanian Families (aka Calico Critters). J'adore! I wish i still had my little families from when i was little.

The boxes said these were puzzles, but i stood there for awhile. Admiring the cuteness and trying to figure out what the puzzle was about. I didn't get any further than just stacking the pancakes. I doubt that was what i was supposed to do. But i was supposed to make a picture! So i did. For you.

Kiddyland is total Kawaii Heaven. I hope to visit again soon.

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73732. Castaway In A Bottle



Just a bad bad dream.

More in my illustrated blog at http://houseofcoffeebean.blogspot.com/

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73734. March is Reading Month!

This is a busy time of year for many authors. In the Great Lakes area, it's Reading Month.
Here's my author visit schedule:


March 5 Fri Lone Pine Elementary in West Bloomfield

March 1-4 Charlie jury duty (whew. Called in every day but he didn't get a trial)

March 10 Wed E E Knight Elementary in Ovid Elsie

March 11 Thu Hillside Elementary in Harrison (Clare County)

March 15 Mon Central Academy in Ann Arbor

March 17 Wed Vowles Elementary in Mt. Pleasant

March 18 Thu Elmhhurst Elementary in Lansing

March 20-22 Michigan Reading Association Conference at Cobo Hall in Detroit

March 24 Wed Horizon Elementary in Holt

March 27 Sat 4 to 6 pm Michigan Author Day at Barnes & Noble in Grandville

March 30 Tu Family Lit Night at Holly Academy in Holly

April 1 Thu Bartlett School in South Lyon

April 6 Tue 2pm Ann Arbor library - Pittsfield branch

April 11 Sun fly to Texas

April 12-13 MonTues The Woodlands school visit

April 14-16 Texas Library Association conference in San Antonio

April 25-28 International Reading Association Conference in Chicago

April 29-May 2 Thu-Sun Agent's writer retreat in Chicago

May 11-12 Tue-Wed Battle Creek schools

We're halfway through March already, and so far my author visits are going well. The kids are enthusiastic and attentive, the teachers and staff are helpful and friendly, and the school walls are decorated with fabulous student art.

I'm juggling a few other things, too: I'm working on a novel about a girl who likes to read and am playing with a picturebook about a mischievous cat. (Mostly it's the novel. I promise, Erin. <- agent who asks, at the end of every email, "So how's that novel?")
The novel is going pretty well. It's a little scary because the process is very different from writing the Ellie McDoodle books. I'll be seeing Erin next month, so I don't really have a choice: I have to have a lot done before then. Yikes.

Besides being an author, I'm also busy being a mom. My daughter's middle school volleyball team has its last game on Thursday. Charlie and I have managed to go to most of the games. It's been fun cheering for the team and learning the girls' names and embarrassing our kid (by cheering for the team and learning the girls' names... sometimes I think just the fact that I exist embarrasses her).
We're off to see The Lightning Thief movie pretty soon because I managed to squeeze into this busy month the task of reading the first book in Rick Riordan's series. It's our daughter's favorite book, and I feel generally compelled to read whatever impresses her.
Very good book, worth giving up a little sleep. (Maybe I can learn a few things from Riordan)

And now, I'm off to catch a favorite tv show and then to bed. Gotta get up early; it's a long drive to Mt. Pleasant in the morning. :)

73735. Happy Happy!

Happy babies with happy very petit elefants. Much love to Lily & Henry :)

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73736. Kiddyland Tokyo


I gasped for air when i walked down Omotesando and finally saw the huge Kiddyland storefront. Not that it was hard to find, i walked straight there. But because i have been wanting to go there for so long now. And it didn't dissappoint at all. I walked around in utter joy thinking i wish i could live in here!

Obvioulsy, with this Little Twin Stars display as the first thing you see when you enter the store.

A whole table full of giant Kapibara-san's, very Kawaii!

An entire display filled with these sweet sheep (?)

One of my all time favorite characters: Monchichhi!

Walking up to the fourth floor, this is what greeted me. I love Rillakuma!

There were these pretty setups of Sylvanian Families (aka Calico Critters). J'adore! I wish i still had my little families from when i was little.

The boxes said these were puzzles, but i stood there for awhile. Admiring the cuteness and trying to figure out what the puzzle was about. I didn't get any further than just stacking the pancakes. I doubt that was what i was supposed to do. But i was supposed to make a picture! So i did. For you.

Kiddyland is total Kawaii Heaven. I hope to visit again soon.

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73737. Subterranean

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73738. Postcard to Terry

Viewing by appointment. No pets.
Ink, inkjet and stamp on postcard 10cm x 15cm. Click to enlarge.

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73739. WIP Wednesday - Garden Post!

Still breaking from the studio and trying to get caught up in other areas - today was *the garden*. I imported my mother for a week to help me do some decision making and long term planning. (After such a long push with this last project, my decision-maker is worn out. Or possibly broken...)

The raised beds are mostly cleaned out and prepped (nice, big trailer-full of manure spread last week). And if you look carefully to the left of the lower middle bed you can see some stakes in the grass marking where I want to add the next one. The corners are on order and the wood is being acquired.

The overwintering collards are starting to flower, so they are near their end... The chickens and I will fight for the last of them. The raspberry bed is all cleaned out (and I'm all scratched up) - and always looks worryingly sparse in the early spring. By June it's choked with canes and berries.

My baby dwarf fruit trees are nearly ready to blossom. I am also in the planning stages of a round, raised bed in the center of the lawn and have marked out the probably location of a green house. (The chickens watch on in frustration at me being out, and them being in. However, once I start planting seeds and sprinkling on fertilizer and such, they are problematic to have out. They'll have to wait until June or so before being allowed out again).

Here is studio-dog, Jack, regally overlooking his backyard domain.

So happy to be back out in the yard with the growing things...

...Life is good.
73740. IRON MAN


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73741. Illustration Friday: Subterranean

Woken from his slumber, the lone prairie dog, Pete, poked his head from his subterranean home to see what was all the ruckus.

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73742. Cartoonist Interviews

David Paccia has been posting dozens of interviews he's conducted with such talented cartoonists as Ann Telneas (Washington Post), Carlos Castellanos (Baldo), David Horsey (Seattle Post-Intelligencer), Tom Richmond (MAD), Sandra Bell-Lundy (Between Friends) and Dan Piraro (Bizarro). I just made #98. I believe each cartoonist is asked the same questions, which include pens, paper, influences,

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73743. The Head

I can’t help it. I love trippy stuff like this. Designer Matias Vigliano and animator Dante Zaballa from Argentina created this bit of hand drawn madness:

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73744. a crazy post with lots of pictures!


Painting away on my book... I finally received notes back on the other manuscript and have some small re-working to do on the storyboards before I can start painting that one. Phew. It's a crazy world we live in!I am sure every illustrator is familiar with the crazy juggling act we must do with our personal life vs. our careers... Having a day job as well makes it hard too! But I won't complain too much about that...
I am wanting to post more of these paintings, but I also don't want to show too much yet!Here is a snippet of one of the pages... sketch-phase... just to give a little more to look at.... it's funny how different every character I have worked on has been so far... I wonder what it would be like if little did we know, but they were all in the same class!! Could they all be friends? Hmm, some are a little more out-going than others... some a little more girly than others ;) but for the most part, I think they could?
I keep trying to tell myself that all of this will pay off... I tend to trust the world to send me where I need to go, although I know you have to do your part to get there, too... Isn't life nerve-wracking and wonderful at the same time? Wouldn't it be nice if I made any sense and my thoughts actually connected?
Anyway, it's getting warmer and warmer! I also know that last night around 4 am there was an earthquake that woke up many of my co-workers last night. The odd thing is that I was awake and felt nothing? I keep waking up around this time (as I have tweeted) and can't seem to fall back sleep until around 5 am.... so these past few mornings, I have been a zombie!

I keep fantasizing about Japan... I should post a picture of Japan so we can all be jealous of my twin who was able to visit a few years ago with my bestest buddy, Christine...Here is a picture of my two cousins (my mom's sister's girls) and their children. In the middle with a hat and green shirt is my twin, Mei, next to her is my mom, next to her (the only caucasian) is my best friend Chris. This is a typical scene from the train in Shizuoka/Mieken (near my aunt's home)-- pretty rural but beautiful!! Rice fields- whoohoo!
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73745. Fake book news contest

Be creative! Have a few laughs! Win a free book!
My pal Debbie Diesen is
celebrating the birth of her new book, The Barefooted, Bad-Tempered Baby Brigade, with a Funny Fake Children's Book News contest.
Check out the contest and some very funny entries
here.

Hurry - the contest ends March 19.

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73746. Contests to Avoid

A couple days ago, I listed a couple of poetry contests you could enter that did not require a fee to enter.  One was from Winning Writers.  While surfing their site I found a list of contests you should avoid.  I thought I would share it with you.

We suggest you avoid the following contests and organizations. Many appear to be disguised vanity publishers, whose goal is to sell you expensive personalized products and attract you to conferences. Others may charge you membership or service fees for which the benefits are questionable, or which can be obtained elsewhere for free. Winning prizes from these organizations will add little to your resume, and may even make you look amateurish to publishers and other poets.

America Library of Poetry
The Amherst Society
Cader Publishing
Circle of Poets
Famous Poets Society
Greenspring Publishing
Iliad Press (an imprint of Cader Publishing)
Iliad Literary Awards Program
International Library of Photography (aka Picture.com, read public comments)
JMW Publishing Company
League of American Poets (poetryamerica.com)
The National Archives
The Nashville International Song and Lyric Competition (aka Paramount Group)
Paramount Group
Picture.com (aka International Library of Photography, read public comments)
Poetry Institute of Africa
Poetry Laureates
Poetry Press
Poetry Revival Contest
Poetry Unlimited
The Poets’ Guild
PoetsOnly.com (see spoof contest entry and response; appears to be defunct)
Sparrowgrass Poetry Forum
Stamford Research
TA.TI. Edizioni
White Oak Press (aka Poetry America)

The most common pitch is to make poets buy their anthologies as a condition of publication. Publishers in this category include: Famous Poets Society, Sparrowgrass Poetry Forum, The Amherst Society, The Poets’ Guild, Poetry Press, Poetry Unlimited, The National Archives, and JMW Publishing. Others try to sell you services, such as manuscript editing or agency representation.

Vanity contests are characterized by low standards, and are willing to publish most of the submissions they receive (typically half or more). They primarily market their publications to the contestants themselves, often at high prices. Few copies are sold to independent buyers or libraries. A vanity contest is not necessarily a “scam”. It may well disclose its terms and selection procedures fully and accurately. Nevertheless, all of the contests above are a waste of your time. There are plenty of better ones to submit to, selective contests that want to promote good work to a wider audience.

Click this link to find out more about contest and a few agencies and publishers to avoid. http://www.winningwr

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73747. Breathing


After a tense day of email problems and waiting for client responses that never came, tonight I drank too much coffee, talked too much, and had a blast painting at Frank's portrait session. No instruction, just painting. Regardless of the success or failure of the end result, I am slowly losing my "performance anxiety" and, for the first time, am beginning to actually enjoy painting from life. I used the limited "Zorn palette" for this one--something I tried once at a workshop several years ago with good results. Even though I am beginning my book illustrations in earnest this week, I think getting out to a studio/live model session once a week may be necessary for my sanity.

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73748. Congratulations!

A huge CONGRATULATIONS goes out to my beloved Tae Eun Yoo Only a Witch Can Fly (Macmillan) and Tonya Cherie Hegamin Most Loved in All the World (Houghton Mifflin) for winning this year’s Ezra Jack Keats Award! What fantastic news~

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73749. Jello Duchess

One more illo for the Girls Drawn Girls Book. Below is another set of Vandal Heart Storyboard. Storyboard is copyrighted by the studios.

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73750. Circus


A bit late, but better late than never I suppose. Hmm, maybe not the best impression to make for my FIRST EVER MONDAY ARTDAY POST (wahoo)! Kind of like showing up late for a job interview late.

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