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73726. Shamisen



This is am image form some recent work that I've done. Im looking forward to the next Monday challenge.

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73727. All Sticky

Uh-oh, someone's been playing with the paste.

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73728. NEW HOUSE TEXTILES

uk company 'new house textiles' have now taken stock of some fabulous new scandinavian home textiles and kitchen accessories. the re-issued vintage designs are from designers such as marian westman, astrid sampe, and sara berner. prices are from £3.50 for napkins up to £45.00 for a tablecloth. my personal favourite is the apple harvest tea towel £8.50. as seen online here.

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73729. The Winner of My Business Card Giveaway!


The winner of My Business Card Giveaway sponsored by Uprinting.com is teddy bear extraordinaire Carolyn Jones. I don't know about you but who doesn't love a wonderful teddy? I know I do ;) Here is one of her lovely creations and it is a crazy quilt bear and reminds me of a harlequin too! Really charming :)

Carolyn has won (1) style of designer business cards and can choose rounded corners, square cards or slim. I find business cards have multi-uses as labels, punch a hole and you have a tag, and on the back of my paintings too ;) Congrats to you and can't wait to see what you make!

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73730. EEK Creepy Critters

The creepy critters will be coming out very soon!

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73731. CERAMICS - magda boreysza

edinburgh based freelance artist magda boreysza decorates vintage tea cups and plates with her animal and bird designs.

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73732. Last 24 hours in LA

I visited Paul at Cartoon Network for lunch & a tour. I met so many art geeks, including Joe of chogrin. It was like walking through your standard film studio but with art, doodles, concept art all over. Oh goooodness, it was delicious. Even their stairwell was tagged & scrawled (see picture above). I didn't realize how much I loved the experience until I rattled on & on with Rich on the phone for at least an hour (there I go again... counting the time on phone convos).
Afterwards, Victo & I discussed feelings and met the rest of the gang at cha cha to induldge in Monday margarita specials. It was a record 113 degrees in LA and we were dying to swim. In the short time it took me to go to the bathroom, Jamie had befriended someone who had a pool. Thus began the most random adventure into the Hollywood Hills...
I'm not even going to discuss what happened except that we all returned to the east side around 430am, completely flabbergasted and happily suprised by the evening.
What happened in Sebastian Tellier's house stays in Sebastian Tellier's house. Haha. What a way to leave LA!
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73733. WIP Wednesday - Vignette sketch

This week is *crazy* - the days are totally getting away from me, sorry for the late posting - again..
Saw a painting with this tree in it and loved it - enough to inspire a quickie sketch that might serve as a partially vignette piece for my homework (and future painting?). Deciding whether I like the concept well enough to pursue...

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73734. Drawing in Church- 9/27

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73735. Kathy Hare


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73736. Se fué nuestro Rafael




Tremenda pérdida, mis condolencias a su esposa y familia. Demasiado difícil de aceptar esta noticia para nosotros sus compañeros de promoción. Rafo… siempre fuiste admirado en el salón, descansa en paz amigo.


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73737. Adam Hancher

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This week’s poster pick is a chilling landscape entitled Villages I by Adam Hancher. Adam is a talented illustrator based in Bristol, England whose work is often inspired by folk tales and legends. You can read about his process in this interview with Ape on the Moon where he explains his methods of layering scanned textures to create the look and mood he is aiming for. Villages I is available for purchase at the Poster Cabaret.

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73738. Superman's Ex-Pal, The NEW Jimmy Olsen #133...

Or, KIRBY is HERE – 40 years old this month...

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Well as regular readers of this humble Blog of mine will know Jack Kirby was the reason I was determined to become a comic artist, when I first saw his
wonderful work back in the mists of time known as the 60’s.

It is forty years this month that Kirby was here, as it says in the header title of his first 70’s work for DC Comics, when he unleashed his Fourth World Saga upon an unsuspecting world, heralding the way for his new concepts of warring gods. Introducing the world to The Whizz Wagon, The Hairies, The Outsiders, The Zoomway and The Mountain of Judgement to name but a few of the concepts in this comic, but the world would have to wait until the next issue before Jack unleashed his new ultimate villain - Darkseid.

By the time I reached secondary (high) school I was about to be blown away with a new concept and direction for the work of my favourite comics creator. It was actually this second issue, #134, which was my first introductory look at the new series, which was to lay the initial groundwork for this rich tapestry of stories, which were far ahead of their time in scope and execution and would see the launch of New Gods, Forever People and Mister Miracle to the ranks.

From the very moment I saw and marvelled at the art and then read the incredibly imaginative story, as an eleven-year old school boy, I was hooked and eager to see and read more.

That first issue was shown to me by my best friend, Paul and is the butt of many a joke, over the comics by, which I swapped and obtained the new Kirby comic and that day and the succeeding ones, as I sought out and bought consequent issues of all the Fourth World series were to be the inspiration to continue in my aspirations in my career choice.

It would be some years in the future before I finally obtained the preceding issue #133.

It seems incredible that it is now forty years ago this month that the highly imaginative and prolific Jack Kirby first unleashed his concept upon the worlds of comicdom. It was to set a precedent that has not been matched since, although it has been emulated and regurgitated many, many times since.

It predates any of the cross-over events, it was the first series to run continually across several titles, all inter-related and yet at the same time allowing each to exist as stand-alone titles, each with its own identity and yet encompassed by the threads of a tale of epic proportions.

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73739. New York and something about research


There are times when what I do feels like work - at least what I imagine work to feel like, but mostly I feel almost embarrassed to admit out loud to the fact (out of a weird respect to those who loath their week days) that I love my job. Even that word 'job' feels an inappropriate word to describe what is essentially a hobby that I get paid to do. I get paid to do something that I have done voluntarily since I realised that lipstick could pass as a frightfully convincing crayon alternative. Jobs, are things that people who add-up stuff have. People who tell other people what to do have jobs. People who wear different clothes on week days have jobs - especially people who wear ties - would they really wear a tie if they didn't have to? Geez, where am I going with this....oh yeah, I'm going to New York.

Yep, I've got my flights and accommodation (in East Village) all booked. Heading over in late November/early December for two and a bit weeks to do some 'research' for my new picture book which is set in New York (boy am I glad the characters just happened to live there!) Basically this research will involve a big fat sketchbook, some pencils, a camera and a bunch of beer. Beer will probably come after the sketching bit. Also going to visit some other people who don't have jobs - writer and illustrator types like me. I'm so excited, I decided to put an exclamation mark at the end of this sentence!

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73740. EFII Podcast Episode 53 – Jason Holley

Episode 53 of the Escape from Illustration Island Podcast features an audio interview with Illustrator Jason Holley. Together we discuss the intriguing “decomposed” quality of his work, his hilarious videos for the ICON6 Illustration conference, and a lot more.

Here are links to some of the things mentioned on the show:

Jason Holley’s Website
Jason’s Videos for ICON6
ICON6 Illustration Conference
15 Steps to Freelance Illustration Audiobook
EFII’s Portfolio Workshop

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73741. mountain children’s book retreat!

It happened! For real. Five of us children’s book authors and illustrators gathered up at our homestead for our “first annual kid’s book retreat”. I originally got the idea for this last winter when hearing about a women’s creative workshop at a remote and inspiring lake-cabin location. Considering time, finances, Tulsi, and the idea that IF I could have a few days for a creative retreat, wouldn’t I rather spend it with friends and fellow illustrators/authors trekkin’ the same path as me? Well, of course…!

We rented “the Barn” next door for a long weekend. It is a funky+fun analog recording studio/creative space owned by our good friend. It was the perfect space. I can’t say I did much art or writing at all, nothing complete anyhow. More like energy fragments. (Tulsi wanted to be with her mama and new girlfriends!) But as soon as I let go, I mean really let go of any expectations I had of myself and this time — I moved thru a lot. Ideas I’ve been stewing over grew and expanded and my energy/inspiration cup got refilled. We spread out on the floor like artists do :), made a mess, played with words and rhyme and images, listened to great music, told stories, wrote 5-sentence stories, drew maps of memories, shared our current/recent book projects and brainstormed on each other’s new book ideas (SO helpful). We shared our art and writing process, our strengths and struggles, gave little demos, swapped inspiration and ate yummy garden meals. We talked about the business and marketing side of books, too: promotion and festivals and school visits. I also had a really great talk with my friend Jenny who is a mama of 2 girls (and who also stayed at home with them before they reached school age).

And throughout, we simply related to each other, which was incredibly supportive. Thanks gals!!

Here is a map of my backyard by Laura Huliska-Beith!

And below: L to R: Tulsi, me, Laura Huliska-BeithJenny Whitehead, Betsy Snyder, and Beth Haidle,. Wander thru their sites — they are all so inspiring! The garden was also a sweet source of food and colorful inspiration! I was so happy the ‘big’ frost hadn’t come yet!

Another inspiration highlight: our visit to the amazing Folk Art Museum in Santa Fe!

And below: a few doodles I made that weekend for a project I’m working on. As suggested by the crew, I’ve been creating a whole digital library of patterns for a design project I’m working on. (A GREAT suggestion, too!)

The retreat was JUST what I needed. I feel so lucky. We are already planning the next one. I hig

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73742. Parenting Miracles and other Amazing Tidbits

 My son cleaned off his desk the other day and the dog discovered a new look out post from which to observe his kingdom. He's very busy making sure no birds or squirrels invade. He's not very effective, since he's afraid of these critters.

When he stands on two legs, he reminds me of King Julian from Madagascar. I'm waiting for him to shake his booty ;-)


It's such a new and wonderful thing when a child of mine, especially this one, sits down and works on his homework without any begging, bribing, or crying. (Yes, I admit, I've cried a lot over this subject.)

And look at this! Be still my heart! A boy enjoying a book without being forced to read said book? It's such a rare occurrence, that I had to document it for posterity. He's reading his new favorite series by Jarrett J. Krosoczka called Lunch Lady.


I love this painting about hope and change. It's now hanging in my family room.

I'm re-photographing some of the things in my shop. In addition, I'm now printing on a beautiful paper from Epson. Yum! Why didn't I do this before?

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73743. DESIGNER - ian dutton

designer ian dutton has been very busy in recent years creating card designs and more for tigerprint/marks & spencer. ian has now decided to pursue a career as a freelance designer to give him the opportunity to work on new and exciting projects with varying clients. you can get in touch with ian or view his online portfolio here.

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73744. The Last Ollie


You better Land that trick or the reaper will getcha!


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73745. Studio MPLS

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Plain and simple, Studio MPLS does great work. It seems like a lot of studios have that big, exciting, one-hit-wonder type piece in their portfolio, and the rest is less than compelling. Often times the client plays into the quality as well; bringing down work rather than elevating it.

It’s nice to see Studio MPLS working with a range of clients and still managing to create smart, fun, engaging design. I really appreciate those firms that can elevate and add meaning to the everyday business or idea, and not just make a flashy gig-poster.

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73746. Death


Death's day off.
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73747. bowed


Muses come to the spirit, and the spirit is the crossroads of the mind and the body. Inspiration is felt in the hands as much as the head. The fingertips ache to push into clay while the mind can see a form as if it already exists. It swells in the belly and the chest, and not answering what wants to be born will cause trouble and physical pains. Fingers cramp, thoughts scatter. Best to follow what calls. I've got an absurd number of projects going on, but I'm a taut string that can't resist the vibration. Especially with this: playing the saw in a great little show called Vaudevillain, and trying out my fiddle again after finally getting its bridge fixed. The saw needed a heap of de-rusting, so do I.


Meanwhile the rug still wants to grow, a few stitches at a time, and the kitchen is looking like someplace you'd buy really good cheese, except for the bathtub in the middle.



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73748. New York and something about research


There are times when what I do feels like work - at least what I imagine work to feel like, but mostly I feel almost embarrassed to admit out loud to the fact (out of a weird respect to those who loath their week days) that I love my job. Even that word 'job' feels an inappropriate word to describe what is essentially a hobby that I get paid to do. I get paid to do something that I have done voluntarily since I realised that lipstick could pass as a frightfully convincing crayon alternative. Jobs, are things that people who add-up stuff have. People who tell other people what to do have jobs. People who wear different clothes on week days have jobs - especially people who wear ties - would they really wear a tie if they didn't have to? Geez, where am I going with this....oh yeah, I'm going to New York.

Yep, I've got my flights and accommodation (in East Village) all booked. Heading over in late November/early December for two and a bit weeks to do some 'research' for my new picture book which is set in New York (boy am I glad the characters just happened to live there!) Basically this research will involve a big fat sketchbook, some pencils, a camera and a bunch of beer. Beer will probably come after the sketching bit. Also going to visit some other people who don't have jobs - writer and illustrator types like me. I'm so excited, I decided to put an exclamation mark at the end of this sentence!

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73749. dragon and fire breathing puppy painting

The prompt for the CBIG blog this month was dragon. It made me wonder what would happen if the dragon lost his fire and could only puff smoke. Then I imagined the dragon might be a bit jealous of a fire breathing puppy, especially if they were fighting over the same bone …

dragon and fire-breathing puppy

dragon and fire breathing puppy

For this painting, I wanted to play around with primary colors, layering and texture. Here’s a detail that shows those things a little better:

dragon detail

dragon detail

Here are some of the steps I took to get to the final stage. I did a pencil sketch first, then painted the line black:

dragon sketch

dragon sketch

Then I added in the blocks of primary colors:

dragon: red, yellow, blue

dragon: red, yellow, blue

After that, I went back in and added more blue and yellow (and green, but I painted over the green). Then I started to muddy up the painting so I could layer colors to get a richer color when I added the final coats of paint:

dragon: more color and beginning the layers

dragon: more color and beginning the layers

I don’t have any more pictures between the last one and the final because I kept painting layer over layer without stopping (acrylic paint dries pretty quick, especially with thin layers and/or dry brushing). Here’s the final once more so you don’t have to scroll up again to see it:

dragon and fire breathing puppy

dragon and fire breathing puppy

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73750. Publishing Industry Changes

Margaret Raymo has elected to take the new position of senior executive editor, at Houghton Mifflin Children’s, a “purely editorial role” that will let her focus on discovering and working with authors and illustrators. Raymo says “I’m very happy to be able to put all my energy back into creating books.”

As a result, Mary Wilcox has been promoted to vp, editorial director for Houghton Mifflin Children’s, while continuing as editorial director of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children’s.

John Rudolph is joining Dystel & Goderich Literary Management as agent. He was most recently executive editor at Putnam Children’s. Stephanie DeVita, who started as an intern at the agency, is now a full-time agent, focusing on narrative and practical non-fiction, memoir, and romance.


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