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73726. It's PBJ's summer promo postcard week!

Make sure you visit the PBJ's blog and check out the art for our summer postcard. I posted mine today along with a little behind the scenes on making the art.

See you there! :o)

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73727. A few more art cards

I started these quite some time ago and had them sitting around because I didn't like the inking. I decided to see what I could do with them after all.
I'm trying to build up a collection in hopes of selling a few. =)

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73728. Finding the balance between the feel of a real book & the digital world

From Christopher Herz at The Huffington Post:

As the publishing industry struggles to find that balance between the digital world and the feel of actually handling a book, perhaps a look towards the emotional connection is the bridge.

Right now, while we all follow twitter feeds and become fans on Facebook, what might be getting lost is the fact that reading a book is an extremely intimate and personal experience. To give travel notes of the journey is a benefit to both writer and reader, and might just promise a relationship that can only grow with each trip taken together.

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73729. Live Version of What’s Opera, Doc?

File this one under “Did I Just Really Watch That?”: it’s a live stage version of Chuck Jones’s What’s Opera, Doc?

(Thanks, Jacob Ospa)

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73730. Sprout Episode Four

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73731. Library Cart Drill Team Champions for 2010

Thanks to all who came out for an afternoon of weirdness at ALA. Jon Scieszka & I can't get enough of those funky carts!

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73732. Summer Fun

Summer time fun!

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73733. LL4 Blog Tour -- Book Faerie

Today, I am chatting with the readers over at Jo Ann Hahola's blog and of course, the Book Faerie herself! So please, ask questions in the comments section of her LL4 review and I will stop by throughout the day to answer your questions! Ask away here.

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73734. Villian...

on a Post-It

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73735. Insurance Company Owner Responds To My Writing Contest Warning Post

In response to my post, Writing Contests: Always Read The Fine Print, one of the owners of the insurance website wrote:

Hello Debbie,

My name is Mike Kim and I am one of the owners of Affordable Insurance Options Online. I am writing this comment in response to the "warning" you posted regarding the essay contest we are currently holding.

First of all, I greatly admire the sense of duty you displayed to your visitors by creating this post, and the time and energy you put into it. It's obvious that you care greatly for your visitors and are going above and beyond to look out for their best interest.

I do, however, have to take issue with the negative attention you are bringing to what we believe is a legitimate and well intentioned writing contest. You discuss three major points why you believe our contest should serve as a cautionary tale.

1) We assume the rights to the content submitted. The main reason for this contest is to better inform our visitors on the importance of adequate insurance coverage, and to do so in a fun and entertaining way. There is no way that we could accomplish this without publishing the submitted entries and allowing our visitors to read the true life stories. We are in no way, shape or form trying to conceal the fact that we will be publishing the content, as many other writing contests do. That fact is disclosed in plain view, in the section above the area in which they submit their essay. Those who don't want their essays published can simply choose to not enter the contest.

2) People who enter our contest are put on our mailing list. Actually, they gain access to our online newsletter that offers valuable information on insurance related topics, and other financial matters. Not only are people made aware of this in the contest guidelines, they are also again made aware of this when they submit an entry. In fact, they have to click a confirmation link that tells us it's ok to send them the newsletter. Of course, the newsletter is free and if they don't want it, they can cancel at any time.

3) If we are not able to contact the winners in five days, alternate winners will be chosen. We do not want to delay notifying the winners and publicly congratulating them for their accomplishment. In this technologically advanced day and age, contacting the winners should not take more than a few days. If it does, chances are the contact information provided is invalid. In this case, we want to make sure to offer the cash prize to the next worthy applicant who would surely be thrilled to be named a winner. We strongly believe that all applicants will not only see this as fair and ethical, but they will actually appreciate not having to wait weeks or months to be notified if they win, just because we are having trouble contacting someone else.

Because of the reasons detailed above, and the fact that it is totally free to enter our contest, I ask you to please reconsider your stance. We here at AIOO take great pride in our site, this contest, and our general moral and ethical business practices. I would like to reiiterate that your dedication to your visitors is commendable and I don't fault you one bit for creating this post. Even if I am unable to change your mind, I have great respect for you and your website. Having the freedom to disagree is one of the many things that makes this country so great!!! Thank you very much for your time, Mike

While I appreciate the prompt and courteous response, I still can't recommend that writers enter this contest. You may win a cash prize, it's true. But whether or not you win, you are giving up all your rights to work you have created. Wouldn't your time and energy be better spent working on your other writing projects?


Helpful resources for writers about writing contests:

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73736. Milford Memories Brochure

Latest Milford Memories 2010 Brochure with my artwork featured!!!

When you purchase an item from MY STORE, 10% of your purchase price will be donated to my favorite animal charities; Last Chance Animal Rescue and Horses Haven, both in lower MI. Which charity the donation goes to, will depend on the item purchased and I will love you forever from the bottom of my little black heart. ...and even if you don't purchase anything from me, you can go to their site and make a donation! They deserve a chance too!

Have a seat in the sun with a sippy and browse through the pages of my website ArtQwerks

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73737. Summer Postcard Week!

© Alicia Padrón 2010

This image popped in my head while walking one morning. I was going to use another illustration that I thought would fit the theme very well but when I saw these two in my head I just had to start working on them as soon as I got home.

I adore Daddy and me and Mommy and me type of books. I'd love to get to illustrate one of them. There is something so special about that relationship. I don't know if it's because my kids are growing too fast but I just want to hold on to those moments. :o)

Someone on twitter asked us if we would share our process sometime so here is little about how I created this piece:

I sketched it my sketchbook at a smaller size. I tend to work small. Then thanks to the magic of photoshop I scan my sketch and make it the size I want. I also make sure to turn up the contrast a lot on the sketch so it prints dark, then it is easier to trace that way. I then print it and trace it on to my paper. In this case I used 140 lb hot pressed Arches watercolor paper.

When I am tracing on my light box I like to redraw rather than trace. That is why I usually leave my initial sketches very loose and I don't like to rework them. Just because I think something valuable is lost if reworking them too much.

Once the drawing is transfered, I first start painting the background. In this case the sky and water went on first. I used the wet on wet technique for this. I then painted the bears and the grass was the last thing. When the painting is completely dry I then shade with a graphite pencil on the areas needed.<

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73738. Finger painting on the iPad

Watch in awe as David Kassan paints with an iPad.

Posted by John Martz on Drawn! The Illustration and Cartooning Blog | Permalink | No comments

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73739. The Bears are on the Starting Blocks...

Not quite in the shops yet, but getting very close now!

Last week, my lovely postman brought me a big box, and inside were my advance copies of Bears on the Stairs. This is my first picture book with Anderson Press and I am absolutely delighted by the quality of the print - the colours are so true and really zingy.

And, as you can see, the paperback will have snazzy, red text on the front, to match Little Bear's trousers:

Publication date is August 5th. Can't wait!

As usual, if you are in the UK and would like a signed copy, with a little picture drawn inside, do email me. Hardbacks are £10.99 (& postage). I also have a handful of advance paperbacks at £5.99 if you're quick!

You can read about how Bears on the Stairs was created, and see my earliest sketches and pastel illustrations in progress on my blog posts from last August & September.

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73740. Why Manga Studio

Like many of you, I started creating comics the traditional way. With pencil and paper and allot of ink spills. I still do that on occasions. But, I've also transitioned from the traditional way (analog) to the modern way (digital). Now, I create 95% of all the comics and illustrations I do on the computer.

While many think this is "not art", I beg to differ. It's the same exact thing as creating in an analog way. The ONLY thing that has changed is the tools. And the tools, as we all know, do not make a better Artist.

The one question I constantly get is, why Manga Studio? I know of Creators who use Photoshop to create their comics and they do an amazing job on it. While others use Corel Painter and even Adobe Illustrator. 

Personally, I've tried all of them and found that all of them come short when compared to Manga Studio. And again, this is my personal opinion.

This is why.

Adobe Illustrator is a vector program. My problem with it was simulating analog inks. My goal, with ALL of these programs, was to get my digital inks to look as close as possible to my analog inks. Illustrator was not cutting it for me.

I did not get deep into Corel Painter because the interface and "way of doing things" in the program just felt so alien. And, at the time, I felt the tools available for digital inking were limited. Not sure about the new versions tho.

Photoshop is a power house no doubt. Again, I've seen creators like Freddie E. Williams II create their comics with Photoshop and they do an amazing job. Brian Bolland also creates using Photoshop and, well, he's just out of this world. I admire them.

My problem with Photoshop, like all the others, was the inking (you can tell I'm very anal when it comes to inking). I hate the fact that in Photoshop, if you want a specific brush, you have to get into the internet and hunt for it, or fuzz around with the brush settings until you get what you want. To me, this is counter productive. Especially if you're on a deadline. 

I look at it this way. If I'm inking in analog and I want a dry brush look, where will I go, to my Hunt nibs? No. I'll grab my Raphael Kolinsky 8404's, dip them in ink and well, you know the rest.

So shouldn't the same apply to digital? Shouldn't I be able to go into one of my already predefined digital brushes and get a dry brush look when I want it without fuzzing for hours with the settings to get the right look?

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73741. Capriccio 2

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73742. Ripple: Together We Can Help

Hey all y’all!

Just letting you know that the piece you see below (which I did for Ripple (and Illustration Friday) is a 5″ x 7″ print and still available to anyone who wants it by helping the Ripple cause. It was sold once, but it being a print, I have more.  Just follow the instructions given on the Ripple blog’s sidebar and I’ll happily send it your way (card #586). Thus far, Kelly Light & all the illustrators involved have raised over $6K to help the animal victims of the Gulf oil spill.  Check out all the other artists/illustrators’ pieces there as well.  Thanks for your support! : )

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73743. Robot Lab in Progress

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73744. Busy · Busier · Busiest

Here are a few sketches I did after work. Of course this is from The Lord of The Rings, specifically The Hobbit. I picked it up the other day and then sketched these to get loose.

I just received a big commission that will keep me preoccupied for the next few months.  Also I'm in a rush to finish a few projects before October, a deadline I've set for myself for a reasons regarding work, so I'm not sure how many "illustrations" I'll be posting.  For fun I may even digitally tint some of the sketches I do post along the way so this blog will not be devoid of all color!  Sketches can get pretty bland.

New book's out!  This one's from a couple months ago.

And a few interior illustrations.

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73745. Smiling Presidents

American presidents started smiling for their official portraits in the mid 1970s or so.

Of course, they smiled for informal pictures before that.

Many cameras captured FDR with his famous smile. Rockwell painted Eisenhower for two Post covers in a rubbery grin. Jimmy Carter’s toothy smile was a big subject during his campaign.

But for the official and semi-official pictures, up until 30 or 40 years ago, presidents usually kept their faces dignified and serious. After Reagan, the full-on toothy smile (which is a very different challenge to paint) was here to stay.

Why the change? Was it the inevitable outcome of photography or was it the result of campaigning on television?

Are there other jobs that still demand a serious portrait, such as a Supreme Court justice, district attorney, or an undertaker?

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73746. June Carnival of Literature

Is LIVE at Lee Wind's Blog: The June 2010 Carnival of Literature!

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73747. Alice, final drawing 9/14

Note : I am posting the progression of these Alice pieces, start to finish. This stage is the final drawing.


Next post, Friday : "The Gryphon"

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73748. Rango trailer

Rango intrigues me. Here’s the second trailer for the Gore Verbinski/Johnny Depp/ILM/Nickelodeon Movie slated for release next March:

(Thanks Justin, Iain, Isaac and Hal)

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73749. Water Taxi

Here's a sketch I started a while ago between projects and just recently finished up:

This is one of those images that just 'popped' into my head one day, but I have no doubt there's some very heavy influence from two of my favorite artists P.A. Lewis and Jean Baptiste Monge in there. The bird is an egret and the bird's saddle is based on a camel saddle - like this one for example. They are beautifully vibrant in their patterning and colors and I'm not quite sure how to approach the color for the saddle in my sketch since I was picturing a rather pastel-y color scheme for this piece. I'd thought I could possibly use this image for a promo card once it's finished, but looking at it I realized it's awfully similar in terms of setting to one of my recent promo cards, so I think this sketch will have to be put aside for the time being while I dream up another image to use as a postcard. Hope that I'll be able to get back to it soon...

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73750. train…train by Baptiste Sola

A new short-short called train… train from French artist and animator Baptiste Sola:

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