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9076. Animation’s Domination Slips on Fox Sundays

While Fox’s Sunday night lineup was dubbed Animation Domination in May 2005, it did not officially become all-animated until 2010. Now, the announcement of their fall 2014 schedule reveals that the cartoons will be ceding some of their Sunday night territory to live-action comedies "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" and "Mulaney," which will be taking over the 8:30 and 9:30 time slots, respectively.

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9077. "Pickle" get feature on the Character Design Served!!

My Book App - Pickle - "The Little Bird Who Doesn't Tweet" has been featured on the Character Design Served:
http://www.characterdesignserved.com/gallery/Pickle-the-little-bird-who-doesnt-tweet/13667093

Official Pickle Web-SIte:
http://www.pickleintweeterland.com/

iTune Store Link:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pickle-little-bird-who-doesnt/id712536905?ls=1&mt=8

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9078. Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition

WD83AnComp_600px Wondering what’s in it for you?

  • An announcement of the winner on the cover of Writer’s Digest*
  • A 30-minute Platform Strategy Consultation with Chuck Sambuchino*
  • A one year subscription to Writer’s Digest eBooks
  • A chance to win $3,000 in cash
  • Get national exposure for your work
  • One on one attention with four editors or agents
  • A paid trip to the ever-popular Writer’s Digest Conference!

*A 30-Minute Platform Strategy Consultation with Chuck Sambuchino: In this 30-minute session, Chuck Sambuchino will review your current platform-building efforts, discuss goals for your platform, then provide tailored advice and a specific strategy for launching or growing your platform to achieve the results you want. Chuck Sambuchino is the author of Formatting & Submitting Your Manuscript (Writer’s Digest, 2009), the bestselling humor book How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack (Running Press, 2010), which has been optioned for film by Robert Zemeckis, and the forthcoming titles Red Dog, Blue Dog (Running Press, July 2012) and Create Your Writer Platform (Writer’s Digest, Nov 2012). Chuck is also the editor of the bestselling Guide to Literary Agents and Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market annuals (Writer’s Digest). Chuck is a former staffer of several newspapers and magazines. During his tenure as a newspaper reporter, he won awards from both the Kentucky Press Association and the Cincinnati Society of Professional Journalists. During the past decade, more than 650 of his articles have appeared in newspapers, magazines and books. Chuck also speaks at more than a dozen writing conferences each year on the topics of securing an agent and building a platform.

*The cover announcement is being made on subscriber issues only.

Entry Deadline: June 2, 2014   How to enter: register and pay online or download a printable entry form. The Entry fees are $30 for the first manuscript; $25 for each additional entry submitted during the same transaction. Poems are $20 for the first entry; $15 for each additional poem submitted submitted during the same transaction. Enter your work into one or more of these categories:

  • Inspirational Writing (Spiritual/Religious)
  • Memoirs/Personal Essay
  • Magazine Feature Article
  • Genre Short Story (Mystery, Romance, etc.)
  • Mainstream/Literary Short Story
  • Rhyming Poetry
  • Non-rhyming Poetry
  • Stage Play
  • Television/Movie Script
  • Children’s/Young Adult Fiction

One Grand Prize winner will receive:

  • An announcement of the winner on the cover of Writer’s Digest*
  • $3,000 in cash
  • One on one attention from four editors or agents
  • A paid trip to the ever-popular Writer’s Digest Conference!
  • A one year subscription to Writer’s Digest eBooks
  • A 30-minute Platform Strategy Consultation with Chuck Sambuchino

First place will receive $1,000 in cash and $100 off a purchase from the Writer’s Digest Shop Second place will receive $500 cash and $100 off a purchase from the Writer’s Digest Shop Third place will receive $250 in cash and $100 off a purchase from the Writer’s Digest Shop Fourth place will receive $100 in cash and $50 off a purchase from the Writer’s Digest Shop Fifth place will receive $50 in cash and $50 off a purchase from the Writer’s Digest Shop Sixth through Tenth place winners will receive $25 in cash. All winners will also receive:

Be sure to check out more writing contests sponsored by Writer’s Digest.

Good Luck!

Talk tomorrow,

Kathy


Filed under: authors and illustrators, awards, Competition, earn money, opportunity, Places to sumit Tagged: $1000 Cash Prize, Writer's Digest Annual Contest, Writing Competition

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9079. Charcoal!

Haven't drawn with charcoal on a big new prints for ... many many many many many years ... almost forget how much fun it is!!  ^______^

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9080. Thank You Mouse


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9081. Some Lucky Person Will Pay $25 Million Tonight For Jeff Koons’s Popeye

Tonight in New York City, Sotheby's will auction a stainless steel, 2000-pound, six-and-a-half-foot-tall Popeye sculpture by Jeff Koons that is estimated to sell for between $25-35 million. Koons, who is already among the top three richest living American artists not to mention an avowed lover of "Croods," made three of these Popeye sculptures, which probably represents the number of people who he thinks are dumb enough to pay between $25-35 million for a Popeye sculpture.

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9082. IF: Voyage

Pirate_Tub_SIDEAThis makes for quite an interesting voyage!

Working on fun things this week. Starting with a fun little spread about a family of birds. I love that I get to flex some background work in this one..I always loved working on buildings and such.

NINAMATA_SILVER-ELEMENTARY

 More work talk of work to come.

Until then Happy Week!

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9083. Adventure Comics and Illustration

When realistic adventure comic strips appeared in the newspapers, it was a big change from the line-dominated cartoon style that had prevailed until then.


One of the pioneers of adventure comics was Milton Caniff (1907-1988). Caniff used dramatic blacks, applied with a brush, providing an opportunity to sink some forms into silhouette, or present mysterious lighting effects. He took some of his inspiration from work he saw in book illustrations.

Milt Caniff's studio mate was Noel Sickles (1910-1982), who had drawn an adventure strip called Scorchy Smith. Sickles was always interested in dramatic, realistic storytelling. He showed Caniff "a set of illustrations by Harold Von Schmidt for Willa Cather's Death Comes for the Archbishop—employing lush black brushwork, defining objects by shadows as much as outlines—Sickles introduced ultra-realism and impressionistic linework to the comics." The quote is from America's Great Comic-Strip Artists, by Richard Marschall.


When Von Schmidt (1893-1982) undertook to illustrate the lavish 1929 edition of Cather's book, he took six months off his magazine illustration career and traveled to the American southwest to see the frontier settings of Cather's book. He produced over 60 black and white illustrations, using a brush and ink style where he grouped the cast shadows with the shadow side of the form to create mysterious shapes.

Von Schmidt was very proud of the book, and it influenced not only adventure comics but pulp illustration and European comics.

More examples of Von Schmidt's work at Jim V.'s Illustrators website
Death Comes for the Archbishop

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9084. Impasto Action

Imposto action from BYU-Idaho Art Dept on Vimeo.

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9085. Another Madame Pham sighting tomorrow night...

Another quick announcement -- I'll be at Mrs. Dalloway's Bookstore tomorrow night in Berkeley.  I'll be on a panel with Mitali Perkins (author of Monsoon Summer) and Nina Lindsay (of the Oakland Public Library) to offer some good summer reading choices.  If that panel sounds familiar, we were the Usual Suspects a while back when we were all interviewed on KCRW to discuss cultural diversity in kids' literature.  It's a hot topic still, so our choices are going to reflect that.

It's a ticketed event, but you can find out more information here!  http://www.mrsdalloways.com/events/hot-reads-cool-summer-ages-6-11

See you tomorrow night!  In the meantime, here's another image (not necessarily in the name of cultural diversity, but just me passing on love to all you out there...)


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9086. RISD Working

Flipping through the virtual RISD website the other day, I was reminded that I was featured in one of their recent publications.

This brochure is called Working, and it focuses on alumni who are doing cool things. Suffice it to say, I am humbled and honored to be featured amongst these stellar artists!

Click to see the whole brochure here!

 

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9087. meet little Akai....

"akai kokeshi"
©the enchanted easel 2014
she is the second kokeshi in a four piece series i am currently working on. her name means "red" in japanese, hence the obvious red kimono.  she is FOR SALE, as a PRINT in my etsy shop found here:

also FOR SALE, as a PRINT is midori....found here:

up next....little Kiiro. 3 guesses what color she is (hint-it's the name of my favorite Coldplay song...). 

{speaking of Coldplay, the new cd comes out on monday and i am so excited i can barely stand it!!! chris martin. sigh....}
was going to just attach a pic of chris, but i was trying to be fair to the rest of the guys...;)

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9088. Happy Birthday

to Jacqueline K. Ogburn


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9089. the Creative process


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9090. Brush Stroke Shape

Brush Stroke Shape from BYU-Idaho Art Dept on Vimeo.

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9091.

hugy hop!!!

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9092. Comic: Death and the Writer

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9093. Life inspires art! My inspiration lately...

Dear Friends,

I have often heard that life inspires art. I can certainly vouch for that personally. In the past, I have always drawn from my memories of my own childhood and my precious daughter's childhood. Lately, I have a NEW inspiration...my incredible grand daughter! She just turned 10 months old and although every stage is so special; I am loving this stage!! She is crawling and is so full of life. I can already see her little personality shining through.



This sketch was recently inspired by my sweet grand daughter who has recently discovered her shadow. I will call it Shadow Play. I can't wait to paint it!





Phyllis Harris Designs is starting a brand new collaboration with a wonderful company and I am so excited to share the news with you all but I must wait a bit longer so please stay tuned!

Be sure to check back often over at Phyllis Harris Designs and follow my social media networks to keep up with all that is going on. Here are the links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PhyllisHarrisDesigns
Twitter: https://twitter.com/PhyllisHarris
Instagram: http://instagram.com/phyllisharrisdesigns
 
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/phyllisha/
I would be so honored if you would share!


As always, thank you for being a part of our wonderful community. We are so grateful for each and every one of you!

Phyllis


Gifts that give back
Phyllis Harris Designs & You – Giving the gift of love and healing
Every purchase of a heart-warming Phyllis Harris Designs illustration print donates 5 percent of every illustration print sold from our website to Children's Mercy Hospital.  

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9094. Where are the People of Color in Children's Literature? An Answer from Vanessa Newton

http://carolbaldwinblog.blogspot.com/2014/05/where-are-people-of-color-in-childrens_13.html


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9095. Spring!

Busy with lots of lovely deadlines right now. Can't wait to show you what I'm working on, but it will have to wait. Here's a quick little sketch to hold you over. Happy Spring!

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9096. A Catalog of Bookstore Cats

http://www.abebooks.com/books/bookseller-bookshop-bookstore/cats.shtml

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9097. Jenny Lee

 
A quick sketch of Nurse Jenny Lee before I sneak off early to enjoy the afternoon sunshine (shhh…)

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9098. Etsy finding

I spotted these cute animals on Etsy sewn with fabric from my On A Whim 2 collection.



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9099. Sketching



Sketching



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9100. Frozen Coloring Contest--The Vinnahs!

 At last, the results are in!  Thank you so much, everyone, for being so patient.  One of these days life won't be so crazy!

I always get gunshy about coloring contests because I feel like everyone did such a good job, and it's hard to pick just one.  To help me, the judging process was aided by my talented artist coworkers.  I asked them which pictures stood out the most to them, and we went from there.  Needless to say, it was a hard decision!

And now, the winners!


 First place goes to Chiara!  Winner winner chicken dinner!  Congrats, Chiara!

And of course, we would be remiss if we didn't make note of the honorable mentions:





 Honorable mentions will get a beaded bookmark.  If you are a fella, I'll be sure to make it a manly bookmark :D  I'll be in touch with you all Soon!

And, because I think they were all so lovely, I'm including the rest of the entries below, if you want to take a look.  I've blurred out the emails, but if you're shy about your artwork being posted, let me know and I can remove it.  But don't be shy--they look lovely!  Shout out to the Gilbert Blythe and Joker ones ^_^
  



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