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9076. Wedgwood Biscotti

Just finished this piece. It was inspired very spur-of-the-moment the other day. I had the biscotti already, but had no idea how I was going to draw them. I'm bored with doing things just sitting alone with a shadow. So I found a cup. Then a doily, and 'wahlah' (voila). I only took two reference photos, which were essentially the same. In other words - I just 'did it'.



Its Pablo and Polychromo colored pencils on Stonehenge paper. Centered on an 8.25" square.

I found the biscotti at Costco the last time I was there. They were another spur-of-the-moment decision - they definitely weren't on my shopping list, but I always have an eye out for possible drawing subjects, and they looked nice. (It helps that I also like biscotti).
The cup is part of my very eclectic china collection. I have odd bits of all sorts of patterns, but mostly collect white or cream colored pieces. This is Wedgwood, the Patrician pattern.
And the doily is a little cheap paper one from the dollar store. I kid you not. All the holes aren't even punched out properly. But it was the perfect thing to complete the picture.



Here's a little 'step-by-step' so you can see how it progressed ~






And a little detail ~


I've put the original as well as prints in the shop

I'm also tinkering with my shop prices a bit. Its like splitting hairs, decided which prints should be $15, which ones $20. 8 x 10s are $20. But I figured out that if a piece is 8 x 8, or 7 x 7, it still takes a whole 8.5 x 11 piece of paper to do the print, and usually the same amount (or close) of ink as a whole 8 x 10, and I also have to trim it - just like an 8 x 10. So am 'upping' the price on a few things. If I can get two prints out of one sheet of paper, the price is less. There are times when this logic doesn't quite work, for odd sizes, and I'm sure some people may wonder how I arrive at a price. Prints that were  $12.50 are now $15, and a few that were $15 are now $20. I think the cost is still low, and hopefully affordable to anyone who might want one, while still allowing me to actually make a bit of profit. This is the fiddly and not as much fun part of having a shop and trying to make it all work! 

I'm also working behind the scenes on re-doing my website. I really need a "Commissions" page for people who want to order a custom piece of art, with sizes, prices, etc. There are a few other things I'd like to add. I do have some new software that I'm going to use, but any of you who've done this know about the learning curve, and how much work it can all be! But I'm determined. Meanwhile, if you'd like me to do a drawing for you, please just email me, or 'convo' me through etsy and we'll sort out all the details.

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9077. Animation Block Party Returns To Brooklyn For Its 10th Year

This summer, Brooklyn’s Animation Block Party will celebrate its tenth anniversary with its biggest slate of programmming ever.

The festival, which will take place between July 25-28, has announced its full programming line-up and film competition selections on AnimationBlock.com. The competition slate includes over 100 short films spread across four programs of animated shorts, two programs of international animated shorts and one program of children’s animation. In addition to the new animated films, the festival will be presenting archival screenings of silent animated films, 1960s Oscar-winning shorts, and the features The Secret of NIMH and Beavis & Butt-Head Do America.

The Animation Block 2013 jury consists of Jerry Beck, Devin Clark, Carrie Miller, and Scout Raskin, and the following festival awards will be presented: Student Film, Best in Show, Audience Award, Narrative Short, Computer Animation, Minute Movie, Original Design, Music Video, Experimental Animation and Animation for Kids.

The opening night on Friday, July 26th, will be presented in association with Rooftop Films at Greenpoint High School (50 Bedford Avenue, Williamsburg, NY 11222) and will include live music and an after-party. Individual screening tickets and full festival passes can be pre-ordered on AnimationBlock.com.

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9078. Assignment mock up of children’s book cover page for The...



Assignment mock up of children’s book cover page for The Snail and the Rose Tree, a story about a somewhat depressed thoughtful snail and a happy-go-lucky rose tree for the Lilla Rogers’ Class I’m taking.



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9079. “Lion King” Director Roger Allers Pushes Forward on Kahlil Gibran’s “The Prophet” with Sa

Roger Allers, the co-director of Disney’s The Lion King is moving forward with his production of Kahlil Gibran’s classic 1923 poetry book The Prophet. Casting updates were reported earlier this week by Deadline Hollywood. The film, which we first reported on last year, is being produced by Salma Hayek, Clark Peterson, and Ron Senkowski, and funded by Participant Media and Doha Film Institute.

The films animated segments will be produced by Joan Gratz (Mona Lisa Descending A Staircase), Joann Sfar (The Rabbi’s Cat), Paul and Gaetan Brizzi (Fantasia 2000), Michal Socha (Chick) and Mohammed Harib (Freej), who have been added to the already announced directors Tomm Moore (The Secret of Kells), Nina Paley (Sita Sings The Blues) and Bill Plympton (Guard Dog). Also, Liam Neeson, John Krasinski, Frank Langella, Alfred Molina and Quvenzhané Wallis have all signed as voice talent, along with Hayek.

While Allers will be in charge of the film’s central narrative and supervise the film as a whole, the above-mentioned directors will helm individual chapters within the storyline. The animated film is set to be completed in spring 2014.

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9080. The Twilight (Tidal) Zone

LO1

LO2

My daughter and I were exploring the tidal zone yesterday. Actually I think she’s running away from the bugs here.


Tagged: About Me, America, Aquatic Life, Beach, California, Fatherhood, Nature, Ocean, Photography, USA

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9081. Map Sketch of the Fairy Tale Land of Dern...


















This is the first starting point sketch for the Land of Dern map in development
for the Willoughby series that Pam Halter and I are working on...More to come.

Check us out on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Willoughbyandthefairies
See what we are up to at Willoughby and the Fairies .

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9082. have you ever had it blue?

This is Foster's flower shop in the town of Chapel-en-le-Frith. It's another of those places I drive past often and think 'one day I'm going to stop and draw this'. Finally, I did.

Sometimes, actually most of the time, when I see a place like this, I imagine the drawing in my head. It's very brief, it's like I take a mental photograph of it, which I then store until I get around to making the drawing. When I take that 'mental photograph' I can see the colours, I know exactly which pens and what paper I should use.

This flower shop, well, I always saw it in bright primary colours. Just red, blue and yellow. But as I sat, in my car, drawing it I couldn't bring myself to add any other colour. Maybe it was just fear. Or maybe, it was just meant to be blue. Although, I would still like to splatter a load of red and yellow paint over it. Maybe I will. Or maybe I'll just leave it as it is. Or, maybe, perhaps, I'll just go back and draw it again. Who knows?

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9083. The Twilight (Tidal) Zone

LO1

LO2

My daughter and I were exploring the tidal zone yesterday. Actually I think she’s running away from the bugs here.


Tagged: About Me, America, Aquatic Life, Beach, California, Fatherhood, Nature, Ocean, Photography, USA

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9084. Supanova-a few more drawings



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9085. “Monsters University” Scares Up Huge $82 Mil Opening Weekend

Pixar’s Monsters University opened with a powerful first-place finish in the United States. The Dan Scanlon-directed film nabbed an estimated $82 million in its opening weekend, which makes it the second-biggest Pixar opening ever behind Toy Story 3′s $110.3M opening in 2010. The real test will be next weekend: will the film decline in the mid-40% range as Toy Story 3 did or will it drop over 60% as Cars 2 did? Overseas, Monsters University opened in approximately three dozen international territories with an international cume of $54.5M, also good enough for a first place finish. After one weekend, the film’s total gross is $136.5M.

Meanwhile, as expected, Monsters University pummelled Blue Sky’s Epic at the American box office. Epic plunged a massive 72.5% percent for an estimated fifth-weekend total of $1.7M. The film finally crawled its way across the $100M mark, but it will now certainly end up as Blue Sky’s lowest grossing film in the U.S., and among its lowest grossing films internationally.

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9086. Polaroid


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9087. Polaroid


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9088. Pig in a Tie


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9089. Supanova




A few pictures from yesterday. I actually did 2 other dragony pictures- which I sold and forgot to get a photo of. I also found I had brought everything- except a rubber(eraser to any americans).
So they are drawings without rubbing out- which is hard when you are accustomed to ctrl-z.
Although the ctrl z in my case is actually because my cintiq is old and has such a rubbish response/resolution that I get bad stepping or jaggies in its interpretation of my line- so I have to try and do it again to get a clean one without artifacts. So I need the new cintiq.
Anyway...
yes I have done that winged skeleton guy before- but I didn't have a rubber so I thought I'd stick to easy (ugly and spiky is easy- beautiful face=hard)

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9090. Substitute preacher

I had the honor of preaching at my church this morning—Second Presbyterian Church of Oil City. Our beloved pastor left to explore his new path in ministry, so now we’re looking for a new one. In the meantime, we elders are taking turns at the pulpit.

My sermon was about Luke 8:26 – 39—Jesus healing the Gerasene demoniac. As you might have guessed, there were lots of visuals.

title bigfatgreek zorba yogurt demoniac demon pig swineherd funmath piggybank townspeople of Gerasa alexander EPA jesus emptyvessel

 


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9091. Revisiting the “Mrs. Doubtfire” Cartoon Directed by Chuck Jones

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Chris Columbus’ comedy Mrs. Doubtfire. In the opening of the film, Robin Williams plays a voice-over artist who is recording lines for a cartoon that has already been made. (Yes, that’s out of order for a standard cartoon production, but for entertainment’s sake, we’ll let it slide).

The cartoon was supervised by legendary Warner Bros. director Chuck Jones, and animated by a small team of A-list animators that included legends like Bill Littlejohn and Tom Ray, and younger animators like Eric Goldberg. Coincidentally, Goldberg was also animating to the voice of Robin Williams for another animated project around the same period—the Genie in Aladdin.

In the film, we see barely a minute’s worth of animation of the two main characters—Pudgy Parakeet and Grunge the Cat. But in reality, Chuck Jones and his crew animated five minutes of material. This was never publicly shown until it was included several years afterward as a bonus feature on the Mrs. Doubtfire DVD.

While the cartoon doesn’t break any new ground in terms of execution or gags, and doesn’t even have a proper ending (it ends with a repeating cycle of Pudgy enjoying a cigarette for thirty seconds), the short has its moments. Williams voices all three characters, and it’s enjoyable listening to his vocal delivery. The animation, being much more fluid than Jones’ typical output of the period, is lively and filled with the energy of his classic cartoons from the mid-1950s.

The story doesn’t end there, though. Apparently, Chuck Jones wasn’t too keen on the backgrounds, feeling that they were overly detailed. So Jones had the cartoon completely reshot with new backgrounds that reflected a more subdued graphic style. As an added bonus, here’s the alternate version:

And just for good measure, here is a two-minute pencil test:

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9092. Sunday Sketching

Teensy purse Moleskine - balance upon my knee...


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9093. Quercus Books Launches in US This September

With a wide range of titles–including thrillers, women’s literature, children’s books, translated literary fiction, narrative and illustrated nonfiction, and sci-fi, fantasy, and horror–Quercus is launching its first U.S. list in September. The company aims to replicate its success in the U.K. by creating a publishing house here that is just as diverse in its offerings, with a mix of both U.S. and international titles. Quercus CEO Mark Smith said of the venture, “We are truly excited to be bringing both our new and established authors to this dynamic and fast-moving marketplace.”

Publishing director Richard Green said, “Quercus is starting with some 40 titles in the U.S. this fall.” Next year, Quercus will publish 90 titles here, with plans to publish an increasing number of titles over subsequent years. As Green put it, “We’re here for the duration. We have been planning this move for over two years and have carefully researched the market and listened to advice from a range of industry experts. The list has been carefully hand-picked for the North American market, and we will be supporting all our titles with substantial marketing and publicity campaigns.”

Eric Price
Nathaniel Marunas

The current publishing program consists of about two-thirds fiction, another third nonfiction. In time, the company aims to increase the number of American authors on the list to around half of the total. Smith said, “We want to keep an international flavor, take on American authors like Brian Freeman, Corban Addison and Richard North Patterson, as well as find debut authors here and nurture them.”

Random House Publisher Services is distributing Quercus in the U.S. and Canada. Both Smith and Green praised RHPS, noting that having to tie into the distributor’s systems and meet its deadlines has helped Quercus improve its own internal processes–lessons about business practices that it will take back to the U.K. “Random’s supply chain and inventory management systems are really impressive,” Green said. Smith added: “I’m surprised at how much they share. They’re very enlightened. They say, ‘If you’re successful, we’re successful.’ It really is a partnership.”

The Quercus team in the U.S. includes Eric Price, director of sales, marketing and publicity, who worked at Grove/Atlantic for more than 20 years, most recently as associate publisher and COO. Quercus associate publisher Nathaniel Marunas was executive editor-at-large at Sterling Publishing and before that was associate publisher at Black Dog & Leventhal. Anna Hezel is digital marketing manager and an editorial assistant. The team will expand, and Green promised, “You won’t hear a British accent. This is absolutely going to be an American operation.”

Quercus sees a lot of potential in the U.S. market. “We are well aware that these are challenging times for book publishers everywhere,” Green said. “But coming from a tough U.K. market, we see an enormous upside to operating in the U.S. This is a tremendous opportunity to establish a flexible and proactive publishing business in North America. We have amazing books, are hiring a great team, and will work closely with RHPS to develop the business into one that has scale, diversity and ambition.”

Read the Full Article at Shelf-Awareness: http://www.shelf-awareness.com/issue.html?issue=2016#m20186

Talk tomorrow,

Kathy


Filed under: authors and illustrators, children writing, need to know, News, opportunity, Places to sumit, publishers Tagged: Nathaniel Marunas, Quercus Books, UK Publisher Launches in US

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9094. Some speedpaints (you lucky, lucky thing)


I used to be pretty good at doing speedpaints, but I've kind of slacked off since I started at Disney Interactive.  Notwithstanding, here are a few to ogle.


I'll get in the groove again soon.  Keep checking in...planning to update more often!

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9095. John Wilson, British Animation Legend, RIP

British animation director, designer and studio owner John Wilson (above, left) passed away on Friday, June 21st, according to a report published by Michael Sporn. Wilson was born in 1920 in Wimbledon, London, England. Per his personal biographical notes:

He attended the Royal College of Art and was working by age 18 as a commercial artist with Willings Press Service. In WWII he served with the London Rifle Brigade in African where he was seriously wounded. Recuperating in hospital, he drew many cartoons of which several were printed. Eventually he would recover and get work at Pinewood Studios in the art department where he worked on Great Expectations and The Thief of Baghdad, among other films.

Wilson’s animation career began at the Gaumont British Animation studio in the late-1940s. He moved to the United States in the early-1950s, where he worked at UPA and Disney. His sole screen credit from this period was as a layout artist on the Disney short Pigs is Pigs (1954):

In 1954, he started his own studio Fine Arts Films. Among his well known projects from the period was a 1956 short film Petroushka that was arranged and conducted by Igor Stravinsky himself. The 16-minute film aired as part of the The Sol Hurok Music Hour, and is regarded as an early example of an animated TV special.

Wilson also directed this classic television spot voiced and written by Stan Freberg for Instant Butter-Nut Coffee (1958):

Other projects included directing the trailer for the live-action feature Irma La Douce (1963):

…directing the animated feature Shinbone Alley (1971):

…and directing the main titles for the 1978 musical film Grease:

A biography and full credit list can be found at John Wilson’s website FineArtsFilms.com. A generous selection of his artwork is available at Michael Sporn’s website.

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9096. My Favorite Session at the 2013 AFCC


{Steph Su delivering her keynote speech at the 2013 AFCC}

Last month, I was in Singapore for the 2013 Asian Festival of Children's Content (AFCC). I hope to share more blog posts (and other social media posts) about my time there, but I would like to start with my favorite session: "Getting the Most Out of Blogging" by very popular blogger Steph Su.

This was the first year the AFCC had a day dedicated to AFCC Seminars, and there was a blogging track in it, which my fellow blogger Liyana Othman and I helped put together. "Getting the Most Out of Blogging" was Steph Su's keynote speech for the blogging track. She shared her blogging journey and the many insights she has picked up along the way, focusing on blogging and the self, blogging and friends, and blogging and professional success.

{me and fellow blogger Liyana Othman}


Maintaining my blogs isn't easy: One, it takes a lot of time and effort, especially because I try to produce quality posts. Two, I don't make any money from blogging, in fact I spend money on blogging. I don't have advertisements on my blogs and I am not interested in sponsored posts. I spend money on books so that I can give them away to my blog readers. I spend money to attend events (like conferences) so that I can blog about the events or so that I can learn more about children's and YA books to better blog about them. Three, I unfairly get pressured about what to blog and when to blog. Blogging is my hobby and yet some try to dictate the content of my blog or the schedule of my blogging.   

Steph's moving speech reminded me why I started blogging in the first place, and why I continue to blog: Blogging allows me to express my passion for children's and YA books, and connects me with others who have the same passion. It's a platform for me as a fangirl, me as a cheerleader. I shouldn't be afraid to blog about what I want to blog about, when I want to blog about it. I shouldn't be afraid or ashamed to take long breaks from blogging. And I can change the content and focus of my blog if I want to. If I force myself to blog about what I don't want to blog about, or if I force myself to blog when I don't want to blog, the quality of my blog posts will suffer or I will get tired of blogging altogether.

Steph taught me that, while the blogosphere is super saturated and highly competitive, blogging isn't about your number of followers, it's about the number of followers you can see yourself being friends with outside of blogging. I have to admit that I got teary-eyed during this part of her speech. I may not have high visitor stats, but I have made many beautiful and incredible friends from all over the world through my blogs.

 {Liyana moderated Steph's session}

Thank you, Steph, for accepting the invitation to be part of the 2013 AFCC and sharing your blogging wisdom. Thank you for inspiring me and helping me regain perspective. I have wanted to meet you in person for a long time and hearing your speech came at the right time in my own blogging journey.

Thank you to the 2013 AFCC team, especially Rama Ramachandran, Ken Quek, and Stephanie Tanizar, for recognizing the value of blogging in the children's and YA book industry and dedicating several AFCC sessions to it. Thank you to Liyana for her hard work as an organizer!!!

 {me, Steph, and fellow blogger Chachic Fernandez}

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9097. How will you celebrate National Children's Book Day?


July 16 is National Children's Book Day in the Philippines! How will you celebrate? Please let me know! Share your celebration plans in the comments section below, or send an email to asiaintheheart@yahoo.com. Your celebration plans will be shared on the official Philippine Board on Books for Young People Facebook page and that way we can all connect and inspire one another for National Children's Book Day. :o)

How will *I* be celebrating National Children's Book Day? I think the easiest, simplest, and perhaps best way to celebrate is to read Philippine children's and YA books. When was the last time you read a Philippine picture book to your child before bedtime? Have you read the latest Philippine YA novels? I have a towering, intimidating to-be-read pile of such books and I promise to read as many of them as possible for National Children's Book Day. I, of course, will be blogging about my reading experience! 

This blog is about Asian children's and YA books, but for the month of July expect a special focus on Philippine children's and YA books. Expect reviews, interviews, a giveaway or two, and of course, the exchange of celebration ideas. :o)

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9098.


Hello Blogger Friends, It's been a while I know! Hope that all of your are enjoying your summer and that all is well with you and your families. Well it's wedding season and I have so many request for wedding invites and things. I just did this cute one for some close family friends. They have had a very hard time trying to find invites and special things that reflect who they are as couple. Actually it's been kinda painful for them and now it is my joy to present this wedding invite to the both of them and take away a bit of the pain! Congrats Kela and Jacob!! Tearfully Happy V

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9099. The Art Festival

was great, it finally happened and everyone seemed to have a good time. The weather was perfect and we played 'till we ran out of supplies, so it's all good.

t-shirt yarn teepees

spray painted sheets

a hanging weaving that doubles as a super hero changing station
floating hand made boats in the fountain

aftermath of the overlife size block painting, and spray art setup
I think the reason for the lack of people in these shots is that when it was busy , so was I :)
happy weekend!
 Up next week: Art Camp #1 

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9100. “Lion King” Director Roger Allers and Salma Hayek Push Forward on “The Prophet”

Roger Allers, the co-director of Disney’s The Lion King is moving forward with his production of Kahlil Gibran’s classic 1923 poetry book The Prophet. Casting updates were reported earlier this week by Deadline Hollywood. The film, which we first reported on last year, is being produced by Salma Hayek, Clark Peterson, and Ron Senkowski, and funded by Participant Media and Doha Film Institute.

The film’s animated segments will be produced by Joan Gratz (Mona Lisa Descending A Staircase), Joann Sfar (The Rabbi’s Cat), Paul and Gaetan Brizzi (Fantasia 2000), Michal Socha (Chick) and Mohammed Harib (Freej), who have been added to the already announced directors Tomm Moore (The Secret of Kells), Nina Paley (Sita Sings The Blues) and Bill Plympton (Guard Dog). Also, Liam Neeson, John Krasinski, Frank Langella, Alfred Molina and Quvenzhané Wallis have all signed as voice talent, along with Hayek.

While Allers will be in charge of the film’s central narrative and supervise the film as a whole, the above-mentioned directors will helm individual chapters within the storyline. The animated film is set to be completed in spring 2014.

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