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9076. Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme





All of these are 5" x7", done with Polychromo colored pencils on Fabriano paper
Prints and some of the originals are in the etsy shop. (These images are of the originals, with the paper texture background. For the prints, I used Photoshop to clean up the backgrounds to pure white.)

Go here to hear them sing the song in Central Park.

That's all I can muster today. Robin Williams leaving us has knocked the wind out of my sails, completely. He lived in my old neighborhood in San Francisco, and was part of the fabric of everyone's lives there for years. I just can't believe he's gone. RIP Robin.

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9077. cakes in space launch party!

Hurrah! You're all invited to celebrate the blast-off of my new book with Philip Reeve,

Sept 13th: We having a Saturday morning family-friendly celebration at central London's gorgeous Daunt Books Marylebone, where you'll get to hear the Cakes in Space song, see the highly scientific Nom-O-Tron in action, and learn how to draw a robot! Bring your kids or come by yourself, dress up in space gear or come just as you are, it'll all be good fun. But do be sure to book your place, either by e-mailing Daunt Books at orders@dauntbooks.co.uk or calling them at 020 7224 2295. Here's the Cakes in Space Facebook party page, if you want to let us know if you're coming (but you'll still need to contact Daunt Books).

Now for a little peek at Cakes in Space, to whet your appetite. The book starts with Astra and her family, who are travelling to the far-off planet of Nova Mundi. It's going to take 199 years to get there, and Astra's understandably a bit nervous! But her parents reassure her that they'll all be sleeping in freezer pods, and will wake up when they arrive, as though the trip were only a single night. (Philip and I thought that there aren't enough cryonics in children's books.)

Here you can see an advert for marvellous Nova Mundi.

Astra and her family must first take a shuttle...

... and at last arrive at the mothership.

You may think I was drawing tech the whole time in this book, but you'll find some leafy scenes when Astra and her robot friend, Pilbeam, discover the ship's herbarium.

Astra shouldn't even be awake, but things on the ship have gone very wrong after she tampered with the food machine. Oh look, some aliens!

And that malfunctioning food machine - the Nom-O-Tron? Well, I just have two words for you... KILLER CAKES. Get ready for the CAKES IN SPACE. And yes, the book does contain a high-power spork battle.

See you at the party! If you can't come to that, have a peek at my Events Page, where you can see if Philip and I might be coming to your area and can sign and doodle in your book.

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9078. Praise for "The Boneshaker" Cover

The cover for "The Boneshaker" has been listed as one of "20 YA covers that are actually gorgeous" on Flavorwire, I am very honored!

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9079. Come visit me at Children's Book Festival in Sacramento!

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9080. Fleur-de-lis

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9081. Civil War Portrait from Life

I'd like to share one more sample clip from my new video "Watercolor in the Wild." I painted this portrait of Civil War reenactor John O'Brien, who is a member of the Salem Zouaves. I met him by chance at a steampunk festival in Waltham, Massachusetts. (Link to YouTube video)

I shot a lot of this episode in time lapse to suggest how a non-posed model in normal conversation will move around a lot. When I first started painting impromptu portraits, I found that movement disturbing, but now I've grown to like it so much that I have a harder time with a model that holds still.

Here are a couple things I didn't mention in the voiceover. The initial pencil lay-in is drawn with a reddish brown water-soluble colored pencil, which melts nicely when hit with water. I was actually using a sable brush dipped in water at this stage, not a water brush.

I'm using a Rublev historical set of colors. Mine was a custom set that I've since changed, but as best I can recall, it was (left column) Cobalt zinc blue, Nicosia Green Earth, Cobalt Yellow (Aureolin), French raw sienna, Italian Raw sienna, Indian raw sienna, and Van Dyke Brown. In the right column, I think it was Ultramarine, Alizarin Crimson, Venetian red, Indian red, and Italian Burnt Umber. I've since switched back to a more normal palette, closer to the Schmincke set.

Here's a super close-up to show how the red, yellow, and cream-white colored pencils look over the painted blue and the brush-pen black.

To learn more about the 72-minute video "Watercolor in the Wild":
HD download: (Credit Card) 
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DVD: (NTSC, Region 1) 

GJ Blog Post about Watercolor Materials

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9082. Free Fall Friday Plus Alert

Writer Scam Alert!

The SCBWI put out this alert with writers. Didn’t want you to miss it:

Agents have been writing to us about a new type of “scam” they are seeing: agent middleman services. These are companies that, for a fee, will query agents for you. Agents overwhelming ignore queries from these companies. If you are having trouble getting an agent to represent you, your best plan of attack is to work on your manuscript and research the field. Join a critique group, attend an SCBWI event and make sure you are querying the right agents by searching though the agent directory in The Book. Paying a third party to query for you is not a fast track, it is just a waste of your money. How Not to Seek a Literary Agent: The Perils of “Middleman” Services

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware

I know I’ve written about this before. But I’m seeing an increasing number of these kinds of “services,” and they are all worthless.

What am I talking about? Agent middleman services–services that, for a fee, purport to contact agents on your behalf with the aim of snagging representation and, hopefully, a publishing contract.

A particularly egregious example: Bookmarq.net’s Finding a Publisher service. (All errors courtesy of the original.)

Worth reading the full article. Here’s the link:



Agent Holly McGhee is our Guest Critiquer for August. Holly McGhee opened Pippin Properties in 1998, after being an executive editor at HarperCollins and has built one of the most prestigious Literary Agencies in the Children’s Book Industry.

Holly says, “At Pippin we embrace every artistic endeavor, from picture books to middle-grade novels, nonfiction, young adult, graphic novels. We don’t follow trends—we encourage our clients to follow their hearts. Our philosophy, the world owes you nothing, you owe the world your best work, hasn’t changed, but as an agency we have evolved to keep pace with our clients.”

Among Holly’s celebrated clients are Kate DiCamillo, David Small, Doreen Cronin, Jandy Nelson, Kathi Appelt, Harry Bliss, Peter H. Reynolds, Sujean Rim, Jon Agee, and Holly’s very own big sister, Alison McGhee. Holly lives with her husband and three children fifteen miles west of the Lincoln Tunnel, and she also writes under the pen name Hallie Durand.

Here are the submission guidelines for submitting a First Page in August:

Please “August First Page Critique” in the subject line. Please make sure you include your name, the title of the piece, and whether it is as picture book, middle grade, or young adult, etc. at the top.

Please attach your first page submission using one inch margins and 12 point font – double spaced, no more than 23 lines to an e-mail and send it to: kathy(dot)temean(at)gmail(dot)com. Also cut and paste it into the body of the e-mail and then also attach it in a Word document to the email.

DEADLINE: August 21st.

RESULTS: August 29th.

Use inch margins – double space your text – 12 pt. New Times Roman font – no more than 23 lines – paste into body of the email

You can only send in one first page each month. It can be the same first page each month or a different one, but if you sent it to me last month and it didn’t get chosen, you need to send it again using the August’s directions. Of course, it doesn’t have to be the same submission.

Talk tomorrow,


Filed under: Agent, need to know, writing Tagged: Agent Holly McGhee, Agent Middleman Services, First Page Critique, Free Fall Friday, Pippin Properties, Victoria Strauss, Writer Alert

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9083. Comment on Promo Postcard 101- making your piece a Pin-up! by mollyidle

Hi Tom, Ive never done the math... but my best guess is somewhere around 5%

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9084. Mendoza Wrap Up

Author and artist Tony Mendoza wrapped up our 2014 Summer Literary Picnic season lastDSCN4775 Wednesday, August 6. Having grown up in Cuba, Mendoza shared the fictionalized (although mostly true) stories from his youth that comprise his novel, A Cuban Summer. The audience filled with laughter as he told tales of he and his best friend running through the streets of Cuba as teenage boys, experiencing brothels and living a high-end live provided by their parents. Mendoza discussed life in Cuba today versus when he was growing up in the 1950’s, as well as his experiences going back and learning how the people of today manage their daily lives. What a great way to wrap up a wonderful season of Ohio authors! Thank you to everyone who attended one of our 2014 Summer Literary Picnics, we hope to see you soon! 

imgresIf you didn’t make it to a picnic (or even if you did) make sure you visit us in the fall at one of our Evenings with Authors events! We kick off the fall 2014 season at the Columbus Museum of Art on Wednesday August 27 with Susan Elizabeth Phillips. Beginning promptly at 7:30 p.m., Phillips will join us to discuss her twenty-second novel, Heroes Are My Weakness. Also stay tuned for our Fall Adult Writing Workshops class line-up. For more information about these events or to order tickets, click here!

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9085. Watch for more events at "The Raptor's Claw" on Friday!

Friday, August 14th I'll present a continuation of the black and white "daily" of the events at "The Raptor's Claw"! I hope you'll check it out!- John

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Still Here!

4 months since my last blog post....Hmmmm..!
I have been busy busy busy working on several book commissions and a range of food packaging. Can't show anything at the moment so thought I'd share some pics of the garden and my toes on Southwold beach on a recent break!
Other news...The Animal Collective have been nominated for a Henries Award! I am very proud as this range of illustrations were very much a personal project. It started with 2 or 3 characters produced as prints for an Open House exhibition here in Brighton. I went on to extend the range and started selling prints on NOTHS. I then took 6 of the designs and had greetings cards printed. I distributed them myself to start with but soon found this was too time consuming. Not long after this I was approached by The Art Group who spotted my prints online and said they would like to sell the designs as cards. So far they have been sold in Paperchase, John Lewis, WHSmith and Next.

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9087. CBTV Student Fest: ‘Dateless’ by Remus Buznea and Kyriaki Kyriakou

A series of romantically unfortunate twentysomethings are interviewed, describing in vivid detail their expectations as they search for the ideal partner.

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9088. Yodelayheehoo


Something I drew for this week's Spoonflower challenge, "Hiking." This week's theme uses a specified color palette that's pretty far removed from anything I'd typically choose. That said, I actually liked dealing with color constraints and enjoyed the challenge.

Full disclosure: I would totally wear a pair of shorts like the below alpine maid is wearing. Mmm hmm.

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9089. New Book: “REALMS: The Roleplaying Game Art of Tony DiTerlizzi”

For my longtime fans of the work I did for AD&D, Planescape, Changeling and even Magic the Gathering, this press release is for you:


Book Offers Never-Before-Published Collection of Game Art From the Caldecott Honor Recipient and New York Times Bestselling Author and Illustrator, Who Was Inspired to Become An Artist After Playing Dungeons & Dragons As A Kid


MILWAUKIE, OR; August 14, 2014 – Dark Horse Comics and Kitchen Sink Books are thrilled to announce Realms: The Roleplaying Game Art of Tony DiTerlizzi (June 3, 2015) the first comprehensive collection of game art by the award-winning New York Times bestselling author and illustrator.

Known for his distinctive style depicting fantastical creatures, horrific monsters, and courageous heroes, DiTerlizzi’s illustrations reshaped and defined the worlds of Advanced Dungeons and Dragons, Planescape, and Magic: The Gathering in the imaginations of legions of devoted roleplaying gamers during the 1990s, before he transitioned to children’s book creation.

Among his most renowned works are the chapter book series The Spiderwick Chronicles, a literary phenomenon which has sold millions of copies and has been translated into 30 languages. In 2008, Spiderwick was adapted into a successful feature film by Paramount and Nickelodeon Pictures. Tony also wrote and illustrated the WondLa trilogy, Ted, Jimmy Zangwow’s Out-of-this-World Moon Pie Adventure and The Spider and the Fly – the picture book for which he received the Caldecott Honor, one of the most prestigious awards in children’s publishing.  DiTerlizzi currently has over 12 million books in print worldwide.

REALMS will be filled with hundreds of illustrations reproduced from the original art, unpublished sketches, and photographs from DiTerlizzi’s archives. In addition, DiTerlizzi will be creating a number of new paintings exclusively for this edition.

Along with commentary by the artist, Christopher Paolini (Eragon) provides the introduction while seminal figures in fantasy – such as  Guillermo del Toro, Brom, Jane Yolen, Holly Black, Zeb Cook, Jeff Easley, and Donato Giancola, among others – provide personal appreciations.

”There is no question that the work I did in gaming early in my career shaped me as an author and illustrator for children,” says DiTerlizzi.  “In RPGs, I was not just tasked with illustrating a character, but also the artifacts they use, the armor they wear, the places they inhabit and the monsters they vanquish. It was my introduction to worldbuilding and an experience I will forever cherish.”

“Dark Horse has been fortunate enough to work with some of history’s greatest artists” said Dark Horse president Mike Richardson. “I am excited to add Tony DiTerlizzi’s name to a list that includes the likes of Mike Mignola, Frank Miller, and Geof Darrow.”

“Tony was one of the most respected and well-known names in gaming when he made a risky decision to make the leap and pursue his lifelong dream of illustrating books for younger readers,” says Kitchen Sink Books co-founder and REALMS editor/designer John Lind.  “His unique artistic style and success in that genre is a tribute to his roots in gaming. For fans of his work, REALMS is a dream project and one that we’ve spoken about assembling for years. We’re thrilled to finally make this book become a reality—we hope fans will feel the same!”

Praise for REALMS: The Roleplaying Game Art of Tony DiTerlizzi

“Tony’s work has a distinct flair, a love for monsters if you will.   His creatures have the charm of Henson or Rackham but they carry with them hints of their own ecosystem.  He stands alone as a creator of worlds and a weaver of tales.  May you treasure these art pieces as much as I do.”  - Guillermo del Toro  (Director of Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy, and Pacific Rim)

“Tony draws and paints some of the best dragons around, which is a lot harder than you might think. And I should know!”  – Christopher Paolini (Author of Eragon, from his introduction)

Realms: The Roleplaying Game Art of Tony DiTerlizzi Full color hardcover, 9×12, 224 pages is available June 3, 2015.   Two special deluxe editions of  REALMS will also be offered in limited  quantities:  The “Double Damage” edition features an enclosed signed and numbered print of a new exclusive image produced for REALMS. The very limited “Critical Hit” edition will contain an original DiTerlizzi drawing bound into the book. More details on these exciting deluxe editions will be announced in the coming months.

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9090. The End of Summer

Hey Friends,

Just in case you're wondering, I'm still here but I had a nice blog break while my kids were home for the summer. And speaking of summer, it just keeps getting shorter and shorter. I remember a time when I was a kid that summer lasted 3 months. Not anymore. I will say though that while I love sleeping in and not packing lunches, it's nice to get back on a school schedule after awhile of lazy daisy-ness, you know? Anyhow, here's a few photos from our summer.

My daughter made these butterfly cupcakes. They are just cupcakes cut in half and turned around.


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9091. Introducing the Cartoon Brew Job Board

We are very excited to announce today the launch of Cartoon Brew Jobs, a new resource for the animation community.

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The Fire Insideby Anonymous When all is lost and hope has fled
When fear is strong and strength is dead
When love and joy abandon you
When mental anguish grows in you

When the last of efforts fail to save
When your fate is ill, your mind enslaved
And when your head hangs low in misery
This is when you'll find the key

A single ember from deep within
Burns hotter and hotter, as flames begin
The fire of truth will light the way
And help you fight, this lonely day

The battle is long, the struggle is rough
Never regret not giving enough
For when we offer our very best,
Our very soul is put to the test

Stand tall and true and you'll prevail
Just hold on tight and never bail
You will survive if you don't quit
Victory is there, if you reach for it

One day in the future, you will look to the past,
And know you had what it takes to last
So never give up and good things will come,
Not just honor and pride, but a job well done.

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9093. Back to School SALE at the LPE Summer Shop in Westfield Valley Fair

Come visit the shop this weekend for more free goodies, new prints and cards, and amazing deals on bookmarks, washi tape, stickers, and stamps. Also, make sure to present your student or teacher ID for 15% off your entire purchase.

Pop-Ups by SJ Made
at Westfield Valley Fair
2855 Stevens Creek Blvd.
Santa Clara, CA 95050

M-F 10am-9:30pm
Sat 10am-9pm
Sun 11am-7pm

To find the shop, following your nose! I'm located in front of Mrs. Field's Cookies, just a skip away from the Women's Macy's.

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9094. Status Report

Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the bus sky, is by no means a waste of time. 

                                   -Sir John Lubbock, The Use of Life

Here I am- back over on the other side of the world again for a short while. I'm connecting with my peeps and rereading the entire Calvin and Hobbes collection. I go out into the garden (which can only be watered on Tuesdays and Fridays) and I put my hands in that gorgeous soil that we have been working on improving for a few years now and I pull some weeds and I trim some things back and find a perfectly beautiful tomato there- the best tomato. 

There is much to do in a short time. Lots of appointments and business meetings and sorting and tossing...rethinking and shopping and retooling to head back to my other home on the exact opposite side of the world. 

Fred was in town for only 4 days. They were a good four days. We watched sunsets, went for walks...talked a lot and ate copious amounts of sushi and visited with friends and family. Now he's somewhere in the atmosphere heading for Dubai and then onto Mauritius. 

I'm joining him in just a short while. I am relishing being home for a little bit- before I head back and continue making a new home in a new place with a new language and culture and all that come with that. Adventure. It's good to be roving and learning and creating. 

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9095. Disgruntled

Disgruntled dog illustration Christine Marie Larsen

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The Fire Insideby Anonymous When all is lost and hope has fled
When fear is strong and strength is dead
When love and joy abandon you
When mental anguish grows in you

When the last of efforts fail to save
When your fate is ill, your mind enslaved
And when your head hangs low in misery
This is when you'll find the key

A single ember from deep within
Burns hotter and hotter, as flames begin
The fire of truth will light the way
And help you fight, this lonely day

The battle is long, the struggle is rough
Never regret not giving enough
For when we offer our very best,
Our very soul is put to the test

Stand tall and true and you'll prevail
Just hold on tight and never bail
You will survive if you don't quit
Victory is there, if you reach for it

One day in the future, you will look to the past,
And know you had what it takes to last
So never give up and good things will come,
Not just honor and pride, but a job well done.

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9097. Baking Day Birthday!

It's officially Baking Day at Grandma's. Move the furniture and start the music! 
Our new book releases today! Many thanks to all the folks at Philomel Books and, of course my wonderful collaborator- Anika Denise!

Learn more about Baking Day at Grandma's and check out the free downloadable goodies at 

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9098. must read

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9099. How I met Mary Engelbreit

I just got back from a wonderful vacation to my home town of St. Louis, Mo. It's my favorite vacation spot and the only one where I can completely relax. My kids love it and my husband gets to play golf on the cheap. Reconnecting with my cousins, aunts, uncles is the best part and why I keep coming back.

This year was even more special because I got to meet Mary Engelbreit!

Did you hear that?


I can't begin to tell you how excited I was. She's been an inspiration to me for so, so long, as well as being really kind and supportive to me on Instagram (how is this even possible?).

I've really wanted to meet her, so I used my 20 seconds of insane courage and asked if I could come by the studio and meet her while I was in town. Not only did she say yes, but she invited me to lunch.

LUNCH? With Mary Engelbreit? Um…YES!

Anyway, it was wonderful. I love her studio and the neighborhood it's in. Her staff is the best! Lunch was loads of fun. We talked and talked like two old friends. I felt like I'd known her forever. I got some career advice and I think I've gained a new friend. Thank you Mary!

Make sure to like her page on Facebook and follow her on Instagram. She shows lots of work in progress and sneak peaks of upcoming products that I'm sure you'll enjoy! She has something fun coming up that I'm not sure I can talk about yet, but I'll keep you posted.

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9100. Grrowl!

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