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Here is the Picture Prompt for April. It is by illustrator Joanne Friar: http://www.joannefriar.blogspot.com/ I think her illustration gives you lots of room to let your imagination soar.
WRITERS: Deadline to submit is April 22nd. I will announce who our guest critiquer will be next Friday. Please attach your double spaced, 12 point font, 23 line first page 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. Put “March 22nd First Page Prompt” in the subject line.
ILLUSTRATORS: Here is your chance to show off a little. I am looking for illustrations that celebrtes the month of April. This gives you a lot of leeway. I may post some as they come in during the, but I will definitely post all on April 30th, so I need to receive your illustrations no later than April 24th. Please make sure the illustration is at least 500 pixels wide and includes a blurb about you and a link to see more of your work. Please send it to kathy(dot)temean(at)gmail(dot)com and put “April Illustration” in the subject box.
Up on Uffington White Horse Hill, skylarks sing their hearts out as they bounce and soar over the dramatic curves of the landscape. The views across the county of Wiltshire and beyond are vast and wide.
Light constantly flickers and changes, like rippling water and fresh, clean winds whip away any fragile spring warmth, leaving you almost breathless once you reach the top. Looking down, there is Dragon Hill - look closer, at the tiny figures sitting on it and the snaking road creeping up the slope.
White Horse Hill is rich with wildlife and we kept company with three types of birds of prey; buzzards, a red kite and a kestrel. A pair of ravens were croaking away below in the valley. Andy stalked the kestrel, hiding in a ditch upwind to sneak closer and got some nice zoom shots - this one was super, just a bit blurred, but I admit to being a little envious of him catching it taking off in flight, something I've never managed.
I watched all the UPA theatrical shorts back when I was writing Cartoon Modern, but seeing them restored on TCM’s new 3-DVD “Jolly Frolics” set has been an eye-opening experience. If there was ever any doubt about how progressive the studio was graphically, this set will dispel such notions. Immediately after UPA, the floodgates of animation design opened—by the mid-1950s, all varieties of graphic styles were being explored in TV advertising and industrial films, and soon after, European animation studios like Zagreb Film were out-UPAing UPA. The studio’s dominance lasted but only a short period, but UPA’s influence was lasting. It played a key role in pushing animation out of its cocoon, thus allowing it to evolve into the rich and diverse art form that it is today.
The director whose reputation will benefit most from this collection is Robert ‘Bobe’ Cannon. While his stories tend to be formulaic and thematically repetitive, often times it seemed like he was the only director at UPA who knew how to put together a coherent film. (A good deal of that credit also belongs to his close collaborator T. Hee, who wrote most of Cannon’s films.)
More than the stories though, it’s the way that Cannon animated characters, which looks even more refreshing today in light of all the generic Flash and After Effects animation. In Cannon’s work, the way a character moves is never separate from its design. Discovering a visually inventive way to animate a character from point A to point B is Cannon’s greatest strength. The two most famous films in the Cannon canon are Gerald McBoing Boing and Madeline, but his later efforts, especially Fudget’s Budget, Christopher Crumpet’s Playmate and The Jaywalker—all looking better than ever on this set—display remarkable confidence as a director.
Below is some random visual eye candy from the “Jolly Frolics” shorts. We’ll be giving away a couple copies of the set this weekend so check back.
The World is Round (illustrated by Clement Hurd, North Point Press, 1988) is technically not a poetry book, per se, although its author, Gertrude Stein, might argue otherwise. I discovered it through a post a friend linked me to on the most excellent blog, Brain Pickings. Now some of you might wonder how Gertrude Stein came to write a children’s book in the first place, and the story has much to do with the early development of children’s book publishing in the U.S. in the 1930′s. Stein was asked by the youthful start-up publishing company of Young Scott Books (founded in 1938) whose mandate was to publish illustrated childrens’ books to submit a manuscript for their consideration. Stein submitted The World is Round, a story of a girl named Rose (of course!) and her cousin Willie. Rose was based on a child who was the daughter of Gertrude Stein’s neighbor in Bilignin, a small farming community located in the French alps.
The World is Round contains the story of Rose and Willie in 32 micro-chapters of the kind of lilting and somewhat nonsensical poetic like prose that is distinctively Stein. Who cannot help but recognize Stein’s playful existentialism in such lines as “I am a little girl and my name is Rose, Rose is my name./ Why am I a little girl/And why is my name Rose/And when am I a little girl/And when is my name Rose/And where am I little girl/And where is my name Rose … “ Granted, this may not be your child’s cup of tea when it comes to bedtime reading, but sometimes I like to throw in a little twist of lemon to give a bit of complexity to the flavors of narrative one gives to one’s child. My daughter liked the early chapters of this book, probably because they had to do with dogs, but has not warmed to it much since. But she doesn’t mind my continuing with this book so I shall go on with it til the end. As one reviewer said, “It is meant to be read aloud, a little at a time, and the adult who does so will find himself saying, ‘I remember thinking like this,’ and succumbing to the seductive quality of phrases, which will make it probably the most quotable book of the season.’ My edition has a lengthy but informative afterword that also contains information about the illustrator Clement Hurd and the artwork he did for the book.
Shhh. The Easter Bunny will be putting this book in my son's basket this weekend. I love how the simple narrative is elevated by the dramatic environment and sense of big adventure for a small boy. And my little girl will hopefully enjoy this little Llama board book. We've read a few of these picture books, but board books are just her size for now. She's become excellent at flipping those chunky pages. The rhyming text is so much fun in all of the Llama Llama books.
Last week, John and I took the train down to London for a couple of days. You might have noticed that we've had several brilliant trips out recently. I am rewarding myself for working so hard over the last month and doing 22 days of workshops, talks or school visits out of 31! Pretty full-on: fun but exhausting, especially with all the travelling about.
We've been especially lucky with how this bit of 'reward' time has coincided with a heat wave. It seemed wicked to spent too much time inside, so we took the boat down the Thames to Greenwich, where we pottered and chilled.
Next morning though, we spurned the sun, leaped on the tube and got down to the real business of the trip: the Hockney exhibition at the RA. I've been so looking forward to it since we booked the tickets back in January.
So you’ve probably been bombarded with IF emails this morning. We’re sorry! Looks like our mailing service has returned and has sent out everything we’ve tried to send in the last few months. Please bear with us while we resume our ONE weekly email on Fridays. :)
We have lived in our house since 1992 and never have used the little porch off of the living room. Finally, we had windows and a door installed and it is like having a new addition to the house! It is odd that we waited so long.
We are calling it the catio (as you can see, Spike is already loving it), but I think we will be out there a lot as well... It will be a nice sketching spot.
I have stumbled upon something this week which has made me wonder "Why haven't I done this before?!"
Pantone comes out with colors for the Spring and Fall every year in February (I think). This includes the color of the year and the colors most companies and fashion designers will use to advertise and create.
With my goal to sell my work to manufacturing companies and to license it out, it would only make sense that I too use these colors! Certainly an "Ah ha!" moment.
Fall colors on the left, Spring on the right
Researching and finding Pantone's color groups. I find this amazing and was totally worth the work. Why? Because now I have something to follow instead of thinking "Which would be the best combination of colors to use?" Brilliant! Resource: http://www.setufairtrade.com
Drew up this image on Sunday (?) thinking of Mother's Day and a request I received a while back. Placing the Pantone color schemes to work. Truly loved how my thoughts and problem solving was directed to other things, like painting skin, instead of what the colors where going to be.
Word of warning tho if you're going to copy these: probably not the most conventional way of doing it. Each set isn't made with one red, blue, and yellow like most palettes would. I just used what I had in my huge circle palette that would give me the color I was going for.
Polar Bear Beach is complete (for now : ) )... I apologize for the long delay. Since my previous post, I've done quite a bit to this. While I was going for a "softer" approach, I wasn't really happy with the colors, so I made them slightly bolder by adjusting the brightness of the colors in Photoshop.
Here is a snapshot of the previous steps in this for your convenience...
Looking forward to your comments. Thanks for hanging in there. See you next time... -Marty
Three images have been selected to appear in American Illustration 31, including two images from my sketchbook. Always love to have those featured. Many thanks to the Mark Heflin and the illustrious jury!
Here is the list of Pantone colors along with the watercolors I used to re-create it.
The first color listed is the one used most, then those that follow are lesser in ratio. Hope that makes sense. The best way is to use these colors and mix until you've gotten the color you're going for.
I literally cut out the Pantones and tried to copy them. Also these aren't EXACT replicas. They are close enough for me.
Five friends, five musicians, one garage. Here’s a killer sample piece created and directed by Toronto’s Sam Chou, for a TV series in development with Chuck Gammage Animation. The character design is by Seo Kim and it is too cool… this must go to series!
This past Tuesday was TREAT YO SELF Tuesday & I finally made my way to Swan Oyster Depot. I learned about it from Anthony Bourdain's The Layover, & many of my friends vouched for its deliciousness. Needless to say... I had to go! It was a pretty serendipitous day as it started with a last minute art delivery to a customer in the Burning Man offices (whaaat?) & then a walk to Studio Gallery (for another art show double whaaaaat?), which just so happened to be 2 blocks north of Swan. Bam. Done & done.
When I got in line, there were three parties before me. I waited about 25 mins, but every moment was great. I made friends with the sweet folks around me & talked about architecture school, LA restaurants, & how hungry we all were.
I want to say that in the 2 hours I was in there, the staff knew more than 60% of their patrons by name. Awesome.
Scallops in olive oil, pepper & capers.
Combination seafood salad.
Next time, I'm getting oysters and clams. I did have oysters later that night at hog & rock though. Delicious.
The portfolio of Oscar Bolton Green is sort of a wonderland of strange and dreamy imagery. I love the simple forms that he works with, but how he manages to create complex scenes and stories out of beautiful bright shapes. He also experiments with lettering, that fits his style of illustration perfectly—slightly amorphous and experimental. If you find yourself loving Oscar’s work as much as I do, he has a book that has just come out, Bird Beak Book, as well as a shop so that you can buy some of his lovely goods.
Do you remember Frederick? I was in the library the other day and when I pulled this book off the shelf, I was flooded with childhood memories and feelings! I was mesmerized by this book as a child, even before I could read, I think. The story can absolutely be enjoyed without the benefit of words. Of course, the finer points of the plot might be lost in translation, but look at how much story and personality and narrative the below image conveys, all without a single word.
Wow! I think this was my favorite image in the book as a child. It is so beautiful!
Frederick was originally released in 1967, (won a Caldecott), and today is back in print. He's a super-hip mouse at 44 years old and counting. I'm happy to learn that today, Frederick even has his own Facebook page.
Watch the frederick story on YouTube (approx 6-7 minutes).
Keep on collecting the colors, Frederick, and we will keep closing our eyes and listening!