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We're back from our 11th annual fall retreat. Autumn retreat reports seem to need Loreena McKennitt to properly document. This time, appropriately, I'm choosing Ancient Pines:
It is a stunning, remote location, somewhere in the midst of Mount Rainier National Forest...
....along a lovely man-made lake....
The weather was idyllically perfect all weekend...
Sun, mountains, water and trees...
...some art happened too. :-) To be continued...
dan stiles has once again collaborated with birch fabrics on a new collection called 'safari soiree'. the designs are on organic cotton and feature dan's modern geometric illustrations. showing at the quilt fair this month the fabrics are due for release in november 2012. i spotted pre-order listings at the fat quarter shop and threadbias.
For the first time in North America, brilliant Swedish illustrator Mattias Adolfsson’s incredibly lush sketchbook illustrations are collected in a facsimile Moleskine edition. Adolfsson, in between assignments for the New York Times, videogame design, children’s books and other major publications, spends his time filling untold Moleskines with intricate and beautifully detailed drawings of whatever strikes his fancy. From hot-rod spaceships to rocket-fueled fountain pens, from baroque robots to Richard-Scary-gone-berserk cityscapes, Adolfsson uses his imagination to create everything mad scientists world-over haven’t even begun to dream up.
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It is always a big treat to be a part of the Annual Highlights Illustrators' Party. Going requires a bit of prep work, like making costumes for the selected theme, and updating portfolios. This year the theme was Superheroes, and this time, Highlights decided to compile a sketchbook based on our chosen characters.
It meant a bit of drawing and conceptualizing our ideas on paper using a template they provided for us. I called my superhero Queen of Diamonds (impossible strength), my daughter was Queen of Hearts (power to melt hearts), and my sister, who was to attend with us, was Queen of Clubs (luck was her power). Together we made "Three of a Kind!" Dum dum dah!
On paper, it was a challenge to do, especially because time was short and I happened to be swamped with regular deadlines, but the project was fun. The compilation was an amusing look into the creative minds of other fellow Highlights Illustrators.
I spotted this poster on the wall during a visit to Sony Animation last week:
With Hotel Transylvannia number #1 at the US box office, I’m particularly delighted that Genndy Tartakovsky’s next project will be Popeye for Sony Animation and producers Avi and Ari Arad. No one (not even my hero, Gene Deitch) has been able to top the classic Fleischer version of this iconic comic strip hero. I’m betting that Genndy has the vision to be true to the characters comic strip and cartoon roots, yet bring him up to date for modern audiences with all the appeal and action-packed humor the character is famous for.
After that? Samurai Jack? Something new? Who knows? But I trust this guy – and wish him all the luck in the world. Here’s a great little half-hour interview he recently did with Movie City News:
reports on a monkey previously unknown to science. It's the second African monkey to be "discovered" in 28 years.
Conservation biologist John Hart heard that a schoolmaster's daughter at the edge of a forest in the Democratic Republic of the Congo had an unusual pet monkey known locally as a "lesula." Hart tracked its growth for 19 months, and then observed individuals in the wild. The lesula spends most of its time on the ground foraging in small groups. The Guardian
describes the face as sensitive and intelligent, "like it is sitting for its portrait by Rembrandt. It reveals a staggeringly insightful, wise, and melancholy face. Like Rembrandt's son Titus in the portrait of him by his father that hangs in London's Wallace Collection
, the lesula looks right back at its beholder, calm and pensive, examining you as you examine it. Its eyes have the depth and frankness of those seen in moving portraits on Roman-era mummies from the Fayoum
, or in Antonello da Messina's haunting portrait
of a man gazing back out of a glassy oil panel."
By: Stephane Kardos,
Blog: Stef's sketches
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Color pencils drawing session while watching "the Iron Giant" this evening, a favorite in our house.
This is the tower Rapunzel lived in until she was rescued. By herself......
Yet more art from The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy.
By: andrea joseph
Blog: andrea joseph's sketchblog
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You know, I do this every single year; I think 'hmmm, I'm sure it's my blog's birthday soon' and then find out it was last week some time. Yep, six years of blogging. It's been an amazing six years for me. I've got nothing but love my blog but I often wonder whether blogging is still relevant. Do you know what I mean? With the rise and rise of social networking, and so many places to post ones work, I sometimes wonder whether blogging is a thing of the past. Anyway, while people still continue to visit, I'll keep on going.
I also always intend to do some birthday related drawing but that never happens either. Here is a new drawing, though. Like the last post, this one is also from my graphic novel idea
. I'm really getting into (obsessing over) this idea, and story, again. It's hard to give time to these projects, with everything else going on, so I long for the day that a publisher agrees that this book needs to go to print and I get to give it the time it really deserves.
If you'd like to read the letter to Edward then click on the drawing.
And, if you'd like to see the rest of the book (so far) click HERE
Finally, Happy belated sixth Birthday to my blog. I loves ya.
early september saw donna wilson unveiling her new autumn winter season collection at maison e objet in paris. along with new cushions and blankets, she has also added lots of new wares for the table - their first full range of dinnerware, decorated glass, new screenprinted cotton placemats and napkins, and melamine trays printed with donna’swatercolour paintings.
new artworks from artist angie lewin have recently been added to the st.judes website. the limited edition prints can be found in their online gallery here.
I love the monsters and aliens of www.diaryofinhumanspecies.com. They’re drawn by Grograou, out of Pennsylvania (maybe)…and that’s all I could dig up on him. He also designed this great monster toy.
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Note from T: Fifteen year-old high school student and artist, Gabe, contacted me sometime back about a summer internship. And, though its crazy nuts here in DiTerlizziland, I obliged. I did this because Gabe has real drive and talent and because I longed to hang out at Brain Froud’s studio when I was Gabe’s age. Wanting to make this a special experience, my assistant and I devised an assignment for Gabe to do while visiting: describe what it is like in my studio with words and pictures (no photos). Read on to see what this little mastermind dreamed up while hanging out with us.
When I picture an illustrator in a studio, the image that comes to mind is that of a pale creature that has never seen the light of day hunched over an immense stack of paper, feverishly attempting to finish his passionless task before the deadline runs him down like a tractor.
Okay, not really.
But, if I did think that, then Tony Diterlizzi’s studio would be a real shock.
The Diterlizzi Studio is bright, inviting, and pleasantly cluttered. Tony works at his desk, cheerfully singing along to 80’s rock music. (Maybe we should all listen to it? Songs that are good enough for the Spiderwick mind are good enough for mine…) After meeting Tony a few years ago (and being a fan for half of my life) I proposed the idea of an internship, and he responded with an invitation to write a guest post on his blog. Jumping at the opportunity, I prepared this portrait of the artist in his habitat (guided by his loyal canine, Mimi.)
The book collection in the studio is fantastic. At one point I mentioned that I didn’t understand how Jon Bauer’s art was the inspiration for Jim Henson’s 1982 fantasy film The Dark Crystal. Tony immediately grabbed two books off of the shelf and explained how Brian Froud had included a Bauer-inspired scene in his first art book, The Land of Froud, which director Jim Henson had (in turn) been inspired by. A slightly tweaked version of the character in Froud’s painting appears in the film as the peaceful race of Mystics. Wow.
Mimi is a harsh critic.
Another moment that made an impression on me: as I watched Tony draw, a small fly alighted on his drawing board. Where some would smack at the insect or shoo it away, Tony drew my attention to the little fly as it fastidiously cleaned itself. Pausing from his drawing, he leaned forwards and studied the fly. He watched the creature with pure wonder, reminding me of the same wonder I continually find in his words and pictures.
Thank you, Tony
Thank you, Gabe. Keep dreaming. Keep drawing.
By: K.C. Snider,
Blog: K.C. Snider Art
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From Guardian Angel Publishing...
BENJAMIN JAY WAS A BULLY
CAMILLE'S JOURNEY MASTER & MUSICAL SCORES
by Dixie Phillips, Sharon Phillips, Lucy
Robbins, Leslie Troyer
your Christmas with Camille, an orphaned camel, as she leads three zany wise men
and their bossy camels to the newborn King in Bethlehem. A Christmas
musical-includes play, lyrics and musical scores.
CAPTAIN COURAGE & THE FEAR-SQUISHING SHOES
JUST FOR TODAY
by Kevin McNamee, artist Marina Movshina
love this gentle rhyming picture book about spending quality time with kids. All
that’s needed is a little time, a lot of imagination and plenty of
LITTLE ISAAC'S BIG ADVENTURE
by Kelly Bakshi
convinced royals to fund his voyage; he forged new water routes and introduced
Europe to a new world. He also lied to his crew, murdered and enslaved Native
Americans, and never realized where in the world he actually was.
ONE FAMILY'S CHRISTMAS hardcover edition
THE SKIN WE'RE IN: TSOOP series Book 6
THE TOWN OF MASQUERADE
An inked panel from Maddy. I'm working long hours to get this all done soon. In a way I'l be sorry to be done, this book is so much fun to draw, if a lot of work. I'm pushing through and will probably have it all done in two months. After which I have a new book to start and I'll have sent out a couple of pitches.
Susan at a Halloween party a few decades ago.
this time at Rick & Ann's
They make the best breakfasts around!
(gingerbread waffles, anyone?)
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Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary...
Halloween is coming and what better way to get in the mood than to read a little Edgar Allan Poe's The Raven
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to read the whole poem, first published in 1845 and still spreading chills today!
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Signed, dedicated pre-orders are available for the hard cover edition of LULA'S BREW. Call my local independent children's book store, Little Shop of Stories
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Banned Books Week: Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Freedom to Read~ ongoing until Oct 6, USA
Bath Festival of Children’s Literature~ongoing until Oct 7, Bath, United Kingdom
Wigtown Book Festival~ ongoing until Oct 7, Wigtown, United Kingdom
Hispanic Heritage Month~ ongoing until Oct 15, USA
National Year of Reading~ Australia
The Children’s Bookshow: Stories From Around The World~ ongoing until Nov 8, United Kingdom
Frances Lincoln Diverse Voices Children’s Book Award 2013~ submissions accepted until Dec 31, 2012, United Kingdom
2012 South Asia Book Award~ submissions accepted until Dec 31, 2012
SingTel Asian Picture Book Award 2013~ submissions accepted until Dec 31, 1012, Singapore
Exhibits of Winning Entries from the 2011 Growing Up Asian in America Contest~ ongoing until Feb 2013, USA
Skipping Stones Youth Honor Awards Celebrating Multicultural Awareness, International Understanding and Nature Appreciation~ submissions accepted until June 25, 2013, USA
Canadian Library Month
International School Library Month
Children’s Book Week: Heroes and Heroines~ Oct 1 – 7, United Kingdom
TaleBlazers Literary Arts Festival~ Oct 1 – 26, Province of Alberta, Canada
Children’s Book Festival~ Oct 1 – 31, Ireland
Ubud Writers and Readers Festival~ Oct 3 – 7, Ubud, Indonesia
National Poetry Day and Announcement of The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Winners ~ Oct 4, London, United Kingdom
The Craft of Reading, an Exhibition of Books Featuring Folk Art and Craft, Curated By Young India Book~ Oct 4 -10, Chennai, India
The 3rd Annual Art Auction – a Benefit for the Annual Children’s Poetry Festival in El Salvador~ Oct 5, San Francisco, CA, USA
Litquake, San Franciso’s Literary Festival (including Kidquake and Teenquake)~ Oct 5 – 13, San Francisco, CA, USA
12th Annual Conference Teaching for Social Justice: Acts of Courage and Resistance~ Oct 6, San Francisco, CA, USA
The Carthage Center for Children’s Literature’s Caldecott Celebration~ Oct 6, Kenosha, WI, USA
Frankfurt Book Fair~ Oct 10 – 14, Frankfurt, Germany
2011 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award Nominees Announced~ Oct 11, Frankfurt, Germany
Discussion Forum on The Hans Christian Andersen Awards~ Oct 12, Frankfurt, Germany
Children’s Book Week~ Oct 5 – 15, Netherlands
The 41st Annual Conference on South Asia~ Oct 11 – 14, Madison, WI, USA
Leonard Marcus Presents – Let the Wild Rumpus Start: Maurice Sendak as Storyteller and Psychologist~ Oct 12, Vancouver, BC, Canada
AASL Fall Forum: Transliteracy and the School Library Program~ Oct 12 – 13, Greenville, SC, USA
Sheboygan Children’s Book Festival: Memory~ Oct 12 – 14, Sheboygan, WI, USA
Esquimalt Children’s StoryFest~ Oct 13, Esquimalt, BC, Canada
Monterrey International Book Fair~ Oct 13 – 20, Monterrey, Mexico
YALSA’s Teen Read Week: It Came from the Library! ~ Oct 14 – 20, USA
Vancouver International Writers and Readers Festival~ Oct 16 – 21, Vancouver, BC, Canada
The Digital Shift: Libraries, Ebooks and Beyond. A Library Journal/School Library Journal Online Event~ Oct 17
Chapter & Verse, a Book Club for Adults Discussing Children’s Lit (Frozen by Mary Casanova; A Strange Place to Call Home by Marilyn Singer, illustrated by Ed Young)~ Oct 18, USA
Dark Alchemy: Literary Brews Conjured Across the Curriculum With Kenneth Oppel, Keynote Speaker and Featuring CWILL BC presenters~ Oct 19, Vancouver, BC, Canada
8th Annual World Matters Festival: Missing Peace~ Oct 20 – 21, Eltham, Australia
CHARACTER COUNTS! Week~ Oct 21 – 27
The Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award Celebration~ Oct 25, San Marcos, TX, USA
Fremantle Children’s Literature Centre Exhibits and Programs~ Fremantle, Australia
Dromkeen National Centre for Picture Book Art Exhibits~ Riddells Creek, Australia
Books Illustrated Events and Exhibitions~ Middle Park, Australia
International Youth Library Exhibits~ Munich, Germany
Tulika Book Events~ India
International Library of Children’s Literature Events~ Tokyo, Japan
Newcastle University Programme of Talks on Children’s Books for 2011-2012~ Newcastle, United Kingdom
Seven Stories (the National Home of Children’s Books in Britain) Events~ Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Discover Children’s Story Centre~ London, United Kingdom
Arne Nixon Center’s Children’s Literature Book Clubs for Adults Events~ USA
Events Sponsored by The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress~ USA
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art~ Amherst, MA, USA
The National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature Exhibits~ Abilene, TX, USA
Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Events
By: Jane Massey,
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New Cuddly Percy Pig
Percy Pig © M&S Plc
Marks and Spencer have created a new soft version of my original Percy character. Percy's features haven't changed since I first sketched him around 17 years ago. I am really pleased at how he has turned out. It seems that a lot of Percy Pig's Facebook followers are keen to get their hands on him too!I have illustrated a couple of other new Percy Pig products which are launching anytime now-Percy's Pig Sty and a Percy Pig Advent calendar for Christmas 2012. Photos to follow soon.
By: Cheryl Kirk Noll,
We're all SUPERHEROS. We just need to think about it for awhile. If you want to see more, I have some non-PBAAers up on my blog. www.cherylkirknoll.blogspot.com
|Do you even recognize these superheros? (Terry, Rebecca, Sharon) |
|Cheryl Kirk Noll (myself) as the BRUSH MASTER. and good sport hubby as Clark Kent. (thanks to a photo from Linda Weller) |
Today is National Draw On A Banana And Post A Pic Of It On Twitter Day<. (Details here.)
My e-mail Inbox is out of control again, so if you've sent me an urgent message and I haven't replied, I'd be very grateful if you could resend it, and send me reminders about things. Thank you!
By: Paul Schmid,
Blog: Paul Schmid studio
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Pearl the porcupine's little brother Percy grapples his rather tragic state of affairs with balloons. Available in January, but you can pre-order now.Barnes&Noble