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24526. Getting Ready For the Conference – Checklist

Can you believe we are a week out from the conference. TODAY IS THE LAST DAY TO REGISTER.  www.regonline,com/njscbwi2012conference

Now is the time to start preparing. Every year, we have people who forget to bring their first pages, don’t read their e-mails, and spend the whole weekend thinking we forgot to do things that were done. I know we are all busy and it takes time to read through all the information, but you spent a lot of money and I am sure you want to get as much out of the conference as possible. Use the information below to help get prepared.

You will receive your Personal Schedule (plus other attachments) next week via e-mail from Anita Nolan.  Since it only lists the activities specific to YOU, you should do the following:

  • Print out your Personal Schedule. It will be an attachment in the e-mail.
  • Print out the General Schedule https://www.regonline.com/custImages/331647/General2012ScheduleforRegOnline.pdf
  • Circle or highlight your workshop and/or intensive choices on the General Schedule.
  • Write in your meal table numbers.
  • Write your One-on-Ones and Pitch times on the blank lines underneath each workshop session.
  • If you’re doing a Peer Group Critique, write in your room number in the blank space on the schedule.
  • Find a folder and put both your Personal Schedule and the General Schedule in the folder,
  • If you are scheduled for a First Page Session, please print out three copies of your first page.  Make sure your name is not on it and you have indicted the genre to indicate age level.  Put them in your folder.  Review instructions: https://www.regonline.com/custImages/331647/Guidelines-FirstPageSessions.pdf
  • If you are signed up to do the Peer Critique Group Session, print out all the manuscripts in your group make your comments on the pages and place them in the folder.
  • You will want to be able to recognize the faculty, so go to: https://www.regonline.com/custImages/331647/BIOS-KEYcode-2012withPHOTOs.pdf and print out the bio sheet with the photos.
  • If you have a pitch, write it down and put it in your folder.  It’s easy to get excited and forget what you have practiced.  You’ll feel better if you can look at your note, before you go into pitch.
  • Remember that some authors will be selling their own books and will not be able to accept credit card payment, so remember your check book and cash.
  • Add some business cards to your folder.
  • At registration you will receive a bag that will give you room to carry your folder, other handouts and books that you buy during the conference.
  • Remember to bring a sweater.  Hotels in the summer can be cold, so be prepared.

Where you one of the attendees who wanted a room and could not get one?  We have one room going back into inventory.  Before it does I could tell the hotel to put your name on it.  Let me know.

“At the Conference” Opportunity

There are a limited amount of spots left with a few faculty members. We will allow (on a first come-first serve basis) attendees to sit down with the people below to discuss you project.  The cost is:  $45 for 15 minutes and $80 for a 30 minutes, except for Stacey Williams which is $45 for 30 minutes. Obviously, they will not be able to critique your manuscript in that short amount of time, but they

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24527. Estudio Tricota

Estudio Tricota

Great work coming from Argentina-based Estudio Tricota. Shown above is their work for Calma, a music festival — I love the movement in the piece and all of the small, considered typographic details.

They do a good job of maintaining consistency with their previous branding for Calma, creating a new visual aesthetic but keeping some of the elements in place. These posters represent a fraction of their portfolio and capabilities. Check out their Behance for more branding, identity and editorial work.

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24528. Pendants


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24529. Making Of - Part 08.

This was the last scene we shot, beautiful end of the day and sunset over the Griffith Observatory, from Barnsdall Art Park, sitting next to the Hollyhock House that Frank Lloyd Wright designed. I didn't know this park, beautiful, and the views of Downtown and Los Feliz/Griffith Park are amazing.

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24530. Blog Roll to love....

Haven't done this for awhile. Enjoy these amazing blogs!
Frederic Juvigny
Makims Lost
My lydyneo
Ink on the Road
Jeff Sketch
Fabrice Ascione
Claire Xavier
Sandras Skizzenblock
Rat and Cat
Thibaud Small Step
Jeff Agala
Adam Temple
Mondo Canard
Sketch in Lille
Jez Tuya
Purge Theory
Golden Gems
Sketch Adventure
I Gallo
Erik Benson
Claire on a Cloud
Myth Wood
Matte Art
Matt Nava
Misty Portfolio
Ben Fiquet
Gentle K
Daniel Seddon
Rusty Munkey
Celeste Moreno
Julie Serviere

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24531. Jared Salmond: Robot Banjo Pig

Link: Jared Salmond's blog

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24532. Dhole!

I've been going back and forth lately with iStock on a series of images, doing a lot of digital work. I finally got a few images accepted, after jumping through a few technical hoops. It's time for something different. This week, I decided to get a bit old skool and exercise some basic drawing muscles for a bit. Once again, I've looked to my children's wonderful library for inspiration. This is nice relaxing play that was most needed after a few busy weeks.

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24533. Comic: Writers On Vacation

OHI0128 WritersOnVacation 500w

Originally published in Writer Unboxed.

I'm posting some of my older comics here as I catalog and tag them in prep for a print book compilation. You can find my comics for writers on Inkygirl (http://inkygirl.com), Tumblr (http://inkygirl.tumblr.com) and Pinterest (http://pinterest.com/inkyelbows/comics-for-writers-inkygirl-com)

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24534. Catch up Wednesday - Artist as Brand Workshop

The other thing I did while I was in Kansas City was attend Greg Spalenka's Artist as Brand workshop! (there is a great description of on the site of the objectives of this workshop - which was perfect for me and where I am right now.)
10 artists gathered for three days to get to know ourselves and our objectives better and plan for our futures - 
Greg led us in exercises, both visual and self evaluation. We also had guest speakers  - a Skype session with  Greg Montana too help nail our Core Virtues, and a visit from the amazing Mrs. Spalenka, Roxana Villa to hear about her ventures from illustration to now concocting scrumptuous botanical perfumes....

We all got some one-on-one time with Greg reviewing our portfolios and future plans -

- as well as interacting with and learning from each other.

Fun, visiting time - even during our lunch breaks (this day with the fabulous Sue Cornelison, Paul Micich and Greg Spalenka).

It was a great three days. I am thinking new and different thoughts about my art and my

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24535. Bright Window Views

When we look out of a window, our eyes instantly adjust from the darkness of the room to the bright view outside. So if we want to simulate the scene as we subjectively perceive it, it's perfectly natural to paint both the interior and exterior areas in a full range of values.

Here's a detail of the painting "Artist's Bedroom in Ritterstrasse" by Adolf Menzel. The rendering of the buildings looks as it might if the artist were painting the scene outside as a separate landscape.

But in reality, the interior of a room that's not artificially illuminated is vastly darker than the scene outdoors. It's often true that the darkest dark in the scene outside is lighter than the lightest light inside. 

Photographers know that if you expose for the room, the brightness of the scene outside the window exceeds the capacity of the film or sensor, so it burns out to white, or is "clipped." So with a single exposure, the best you can hope for is a compromise exposure, which makes the room look a little too dark and the window view a little too light.

Modern high-dynamic-range (HDR) photography allows you to combine different exposures to make a single photograph, which comes closer to our natural perception.

But for painters, the problem is usually the reverse. We tend to unconsciously even out the exposures. I find it helps to keep in mind the true relationships. That means in this case painting the room darker than it appears to the eye, and the scene outside brighter than it appears.

Hotel room photo by Steve 
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24536. mattforsythe: Supermutant Magic Academy Fan Comic. I made this...


Supermutant Magic Academy Fan Comic.

I made this fan-fic comic for one of my favourite webcomics ever made - Jillian Tamaki’s Supermutant Magic Academy.

It’s kind of a reverse nod to the character Everlasting Boy, who might be the only webcomic character who’s actually made me think pretty hard about how I am living my life.

YES YES YES. Panel #4: I love you. 

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24537. Illustration Friday: Faded

Raffi the giraffe will be loved long after his freckles have faded.

I have a couple of sketches to go with this illustration which I hope to colour tomorrow if time permits.

Illustration Friday's word prompt: faded.

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24538. Project 10 of 365


I made it to double digits! Yippee!

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24539. the big cheese

the page before this spread, I refuse to work chronological

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24540. “Ghossts” by CRCR

That zany Paris-based collective of independent artists, CRCR, is back with this mesmerizing piece; a literal head-trip. I love it.

Credits after the jump.

Artist : LORN
Title: Ghosst(s)
Director: CRCR
Produced by: QUAD
Producer: Sonlan Tran
Animation: Rémi Bastie, Mathieu Bétard, Jonathan Djob Nkondo, Nicolas Dehghani, Paul Lacolley, Nicolas Pegon, Jérémy Pires
Compositing: Geoffrey Skrajewski, Philippe Valette

(Thanks, Zac Leckscheid)

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24541. Jared Salmond: Dueling Banjo Pig

Link: Jared Salmond's blog.

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24542. Drum Roll...

So I took the comments, tallied the tweets, ran it through the random number thingamajig and the giveaway winner is: Brooke! Tangentially, if you aren't familiar with her illustration work, go take a gander because it's absolutely lovely.

Alrighty, then. Just a heads up I'm in mole mode for the next few weeks while I finish up some projects, but will back to posting with slightly more regularity here come summer (same for this as well).

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24543. Art auction at BEA for ABA

Speaking of NYC's upcoming BEA conference, don't miss the Silent Auction on Wed. June 6th at 6pm.   As always there is loads of amazing work available from an incredible array of top kids books artists and the party is always a mosh-pit of friendly faces. You can check out the work here (my donation, the original sketch for ALA's Read poster - & the heading for this site is here.)

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24544. IF: faded

Drab, faded clothes...
A character design color comp. This was made with Studio Artist

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24545. Philadelphia Comic Con

I'll be at the Philadelphia Comic Con on Friday dressed as a short semi-bald cartoonist named Chuck Dillon. Say hi. I'm very approachable (so long as you don't smell).

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24547. Ricky Colson

Ricky Colson wonders what it would be like if literature’s greatest characters walked right out of their books. And he’s setting out to paint a series of oil paintings celebrating literary legends like Dracula, Jane Eyre, Captain Ahab, Sherlock Holmes, and Holden Caulfield posing in front of their iconic books as toy sized figures.

View his kickstarter project here.  Find more of his work on his site here.


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24548. “One Small Dish For Man” by Corentin Charron

The assigned topic was: “The Kitchen”. This one made me smile – and may make you hungry. One Small Dish For Man (Un Petit plat pour l’Homme) by Corentin Charron, a third year student at Supinfocom Arles.

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24549. Painting!

I've been actually, physically painting today (Wednesday) - a Little Library. Its for an auction to be held during the Decatur Book Festival. And oh man, is it kicking my... tush. My typical illustration method is pencil sketches - scanned - collated and rendered in my computer. I do the whole thing in a cumfy chair with my feet up. Not so with painting!
     I'm on a little stool - back straight - trying to navigate this large white box sitting vertically in front of me. I'm trying to mix colors, and get clean lines with a hand that is nowhere near as steady with a paint brush as it is a mouse.
     All said - what an interesting experience! Despite years of art lessons, I never developed a comfort level with paints - and it's what I'm having to do now - under pressure. And if you can't tell from what I've written - I'm having a blast! :)
     Here's the Little Library so far - very much of a work in progress!

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24550. That Time of Year....

Heading home from yoga this morning, I met this. It is the third cattle drive I have had to navigate in three days. Here in the Four Corners, ranchers winter their cattle low and then this time of year drive them up to the National Forest. They hold permits that allow them to do that.
I never mind the intrusion of coming around a bend and seeing the trailer, with a red flag out the window, the signal that there is a cattle drive ahead. Most of the states in the West are "open range" states which means the cattle actually have the right away! It's fun to roll the window down and listen to the "mammas" trying to keep their babies close.
Well there was the time, I thought I better clean and shine up my car, we were headed to the other side of the mountain to civilisation in Denver, Colorado to see my mom, and no joke, fifteen minutes later I was navigating through a scene like above, Cows and their calves leaning on my shining car....I gave up after that, my mom will just have to accept  me coming home with a less than perfect vehicle!

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