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24526. The Great Mash Heap Disaster

Today's effort from the forthcoming Memoirs
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Yes, this is the question-- and title from the article by Martina Boone from Adventures in YA Publishing.
Excellent questions to ask yourself, as you complete that first draft of your YA or as in my case,  my younger chapter book.
Also find her 2012 Character Brainstorming worksheet to really get to know your character. Print it out and take a look to see if your character is Worthy!

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24528. Artist of the Day: Valentin Seiche

Valentin Seiche

Valentin Seiche is a cartoonist and author of the comic book Anguille et Baldaquin, published by Ankama Editions, which is the publishing arm of the French production company Ankama Group that created the massively popularly MMORPG Wakfu. On Valentin’s webpage about Anguille et Baldaquin, the book’s naive heros are described as existing in “a world buffeted by the specter of war.”

Valentin Seiche

In an interview, Seiche discussed his inspiration for his comic book characters. He mentioned Mickey Mouse, Pinocchio, Astroboy and The Little Prince as sources. Many of Valentin’s characters are constructed with simplified, dimensional forms that could fit nicely into the worlds of his inspiration.

Valentin Seiche

Valentin Seiche

Valentin explores broader, intriguing territory in his personal work as well, which he shares on his blogs. Visit Valentin’s Tumblr and blog for his recent work and further links to explore.

Valentin Seiche

Valentin Seiche

Valentin Seiche

Valentin Seiche

Valentin Seiche

Valentin Seiche

Valentin Seiche

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24529. Baby sketch.

Baby sketch.

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24530. Still alive...

A nine-ish month project has just concluded so I'm looking forward to resuming regular posting. Here are some oldies until I dust off my sketchbooks.

anger-eating demon concept.

young lady in heels hopping over a puddle.

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Chicos, aquí hay unos tutoriales  en video para que les ayude en las cosas básicas  de su  blog  cultural










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24532. The point -- or a point

It's easy to get discouraged in this business -- and it IS a business, that's one of the discouraging things! But there are many others, so many that sometimes I wonder what the point of writing for children is.

And then something happens that reminds me. Last week was my birthday,

and the Internet and phones were down on my end of the island, so I couldn't talk to or even email anyone....and then I remembered that if I walked to the telephone exchange at the top of the hill, I could get a WIFI signal there (the photo is the view from the exchange). So I did, and read all the emails and messages on FB (thank you all!).

One of the people who posted on FB was a child (WAS a child, now she is in college!) who read my book Blow Out the Moon and wrote to me about it all those years ago. And she still remembers me and it.

THAT is the point, or a point, of writing for children, and I hope I remember it the next time I'm discouraged. If any of you have things that you find encouraging, I'd love to hear them!

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24533. More doodles.

More doodles.

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24535. Quote of the Week: Edward Albee

Albee Quote

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24536. Honoring a little angel...

Dear Friends,

Many of you may or may not know that along with my art prints, I also create designs for Unity Stamping Company. Recently, I was given the wonderful opportunity to create a stamp design in honor of a little girl named Jocelyn who was bravely battling cancer. Sweet angel Jocelyn,  recently joined the other angels in heaven so this is in memory of Jocelyn. {partial proceeds will be donated to the Isaac Foundation in her honor} CLICK HERE to see the stamp kit, "Too Beautiful for Earth".

Being offered for 50% off through July 29, 2013 along with all of my stamp designs.


from Unity's website...

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24537. Blendable

Popping in to say hello and post something I was working on earlier this week. And on that note, I'm off to go be hospitable and spend time with some mighty fine out-of-town company.

Catch you next week!

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24538. check out the new playground...

click the weedy seadragon to enter

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24539. Bob Montana Book

Bob Montana, creator of the Archie comic strip — one of the most popular comics ever to run in newspapers far and wide — was a fascinating person. He gave back to the community in which he lived (Meredith) and he was far ahead of his time in progressive projects such as organic gardening.
“I never knew he lived here!” is the comment Carol Anderson heard often as she interviewed people and gathered material on her soon-to-be-published book about Bob Montana.

She said everyone has seen the Archie comics but many do not realize the creator and artist who drew the comic strip lived for years in Meredith.

Anderson, the author of The History of Gunstock, is putting the finishing touches on her book about Bob Montana. Thus, she has lived and breathed the life of Montana for many months and, when she speaks of him, she lights up.

“He contributed a lot to the world,” she says. “I wanted the book to celebrate Montana the man, not just his work as an artist. He volunteered his time and talents to many causes, both local and national.”

Anderson became aware of Bob Montana while researching the Gunstock book. Like many people, she knew he was a Lakes Region resident but she did not know a lot else about him. When she found a comic he did on Gunstock, she realized the talent, the humor, and the way Montana could seamlessly work local scenes and people into the Archie comic strip.

“That is how a book usually starts,” she says. “I see something and it sparks an idea. I might see an article or a photograph on something I didn’t know about before. Then, as is always the way, I see it everywhere!  It just grows from there.”
She began to dream about doing a book on Montana and her publishers at the History Press liked the idea. But first, she approached Montana’s daughter, Lynn, who still lives in the area.

“Lynn loved the idea of a book on her father and so did her siblings [Bob and Peg Montana had four children]. They were thrilled that someone wanted to write about their Dad’s life,” Anderson recalls.

In researching the artist, Anderson soon realized there is not much out there on Montana. The basic facts she found were that he was born in 1920 and his father was, at the time, known as the world’s greatest banjo player. Montana’s father was a performer on the vaudeville circuit and his family accompanied him on the road. The family summered at a farm they owned in Meredith and later opened Montana’s Restaurant in the town. The Great Depression made it difficult to keep the restaurant going and vaudeville had fallen out of popularity.

The Montana family moved to Boston and Bob’s parents opened a restaurant there, which became a going concern. “His father died of heart problems when Bob was only a teenager and it was difficult. But Bob was talented and he went on to attend art school and then went to New York City to work for a comic strip company.”
The Archie gang.
An original sketch of the Archie gang by 

cartoonist Bob Montana. Photo © Montana family.

Because the details of how the comic strip came about are in the book, Anderson says that she would rather hold off on that pertinent information. “You can read about it in the book, which is titled The New England Life of Cartoonist Bob Montana: Beyond the Archie Comic Strip.

- See more at: http://thelaker.com/a-life-well-lived-bob-montana-book-to-be-published#sthash.dFupLvhz.dpuf

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24540. “New York Times” Profiles Five Rising Animators

Worth a read today: the New York Times profiles five rising animators in the American animation scene. The five featured artists are Rebecca Sugar (Steven Universe), Minkyu Lee (Adam and Dog), Jason Ruiz (Murder Police), Justin Roiland (Rick and Morty), and Timothy Reckart (Head Over Heels).

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24541. Quote of the Week: Edward Albee

Albee Quote

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24542. This Afternoon in Burbank: “Turbo” Book Signing and Art Demos

This afternoon in Burbank, the newly opened Center Stage Gallery will present “Fast Track to Animation” featuring the work of artists who worked on DreamWorks’ Turbo: senior visual development artists Marcos Mateu-Mestre, Takao Nagaguchi and Jason Scheier, visual development artists Jeremy Engleman and Mike Hernandez, and lighting designer Dominique Louis.

From 3 to 4:30pm, the gallery will present a book signing of The Art of Turbo. The signing will be followed with live art demos presented by Jason Scheier (5-6pm) and Mike Hernandez (6:30-7:30pm).

RSVP for the FREE event at CenterStageGallery.com. The gallery is located at 847 Hollywood Way, Space 100, in Burbank, California.

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24543. how to make a statue

Step 1. Become a blank slate.

Step 2. Find junk in your house and put it on.

Step 3. Paint everything grey.


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24544. Gardening in the Jungle!

Gardening is what I have been doing! Trying to win over the jungle that is growing in place of an organized garden. That and working full time. Painting is a joy that sometimes gets squeezed out in the summer :)

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24545. Harts Pass No. 162

Three (plus) years in and I'm still pretty much a novice cartoonist. Its such a compact medium -- but I'm still in awe of its ability to hold its own when unfolding a plot, a joke, or a play on words. My own ever-changing efforts could certainly benefit from more time spent writing or an extra experiment with expressions or compositions, but its I hope that you enjoy it for chuckle or two nonetheless!

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24546. Awesome Robots in Leeds!

WE MADE FIFTY ROBOTS! And I had no time to photograph them all, but other people did, so I will post more soon.


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24547. How Porter Airlines Bucks the Trend With an Animated Mascot

Porter, a regional Canadian airline, has quietly built a unique brand through print and animated ads featuring a jet-setting raccoon named Mr. Porter. I recently flew with Porter for the first time and was blown away by the entire experience; not only are their lounge areas filled with WiFi, free espresso and shortbread cookies, but TV screens display animated clips of Mr. Porter, flying from city-to-city, occasionally stopping to give the weather forecast before picking up his suitcase and heading to another destination.

Mr. Porter debuted in 2006, the work of London-based branding and design agency Winkreative. The graphic, black and white raccoon was just one part of a larger branding identity created to evoke the carefree feeling of retro air travel. Now, Mr. Porter is inseparable from the brand, showing up on the company’s brochures, water bottle labels and in-flight meal boxes. “Raccoons are intelligent, adaptable creatures that succeed in a variety of environments and unfavorable conditions, so our mascot choice was no accident,” said Porter founder and CEO Robert Deluce.

Porter is going against a trend afflicting many major brands; logos and mascots are becoming more and more reductive and impersonal. American Airlines, for example, has slowly transformed its eagle from a stylized illustration to an implied, decorative swoop. Similarly, the Quantas Kangaroo has become almost unrecognizable.

Mascots, whether realistic or graphic in style, definitely matter. When American Airlines recently retired its famous logo that was designed by Massimo Vignelli in 1967, Vignelli revealed that the company wanted a stylized eagle, something he was against—he believed that the eagle should be detailed down to the last feather. “I refused to do it. We started without it, and the pilots threatened to go on strike because they wanted the eagle on American Airlines,” Vignelli told Businessweek.

So why are so many companies shying away from punchy mascots that make a statement?  Perhaps they’re afraid that a personality-driven character makes it more difficult to control a company’s message. Yet in embracing Mr. Porter, Deluce has created a stronger sense of the company’s goals, even among employees, saying, “Everyone at Porter has a clear understanding of the brand.” Mr. Porter is intriguing, mysterious and charming, three very dynamic adjectives that could never be applied to the American Airlines eagle-turned-swoop.

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24548. Illustration Friday topic is Jungle

The first thing I thought of when I saw this topic was an image I did years ago. I was playing around with the idea of a rousseau kind of feel in an amazonian jungle. There are some things I still like about this image, but there are others I would go back and change. It's interesting looking back on previous work.

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24549. Happy National Dance (with a flamingo) Day!

It's National Dance Day!

And who better to choose as a dance partner than a flamingo?!

To celebrate- I'm giving away a signed  Flora and the Flamingo "Soar into Storytime" poster!


To enter for your chance to win- leave a comment below (by 11:59 pm PST July 27)- naming the picture book character you would choose for your dance partner!

Would you rhumba with Rotten Ralph? Hula with the Hungry Caterpillar? Swing with Thing 1 (or Thing 2)?


One name will be randomly drawn and the winner announced on July 28!

Happy Dancing!



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24550. Sea Creature

Another piece from Bera. Watercolour, gouache and ink. Just finished up a picture book today and now I'm heading up north for a couple of days to get some work done up there. 

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