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It will be fun to see if I can find any of my Washington christmas books this year. Who knows, maybe there will be a few around.
Last year's book signing at Costco was fun. But this year... hmmm... haven't had any inquiries from interested bookstores. I need a doppleganger ( a paranormal double of a living person) to do the book publicity... because as it is I simply don't have the time for it.
And I'm not the least bit ready for my own little Christmas, though I notice other people seem to be getting ready for it. The truth is I only like Christmas once it's over. So... Christmas is like a runaway freight train bearing down on us with a relentless deadline.
Ho, ho, ho... the tree is my favorite part.
By: Ronni A. Hall
Blog: Designing Fairy
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Loyal to others vs. Loyal to self
One of the toughest things about being an empath is you go out of your way to not hurt anyone else’s feelings. Maybe it’s a selfish thing; if that person hurts, you feel it. But it’s also from a place of compassion. You understand pain. You would never purposely inflict it. I recently was in an argument. It might very well have been my fault and I over-reacted. I had taken an email forward personally that lamented about the dangers of technology because I am going to school specifically for technology. It was one of those ill-timed emails that just happens. But like most incidents in life, the argument illuminated a bigger issue I needed to look at. During the argument, I was quick to create harmony, please, discount what I was feeling, and apologize first. I often took this role/stance as a sensitive child. Several days later after the argument, I still had a lingering unease I’m dealing with. I created peace but I stifled my voice rather than be abandoned. I didn’t want to be the bad guy or the outcast among the crowd.
This is a big shift I am making here, seeing this. Little kids please themselves so easily. But I think little empaths never had that luxury. We’d always be tuned into what others needed and were feeling. We wanted that harmony around us.
I have a problem with a certain kind of authority. I’ll give in just to please, rather than be “naughty.” I’ve decided to treat my one dog’s chronic problem holistically which has proven the more successful route. We are seeing a holistic veterinarian who hears and respects my intuition. Wow, an amazing concept! Because I haven’t returned to my conventional vet, I feel like that little shamed kid who didn’t do her homework. This pattern has become so ingrained in my emotional landscape.
Throughout my life, other people have had no problem putting themselves first. When my husband didn’t want to go to a party or an event, he’d just say no, dig his heels in and that was it. I admired his resolve that I didn’t have. I had too many “what ifs” in my head of who would be disappointed with me.
And there’s the issue. Growing up, we were never yelled at. We were disciplined with the threat of disappointment, which later felt like rejection. I can still feel that sting whenever I displease authority.
It’s time to rewire my thinking. Does any action I do please and serve me? And that’s the best and highest me. That little girl inside is terrified of being left alone. She’s the one that is scared to have a disagreeing voice. I have this vision of me being left alone in a cave to fend for myself. But in my desire to please everyone else, I’ve managed to abandon me. I’m the one who put me in that cave.
I’m the one who put me in that cave.
And that little girl’s perspective that if someone is angry with me they will abandon me? Some will, then that’s not really a relationship of substance or depth, if you aren’t able to communicate feelings with each other. And aren’t those relationships reflecting back the miscommunication I am having with myself?
Hey self! What serves you? What pleases you? What do you need right now?
from YOUR TURTLE SHELL (Coming early 2013)
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Like the island of cyclops. Taken yesterday during my morning walk.
By: andrea joseph
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When I began my first travel themed journal
I filled it with the souvenirs I'd brought from my trips. Because back then I would never draw in front of people, and so I could draw the souvenirs from the privacy of my own home. In fact, when I made my second little zine
I wrote inside "I am a reluctant public sketcher. Actually, that is a big fat understatement. The thought of drawing in public fills me with horror". That was about three years ago.
And, here I am today. drawing on planes, and in airports, cafes, parks and streets. I made the sketches, above, on the way back from France. I was sat with a really nice French guy who watched me draw through the whole flight. He commented on my sketches and even suggested the passengers who I should draw. The guy who is asleep in the middle of the page was looking over my shoulder at what I was doing (when he'd woken up, obviously!) and the flight attendant came over to take a look. I didn't mind. At all.
I don't know what has changed in a relatively short space of time. I'm certain it's not one thing. Sure, my confidence has grown and I worry less that people will think my work is rubbish. When I reflect on how far I've come it inspires me to keep on going. And, to keep pushing myself in directions that I never thought I'd go. Roads I never thought I'd travel down. Learning as much as I can to become the best illustrator that I can be. 'Cos, I love drawing. It's as simple as that really; I just love drawing.
By: Editpus Rex,
Blog: Editpus Rex
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Devon Holcolme from Jacksonville, Florida is a part of Beard Team, USA. He participated in the National Beard and Moustache Championships in the Freestyle Moustache category.
Holcolme says, "You'll see everyone here likes attention. You kind of have to be silly to walk around with this."
Previously on GJ: Best Artist's Facial Hair
The second most clicked-on blog post I've ever written was about sending promotional postcards to publishers. So I thought I should devote another post to covering that topic in depth.
What is my most clicked-on blog post, you wonder? An illustration I did of Peter Rabbit for Theatreworks USA's production. You wouldn't believe how many people search the web for "Peter Rabbit" every day!
Back to promotional postcards. If you're an illustrator looking for work in the children's book industry, one of the ways to get your art considered is to send promotional postcards to publishers.
I would say the first step would be to go to a bookstore and read, read, read the kinds of books you want to illustrate that are currently being published. Learn how the illustrations interact with the text. Study the illustrations and the publishers. Write down the publishers of the books that you think match your own artwork. If you love drawing dragons and sword fights, then sending postcards to that publisher who seems to publish only baby bunny books would be a waste of postage. Writers, you do the same thing here to find publishers who would be a good match with your manuscript.
|2008 postcard sent to publishers|
Ok, now you have some publishers. Google their websites for submission guidelines. Some only take submissions from agents, but there still are a good number that will take unsolicited submissions. Also, check out more publishers listed in the annual book, Children's Writer's and Illustrator's Market (CWIM)
and search their websites for a catalog of books to see if they would be a good match for you. The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI)
also has a listing of publishers. I would highly recommend joining SCBWI if you want to write or illustrate for kids. I volunteer as a Regional Advisor for SCBWI because the organization has helped me so much with my career and continues to help me with marketing my books and making neat connections with publishing professionals. Join SCBWI, go to your local and regional events, get involved by volunteering, and meet friends in the children's book industry. So important!
Should you send postcards of your art or your whole portfolio or what? Read the submission guidelines of each publisher carefully. Some may only take email submissions. Some only want postcards. Some want to see more. The vast majority will accept postcards. Postcards are easy for them - no envelopes to open and no scary virus possibilities with attachments - and they can see at a quick glance if your art is something they'd consider. You MUST put a website on your postcard where they can see more of your illustrations. When I was sending postcards to publishers, I liked to have one illustration and my website on the front of the postcard. That way, if someone tacks it to a board, they have my website right there on the front. This postcard of the little drummer boy I sent in 2008 to hundreds of editors and art directors. Editors have a say in choosing illustrators too, so send postcards to editors and art directors who work with the kinds of books you'd like to illustrate at each publisher. You can find names in CWIM, SCBWI's lists, Harold Underdown's "Who's Moving Where" section
, SCBWI conference faculty, etc.
|2010 postcard sent to publishers|
What illustration should you use on your postcard? Only what you want to illustrate. Of course, that makes sense, but really, be careful with this. If you don't want to draw bicycles, don't put an illustration with a bicycle on your postcard. The best image for a postcard is one that is narrative (children's books tell stories and so should your image), and that shows a character (children's books have great characters, not still lifes). If you're better at animals, show animals. If you're better at people, show kids. If you like to do both and both are high enough quality, show both.
What should you put on the back of the postcard? The rest of your contact info and you can list other books you've illustrated. You can also include some little spot illustrations like these penguins on the back of my postcard from 2010. I had written a manuscript about these dancing penguins and sent this postcard as an art sample. In case an editor would be interested, I included a line saying, "These illustrations are from my WIP dummy, Penguin Cha-Cha-Cha
." There were a few editors interested who contacted me to see my manuscript after receiving this postcard! Another editor found the illustrations on my website and asked to see the manuscript and then acquired it! PENGUIN CHA-CHA will be published by Random House Oct 2013!!
|Current postcard marketed to people buying books|
Where do you get the postcards printed? There are loads of online printers. I've used Vistaprint
and Overnight Prints
with success. I've also ordered samples from PrintRunner
and plan to order stickers and magnets from there.
What size? I like the 4" x 6" size because it's cheapest to print and mail. You can do larger sizes if you want to include more detail or info on it, but check with the post office to see at what point you need to buy a full price stamp instead of a postcard stamp.
The first trade children's book that I illustrated was a direct result of a mailing I did. I had sent art samples to Shen's Books that had a little Asian girl on them because I knew they were a multicultural picture book publisher. Right then they were looking for someone to illustrate CORA COOKS PANCIT
and the timing was perfect! I had been sending illustrations out for some time before that bite, so don't give up if this is what you'd really like to do. I had been fine tuning my illustrations to work for trade books by attending SCBWI conferences and getting portfolio critiques by children's book art directors. Those critiques and conferences were instrumental in helping me develop my work along the way, and I still go to them to continue to grow!
|Current postcard marketed to people buying books|
Now I have an agent, the wonderful Linda Pratt from Wernick and Pratt Agency
, so Linda submits for me. I still make postcards, but now my postcards are to set out at conferences and book signings. So instead of marketing my postcards to editors and art directors, now my postcards are marketed to people buying my books. I have one book per card and I list the awards and accolades, like on these postcards for THE GOODBYE CANCER GARDEN
and CORA COOKS PANCIT
. I also created a postcard for my upcoming PENGUIN CHA-CHA picture book, and had been handing that out at conferences and book signings. I'm about to update it with the typography from the cover of the book instead of the font on it, which was something I used on the postcard before my cover was finalized.
|Recent postcard about my upcoming book|
Best wishes on your postcards!
Note to conference planners: This is a subject that I would love to speak on at conferences!
(CWIM giveaway winner coming up later today!)
I managed to get slightly carried away with my doodle (see previous post) ... I decided to use it in one of the exercises for my excellent e-course, The Art & Business of Surface Pattern Design ... but ended up only completing part of the exercise as I got distracted playing with the various combinations that I could create from this particular pattern. So I'll post this here now and carry on experimenting and will come up with the rest of it later.
Here's what a couple of those patterns would look like on swimsuits ...
What do you think? This is all pretty new to me so I hope you'll bear with me if things aren't quite right or I make mistakes along the way ... I'm learning to pick myself up, dust the ongoing errors off and prepare myself for more of them! Cheers.
Original art © Mariana Musa
I am going to be telling stories for under 5's at my local Children's book/toy shop 'The Stripy Owl' on 13th Dec!
I think I'll try out my new 'little owl' story :)
By: Bowie Style,
Blog: print & pattern
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the second issue of surface design magazine 'moyo' is out now and features details of the second print & pattern scholarship and an interview with myself. the scholarship offers one lucky designer a free place on the "art & business of surface design" e-course worth around £600 ($1000) and all you need to do is submit one of your current pattern designs. the winner of the scholarship will win a
Now That I Am An Author, You Want Me To, WHAT?
I am in a hotel room in Clarksville Tennessee. It’s 2:00 o’clock in the afternoon and I just arrived from Los Angeles. I flew to Nashville and was taken to a Macaroni Grill where I found everything on the menu except Macaroni. After lunch I was driven to a tiny hotel in Clarksville. I don’t really have to be in Clarksville until 8:00 AM the following morning, but with the plane schedules and such, I now have some time to kill before I get picked up in the morning to begin a week of visiting elementary schools.
I decide to take a walk. There seems to be two places to visit in this part of Clarksville. A Boot Barn, which is right next to the hotel and a Walmart Superstore across the street. The Boot Barn was having a going out of business sale and I thought it might be the perfect opportunity to buy a pair of cowboy boots at half price. I felt like Cinderella, jamming my feet in to any boot that looked at all like something I would wear. There wasn’t a pair of boots in the entire Boot Barn that fit! Wonder why they’re going out of business?
The next stop on my afternoon tour was the Walmart Super Store. It was as great as any museum I had ever been to. Never having entered a Walmart, let alone a Walmart Superstore, I might as well have been wearing a floppy hat and had a camera and a pair of binoculars hanging from my neck. I was a tourist and I could tell there was some serious site seeing to do at Walmartland. Do you know that you can buy ammunitionand cottage cheese all under one roof? (Not to mention all sorts of firearms so your ammo doesn’t go to waste) I’m not sure what the occasion might be where you would need both cottage cheese and ammunition, but it didn’t matter, the fact that you could buy both in the same store was truly a wonder to me.
I opted for the cottage cheese and passed on the ammunition. I did, however, buy a box of crackers. Having spent two hours wandering through the Walmart Superstore, I went back to the hotel and started clicking through channels while enjoying my edible souvenirs on the bed. (Yes, my dear wife, I removed the bedspread first!)
I settled on the Biography channel and found myself fascinated with the Carny Willson story. I was actually her camp counselor when she was four or five. (I kept sending home notes pleading with her parents to send Carny with tennis shoes because it was rather hard for her to run like the other children since dear little Carny came to camp wearing flip flops every day) Here I was, lounging on a bed, eating crackers with cottage cheese and learning that Ms. Wilson had her stomach stapled. (Always a fun subject when stuffing one’s face with cottage cheese and crackers) Thinking back, it now occurs to me that had Carny been able to run around more as a child, she might not have needed this painful procedure, but I’m losing the point of this story. So, I’m watching this gripping program when suddenly I noticed a message scrolling across the bottom of the TV screen. “TORNADO WATCH AND FLASH FLOOD WARNING”.
I opened the door of my room and see that it’s pouring rain. We’re talking Monsoon pouring. I’ve seen heavy rain, but this Tennessee rain was coming down furious and flying sideways. This was a day of firsts. Cottage cheese and ammo and now sideways rain. I look back at the TV and there's that lovely message still zipping along the bottom of the screen; “TORNADO WATCH AND FLASH FLOOD WARNING”.
I have an old friend, Adie who lives in Nashville so I called and asked her what to do if there actually is a Tornado, given that there didn’t appear to be a basement at the hotel, and my only real life experience of what to do in case of a Tornado, comes from being tormented by the annual viewing of the Wizard of Oz on TV and we all know that the trick at a time like this is to hide in the basement. The only reason I said, ‘tormented’ is that the flying monkeys scared me, every year. “Take a blanket off the bed,” Adie instructed me, “And lay down in the bathtub and cover yourself with the blanket”. Note to self, next time I visit a Walmart Superstore buy a helmet and a rowboat)
I stared at the TV screen and asked myself, “HOW DID I GET HERE?”
I finally got around to getting the film from my Recessky TLR developed, the little toy camera I built from a kit of many parts some time ago.
Here's the first contact scan... they are so lovely!
I really didn't expect anything from this (you can tell from the way I filled the film up with random snaps in the park) but now I actually prefer the pictures to the ones my old Diana takes.
I'm hoping to illustrate my next picture book using toy camera photographs, and now I'm undecided - do I want to use the larger pictures the Diana takes, or the lower-ress fuzzier but beautiful ones from the Recessky?
It's a nice problem to have.
I love my cameras...
Here's my friend Matthew with his own camera - we built one each.
DAMN that scratch down the middle - construction flaw, if you grip the camera too tightly while winding the film, as you do every time, this happens. Grumble.
Thanks to you, DON'T LET THE PIGEON FINISH THIS ACTIVITY BOOK! debuts this week on the Indie Bestseller list at #11 in the Children's Interest catagory. It is, folks seem to think, the first activity book to break into the list. Very exciting for everyone on the team!
Also, Elephant and Piggie are at #7 on the series list!
Now, a look back!Here's a few pictures from last weeks
|Hattie Heron at the champagne pyramid...|
More sketches from The Ultimate Sinister
character I am developing. Mostly warm up sketches as I am painting a lot of the time right now.
|Bertie Whisker on the Piano...|
I took some time this week to sketch my alter ego from the Sprout comic strip, I was thinking of publishing it again in the new year but slightly more finished looking than it was previously. It was initially very doodley looking and it kind of drives me nuts to not push things a little further. I haven't done Sprout in a couple of years and really miss it.
Every year I publish my list of favourites, and every year I always realize I’ve forgotten a few due to absent-mindedness or, more likely, my cluttered office. So here are a few more, which I’ll append to the original list:
There’s something quite special about the unadorned, simple black-and-white mini-minicomics that show up every few weeks from Chuck Forsman’s subscription series, which offers comics from a number of cartoonists like Melissa Mendes, Michael DeForge, Max de Radiguès, and more. They’re small things, and short to read, so unlike the growing pile of unread books by my bedside, they are actually inviting rather than intimidating when it comes to reading them. And they’re cheap and disposable enough that they don’t feel like precious objects. They feel like little gifts when they come in the mail. It appears that subscription memberships are currently closed, but at the very least you can head over to the Oily Boutique and order the books a la carte for a buck a pop.
Patrick Kyle released the collected book of his comic series Black Mass this year, but for my money I’m much more excited by his latest series Distance Mover, which like Oily Comics, I’ve been getting in the mail every month as a subscription. Each little book is a risographed art object, and I enjoy seeing Patrick’s work grow more abstract and even further from the traditional norm than Black Mass which already eschewed panels in favour of a freeform fill-the-page-with-drawings method. Each issue in the mail comes with goodies like extra prints or zines. Subscriptions are likely closed as the series nears its end, but you can order books directly from Patrick’s site, and read the first three issues (in black and white) online.
Dustin’s Diary Comics made the list in previous years when they weren’t even this good — the great thing with a project like this is being able to literally see the artist improve over time. This fourth issue comprises more of Dustin’s just-like-the-title-says diary comics, and his drawing chops remain as honed as ever, but it’s the multi-page story Boxes that is the real zinger here. In it Dustin reflects on the diary comics themselves, and how comics have affected his day-to-day perception of the world around him, for better or for worse. Yes, meta journal comics about drawing said comics aren’t anything new, but Dustin’s gifts for thoughtfulness and introspection make it a special thing, and a powerful unexpected product of having distilled his life into four panels, a page at a time, for the past few years. You can read Boxes online for free (full disclosure: I am featured in the story), and buy all of Dustin’s books and prints at his online store (which currently offers 35% off orders of $50 or more with the code DHARBMAS).
I knew my list didn’t feel right without any reprints of classic comic strips. Nancy seems to be a love-it-or-leave-it strip, and I am firmly in the Love It camp. Nancy is the granddaddy of the gag strip. Often surreal, and always impeccably drawn, there is nothing quite like it. D&Q got a head start in publishing John Stanley’s Nancy comic books, which are certainly fun, but these Bushmiller strips are the real deal — perfectly constructed comic strips with not a line or word wasted. It’s been said it’s harder to not read a Nancy strip than it is to read one, and for that alone these books are a virtual masterclass in cartooning.
In a list of Great Cartoonists Who Weren’t Cartoonists, Jim Henson would top the list. Is there a better example of simple, contrasting character design than Bert and Ernie? Jim Henson famously kept a journal with simple one-line entries. It was a proto-Twitter account that, of course, is now a Twitter account. This book, Imagination Illustrated, compiles the most notable entries in chronological order and fills the pages with sketches, drawings, photographs, storyboards, and ephemera to create a scrapbook of the Muppet creator’s professional life, and is the perfect piece of nostalgia for a Muppet-loving child of the 80s like myself.
While I’m at it Guillaume Decaux deserves his own post as well. Not only is he a fine artist with incredible breadth, but his blog is a continual source of inspiration. Peppered among posts of his own sketches and drawings are the works of many other amazing artists who inspire and inform his own work.
Decaux is an editorial artist out of (you guessed it) France.
By: Linda S. Wingerter,
Blog: Blue Rose Girls
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I thought is was about time that I got back to posting on Poetry Friday again. Here are some original acrostics that I wrote about the season of autumn some time ago:
Animals get ready for winter--slip
Under stones, hide in hollow logs, bury
Themselves in pond bottoms. The
Underlife of leaves bursts forth in a
Myriad of colors and they dazzle like jewels on a
Necklace of trees.
Must fly south
Into the sun…must
Get going…before Mother Nature
Raises her icy hands
In white. Follow me
On the wing to a land that does
Not know the chill of winter
Like baby birds
Eager to test their wings
A scarlet flock takes flight in a silent
Valediction to summer.
Settle into autumn, curl up from the cold.
Crimson and gold, pumpkin
Orange, lemon yellow, burnt sienna...
Leaves don their autumn finery in
October to celebrate the season.
Restless breezes set them dancing,
Swirling through air like a rainbow of dervishes
At Wild Rose Reader
, I have an original animal mask poem about termites.
Regular readers of the Blue Rose Girls blog probably know that I've been very busy providing day care for my Granddaughter Julia. It is such fun for me to spend so much time with her and to watch her change and grow. This week I took her outside to explore her surroundings. She was wearing her new brown boots. I took the following video of her:
Heads up to all the color key and color script artists out there. Saw this courtesy of a tweet by Tony DiTerlizzi.
After you watch visit the link below for more information on gamut masking from this incredible artist.
It's been a strange goal of mine to do two craft fairs in the same weekend and this Saturday and Sunday, my dreams are coming true. I'll be vending in person at Bazaar Bizarre in San Francisco, while Kevin (with my former intern Jackie on Saturday, and partner-in-calendar-crime, Victoria of Paper & Type
on Sunday) will taking care of business at Unique LA in downtown Los Angeles. It's been utter mayhem preparing for two simultaneous fairs and planning booth set ups but I'm excited it's finally here. Come say hello!
New for the SF fair: narwhal & elephant chalkboard ornaments, 5x7 Holiday Clink print
, framed prints, and yes, they're back... plush muffs! I'll be bringing the full range of goodies next weekend to Renegade Craft Fair LA, so don't stress if you miss this weekend. Kevin will be happy to see you though :)
Growing up in the States I’d never heard of Razmott Archibald, a spy comic created by Leo Baxendale. I recently discovered it when Guillaume Decaux posted on his blog that he had scanned and uploaded over 200 pages of this comic to flickr! These are gorgeous!
Razmott Archibald Flickr archive
I'm in the process of revamping my website (not a real re-design, mind you, just rebuilding it to give it a bit more functionality on my end) and a big part of that is rifling through all my portfolio pieces.
Isn't that the worst, though? I hate trying to decide what I want to be "out there", representing me to the rest of the world.
Along the way, I came across a simple illo I did for Illustration Friday a while back, and thought it might be fun to update it a bit: add some type, textures, etc. Then I ended up doing another companion piece to it.
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a book cover illustration i am working on recently.