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24526. Friday Studio Links!

The Studios of

Illustrators

Last weekend I got to spend time with all of the artists you see below. Not quite in their studio, but at the 2013 Tuscon Festival of Books! It is the fourth largest book event in the country. And it happens right here in Arizona. It's a two hour drive south for me, but gives you two full days worth of book fun! I went to the presentations of the following picture book illustrators. (Plus, many excellent authors, but since Fridays are all about studios I'm going to focus mainly on the illustrators. Although I did find a couple of cool writing spaces I had to include.)

To see a link to each studio, some with interviews, click on the photo. To go to the website of each artist click on their name. So be sure to click both places!

Peter Brown



Molly Idle

 

Chris Gall

You can also see an interview I did with Chris in 2007 here.

 

Jerry Pinkney

 

Jacqueline Woodson

 

Lester Laminack

 

Adam Rex

 
You can see even more of Adam's studio here.

 

Floyd Cooper

 Mr. Cooper is currently updating his website. 
Check back later at floydcooper.com.

  

Matt Phelan

 

Stephan Pastis

 

Guy Poririo

 

R.L. Stine



Remember, this is just a handful of the talent the Tuscon Festival of Books had to offer. There were many, many sessions I had to pick from, so some I had to miss. If you haven't gone before, mark your calendar for next year!


Be sure to check out the post at Gommies World. She has some great information, and a video, of the workshop Floyd Cooper presented. I was right there in the front row for this one too. It was a very special day!

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24527. Eye Glasses

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24528. Jellicle song for jellicle cats.

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24529. NEW WORK - tiffany designs

these are the latest beautiful patterns from the portfolio of tiffany designs. i love this striking wrapping paper design above with its lovely strong colours. tiffany designs is based in glamorgan, wales where she studied embroidery and design at the london college of fashion and attended camberwell art school. see more at the tiffany designs blog online here.

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24530. Something awesome is happening in Hong Kong.


Wow. The Hong Kong International Young Readers Festival (YRF) is the first and only English literary festival in Hong Kong especially for children. The second YRF started on March 11 and features sessions such as a poetry slam led by Australia's current poetry slam champion Luka Lesson and a picture book writing workshop led by Singaporean author David Seow.  

I hope to attend this festival one year! If you are in Hong Kong, you should check it out - this year's festival doesn't end until March 22! Anyone willing to share pictures or stories from the festival? :o)

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24531. “Strange Oaks” by Headless Productions

Barcelona-based Headless Productions has attracted a lot of attention for its hand-drawn projects. They’ve translated their quirky aesthetic into CGI before, such as this feature trailer, and now they’ve tried it again with a CG test piece called Strange Oaks.

CREDITS
Directed and designed by HEADLESS
3D supervisor: Javier Verdugo
Modeling&Lighting: Javier Verdugo
Rigging: Miquel Campos
Animation: PH Dallaire, David St-Amant, Guillaume Pelletier, Christine Houle

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24532. NEW WORK - tiffany designs

these are the latest beautiful patterns from the portfolio of tiffany designs. i love this striking wrapping paper design above with its lovely strong colours. tiffany designs is based in glamorgan, wales where she studied embroidery and design at the london college of fashion and attended camberwell art school. see more at the tiffany designs blog online here.

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24533. NEW SKINS @society6 Creature with rainbow boots and gem (iphone and itouch skins)

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Creature with rainbow boots and gem.
iTouch and iPod skins
©2013 DAiN8)

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24534. Fairy Online School Friday Fun

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It’s Fairy Online School Friday — WOO HOO!

Fridays are when I deliver lessons and hang out at the Fairy Online School Schoology site answering questions and having fun with students. So, why not include you in the fun? On Fridays, I’d like to share either some cool student homework, or a tip from the school, or a fun worksheet to play with. Sound good?

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For Today’s Morsel…

yarrowflower

In the Fairy Beginner Fairy Healing class, I cover a featured flower essence each lesson to spotlight. Yarrow flower essence is one of my favorites. It’s great for protection for the sensitive, meaning feeling and making stronger walls or boundaries around you to feel less bombarded. This plant (which the essence originated from) even withstood the “Walmart test.” I bought it there and carried it around in the store and it may have been the first time I didn’t feel overcome with negative gunk! I love you Yarrow!

 


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24535. Platypus Penis Pickling Plant




Four more new pages from my forthcoming Memoirs.
Paper53 on iPad. Click to enlarge.

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24536. 2013 Illustrators' Day Wrap-Up by Christina Ebert-Klaven

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24537. I'm OFF!

  I'm off to England for a week of visits and appearances.  I hope to see you if you're in London or Oxford next week. The blog will close down, but I'm pretty sure The_Pigeon will continue to tweet from time to time. I'll be back at the end of the month, but only for a short time; April is going to be a busy month with appearances across the country.

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24538. Cheaters

Illustration Friday Topic: Eyeglasses

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24539. Deep sea Diver dog

Deep sea diver dog...
So that's where all those Yodel deliveries go... 

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24540. Cartoon Brew is Nine Years Old Today

Our first official post went up on Cartoon Brew on March 15, 2004 which makes the site 9 years old today. Happy birthday to us!

Much has changed since those quaint mid-aughts when the site looked like this, and we catered to just a few hundred daily visitors insteads of today’s tens of thousands.

In the past decade, animation, too, has exploded in size. It used to be that the number of people working in the global animation industry numbered in the thousands, and then, tens of thousands. In the past decade, thanks to digital animation of all kinds, the industry has grown into a workforce of hundreds of thousands. This rapid growth has led to a renaissance of new content and new voices, while at the same time jumbling established areas of the industry into disarray, as we’ve seen with the recent instability of the American VFX field.

Today, I want to acknowledge all those who have helped build the site into what is, including the co-founder of Cartoon Brew, Jerry Beck, the current roster of editorial contributors, our behind-the-scenes tech and sales teams who keep the site running smoothly, and YOU, the readers, who bring so much spirit and verve to the whole thing. Animation will continue to expand in exciting and unexpected ways over the coming decades, and Cartoon Brew plans to be there for every moment of it.

(Party photo by Elzbieta Sekowska/Shutterstock)

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24541. Brush Practice





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24542. Artist of the Day: Vincent Giard

Vincent Giard

Vincent Giard creates comics, drawings and animation in Quebec.

Vincent Giard

Vincent Giard

His work is consistently exciting, challenging and experimental. Vincent fearlessly draws and animates into unknown territory. It’s also often very funny.

Vincent Giard

Vincent Giard

Vincent Giard

His site aencre, and an English language mirror here contain much more work that defies description or explanation and just has to be seen.

Vincent Giard

Vincent Giard

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24543. SketchJam - Carolan Folk



As you will know, if you read this blog at all regularly, I love sketching to live music. The two things go together so well and the music (and the beer) really helps to get your sketching arm moving! 


This set are from a recent evening I spent with a few of my SketchCrawl North buddies in the White Lion pub, listening to Carolan folk music in their tiny front room. 


It was a very intimate experience, as the space was only about the size of the average sitting room, so we were very much on top of one another. There was no way to be discrete about the sketching - it was obvious from the outset, but the musicians took it in good part. 


There were in fact about the same amount of sketchers as there were musicians! 

I decided I wanted a change from my trusty watercolour pencils, so took my paints and graphite sticks instead. To ensure I stayed loose, I used the technique I learned from Richard Camara at the Lisbon Urban Sketchers Symposium: applying the colour first and the line later. 


We had drawn this group once before, just under a year ago. On that occasion, during a pause in the music, the man above said 'I like to draw', so I recruited him on the spot to SketchCrawl North. He joined us for our summer sketchcrawl out in Edale. We must do that again once the weather is nice (it snowed again today - brrrrr...)


In the meantime, we are sticking with indoor locations. Our next SketchCrawl, if you want to join us, will kick off from 10am in Sheffield's Endcliffe Park cafe (brave souls can try drawing out in the park itself). Then, in the afternoon, we will again be entertained by live music: we have been invited to sketch at the rehearsal of Sheffield Oratorio Chorus, which should be amazing.

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24544. 2013 Illustrators' Day Wrap-Up by Christina Ebert-Klaven

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24545.

Inspiration
Dotty Eyes




A few recent snaps from our home. My favourite Marimekko bowl, Pingu Pez, Smash Robot and a lovely print by Helen Dardik.

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24546. Many Hands...


I recently illustrated a story for my local paper's "building guide", the Methow Valley Home. It was kind of a tongue-in-cheek article about the do-it-yourselfers of the world and I got stuck on this image of the many-handed task master. I'm not sure why exactly, but they chose to run a draft image in a rather unfinished state. Editorial decisions can be like that, but I was a little more excited about the finished piece and its truer Bodhisattva references... Enjoy!

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24547. NEW SEASON - solitaire

solitaire have some sweet new designs for spring summer 2013, including this fun foxes and toadstools eco wrapping paper (above and below). they've also introduced a range of age birthday cards for young children, and a new addition to their greetings range of a stylish woodpecker birthday card. available here.

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24548. Kirkus likes

A great review from Kirkus for Peanut and Fifi Have a Ball:


Playful shapes and deft use of white space illustrate a fresh and funny tale about sharing.
Peanut sits on the floor, gazing lovingly at her new ball. Enter Fifi, who wants that ball. She tries grabbing; she tries politeness. “But Peanut didn’t want to share.” Fifi proposes several imagination games for which the ball is, naturally, required. From “Basketball?” to “Dough! It’s bread dough and we’re bakers and we’ve got to knead it and push it and pound it,” Fifi cajoles and Peanut refuses. “Not dough,” Peanut replies. “Just a ball.” The cream-colored backgrounds are clean and spacious, placing sharp focus on the girls. Schmid codes Peanut and Fifi by shape: Everything Peanut is rounded (body, head, ponytails, the ball), while everything Fifi is angular (face, ponytails, triangular dress with lightning bolt). Even a hilarious paper-airplane message—“Dear Ball, Wanna Play?”—is sharply triangular, and the reply—the airplane crumpled up, with “No” written on it—is roundish. Pale blues and oranges sit inside bold black outlines. Bits of rhyme nestle into the text: “It was brand-new. It was bright blue.” Fifi’s final power play briefly orchestrates a painful turnabout, but a page claiming “The end” is only teasing, and the real end sees Peanut and Fifi contentedly off into outer space—together.
Humorous, realistic and cheerfully free of didacticism. (Picture book. 3-5)

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24549. Andreas Hidber

andreas hidber

Andreas Hidber is an accomplished designer out of Basel, Switzerland. Although his specialty is editorial design, Hidber also dabbles in branding and corporate identity.

The first piece that caught my eye was a newspaper designed for the JFK Festival for Youth Culture where he rotated every single element 45°.

andreas hidber

In another piece, Hidber collaborates to provide a chronicle of the most recent design undertakings coming out of the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

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Other work by Andreas

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24550. Illustration Friday: Eyeglasses



How could I not use this illustration for this week's word?
Here is my myopic chihuahua!

ink and watercolor atc for illustrationfriday.com

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