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24526. VINTAGE - inspiration

todays print & pattern posts all feature vintage design. there are some wonderful finds you can browse on websites like etsy which has stylish shops like pomme de jour where i found these little gems. cute children's playing cards like those above & below always offer fabulous illustrations. interesting mid century and vintage kid's designs can always be found at winter's moon.

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24527. VINTAGE - uk storeroom

next up a few vintage ceramic designs picked out from japanese website uk storeroom that specialises in british tableware and kitchenalia. as spotted online here.

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24528. Battle of Grunwald in 3D


A team of digital artists has created a stereoscopic interpretation of the painting "Battle of Grunwald" by Jan Matejko.



(Video link) The best way to interpret the depth is with a video turn. "The project posed a challenge to animators, who were required to meticulously interpret and recreate the 1878 original and find solutions to problems such as how to depict figures who were partially obscured by those next to them."

See a visual breakdown of the project and a longer video at the project website. 

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24529. Squirrel-tailed Dinosaur

According to National Geographic, a beautifully preserved fossil of a 150-million-year-old dinosaur hatchling lends weight to the argument that hairlike feathers were the norm, not the exception, among all kinds of dinosaurs. 


This dinosaur is older and comes from a completely different branch of the dinosaur tree from other known feathered species.
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Photograph by H. Tischlinger, Jura Museum Eichstätt
"Squirrel-Tail Dinosaur Fossil Upends Feather Theory" on National Geographic News

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24530. “John Carter” Animator Explains It All

Disney’s John Carter, a live action film, was the first VFX movie to be directed like a keyframed feature animation. Animator Patrick Giusiano put this interesting video together, showing the process involved with animating his shots.


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24531. Challenge: Slumber Party

The kids are having a sleep-over...

Slumber Party

Slumber Party, as suggested by my daughter.

Challenge ends on July 16, 2012.

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24532. Illustration Friday: Refresh


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24533. Misaki Kawai

Blueberry Express is a collection of images from New York based, Japanese artist Misaki Kawai. The book features Kawai’s larger scale paintings, sculptural installations and snapshots of her working in her New York studio over the past two years. Read more about her, or view more images of the book.

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24534. Quick-on-the-Draw Sketching Workshop: Dry Run



On Saturday, a few of my SketchCrawl North chums helped me out by agreeing to be guinea-pigs. I needed to try out the speed-sketching workshop I'm going to deliver at the Urban Sketchers Symposium next week.



We'll be sketching outside in Santa Domingo, so I wanted to do the same for my dry-run. Our garden seemed perfect, with interesting shapes of chimneys, roofs and trees all round, but the weather was not that keen on my plan. It was one of those 'Yahoo, hot sun! / heavy shower: quick run inside... / Yahoo, hot sun! / heavy shower: quick run inside...' sort of afternoons. 

We started off outside, and one or two brave souls kept on giving it a try, but mostly people contented themselves with drawing things in the house or looking through the windows.



The idea was to push people out of their comfort-zones. Over a series of four 30 minute exercises, I challenged them to try new materials and new techniques, designed to prevent them from getting bogged down in the detail that prevents you from mastering speed-sketching.

I introduce

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24535. Same Artist, 30 Years Apart


Same artist (William Glackens), similar subject matter, 30 years apart. A lot changes in 30 years!

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24536. Vacation posting 12


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24537. Misaki Kawai

Blueberry Express is a collection of images from New York based, Japanese artist Misaki Kawai. The book features Kawai’s larger scale paintings, sculptural installations and snapshots of her working in her New York studio over the past two years. Read more about her, or view more images of the book.

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24538.


Creature with Rainbow Boots and Gem ink pen and color dye marker on paper 8 x 11 in. ©2012 Dain Fagerholm

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24539. Summoning the Muse

Summoning the Muse: Let Poetry Add Precision & Punch to Your Novel – Workshop given by Felicia Chernesky

Article by Rosanne L. Kurstedt

Felicia Sanzari Chernesky is a poet, writer, and editor.  She writes for children and adults and justsold her first picture book in rhyme.  She was truly an inspiration.  

Felicia shared a  few of her favorite poems including “Westron Wynde” and “Advice for a Stegosaurus” – but more importantly, she shared her passion for poetry and life.  Thus, I thought it only appropriate to communicate what I took away from the session through a poem. 

Poetry
The eye
that doesn’t look away

Comes from your gut
Speaks to your heart

A private journey
Once shared
Transcends

Words with archeology
Written to be remembered

Do you look into the world?

Big ideas
captured
in small spaces

Why am I here?

Blurred balance between
What’s believable
And what is

Poetry
The eye
that doesn’t look away 

Felicia reminded us, “find poems and authors who touch you and study their words.  Ask yourself, what struck you? Was it the meter, the voice, the rhyme or [perhaps] the color imagery?”  Since children learn about their world through language, there is great responsibility in writing for children. Poetry embraces that responsibility. 

  • Capitalize on the power of word play.
  • Tinker.
  • Move things around.
  • Read your writing aloud. 

She implored, “Write from a place that has to write.”  Be joyful, for poetry is being, “in love with yourself and in love with the world.”

Thank you Felecia for articulating the awesome power of poetry and for sharing your passions with us.  Your words and enthusiasm will be remembered.

Thank you Rosanne for sharing Felicia’s workshop with all of us.  It appears you got alot of the class.  http://www.feliciachernesky.com/   See Felicia’s “Word of the Day” on her blog. http://feliciachernesky.com/wordpress/

Talk tomorrow,

Kathy


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24540. “John Carter” Animator explains it all

Disney’s John Carter, a live action film, was the first VFX movie to be directed like a keyframed feature animation. Animator Patrick Giusiano put this interesting video together, showing the process involved with animating his shots.


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24541. Music Monday - Goodbye Jack (anniversary)

A year ago today, we said goodbye to Jack-the-wonder-dog...



(I still miss him every day. I hope there are lots of rabbits and squirrels to chase out there in doggy heaven, big guy...)

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24542. Book release dates revison

I've just learned that the release of Halloween Forest in the US has been pushed back to 1st October, which is a little later than anticipated. I'm sorry for the delay, but rest assured it will be out very soon in time for Halloween. The book can be pre-ordered with Amazon and other retail outlets.

This means that my next book release will be my own re-telling of Jack and the Beanstalk「ジャックと豆の木」 (Jack to Mame no Ki) in Japan, which will be on sale from 10th September by Fukuinkan Shoten publishers.

'Jack' is still in production and is not yet listed for pre-order. Even so, it will still be released before Halloween Forest, which predates it in production. It's a funny old business, publishing! I'll post an update as soon as I have more details.

In the meantime here's a couple more images from the book.



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24543. Craft, Creativity, & You

You're thinking of going to art school, you're going to art school, or you went to art school...or you didn't go to school but because of your dedication you're teaching yourself. I'll bet you've spent most of your time working on your craft - more so than your creativity - right? I've talked about this subject before but this time I want to convince you of something I've been thinking about lately.

With the proliferation of the internet I've noticed as I'm sure you have that information is shared and spread much faster than ever before. So when there is a new piece of hardware released we all find out about it overnight. Even if someone isn't addicted to facebook or twitter chances are one of their friends will let em in on the secret.

When a group of award winning illustrators announce a master class, video series, conference, or tutorial - you hear or read about it. When a blogger offers advice, tips, demos, reviews, etc - you find out about it because someone shared it, liked it, retweeted it, emailed it, re-blogged it and on and on. We're all benefiting from the generosity and enthusiasm of each other.

Check out this amazing new little tool that I would have died to have in my early illustration days (brought to me via email from a friend) - and it's FREE!!! This is what I'm talking about! So much goodness out there to learn the craft of illustration. Handy - an artist's reference tool - FREE - app store - android.



SO, my conclusion is that learning the craft of illustration is getting easier and easier. It will still take an incredible amount of time and dedication but you don't necessarily have to have the means to go to school. And even if you're going to school you have way more resources, gadgets, and opportunities than ever before.  My thought is that there is and will be more talented artists at an ever growing rate than there ever has been. Does this scare me? A little, but in the end I realize that it's going to be the creativity that is paired with the craft that will sell a product. So if you just want to make great pictures you're going to have a harder time earning a living than if you couple it with a creative idea and package it in a product that people can't live without.

Example: Mary Grandpre: Great stand alone art portfolio....combined with the Harry Potter manuscript = big$$$

So work on your creative ideas, stories, products etc...it's your originality that will keep you in the game.

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24544. VINTAGE - books

these are a few snapshots taken at a second hand book sale recently. starting with a fabulous pattern (above & below) on a penguin book cover designed in 1967 by stephen russ.you can find more penguin cover designs from stephen russ online here. below : the next three illustrations snapped at the sale are by brian wildsmith from "the rich man and the shoemaker".below three london themed

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24545. New computer drama!


My new computer was ready to be picked up on my birthday! :D That was almost a week ago. What I expected would be a one-night (or two-night) migration turned out to be a week-long pre-Olympics event, played out right in front of me. Multiple steps, a fair amount of stress and worry, a lot of googling, trouble-shooting... trying this driver and that driver... finally success! (Well, for the most part. I still haven't installed the driver for my scanner yet or profiles for my printer).

From Leopard to Lion   
It's always a big deal to migrate to a new computer. Apple makes things easy for you, in theory, anyway. They have a tool called Migration Assistant which allows you to essentially move all of your old hard drive contents (including passwords and settings) to your new one, without a hitch... Well, here's the hitch. If you, like me, make the move from Leopard (a two-versions-older Mac OS) to Lion (the newest and shiniest Mac OS), prepare yourself. The Migration Assistant tool from my old OS Leopard to Lion was incompatible. So, I decided to just move things over manually, instead of installing Snow Leopard first on my old computer. No problem.

Well... I didn't realize that the information within my Mac-native programs, such as my iChat buddies and my populated Address Book, were OS sensitive and thus also incompatible with Lion. Hmm, that was fun to find out. So, if you run into my situation, be sure to export all of that information from a computer running Snow Leopard and then bring that archive into Lion, because exporting from Leopard won't work.

Wacom hiccups
What would a new computer be without a Wacom Cintiq hiccup? As much as I evangelize about my workhorse Cintiq tablet/monitor, setting it up correctly on Lion on has been nothing short of a sea of stress. The GOOD news is, it's now working, and correctly! (Wahoo!) But, moving from a lower OS to Lion with your Cintiq can be tricky. There aren't easy answers to issues, like why the monitor looks awful. Why it looked stretchy and fuzzy and wrong, regardless of how many changes I'd make to all the various settings, or how many different versions of drivers I installed and uninstalled. I had to google and google and dig and dig for answers. At one point I worried over whether I'd even be able to use my older Cintiq at ALL on this new machine (now THAT was a scary thought!) I did find the fix—extremely fortunately—because it was a multi-pronged combo of luck and desperate Googling that I figured out the problem. I discovered that my computer was viewing my Cintiq as a TV monitor, so you can imagine what that looked like. Not good. At all. The fix was a cocktail of: a new adapter (Mini Display Port - to - DVI Adapter from Apple)  which I more or less jammed into place and then crossed my fingers (surprisingly, it worked,) installing a specific older driver (there is probably 6 different drivers for Mac OS 10.7, the one that worked for me is from last year) and making sure I had my Cintiq set to DVI (not VGA). Success!! Honestly, I was pleasantly, pleasantly surprised.

Finally up and running now, everything works well. Yay! If you find yourself in a similar spot and you have any issues, please sh

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24546. InCultureParent Article: Ten Reasons Parents Should Read Multicultural Books to Kids by Meera Sriram

InCultureParent.com - Raising little global citizens. InCultureParent is an online magazine for parents whose mission is to foster great understanding across cultures through the lens of parenting. The magazine offers articles on raising multicultural and multilingual children, parenting around the world, columns on the religious life of children, international adoption and multicultural living, blogs, global holidays/crafts/recipes, multicultural children’s book reviews and much more. Be sure to read today’s article Ten Reasons Parents Should Read Multicultural Books to Kids by Meera Sriram!

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24547. Coloring Page Tuesday - Elephant BBQ-ing!

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24548. My art studio

gregpizzoli:

I might have shared this before, but here it is again. www.gregpizzoli.com

Greg Pizzoli shares shots of his studio space.

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24549. Angela DiTerlizzi is this week's guest on the Book Report!

This week, The Book Report with JJK will be on Thursday. (Happy 4th of July, everyone!) And I'll be chatting with Angela DiTerlizzi about her hysterical books! Tune into SIRIUS XM'S KiDS Place LiVE  (channel 78) at 5:40 pm EST! 

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24550. Aesop's Ark Comic

Aesop's Ark Ch1 Aesop's Ark is the now available via the nice people at monkey brain comics~! It is a 10 page comic story focusing on the animals of the ark. Click here for more preview pages and a link to buy it.

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