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24526. KNUFFLE BUNNY MUSICAL in Buffalo, NY!

The fine folks over at the Theatre of Youth are putting on a production of KNUFFLE BUNNY: A CAUTIONARY MUSICAL at the Allendale Theater in Buffalo, NY. The show opens September 13th and runs through October 14th. Don't miss the action! The drama! The over-sized laundry! Speaking of Buffalo, NY, The Buffalo News likes the just published GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE DINOSAURS, saying new

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24527. 2012 Illustrators' Day Wrap-Up

Hands down, this was our most successful SCBWI Southern Breeze (Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi) Illustrators' Day yet! Although we could have fit more people into the wonderful Decatur Library auditorium, we actually sold out since we can only handle so many portfolios. (Be sure to sign up quickly next year.) We also had four amazing speakers:
     Kelly Barrales-Saylor, Editorial Director for Albert Whitman & Company
     R. Gregory Christie, illustrator and multiple Coretta Scott King Award winner
     Peter Brown, New York Times best-selling author/illustrator
     Michael Allen Austin, illustrator and mentor
     For other regions looking for speakers, each of them was top notch, adding new perspectives to the various aspects of illustration. I can't recommend them highly enough!
     Kelly talked about the business side of things.

     Greg talked about thinking outside the box in a rough economy, and Peter talked about developing your personal illustration style.

     I moderated a panel discussion with Michael, Greg, and Kelly talking about the state of the industry, the future of picture books, copyright, advertising oneself, etc.

     Meanwhile, portfolios were displayed in another room for local Art Directors, Gallery owners, Art Professors and attendees to view and collect samples.

Here is Taesun Bourroughs with SCAD Professor Rick Lovell in the background.
     It led to a well-rounded day hitting on almost all key points, and culminated in our ever-popular portfolio reviews.
     This year we used an Elmo overhead projector so the speakers could view the portfolio in front of them while the audience was able to see the same thing projected onto a screen behind the speakers. It gave context for what was being discussed and offered a leisurely opportunity to view everybody's work.

(Click on the photo to see it larger.)
     Reviews were only 2 minutes long (with 30 portfolios, this took over an hour), but it was enough time to see how quickly an overall feel for a portfolio can be gained and evaluated. Stickies were given to each speaker to place on the piece they thought was most successful in each portfolio. This turned out to be a lot of fun as the audience cheered for their favorites. Overall, using the Elmo was much better than the previous method of everybody standing and moving from portfolio to portfolio. It was a big hit.
     Lots of announcements were made about our upcoming illustrator events. Kathleen Bradshaw (Asst. Illustrator Coordinator East - pictured right) talked about our annual Gallery Show and Illustration Contest. Sarah Frances Hardy (Asst. Illustrator Coordinator West) talked about our Video Studio Tours. Prescott Hill talked about submitting illustrations for our Southern Breeze newsletter. Michael Austin talked about our upcoming sketch crawls. And I talked about our Scholarship Fund, and next year's Illustrators' Day, which will be held on February 22nd, 2013, butting up against our annual Springmingle conference. (Please note the change in date and venue.)
     Book sales were brisk and Greg and Peter ended up signing tons. Thanks to Little Shop of Stories for making sales possible.

Turns out they hung out when Greg still lived in New York.

Here's Lori Nichols getting a photo with Peter.
     I hope you can get a feel for the day and how friendly all our speakers were from the photos.

     To gain feedback, I asked everybody to write on the back of their name tags why they signed up for Illustrators' Day. We then had a drawing for a signed limited edition print by R. Gregory Christie. This was the piece he did for the New York subway system currently on display.

     Comments on the day mentioned extreme appreciation for Michael Austin's generous mentorship skills. Here are the participants with their finished pieces. (Click the image to see a larger version.)

     Inspiration from being with peers and the chance to network was also a big reason people came. Truly, lunch (catered by Badda Bing) ended up being a wonderful gathering time.

Here are (please email me!), Laurie Sikorowski, and Nancy Gessner.

Here are Greg Christie, Kristen Applebee, and Prescott Hill.

Here are Robyn Hood Black, Jo Kittinger, Greg Christie, me (Elizabeth Dulemba), Peter Brown, and Kristen Applebee.
     The portfolio reviews were probably the number one reason people came, then learning about the industry, and the quality of faculty (which was phenomenal).
     For me, it is an absolute pleasure to make this valuable experience possible for my friends and colleagues - the highlight of my year. And I certainly don't do it alone. Illustrators' Day wouldn't be possible without our amazing volunteers. It takes a village to put on an event like this, and we have an amazingly supportive group of people who helped with every aspect - from donating enormous amounts of their valuable time, to showing up early for heavy lifting. Thanks to all of you for making our event such a dynamic gathering.
     Of course, I also enjoy the fall-apart afterwards, where the speakers and key volunteers go somewhere to reflect on the day. This year we caught up with Leonard Marcus who was in town for the Decatur Book Festival. He joined us for mint juleps at Leon's Full Service. Not pictured is Joe Davich of the Georgia Center for the Book, who has been the most amazing host for the Decatur Library - we absolutely could not have had such a successful Illustrators' Day without him. (Going on five years now!)

That's Leonard, me, Peter, and my hubbie, Stan.

Here's Kelly with her hubbie, Chris.
     If you got some good photos from the day - please send them to me at elizabethdulemba at mac dot com so I can include them in this post.
     Thanks again to everybody - I look forward to next year's Illustrators' Day!
- Elizabeth O. Dulemba, Illustrator Coordinator

Photos by Jo Kittinger (Regional Advisor) and Prescott Hill.

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24528. Children and Cricket

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24529. IF ~ identical

sister silence

From The Bra Show exhibit back in 2009


When you purchase an item from MY STORE, 10% of your purchase price will be donated to my favorite animal charities; Last Chance Animal Rescue and Horses Haven, both in lower MI. Which charity the donation goes to, will depend on the item purchased and I will love you forever from the bottom of my little black heart. ...and even if you don't purchase anything from me, you can go to their site and make a donation! They deserve a chance too!
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24530. Peter Pan zum Vorlesen...

...wunderbar nacherzählt von Sabine Rahn und mit vielen großen und kleinen Illustrationen von mir, ist im August im Ellermann Verlag erschienen. Viel Spaß beim Vorlesen!

Here are a few of the many big and small illustrations I painted for the wonderful story of Peter Pan, adapted as read aloud book by Sabine Rahn, published by Ellermann Verlag this August. 

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24531. Type Worship

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24532. Announcing the Spirit of PaperTigers Book Set 2012

We are very proud to announce the new book set for our Spirit of PaperTigers Outreach Programme. This year we have selected four books in total: three books that will be sent to all the schools and libraries around the world participating in the Spirit of PaperTigers Outreach, and one more that will go to certain places that have older students. So, without further ado, the books are:

Out of the Way! Out of the Way!
by Uma Krishnaswami, illustrated by Uma Krishnaswamy
(first published by Tulika Books, 2010; Groundwood Books, 2012)

Yuko-Chan and the Daruma Doll: The Adventures of a Blind Japanese Girl Who Saves Her Village
by Sunny Seki
(Tuttle Publishing, 2012)

The Good Garden: How One Family Went from Hunger to Having Enough
by Katie Smith Milway, illustrated by Sylvie Daigneault
(Kids Can Press, 2010)

Drawing from Memory
by Allen Say
(Scholastic Press, 2011)

You can read more about the books with more links to PaperTigers features here, and the 2012 Book Set also features on the homepage of the Papertgers website.

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24533. Finding Inspiration in Shapes - Circles

Looking for inspiration in shapes I see around me. Circles. I took tons of photos but here are three of them.





After which I did a bit of an exercise with all that inspiration! Used the rose in the above photograph, got my pencils and pens out, and started playing ...


Quite enjoyed that. Have a lot of catching up to do this week, so there's long way to go as yet ... Cheers!


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24534. IF ~ identical

sister silence

From The Bra Show exhibit back in 2009


When you purchase an item from MY STORE, 10% of your purchase price will be donated to my favorite animal charities; Last Chance Animal Rescue and Horses Haven, both in lower MI. Which charity the donation goes to, will depend on the item purchased and I will love you forever from the bottom of my little black heart. ...and even if you don't purchase anything from me, you can go to their site and make a donation! They deserve a chance too!
Have a seat and browse through the pages of my website

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24535. COME SEE the Treasure Maze and many other brilliant games!

Right. This is what you will do on the weekend from the 14th this month:
Come to South Bank and play games. Hide and Seek, the famed and excellent makers of  social games and playful experiences, are running one of their best-of events on Southbank, London.
There will be games for every taste, stategic and silly, with varying degrees of running around, creativity and all other good things to do with play. Children and adults welcome.

And there will be my game: 150m of cardboard turned into a corrugated labyrinth. ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY. That's a lot of cardboard.

Hide and Seek's Holly wrote about it:

Treasure Maze is a massive winding installation and a game all in one. The game itself is simple – collect treasure in the maze while avoiding the roaming shark. There are safe places in the maze where you can shelter, and of course you can always leave the maze, if you can find the way – but if the shark gets you before you make it out, then all the treasure you’ve collected is lost. So when you play there’s a classic balancing act between sticking around and collecting more treasure, or getting out while it’s safe instead of risking everything you’ve accomplished so far.
It’s a game that children and adults can play together on a pretty even basis, which is rare – adults might be better on average at plotting and doubling back, but kids can get into the safe spaces much more easily.
What really makes the game special, though, is the physicality of it – squeezing through corridors, crawling into safe caves, feeling the burr of movement as other players move past on the other side of a corrugated cardboard wall (or is it the shark?).

We ran it before at the National Maritime Museum where it really took off--- literally, I sometimes had to herd it back into place because it was physically running away, full of people excitedly hunting treasure and each other.
This time it will be sat in the Clore Ball Room, which in itself is amazing.
Also, I will take a whole day to paint the thing as well, and we will have to cut it up on the last evening - you can reserve your favourite parts during the weekend, and take them away Sunday night.

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24536. Aloha - part 2.

Few small watercolors of the amazing Kauai skies. The rain leaves these heavy clouds against the blue of the sky, very interesting to paint.

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24537. Where dogs go to play

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24538. Last Pirate Art

And here's the last of the pirate art. The game comes out at the end of October.

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24539. Harts Pass No. 116: Back to School!

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24540. Breathing Room

 What do sharp new pencils, pigs, and a gym ball have in common?
Call it a surprise twist in the plot, 
a hopeful story arc...
One that involves less free time while we learn the ropes
but hopefully more flexibility in the long run. 
Pip and Winnie are trying a new school setup: 
a public school / home school mix. 
Today was our first day.

It felt like the first day of a tricky job. 
Do you know that feeling? 
The feeling that you might possibly be drowning after only minutes on the job? 
                   (You don't print directly onto the blue paper. Don't you know the difference between a codicil and an amendment? You need fresh flower powder. Freeze-dried coffee. Powdered creamer...)
That was me today.
It should have been great. 
We're home all the time!
But somehow, I crammed all my expectations 
into one small day's window. 
I even had a list written up on the wall - our day's assignments. 

The first fifteen minutes were bliss.
And then it all began to unravel:
Pip asking over and over when we could go to the library, 
Winnie crying over the math game where you throw the little pigs and count them,
Sugar Snack bouncing the gym ball at everyone, 
sneaking off with the camera, 
and me wondering who was going to make me some coffee 
if I was down here doing MATH! Quelle horreur!
"Gym Ball" - by Sugar Snack
I love perspective.
The day is now folded away.
The moon is up, warm and embracing.

And I'm here, peeling off my layers.
Thinking about how sometimes I take a great wad of expectations that would probably fill a year or a lifetime and I stuff it into a summer, a holiday,
or one small first day
when really,
all that's needed is joy for the moment,
and a lot of love.

Tomorrow, we'll try it home style.
We'll aim to get some learning done,
but this time we'll add a generous dose of
breathing room.


A sweet book about breathing room:

Little Bird, by Germano Zullo, illustrated by Albertine

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24541. Illustration Friday: “Identical”

I dunno. I did this last week but never finished/posted it. These peas are identical LOOKING, but not so identical when it comes to personalities.

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24542. “Spooky Ghost” by Ryan Comisky

Well, it’s spooky, and there’s a ghost…

Ryan Comisky completed this during his Junior year at the Kansas City Art Institute.

(Thanks, Mandy Travis)

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24543. Grimes - Genesis

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24544. Toys

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24545. Don't Sell Your Art for Cheap

"Don't Be a McIllustrator.
Working for Big Mac prices will only slow your progress."

 -Chris Oatley

Hi friends. This last week I received an email inquiry asking if a non-profit organization could use my artwork for free in a slideshow. I have been asked this type of question before by non-profit organizations. Unsure of what I should do, I mentioned this to my fellow class mates in the Oatley Academy. I got some good responses, but none better than from my amazing teacher, Chris Oatley, who followed up with a blog article that I think every illustrator/artist needs to read and then spread the word. Here it is: The Bad Client Diet by Chris Oatley.

It is so empowering for illustrators to know that we have the power to say "no." Chris has helped me understand that just because a job pays, doesn't mean you need to take it. Instead it's important to take time to make a good portfolio and then seek those clients who will give you good jobs that will pay you what you deserve.

 I myself have taken on so many jobs in the past that have not paid me what I deserve. These jobs also tended to be jobs that I hated doing because they didn't build my portfolio in any way. This year I have decided that I want to stop this cycle. I have turned down many jobs because they were not taking me in the direction I wanted my career to go and not paying me what I deserved. Sure, I needed the money, but it wasn't worth it to take on those jobs if it was just going to bring me down. We artists have spent just as much if not more time learning our profession. Don't give in to the mentality that art should be freely given away or given away for cheap. This is your profession. This is your hard work. Don't sell it short of what it deserves.

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24546. Terrific Tuesday - Justin Gerard Sketchbook!

 My Justin Gerard sketchbook came today (and it is marvelous!)

 I was lucky enough to get my order within the first 50 - and lo! There be a wererabbit on my front page! :-)

The sketches are scrumptious, as always. You can see a bunch of them on his blog. Or better yet, order one of these puppies for yourself! You won't be disappointed.  Yum!

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24547. Typozon


Nice selection of work from Bogota, Colombia based design studio Typozon.




You can pickup a copy of the Pandilla typeface at Myfonts and YouWorkForThem.


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24548. Digital Domain Defaults On Loan; Stock Drops To All-Time Low

I admit it, it’s hard to look away from the unfolding drama of animation/vfx shop Digital Domain‘s financial woes. Earlier today, Digital Domain stock sank nearly 32% to a new low of $1.41. The drop happened after the company defaulted on a $35 million dollar loan.

The Palm Beach Post has plenty of not-so-nice details on Digital Domain’s long-term prospects. In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Digital Domain said it now owes $51 million to an investment group led by New York-based Tenor Capital Management. That amount includes $16 million in interest and penalties. The company also hinted in its filing with the SEC that it may seek bankruptcy protection: “An inability to quickly access additional sources of liquidity to fund the company’s current operating cash needs would materially adversely affect its financial condition and would require it to seek relief or protection from its creditors.”

Digital Domain CEO John Textor, who apparently doesn’t just create holograms but also constructs entire alternate universes that have no foundation in reality, doesn’t think $51 million is a lot of money nor does he even think the company defaulted on its loan.

In the video posted above, he told WPTV, “We, in my opinion, owe a very small amount of money to the banks versus the value of this enterprise. This is all about a disagreement with a lender. There was no missed payment or financial default. This is about a contractual dispute.”

One would assume that with Digital Domain’s financial troubles, Textor would be dedicating all his energies to saving the company. Not so. While hundreds of his employee’s livelihoods lay on the line, Textor has been spending some of his time trying to get Florida courts to go after the real villains: random people writing comments about him on the Internet.

According to a report published today on the website GossipExtra, Textor and his wife Debbie have asked Florida courts to force Yahoo! to take down message board posts about his financial dealings because they are causing “extreme emotional distress” to his family. Says Gossip Extra:

Textor, meanwhile, tried to have his complaint against cyberstalkers John Doe No 1 and No. 2 shielded from the public. His motion was denied by the judge in Stuart [Florida]. John Doe No. 1 posts under the name investedjp and No. 2, flypapernhoney. Both, according to the paperwork, have been writing statements that Textor described as “increasingly desperate and hostile” on a Yahoo Finance message board.

In one comment, investedjp — who claims to be a Palm Beach investor — threatens to link to negative Securities and Exchange Commission filings about Digital Domain. In early August, another posting warned Textor that he could end up in a federal prison cell with Madoff. Some have mentioned his children, and one his comely wife Debbie.

No other major animation website has been covering Digital Domain’s story besides Cartoon Brew, but there are other fine sources to look toward for coverage including the business section of the Palm Beach Post and VFX Soldier, the latter which has Digital Domain co-founder Scott Ross participating in the comments section.

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24549. “In Between” from Gobelins

A young woman tries to overcome her shyness, which is personified by a crocodile. Created by De Alice Bissonnet, Aloyse Desoubries Binet, Sandrine Hanji Kuang, Juliette Laurent, Sophie Markatatos, 3rd year students at GOBELINS in Paris, France.

(Thanks, Martin Montgomery)

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24550. Put a bird on it...

I illustrated some birds for a friend's real estate company 'Urban Nest' here in Portland, here are some of my favourites:

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