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24526. Ruby and the Skateboard page 28

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Ruby and the skateboard updates every Tuesday and Thursday. (except this most recent Tuesday when I forgot as it was a Holiday here in Utah. I know it's unprofessional. sorry.)

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24527. Painted a Drawing From When I Was 8

I've been wanting to do this for quite a while - paint an image I drew when I was a kid! I remember being in the phase of drawing hot rods when I was 8 - 10 years old. I was born in '66 when the occasional hot rod would rumble by and my friends and I dreamed of one day owning one. The next best thing was drawing them...or attempting to draw them with what little skill we possessed. There was a kid in my 3rd grade class that was much better than I - wish I could remember his name - anyway, whenever it was art time we found ourselves in a sort of competition to draw the coolest hot rod.

The neat thing is that while I was painting this one up in photoshop today I remembered what it felt like to make this drawing way back. Not this one in particular but the overall genre of hot rod drawings - the metal flake candy apple paint job was what I had no way of pulling off back then. Crayons always seemed to mess up a perfectly good drawing and the end result was always such a disappointment.

This was some good therapy today - I highly recommend it! Thanks Dad for saving some of my art! I'm keeping files of your grand kids' work... -oh, and I wish I came up with this idea but actually it came from a guy who's been painting kid's drawings for a while http://www.themonsterengine.com/

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24528. Art in the Garden

This week of Art Camp took us to the Botanical Garden. We're spending every morning drawing, painting, and creating, and it's been an awesome experience !


 acrylic on dark canvas

on site "land-art"installations, inspired by the work of Andy Goldsworthy

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24529. Sweet babes

PhotobucketGoing to be digitally painting these babies. I could've seriously drawn babies all day long.

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24530. UPA Commercials Discovere

In the six years since the publication of my book Cartoon Modern: Style and Design in 1950s Animation, a lot of new artwork and films from the mid-century era have surfaced. The flow of material isn’t slowing down either. Animation director Michael Sporn recently came into possession of a trove of layouts and model sheets from 1950s United Productions of America (UPA) commercials. He’s generously shared them HERE and HERE.

Among the stash are a few drawings from an Aqua Velva Ice Blue aftershave lotion spot, which can be seen in this newly uncovered collection of UPA commercials:

These commercials are rarer than they might appear. Of the hundreds of commercials that UPA produced during the 1950s, I’ve managed to see just a few dozen over the years. UPA’s advertising work has proven more difficult to track down than some of the other major animated commercial producers of the era like Playhouse Pictures and Ray Patin Productions.

The same user on YouTube also posted this UPA commercial for Tang, which I believe was designed by Roy Morita.

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24531. Library Loot

Another haul from our local library. I only wish I could have grabbed more today. The crawler was doing laps of chaos and her older brother was cheering her on. I'm excited about the board game in the top left corner. Peaceable Kingdom makes such lovely products. We'll be playing lots of this one in the next week!

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24532. Introducing Popcorn Park

YAY! Big news... Popcorn Park is complete! Here are a few little snippets for your enjoyment. This is a large illustration with a lot of detail and a lot going on. I am learning to walk the fine line between having lots of detail and lots to look at, but not at the expense of building the special connection with the viewer. In other words, I want you to delight in the details and the story easily, but also comfortably—no magnifying glass needed. (I think that I have achieved that balancing act well here!)

Want to see the entire thing? Popcorn Park is available as an art print in various sizes and on a few choice, super cool items in my Society 6 shop. It's also the only place where the entire piece can currently be seen. (Sooo... have I enticed you enough to take a look at the bigger picture?)

If you do check it out, and if you like it, please Tweet it, Pin it, Like it, share it with your doggie-loving friends in whatever way you prefer —there are share buttons right on the page in the shop. :D  Hey, I'd love to do many many many more of these, and, if you'd love to see more of them too, I'd love your help to get the word out! As always I am extremely grateful for your support, interest and enthusiasm for my work. I can't tell you how much it means to me. :D Couldn't do it without you!
XO Kathy

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24533. Figure Drawing Ancient Greek

Today my friend Michael hosted a figure drawing session at the library. It was so delightful to do a figure drawing! When I was in school, I didn't like figure drawing much. Probably because I was always being graded and felt under pressure. Don't get me wrong, I learned so much from my figure drawing classes, and I am very thankful that I had the opportunity to learn from such great teachers. But it was a class, so there was pressure.

But now it's a lot different than being in a figure drawing class in school. I don't get the opportunity to do this much anymore. Now I love figure drawing. It's a relaxing time for me to get away (this means peace and quiet away from the kids-- I love them, but they are very loud) and just draw. It's a great little stress reliever from me, and now I don't have to care what anyone else thinks. It's just for me- for my enjoyment and for my learning.

By the way, this model was perfect for this costume. He looks very Greek- don't you think?!

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24534. Ruby and the Skateboard page 28

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Ruby and the skateboard updates every Tuesday and Thursday. (except this most recent Tuesday when I forgot as it was a Holiday here in Utah. I know it's unprofessional. sorry.)

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24535. Story Boarding

I am reading a fabulous book called "The Imagineering Workout: Exercises to Shape Your Creative Muscles" by the Disney Imagineers (The people who plan rides for Disney Parks). I am reading it little bits at a time, because it is a collection of creative exercises to get your brain going with whatever creative project you are working on. So this is my first exercise that is suggested near the front of the book. Storyboarding with note cards. Brilliant!! When I read this, it was such a fabulous idea that I compulsively went straight to the store and bought myself a huge cork board to hang over my drawing desk. Story boarding with note cards- what a great idea! You can move things around, insert new things, see if the story is flowing. All so easily. This is how the Imagineers start brainstorming sessions to capture their first thoughts, ideas and images.

Today I've been working on a story for my own first ebook. What a great way to work out kinks in my story. This ebook is going to be a wordless picture book, but I can see myself using this method in the initial stages of writing any children's book since I am  a visual thinker. All the notecards do not necessarily have to represent a page in your book and you don't have to lay out your illustration in the composition you want. Just start coming up with sloppy images that show the sequence of your story. It's amazing what you can come up with! If you want to work on your own creative projects (which you should) I would highly recommend this book "The Imagineering Workout."

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24536. The Seven Deadly Sins In Animated GIF Form

French comic artist Boulet (aka Gilles Roussel) animated the seven deadly sins as GIFs. It’s hard to pick, but greed was my favorite in the bunch. Boulet’s Tumblr is also worth a visit.


This way for more sinful animation.







(via Chris Arrant)

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24537. Floating forest

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24538. PBS remixes Bob Ross

OMG - this makes me all teary! Did you watch Bob Ross? I did! Oh to leave such a legacy of creativity for others...

Thanks to Boing Boing for the heads up, and my hubbie for calling me and saying, "OMG, you've got to go check this out!

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24539. Mister Rogers Remixed | Garden of Your Mind | PBS Digital Studios

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24540. Matthew's Moon

One of my oldest and dearest friends gave me the moon. A moon he made. Beautiful. 

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24541. Bob Ross Remixed | Happy Little Clouds | PBS Digital Studios

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24542. sirmitchell: PBS does it again Bob Ross remixed by Symphony of...


PBS does it again

Bob Ross remixed by Symphony of Science’s John D. Boswell

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24543. HOMES & ANTIQUES - magazine

print & pattern is featured in the top 50 blogs of homes & antiques magazine. huge thanks to them for their kind words about P+P and its an honour to be mentioned amongst so many other great blogs.

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24544. RAINN: The Secret

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24545. Russell Flint in Action


(Video link) Here's a film from 1956 of British artist Sir William Russell Flint, RA (1880-1969).

The film shows him laying out his watercolor palette, posing his model, and applying his wet washes. Flint typically worked from live models in his studio.

More about Sir William Russell Flint on Wikipedia
Flint bio on Jim Vadeboncoeur's website
On Monday I'll be giving a talk on composition at the Academy of Realist Art in Toronto. July 30, 2012 @ 6:30 pm.

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24546. More on How Low Fat Diets are Not healthy

Fat isn't bad for you- here is a CBS morning video. 

And this about how the whole thing got messed up and people started to believe that "low fat" was good, when it isn't- not for your healthy anyways...

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24547. Free Fall Friday – Sean McCarthy

Agent Sean McCarthy was nice enough to read five of the first page prompts sent in for review. I thank him and I hope some of you take the time to thank Sean, too. He was very generous with his time.  It’s easy to see that Sean is someone who really cares about improving the quality of children’s books.

As a reminder the illustration on the left done by Brian Bowes was the picture prompt for this month.

Here are the first pages and Sean’s comments:

COPERNICA by Lauri Meyers 

            I banged my foot on the side of the blaster to put out the fire.  Old One-Eye got too close that time.  Good thing I didn’t skip the fire retardant dip today or I would have been toast. My brother would have been mad if he had to tell mom I got fried to a crisp getting birthday cake.

            Mom was still going to be steamed when she figured out we made the supply run.   I hoped she would ease up when our little brother got to taste chocolate cake for the first time.  Mom told me I had a chocolate cake when I turned four.  I think it was sweet and maybe a little spicy.  I would remember it this time.  Everything tastes sweeter when you battle a dragon for it.

            “On your left!” Alistar yelled before a swift turn right.

            “Whoa where did the second dragon come from?” I said adjusting my hold.  It was one thing to die getting cake.  It was another thing to die because you are daydreaming about cake.  I checked my supply bag.  The cake was safe. The medical supplies we picked up were good too.  The magazine in my pants was poking me in the ribs after the quick move.  Alistar would lecture me if he knew I had extra cargo. I would have to hide it from my friends too.  I didn’t want to get it back with crumpled pages, circled outfits, and drool on the pictures of stars.  I was going to know 10 years ago styles better than anyone.

            One crazy scientist and a dragon egg was enough to seriously disrupt the fashion industry.  Who knew dragons didn’t need a mate to reproduce? One became hundreds in a few years. We are pretty safe in the country, but London is lost.  I don’t know if the dragons figured out how to cross the ocean, but there hadn’t been yankee doodle rescue attempts in a few years.

            “Hold on, Nic!” Alistar shouted before dropping under the bridge.  I tightened my grip.  No one called me Copernica anymore.  You don’t want to get chomped because someone politely used your full name before getting to the part about the fire-breathing dragon standing behind you. 

Here’s Sean:

With dystopian manuscripts, it’s crucial to immediately establish how the character’s world is different from the current landscape, and to set the manuscript apart from other books within the genre. I liked that you took chocolate cake and fashion magazines, and transformed them into something exotic. This, along w/ the dragon references, let’s the reader know what kind of story to expect. 

With that being said, the amount of information that’s being presented to the reade

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24548. dinner doodles

Often when Kelsey (my wife) and I have friends and family over we tape a large sheet of butcher paper to the dinner table and jars with oodles of crayons. I love seeing what everyone creates, but unfortunately I sometimes kinda take over.

Yes, that is a narwhal with wings and a bow tie. And that jellyfish is wearing a crown.

I like this one. I think he belongs in the Weasley family. These next ones are by Kelsey.

I really like the drawings of kids Kelsey has been doing lately. I think Kelsey was just experimenting with arm and hand styles but you'll notice the boy saying 'hi ben' has an extra arm. I wish I had an extra arm!

For some reason I really enjoy doodling guys with earrings and interesting hair. I might be a bit jealous. I could never pull the look off.

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24549. Bob Ross Remixed | Happy Little Clouds | PBS Digital Studios

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24550. Jill Tarter- Scientist Searching for Alien Life

Last week, Fresh Air had this interview with Jill Tarter. She is the woman who inspired the book, Contact- and later the movie of the same name, but much less interesting than the book. It's a great interview- puts our little selves into perspective in the big cosmic picture. 

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