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24526. PAPERCHASE - xmas cards part.4

and a final post today featuring a few more of paperchase's 2012 christmas card offering...  

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24527. Final day of the Greg Manchess workshop -

 I can't believe this weekend is over already. It totally flew by.
I got a satisfying amount of effective thumbnails worked through - but golly, I wish we could have had another couple of days to just keep pushing through it.

Amazing instructor, great group of artists, lots of work, lots of fun.
More details posted on the TLCWorkshop blog here.

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24528. SkADaMo Day 12

Cafe Sketches

One of my favorite things to do, sit in a cafe, drinking a cuppa joe and stealth-sketching folks. You’ll notice everyone is in profile, because I was too chicken to draw anyone who was looking in my direction. I used to be pretty savvy at the casual glance and jot, glance and jot. But it’s been a while. Need to get my cafe stealth-sketch mojo back.

Be sure to stop by and check out my fellow SkADaMoers.

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24529. The First Banned Cover Shoot

Last week, the cover for 'Banned Across The Universe' was leaked on facebook!

So, for those that missed it there, here it is, sans logos and stuff for now!

I did a couple of roughs, based on two well known images (the other needs to remain secret for now, in case we use it at a later date). This one though, I think, wears it's inspiration very obviously...

...for those that spotted straight off that this was a blatant compositional swipe (from the Star Wars poster below), take ten house points!

This has to be my favourite Episode IV poster, the original UK one sheet, with the other, 'opening crawl' style logo.

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24530. SkaDaMo Day 10

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24531. Fluff and BIlly Jigsaws!

Fluff and Billy is about to be published in Korea and to promote the book the publishers Gimm Young have produced these jigsaw puzzles.  The two designs come in a plastic wallet together - I was very excited to see my samples which arrived this morning!

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24532. 12 Things I Love

I came across this post by chance while Googling one of my images. I do that from time to time to check what's going on online regarding my illustrations and to make sure things are fine and no one is doing anything they are not supposed to.

Anyway, I found this post I did a few years back on the PBJ's and I decided to repost it here today. I think is ok to repost isn't it? I mean there is no law on no reposting your own posts is it? He he..

Anyway, here is a little about myself:

12 Things I Love

My morning coffee.

Stopping to smell the flowers.

Henrietta, my chicken.

My dogs.


Illustrating and painting with watercolor.

Listening to music.

Children's books!


Being outdoors.

The PBJ's..

. .and my family. :o)

How about you, what things do you love?

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24533. SkADaMo Day 12

Cafe Sketches

One of my favorite things to do, sit in a cafe, drinking a cuppa joe and stealth-sketching folks. You’ll notice everyone is in profile, because I was too chicken to draw anyone who was looking in my direction. I used to be pretty savvy at the casual glance and jot, glance and jot. But it’s been a while. Need to get my cafe stealth-sketch mojo back.

Be sure to stop by and check out my fellow SkADaMoers.

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24534. Pain meds

 A couple of weeks ago I had surgery, which is why I haven't posted in a while.  I'm doing much better now, though, thanks to my mom--she's been nursing me back to health.

I haven't really been aware of everything she's done, because I've been here:

Pain meds.  I could kiss them on the mouth.

I've come up with some really neat dreams, which I'm going to share with you right now.  For example, I've thought up a new Disney Channel pilot!

Let's sing a bauble song!

Also, puppies falling down elevator shafts.

Why do I hate puppies so much?  Why??

The most recurring dream is taking a road trip through the Yukon.  And I mean, the Yukon Yukon.  Like, the North Pole Yukon.

I always seem to be driving a big, ugly white van with a bad transmissions.

There's got to be something deeper to these dreams.  I'll figure it out soon...right after I figure out where Mom put all my hoodies.

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In other news...

here's what I dressed up as for at Halloween!

neat-o :D  I have to say though I'm kind of disappointed by how many people didn't know who I was.  I mean, I thought this guy was canon. o_o  Oh well.

Luckily my nieces and nephews are a well-versed in 60s musicals and I freaked them out :D :D  The lollipops, though...man, they really wanted those lollipops.

Good thing we don't live in Vulgaria.

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24535. Bizarre Musical Sequence in “Hey Krishna”

It’s crazy-time in L.A. as producers scramble to get their Academy-submitted animated feature films qualified by finding screens to show them on. Eric Graf saw Hey Krishna which is playing in Norwalk, CA. Here’s his capsule review:

I’d describe it as a Sunday School movie for Hindus. It’s well done for what it is, and has some interesting moments here and there, but the target audience is obviously devout Hindus who already know what the hell is going on.

Well, except for one thing. It also contains this bizarre musical number that is almost worth the price of admission (if not worth sitting through the other 116 minutes of the movie). It hits at approximately the 51 minute mark, and its like Jessica Rabbit suddenly showing up to do a pole dance in the middle of a Veggie Tales movie. I found it unsubtitled on YouTube (see above), but you might want to wait and see it in context with the subs, so you’ll appreciate what a strange moment this is.

“Putana” is some sort of she-demon who specializes in the mass-slaughter of babies, and this is her introducing herself. None of the characters seen here, other than Putana, have anything whatsoever to do with the rest of the movie … and Putana is only disguised as a hottie anyway, a disguise that also has nothing to do with the rest of the movie.

Apparently this sequence was shoe-horned into the film, as a music video to promote a song by Hindu pop star Sunidhi Chauhan. If this is the high point, I can skip the rest of the flick…

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24536. Star Trek

Coincidentally, I saw Shatner last night.
Read about it HERE.

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24537. Alien infiltration

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24538. SkADaMo ~ Day 11

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24539. PAPERCHASE - xmas cards part.2

more gorgeous christmas cards from paperchase. many of these are exclusive designs published by paperchase themselves. some designs are available online with lots more choice to be found in their stores.

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24540. SkADAMo Day 8

SkADMo Day 8...and also Illustration Friday for "TREE"

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24541. PAPERCHASE - xmas cards part.3

i have divided todays paperchase posts on christmas cards into three parts based on design first we had their latest trendy graphic designs, followed by more folky whimsical and nordic styles, and now we have the more grown up sophisticated designs.

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24542. One-Of-A-Kind “Koko The Clown” Coolness

Earlier this year I discovered Germany-based Bernd Müller and his fantastic one-of-a-kind figurines – like this one from Gulliver’s Travels. Apparently his love of all-things Fleischer didn’t end there. Check out Müller’s lastest creation: Koko The Clown.

I don’t think he sells these – but, by God, I want one!!!

(Thanks, Steve Loter)

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24543. SkaDaMo Day 9

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24544. PAPERCHASE - xmas cards part.1

the christmas season is now upon us in the UK and the shops are beginning to fill up with all the cards and decorations. i'll be doing my best to bring you snaps of whats happening design wise on the uk high street and hopefully helping you decide what cards to buy. today im posting from my favourite card and stationery store paperchase. here are a selection of the cards they have in their

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24545. Nice Hat.

Honestly, who cares if people make sarcastic comments about my hat.
My mother knitted that hat, and it's ace, so I'm damn well wearing it.

Like he does.
Yeah, I care, actually. I care about those few people who every now and then speak up and say:
Not just to me, it's the kind of thing you overhear every day, because IT'S ALL IN CAPS. And I do remember how grating and upsetting it can be at times.

Everyone has opinions about other people's dress sense. Most of us privately tease our friends about this stuff, or sometimes check that they are sending the right signals. Parents feel a need to make sure their offspring come across well, it's part of the whole parent thing.
But only a few of us feel they have to publicly critique strangers.

Some people understand the concept of wearing clothes that you like, while others think clothes are what you wear to BE liked - or disliked, respected, feared - by others, and that's the exclusive reason to wear clothes (besides decency and weather and maybe useful pockets).
The second lot of people cannot fathom that someone might not have calibrated their outfit to appeal to a particular group of people, and so if they find that they do not like said outfit they believe that this can only mean that it's meant to offend and outrage them.
To those people, clothing is nothing but a means of communication, always on, aimed at them personally.
An unusual outfit is confusing. I'm not talking offensive slogans or public nudity, but something on the oddness scale of unexpected knitwear. It gets their attention, therefore that was the intention. It is a signal to THEM, as surely as it would be if someone had shouted LOOK AT ME! DO YOU LIKE ME? DO YOU?
Therefore they must reply!
They must reply aggressively, to match the aggression of this outfit that courts their disapproval.
They must reply loudly, because they are speaking for everyone around who has to look at this loud outfit.

What do they say, then, loudly, aggressively and publicly?
I find it hard to decode their message, which is unsurprising since we disagree so profoundly about communication. It seems to be something like: "Hey complete stranger, you have succeeded in repelling me! This is a bad loss! I would help you out with constructive criticism about every aspect of your life ALL THE TIME!"
I don't aim to repel those people, but honestly, I don't mind it. It's a pleasant side effect of wearing exactly what I like.
There is a school of thought saying it's a great idea when looking for love to pay special attention to attractive strangers who tell you what to wear because it's a sign that they care.
Try putting a bit of fluff on your shoulder and see who picks it off discreetly = someone is either paying attention to you, or really hates fluff on shoulders.
Try wearing something you really like and see who tells you loudly at a party that you look bad in that = HOORAY you eliminated one from the list right there. Unless you love fighting, or get off on being told what to wear (it's an option).

There aren't many people like that left in my life, and I don't feel the lack of them. I've managed to build  a life that's happy without trying hard for social status. My status comes from things I make, not interaction with other people. No one is going to not buy my books because they hate my shoes. No one is going to decide against commissioning me to sit in my own home and draw stuff just because they hate my hat. I realise this is a fortunate position. I aimed for it, and getting to be myself is an important part of my plans and ambitions.

But sometimes I come across those unwanted commenters outside my happy filter bubble, and then I feel sorry for them.
Surely statistically there must be at least one major thing in their life that they feel really tortured about liking even though it's deviant from their perceived norm. Or maybe their sense of satisfaction in life comes from the approval of others to the extent that they wouldn't even try anything that's not been pre-approved. Both seems sad.
I also feel sad for those who would like to wear what the heck they like but their circumstances forbid it. Sometimes I guess they do the shouting at funny hats of strangers.

I think we'd all be happier if everyone would at least understand that it's not all about attention of others, no matter how striking someone looks.
Yeah, of course some people court attention. But there is more to this. - Every time I see someone with green hair or a beautiful tattoo or even just a bright red coat on a grey day I am that little bit happier, because I believe that most of us don't look different from the norm to be in some club of fellow deviants, or to annoy anyone. We look the way we do because we like to remind ourselves what makes us happy in the easiest way we can: by carrying it with us wherever we go.

If you are someone who hasn't considered this before, give it a think.

Maybe this baggy jumper isn't to hide anything from you, it's just really comfortable? Maybe it's so big because it's borrowed from someone?
Maybe the blue hair simply means they really like blue, they feel it suits them, and they don't work a job that disallows blue hair so they are doing this while they can?
Maybe those tight trousers are great to run and climb and dance in, not to show off?
Maybe that tattoo is to commemorate something important and not intended as a sexy sex signal at all?

Or maybe that particular baggy jumper is indeed a portable hideout, or it signals that someone has a boyfriend (or at least wants people to think so), and maybe that particular bunch of blue hair is to annoy people exactly like you, and those tight trousers are to attract a mate, and the tattoo makes that person feel very sexy. It's a tattoo of a stick insect and a hammer, and carefully designed to be irresistibly erotic to a very small number of specially initiated people. Yeah. Who knows? You don't, that's who. They do. And although it may well be an attempt to communicate something, it's never a request for a critique by strangers.

And even if you are 100% right and someone is actually trying to annoy the heck out of you with the way they choose to look: why take the bait? If someone goes and installs antlers or shaves off half their beard diagonally with the exclusive and pre-meditated intention to make you angry - think how annoyed they'll be if you just ignore it!
Come on, do it. Ignore them. Chances you'll be happy imagining that they are unhappy, and then we can all be happy in the world OUTSIDE your head (except those fools actually just trying to provoke others, they'll be frustrated, haha). - Yeah, it's confusing. Makes you want to shout at silly hats. Well, take a breath, count to ten, the silly hat may pass, carried away on the warm and happy head of a total stranger.

And lastly, consider this:
Maybe, just maybe, if you suddenly were a respected and loved global celebrity millionaire with a bunch of stylists to advise you, and you would absolutely know they are right - maybe you would still want to keep that favourite pair of trousers, because they are comfortable, and dang it when you look at yourself in the mirror you like the way you look, and then someone would say "WHAT ARE YOU TRYING TO TELL US BY WEARING THOSE SILLY OLD TROUSERS" and you'd say "Nothing, they are just my trousers"...

Is that so unlikely?

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24546. Illustration Friday: Tree

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24547. Tree

Jumping ahead and working on Christmas card designs...sorry this is before Thanksgiving.

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24549. Along the Old Post Road

Yesterday was warm and sunny for November, so Jeanette and I set up our sketching stools along the old post road in Red Hook, New York.

I was attracted to the craggy old sugar maple tree and how it cast soft shadows on the whitewashed side of the old house. The tree and house looked like bones bleaching in the morning sun. As I painted, the wind scattered the brittle leaves across the ground and the fleeting shadows drifted across the wall, making the house seem even more permanent by contrast.

Speaking of permanence and change, here's what the house looked like in 1936. It's known as the Martin homestead, built in the year of our country's founding in 1776.  

Here's how the painting looked in its foundational stages. My goal at this point was to paint some warm tone around the outside of the picture to bring out the whiteness of the wall. Then I wet the wall's surface so that I could drop those shadow colors.

After that we went to our favorite diner, which was full of veterans who had just finished dedicating a new monument in the town's park.
Tools: Schmincke Watercolor Pocket Set Caran D'Ache watercolor pencilsMoleskine Watercolor Notebook, and various sizes of flat watercolor brushes. 
Martin Homestead, Red Hook, NYPrevious GJ posts from the diner:
American Diner
War Jitters
While Waiting for Lunch
Two Creamers

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24550. Picture Book Month: Elephants

Sally Hunter's Humphrey's Corner may be more a portrayal of early childhood than of elephants, but her softly illustrated elephant characters are simply adorable:

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