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24526. New Postcard


I love my new egyptian postcards.

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24527. A Beast of Mythic Proportions


Any job that lets me include an image like this is okay by me.

More on this soon.

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24528. Ballet

I've been celebrating Ballet all week on my own blog, so how could I not bring the subject over here to the PBJ's?

I think it is SO much fun to see the whole art process...


Here's some decorative lettering from start to finish...






.. and a few Ballerinas, too...






I love Ballet!



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24529. The power of fairy tales…

Why do fairy tales endure?  Even in this age of digital entertainment, people still love to hear a classic tale or see a new drawing of their favorite character.  Maybe it brings us to a simpler time, less clutter in our lives, when we believed in the possibility of being a princess or a brave knight.

Monster Party

The ability to forget our troubles and go to a place where good and evil are clearly defined, but the monster may not be the evil one. Where the creatures are fantastical and adventure reigns supreme, yet we can still relate to the character’s problems as though they were our own.

 

Caterpillar

Through my art I am able to escape to those worlds and forget the bills I have to pay, the menial work that must be done, and become the little girl that dreamed of being a mermaid in the pool once again.  I want people to see my art and get the same sense of wonderment and adventure I get whenever I open up a fairy tale book.  But most of all, I hope that they lose themselves in a world that will make them smile.

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24530. The BEST “Scooby Doo” Ever?

I never thought I’d be posting about Scooby Doo ever again, much less be enthusiastic about it – but I happened to catch a few episodes of Warner Animation’s new Scooby Doo, Mystery Incorporated on my flight back from a quick trip to New York last month and became fascinated with them. My mind was saying “hate this”, “turn the channel”… but my eyes and ears were sorta digging it. I’d totally ignored this show for over a year – and now I found myself liking it. A lot.

I’d always been partial to A Pup Named Scooby Doo, but there’s something odd – and cool – about this latest take on the series. First off, there’s now a story arc for the entire show, Scooby apparently has more “dialogue”, Jonny Quest and Yogi Bear make cameos, Harlan Ellison (!!) plays himself (see clip below), Shaggy gets a crewcut (and it takes several episodes to grow back!), the characters poke fun at their personalities, yet stay true to the original series — and dammit, it’s fun! Heck, it even looks a hell of a lot better than any of the previous “takes”. So I contacted producer Tony Cervone and asked him to give me the scoob… err, scoop on this show. Here’s what Tony had to say (edited for space):

“We started with the premise that they really are “meddling kids”; teenagers going to high school, doing things they shouldn’t be doing. The show is a reboot universe, we borrowed things from the entire history of Scooby-Doo. The characters elude to things in the past, from Scooby-Doo Where Are You?, they meet characters they met in the direct-to-DVDs, references to things in the live action movies, Vincent Van Ghoul from The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo is in it. We pick and choose what to include.

“There is a 52-episode story arc, and in Season 2 (currently airing) every episode counts to tell the larger story. The characters are now more like normal teenagers – they hook up on occasion and break apart. We started the series with Shaggy and Velma paired off, but then Scooby found out and there was a weird romantic triangle. Yeah, Shaggy broke it off with Velma because he didn’t want to upset his best friend too much.

“We learn who the original “Mystery Incorporated” were. They were a high school club from decades past. They come back as adults (voiced by Lewis Black, Vivica A. Fox, Tia Carrera, Udo Kier and Tim Matheson) and they’re not what the gang thought they were. It’s deep and it’s dense and it only gets deeper, denser and stranger from here on in. Dan Krall art directed the first season and set the style for the show, Steve Nicodemus has followed up on the second 26 episodes. It’s so great – I don’t even know how they let us make it.”

The show airs every weekday at 2pm EST/11am PST on Cartoon Network, right after the classic Looney Tunes, and it’s worth a look. Cervone tells me that next Thursday’s episode (Heart of Evil) contains a new, “Dark Knight” take on Dynomutt and The Blue Falcon. Those who hate Scooby-Doo will never watch this (and I totally understand) – but I’d love to hear from anyone who’s been following it. What’s your take? C’mon Scoobie fans, back me up on this.

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24531. Freeze

Caught you!

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24532. I have Puppies on my Mind

I adopted a new baby two days ago. My 12 week old Toy Poodle is the apple of mummy's eye and in the spirit of this week's new arrival I did a watercolour for a friend’s 50th artist collection piece. Our Valley 10 group all have a collection of paintings from each member, received for one of their big "0" birthdays. I received my collection of paintings when I was 30. Christine is the last and

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24533. Stella Batts: Pardon Me

The 3rd book in the Stella Batts series has been released!
Written by Courtney Sheinmel, this might have been my favorite Stella book to work on yet. There were so many fun things to draw in this one.

 A new friend and a cute puppy...

A semi-creepy clown...

 blanket fort fun...
Learn more about this chapter book series at the author's website.
Available here.

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24534. Fabulous Friday - King Tut!

The son and his wife dropped in for the weekend to visit. This means outings and all the local-friend-hanging-out possible.
One of the outings was to the King Tut exhibit at the Science Center -

(getting in the mood. :-)

The statuary was astoundingly gorgeous -

From these enormous ones -

To ones that were merely life-sized -

To small (and rather dimly-lit. Was hard to photograph in this non-flash arena. But I *loved* this grouping. The lower right was a sculpted 'sketch'..)

And look at this head! Many of the sculptures had these extended craniums. Including the mummy of King Tut - so it was not merely a stylistic choice. They even had 'neck cradles' to support their heads as they slept.

Pet cat sarcophagi! 

Beautiful, beautiful carved frieze....

And there were a number of pieces from the tomb itself. This is a gold 'mask' that would have completely covered his head and shoulders.

In addition to all the stone carvings and statues, there were also a number of remarkably preserved ones made of wood (these things are 3000+ years old!)

Jewelry, amulets, pendants - he had over 150 things adorning his corpse (including gold finger and toe tips) to help in his travels to the next life.

Gold, inlaid coptic jars. The artistry and craftsmanship was truly impressive. It was a great exhibit.

At the very end, was a replica of the actual mummy, made with one of those 'magic' 3D printers. See here: 

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24535. Sneaking a Day Off...


We woke up to a glorious day on Friday, despite a very so-so forecast the day before. The sun streamed into the studio and the sky through the veluxes was faultlessly blue. As I went through the mornings emails, I thought sadly about the day ahead: my re-roughs are all in and my paper is all cut to size and ready, so my next job is to pull down all the blinds, so the studio is good and dark, and then stand at the lightbox for about 2 days, tracing my line-work up onto the pastel paper.

I looked out at the sun again and over to the lightbox. There was no real contest - it took only about 3 seconds for me to decide to bunk off instead.


So John and I packed a rucksack with books, sketchbooks and bananas and walked to the Botanical Gardens, where we laid out a blanket and chilled in the dappled shade of a tree.


It was so nice to have no agenda for a few hours. I finished my book-group tome (in the nick of time), did some sketches of the trees and people watched. Much better idea!

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24536. “God Is Kidding” By Boaz Balachsan And Dima Tretyakov

Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design students Boaz Balachsan and Dima Tretyakov recorded Israeli children giving their opinions about God and faith and interpreted their thoughts through animation. The idea recalls the Irish animated series Give Up Yer Aul Sins, which was based on 1960s recordings of children telling Bible stories, but Balachsan and Tretyakov add a quirky mixed media style and clever visual/audio transitions. See development art from God is Kidding on the film’s blog.

(Thanks, Elran Ettinger)


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24537. Chesire Cat. GIF ©2012 Dain Fagerholm

Cheshire cat. GIF ©2012 Dain Fagerholm

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24538. NogginStik

Hi everyone,

It's been a big secret for the past year, but I can finally tell you all....  This time last year, I worked on the artwork for an instructional brochure that will accompany a new baby developmental toy, the "NogginStik".  It's a great little all-in-one toy that is perfect for little hands, and can be used from birth to toddler years to help babies learn and experiment to meet their developmental milestones.  My daughter Olivia was the exact target age for the product while I was working on the artwork, and go to be one of the "test subjects" when the first prototypes came out last fall.  The head of the NogginStik lights up when she taps it, the base is a rattle, and the whole toy had different colors and textures.

The toy should be on the market in the next month, and I will be posting a link on my website to let you all know where you can purchase it.  As for me, I can't wait to buy all of my "young mom" friends NogginStiks for their own little ones.  In the meanwhile, here is a preview of some of the activities from the booklet that comes with the toy....can you spot Olivia?!


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24539. Should Anyone Be Published?


So I got to thinking today while my dog was walking me - Should anyone be published? Can anyone be published? At what point can one call them self an author or artist? What is an artist? If everyone is an artist how can any of us make a living as an artist, author, musician or whatever? With internet tools like: Etsy, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Amazon, iTunes, Pubit, Tumbler, Wordpress, Diviantart, Youtube, Kickstarter, Google, and yes Blogger - anyone can make their art available for consumption and can generate an audience for FREE. Is this good for art? Is this good for artists? and is it good for our consumers? What is the cost of more artists getting more attention than ever before in the history of the world?

Some say the down side is that more mediocre art will be seen than ever before. That the quality of art is being diluted. That if people without "proper" training call themselves artists or authors - the lay person will not know the difference. That the masses will unwittingly consume bad art. That everyone loses because the revolutionaries are storming the Bastille and the established master artists will lose the power of their voice in the coming wave of amateurs.

What do you think?

Here's what I think: Baloney!

I don't think things are that much different now as they were 20 years ago -as far as artists having to work super hard to get attention. Rewind the tape and lets go back to 1992 - before all those internet sites were created. I was told that I was crazy to try to become a professional illustrator in '92. The same was true if you wanted to become an actor, musician, photographer, comedian, or gallery painter. Why was it crazy? -because there was so much stinkin competition! The big difference was that there were more gatekeepers than there are today. Reps, agents, companies, publishers, labels, agencies, galleries, etc were the entities that vetted artists for their perception of quality. Sometimes they got it right - sometimes they blew it - like the publishers that told JK Rowling to take a hike.

So now that many of these gatekeepers have lost some of their power - we're seeing artists self publishing all forms of art:  books, music, visual art, performing art, etc. I think it's great! I believe that everyone is an artist (sometimes). I believe that most artists feed off of their audience and the feedback can be both encouraging and discouraging - but both are necessary for growth.

I don't think that more artists vying for attention is bad at all - in fact I believe it's a good thing. If originality is taking a known idea and combining it with another idea than I believe that more artist's means more ideas. More ideas breed even more combinations of ideas which means that the quality of art should go up. I see this already happening -  I've seen more creative ideas in the last year on Facebook than I've ever seen in my entire life.

To become an accomplished artist takes many years and long hours of practice. In the past the practice was done without much of an audience. I believe that artists can now improve much faster with the exposure they can receive through their network of friends online.

Some worry that their products won't be found in a sea of other products. They better worry. We should all worry enough to make sure our products are DIFFERENT - ORIGINAL - CREATIVE - EXCEPTIONAL - even EXTRAORDINARY or we will never get the attention we seek. But this isn't new either...

Consider all the books that have ever been published in the history of publishing. Google estimates this number at 130 million. How did anyone ever get noticed? ONE HUNDRED THIRTY MEEEELION BOOKS???!!! - YIKES!  Most of the good ones got noticed because there are systems in place to help you find what you're looking for. Take Barnes and Noble for instance. By my rough calculations (keep in mind I flunked math) Barnes and Noble Stores carry a few hundred thousand books  - much less than 1% of all the books ever published. So B&N acts as a filter for it's consumers - they only carry what they think you will want. In addition those few hundred thousand books aren't overwhelming because they are organized into sections. When you or I walk into a B&N we already know what section(s) we're going to check out that might have a few hundred books to browse...piece of cake - you just found Linchpin by Seth Godin.

The same thing is happening online. Review sites, List sites, retailers, awards, bloggers, etc are tripping over themselves to find the good stuff to bring relevancy to their sites. They want to be able to sell their products and attract advertisers so they have to suggest good products to us in order drive traffic and stay viable.

In the end I think there will be just as many superstars creating works that reach some level of mainstream success and then there will be the rest of us - hoping, dreaming, working our butts off, and having a great time doing what we love.

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24540. Illustration Friday Topic-Freeze

This is an image from the Two Can Art collection of work. The collection is a collaboration between myself and my son, Noah who is autistic. Noah paints all of the textures and I fuse them with design.
I thought this bear image would be a good fit for the topic Freeze in that it is clearly a winter day and also if I ran into this guy I would probably freeze as well.

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24541. Atlantic Ocean

Was I this  brave when I was three? We went to the beach and the waves were the perfect height for slamming into you but not dragging you off. The day was stunning, sunny and a lively ocean.

Now I'm in a local coffee shop because the cat wouldn't stop sitting on me and I really need to get some work done. Also, there was snoring. It's raining now which means our planned garage sale is canceled. But that's fine, I need to work anyway.

I think we'll start the drive back early on Monday. The weather should be clear and it'll give me time to finish up a few pieces before the trip. 

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24542. IKEA Jansmit

IKEA Jansmit by sevensheavendotcom
IKEA Jansmit, a photo by sevensheavendotcom on Flickr.

Parody upon a manual of the furniture giant IKEA, reflecting the news that IKEA became a fully Dutch enterprise. Jan Smit is a famous Dutch singer.

(More: sevensheaven.nl)

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24543. Free Puppy Coloring Page.

Another busy week here at Bob Ostrom Studio. Not sure if I told you guys this yet but I’m working on a really fun project that’s getting ready to be an ebook…. What I already told you? Really? Did I tell you it’s with the extremely talented author Julia Dweck? If you want to learn more about Julia you can find her on her Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/juliadweckbooks
Have fun coloring. See you next week.

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24544. independent features indie comics creator zoom rockman!

Hey, look at this! Recognise this guy and his comic?



If you came along to the Pop Up Festival last month, you might have met Zoom Rockman and seen him give his workshop comics talk, with his brother Ace.




And this is exciting, The Independent have picked up the story, they're excited to see an 11-year-old kid making, self-publishing and marketing his own comics.





And they've printed some of his work! A great media day for indie comics, hurrah!



Cheers for the Pop Up mention, Zoom! :D I hope lots of other kids will realise just how possible it is to start making and publishing comics NOW, and not wait until they're grown up. All you need to publish a comic is paper, something to draw with, some way to reproduce it (by hand, with a photocopier, with a computer printer, with an online printing company such as Lulu, or DPS who printed our ink+PAPER anthology), a blog or website (which can be found free online), willingness to put in the hours, and you're off!



You can read the full Independent article on their website. And here's Zoom's website, go explore!

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24545. Uli Meyer Will Direct A Short Based On Ronald Searle’s St. Trinian’s Girls

Animation veteran Uli Meyer is on a mission: capturing the vivid graphic style of illustration legend Ronald Searle in animation. Recreating Searle’s style in movement is the animator’s equivalent of climbing Mount Everest. Many have tried, but few have reached the summit.

Meyer succeeded admirably a couple years back when he produced a brief animation test of Searle’s St. Trinian’s girls. The piece, posted above, earned him the personal blessing of Searle who allowed Meyer “‘carte blanche’ to develop a story based on his cartoons, as long as it would stay true to his original vision and. . .his vivid graphic style.”

Meyer announced today that he plans to produce a half-hour St. Trinian’s featurette. Further, it will be in his words, “a fully animated film in the classical sense, hand-drawn, with pen and ink, and not a single Wacom pen in sight.” In other words, he’s doing everything right already.

Follow the making of the film by reading Uli’s production diary.


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24546. Illustrator Saturday – Robby Gilbert

Robby Gilbert began his career in illustration at a young age by doodling additional characters and scenes into the back pages of picture books. Though the practice is universally frowned upon by parents and librarians, Robby was undeterred. He continued drawing. Wisely, his parents sent him to art classes (both to hone his skills and save on library fees). Robby later earned a BFA in illustration and animation and then a M.Ed. He has worked extensively as an illustrator, animator, educator, and art director for such clients as Sesame Street, Nickelodeon, Disney Interactive, the National Wildlife Foundation, and Ranger Rick Magazine.

Robby is currently working on a film-noir inspired series of children’s detective stories. At present, Robby lives in the Pacific Northwest, where, when he isn’t drawing, he can be found teaching illustration and animation to the next generation of compulsive doodlers.

What school did you attend for your BFA?

I attended the School of Visual Arts, in New York and earned a BFA in Media Arts in 1989. Also received an M.Ed in 2006.

What was the most interesting class that you took?

History of Animation, taught by the late Charles Samu. Also, I loved Harvey Kurtzman’s cartooning classes.

How key were the animation classes you took in shaping your art?

Well, I think that Saturday morning cartoons and early Disney films shaped my art well before school. Animation classes did, however, help me develop drawing skills, speed, and perhaps some goofy acting.

How did you get the job to illustrate Ranger Rick Magazine?

They actually approached me after I animated Rick for a children’s web company.

There’s a full interview with me about just that topic at

https://sites.google.com/site/classicrangerrick/interview-with-robby-gilbert

Did the school help you get a job when you graduated?

No. I was hired by an animation company right out of school so I frankly never used the school’s placement services.

Here is Robby showing his process for the cover of the book dummy of Gumshu, Undercover Dragon.

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24547. Rules for Wandering

I like this RULES FOR WANDERING by Bekka Palmer. My hubbie and I call it bimbling. We drive around looking at houses, or fields, or trees, having lunch at out of the way places that don't rush you. Since my office is in my house, sometimes our bimbles are the only way for me to escape. They are vital to our continued good mental health (ha!). I especially like the first rule:

No. 0: No maps or navigation devices allowed.
Go CHECK THEM OUT!
Thanks to SwissMiss for the heads up.



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24548. Freeze!


This week's Illustration Friday topic is "Freeze".

And the victim is a fancy goldfish.

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24549. #553: javelin


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24550. "Street Art at the NCMS" Last Day!


For our last street art project, we decided to do a little art bombing at the NC Museum of Art. We got some cardboard and some paint and created some art we could stick on a stick... or in a tree.


Hard at work creating some art for are art bombing.


Choosing the right color is always important.


Once we were done, we headed out to the front of the NCMA to place our art.


Are you looking at that art??? Or is that art looking at you!


POW!


Taco the Cow.


Penguins!


A view from the path.


Then we all went home.

The End!

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