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24526. Words

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24527. the Radiophonic Workshop

As every kid with a pen and a sketchbook is likely to surpass my doodles, I'm preparing the switch to Audio instead of visuals, stay tuned... Inspired by a documentary about BBC Radiophonic Workshop.

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24528. Here's a bit of royalty...


Here's a bit of royalty... a royal python.  This was from my very first all digital book, 'The Smile Shop' by Joy Cowley.  It was done with a mix of Illustrator, drawing with pencil and finished in Photoshop.

It was fun, but a taxing project as I recall... trying to learn how it all worked and create a new art style.  

It's funny that I didn't pursue this line-less style.  I'll have to get back to it someday, since artwork without lines seems to be quite popular.

By John Nez

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24529. COMING SOON....

                          "The Powder Monkey" author Donna McDine and artist KC Snider.

                                               

This is a story
about the  victims of the Press Gangs scouring the English countryside for young boys to become "powder monkeys" aboard the First Rate warships.  When in a sea battle, the ship's canons needed to be constantly supplied with exploding powder to send canon balls into the enemy ship.  Powder monkeys were expected to supply the bags of powder back and forth between the seamen and the powder storage below decks.  This is the story of one such boy.

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24530. “Common Is The Sense” by Nadav Arbel

Lunacidal Tendencies is some kind of a mass collaboration of 35 artists mostly from Israel. This is their latest music video, animated and directed by Nadav Arbel, based on artwork by Yoni Boaz.

(Thanks Guy, via Goola)


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24531. Waiting for Billy....


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24532. Frescobaldi

An etching of The Frog at the Frescobaldi Cafe.
Etching 19cm x 15cm. Click to enlarge.

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24533. ahoy mate!!!!

this is now FOR SALE here in my etsy shop
i decided to scan it before painting the name so that i could sell it as a PRINT. it is a comissioned piece for a baby named Aiden (hence the name of the ship in the photo below-the S.S. Aiden).

so...can i just say that i have a new *favorite*?!
AARGH!

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24534. Sunday Sketching -

The wrist is mostly working now. Still feeling fairly rusty.
Warm-up drawings...

Getting more in to it...

In the teensy purse-Moleskine, balanced upon my knee....

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24535. Letter Z

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24536. Back to the Grapes

Leaves, leaves, and more leaves.  I tried working on the mural this afternoon, but it was a bit hot up on the step ladder - heat rises and it is definitely warmer working on the upper part of the mural.  So, I waited until it was evening to continue.  The downside of that is dealing with the glare of the lights in certain spots while painting.  Oh well...


Anyway, I started detailing the grape leaves.  Part of me was dreading it (just a little) - there are so many.  I still have many more to go, but I'd say I'm about two-thirds done.

This is how it looked before - leaves just loosely "sketched" in
As many as there are to do, it is nice to see them being defined more.

With more detail built up

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24537. For Queen Elizabeth

I painted this little corgi in a cup last week, but have been so busy with the last week of school, and my son's graduation, I haven't had a moment to scan it... here it is! Gotta love those corgis!
I'll copy Kristin's idea and list my favorite things about England (I've been there twice): strong black tea, the beautiful gardens and oh so old houses, estates, castles, knitting!, embroidery!, the Victoria & Albert museum, the Tate Modern, really great music from all genres, cheap theater tickets (Shakespeare!), gorgeous chocolates at Fortnum & Mason, really good cheese. And some of my favorite children's books: Winnie the Pooh, the Beatrix Potter books, Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland, the Harry Potter series.  I'm sure I could go on and on...What are yours?

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24538.

My Wife , Samantha

I painted this yesterday and matted it today. This is a portrait of my wife I am giving this to her for her 43rd birthday ....

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24539. “American History” (1992) By Trey Parker

From the archives, here’s the 1992 student film that Trey Parker, co-creator of “South Park”, made at the University of Colorado – a film that went on to win a student Academy Award (Silver Medal) in 1993. It was co-directed by Chris Graves.

Apparently Trey got his Japanese roommate to talk about the history of America as he knew it, which Trey then animated with crude paper cut-outs. The rest is… American History!

Lest you think The Book of Mormon, Team America or Orgazmo were Parker’s first live action efforts, check his other student film: Giant Beavers of Southern Sri Lanka

(Thanks, Charles Brubaker)


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24540. Organization. . .

I find it helps to organize chores into categories.
1) Things I won't do now
2) Things I won't do later
3) Things I will never do. . .

Ahhh. . .I feel much more organi
zed!

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24541. Book Designer’s Job – Inside Scope

Elizabeth has worked as a book designer at Macmillan for the past three years, covering mostly
Henry Holt Books for Young Readers, Feiwel & Friends and Square Fish, the paperback imprint.
Her background also includes working at Bedford/St. Martin’s Press and Ferrar, Straus & Giroux
(FSG), imprints of Macmillan. Liz took some time out to offer Sprouts readers a behind-the-scenes look at her job, advice on illustration and what to think about when sending samples.

How did you end up becoming a designer at Macmillan?

I moved to New York City after I finished my graduate degree and interned with the adult art
department at FSG. While there, I connected with the Creative Director at Henry Holt and interviewed for an assistant position in the art department.

Please describe a typical work day for you?

A typical day for me involves some cover design (usually comps for an upcoming paperback or novel
or fi nalizing a design that’s ready to start routing to the editors), making corrections to mechanicals* that are already routing, and maybe logging in some artwork that just arrived. There are always proofs coming in that need to be checked and corrected and lots of little issues that come up during the day that are taken care of as quickly as possible (images needed in marketing or sales, tracking down mechanicals, checking on reprints, etc).

What is the difference between being an art director and a book designer?

An art director or creative director is involved in every part of the process and is the person that a designer goes to for advice and direction—they have to know what’s going on with every title while managing their designers and freelancers and art directing illustrators. A book designer is more focused on their own projects—moving forward with their designs and keeping in touch with the editors and illustrators as the design progresses. It’s not uncommon to back up an art director or fellow designer though, if they need assistance.

What is it about children’s books that make you want to design them?

I love children’s literature and it’s a pleasure to design picture books as well as novels. I think designing children’s books allows a little more flexibility in some ways (we design the interior and jacket to make a cohesive book, whereas adult titles are often done by two different designers). There is also the bonus of working with picture books, which I love. There is nothing else like a picture book and if it’s done well I think it’s one of the most beautiful forms a book can take.

PLEASE GIVE ILLUSTRATORS A COUPLE DESIGN TIPS TO CONSIDER WHEN WORKING ON THEIR ILLUSTRATIONS:

PICTURE BOOKS

• When working on picture books, be careful of the gutter.  You don’t want to lose any important parts of the artwork when the book is bound.

• Leave room for the designers to place type.  The more you think about this at the dummy stage the less the designer will have to move things around. If you discuss this up front you’ll all be happy with the placement.

• Think about how the spreads work off each other and try to vary the veiw points and angles from spread to spread to keep things interesting.

• Always include bleed on all sides of your pieces.

COVERS

• A lot of the picture book tips work for jackets, too.  Movement and dynamic angles are always eye catching and work nicely on jackets, but they aren’t necessarily right for every book. Talk with the art director/designer and don’t be afraid

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24542. Tyrannosaur Attacking Strutter

This scene from Dinotopia: The World Beneath (1995) shows a tyrannosaur and a couple of allosaurs attacking a Dinotopian walking machine called a strutter. 


In Dinotopia it's dangerous to cross through the jungle in the center of the island, which is ruled by large theropods. The scene takes place as the strutter crosses a shallow stream.

The tyrannosaur is using its powerful foot to pin down the head of the strutter, and is biting off the top of the frill. For a scene like this, I used existing dinosaur models for lighting reference. Trying to guess where those shadows would fall without a maquette would be rather difficult.

The color scheme is limited to yellow ochre, dull red-violets and dull blue-greens. I tried hard to keep bright blue out of the scene.  The painting is done in oil fairly transparently on the dinosaur, with a little more opacity in the background.

Dinotopia: The World Beneath

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24543. Fred 62.


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24544. Illustrated quote: It's never too late to revise

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You can also find my illustrated quotes on my Illustrated Quotes Pinterest board.

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24545. Philadelphia - part last, Brandywine Art Museum

Got to spend a fabulous few hours at one of my favorite museums -
The Brandywine Art Museum - home of lots of Howard Pyle and all the various Wyeth's art.

It is housed in a re-purposed old mill, along the lovely Brandywine 'Creek' (or Christiana River) - 

The grounds are beautiful - full of wild flowers, and sculpture. :-) We have pictures of us sitting on this cow dating from the early 80's. :-)

oh - and wild life! :-)

My very generous chauffeurs and fellow-museum-perusers for the day - Dominick Saponaro and Christina Hess (continuing the picture-taking-on-the-statuary tradition. :-)

Besides the always fun art-viewings (which we are not allowed to photograph), there is the stunning views from the various windows -

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24546. Julia Wauters

Some delightful work by French illustrator Julia Wauters...
Affiche pour Ma grande soeur m'a dit...
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24547. Philadelphia - part V, scenic drive...

 Driving about around fields and wooded areas is one of my favorite things to do when back east...

 The flora and fauna are significantly different than here in the PNW...
as are the stone walls -

 - and covered bridges...

 (not a fir tree in sight!)

I love the old farms - a thing we are short on the closer you get to Seattle....  We are also sadly short of fireflies!

I don't miss the humidity though. At all. I can only bear it for short visits. Lovely short visits....

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24548.

Bugs and other things by Penny Noble

Queen Bee and Butterfly have a tea party using  Billy Bears lost button for a table! One lump or two?

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24549. Jordan Hyde: Banjo Pickin' Pig



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24550. Marilyn Monroe portrait

My take on Marilyn Monroe.

Also available as an art print.

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