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24526. Baby Fairy awakes...Pencil sketch with wash

Baby Rose, awakes.....  I just needed to pencil out and lay some washes for  little fairy baby Rose...she just would not let me go until I did.

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24527. Celebrating National Children's Book Month in Cebu City?

Click on the picture below to read an invitation!

On July 20, the Philippine Board on Books for Young People (PBBY) will be in Cebu City to give a FREE seminar. PBBY Chair and representative for librarians Zarah Gagatiga will be speaking about library activities, and as the PBBY representative for book reviewers I will be speaking about book reviewing.

I really hope to meet many of the children's books supporters in Cebu City! Again, please click on the picture above for more details. :o)

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24528. tornado

our friend Plant was quietly resting at the beach and suddenly the news talked about a huge tornado

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24529. Love Them or Hate Them, The Minions Are Here To Stay

Leading up this week’s release of the sequel, Despicable Me 2, the minions are the center of an inescapable advertising bonanza, overshadowing even the human characters in the film. The yellow pill-shaped creatures are on billboards, bus ads, and commercials. They have their own upcoming attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood (they’re already at Universal Orlando), themed hotel suites, video game and a feature-length prequel set for a 2014 release. And then there’s the Despicablimp, a 165-foot-long, 55-foot-tall airship which is currently on a six-month, 20,000-mile journey across the United States to promote the film.

No longer the background entertainment, the minions are the cornerstone of the marketing plan for Despicable Me 2, starring in nearly every ad for the film. Their success among audiences surprises even the film’s writers. “We never knew the minions were going to be so popular; it just became a force of nature,” said the film’s co-writer Cinco Paul in an interview with the Los Angeles Times. The bumbling gibberish and clumsy nature of the minions easily translates across cultures and age groups to win over fans. The minions have also tapped into the striking power of yellow, a color that has found wide recognition in animation and entertainment.

We’ve seen large groups of secondary characters become unofficial film mascots in the past—the aliens from Toy Story and the penguins from Madagascar were breakout stars from their respective films. Hordes of animated characters were a rarer sight when hand-drawn animation was the preeminent feature film technique, but with computer animation, it is easy to replicate and tweak models to achieve a cast of many. The relative ease with which the makers of Despicable Me 2 have created their army of minions would’ve made the 101 Dalmatians animators cry with joy.

The Los Angeles Times recently published an article on the success of the minions, which twice praises the characters’ simple design and says that even children can draw them. But it’s more than just the “simple, graphic nature” of the minions that makes them a success with audiences. Their childlike mannerisms and brazen stupidity is a brand of humor that translates to almost any demographic. Their giggles and gibberish, though annoying to some, is downright infectious.

Even though they risk overexposure, the minions could become a coveted marketing model for animated features, and it won’t be surprising if other studios attempt to copy the formula. But this could result in derivative forms that feel superficial, especially if the characters’ personalities aren’t developed with care. The minions’ push to the forefront grew organically from audience response to the first film. Perhaps then, the real lesson here is that even in this modern era of sequels, prequels, spin-offs, remakes and adaptations, audiences still value and reward original creations.

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24530. Free Fall Friday

CALL FOR ILLUSTRATIONS: Please remember to send in your illustrations for July. It is a great way to get seen and keep your name out there to get noticed. Send them to Kathy(dot)temean(at)gmail.com. Please submit .jpgs at least 500 pixels wide.


For those writers who enjoy doing the picture prompt for their first page, above is July’s Picture Prompt illustration which was created by John Manders. He was featured on May 25th. Here is the link: http://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2013/05/25/illustrator-saturday-john-manders/

WRITERS Sending in a First Page: Please attach your double spaced, 12 point font, 23 line first page to an e-mail and send it to kathy(dot)temean(at)gmail(dot)com. Also cut and paste it into the body of the e-mail. Put “June First Page Critique” or “June First Page Picture Prompt Critique” in the subject line. Make sure you have your name on the submission, a title, and indicate the genre. 


The four chosen and their critiques will be posted on July 26th. I will announce who our Guest Critiquer is next Friday.

Talk tomorrow,


Filed under: Artist opportunity, authors and illustrators, Contests, inspiration, opportunity, Writer's Prompt Tagged: First Page Critique, Free Fall Friday, John Manders

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24531. Fruits and Veggies

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24532. Your Guide to Animation Events at San Diego Comic-Con (Day 1)

This morning, Comic-Con International: San Diego released the event schedule for Thursday, July 18th, the first day of programming at the annual SoCal pilgrimage of pop culture geeks. To help make your lives easier, we’ve combed through the schedule and compiled all the animation-related events in one handy place. Keep in mind, this is only day one! Among the major animation names who will appear on Thursday are Dean DeBlois, Rob Minkoff, Bill Plympton, Trey Parker, Matt Stone, and Craig Bartlett.

There will also be a couple major treats for classic animation fans. Firstly, 88-year-old animation legend Gene Deitch (Tom Terrific, UPA, Terrytoons) will be visiting from Prague for his first-ever Comic-Con appearance. He’ll be promoting his new book Nudnik Revealed! which is a great collection of storyboards and model sheets from his 1960s cartoon creation. Another vintage-themed animation panel is “The Legendary Animators of Classic ’60s Cartoons,” featuring an esteemed group of veteran industry artists: Bob Singer, Art Leonardi, Willie Ito, and Iraj Paran.

Animation Events: Thursday, July 18

MAD Screening and Q&A
The MADness continues in San Diego as MAD once again descends on Comic-Con with their usual-but mostly unusual-brand of hijinks and hilarity. Producers Kevin Shinick and Mark Marek and other hilarious minds from the show promise a wisecracking discussion about the series inspired by the beloved and bestselling humor magazine. Producers will also share new footage featuring all the fan-favorite elements of the show, from animated parodies and crazy commercials to pretend promos and classic gags. This panel is sure to leave everyone feeling MAD. From Warner Bros. Animation, MAD airs Mondays at 8:30/7:30c on Cartoon Network.
Thursday July 18, 2013 10:15am – 11:15am
Room 6DE

Hasbro: Transformers Prime Beast Hunters
Members of the Hasbro and Hasbro Studios team as well as special guests give fans a peek behind the curtain of the popular animated series currently airing on the Hub TV Network. Attendees will learn details about the upcoming epic conclusion of the award-winning series, including the Predacons Rising DVD launching in October and a TV movie event airing on the Hub.
Thursday July 18, 2013 11:00am – 12:00pm
Room 25ABC

Dreamworks Animation Filmmaker Focus
Join chief creative officer Bill Damaschke and directors David Soren (Turbo), Rob Minkoff (Peabody & Sherman), and Dean DeBlois (How to Train Your Dragon 2) as they discuss putting a great story through the animation process and onto the screen. Moderated by Anthony Breznican (Entertainment Weekly).
Thursday July 18, 2013 11:45am – 12:45pm
Room 6A

The 14th Annual Animation Show of Shows
Ron Diamond

(program curator, president of Acme Filmworks and AWN.com) presents the best and newest in international animation. Included is Disney's Oscar winning Paperman along with 10 animated shorts culled from the most notable festivals from around the world. Shows annually at Pixar, Dreamworks, Disney, ILM, Blue Sky, Sony, EA, UCLA, SVA, USC, SCAD, NYU, RISD, Harvard and CalArts.
Thursday July 18, 2013 11:50am – 12:50pm
Hall H

Bill Plympton’s Cheatin’ and Kickstarter Funding for Animation
Two-time Oscar-nominated director Bill Plympton (Idiots and Angels) will preview his new animated feature Cheatin'. He will screen pencil tests and finished sequences and discuss the successful Kickstarter campaign that raised funds to complete the film, plus his plans for distribution. Bill will also screen some of the short films from his new DVD release Dogs and Cows and answer questions about his career. Plus, all attendees will receive a free Bill Plympton sketch!
Thursday July 18, 2013 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Room 23ABC

The Pitching Hour
Jermaine Turner

(director, current series, Disney TV Animation), Ted Biaselli (VP programming, The Hub Network), Jill Sanford (VP, Nickelodeon Animation Development), Derek Hoffman (VP, Donner Co.), Ivan Brandon (writer/publisher, Offset Comics), Charlie Chu (editor, Oni Press), Lindsay Rostal (game producer, The Odd Gentlemen), Jennie Kong (PR strategist), and moderator Dan Evans III (freelance writer, Stoopid Monkey), will take an idea from conception through production for various media. This process will include creating a pitch document, obtaining agents, and getting a pitch meeting. The panelists will explain, through hypothetical example and humorous stories, the process that new creators should adapt to make their way through the creative battleground of the entertainment industry. Knowing that each project is unique, there will be a Q&A to allow the audience to really hone in on the solutions to obstacles they may encounter. Also on hand will be Brendan McFeely (IP lawyer, Kane Kessler) to give creators insight on protecting their ideas as they navigate Hollywood!
Thursday July 18, 2013 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Room 5AB

Spotlight on Gene Deitch
Comic-Con special guest Gene Deitch is a legendary cartoonist, animator, Academy Award-winning filmmaker, and creator of Tom Terrific. Join him for a tour thru his 70-year career, including his years directing cartoons for UPA and Weston Woods, as well as creating the comic strip Terr’ble Thompson and crossing paths with everyone from Pete Seeger and John Lee Hooker to Maurice Sendak and Jules Feiffer. Moderated by animation historian Jerry Beck and famed movie critic and author-and Comic-Con special guest-Leonard Maltin!
Thursday July 18, 2013 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Room 8

Cartoon Network: Annoying Orange
The cast and crew of Annoying Orange offer a slam-packed, manic musical mash-up, featuring an exclusive look into the show's unique production process, an epic episode premiere, a live musical number, a Toby Turner dance, and insight into the emerging creative bridge between Internet and traditional television entertainment. Panel includes Dane Boedigheimer (creator, Orange, Pear, Midget Apple, Marshmallow), Toby Turner (Nerville), iJustine (Passion Fruit), Tom Kenny (Coconut, Guava), Rob Paulsen (Broccoli Alien Overlord), Tom Sheppard (co-creator, director, Li'l Squishy, Old Man Banana), Gary Binkow (EP), and Conrad Montgomery (Cartoon Network creative executive).
Thursday July 18, 2013 12:45pm – 1:45pm
Room 6DE

After a pair of droids set the world on fire in a galaxy far, far away, Hanna-Barbera reconvened their super-terrific Sixties space superheroes for a second round of intergalactic adventures. Joining the already iconic masterpieces of Alex Toth design Space Ghost and the Herculoids were newcomers Teen Force and Astro and the Space Mutts (yes, THAT Astro) – and best of all, the heroes would frequently unite in fantastic team-up finales. Warner Archive Collection presents a look at the legacy of Space Ghost and the Herculoids, preview the upcoming release of Space Stars, take a detour to examine everyone’s favorite pre-historic superhero Captain Caveman, and discuss a very special upcoming Blu-ray release. Join WAC Podcast hosts Matthew Patterson and DW Ferranti and notable guests James Tucker (Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox) and Steven Melching (Batman: The Brave and the Bold) for this entertaining survey of some truly super-toons.
Thursday July 18, 2013 12:45pm – 1:30pm
Room 6A

Cartoon Hangover: Bravest Warriors, Bee and Puppycat, and Friends
Breehn Burns

(writer/director of Bravest Warriors) and the cast of Bravest Warriors, Tara Strong (voice of Plum), Alex Walsh (voice of Chris), John Omohundro (voice of Danny), Ian Jones-Quartey (voice of Wallow), Michael-Leon Wooley (voice of Impossibear), along with Bob Boyle (storyboard artist), discuss season 1 and the upcoming season 2, moderated by Eric Homan (producer of Bravest Warriors, VP of development at Frederator). Don't miss sneak previews of new Bravest Warriors episodes and other exclusive news. Seven-year-old Sam Lavagnino (voice of Catbug) will make a special appearance. Natasha Allegri (creator, Bee and Puppycat) will talk about her first original cartoon and will present a sneak peak of Bee and Puppycat part 2, as will other Cartoon Hangover stars Miss Kelly Martin (creator, Dr. Lollipop) and Aliki Grafft (director, Dr. Lollipop).
Thursday July 18, 2013 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Room 28DE

Nick Re-Mix: It’s Time to Go Behind the Slime!
Nickelodeon brings together Craig Bartlett (creator, Hey Arnold!), Chris Viscardi and Will McRobb (creators, The Adventures of Pete and Pete), Jay Howell and Jim Dirschberger (creators, Sanjay and Craig), and Steve Borst and Gary Doodles (creators, Breadwinners) to offer an insider's look at the creative process behind some of our funniest, most endearing, and fan-favorite cartoons. These creators will discuss what inspired them and reveal what it's really like to bring a show to life at Nickelodeon. Plus get a sneak peek at Nickelodeon's new animates series Breadwinners. Moderated by Chris Hardwick.
Thursday July 18, 2013 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Room 7AB

Animated Effects in Live Action
When the word animation is used, we think of cartoons. However, the line between live action and animation is becoming blurred due to technological advances. This panel includes industry professionals who create some of the most memorable animated visual effects, discussing how they blend animation with live action seamlessly. Appearing: Daniel Jeannette (animation director, Happy Feet and animation supervisor, Where The Wild Things Are), Roger Kupelian (matte painter, The Lord of the Rings trilogy), and James Parris (animator, Spider-Man and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button).
Thursday July 18, 2013 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Room 7AB

How to Build a Portfolio for the World of Animation
Industry leaders share an insider's look at what it takes to build the right portfolio to enter the world of animation. Attendees will gain an understanding of the creative roles of animated television, feature animation, and visual effects industries. Dawn Rivera-Ernster (director of talent development and recruitment, Walt Disney Animation Studios), Brooke Keesling (manager, animation talent development, Cartoon Network), and Diane St. Clair (VP, recruiting and artist development, Sony Pictures Imageworks) offer an insider's look at what it takes to build a creative animation portfolio.
Thursday July 18, 2013 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Room 23ABC

I Know That Voice: The Documentary: Special Preview and Q&A
John DiMaggio

(executive producer of IKTV, also voice of Bender from Futurama, Jake The Dog from Adventure Time, IFC's Out There, and many more) brings the cast and crew of IKTV together for an exclusive sneak peek at the most anticipated film about voice-over (in animation and video games) ever made! Included in the panel are Billy West (Futurama, Ren and Stimpy), Rob Paulsen (TMNT, Pinky and the Brain), Dee Bradley Baker (Clone Wars, Ben 10, American Dad), Fred Tatasciore (Hulk, Ben 10, Mad), Tom Kenny (Spongebob Squarepants, Brickleberry), Andrea Romano (25-time Emmy nominee, 8-time Emmy winner for Animaniacs, Pinky and the Brain, and more), Tommy Reid (producer, IKTV), and Lawrence Shapiro (director, IKTV). You won't want to miss this panel, especially with this bunch! You never what's going to come out of their mouths!
Thursday July 18, 2013 4:45pm – 5:45pm
Room 6BCF

PAC Is Back! PAC-MAN and the Ghostly Adventures
PAC-MAN returns for a new generation of fans! PAC-MAN producer Kunito Komori from Namco Bandai Games and Avi Arad, founder and director of Marvel Studios, discuss rebooting the iconic video game character for an exciting new animated series for Disney XD and a blockbuster video game for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii U, Nintendo 3DS, and PC.
Thursday July 18, 2013 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Room 25ABC

The Legendary Animators of Classic ’60s Cartoons
Legendary and award-winning animators Bob Singer (character and background designer, Bugs Bunny/Scooby Doo), Art Leonardi (designer/director, Pink Panther), Willie Ito (layout artist/Bugs Bunny, Flintstones), and Iraj Paran (character and title designer, Super Friends, Josie and the Pussycats), share their vast experience shaping animation history and creating hundreds of classic characters and cartoons we love from Disney, Warner Brothers, and Hanna Barbera, with over 100 years of experience among them. Leslie Combemale of ArtInsights Animation and Film Art Gallery moderates.
Thursday July 18, 2013 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Room 9

South Park: The Stick of Truth
The creators of South Park, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, will discuss their upcoming South Park videogame, South Park: The Stick of Truth. Parker and Stone will talk role playing games, their vision for an interactive South Park adventure, and creating The Stick of Truth, the epic quest to become…cool.
Thursday July 18, 2013 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Room 6BCF

The Goon Kickstarter and Beyond with Eric Powell and Blur Studios
Back in November, legions of fans rallied together to raise over $400,000 to put together a story reel for the David Fincher-produced feature film based on Eric Powell's hit comic book series The Goon! Now, Kickstarter supporters and Comic-Con attendees alike will have a chance to catch an exclusive glimpse of this work in progress! Creator Eric Powell, Blur Studios owner Tim Miller, and veteran visual effects guru Jeff Fowler present an update on this crowdfunded full-length motion picture.
Thursday July 18, 2013 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Room 9

A New Generation of Spike and Mike’s Festival of Animation
A dazzling collection of the most artistic, award-winning and funny animated shorts from around the world. Featured are 15 international, critically acclaimed animated short films, including Oscar nominees and winners. Entries include Bill Plymptons new film Drunker Than a Skunk, Pound Dogs, Dumb Ways to Die, and many more.
Thursday July 18, 2013 7:15pm – 8:15pm
Room 6BCF

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24533. “Despicable Me 2″ Reader Talkback

Despicable Me 2, which debuted in the United States on Wednesday with a mammoth $34.3 million, is headed into what is guaranteed to be a huge opening weekend. The film is the fourth effort from Illumination Entertainment, the studio run by Chris Meledandri, who is the former 20th Century Fox Animation president responsible for films like Ice Age and Horton Hears a Who!.

Critical reaction to Despicable Me 2, directed by Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud, has been decent though not spectacular, which is quite similar to another recent animated follow-up, Pixar’s Monsters University. The critics’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes stands at 75% with an audience rating of 89%. Variety labeled the film an “endearing if slightly less inspired sequel,” while the NY Times stated that it was “consistently diverting and so cute you’ll want to pet it” while cautioning that “it is also weightless and lacks a center.” The note sounded by most critics is that it’s ultimately a likeable film, as summed up by the Village Voice: “It’s breezy and affable without ever going completely soft.”

And now it’s your turn. After you see the film, report back here with your thoughts in the comments below. As always, this talkback is reserved for readers who have seen the film and wish to share their views with others in the animation community.

(Despicable Me 2 billboard via Daily Billboard)

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24534. Done!

Sending art out today.
I'm going to miss these guys!

(Happily, we'll meet again next spring.)

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24535. Children's Poet Laureate, Kenn Nesbitt, selects SEA STAR WISHES!

Recently appointed Children's Poet Laureate, Kenn Nesbitt, has selected Sea Star Wishes (Sasquatch Books, April 2013) as his book of the month for July :)

Some nice news for this fine little book and you can read a short interview that Mr. Nesbitt conducted with author Eric Ode over at Poetry For Kids.org.

Happy Summer Reading!

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24536. Fruits and Veggies

New print in my Etsy shop -

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24537. Penny Pincher Stickers

This is a set of stickers I did for SmileMakers.

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24538. Pajama Girl gets her own website

I've really been having such a good time using Adobe Muse to build web sites, I decided try throw one together for my Pajama Girl (and Blanket Boy) eBooks.

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24539. How To: Twitter! by Joseph Eastwood

This is the best article I've read about Twitter. Start reading it here and go over to Joseph Eastwood's blog to finish.

How To: Twitter! by Joseph Eastwood 

We all want to know how to get more followers, or get more people to read our tweets. We want those favourites and those retweets, and we want to be people who are asked questions about our respective fields. In this case, writing... and probably for a lot of you guys as well as I'd say that most, if not all, of my readership is made of writers.

So, if you're not familiar with Twitter, here's the basic gist of it.

Twitter is a social networking site that offers microblogging, which is where you are only allowed 140 characters to write a post, or as it's called, a tweet. With these 140 characters you are able to hashtag (#), mention (@), and link to images, websites, etc.

Use of Twitter

For a writer, the main use of Twitter is to promote. Please do not mistake promotion for spam. Promotions are usually for blog posts, competitions, etc. although you do see a lot of "buy my book [insert Amazon link]" tweets, and that's called spam, although a way around that would be informing people of a new release, a price change, a new review etc.

I'll list some Twitter etiquette for you.

Beg people to buy your book.
DM (direct message) them with a link to your book.

Write a clear bio. (The Twitter Bio below!)
Thank people for RTs and follows.


An essential element in any Twitter-er's diet, in fact, anywhere you go online you'll see these little gems of connective tissue. This is how you FIND content and also put content out there on the web. Only the people who follow you will see your tweet if you don't use a hashtag, but if you do, and you use one well, your tweet has the potential to reach thousands more people.

There are different types of hashtags. There's the interactive tags, which people use to have conversations through, and this is something that a lot of TV shows are now using so that the people watching can tweet their thoughts. I know that I use this A LOT, especially when watching shows like Big Brother.

Interactive Hashtags for Writers
These tags are all hyperlinked to take you right to Twitter and show you examples of the tags in use!
#amwriting - #amediting - #amreading
#wordcount - #writegoal - #writetip - #writingprompt
#WriterWednesday - #WW - #MondayBlogs
#FollowFriday - #FF (also flash fiction) - #FridayFlash - #flashfiction
#pubtip - #promotip - #authorRT
Current fav: #1k1hr attempting 1,000 words in 1 hour!
#NaNoWriMo (November) - #CampNaNoWriMo (April & July)

There are hundreds more hashtags that you can choose from. Perhaps a genre hashtag, so just put a hashtag before your genre. Or, go for something with a title, for instance #writer or #author, and that is one way you can find people and follow them.

Read the rest at: http://josepheastwood.blogspot.com/2013/07/how-to-twitter.html?showComment=1372976314356#c383920210191064692

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24540. “The Day I Killed My Best Friend” by Antonio J. Busto Algarin

Twenty-two-year-old Antonio J. Busto Algarin made The Day I Killed My Best Friend at Middlesex University in London:

Regla is a nine-year-old girl, whose only friend is imaginary. Regla hates bath time and always has to be ordered to do it. However, she usually gets rid of her bath water without her mother knowing. One day Regla and her indulgent imaginary friend are forced to confront the sudden arrival of her first menstruation and the problems that come with it.

The sexually charged film has the kind of youthful energy and playful experimentation with form and technique that can make watching student films such an enjoyable experience. Even if all the pieces don’t quite fit together, Busto’s campy aesthetic is something fresh and different. Since making the film, Busto has launched an animation collective with other colleagues called Rabano. I look forward to seeing what he comes up with next.

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24541. Sketching on July the 4th

Happy 4th of July!
I made these 2 little paintings this morning. I see these things every morning from my front porch .
Someday we'll look up and all of those quaint telephone and power poles will be gone.  It's probably a good idea to sketch the things that you see as commonplace as often as you can .

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24542. The Great Sheffield Art Show

On Wednesday, I delivered 3 paintings to the Octagon Theatre, ready for hanging at the Great Sheffield Art Show. Although I help with the selection process, I have never got around to putting forward any of my own work before. 

Unlike with the Derbyshire Open, I was not able to create new paintings - the submission dates were back in April, so too early to catch my recent batch of work - so I had to see what I could find. I thought I would put in a piece of illustration artwork, an editorial illustration, originally created for an article about ice-cream parlours. It was a favourite of mine at the time and has been hanging on our dining room wall, so was ready-framed:

I also selected a couple of paintings I did the last time I was able to dedicate time to that kind of work. They are both based on the view from my previous studio window. 

The one above is in pastels, like my book illustrations, but the one below is in a mix of oil pastels, conte and oil bar. I used to draw with oil bars a lot - they make a wonderfully bold, painterly mark. 

The exhibition was hung by a team of volunteers throughout Thursday and, that evening, John and I went to the preview.

The show is a really eclectic mix of work, which is the idea: there is always going to be something there to appeal to every visitor. As well as the 'open' element, professional painters also hire space to show a greater body of work. So, if you fancy some inspiration, or are in the business of buying art, get yourself over there now. It's open from 10am today and closes on Sunday at 6pm.

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24543. Lakes International Comic Art Festival

October 18th – 19th

Hi Folks,

Well, here as promised, is my latest update Blog about the forthcoming inaugural comic art festival in October.

It looks like being an exciting, fun-filled and huge event with lots and lots to see and do for both children and adults alike. The guest list is large and the fun takes place over several nearby venues in the wonderful, picturesque town of Kendal situated in the northern part of Cumbria or most folks call it “The Lake District.” So it promises to be an absolutely super event.

The festival is modelled around the ones in Europe – remember my Blogs on the one in Malta, well, you get the picture. So pretty much the entire town of Kendal is going to be transformed into a world of comic universes for a weekend. The Lake District may never be the same again, as we see all the different comic universes, including the one in which Worlds End resides, coming together in a veritable plethora of creativeness.

The impressive guest list is massive and looks like this:

Charlie Adlard
Steve Bell
Hannah Berry
Doug Braithwaite
Gareth Brookes
Ed Brubaker
Kurt Busiek
Kate Charlesworth
Stephen Collins
Daniel Clifford
Darryl Cunningham
Rob Davis
Al Davison
Andy Diggle
Glyn Dillon
Pete Doherty
Graham Dury
Hannah Eaton
Hunt Emerson
Gary Erskine
Kate Evans
Carlos Ezquerra
Duncan Fegredo
Karrie Fransman
Paul Gravett
Katie Green
Isabel Greenberg
Robin Grenville-Evans (Evsie)
Steven Harris
Morris Heggie
David Hine
Owen Johnson
David Lloyd
Jenny O’Connor
Jon McNaught
Robbie Morrison
Jose Muñoz
Luke Pearson
Tim Perkins
Ivan Petrus
Sean Phillips
Gary Pleece
Warren Pleece
Andy Poyiadgi
Trina Robbins
Lee Robinson
Joe Sacco
Colin Shelbourn
Gilbert Shelton
Posy Simmonds
Mhairi Stewart
Nicola Streeten
Bryan Talbot
Mary Talbot
Ravi Thornton
Simon Thorp
John Wagner
Ian Williams
Dave Windett
Nye Wright
Oscar Zarate

There will also be publishers there, such as Redan and The Phoenix Comics folks too.

There are absolutely all sorts of different events going on throughout the weekend – something for everyone.

Here’s just a sampling of what you can expect:

In the Brewery Arts Centre – Sugar Store Gallery
Open from the 6th October – 10th November 2013, you will be able to see an exhibition; “The Art of Sean Phillips.”

And over in the Wildman Studios on Wildman Street
Open from the 4th October – 10th November 2013, you will be able to see an exhibition; “Brainstorm: The Art of Bryan Talbot”

In the Comics Clock Tower
Open on Saturday 10.30am-6pm and Sunday 11am-5pm, there will be a mix of retailers, publishers and most of the international guests will also be situated inside here. So here you will be able to purchase comics and meet some of the guests too.

In the Family Zone, Westmorland Shopping Centre, Stricklandgate, Kendal
Open on Saturday 19 October 10.30-16.00pm and Sunday 20 October 11.00-16.00pm, you will be able to check out various events with drop-in activity sessions and workshops, signings, sketching sessions, as well as competitions, face-painting and more. Appearing inside the mall will be folks such as Gary Erskine and Mhari Stewart, Dave Windett, Colin Shelbourne, Evsie and myself - Tim Perkins alongside publishers such as The Phoenix Comic and Art Heroes.

Please note that children under 8 years old; must be accompanied by a responsible person.

More information about all the activities, etc will be announced on the official festival website in September.

Some of the events are tickets only, so to make sure you have a place there, please check out this link: Lakes International Comic Art Festival TICKET SALES

In the meantime check out the official festival website where you will find lots more information about what looks to be an impressive event filled with lots of fun stuff!

I look forward to seeing as many of you as can make it to the festival. Please don’t be shy come along and say hi, check out the usual Wizards Keep products, along with some new ones, find out more nearer the time, which will see their launch there, as well as being able to see the pencils and some finished artwork for Worlds End – Volume 2 – A Hard Reign’s Gonna Fall.

I can’t wait.

Check back here soon for more updates on the Lakes International Comic Art Festival.

Until next time, have fun!

Tim Perkins…
July 5th 2013

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24544. From 'Crikey it's Vintage' in Exeter to Canterbury Cathedral via Belgium!

Please indulge me for a minute or two while a share a few holiday snaps.  

Our trip started at the 'Crikey its Vintage' fair held at Killerton House, a National Trust property in Exeter. With fashion shows, sixty stalls of vintage and retro fashion, classic car displays, food, drink and music it was a real festival for nostalgia.

Crikey! it's Vintage. Visit the website

Books, flowers, pretty lamp shades – I love vintage fairs!

Then it was on to Buscot Park in Oxfordshire the home of Lord Faringdon now owned by the National Trust. 
The Gardens at Buscot Park. Visit the website

Next stop Hungerford in Berkshire to visit the Best Antiques Centre in the U.K (according to the BBC Homes & Antiques Magazine). We also visited Freeman’s Marsh home to many wild birds, plants and animals.

Hungerford Arcade. Visit the website

Hungerford Arcade

A mummy duck and her well camouflaged brood at Freeman's Marsh. Visit the website

From Hungerford, it was on to Chartwell the family home of Britain's wartime Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill. Much of Chartwell remains as it was during Winston Churchill’s life, with pictures, books and personal mementoes evoking the wide-ranging interests of a great statesman. The gardens reflect his love of the landscape and are a testament to the creativity of Lady Churchill.

Chartwell - home to Sir Winston Chruchill. Visit the website

One of my favourite pictures from the gardens at Chartwell

Next stop Ashford and a quick trip by Eurostar to Belgium where Terry and I celebrated our 43rd wedding anniversary. 

Celebrating in Brussels! Rather an odd angel but I think it sort of works. 
Note the spotty handbag in the left hand corner, I’ve been coveting a Kath Kidston bag for ages but didn’t want to pay £65 so was delighted to find this ‘look-alike’ in a small shop in Hungerford priced at £28.

La Grand-Place, Brussels a Unesco World Heritage Centre. Visit the website

I couldn't resist this photograph of four friends enjoying a chat amidst the splendour of La Grand-Place.

Just one of the many flea and antique's markets held in Brussels. I’m sure there are treasures to be found here if you know what you are looking for.

Another day and another train trip. This time to Bruges where it’s Christmas all year round.  

Bruges was damp and cold but still beautiful. Can you spot the little dog? He spent the entire day inside the carriage drivers handbag!

We spent five days in Belgium before returning to Ashford and then on to Canterbury for one last night before returning home.
A view of Canterbury with the cathedral in the background.

A pretty jug on a table in the garden of The Old Weaver's Restaurant. Old Weaver's House is situated on the banks of the River Stour with a view of the boats and a ducking stool!

Apparently, the original ducking stool (long since replaced) was used extensively during the middle ages. Nagging wives were given a quick dip paid for by long suffering husbands. Cheating businessmen were ducked into the water in front of a baying crowd and then forced to leave the city. Most famously it was used to determine if the person in the chair was a witch. Any woman accused of witchcraft would be placed in the chair and submerged in the river for 2-3 minutes. If she survived this lengthy ducking, then clearly she was a witch and would be burned at the stake. If she died after being submerged, her family would receive an apology from the Church, and she would be given a Christian burial. The second scenario was obviously the best outcome, but it was death either way for anyone accused of witchcraft! 

Thanks for taking the time to look at my holiday snaps. I hope to catch up with all my favourite blogs in the next few days.

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24545. Vegasland Revival

Back in 2007-2008, a group of friends, a rag tag team of indie filmmakers and talents came together to make a feature film for the budget of $932. It took sweat, blood and tears. A year later, VEGASLAND was born.


As a co-creator of the indie film I can say that it was truly an amazing experience. My thanks cannot even match the weight of dedication and commitment that the actors and production team have put into this project. There were many challenges that our small production faced, but we did it. We finished a movie!

In the past few weeks I’ve been mulling around and re-reading the script and I think that a revival is in order. The characters and stories are deep and rich that if I can touch on some of these and bring them back in a refreshed medium, I think it will be an exciting story to retell.

This process also involves another look at my illustration style. Back to the drawing board and learning a new technique. I can’t wait for this exciting new challenge. Wish me luck!

Production Images from Vegasland

Vegasland Official Web Site

Vegasland DVD on Amazon



The remains of my Vegasland 2007 Production Working Script (Yes, it worked a lot).


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24546. All I Did Was Listen Rachel Awes Shares My Art Work

Hello Bloggers, Hope that you all had a wonderful holiday and if you are still enjoying the holiday that it's filled with lots of good food, friends, and family. Rachel Awes of, allididwaslisten.blogspot.cominvited me to share to how I listen with my brand of art. I really, really love Rachel's blog. She has been a great inspiration to me as an illustrator and artist. She is also a fantastic Artist and illustrator too. She is a great listener as well. Check out her blog for her new book named after her blog! YOU WILL LOVE IT A wonderful journal that will warm your heart and inspire you to just listen. Thank you Rachel for letting me share my art with you and your blogger. XOXOXOXOX

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24547. The Etched Chair

This is the original etching that yesterday's post was based on.
Etching. Click to enlarge.

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24548. Equality

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24549. Pajama Girl gets her own website

I've really been having such a good time using Adobe Muse to build web sites, I decided try throw one together for my Pajama Girl (and Blanket Boy) eBooks.

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24550. Harts Pass No. 159 - Happy 4th of July!

Wishing I had more time for the indulgence of a good summer action movie -- and closer proximity to a theater, it suddenly occurred to me that super heroes and super cool animals kind of inspired each other in some sort of endless loop... I'll get to The Wolverine SOME time this summer. I promise.

Happy 4th of July!

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