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24526. New Business Cards, Ready for the Symposium

Another parcel arrived this week - my new business cards!

I designed some 
fun bookmarks to hand out at school, library and festival events, when I am wearing my 'children's illustrator' hat, and these still work really well (though I'm in the process of updating the design to include some of my more recent titles). 

But the bookmarks seem a bit weird if I am in my 'sketcher' mode, so I decided to get another, very different set done. I couldn't really justify spending a fortune since, for the most part, my sketching is for fun and does not bring in an income, so I went with the Moo mini-cards. 

They are really cute, cheap as chips, there's no set template, full colour both sides and you can have as many different images on them as you like. Fantastic. Of course, I then couldn't resist spending ages trawling through sketchbooks, trying to get lots of different ones... 

The only drawback is the unusual, skinny format, which was probably a good thing, as it meant most of my sketches were too square, so I had to call a halt at 20. They all have the same design on the back though: 

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24527. Master of the Month :: Egon Schiele

Egon Schiele was an important figurative painter from Austria. His paintings of people are known for their contorted, expressive poses. The most famous ones include Seated Woman with a Bent Knee and any of the many self-portraits that he created.

Schiele’s teachers recognized his talent at an early age. His uncle, who cared for Egon, sent him to Kunstgewerbeschule, the School of Arts and Crafts in Vienna, where Gustav Klimt studied art. Within a year, Egon’s teachers sent him to the more rigorous Akademie der Bildenden Kunste. He studied painting and drawing there, but was frustrated by the school’s old-fashioned approach.

Gustav Klimt took a special interest in Egon. The older artist mentored Schiele, bought his drawings, and introduced him to models and patrons. With his help, Egon had his first art shows. At the 1909 Vienna Kunstschau, he discovered and was inspired by the paintings of Edvward Munch and Vincent Van Gogh.

He left school that year to found the Neukunstgruppe, the New Art Group, with some other dissatisfied classmates. Free to pursue their own interests, Egon painted landscapes, still-lifes, and “tributes to Van Gogh’s Sunflowers.” But he was best know for his studies of the human form. His paintings of people focused on sexuality, death, and self-discovery.

Critics called Schiele’s artwork grotesque, pornographic, and disturbing. To escape the “claustrophobic Viennese milieu,” Egon moved to Krumau, a small town in southern Bohemia. The residents disapproved of Schiele’s life style though, and they ran him out of town for hiring teenage girls to model for his paintings.

Schiele moved next to Neulengbach. His studio became a gathering place for delinquent children. His neighbors were angered by his way of life. They accused him of kidnapping and he was arrested for seducing a young girl. A judge dropped those charges, but he found the artist guilty of “exhibiting erotic drawings in a place accessible to children.” In court, the judge burned one of Egon’s drawings over a candle flame. While in jail, Schiele created 12 paintings depicting the discomfort of a prison.

Soon after, Egon moved to the Viennese suburb where he met his future wife, Edith. Three days after their wedding, he was drafted into World War I. The officers respected his artistic talent. He never saw any fighting, and he was allowed to paint and draw while guarding prisoners of war.

When he returned from war, Schiele’s work “reflected the maturity of an artist in full command of his talents.” Fifty of his pieces were accepted for the Secession’s 49th exhibition in Vienna. He designed a poster for the show, and was offered his own exhibitions in Zurich, Prague, and Dresden. Thanks to their success, the price for Egon’s work increased and he received many requests for portraits.

Later that year though, the Spanish flu reached Vienna. It killed Edith Schiele when she was six months pregnant. Egon died three days later. His final works were sketches of his wife.

The Egon Schiele Museum is located in Tulln, Austria where Schiele was born. A more complete collection of his paintings can be seen in the Leopold Museum, Vienna. There is even a Schiele museum in Krumau, the small Bohemian city where Egon was run out of town. You can see his work and learn more about him at egon-schiele.net.

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24528. Sorry for the lame image here, but the actual poll doesn’t...

Sorry for the lame image here, but the actual poll doesn’t show up in the Tumblr dashboard because whatever, so I quickly scribbled a little JPG up there. Click to see the poll!

Dear Drawn! Readers: which best describes you?

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24529. old sketches of violinists

I just found this in an old email, it's a couple of sketches from 2004 I had made after a magazine or newspaper photograph
old sketches of violinists by dibujandoarte

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24530. Taking possession

A week after we dumped a van load of letterpress gear and furniture in our friend's barn, they returned to help us move the bulk of our things over to our new  - and temporary - home a few counties away. That morning we found a mysterious bag of cheese scones on the doorstop and I nearly wept, thinking of the good friends we were leaving behind. Getting the garden dug over and pots ready was also hard, remembering  the many happy summer harvests we'd enjoyed there. But not so sorry to leave behind the barking dog next door.

My poor studio - look away now, if you are ever contemplating moving your creative space after ten years. It hurts. Did you know that book cases whimper softly as they are emptied?

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24531. A Ripple in the Pool: Multicultural Picture Books with Water at their Heart

New on the PaperTigers website, an extensive annotated reading list of picture books on the theme of water, as varied as water itself: A Ripple in the Pool: Multicultural Picture Books with Water at their Heart.


This list of multicultural children’s books that center on water in some way is by no means exhaustive, but it does offer rich pickings for anyone looking for variety. Indeed, as I was putting it together, I found that the only limit was time and there are bound to be what readers will consider glaring omissions.

Our blue planet provides us with endless experiences of water – and these are reflected in the variety of stories and non-fiction resources available. Magic and folklore mingle with contemporary adventures. Joyous books of children playing in the sea or in the rain flow alongside stories that recount water’s terrible power for destruction. Tales of too much water or too little jolt readers out of complacency and awaken awareness of the finite nature of water.  These books together take readers on a journey of exploration and discovery around the world.

What a wonderful assortment of books they are.  Many of them have been featured on the PaperTigers website over the last few months and I have so enjoyed putting this list together (not to mention all the book covers, above!).     If you have any others that you would add to the list, do let us know…

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24532. Master Plan

Still designing some test spreads. Text is not final, it was mostly to fill in for design.

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24533. CARDS - fenwicks

more store snaps today - this time looking at greetings cards. these were all spotted in fenwicks on new bond street. highlights for me were the V&A textile designs published by art angels, and a classic vera neuman design which i think was published by hotchpotch. also catching my eye were new designs by clare wilson at cardmix.

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24534. “D. A. D. Digital Amusement Device” By Mark Osberg

Funny well-timed animation and a cute concept in D. A. D. Digital Amusement Device by Brisbane, Australia-based Mark Osberg. He created the film in Flash and After Effects over 3 months.

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24535. Summer of Childhood

Summer. It's no wonder kids looks forward to it, there are so many lovely things to do. For generations of children, some of the same events and activities have held their place in the tried and true lineup of summer favorites.

image via draw! pilgrim

image via apronthriftgirl

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24536. How to Tattoo Yourself: 11 steps - wikiHow

How to Tattoo Yourself: 11 steps - wikiHow

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24537. What I'm Working On

I'm doing that 'thing' where I'm juggling lots of little things at once:

A few spot illustrations for a dummy
Postcard ideas
An IF sketch
Thumbnails for a new picture book dummy
Editing manuscripts

When I'm feeling a little scattered, I think this is the best way for me to be productive. I'm not committing
100% to any one thing, but making progress and good use of my time.

Also, I'm completely in love with the mouth/nose shapes on the blue guy in the top right. Swoon! Admit it, we're all selfishly, egotistically, in LOVE with our work from time to time. It makes up for the copious self-loathing we all do.

P.S. Have you seen the new, much improved Illustration Friday website? No? Go now.

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24538. Holiday Snaps

A start of some of the pics I've done this week- CDWA people might be able to geuss which pictures I did in which sessions

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24539. CARDS - card & frames

i've been back to beak street to the excellent cards & frames shop. they stock some great card ranges by companies such as lagom, 1973, caroline gardner and noi.

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24540. Free Fall Friday – Susan Hawk

Here are the first pages submitted and critiqued by Agent Susan Hawk:

The Dream Pond – MG by Eileen Balesteri 

“She’s not coming.” Emily whispered to Teague with a nervous fidget. 

“You worry too much,” he said, gently patting the tops of her knuckles, still gripped tightly on the boat’s ledge.

Emily’s older sister, Abigail, lived by her own rules, always thinking outside of the box.  That’s probably why she discovered the Dream Pond, first.

 “She’s always late.”

“I know,” Emily said, “But this time feels different.  We went straight to bed after our grandparents left Abbie’s birthday dinner, so she has to be dreaming by now, right?”

“Has anything changed at your house since last month’s full moon?”  Teague asked.  “No.  We did everything the same as we always do.  Abbie held me when we went to sleep, just like the first time she brought me here.” 

Abigail had told her about the Dream Pond months before they discovered it was actually real.  She described the peaceful, watering hole, inhabited by kids with different accents and unusual animals. When the magic of the place opened up, the wise owls would spout poetry, and the birds sang full operas in flight as they dipped and swirled in and out of the warm, clear water.

Abigail hadn’t really meant to bring her along that first time.  Emily had been unable to sleep after watching a scary movie one night, so her older sister let her share her tiny, twin bed.   They had no idea that her sister’s embrace would somehow pull Emily into Abigail’s dream, leading her to this extraordinary haven.

When Emily showed up at the Dream Pond with Abigail and the others that first night, they knew there was something special, something real about this place.  That was when they decided to exchange addresses and numbers from their different homes all over the world. 

Teague lived in England, and it was his letter that they received first in the waking hours. 

Susan Hawk:

I liked the tension here, the anxiety that Emily is feeling as she waits for her sister is palpable.  I’m also interested in Teague and Emily’s relationship.  I have the sense that he’s older than she is, given that he’s reassuring her and trying to ease her anxiety.  I’m intrigued by the idea of a Dream Pond, a meeting place for kids from across the world, who are then able to communicate in real life as well. 

I’m confused about some of the mechanics of this place.  I’m not sure how Abigail could have told Emily about the Dream Pond before knowing that it’s real.  Did she dream, or imagine, it into existence?  I’m also unclear how Emily traveled there the first time (by going into Abigail’s dream?), and if she still travels to the Pond in this fashion (if she must go via Abigail’s dreams, how can she get there before Abigail does?). 

Though I’m curious about the answers to these questions, I think you might save explanations for later in your story.  Here, in the opening, focus on the immediate problem that your character is facing, and what is motivating them in this moment, so that the reader connects to your story right away.


Untitled by Barbara Gold

 Black sky moved over us. Soon the moon would be h

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24541. Cat Island Heroes

Here are the heroes of the upcoming Saturday Morning Webtoon, Cat Island.  I'm just about to colour this so I thought I'd post the pen and ink version before I did. 

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24542. Life drawing - 1

   I've just done a bunch of scanning of recent life drawing, so I'll be posting one a day for the next week or so. I hope you enjoy them.

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24543. The Cover Evolution of Me Earl and the Dying Girl

Me Earl and the Dying Girl is the finniest book I have read this year. And when I say book I don't just mean young adult I mean adult books as well. This is why I knew I need to find someone who had the whit and edginess of the story to design the cover. That lucky man turned out to be Ben Wiseman. Ben up until recently had only designed book covers for adult books.  An impressive list of adult titles I might add. Such as...

First let me tell you a little about,  Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Up until senior year, Greg has maintained total social invisibility. He only has one friend, Earl, and together they spend their time—when not playing video games and avoiding Earl’s terrifying brothers— making movies, their own versions of Coppola and Herzog cult classics. Greg would be the first one to tell you his movies are f*@$ing terrible, but he and Earl don’t make them for other people. Until Rachel.Rachel has leukemia, and Greg’s mom gets the genius idea that Greg should befriend her. Against his bet

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24544. Finished... for now

Today I completed painting my third graphic novel. The title of this story is Bluffton although keen followers of my exploits might also know it as "the one with Buster Keaton in it".  If all goes well (and by that I mean the tremendous amount of work still needed to be done, mostly by the team at Candlewick), Bluffton will be out in the fall of 2013.

So for now, a bit of rest and relaxation. Tomorrow, back to work.

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24545. One-Of-A-Kind Fleischer “Gulliver” Action Figure

Dear Santa, Please bring me one of these…

German sculptor Bernd Müller, who makes medieval figures in 1/6 scale for museums and collectors, has a nice post here about his latest custom-made commission – Gulliver from Max Fleischer’s 1939 feature, Gulliver’s Travels. Want one? Sorry, but it’s one-of-a-kind. Beautiful work, Bernd – maybe if we ask nicely you’ll make us a “Gabby”…

(Thanks, John Loter)

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24546. Atipus


We’ve posted a number of great Barcelona-based designers and illustrators in the past, and the work from Atipus is no exception. Atipus is a studio doing really sharp branding, art direction and general design for print and web. What really struck me was the distinctiveness and personality throughout their portfolio. The work is clean and accessible as well as smart and well thought out.











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24547. Illustration Friday Topic – Suspend

This week’s topic is:


suggested by Allyn Howard.

Happy creating!

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24548. Sketch for today - moving house

Sketch for today 
... thinking of friends who are moving, always a stressful time ...



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24550. Nursery Ryhme - Little Bunny Foo Foo

This lady definitely looks like she'd turn someone into a goon!

T. Matthews Fine Art - this is one of my Face a Day drawings.

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