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1. #726 – Photo Doodles: A Creative Sketchbook by ViiiZ

Photo Doodles: A Creative Sketchbook

By ViiiZ*
Quirk Books       8/20/2013
978-1-59474-652-9
160 pages       Age 8—12 +
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“You’ve never seen a doodle book quite like this one!”
”Wait, you can talk?”

“Photo Doodles combines kid-friendly photographs and cool creative challenges into the perfect canvas for anyone capable of wielding a crayon. Young artists and designers can complete dozens of fun and playful pictures of everything from roller coasters and soda cans to book covers and palaces. Perfect for sketching, scribbling, and coloring outside the lines, Photos Doodles will unleash the aspiring artist inside children of all ages.” [front jacket]

Review
Photo Doodles is a fun-filled book for those kids—and adults—who love to doodle, but may not know how to get started. Similar to writing prompts, each spread contains a one sentence prompt to help you with ideas to doodle your way to a fun, satisfying end. Here are two of those prompts:

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“Who (or what) is at the other end of the rope?”

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“What outfit will the puppy wear today?”

With 160 pages to doodle and color, it seems the options are endless. From decorating a sea of umbrellas to filling in storyboards with your own story. There is even one many students will find hard to resist:

“It’s your turn at the blackboard . . . what will you write?”

How about “No more math problems,” or maybe “School’s out early today: Leave at noon,” or maybe you would use your turn to make tomorrow a teacher conference day—“Students stay home!”

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There are plenty of open spaces in Photo Doodles or those kids and adults who can doodle and draw with ease and loads of pages with images to make colorful and expressive, rather than drawing from scratch. A total of 200 pictures await your crayons, colored pencils, markers, or other artistic medium. While marketed for the middle grade set, younger children will enjoy many of the easier prompts in Photo Doodles and adults will love the range of images and prompts.

I enjoyed playing with Photo Doodles. I love to draw, but have a hard time getting started. Photo Doodles made getting started easy and the images and prompts got me thinking of ways to doodle other than the normal doodles in the margin of a page.

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Coloring books for adults are in every corner of every bookstore online and off, but doodle books that prompt you to create imaginative scenes and messages, like Photo Doodles, is not as common. I think kids of all ages will enjoy Photo Doodles as much as I have.

PHOTO DOODLES: A CREATIVE SKETCHBOOK. Text and illustrations copyright © 2015 by ViiiZ. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Quirk Books, Philadelphia, PA.

Buy Photo Doodles: A Creative Sketchbook at AmazonBook DepositoryQuirk Books.

Learn more about Photo Doodles: A Creative Sketchbook HERE.
The Sell Sheet can be found HERE.

Meet the authors/illustrators, ViiiZ.
Vahram Muratyan at his website:  http://www.vahrammuratyan.com/
Elodie Chaillous at LinkedIn:  https://fr.linkedin.com/pub/elodie-chaillous/84/79a/462/en
.        . (ViiiZ is the artistic team of Vahram Muratyan and Elodie Chaillous andfounders of ViiiZ, an art    direction and graphic design studio created in 2005 in Paris. They graduated from the acclaimed Parisian design school ESAGPenninghen.)

Find middle grade novels at the Quirk Books website:  http://www.quirkbooks.com/
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Copyright © 2015 by Sue Morris/Kid Lit Reviews. All Rights Reserved

Full Disclosure: Photo Doodles: A Creative Sketchbook by ViiiZ, and received from Quirk Books, is in exchange NOT for a positive review, but for an HONEST review. The opinions expressed are my own and no one else’s. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


Filed under: 5stars, Books for Boys, Children's Books, Middle Grade, NonFiction Tagged: art, art prompts, colored pencils, crayons, creativity, doodling, imagination, Photo Doodles: A Creative Sketchbook, Quirk Books, ViiiZ

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2. The End of the Tunnel

Hi folks,


I've traveled through a dark tunnel creatively, but I'm standing here now blinking at the bright light at the end of the tunnel. The best part of my life is that I am surrounded by tremendous people. It's insane to me how many wonderful people have blessed me with their friendship. I received a 10 page hand-written letter from an old friend this week (one of the treasures). The first two pages were quotes from letters over the decades. I wrote this many years ago.  It reminded me of what I am about. 

"I had a perfect mommy moment today. I was reading a book. I had rolled over on my side and had my legs bent. Slowly I realized I wasn't alone. A sweet child had tucked himself and his book in the crook of my legs. He didn't say anything. He just curled up and looked at the pictures in his book. I felt warm and glowing inside. I felt like I was fulfilling my life. I never have to do anything more."

I am a cozy sort of person.  I like cups of hot tea with lemon cookies. I love a ramble in the morning. I love watching stars of a frosty night with warm blanket. I love curling up with a book and being transported to other worlds, other times, and other minds. I love to scribble stories. That is enough. 

Our friends find us when we can't find ourselves. They keep us when we are lost. They make us remember when we have forgotten. They name us. I am so thankful that I have found friendship is the light at the end of the tunnel.  Making moments for others is a deep part of why I write.  I hope you light the world with your creative gifts this weeks. Art is truth beyond the words. 

I will be back next week with a new series. 

Here is a doodle: SHARD. 


Here is a quote for your pocket. 

"Why did you do all this for me?" he asked. "I don't deserve it. I've never done anything for you."
"You have been my friend. That in itself is a tremendous thing. I wove my webs for you because I liked you. After all, what's a life, anyway? We're born, we live a little while, we die. A spider's life can't help being something of a mess, with all this trapping and eating flies. By helping you, perhaps I was trying to lift up my life a trifle. Heaven knows anyone's life can stand a little of that."

—E.B. White, Charlotte's Web

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3. Flying Elephants Once More

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I've illustrated flying elephants before, and even tried updating the older version (click here to see it - Illustration: Flying Elephants) a while back. There's something about the image of these colourful elephants flying joyfully across the sky that attracts me, so I thought, as I'm drawing elephants at the moment anyway, that I'd give it another try. This time in watercolour.

The above image is the final scan knitted together (it's on an A3 page and I only have an A4 scanner so I had to piece it together in Photoshop.

Here are a few of the progress shots ...

 

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What do you think? I'm going to have to tweak them further digitally, clean them up a bit, then start placing them on products at my online stores as I'm actually quite pleased with the result.

Have to dash as I'm about to go away for a week. I've just moved home too, so blogging has been erratic. Please bear with me while I get my life back into some semblance of order and start having fun with my art once more. Cheers.

 

 

 

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4. Mermaid Illustration

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5. Nice Art: Adrian Tomine’s New Yorker cover gallery a snapshot of gentrification

Adrian Tomine, whose collection Killing and Dying is what everyone is going to be talking about this fall, has the cover of this week's New Yorker and it's s typically note perfect image of gentrification in the face of raw sewage, otherwise known as Life In These Here Five Burroughs. The above link has a gallery of Tomine's other covers and they are all equally perfect, although I'm particularly partial to the one about moving to Jersey. Others love this updated "Shop round the Corner" image from 2008.

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6. Nice Art: Welcome to Showside by Ian McGinty and friends

We’ve been telling you about the big plans from new publisher Z2 Comics for a while now, including their launch of a line of periodical comics. The flagship title is Ian McGinty’s Welcome to Showside, a charming all-ages tale about Kit, a friendly little demon, and his pals and Kit’s desire to escape from the […]

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7. Please vote for my illustration :)

This summer, I have done a live illustration on the sidewalk of my little city. This is part of a great project to revitalize the neighbourhood. The theme is The art of sharing. The public is welcome to vote for their favorite art.

This is where I need your help, please vote for my illustration - Socialisation et partage -.

To vote, you can go at http://www.saint-eustache.ca/concours-lart-de-partager and select my illustration (Socialisation et partage) and then, to submit your vote, just click the "soumettre" button.

Thank you very much for your help :)
And happy great summer to everyone!!







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8. Nice art: Jaime Hernandez cover for Archie #4

Archie4HernandezVar.jpg I'm not sure if Jaime Hernandez has ever drawn the Archie characters "for reals" before, but it's a very well known fact that Archie artist Harry Lucey was a HUGE influence on both Hernandez Brothers. So call this full circle as Jaime does a variant cover for the fourth issue of the revamped/real world Archie title by Mark Waid and Fiona Staples. Can you say...oh yes yes yes.

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9. theweeklywabisabi: Don’t know why IFTTT hasn’t posted this yet....


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10. Illustrator Submission :: Ohn Mar Win

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Firstly, I advice you not to look at Ohn Mar Win’s work if you are feeling slightly peckish! Her work is so packed full of delicous looking treats, it will leave you reaching out for a sneaky snack.

Ohn Mar Win is originally from Burma and now lives in the UK and it was this journey that led Ohn Mar Win to drawing as a method of expressing herself, after all, art is a universal language. She is inspired by food and all things retro and vintage. The textural, handmade quality to her work really brings it to life.

If you would like to view more of Ohn Mar Win’s work, please visit her portfolio.

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11. VIDEO: My Process for Generating Ideas

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Illustration Friday Editor and Creative Director Thomas James shares his process for generating ideas for illustration projects. Send us your own process here.

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12. INTERVIEW: Introducing Keith Burns, Artist Extraordinaire

Keith Burns is an artist out of the UK that keeps an extremely low profile, at least on the Internet. He’s an artist you should know about that you probably don’t know about. There are not a lot of interviews or pieces on him,  which is crazy considering his talent and his pedigree as someone who has […]

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13. POINTY by Joanna Kaufman

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Submitted by Joanna Kaufman for the Illustration Friday topic POINTY.

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14. New Prints Hot Off the Insta Feed!!

Whew…so update from the art cave!!

If you’ve been following me on Instagram, (if not, do feel free, I love all my awesome friends there!) you may have noticed a bit of a new style.

I’ve been doing a lot of pencil realism work as of late, and have added a NEW PAGE featuring my growing collection there. I’ve also added loads new available prints to my ART SHOP…so by all means feel free to mosey over there. Anything not already listed, you can happily purchase by sending me an email: cait@caitchock.com.
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Art is all about challenging yourself with new endeavors and evolving as an artist, so I’ve enjoyed playing with these new portraits. Don’t fret, changes don’t mean abandonment, and my lovely Tinies and previous long-lashed characters are NOT abandoned…these pencil ladies are now just added to the family. 😉

I’ve also wanted to send a BIG THANK YOU to every single person who’s commented, liked, and supported my art. It means the world and I will continue to keep supplying the artage. It’s a beautiful thing to be able to make your work something you love to do, and thank YOU ALL for allowing me to do that.

xx Cait

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15. Children's Book Review: Papa's Sun by Kevin McNamee


Title: Papa’s Suns
Illustrator: Samantha Bell
Published: June 2015
Pages: 18

Unexpected changes are part of life and when we least expect it those changes can sneak up on us. How we handle those changes whether for the good or bad can set an example for those around us.

Young Jacob has a special bond with his Papa through the love of drawing. What happens when Papa suffers a stroke, which affects his speech and ability to move his body correctly? Will Papa retreat further into a world without drawing with not having the capability to create or does the love between the Jacob and Papa bloom into new ways of drawing?

Journey along with Jacob to see if he learns how to adapt to his “new” Papa and with different ways of communicating.

Kevin McNamee has created a splendid story of everlasting love through a too often experienced health issue of stroke. Genius!

Samantha Bell’s soft imagery lends to the heartwarming story of the special love between grandson and grandfather. Splendid!
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Multi Award-winning Children's Author

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A Sandy Grave ~ January 2014 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2014 Purple Dragonfly 1st Place Picture Books 6+, Story Monster Approved, Beach Book Festival Honorable Mention 2014, Reader's Favorite Five Star Review

Powder Monkey ~ May 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2015 Purple Dragonfly Book Award Historical Fiction 1st Place, Story Monster Approved and Reader's Favorite Five Star Review

Hockey Agony ~ January 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2015 Purple Dragonfly Book Award Honorable Mention Picture Books 6+, New England Book Festival Honorable Mention 2014, Story Monster Approved and Reader's Favorite Five Star Review

The Golden Pathway ~ August 2010 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ Literary Classics Silver Award and Seal of Approval, Readers Favorite 2012 International Book Awards Honorable Mention and Dan Poynter's Global e-Book Awards Finalist

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16. Head of Bees

Ever feel like your head is swarming with the busyness and buzzing of a bee hive?? That's me, today, present.

After an amazing weekend at the World of Faeries Festival -

Where I got to meet so many followers, see first hand how my work impacts others, hear the stories that come with learning people, making new friends, and watching little children in awe of fairies in the flesh walking about (adults dressed up of course). Not to mention all that Brian and I learned as vendors, the time away from Norah, and seeing old friends on our way back home...

- I am so full of ideas and have the feeling of NEED in regards to getting my business into order. We are on a new path, one I never thought I'd do. One that has changed many things. Including what products I sell and which ones I need to provide.

I didn't think it was possible with the income I make, that it was possible for ME to handle! So many little things to get into order, so many people to give my energy to....but it was so F U N!! I felt satisfied with my work, like it served a purpose, aspiring little girls to be artists as they watched me paint, and then older adults sparked by inspiration to pick up the brush again. Wow, just wow! Did I mention the joy of little girls with fairy wings dancing about?? I couldn't help but walk around with a huge smile on my face. Pure joy.

So to the buzzing in my head I say this, I need to get you out.

I will be taking a time of leave, starting next week, and returning August 24th. I need to have time to sit and give my business some serious attention. I am always scattered in a million directions, and I am overwhelmed with this sense that I should just sit down, write it all out, and make a plan for the rest of the year. To do this I need my other busy bees to visit a different garden.

With the holidays right on the horizon, and with so many ideas to execute by then, including two more shows (Oy!), it hurts now, but will be well worth it later to take this time off. It's so scary to leave the social media for two weeks, processing orders, and connecting with my followers. A lot of "What ifs" begin to fill my head. Fear. Lots of fear that my business will suffer for it. But the doubt and fear only makes me want to do it more, as I know that is how it usually works.

The more I'm afraid of it, the more I want to go through it. Things will always be hard, things will always turn out unexpected, but if I just fly and keep my eyes on the light, I can not fail. 

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17. Coming Soon … The Day the Crayons Came Home, by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers

The countdown is on for the release of The Day the Crayons Came Home (on sale August 18th 2015), the sequel to the New York Times best selling kids book The Day the Crayons Quit, written by Drew Daywalt and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers.

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18. Separated at Birth: The Hiketeia and The Paybacks

The cover to The Paybacks (left), a new Dark Horse series by writers Donny Cates and Eliot Rahal and artist Geoff Shaw bears a striking resemblance to JG Jones' covers for Wonder Woman: The Hiketeia, written by Greg Rucka (right). Doncha think?

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19. Mermaid sightings

The twins are fast approaching ten!
"Tween twins!" Winnie reminds me.
"Double digits, doubled!"

And just like that, a decade ebbs with moon and tide.

 
Having soaked up the Emily Windsnap books lately, 
they want to be mermaids. 
So, I've been making art.
Mermaidy tattoos!
 
Painted shells. 
Waves of seaweed.
Glowy lights.  
Cupcakes + art = yummy.   
 


Mermaids, this way. Your party awaits.

 Books!

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The Tail of Emily Windsnap (Emily Windsnap, #1)

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The Mermaid and the Shoe by K. G. Campbell
The Tail of Emily Windsnap by Liz Kessler
The Little Mermaid - Hans Christian Anderson, ill. by Lisbeth Zwerger 
Breathe - Scott Magoon
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Down, Down, Down: A Journey to the Bottom of the Sea - Steve Jenkins
Shh! We Have a Plan - Chris Haughton
The Storm Whale - Benji DaviesPlastic Ahoy! Investigating the great Pacific Garbage Patch - Patricia Newman
Shackleton's Journey - William Grill






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20. Truly Outrageous art: Stephanie Hans does Jem and the Holograms

Via Tumblr, the amazing painter Stephanie Hans has gone totally pink for this variant cover for IDW’s Jem comic. Written by Kelly Thompson, with art by Sophie Campbell, this comic is a nice throwback to the Jem and the Holograms most Gen Xers remember as opposed to the Pitch perfect 3 treatment the movie is […]

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21. Charlotte Day

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Charlotte Day specialises in creating botanical inspired illustrations, she combines an historical interest in botany with the decorative arts. Charlottes work has featured on editorials and on products such as tents and teapots! Her clients include Random House, Penguin, Liberty and Anthropologie to name a few. 

To see more fantastic work from Charlotte Day visit her website 

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22. The Norm Breyfogle Whisper campaign is a can’t miss deal

In December, artist Norm Breyfogle suffered a stroke which left his drawing hand impaired. He'll need months of therapy to hopefully regain his mobility to be able to walk, draw and hopefully work again. And the comcis industry being what it is, generous folks have set up

an Indiegogo campaign to raise $10,000 to help with Norm's therapy. BUT it is not just a feel good campaign (although that would be enough. The Nrm Breyfogle Whisper Campaign also gets you a reprint of Whisper, an early kick ass woman comic from the 80s. Written by Steven Grant, this is a solid book of the era.

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23. at the very top




 
We've reached it, almost:  that time of year so precisely and richly
described by Natalie Babbitt that it changed me as a reader and a writer. 




The first week of August hangs at the very top of summer, the top of the live-long year, like the highest seat of a Ferris wheel when it pauses in its turning. The weeks that come before are only a climb from balmy spring, and those that follow a drop to the chill of autumn, but the first week of August is motionless, and hot. It is curiously silent, too, with blank white dawns and glaring noons, and sunsets smeared with too much color. Often at night there is lightning, but it quivers all alone. There is no thunder, no relieving rain. These are strange and breathless days, the dog days, when people are led to do things they are sure to be sorry for after.
-- Prologue from Tuck Everlasting, 1975

This beginning to a book caught me like hands holding my 10-year-old head on both sides, looking me urgently in the eyes and saying, "Of words we can make art, art as true as a photograph layered with brushes of color, with sound and rhythm of blues symphony, full of the woven textures of weariness, curiousness, motion and suspense.  Writing can do it all."

What about you, poetry friends?  What piece of literature brought you to see writing as art, made you want to live in and even make this kind of art?


Keri has the round-up today at Keri Recommends.  Happy Almost August.

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24. Koyama Press Fall Preview: Lose #7 — now in color

It’s time to get back to what’s best in life: COMICS. The fall publishing season has been announced (and Spring ’16 is coming soon) so here’s some previews of what’s coming starting with Koyama Press . Next month will see the publication of Michael DeForge’s acclaimed series Lose with issues #7, now for the first time […]

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25. All-New By It’s Cover #6 (Covers For June 2015)

The column that judges a book by its cover, focusing on the month’s best-designed comic covers. For the month’s best-illustrated comic covers, see Best Comic Covers Ever (This Month).   The Wicked + The Divine #11 by Jamie McKelvie & Matt Wilson I’ve gottta honest with you: I got bored pretty quickly of the “head” covers for each […]

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