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“She’s called the wild woman of the woods. In some legends, she’s a giant. But she catches little children and puts them in a basket on her back, and then she takes them home and eats them.
“But she’s very slow and dull-witted, and her eyes are cast downward to symbolize this slowness of wit. So they usually get away.”
Her lips are pursed to make the “huuu-huuu” sounds that are characteristic of her. The sound is like the wind blowing, and when children hear that they will clutch at their parents’ legs so that they “don’t get carried away by Tsonokwa,”
“But if you can find her house, you would come away with untold riches. For them, that consisted of furs, walrus ivory, dried fish, dried meats, and especially copper. Copper to them was like gold is to us.”
The well-stocked house of Tsonokwa means that she is a symbol of wealth. So when a chief dispenses his inheritance to his successor, she appears in a male form and presides over the ceremony. The figure representing the male form, Geekumal, wears a mask with a beard and mustache.
Retold by Anthony H Taylor, a retired art teacher who spent a lifetime building his great ethnographic collection, and then upon passing donated it to the University of Utah. …and who taught me everything I know about art.
London-based illustrator Thereza Rowe has joined forces with publisher Ivy Kids to create a stylish new art activity book called "Sticker, Shape, Create". The book features 1500 sticker shapes and 29 colourful background scenes along with step by step instructions on how to build up pictures. The idea is also to combine the stickers with your own drawings to add imaginative details and bring
Julia Grifol is a Spanish Fashion print designer and Ilustrator who sells and licenses her patterns. Recently she decided to go back to her roots and create a series of watercolour illustrations. Here we can see some examples of her new work and more about Julia can be found online here.
I've really been neglecting this blog! I've been creating a couple of funny Alien characters every week over on my social media links. I've created postcards, posters and birthday cards with them as well.
If you want to be up to date on my new projects and regular doses of deep space denizens then head here-
And staying with Chronicle books here is a round-up of some of the other interesting books and stationery they currently have on offer. Notebooks and cards by Jenny Bowers caught my eye, along with a smart ABC word play book by Fanny Peret. Other stand out designs include works by Katie Daisy, Darling Clementine, Skinny LaMinx, Sara Gillingham, Jessica Hische, Marion Deuchars, Marimekko, Klas
I came across these interesting stationery designs in my local branch of Waterstones. They are from the 'Lucky Day' collection by Sophie Blackall and Published by Chronicle Books. Products include a pack of twenty different cards - perfect to keep on hand for all of life's celebratory moments and a customisable paper garland that features an assortment of different die-cut charms, along with
I don’t know what it is about Mary Poppins, but drawing her sure cheers me up. I guess it’s just like they say in the song–“When the day is grey and ordinary…Mary makes the sun shine bright!” I hope this picture makes your sun shine bright today :)
Would YOU like to have a print of this stretching portrait?
My friends, you are in luck, because I’m giving away two prints of it!!
There are two ways to enter–First, you can comment on this post with the word, “WANT!” And you’ll be entered into a random drawing ^_^ Or, you can also enter by entering your email into that sidebar “Stalk Me More” box, and be randomly drawn from that list! —->
(Entering you email address there just means you’ll get story-monster blog posts to your inbox. I never used these addresses for evil, though many times I have wished to. Never fear; you are safe in my hands.)
If you both enter your email and comment “WANT!”, then you have double the chances of getting this tasty li’l print!
Winners will be announced when I post the next blog post next Monday ^_^
The Happy Happy Art Collective have recently redesigned the classic Old Maid Card as a fun project. The collective is made up of six artists: Pauline (Muffin) Grayson, Emily Balsley, Tammie Bennett, Denise Holmes, Lauren Lowen, and Jill Howarth. Denise is represented by Tugeau2 Children's Illustrators and both Jill and Lauren are represented by Jennifer Nelson Artists. You can see all of the
Ah, my gosh. Somebody please run my blog! I just will do just about anything but do it.
I make myself so mad sometimes. I frustrate the hell out of myself.
Anyways, I'm going to endeavour to update it with some of the things I've been doing whilst I've been away. I can only but try.
COLOURING BOOKS?! I have made colouring in books. It was not something I'd ever intended doing. It all felt a bit, well, you know, done. But when my printers started a new range of colouring books it got me thinking about some of my drawings that may be cool to colour in. And I tried thinking of ways of putting a twist on the whole colouring book phenomena.
I'm calling it 'advanced colouring' but really it's for any ability. But, if you're already used to wielding the pen then I've added tips to take your colouring to the next level.
There are two sizes of book, you can find them HERE.
See you back here in about six months time!
*I will blog more often. I will. I will. I will....*
“Don’t be afraid. I’m here to look after you!” Hansel tried to encourage his sister, but he too shivered when he glimpsed frightening shadows and evil eyes around them in the darkness. All night the two children huddled together for warmth at the foot of a large tree. When dawn broke, they started to wander about the forest, seeking a path, but all hope soon faded. They were well and truly lost. On they walked and walked, till suddenly they came upon a strange cottage in the middle of a glade.
“This is chocolate!” gasped Hansel as he broke a lump of plaster from the wall.
“And this is icing!” exclaimed Gretel, putting another piece of wall in her mouth. Starving but delighted, the children began to eat pieces of candy broken off the cottage.
“Isn’t this delicious?” said Gretel, with her mouth full. She had never tasted anything so nice.”We’ll stay here,” Hansel declared, munching a bit of nougat. They were just about to try a piece of the biscuit door when it quietly swung open.
“Well, well!” said an old woman, peering out with a crafty look. “And haven’t you children a sweet tooth?”
“Come in! Come in, you’ve nothing to fear!” went on the old woman. Unluckily for Hansel and Gretel, however, the sugar candy cottage belonged to an old witch, her trap for catching unwary victims. The two children had come to a really nasty place
“We’ll get to work on that,” said Hansel, “and have a real feast. I’ll eat a piece of the roof. Gretel, you can eat some of the window–that will taste real sweet.”Hansel reached up and broke off a little of the roof., to see how it tasted, and Gretel went up tot he windowpane and nibbled on it.
“Nibble, nibble, little mouse, Who is nibbling at my house?”
Andrew Holder is an illustrator and designer based Los Angeles. Andrew has created a wonderful series of super stylised geometric animals such as the two striking horses above. His clients have included Urban Oufitters, Roxy, BBC, and Gap. Andrew's portfolio can be seen online here and he is available for freelance commissions.
So here I am sat in my studio/workroom/office typing this. While I appreciate that may not be big news to you, it is to me. It's huge. Its profound, intense, overwhelming, fervent, ardent (yes, I'm just copying out of the thesaurus now). But it is BIG.
This is the first time ever that I have had a space designated to my work. Up until now I've balanced sketchbooks, laptops and Etsy orders on my knee on the settee or amongst printers, guillotines and plates on the kitchen table. But one of the benefits of holding an Open Studios (in my case open house) exhibition, which I did last week, is that it forces you to focus and get things in order.
That's been one of my problems since going self employed (well, since, always) is keeping focus. It's one of those things I didn't think about beforehand, but now that I have all the time to give to my art and to my business, how best should I use it? And, I'll be honest, the first year and half, of going freelance, has been trying to adjust to that and it hasn't been an easy thing.
My mind is always so FULL of stuff. It never switches off. Ever. It's just full of creative ideas, millions of them. I find being organised really really difficult. The ideas seem to get in the way of getting things done. But now I'm self employed I NEED to get things done because I need to make a living.
So, this is why actually making a room/space for my work has been so massive. I'm hoping it's going to help with how I manage my time and my business. I hope. And, I'm open too, and appreciative of, any other suggestions that may help me focus on the task at hand rather than the million little ideas knocking at the door wanting to take up my time.
Author and illustrator Joyce Wan is back on Ready Set Draw! This time around she teaches you how to draw a delicious treat from her board book, You Are My Cupcake! No matter your skill level you will be able to draw a super cute cupcake. Go wild with your markers, colored pencils, or crayons by adding sprinkles and your favorite toppings.
When you’re finished drawing these cupcakes perhaps you’ll be inspired to make a batch of your own. Watch Joyce’s episode of StoryMakers, with Kathleen DeCosmo, to learn how to make cupcakes and easy toppers!
If your child or student isn’t ready to draw their own cupcake, they can decorate this printable:
Click the image above to download the full-sized printable.
Did you, a child, or student draw cupcakes using this video? Share your images with us via Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter! Use the hashtag #ReadySetDraw on Instagram and Twitter too. We can’t wait to see what you’ve drawn!
A scrumptious board book, filled with sweet terms of endearment. This bite-sized board book is an ode to all the names we call our children: cutie pie, sweet pea, peanut, pumpkin. With a candy-colored palette and irresistible art with glitter and embossing.
ABOUT JOYCE WAN
Joyce is inspired by Japanese pop culture, Scandinavian design, modern architecture, and the little things that put a smile on her face. In Joyce’s perfect world “everything would be cute, round, and chubby,” which is evident in her illustrations. Joyce is the author of several bestselling board and picture books including You Are My Cupcake and The Whale in My Swimming Pool, a Spring 2015 Junior Library Guild Selection.
Although Joyce’s parents had the equivalent of a middle school education, and her mother wasn’t able to speak English, her mother took Joyce and her siblings to the library every week. Picture books were integral to Joyce’s love of reading as she and her siblings made up stories to go along with the illustrations. Joyce counts the determination of her parents as a driving force behind her perseverance and success. “When I first started Wanart, I was working at a 9am-6pm job at an architectural firm. I spent many late night hours on my own business with only a few hours of sleep in between the two “jobs”. I did this for two years before I quit my full time job to pursue my own business full-time.”
Joyce graduated from Barnard College, Columbia University in New York City with a liberal arts degree in Architecture. Joyce teaches greeting card design and art licensing at the School of Visual Arts. The self-proclaimed night owl prefers drawing and writing in the early morning hours “when everyone’s asleep and the world is quiet.” Joyce lives in Ridgewood, New Jersey with her husband. The architect turned author and self-trained illustrator hopes to inspire people to “embrace the spirit of childhood and follow their dreams.”