Heave on your futtock-shrouds and don’t leave your swashes unbuckled! ‘Tis International Talk Like a Pirate Day!
Don’t forget: If you are anywhere near Latrobe, Pennsylvania, shape a course for The Art Center (819 Ligonier Street) where I’ll talk about illustrating pirates this evening from 6:30 – 8:30. If you miss it, I’ll be at The Art Center again tomorrow morning 10:00 – 11:00ish (we need to clear the decks before noon—when some poor lubber’s wedding takes place).
As promised, here are the answers to yesterday’s M is for Movie Pirates Quiz:
First row: Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Carribean (2006). Second row: (left to right) Douglas Fairbanks in The Black Pirate (1926); Robert Newton as Long John Silver in Treasure Island (1950); Sherman the parrot; Errol Flynn as Captain Blood (1935). Third row: Charles Laughton as Captain Kidd (1945); (Charlton Heston as Long John Silver in Treasure Island (1990); Dustin Hoffman as Hook (1991); Walter Matthau as Captain Red in Pirates (1986). Fourth row: Maureen O’Hara as Prudence ‘Spitfire’ Stevens in Against All Flags (1952); Laird Cregar as Sir Henry Morgan in The Black Swan (1942); Kevin Kline as the Pirate King in The Pirates of Penzance (1983); Graham Chapman as Yellowbeard (1983).
Caitlin Keegan recently updated her website with some some stellar new projects including this 2015 lunar calendar. In addition’s to her hand-drawn typography, the calendar features vegetable-based inks, space to write important dates and a charming moon illustrated in Caitlin’s signature style.
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Hi All! "Riley Mae and the Sole Fire Safari", has been released! I've done the book covers for this new Christian series for tween-age girls. Hope you enjoy!
M&S Taste Buds
Earlier this year Marks and Spencer launched a brand new baby food range-Tiny Taste Buds. I was really thrilled to be chosen to illustrate the range. M&S then decided they would like to redesign the existing Kids Ready Meal packaging so that it would work along side the Baby Range.
Cottage PieWe looked at different ideas. First thoughts were to include children on the packaging but we felt this wasn't working. We then decided to look at vegetable characters illustrating them in the same line/colour style as the babies on the Tiny Taste Buds packs.
I was really pleased to go with this concept. It was great fun thinking of personalities for the vegetables and seeing how they could interact with each other.
Fish Pie and Juicy Peas.
Sausage and Mash (with swede and carrot)
There are around 25 products in the Taste Buds range.
A favourite was the swede with fluffy pigtails.
Some vegetables were a real doddle to translate in to characters. Others....you know who you are (French Fries) weren't!
Cat lovers will enjoy the brand new collection from Audrey Jeanne. Audrey is an illustrator based in Paris who has taken a lot of inspiration for these designs from her Siamese cat Mikado. New items include postcards, prints, badges and notebooks. See these designs and many many more online here.
So, I think I can safely say that today, I was one hot chick!
Anything over 75 degrees is too hot for me. So let’s just say today’s weather topping off at 109 really ruffled my feathers!
I don’t want to count my chickens before they’re hatched, but IS IT FALL YET?!!
I was tempted by some more herbs - Bay Leaves and Oregano. So I did drawings of both. I am really enjoying doing these. I like the size (5" x 7"), and the soothing quality of the subject matter. And they smell nice!
Fresh Bay Leaves
I used Polychromo colored pencils on Fabriano Artistico paper for the whole series. I thought it was important to have them all look and feel the same.
Prints, and some of the originals, are available in my shop
I'll be doing notecards too, but have hit a minor snag. The nice card stock I ordered won't go through my Epson printer - boo. I can't figure out why, since I have other card stock that's, to my eye and hand, the exact same weight, which goes through fine. It must be something in the finish. Whatever it is, the printer either refuses to take the paper and flashes lights and has a fit, or just spits it through un-printed, then prints the image on the sheet of cheap bond that's queued up behind it. Baah! So I will now have to make lemonade somehow out of this batch of lemons (250 sheets of it!), which I think may end up being hand made knitted cards or something. I'm sure I'll figure something out. Meanwhile, I have to find more of the paper I already have that the printer does
like, which will go with the envelopes . . . oh, the trials and tribulations of being a 'do-it-yourself' art maker and etsy shop owner!
In happier news, I just found out that two of my pieces have been accepted into the UArt Open 2014 art show! Berry Tart, and Molasses Cookie will be going in to be framed tomorrow, so I can meet the final 'deliver the art' deadline. I'm pretty happy. This is a nice regional art show sponsored by University Art
. The art will all be on display in their Redwood City store. Both of these pieces were done with colored pencils on paper.
And then, you know (or do you?) that I also do a bit of knitting, and have a little shop on etsy here
I was excited to learn that someone who bought several pieces last week will be using them in a production of "Annie" in New York! (no, not on Broadway, but still)
These are some of the pieces that will be in the show:
There was a little bit of drama with the post office not getting them there when they were supposed to - I paid extra to get them there overnight, but they didn't, and whoever was in charge of the package didn't think it was important to scan in any tracking info for a whole day, so we were dying a little, wondering where everything went! But then they got there the next day, in time for the show, so phew.
I'm doing some more knitting, trying to get a few more things in the shop for the holidays. Now its actually starting to be real knitting weather (well, actually it was 103 here again this past weekend, but its September at least, and the cool crisp weather will be starting soon - I hope!)
I also have a 'Fall' illustration piece on the board that started out being done with watercolors, which may now be started over with colored pencils. Its funny - I've been doing so much colored pencil work that going back to painting feels awkward to me. I will of course share when its finished, whatever medium it ends up being done with.
is how I feel when I'm playing around with my computer, but now the elephant's on a shirt...
I really appreciate getting to see other people’s sketchbooks. It’s sometimes refreshing to see un-edited or less-edited thoughts in their raw form, and in visual symbols so it’s more vague and confusing than if it was spoken. Or sometimes clearer. I think you may possibly understand what I’m saying? So I’ll be reciprocating often, here.
Have you had your daily dose of Surrealism? I think not. I shall endeavor to help.
Hopefully self-publishing this as a Kickstarter project in the next year, unless some publisher of graphic novels begs me to produce it first. I’m open to that.
published by Random House, fall 2012 / cover design by yours truly + interior illustration spots
Personal project…”The Illustrated Lady & the Minotaur”
figure studies in marker + gouache
Book project. My personal favorite Flannery O’Connor short is “Good Country People”. You must read this, or you are not civilized.
Character concept for an animated commercial….for dehydrated veg/fruit powder packets that you can flavor water with…more on this topic soon!
more progress with my graphic novel: ‘Keeper of Ravens’