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Swedish artist, Alex Coroll is a graphic designer, illustrator, and artist with a MFA in Experience Design from Konstfack in Stockholm, Sweden. His projects vary and include such endeavors as, illustrations for festivals, interactive solutions, and collages exploring the topic of personal identity. One of Alex's projects you are sure to find intriguing is a series he calls, Just a human
In his own words Alex explains, "My Just a human series is inspired by the investigation of different identities within our identity system. Each "human" deals with a certain symbolic set of notions and characteristics superimposed on the concept of a biological robot."
Authors need to change their mindset.
Whether you are traditionally pubbed or indie pubbed. Marketing is a huge component of getting your books out there. Some of us are lucky to get tons of marketing from publishers. Most of us aren't. Most of you will do it alone with very littel support. So you might as well except it and do it.
It's a matter of changing your mindset.
Here are some of the DONTs of Marketing - in my opinion. These are mindsets that I still see and they make me smack my forehead.
1) My web site is longer than Santa's naughty list - Don't make us page down through pages of text. The standard web rule is the user should not have to page down on a web site more than 2 times. (this is more lenient on blog posts) Your web site is an executive summary and TOC of you - not a book. You only need something short and sweet that grabs people. Web sites reflect your writing. If you drone on for pages - I might not want to read your book. Keep it simple, professional, and short.
2) I like marketing from The Land of Cheapo. Come on! Don't put out crap. Nowadays you can get inexpensive, solid quality marketing swag from various web sites. You really don't want a plain white business card with your face on it. You really don't need a bookmark that is so flimsy it can be used as origami. Do yourself and your image a favor, invest in high quality pieces or don't do them at all. I don't want to see one more perforated business card that is black and white. Your card is your mark on someone. They might not remember you but if they see the card - it should interest them. It is better to invest in a few key pieces than to do a bunch of bad pieces. Take pride in your materials as you would take pride in your writing or work. It is a reflection of you.
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I have been using creativity to dive deeper into my stories, characters and novels for most of my life. I've learned that imagination and inventiveness can be used in all aspects of writing, regardless of what kind of a writer you are - whether you're currently writing or not. Using creativity as an aid to the writing process helps to “unblock” your mind and get to the heart of your projects... and it's fun!
This weekend I am hosting a workshop called, "A Creative Approach to Writing," at The Boulder Writers Workshop where I'll be sharing the various ways I've learned to infuse creativity into all facets of writing.
For all of my blogging buddies who aren't able to attend, I've included links in the list below to give you a taste of what I'll be sharing.
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Have you seen the artwork of Jo Cheung? Do you just love the colors? Jo Cheung is a London based, freelance illustrator and designer who creates beautiful, delicate artwork and sells it on greeting cards, postcards, buttons, and as prints.
Creatures Of The Night That We Loved So Well is an Horror Lover's Compendium of TV Horror Hosts of Southern California.
With over 200 photos and many of them never published before, this guide to TV Horror Hosts is a must read for anyone who loves the macabre. The book also includes TV Guide ads, pieces of actual scripts, Horror Host quotes, all the movie listings including dates and so much more.
On Saturday night in 1962 everyone was glued to their television sets to watch such shows as "Weird Weird World", "Strange Tales Of Science Fiction", "Chiller" and ultimate favourite, the "Jeepers Creepers Theatre". With memorable hosts and hostesses such as, "Vampira" (Maila Nurmi), "The Creeper" (Jim Sullivan), "Ghoulita" (Lietta Harvey), "Famous Morris" (Don Sherman), "Igor" (Gary Mule Deer), "Grimsley" (Robert Foster), "Moona Lisa" (Jeff and Lisa Clark), "Morgrid" (Bob Burns) and "Elvira" (Cassandra Peterson). Each of these talented people brought an air of haunting to television screens.
Each host's story is shared throughout the pages, giving the reader a timeline of events in their lives and memorable moments in their careers. Like how Maila Nurmi dated James Dean before his death which left her emotionally devastated or how Cassandra Peterson was encouraged by Elvis Presley to pursue a music career and was not Maila's first choice as a replacement, she wanted Lola Falana, however Cassandra prevailed and Elvira was born.
Some of the more memorable movies are detailed to the reader by explaining the movies synopsis as well as the credits and release dates. Movies such as "Frankenstein Meets The Wolfman", "Weird Woman", "The Mystery of Edwin Drood", "Son of Shock" and many more. Also included is a list of early horror movies which are listed by name and year it was released. Each of the television show listings for the Horror Hosts episodes are shared making this an excellent reference book.
I thought this was a very defined book to have for any Horror buff. If you haven't seen the television shows you had to have heard of some of the hosts. Many of them have become a part of our pop culture, their anecdotes have been incorporated in horror movies since.
I loved all the history that was shared and found most of it to be very interesting. I loved the tidbits of information that you received, I had no idea the amount of firsts that Cassandra Peterson has garnered in her life. Let me just say she is more than a vampish airhead!!
Chicken Joe is back in the delightful new storybook-music CD, Chicken Joe Forgets Something Important
Chicken Joe, is caught up in a new adventure. This time, Chicken Joe awakens to realize that he's forgotten something kind of important. But, what could it be? Chicken Joe sets off to solve this mystery. Along the way he meets up with various friends who are planning something memorable, but are keeping this inside secret from their good friend—it's a big happy birthday to Chicken Joe! What he doesn't know is that his friends have planned a big surprise birthday party in his honor.
Come and celebrate with Chicken Joe and some of his good friends. This entertaining title is packed with twelve new songs on the supplemental CD, sung by Trout Fishing in America. Dance to fun tracks like, "16 or 17 Hours of Sleep" and "C-A-T in the H-E-N House". Also, check out our earlier title, My Name is Chicken Joe
, also written and performed by Trout Fishing in America.
There is nothing I can say that is wrong with this book/CD combo, it is an excellent addition to any library. The music is wonderful, the story is delightful and the illustrations by Stephanie Jorisch
are just a perfect blend of colour and magic.
I loved how all of Chicken Joe's worked to make a memorable day for Chicken Joe. The thought of a cat named Chicken Joe who lives in a hen house is hilarious and then there's the dog named, "Miss Kitty". The whole premise of the characters are charming, the story has purpose with wondrous results and a happy ending is to be found by all.
I loved the music on the CD, it's kind of a rock'n'roll folk sound that keeps your toes a'tappin' and your fingers a'snappin'. My kids and I boogied around the room on a few of the more happening tunes, like "Rock'n'Roll Roosters" and "You've Got A Funny Name", which has a country twang to the tune. My kids said to tell everyone to go and get this for their collection, it is a great book with awesome music.
I would give Chicken Joe Forgets Something Important
a five out of five stars. It is original in content and has many hilarious antics and songs. My children love it and it has been played numerous times over! With six thumbs up, how can you go wrong??SYNOPSIS:
Chicken Joe, oddly enough a cat who sleeps in the hen house, is abruptly awoken one morning by roosters playing rock ‘n’ roll. Somehow he’s forgotten that it’s not just a day like any other; it’s his birthday! Making his way to the farmhouse for breakfast, Chicken Joe meets up with his friends, all of whom would rather joke around than remind the c
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Born in a small conservative town in the Bible Belt of the Deep South, artist Jason Cooper
was raised on a steady diet of KISS
, movie monsters, punk rock, skateboarding and heavy metal. It’s no surprise then that this unusual paradox led his artistic endeavors into the unorthodox world of blotter acid art, rock posters, tattoo art and other underground forms of self-expression.
Combining his lowbrow style
and often dark humor with his interests in religious iconography and erotica, Jason forges his own path in a world of safe and stagnate art to create emotionally challenging works which invoke the visual senses to examine the always present — and sometimes uncomfortable — under layer of motive and meaning.
Jason's screen printed posters can be found around the world, in galleries from San Francisco to Manchester, and on display at Hard Rock Cafe
restuarants everywhere. He also participates regularly in solo and group exhibitions, which have included Grasping at Straws
(2001), The Meat Annex
(2002), Artifacts of the Improbable
(2002), Mundo Gigantico del Rock
(2003), Complimentary Headache
(2004), and Graphic Noise
(2005), and has been an active participant in the Flatstock sh
TODAY, THE WORLD READS
I like special days where the method of celebration is clearly described in the title. Take today’s special day, for example – World Read Aloud Day. Grab a book and read it out loud – to your class, your child, yourself. Click here for details.
DOCTOR SEUSS, MORE DIRECTLY
What was Seuss really saying with his classic books? Click here for the answer.
(Thanks to Bookshelves of Doom for the link)
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Have you subscribed to author/illustrator Katie Davis’s podcast yet? It would do ye some good, as Davis consistently interviews children’s lit luminaries and provides reviews from the likes of Jennifer Hubert Swan (Reading Rants) and Betsy Bird (A Fuse #8 Production). This week, she interviews Terry Doherty (of Reading Tub fame) and even kindly shouts out my Covering the Newbery project. Click here to download.
Every Thing On It by Shel Silverstein. On shelves September 2011.
Chances are you’ve already seen this one, as it’s been making the rounds pretty swiftly this week. Clear space on the shelf.
Based on the massive hype surrounding every step The Hunger Games takes towards theaters, I’m predicting a modest to larger-than-predicted hit for this adaptation of the Suzanne Collins novel. Click the image above for the inside word on casting.
(Thanks to Omnivoracious for the link)
The interesting tale of an eBook success story. Click the tweet above to read.
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is a journal of a teacher in up to his ears.
Told in a diary like structure, Class Struggle
tells the story of one teachers struggles at Webster High School located in San Antonio. Told with a humorous and "educational" slant, you are taken on a guided tour through the jungle of urban education.
We learn of the red tape that goes along with the administration of state run schools. The school board has no backbone when it comes to affluent parents and unruly children and the blame is placed on the teacher, whose hands are tied by the bureaucracy of the system.
When truancy is rampant and teenage pregnancy is the norm, teacher's today must learn to cope with the ever changing society. Teaching today's students is a daunting task, keeping them on track and educated takes everything a person has to offer via the educational system.
Standardized testing has removed the humanity from children, categorizing them into sections of academic prowess while forgetting the tenets that keep them human. Creativity is being removed from the classrooms, the freedom to express oneself as each of the children are being labelled, streamed towards the good, the bad and the ugly. Extracurricular activities are discouraged if they aren't the "popular" choices, again classifying the students by the activities that they participate in. On top of this all, the teacher must be the "law" without having any governing influence, giving the educational system a dead end road to nowhere.
This is a great read if you have any concerns about your children's education. The bureaucracy of the system is enough to make anyone scream, "What are they doing to our children?", and yet, we stay silent and allow our children to be railroaded along a path they have no control over nor wish to have any part of. I remember, not too long ago in history, when people weren't even ALLOWED to get an education, only the privileged and the theologians had any access to education, many people were unable to read, write or understand basic math, and when people aren't allowed to think and act on their own, they are nothing but sheep. We should hold education dear to our hearts and it should be our foremost concern in our society, and yet, it takes a backseat to many aspects of life that do not contribute to society, such as, war for an example. With the money that has fed the war machine over the years, leaving many without a hope, it would have more beneficial to have educated the country enabling them to lead productive and profitable lives, stepping up to the world plate as true leaders in humanity.
I fear for the educational system, and Steven Verrier's
book has only added more worry to my beliefs. I quite enjoyed how he reminded us of God's faith and how we need to put it into God's hands, offering a symbol of hope to the future of our world. I would recommend this to all parents, teachers, aides, students and the administration, showing everyone what is occurring and giving an edge on how to change it for the better.SYNOPSIS:Class Struggle
takes you deep into the heart of San Antonio's "Webster High School," an institution that seems to revel in dysfunction. Told from the point of view of a bemused teacher, Class Struggle
is a guided tour through the landscapes and minefields of modern urban education. Come along and meet intriguing characters - the brilliant student "on a quest to kill," the barking boy, the substitute tea
To live a dolce vita means living with an open heart and soul, indulging in life with all your senses. It means having the eyes to see real beauty, having the nose to smell intoxicating scents, having the ears to hear dreamy sounds, having the mouth to taste delicate flavors, having the body to perceive soft sensations. It means being aware of yourself, of your emotions and desires. It means finding happiness in ordinary yet unique things.
There is a place where you can learn all this. A place scented with saffron where you can find a natural paradise among houses with flaked paint, where famous artists play on the streets, where men have not forgotten how to pay compliments, and where women seductively swing their hips. It is a place where people take the art of dolce vita to perfection. Where you can enjoy little pleasures, live every day as if it was your first and last, breath in the air of true freedom and be whatever and whoever you want to be. In this place, where the real Italian heart is still beating, where people are delightfully vain as well as childishly honest, and where passion is more than just a word, you realize that living the sweet life is not as hard as it may seem.
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is an historical paranormal romance set in Scotland during the reign of King James IV with the contemporary edge of today.
Kate Sutherland is a lawyer who is hired to put in order the affairs of Celia Ward, a Wiccan from Salem. Kate has problems with her "dreams" of the past and of a woman nameed Cat. After they meet, Celia advises Kate that it would be to her advantage to take a trek back to her homeland in the Shetland Isles.
After Catriona's mother dies, she learns that she was adopted and now it is imperative she makes the journey to find out who she is. When she arrives in Cait Ness, she finds many people who are affected by her unique eyes.
Niall MacCormick is one such stranger she is drawn too. From the moment they meet, Kate tries to deny her strong feelings for this researcher of ancient artifacts. He shares with Kate many of the islands histories and that of Catriona Wells and Patrick MacKendrick. Kate is drawn to these two people through the hallucinations she suffers. Not knowing how or why it happens, Kate often travels between worlds, watching the past as if in a movie.
Maura Sutherland, a Pectiwita High Priestess of the Isles, may have the solution to Kate's dilemma and Kate sets out to find her. After meeting a young child who throws a rock and gives her a concussion, the two meet. Kate is drawn to Maura and is unable to explain why. Maura gives Kate the tools she needs to confront the past and teaches Kate how to control her "dreams."
Catriona Wells is a high-born woman of English nobility, who is beautiful, determined and has great strength of character. After being raped by her step-father and fearing for her younger brother's life, Cat sets out to seek the refuge and council of her cousin, King James IV. Upon her arrival she meets Patrick MacKendrick, a borderland Scotsman who is her sworn enemy and her soul mate. She is determined to keep her own feelings at bay until she rescues her brother from the fate that is sure to become him.
Together these two woman share many similarities, and they striking resemblance fails none who have seen the potrait of Catriona and compare it to Kate. Their lives are tied together, as only Kate has the answer to the puzzle of why Catriona has chosen Kate to relive the past.
Along the way, Kate learns of her family, her heritage and the gifts that she has been bestowed.
I really enjoyed this book, the history shared is delightful to read and you could almost believe the historical figures written actually behaved in such a way. James the IV and the history that surrounds his rise to the throne was intelligently written and endearing to the reader. All the characters were written with much depth and clarity and everyone was believable in their written roles.
I thought the past/present change around was done with great expression and flow and the harmonic balance between the two worked wonderfully. You were easily drawn in and out of the past and present and it didn't leave you wondering what era you were in.
There were a few editorial issues, such as sentences ending or starting midway. Niall's name sometimes changed to Mall and it was rather confusing, thinking a new character had entered the scene when in actuality, it was not the case. The reason for the whole reincarnation wasn't as good as I had expected. The whole pretense for the lives being joined lacked any real substance. I was expecting something truly drama
Crown of Vengeance
is book one in a new fantasy series called, "Fires In Eden".
When Lee, Ryan, Janus, Mershand, Ericka, Logan, Derek and a few others wish that something would happen in their lives that was extraordinary, they find themselves on a journey that promises just that.
The story sets out in modern times and each, for reasons of their own, is bored with life. When a unnatural and eery fog rolls in, each person soon realizes they aren't where they began and confusion and fear set in.
Each of them are now in another land, the land of Ave and in another time and they must use their individual abilities to survive. A few of them end up in the hands of the Onan, a tribe of the Five Realms and others arrive in the Saxan Kingdom. There is a war brewing as the powerful Unifer wishes to bring everyone under his one rule and destroy all those who oppose him.
The Unifer is determined to allow evil reign and with his charismatic appeal, it is hard to resist his charm as he uses all his resources to set a course of action that will bring many to their knees. The group of outsiders is a bane to his existence as they always seem to end up where they weren't needed and each, in their own way, work to divert the events that are occurring.
The war that is inevitable will be fought on land, in the air, water and even in other realms, as the Unifer works his silver-tongue and his magic to bring everyone to his heel. Will the group be able to set everything in order or will they be tempted to walk the path of the Unifer?
I had a hard time getting into this book. I didn't enjoy the long introduction to each of the characters, it took up almost half of the book. I thought there was a lot of useless information shared and felt that their introduction could have been simpler, for the information that was shared didn't help with the overall of the book's appeal.
However, whence the group travels through the fog, this is where things begin to pick up. The world building land of Ave was very well written. The people of Ave were believable and enjoyable to read and from there the stories flow picks up and you know longer feel the trudging pace of the modern day set up.
I loved the fantasy aspect of the novel, all the different types of creatures was fantastic, each explained with depth and clarity. I also enjoyed watching how each of the main characters interacted with the people of Ave, especially in the beginning when everything was new and proper etiquette had yet to be noted. Their confusion and fear is common place and each reacted as one should in their given situations. The elitist aspect of the book is something everyone can relate to, even in today's times and you cannot help but hating those who are in power.
The Unifer was a great antagonist. He was delivered in an intelligent and expressive way. The battle scenes were breath taking, allowing the reader to feel as if they were alongside the people, fighting their battle with them. And the overall outcome of the books plot left you begging for more. I am glad I continued to give this book my time, as I am now looking forward to reading Book Two in the Fires in Eden series.SYNOPSIS:
Strange mists engulf Janus Roland, Erika Laesig, Mershad Shahab, and several others going about their lives in a quiet midwestern town. When the mist dissipates, they all find themselves looking up into the bright skies of a new, incredible w
Commune of Women
is a dramatic thriller.
Seven women have been drawn into a web of terrorism as each of them arrive at Los Angeles International Airport.
Heddie is a psycho-analyst who is traveling with one of her patients to pick up another from the airport. She is calm, cool, collected and has been raised with a silver spoon in her mouth or so she wants everyone to believe.
Sophia is a natural born leader. She is strong, caring, compassionate and knowledgeable. She carries with her demons from her past when she was a medic during the Vietnam war.
Erika is a high profile business women with a vulgar attitude and vocabulary. She believes everything and everyone should center around her and after she is shot, she is extremely irritated that her business world may come crashing down around her.
Pearl is a wizened bag lady who arrives at the airport because of friend of hers told her that the money was good. She is one person who is bound to have everything one might need in order to survive, she's been doing it for a long time and knows what is needed in times of duress. Her story is a sad one and yet she always seems to find something good in all that is around her.
Ondine is a neurotic free spirit whose has a terrible guilt over a past event she had no control over. She is currently under Heddie's care and working through her demons. She's coming out of a bad marriage and tends to run from the stresses in her life.
Betty is also one of Heddie's patients and she puts all her time and energy into plastic flowers arrangements that she is passionate about creating. Her passion has driven a wedge between her and her family. She doesn't see what she is doing wrong until her life is threatened and she realizes her values had been wrong all the time.
X is a militant who grew up in the Jafar camp in Palestine. She comes from an area of the world where walls surround her country, checkpoints are needed to go through to leave and people are systematically killed. To be a women in Palestine means you are bred of strength, determination and perseverance. She is proud of the women in her life and feels she is just in her reasons why she is attacking the airport. However, along the way she begins to see things in a new light and vows to correct all the wrongs that have ever happened to her.
Each of these women must survive four days while they are held in the airport, too afraid to leave their hiding place. The six women have no idea where the terrorists are, why the FBI hasn't come for them yet nor how they are going to survive when their only food is to be found in an employee vending machine and bullet ridden soda!
Each of them delves into their inner psyche to find the demons that have haunted them in order to find the strength to survive.
This wasn't a bad read! I truly enjoyed the women's characters, each one of them was written in a well-rounded manner and with believable back stories. My favourite of the women was Sophia, a woman who listens to the world's weave and reacts to it instinctively. She was very strong in character and belief.
I wasn't so fond of Ondine, I found her overly whiny and her maternal instincts were severely lacking. Not that she was a badly written character, just out of them all, I'd have disliked her the least if I met them as they were written.
Many of the back stories shard were wonderfully writte
How would you like to have so much work that you’re begging for a break? Marcus Cutler seems to have this unusual “problem”. He jokingly wrote on his Facebook page, “Please lord... nobody send me any more work... just for a couple weeks.” The poor guy – it’s easy to see why his work is so popular.
The illustrations of Marcus Cutler
are full of bounce and delight. His work is jam-packed with fun characters, unique concepts and a great sense of humor. His style is so inviting. He breaks the world down into simple shapes and relies on color and contrast to separate elements. In other words you won’t see any lines in most of his work – not an easy task. Marcus however makes it seem effortless.
The Canadian based artist
illustrates for several markets - magazine editorial, advertising, children's literature, and giftware. He also designs logos and corporate identity materials such as business cards, letterheads, and brochures.
Inkymole, aka Sarah J Coleman
, arrived at a full-time career in illustration and typography via the traditional method of a degree, and the bizarre worlds of pirate radio, lecturing, youth work, theatre, prop making for The Royal Shakespeare Co., and typesetting obituaries.
Now into her second decade of creating magic for a broad client base, she has held solo exhibitions all over the world.
Inspired by the penmanship of a more elegant era and with a muscular, if pedantic, grasp of the English language, she has wrapped her perma-stained fingers around words and pictures for advertising, identities, packaging, record sleeves and has just completed her 115th book cover.
Isn’t it great when you come across art that speaks to you as soon as you see it? You come across an artist’s website and with every click through his or her portfolio you find something truly amazing. Well, that’s certainly the case with the work of San Francisco illustrator Nidhi Chanani
. Every click through Nidhi’s portfolio of illustrations will fill you with warmth and joy.
Nidhi’s thoughtful compositions are a big part of what makes her work so interesting. Other elements such as her brilliant use of lighting and deliberate use of intricate patterns combined with wonderful textures and colors result in stylized illustrations that tell stories you wish you were a part of.
Cartoonist George Coghill has a lot of really awesome character illustrations going on over at Coghill Cartooning
. Specializing in custom mascot characters for logos, George Coghill is another artist featured here on IP
with a great sense of humor who likes to have fun with his art.
Some folks get kind of snobbish when it comes to the great art of cartooning or cartoon-style illustration– and it just isn't right to be quite honest – well not at Illustration Pages
. We give props to George Coghill and other cartoonists out there like him. His logo work is excellent and his approach to drawing is as serious as any other artist out there.
Like most other forms of art, cartooning requires knowledge of both human and animal anatomy
– not to mention a far out imagination. Just look at all the great characters George Coghill creates – pinup girls, surfers, aliens, super heroes, dogs, gorillas. Does he ever run out of things to draw?
Artists that have influenced George are Mort Drucker,
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After almost a year hosting his strip at Webcomics Nation
, Australian comic artist Frank Candiloro's long-running comic strip, The Adventures of White Wolf!
has its own site. See all the adventures of mild-mannered psychology teacher Max Height, secretly a werewolf. One swig of his White Wolf Super Serum, and he transforms into the courageous canine crime fighter White Wolf, battling crime inspired by the the Golden Age Superheroes
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Just published and online - Lo's new website highlighting his illustration work for all manner of clients as well as all sorts of other stuff. Your comments are more than welcome! Visit the new site...
I haven't written a book review in a while, but this book was so amazing I couldn't resist.
Dicken's "A Christmas Carol" has held a special place in my heart since I was young. I've always loved the classic story and the magic of the tale. I thought Ebeneezer Scrooge was a big meanie, and I loved him for it. Then on our first date, my husband and I watched the Muppet version together and my love of the story was cemented.
I really wanted to share that love with my little girls, and was extremely excited when I found out that there was a new pop-up version of the story - A Christmas Carol: A Pop-Up Book (Pop Up Book) by Charles Dickens, Chuck Fischer.
As soon as I got the book, I had my girls come sit by me so I could read it to them. I expected it to be a simplified version with cartoonish graphics. But when I opened the first page I was blown away.
The art work and pop up detail was some of the most intricate I had ever seen. It was truly amazing.
And it didn't stop! There was page after page of detail, each illustrated just as beautifully.
I was so enthralled by the pictures that at first I didn't notice that there weren't any words on the pages. It took a minute to realize that each page had a small booklet that contained part of the story. I love this idea. The graphics didn't have to be minimized in any way to make room for the story, and the story could be read while my girls were looking at the pages. It's truly magical.
And don't let the words pop up book fool you - this book is definitely not just for kids. It would be a great addition to any library.I received this book for review purposes from the Hachette Group.
Russ Cox aka Smiling Otis definitely lives up to his name. His bio on his illustration site
is a riot and his illustrations are exactly what you would hope to see from a guy whose photo on his Facebook page is of himself wearing a hat with a cartoon monster popping out of the top. Crammed with color and full of fun, Russ’ illustrations pack a punch of pure delight.
Don't you just love his spooky trick or treaters and scary witch? And they're just in time for Halloween too.
Now of course every yin has a yang and Smiling Otis has his serious side - okay somewhat serious. The yang in this case would be Russ' collection of logos.
Russ also creates Flash cartoon animation for the likes of American Greetings and AOL. Is there no end to this man's talent?
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Lo Cole’s distinctive artwork
first came to prominence in the mid-1980s when he was invited to produce the controversial album sleeve designs for Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s “Welcome To The Pleasuredome.” Voted ‘best dressed record sleeve of the year,’ by the NME reader’s poll, Lo’s work was launched on a market that has provided him with employment as an artist and illustrator over 25 years.
His work regularly features in national newspapers and magazines such as The Sunday Times, Vogue, Elle magazine, The Boston Globe and more, where his humorous and abstracted approach to imagery is highly identifiable.
As a poster artist, Lo has produced dynamic designs for clients including the Royal National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company, Londo
At the left side in the top photo are 2 images. One is the Beatrice painting Ive been working on in this blog. On the right you see an older, rejected version. I wasn't happy with body or face and was using this reject to experiment with, mainly exploring the nature of the paper . While working on the leaves a motif came to mind which I hope to draw this evening.
Until there is a brighter day its very difficult for me to predict how these will reproduce. The paper is bright white but as you can see, it looks much darker. even though I brightened the image in Photoshop.
While experimenting I was thinking of the kind of books I liked when very young. Lots of color, clear patterns, contrasts. Somehow this triggered a cascade of ideas which may or may not be plausible for the book.
In a recent post about my first VCFA residency I mentioned how it was an eye opening experience. I thought I’d take a moment to elaborate on what exactly I meant.
While at residency I realized I’ve been sitting in a room with my writing. When I write I’m facing the corner of “what I know.” That doesn’t seem unnatural, obviously we are all writing with the tools we have, but what I didn’t realize is that there was a whole room behind me. Prior to attending The Vermont College of Fine Arts (VCFA) I’d reached a plateau in my work. I’d pushed my novel as far as I knew how and it still wasn’t ready. I was frustrated! Of course I was, I was trying to pound a square peg into a round hole. I thought the round hole was the only option, who knew a square hole might exist?
Let me get specific for a moment. My particular corner is screenwriting. I have a degree in screenwriting and it’s how I first learned to construct character and
story. As a screenwriter there’s a very specific formula (round hole) with which you tell a story. There are rigid rules that include specific page numbers in which events must happen. It’s true I can take any movie and tell you within five minutes where the inciting incident will be, the first plot point, the climax, etc. (Don’t believe me? Check out this site: Screenplay Mastery) This formula has been helpful in understanding structure, and as a screenwriter its essential. But as a novelist,
I didn’t realize I’d trained myself to see only one type of structure. I didn’t realize how desperately I was trying to force my story into one line of thought. Who knew there were other structures past Aristotle’s Dramatic Structure? Who knew we could push past the classic “climbing the mountain and overcoming of obstacles” plot line we see over and over (which actually has official names like Fichtean Curve and Freytag’s Pyramid)? There are in fact other ways to construct structure and plot including: vignettes, picaresque plots, argumentative plot, allegory, intellectual structures, expressionism, surreal fiction, and metafiction. And who knew that the traditional (and celebrated)
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