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61651. This is what a student requested I inscribe in her book

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61652. My tweets

  • Fri, 10:17: Don't miss this response to the anti-PB article. "A Scroll to the Editor - We Love to Read!" NYTimes.com http://t.co/VOJDqFn
  • Fri, 11:22: Registration for the 2011 Summer Conference begins TODAY, Friday April 15th, 2011 at 10AM PDT. #scbwi #laconference
  • Fri, 11:23: nescbwi listerve members please see LA Conference schedule in the "File" section of our yahoo group page.

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61653. day 391: da bomb

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61654. Waterstones Event

I will be doing an event at Waterstones in Cambridge from 11.30am to 1pm on Saturday 7th May along with the lovely Ellie Sandall (Birdsong). There will be readings and activities so for more details and to reserve a space please go to the Waterstones website here.

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61655. Hat

It's that time of year once again! The ding, ding, ding of the bell from the popsicle man's ice cream truck  just started visiting the neighborhood again.

Ahhh! Great memories of childhood! :)

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61656. Illustration Friday: Journey

As she set out on her solo journey by lantern light, her friends stayed close by to ensure her safety.

For Illustration Friday: journey

This is my winning entry for a poster contest in 2005 for a festival in Pacific Grove, CA

Today is hubby's birthday so I had to pull something from my archives because I'm busy making dinner for friends. I had forgotten all about this piece which I so enjoyed doing!
I hope you enjoy it too! I had to print the PDF and then scan the copy. This is the best I could do.

Happy weekend!

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61657. A young reader

These adorable pictures were given to me today by Bobby who works as a librarian and storyteller in Cambridge. She tells me that this young fellow (her grandson) is a big fan of Not Me! Thank you so much for the pictures - he is so cute and also has superb taste in picture books!

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61658. Mega Mash-Up: Romans v Dinosaurs on Mars

by Tim Wesson, Nikalas Catlow and you.

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61659. Wordfest Creations

A big thank you to everyone involved in organising and participating in my session at the Arbury Community Centre. It was part of Wordfest, a weekend of events in Cambridge. A special thank you goes to the children who brought their work up at the end and let me photograph it. I was really impressed with how inventive everyone was - they created brilliant characters and thought of great story ideas too!

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61660. Dr. Sketchy's Drawing Group April

Everyone Draws Intently
Just went to another Dr. Sketchy's session last night. I needed to get out and do some loose sketching.I notice when I do more live drawing, it improves my drawing skills overall but I have been SO SWAMPED!

I want to go to the Cincy zoo for a day of sketching. I have a lot of animal illustrations coming up...

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61661. seltzer for clowns and elephants.

a little quicky doodle to warm up my hands this am. i dreamt of traveling on elephants last night and my jammy bottoms and hair are really kind of circusy today (and not in a good way) so, i guess that explains the clowns?whaaatever, overthinker me! "-Dit's just kind of nice to think about where they are going, or coming from. like, maybe this is how you go to clown college. or maybe they just

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61662. nerosunero reviewed by mocoloco

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April 5, 2011
Mario Sughi's subjects take a turn for the cool interiors of the gallery space and vastness of museums, where connoisseurs and the curious mingle, mindful of seeing and being seen. Enthusiasm is chilled on ice, as they come to make their deals or simply appear to be dealing with it all in such a world-weary way. Sunglasses, short skirts and suits: the obligatory attire makes those in less stand out for all the wrong reasons. Sughi's sharp, as usual, with work that is both hot and cool.

September 3, 2010
Do not be deceived by the saturated colours in Mario Sughi's latest illustrations, as they are but false promises of envy-provoking days, nights and lives. This playful (or is it cheeky?) portrait of a society that is not without temptation dazzles with its bight lights and sharp lines. The candy colours are a front for A New Sense of Emptiness, also the title of Sughi's upcoming exhibition. Sughi makes us want to buy into this, but lets us know there is no product behind the display.
November 5, 2009

The people in Mario Sughi's vivid illustrations seem to be living a technicolour, minimalist lifestyle. Evocative at times of David Hockney's work, these are images of consuming couples, sporty young people and languid moments. The leisure class is under Sughi's microscope and gets served back up to us in many different flavours. Sughi's style is saucy and leaves an undercurrent of mystery in the seemingly simple narrative under all those layers of colour.

Sabine7 @ mocoloco

MoCo Loco (Dorval, Quebec, Canada, 5 XI 2009 - 5 IV 2011)

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61663. Mary Of The North

Apparently Mary is a pretty popular Inuit name.... A character for my Doppo stories which appear to be writing themselves. I won't complain.

Also, my friend Drazen was just interviewed in a Chinese arts magazine. Check out this beautiful spread. 

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61664. Luau-uau

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61665. Fiabeggiando 2

Laboratorio di Scrittura Creativa
Visitate il sito di Rosa Tiziana Bruno:

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61666. Fiabeggiando 2

Laboratorio di Scrittura Creativa
Visitate il sito di Rosa Tiziana Bruno:

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61667. Friday Fan Art: Capturing a Unicorn

Earlier this year, I posted some stupendous Spiderwick soft sculptures by artist, Manuela Schulz. Manuela’s craftsmanship and ability to capture the natural form of an animal in mohair and fur reminded me of the great German toymaker, Steiff.  My daughter, Sophia, was so taken by Manuela’s rendition of the Spiderwick unicorn that I commissioned one for her upcoming birthday (and thankfully Soph can’t read my blog:)

Manuela’s creation reverberates the same essence of the unicorn that I was after in my illustrations.

In fact, the unicorn scene in book three of Spiderwick was one of my favorites. I liked the interaction of old mythology confronting modern-day kids. Holly’s words expressed the feeling of awe mixed with anxiety that you would imagine experiencing were you in the Grace kid’s shoes. I remember explaining to Holly that this scene was like the meeting with the kirin in Miyazaki’s Princess Mononoke. You knew there was a ancient power confronting the hero, cloaked in majestic wonder. I loved that moment in that film and I love our moment in the books.

Like many of the creatures in Spiderwick, I attempted a return to the less glamorized, more natural form for the unicorn. I examined the old tapestries depicting the unicorn hunt for my initial inspiration. However, I also studied early horses, especially Eohippus, where the multiple toes had yet to evolve into the single hoof (early horses were quite small compared to their modern descendants as well).

My hope was that this direction would project a sense of antiquity (and accuracy) to this fabulous beast.

Manuela’s interpretation holds that quality of wonder and wildness that I really like…hmmm…maybe Soph wants a Barbie instead for her birthday…

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61668. College romance at the park. A very common sight here at school,...

College romance at the park. A very common sight here at school, but this is about as scandalous as most Chinese couples will get in public (even public kissing is very rare). 

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61669. Spring Promo

The obsession continues-this time is Springtime ABCs!

What I have so far:
Animal ABCs
Christmas ABCs
Valentine ABCs

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61670. A Letter from Grim Natwick (1931)

Collector Martin Almeyer sent me this curious piece from his animation collection: a 1931 letter (in a Fleischer Studios envelope, above) by Grim Natwick to his Toledo, Ohio friend Matt Zimmer, about his plans to leave New York and join a studio on the west coast. Natwick would land at Ub Iwerks shop and later went onto Disney (on Snow White), back to Fleischer in Miami (on Gulliver), then to Lantz and UPA in Los Angeles.

The letter, posted below, written on a piece of Fleischer animation paper and dated “Lincoln’s Birthday”, isn’t significant – but to animation history junkies like me, its just one more piece of the puzzle and another sliver of insight into the real person behind the pencil.

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61671. Daydreaming

Today I'm focusing all my energy on quality daydreaming, I suggest you do the same...

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61672. “Junk” trailer

Here’s the exquiste trailer for Kirk Hendry’s new short, Junk, which has been selected for competition at Annecy this year. The film was produced at London-based commercial studio th1ng, where Hendry works as a house director.

The film took two years to complete and tells the story of a boy with an obsession for junk food – literally – and the importance of following your “gut instinct”!

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 May is going to be a busy month as I'll be touring the country to read (and sign) my newest book, Hooray for Amanda and Her Alligator! along with the latest Elephant and Piggie adventure, I Broke My Trunk!  Then later in the month I'll be in New York for BEA, the annual bookseller convention, along with some great pals.  If you're in the area, please drop by and say hello.   And remember to

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61674. First Impressions

Some people define “impressionism” as an approach to painting where the goal is to capture the first perception of a scene. The World Book Encyclopedia says that “impressionist painters try to show what the eye sees at a glance.”

The first-glance impact is usually represented by an image with simple masses of color, painted with big brushstrokes without much detail, often with soft edges between the masses, such as this haystack painting by Monet.

Typically, “impressionist” images have high-chroma dabs of color that resolve into a larger blurry image. Recognizable small details are conspicuously left out.

We’re told that this is how the eye perceives on the first glance. Let me see if I can simulate this idea using a photographic image. Here’s an unaltered photo of a street scene.

Here’s an “impressionist” take on the same scene (using the Photoshop filter “paint daubs” and a heightened color saturation).

I believe there are some assumptions here that need examining. Does our first impression really look like an impressionist painting?

If I’m really honest about my own experience of vision, my first-glance take on a scene is nothing at all like a Monet. What I see in the first two or three seconds are a few extremely detailed but disconnected areas of focus. Small individual elements, such as a sign, a face, or a doorknob, take on particular importance immediately, perhaps because the left-brain decoding process (seeing in symbols) is so heavily engaged in the first few seconds.

I’ve altered the photo to try to simulate this experience by sharpening and heightening these disconnected elements. What happens in the first few seconds for you? I don’t know how other people see, because I’m stuck inside my own head. Perhaps eye-tracking and fMRI studies can help us to better understand what really happens cognitively in the first few second of visual perception. Maybe it varies widely from person to person.

What I’m questioning is not the artistic tradition of impressionism, but rather our habits of thinking about it. The idea of trying to capture the broad, simple masses of a scene is a valid artistic enterprise. But even though I’m a plein air painter with impressionist leanings, I believe that kind of seeing emerges only after sustained, conscious effort and training, or not at all.

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61675. Ward Kimball on a 1970s Game Show

The don’t-miss clip of the week: a 1970 appearance by “casting director” Ward Kimball on the NBC daytime game show Lohman and Barkley’s Namedroppers. Bob Cummings, Ruth Buzzi and Bob Newhart also appear. Ward’s appearance was in conjunction with his short It’s Tough to be a Bird and took place sixteen years after his appearance on You Bet Your Life:

(Thanks, Bill Storts)

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