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9076. Moving Beyond Despair in The Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer

Over the past couple months I’ve looked at both of Satoshi Mizukami’s works that are available in English, Spirit Circle and Hoshi no Samidare: The Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer, and my feelings on Biscuit Hammer were rather lukewarm. I felt like Spirit Circle improved on all of the problems I had with the story but that was expected, ... Read more

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9077. the comic festiva

Updated image from the Stockholm international comic festival, now with some shading

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9078. Barnes & Noble Table Topper

via LIFE NEEDS ART http://ift.tt/1LsNAXR

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9080. Melt


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9081. Progress Report On My Mosaic For The Bascilica in Knock, County Mayo

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9082. Out of the swirling chaos forms appear...

Out of the swirling chaos forms appear - sifted out from dozens of other choices.  Soon enough the favorite choice gets made - or the current favorite I might say.

Draw, draw away idle dreamer of bears! I think this bear may have stolen my heart away, but I shouldn't tell him that.

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9083. Tony Takezaki’s Neon Genesis Evangelion Review

Title: Tony Takezaki’s Neon Genesis Evangelion Genre: Comedy, Parody Author: Tony Takezaki Publisher: Dark Horse (US) / Kadokawa Shoten (JP) Serialized In: Young Ace Release Date: May 27, 2015 Review copy provided by the publisher. Is there such a thing as “Evangelion fatigue?” If so, the fandom certainly hasn’t felt it, as the manga spinoffs ... Read more

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9084. How to upcycle and old radio (drawing)

 As I may have already mentioned, I've been cleaning up my house recently. It fell into disrepair due to neglect (by me) and now I'm giving it some much needed attention. I've put a deadline on getting it done too; August. I have decided to do an Open House then, to show off all my hard work - decorating and drawing - and you're all invited. I need to, not only paint the whole place, but, get my work together to frame and hang. I came across this radio drawing whilst sorting through stuff. I made it, about six years ago, whilst in Italy. It was on that trip that I met lapin for the first time too. I also drew his hat. But that hangs in his home.
 Anyway, I decided I'd like this drawing to be at my Open House exhibition, so last night I played around with it a little. I upcycled this old radio, if you like. There were practical reasons for doing it; the brown pens I used back then (my beloved Pilot G-tec) are just not light fast, and so, as I wanted this radio hanging on my wall, in August, it too needed a little attention. I went over it all in brown light fast fine liners and added a little colour pencil. An improvement on the original? I don't know. That's all subjective.
Now, I haven't got time for all this. I've got walls to paint. AUGUST?! The whole house by August

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9085. Friday Linky List - May 22, 2015

At HuffPost: Stephen Mooser on Kids, Books, Writing, and Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators

At Anglotopia.net (via Shelf Awareness) - Turning the Page: Top 10 Coolest Bookshops in Britain to Visit on Your Next Trip - The Bookshop Tour of Britain

Lev Raphael's Writing Across Genres: 5 Things Nobody Tells You About a Writing Career

Brilliant bookends and other library accessories at Houzz

Interesting Articles about book marketing by author and former book publicist Tim Grahl

At PW - Erin Stein: Making an Imprint at Macmillan

From BuzzFeed (via PW): 67 Children's Books That Actually Changed Your Life

From BuzzFeed (via PW): Can You Guess The Children's Book From These Emojis? (FUN!)

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9086. Aspiring writers: Before worrying too much about networking/promo, FINISH WRITING YOUR BOOK.

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9087. oso botánico

He sido un poco perezosa... pero ¡por fin estreno página!
Y para celebrarlo, sorteo este pequeño oso jardinero... Si os apetece participar, es en el siguiente enlace:
¡Estáis todos invitados! Groar...


Finally I decided to launch the facebook site!
Giveaway of an original illustration + my picture book "The Winter train". If you want to take part just leave a like and a comment in this photo.

Until 29th May. Thanks!

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9088. This is London

The Royal Horticultural Society's annual flower show held at the Royal Hospital Chelsea is almost over for another year. We didn't go this time, but we enjoyed the coverage on TV. Yesterday one of the presenters remarked on the huge numbers of visitors despite the inclement weather.  I had to smile because earlier in the day I was leafing through "This is London" by M. Sasek and come across this picture; 

This is London

But don't worry, most of the time it looks like this; 

The Tower of London

St. Paul's Cathedral 

The Houses of Parliament

The book features many other famous buildings, but my favourite illustrations are of the people - like this one of The Guards.

or this group of school children

City Gents

A Chelsea Pensioner

I also like the glimpses of 'old London'

like this famous shop ~

and these Elizabethan houses in High Holborn

Covent Garden Market

The New York Times Book Review, October 18, 1959, perfectly sums up this quirky book.

There are not many words in Miroslav Sasek's This is London, but those few are most memorable...

The colour is magnificent and uninhibited, the draughtsmanship brilliant but unobtrusive (one gradually realizes that these bold, stylized drawings are minutely accurate as well as true in general impression). The humour is characteristic and pervasive but always subordinate. The jokes are all pointed. Miroslav Sasek has drawn the visitor's London from foggy arrival to rainy departure. His book is a series of impressions, unrelated, one would think, but they add up to a remarkably complete picture of the modern city. The words and pictures are closely integrated; each has it terse style and humour.

M. Sasek ~ Universe Publishing ~ Originally Published in 1959 ~ New Updated Version 2004 

find it HERE

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9089. FABRICS - art gallery : playing pop

Art Gallery Fabrics have listed some of their forthcoming collections for 2015, and showcased them at the Quilt Fair this week. One of those that really appealed to me was Playing Pop. This lively collection was designed in house by the AGF Studio and features two different colour groups. Here's how AGF describe the collection "Bits and pieces of upbeat sounds get illustrated on the same page

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9090. FABRICS - sarah campbell

Legendary designer Sarah Campbell has created a fabric collection called ‘Melodies’, produced with the US company Michael Miller. It features super colourful, painterly birds, leaves, florals, spots, dots, and geos. The collection features ten pattern designs in two colour groups will be available for shipping at the end of June.

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9091. FABRICS - lewis & irene

For today's Friday eye candy we are taking at look at some of the lovely fabric prints available from UK company Lewis & Irene. Some of the designs are available right now, and others are due for release over the coming months.

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9092. Pick of the Week for PET and This Week’s Topic


It’s Illustration Friday!

We’re excited to announce this week’s topic, but first please enjoy the illustration above by Oriol San Julián, our Pick of the Week for last week’s topic of PET. Thanks to everyone else for participating. We hope it was inspiring!

You can also see a gallery of all the other entries here.

And of course, you can now participate in this week’s topic:


Here’s how:

Step 1: Illustrate your interpretation of the current week’s topic (always viewable on the homepage).

Step 2: Post your image onto your blog / flickr / facebook, etc.

Step 3: Come back to Illustration Friday and submit your illustration (see big “Submit your illustration” button on the homepage).

Step 4: Your illustration will then be added to the participant gallery where it will be viewable along with everyone else’s from the IF community!

Also be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter and subscribe to our weekly email newsletter to keep up with our exciting community updates!


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9093. Smile

Mona Lisa, Mona Lisa
Men have named you
You're so like the lady with the mystic smile
Is it only cause you're lonely
They have blamed you
For that Mona Lisa strangeness in your smile

Do you smile to tempt a lover, Mona Lisa
Or is this your way to hide a broken heart
Many dreams have been brought to your doorstep
They just lie there, and they die there
Are you warm, are you real, Mona Lisa
Or just a cold and lonely, lovely work of art

Nat King Cole //  Mona Lisa

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9094. Pack out your trash!

This box is full of trash, not crackers. True story.

This box is full of trash, not crackers. True story.

I’m going to make a movie reference. It’s a bad one. Ready?

In Star Trek VI, Kirk, Spock and Bones are camping in Yosemite on shore leave. In the morning, they’re called back to the ship suddenly, cutting their (weird) joint vacation short, and Kirk sighs, “Pack out your trash.”

Pack out your trash.

So now I not only just outed myself as a Trekkie, but as a person who gets geeked out at environmental catch phrases. Oh, shut up. You love that crying Indian.

I’m not embarrassed (well, maybe a little – I think only seventeen people have even seen that movie, much less quoted from it). As an environmentalist, I love this phrase. I was taught at an early age to take my trash with me, to throw it away in a bin instead of littering. Most people are, I believe. It was sandwiched between “Wash your hands before dinner” and “Stop licking the dog!”

But I also believe there’s more to it than just not littering. Not littering is admirable, but I believe we need to think further.

I like to think that when we visit a place, we should leave it better than we found it. Not just Yosemite or the beach, I mean places like airports, malls, Disneyland, Starbucks. Sure, people get paid to clean up our messes. That’s one way to think of it. “Let someone else take care of it,” we tell ourselves. After all, we’re busy, We are Important. We don’t get paid to pick up trash. I mean, aren’t there, like, workers for that?

There’s no immediate reward for this. It’s, just like, work, Dude. Yeah, I know. You’re thinking, Who needs more work? And who needs this kind of guilt? I already struggle with that whole should-I give-that-homeless-lady-a-dollar thing. Now this?

Well, poor you. So much to think about. You can’t keep up! Who will take over for Letterman? Does Khloe Kardashian wear Spanx? Does my Uber driver know I’m completely shit-faced?*

Get over yourself. Pick up some goddamn trash for a change. Get off your ass and make a difference for once. Not because it’s better for the planet and society. Do it because I said so.

*Yes, your driver can smell you.

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9095. illustration friday~pet

slow and steady
11x14 acrylic on canvas
©the enchanted easel 2014
an adorable little sea turtle...the perfect pet for a beautiful pink haired mermaid.

{this piece, a commission for last year and one of my favorites to date. it's the pink hair...;)}


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9096. Cartoon Brew Launches 2015 Animation Oscar Tracker

What animated shorts and features are contending for an Oscar this year?

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9097. Brad Bird: ‘I Want to Do Another Hand-Drawn Animated Feature’

The "Iron Giant" director has revealed that he's not done yet with hand-drawn animation.

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9098. On the Shelves…Dolly’s Books



Fassett proclaims the store has an "abundance of everything" from Newbery winners to the hottest young adult fantasy thrillers, all proudly housed in eye-catching displays. With a smaller space, comes the opportunity to really focus on what people want to read, and although she generally chooses new books based on what her publishing representatives recommend, she would love to have recommendations come straight from authors, especially local authors, and encourages those in the Salt Lake City area to contact Dolly's Books about author visits, book signings, or interest in having their book stocked in the store. The space is small, but Fassett would still love to have more author involvement in the historic community. Whether you're on vacation, a local author, or just need a cozy place to curl up with a great book, make your next stop Dolly's Bookstore.


If you're an author or illustrator interested in contacting Dolly's Books, please e-mail Sue@dollysbookstore.com.

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9099. 4 Questions for Jannie Ho



Do you have separate portfolios that you use depending on what type of work you are looking for? And are there any differences in your style or technique depending on the type of publication?


I do not have a clear intentional divide of portfolios when it comes to the type of work I'm looking for, so maybe that is why the projects I get tend to be a hybrid of different things together. But when different clients want samples of my art, I'm well aware of what kind of samples I should show them and what I shouldn't. I adjust within my style depending on the type of publication. Some publishers are more conservative, and maybe some projects are more decorative. Even when it comes to color palettes, some publishers look for brighter colors and some are open to a more sophisticated palette. My goal is to make each client happy and to make art to fit their needs, within my style.


Does your agent, Mela Bolinao at MB Artists, cover all your contracts, or only your trade book work?


Mela covers most of the contracts that I do.


What are the benefits of illustrating for publications and products other than trade picture books, besides supplementing your income?


Besides the love of having my art on a variety of products, it is also great advertisement to be in unexpected places. Art directors are always on the lookout for art, wherever they go. I also discover new techniques and themes I'm interested in and translate that back to trade books.


What is your best piece of advice for children's book illustrators that want to branch out into magazines?


Children's book illustrators can easily branch out into children's magazines. Many of the same rules still apply. My biggest advice is to do research-know the magazine you want to work for. Would they likely commission illustration in your style? Also many magazines have special features; for example, Highlights magazine has Hidden Pictures, etc. Creating a promotional piece specifically for that feature shows that you know the publication and can handle the job. It will get your foot in the door a lot faster.


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9100. Insider Exclusive with Allyn Johnston



When you buy a book, what's your process as you edit?


"I am hoping every book I buy will be the beginning of a long-term editorial relationship for me and for Beach Lane. I love the experience of sharing a deep backlist with authors and illustrators. I love all the crazy ups-and-downs-and-ups of our collaborations over time. And I want the books and our friendships to be a part of our lives together for many years."


How do you think the business has changed for picture book publishing?


"I think publishers are much more open to buying picture books now than they were even just a few years ago. It seems to me that we're in a really dynamic and exciting time for them at the moment."


How many manuscripts has Beach Lane bought as a result of an SCBWI conference?


"25 and counting. We want to add YOU to that list!" You read that here first members!


Three Tips for Picture Book Writers:


1.    Don't summarize your story in the cover letter-let it speak for itself.

2.    Leave the illustrations to the illustrators: no art notes.

3.    Picture books are not snippets of novels-write for a read-aloud audience.


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