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24526. Artist of the Day: Sonnye Lim

Sonnye Lim

Sonnye “Jin” Lim is a recent graduate of the film/video/animation program at the Rhode Island School of Design. Her 2013 reel is below, along with more of her films on Vimeo.

Sonnye Lim

One of Jin’s personal projects in progress is a comic called Blondie, starring her characters Blondie and Quinn and set “in a zombie apocalyptic universe.”

Sonnye Lim

Sonnye Lim

See more of Jin’s dark drawings in pencils, ink and pixels on her Tumblr and her animation portfolio blog.

Sonnye Lim

Sonnye Lim

Sonnye Lim

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24527. Dream Big


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24528. This Week's New Art

First finished illustration for my upcoming 2014 Calendar. 
These will become stickers.
A jumping wedding illustration. So cute!

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24529. fly away with me


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24530. Abandoned


I remember working on this drawing, adding some additional touches to the garrison cap, leaving for a steakhouse with family, and never finding it in me to fit this one back into the schedule.  That was a few months ago, and Abandoned seems like a fitting title - at least for now.

Things like this happen to me a lot.  I'll work on something for awhile, get pulled away, and when I have the opportunity to pick it up again, I have an idea for something else I like better.  I may forget about it entirely.  Not much unlike my teenage self (there were triple the number of unfinished paintings to finished).

Anyway, I'm putting in a little more time to complete a few project before going away for a week.  I hope all goes well.  It's been too long!

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24531. Jeff Mack's AH HA! - Giveaway!


I get a lot of books sent to me now that I do these giveaways. It's helped me understand how a manuscript can jump out at an editor. Even among published books, some stand out more than others. Such is the case with Jeff Mack's AH HA! The text is simple, very simple, with only variations of "Ah-ha!" and "Aahh!" throughout the book. Its the images that tell you how those AH-HAs are supposed to sound. Hands down, it's simply brilliant! Jeff dropped by recently to answer some questions and shared lots of eye candy...

Q. Jeff, congratulations on another brilliant accomplishment - I adore AH HA! How did the idea come to you?
A. Thanks, Elizabeth. Here's how the idea came to me: I had been working on a story about a frog who searches for peace and quiet. Over a few years, I had tried many different plots. In one version, the frog accidentally changes the other animals into monsters with a magic trick. In another, all the animals compete for space on a single rock. Even though I liked some of the ideas, the plots felt too complicated to me. So, one by one, I took out all the extra twists until only the most important parts remained: A frog tries to relax. Each time he thinks he finds a safe spot, we see he's actually in danger. He narrowly escapes, and the cycle starts all over again.



Q. This seems like one of those concepts that comes on strong but takes forever to work out just right. Was it a struggle?
A. It was a little bit of a struggle. The two-letter concept came to me after I had figured out the plot. I had three goals for the text: It had to be useful, interesting, and fun for kids to read aloud. Since the plot is already told with pictures, I chose to have the text show what each character is thinking. That made it useful. To make it fun, I knew it had to contain lots of big emotion. And to make it interesting, I decided to see how simple it could be. I started by having the frog stake his claim to each thing he landed on: "My rock!" "My log!" "My branch!" "Oops. My mistake!" Then I wrote an even simpler version by focusing solely on how each character was feeling. When I finally got down to "Aahh!" and "Ah ha!" I found that those phrases fit each scenario perfectly. Plus, telling an entire story with just two letters was a very interesting bonus for me.

Jeff shared some early storyboards - click on them to see them larger in a new window.


Q. I found AH HA! somewhat reminiscent of Chris Raschka's YO! YES? Was that an inspiration?
A. No, I've never read Yo! Yes? I'll have to look for that. I hope it's not about a frog!

It's not! It's about two boys learning to be friends. Very groovy book too.

Q. AH HA! is so concept driven - how much of the book did you have to create to explain the idea sufficiently to your editor?
A. For AH HA!, I provided my editor, Victoria, with simple cartoon drawings of each page. We had already worked on GOOD NEWS BAD NEWS together so she knew I'd find an interesting way to change the sketches into final illustrations. Plus, she has a great imagination.

Jeff shared a work in progress...



Q. What is your medium? Can you explain how you work?
A. I create each book a little differently depending on the style of storytelling. For CINDY MOO, I used plain-old acrylic paint. For my book THE THINGS I CAN DO, I used crayons and just about anything else I could find including bubble gum, ketchup, and a shoelace. For AH HA!, I drew on paper with markers. Then I scanned them into my computer along with different types of cardboard that I'd splattered paint onto. I used those for textures. Then I colored everything using the computer. I was inspired by looking at examples of 20th-century comic books and 18th-century printmaking. But my process was more like making a collage.


Q. You've created so many beloved titles like GOOD NEWS BAD NEWS, CINDY MOO, and FROG AND FLY - and that's just your picture books! Can you describe your path to publication?
A. Every book takes a different path. Sometimes, I have a conversation with my editor about a rough idea that I eventually develop into a completely different book. That's how my CLUELESS MCGEE series developed. Other times, I carefully plan out my book dummy before I submit it, and it stays more or less the same throughout the process. Both AH AH! and GOOD NEWS BAD NEWS were like that. Each editor has a different method, and each project requires a different approach. Experimentation and serendipity are important to my craft. I have not found one tried and true path for getting all my books published. Not yet, anyway. That's one of the things that keeps my job interesting.

Q. With so many books, you must be a busy guy! How many books do you typically have in the pipeline at any given time? And (if you don't mind sharing) do you have an agent who helps keep it all running smoothly for you?
A. Typically, I juggle three projects at a time. As I write this, I'm working on final art for one picture book, the cover art for another picture book, and some revisions for a 286-page graphic novel/chapter book called CLUELESS MCGEE GETS FAMOUS. I plan out my work schedule, then try to stay focused on what's in front of me each day. My agent, Rubin Pfeffer, helps me coordinate my different project schedules with my editors. Last year, I released three picture books and a chapter book. I have three new books coming out this year and three more books planned for next year. I like to stay busy.

Indeed! This is Jeff's studio while working on CINDY MOO (with his furry assistant McGee.

Thanks so much for stopping by Jeff! It's been lovely and I wish you much continued success!

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24532. Quirky Critters: Grumpy Squirrel

These quirky critters just keep popping up and insisting on being drawn. I don't really have much choice in the matter, but as they're hugely amusing and adding even more delight to my life at the moment, I'm more than happy to oblige. One has to have a little fun now and then, right?

This grumpy little squirrel isn't about to share his acorn cupcake with anyone. Don't get closer or you might get too large a dose of nutty sweetness thrown at you.

 

Grumpy squirrel by floating lemons

Grumpy squirrel art by floating lemons

Grumpy squirrel sketch by floating lemons

Watercolour and black ink pen, in a Daler Rowney sketchbook.

Have a funtastic day. Cheers.

 

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24533. Quirky Critters: Grumpy Squirrel

These quirky critters just keep popping up and insisting on being drawn. I don't really have much choice in the matter, but as they're hugely amusing and adding even more delight to my life at the moment, I'm more than happy to oblige. One has to have a little fun now and then, right?

This grumpy little squirrel isn't about to share his acorn cupcake with anyone. Don't get closer or you might get too large a dose of nutty sweetness thrown at you.

 

Grumpy squirrel by floating lemons

Grumpy squirrel art by floating lemons

Grumpy squirrel sketch by floating lemons

Watercolour and black ink pen, in a Daler Rowney sketchbook.

Have a funtastic day. Cheers.

 

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24534. "Have a Seat!" OR "Sunshine: Party of One."



















Join me tonight for 'Everybody's a Somebody,' Iam8bitgallery's tribute show to Sanrio's Little Mr/ Little Miss series of books.  See me (and this piece) LIVE!
http://iam8bit.com/the-gallery/everybodys-a-somebody-2/

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24535. STORE SNAPS - habitat

I loved the retro 1970's feel of the 'freda' range of kitchenware spotted in habitat last week. designed in-house this colourful range is available on mugs, storage jars, trays and various kitchen textiles. find it in habitat or homebase now or you can see some pieces online here. I couldn't resist a snap of this colourful owl pillow as well whilst I was in habitat

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24536. DESIGNER - mr william draw

Mr William draw is a freelance designer based in chile, William has designed for casa  ideas, a fashionable store in chile known for its trend driven design and who have featured on print & pattern in the past. William's favourite design areas are cosmetics, stationery, and magazines and he loves 1950's style. you can see some examples of William's work when you scroll down here and see many

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24537. KIDS DESIGN - tiger kitty

silvia cheung is the creative force behind tiger kitty designs. silvia is an Artist/Illustrator/Designer who specializes in prints, patterns, illustrations & graphics for kids apparel, bedding, home products, paper goods and more. her clients have included babies r us and target. see more from tiger kitty here.

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24538. KICKSTARTER - bright stem

these stylish Christmas gift tags are part of a kickstarter campaign from bright stem. they are trying to raise funds to launch a range of mugs, wrapping paper, tags, and paper baubels. see exactly what they are planning online here at kickstarter.

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24539. Journal pages

A couple of journal pages from last week:

 I've been doing a bit of practicing with watercolours. I want to get to know the material a bit better. The portrait above is a tonal study. I am planning to try a self portrait in colour...

A little secret: in a few weeks I will tell you what's inside of that little bag that I drew on the top left page.

 ...however, time is precious. I'm occupied with 'How to Draw a Character -The Workshop' and enjoying the creative stuff the participants come up with! It's so much fun!



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24540. Pose Drawing Sparkbook

Hi Folks, check out Cedric Hohnstadt's Pose Drawing Sparkbook.  It's the final day so definitely check it out!



Great work Cedric!!

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24541. Down The Garden Path

 

A doodle to end the day.

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24542. Newly Updated Website

So I finally got my website updated and you can check it out here.  I'm still working a bit on the format but it is loaded with lots of new work.  I also have a new blog on my site, but I'll keep posting on both of them for a while.  Now that it is up and going I have a lot of new stuff to post.


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24543. Maquette Making Process Video!


As promised, here's the video of how I made my maquette out of wire, aluminum foil, and Sculpey (oven bake clay)! Now I can use this maquette of my character for reference of lighting and angles. You should make one too, and tell me about it!

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24544. “Passer Passer” by Louis Morton

The Cartoon Brew Student Animation Festival is made possible by sponsor JibJab and their strong support for emerging filmmakers.


Slap on a pair of headphones before you watch Louis Morton’s Passer Passer, a graduation film produced at the Univeristy of Southern California. The film uses the atmospheric sounds of urban settings—recorded in both Los Angeles and Tokyo—to create a dense and exciting soundscape that evokes the organized cacophony of city life. From the smallest sounds, like the tinkle of a fork in a restaurant, to the brashest car alarms, everything is mixed into one well-simmered city stew.

Morton matches the audio with a fresh visual style that mixes the abstract and the cartoon. His loose, fleshy animation loops and vivid sense of color add the right quality of whimsy. There is a clear visual journey, from day to night, and we are whisked from scene to scene at the frantic pace of city life. The camera moves diagonally across the space in a way that further elicits the stress of city life. By the end of the film, we’re ready to go home and get a good night’s rest, before it starts all over again the next morning.

Continue reading for comments from the filmmaker Louis Morton:

THE IDEA

One initial spark came from a podcast, in which a musician explained how he categorized several escalators in his city by sound. It got me thinking about the huge array of sounds that I encounter every day in Los Angeles and if I could develop a way to categorize the most common sounds through animation. Oftentimes I’m about to fall asleep and a car alarm goes off, and I imagine a little guy spazzing out to the rhythm of the alarm, and it makes it less annoying. I wanted to take all these city sounds like the alarm, give them personalities and organize them into a system. My plan was to walk around recording audio for a few months and then listen and animate what I heard.

TOOLBOX

All audio was recorded on a handheld Zoom H2 that was usually in my pocket to avoid looking like a nosy creep. I did a rough sound edit in Adobe Audition before handing it off to the super-talented Katie Gately, who used Ableton Live for the sound design and mix. I animated everything in Flash on a Cintiq. Most of the cleanup and shading was done in Photoshop. Compositing was done in After Effects.

CHALLENGES AND LESSONS LEARNED

The animation was mostly driven by the audio, so it was difficult to know if a scene was working until I had watched it with sound. Katie and I developed an interesting work method. I would give her small sections of the audio, and she would alter it in such an interesting way that it would often give me new ideas for the animation. Especially in the second half of the film, the animation developed organically with her sound design work. It was definitely a collaborative process, which was very rewarding, but more challenging than a traditional approach would have been. Technique-wise, I wanted to experiment with how many frames it would take to make an action or character readable, and as a result I think I learned a lot about the craft of 2D animation.

INSPIRATIONS

Living in L.A. and (briefly) in Tokyo and soaking in the sounds of each city. In Tokyo: zoning out in a train station. In Los Angeles: merging with highway traffic and walking down Hollywood Boulevard at night. The blogs 99% Invisible (the escalator episode), Radiolab, and Adventures in Audio helped me form the initial ideas for the film. I was also influenced by the “city symphony” films of the 1920s and the work of Norman McLaren, especially Spook Sport. Also inspiring were: Jules Engels’s background designs for UPA, the Disney “Silly Symphonies,” the awesome work of my classmates and the support of the faculty at USC.

WHERE YOU SEE YOURSELF IN FIVE YEARS

I hope to be in a position at a studio where I can be designing, animating or directing short-format work, commercials and ideally title sequences or educational type work. I love working in the super-short format, and I like using animation to explain things. And no matter what, I plan to continue making short films!

FILMMAKER WEBSITES

WEBSITE: LouisJMorton.com
BLOG: LouisJMorton.blogspot.com

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24545. 2013 Evenings with Authors seasons opens with Maggie Shipstead

 

We can’t wait to see you this fall!

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On Tuesday, August 27, we are of kicking off our Fall 2013 Season of Evenings with Authors with Maggie Shipstead! Her debut novel, Seating Arrangements, was an instant New York Times bestseller that peels back the layers of an affluent WASP family.  Filled with well-written wit, humor, and emotion, Seating Arrangements is an engaging novel that will keep you turning the page.  Join us as Shipstead discusses the Van Meter family, as well as her career and love of writing. 

Click here to order tickets or for more information about this event or any other 2013 Fall Evenings with Authors event

 


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24546. Exciting news from award winning author Mitali Perkins! Open Mic: Ten Authors Riff About Growing Up Between Cultures releases in September 2013.

Mitali Perkins was born in Kolkata, India and emigrated to the United States with her family when she was seven years old. She writes fiction for younger teens and chats about books and life between cultures on the Fire Escape. You can read PaperTigers’ two interviews with Mitali here and here. She is the author of six award winning books, including Bamboo PeopleRickshaw Girl  and Secret Keeper. Her newest book , an anthology of fiction, poetry, and memoir edited by Mitali will release from Candlewick in September 2013. This is definitely a book to put on your “must read” list and Mitali is giving you a chance to win an advanced reader copy by leaving a comment on her blog. Here are the details:

OPEN MIC in 25 Days! Reviews, ARC Giveaway, and More …

Our anthology releases September 10th from Candlewick, and the reviews are beginning to come in.

From The Horn Book, where it was the reviewof the week:

“…Naomi Shihab Nye offers an eloquent poem about her Arab American dad, whose open friendliness made him ‘Facebook before it existed.’ David Yoo, Debbie Rigaud, Varian Johnson, and Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich also contribute stories to this noteworthy anthology, which robustly proves Perkins’ assertion that ‘funny is powerful.’”

From ALA Booklist:

“…David Yoo’s excellent ‘Becoming Henry Lee’ is the one that will probably elicit the most laughs. But all invite sometimes rueful smiles or chuckles of recognition. And all demonstrate that in the specific we find the universal, and that borders are meant to be breached.”

From Publisher’s Weekly:

“…will leave readers thinking about the ways that humor can be a survival tool in a world that tends to put people in boxes.”

The book is a Junior Library Guild selection. Yippee!

Also, The Horn Book asked me five questions about the anthology, and the esteemed organization Children’s Book Council showed their support.

Here’s the audio version from Brilliance. Watch for a series of blog posts featuring the contributors to the anthology, pictured below:

Top Row: Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich, Greg Neri, Debbie Rigaud, Gene Yang, Naomi Shihab Nye
Bottom Row: Me, Cherry Chevapravatdumrong, Varian Johnson, Francisco X. Store, David Yoo

Exciting times, friends. In case you’re curious, here are my three “ground rules” when it comes to the intersection of race and comedy, explored further in the introduction to the anthology:

1. Poke fun at the powerful, not the weak. 

2. Build affection for the “other” instead of alienating us from somebody different. 

3. Be self-deprecatory.

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24547. The Wasp Factory

Two rejects from the Wasp Factory landed on my desk today. Sketches for a possible linocut in the Four Letter Words series.
Paper53 on iPad. Click to enlarge.

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24548. I Confess


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24549. Jazz and draw: BB King - I'm a Blues man



Jazz and draw: BB King - I'm a Blues man: the musician : BB King the tune : I'm a Blues man the artist : Stéphane Lauzon

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24550. Freckles


Self-Portrait - 2013
by Lily

This is becoming a great series: click for earlier self-portraits
 

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