What is JacketFlap

  • JacketFlap connects you to the work of more than 200,000 authors, illustrators, publishers and other creators of books for Children and Young Adults. The site is updated daily with information about every book, author, illustrator, and publisher in the children's / young adult book industry. Members include published authors and illustrators, librarians, agents, editors, publicists, booksellers, publishers and fans.
    Join now (it's free).

Sort Blog Posts

Sort Posts by:

  • in
    from   

Suggest a Blog

Enter a Blog's Feed URL below and click Submit:

Most Commented Posts

In the past 7 days

Recent Posts

(tagged with 'animal')

Recent Comments

Recently Viewed

JacketFlap Sponsors

Spread the word about books.
Put this Widget on your blog!
  • Powered by JacketFlap.com

Are you a book Publisher?
Learn about Widgets now!

Advertise on JacketFlap

MyJacketFlap Blogs

  • Login or Register for free to create your own customized page of blog posts from your favorite blogs. You can also add blogs by clicking the "Add to MyJacketFlap" links next to the blog name in each post.

Blog Posts by Tag

In the past 7 days

Blog Posts by Date

Click days in this calendar to see posts by day or month
new posts in all blogs
Viewing: Blog Posts Tagged with: animal, Most Recent at Top [Help]
Results 1 - 25 of 182
1. illustration friday...

the lucky one
6x6 acrylic on canvas
©the enchanted easel 2016
and a little throwback thursday!

adorable little Mei-Lin was created back in february to commemorate 2016's year of the monkey. holding her lucky orange well, she was too cute not to submit into this week's IF theme of what else...."orange".

PRINTS HERE and other goodies featuring her sweet face HERE

{it's september so i can still say, "gung hay fat choy!"}

0 Comments on illustration friday... as of 9/15/2016 10:44:00 AM
Add a Comment
2. the making of "the lucky one"...step by step!


another peek into my step by step creative process....this one for the painting entitled, "the lucky one". done to commentate 2016's year of the monkey, this little cutie was lots of fun to paint.

for a look at the album and explanation of the step by step process, take a click over to my Facebook page and maybe give it a "like" if you already haven't...and would be so kind. :)

the ORIGINAL painting is FOR SALE! contact me if interested. or send me a message through my Facebook page. PRINTS available here.

 speaking of PRINTS, i'm in the middle of opening up a S6 (Society 6) shop which will feature my paintings on cool products from tote bags to tapestries, clocks to (duvet) covers. i'll post the link as soon as i get around to finishing setting up shop.  meanwhile, click on over to the S6 homepage and check out some other really wonderful artists. always awesome to see hard working, talented people have their masterpieces transformed onto products we can buy for ourselves to give away as gifts. 

0 Comments on the making of "the lucky one"...step by step! as of 3/14/2016 12:02:00 PM
Add a Comment
3. Photo









Add a Comment
4. Tips for Loosening Up, Plus a Bonus Giveaway

Watercolor illustration of a bear and snail in a forest by Jessica Lanan

Hello, dear readers! Today I have a mishmash of a post to share with you, so I hope you’ll bear with me. (Ha.)

I have been on a bit of a quest lately to loosen up my technique. If you also struggle with this, know that you are not alone. It takes an enormous amount of practice to get the “quick and effortless” look instead of the “catastrophic disaster” look, so we watercolorists often get very tight and controlled in order to compensate. Of course, there are many different ways to work with watercolor and some artists do the “controlled” thing extremely well, but if you’re looking to loosen up, here are a few techniques I’ve stolen from other artists over the years that I’ve found helpful:

  • Using brushes that are much larger than I find comfortable
  • Minimizing the number of washes. The entire background of this image was one big, wet wash, not twenty-seven separate washes detailing every single leaf and bush
  • Using a lot more water and paint than seems reasonable; enough that I often end up having rivulets of liquid draining off the paper
  • Getting to know the paint. Many colors lighten in value or lose saturation when they dry, so it needs to be even darker than you think when you paint it on
  • Waiting for a wet-on-wet wash to completely dry before moving on to add details
  • Varying textures. I used some dry brush technique in the trees to simulate pine needles
  • Painting lots of really bad paintings that will never, ever see the light of day. I plan to burn these so that no one can accidentally find them when I die
  • Working as fast as I possibly can
  • Occasionally closing my eyes. (Just kidding! Or not…?)

I hope those help someone out there just as they helped me!

In other news, copies of The Story I’ll Tell are here, so I can also do that second giveaway that I promised you several weeks ago.

The post office didn't do the best job ever on this one

The post office didn't do the best job ever on this one

Fortunately, the books are just fine.

Fortunately, the books are unscathed!

Leave a comment below if you’d like a chance to win a signed book! I’ll announce the winner next Wednesday.

 

Add a Comment
5. Pick of the Week for ANIMAL and This Week’s Topic

 

ae730c31040171.564a679d70e06

Happy Illustration Friday!

Please enjoy the wonderful illustration above by Tamara Domuzin, our Pick of the Week for last week’s topic of ANIMAL. Thanks to everyone who participated with drawings, paintings, sculptures, and more. We love seeing it all!

You can see a gallery of ALL the entries here.

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

CITY

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 public 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!

HAPPY ILLUSTRATING!

0 Comments on Pick of the Week for ANIMAL and This Week’s Topic as of 11/20/2015 11:32:00 AM
Add a Comment
6. Thanksgiving Greetings

watercolor illustration of animals having thanksgiving dinner by Jessica Lanan

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! I hope that wherever you may be you have plenty to be thankful for.

Congratulations to Priscilla Alpaugh, for winning a signed copy of The Story I’ll Tell. Thanks to everyone who entered the drawing.

Add a Comment
7. Theater Poster Sketches: Click Clack Moo




Easily one of the things I love most about working with theaters is the chance to offer my interpretation of my favorite stories. I've done many of the classic public domain stories, but I love being able to have a go at more contemporary books. I love, love(!) Betsy Lewin's illustrations for Click Clack Moo, but still had a blast giving Doreen Cronin's story my own take. Here are the rough sketches for the theater poster.

0 Comments on Theater Poster Sketches: Click Clack Moo as of 8/15/2013 9:40:00 AM
Add a Comment
8. big headed

Some more great work by these kids, way to go!

age 11
age 10


age 6
age 8


0 Comments on big headed as of 4/17/2014 3:37:00 PM
Add a Comment
9. Happy Mother’s Day!

To all the mothers out there of every species, have a wonderful day!

Mother and baby ducks by Jessica Lanan

The post Happy Mother’s Day! appeared first on .

Add a Comment
10. ink

since it's still October, I'm going to stick to the black and white theme and show you a few more of my "inktober" drawings. I'm enjoying the ink wash and line practice, straight without any pencils first. Find more of these over on Instagram, if you like.

pigeons and doves

raccoons
I'm also doing a lot of sketching for assignments in progress. I think the November challenge will have to be about drawing people, possibly an emphasis on grownups...
In other news; I'm preparing to put a few things in the local holiday sale, working on family Halloween projects, and continuing my personal quest for computer skills (yay Skillshare)

0 Comments on ink as of 10/29/2014 2:47:00 PM
Add a Comment
11. reindeer cards

I've been practicing my printmaking skills, and although I'm playing around with screenprints, a linocut still works best for me. Here is what my holiday card looks like this year:

I'm bringing a few to the local art sale at The Arts Center, so here is a little herd all packed up and waiting to go.


0 Comments on reindeer cards as of 11/21/2014 12:10:00 PM
Add a Comment
12. back in the old folky days

Happy New Year folks!
As I said in a previous post, I've been making some changes to my business (and life) recently. Some leaps of faith. Which all ties in nicely with the New Year and new leaf/chapter/beginning.
Here's something I've never tried before; bespoke, made to order original drawings. Not just bespoke drawings, but, bespoke pet portraits (and that's something I never thought I'd hear myself saying). They are, of course, pet portraits with a difference. They are kind of like drawings of your pet's ancestors. With a little imagined (by me) biography of said pet ancestor.
 
Where and how the hell do I come up with these ideas?
Anyway, you can get a bespoke, Victorian, made to order, portrait of YOUR pet HERE!
No, really.

0 Comments on back in the old folky days as of 1/7/2015 5:29:00 PM
Add a Comment
13. PET by Michael Robertson

pet

This crazy cute little guy was submitted by Michael Robertson for the Illustration Friday topic PET.

0 Comments on PET by Michael Robertson as of 1/1/1900
Add a Comment
14. Animal, vegetable or mineral? [quiz]

In the late eighteenth century, against a troubled background of violent change on the continent and rising challenges to the Establishment at home, botanists were discovering strange creatures that defied the categories of ‘animal, vegetable, and mineral’.

The post Animal, vegetable or mineral? [quiz] appeared first on OUPblog.

0 Comments on Animal, vegetable or mineral? [quiz] as of 8/3/2015 7:37:00 AM
Add a Comment
15. Franken-Piggy

Add a Comment
16. .: Lemur

This is a drawing for a project I´ve been working on.

Este es un dibujo para un proyecto en el que he estado trabajando.

0 Comments on .: Lemur as of 1/1/1900
Add a Comment
17. .: Criaturas .::. Creatures :.

Este bichito nació de un ejercicio que estoy haciendo. Dibujé todas la letras del alfabeto y a partir de sus formas básicas ilustré personajes. Este es el primero y está basado en la letra A. Eventualmente tendré una familia completa de bichitos raros.

This creature was born from an exercise that I´m doing. I drew all the letters in the alphabet and from their basic forms illustrated characters. This one is the first and it´s based on the letter A. Eventually I´ll have a complete family of weird creatures.

0 Comments on .: Criaturas .::. Creatures :. as of 1/1/1900
Add a Comment
18. illustration friday~snow

dashing through the snow....

no horse or sleigh needed ;)
just a cute little helper named Pippa and her candy cane striped zebra friend Peppermint.

hey, he's just as good as any reindeer. 
but way cuter...;)

6 Comments on illustration friday~snow, last added: 12/21/2012
Display Comments Add a Comment
19. IF: wheel

Given the prompt "wheel", my swiss soul naturally screamed "cheese". 
So here you go.


And I'm sure we all appreciate a break from the bunnies.
I have more wheel/cheese ideas, so you might want to check back :)

6 Comments on IF: wheel, last added: 2/6/2013
Display Comments Add a Comment
20. Sheep Lessons Part 1

Did this project for Spider Magazine that was published a couple months ago. I enjoy working for magazines because (especially Spider) because the art direction is fairly light and I can try out different techniques. I was happy with how this series of illustrations turned out. I'll post my favorite three over the next few days.

2 Comments on Sheep Lessons Part 1, last added: 2/7/2013
Display Comments Add a Comment
21. Sheep Lessons Part 2

Part 2 of "Sheep Lessons".
Our heroine has a nightmare

0 Comments on Sheep Lessons Part 2 as of 2/7/2013 12:24:00 PM
Add a Comment
22. ~HaPpY EaSteR~

...because bunnies can be artists too ;)

(also my submission for this week's IF theme ~ egg)

HaPpY EaSteR!!!

6 Comments on ~HaPpY EaSteR~, last added: 4/9/2013
Display Comments Add a Comment
23. illustration friday~jungle

how could anyone resist this cute little baby cheetah (and his dragonfly friend)...?!
nothing scary here :)

ORIGINAL DRAWING~SOLD but there are PRINTS available here:
https://www.etsy.com/listing/96990268/baby-cheetah-on-branch-with-dragonfly

0 Comments on illustration friday~jungle as of 8/1/2013 2:08:00 PM
Add a Comment
24.

Bunnicula was one of my favorite books from when I was eight. I got the opportunity to create my version for a theater poster.

0 Comments on as of 8/9/2013 9:56:00 PM
Add a Comment
25. Theater Poster: The Boy Who Cried Wolf


0 Comments on Theater Poster: The Boy Who Cried Wolf as of 8/12/2013 9:08:00 AM
Add a Comment

View Next 25 Posts