We went to a great new store, Paul Grock Designs , (the best in kiddie haute couture) and picked up a brand new dress for school!
Hope you like it!
We’re super excited to introduce our first season of podcasts and the interviews we’re doing. (Coming soon) We are open to getting the public’s feedback on our progress. Please let us know what you think and any ideas for articles or events you want us to announce!
We’re also looking for folks who would be open to contributing informational guest posts to our blog!
One of the great things about the internet and blogs is that we get to walk behind the curtain and see the artist at work. Blogs have pulled back the veil on picture book process and creation. It’s a great thing to get to see how our favorite artist’s work their magic and go from concept to final work.
Today we are happy to showcase one author/artist as they describe their journey, Lynne Chapman.
Lynne has been an award winning author/illustrator for over 25 years with more than 30 books to her credit! She resides in the UK and it is evident from her videos that she has a spunky, bright and infectious personality.
She primarily works in pastels and has a number of demonstration videos on her website, blog and YouTube channel.
This series of posts catalogues her process while creating, pitching, illustrating, edting and sending off the final artwork of the book that would end up being titled Swap.
The story is about a little girl, Lucy, and her dog, Sparky. When her alarm goes off, Lucy thinks it’s not fair that she has to get up and go to school, while Sparky stays home. Sparky would much rather go to school, as he thinks staying in is boring, so they take the only reasonable course of action, they swap places for the day! What a simple and fun concept!!!
What a marvelous journey for Lynn to take us along with her on! There are a total of 25 posts from conception to dropping the final artwork in the mail. The time between beginning and end is 23 months, almost 2 years!! Get ready for an education for all you aspiring Author/Illustrators out there! Lynne gives a fairly in depth accounting of the process from beginning to end.
We’ll break Lynne’s journey up into segments. Featuring each post, describing the content and providing links to the original content on Lynne’s blog. We’ll share 5 to 10 of her posts per one of ours.
First is a video of Lynne describing her creative process for conceptualizing a children’s book. She also describes how she got into the field from textile design.
In her first post Lynne discusses the source of inspiration for her story idea and the initial scribbles that were it’s initial manifestation! With the initial title being, “It’s Not Fair”.
Do you know what the Wormworld saga is? It’s an amazing free online fantasy comic drawn and created by Daniel Lieske. When Daniel created his comic he made four how-to videos of his process for making a panel. His process goes as follows; step one prelim, step 2 drawing, step 3 painting and step 4 layout. He can be a little hard to understand at points because he is from Germany, but the information is very good. If you’re interested in digital art you should check out these videos.
Andrew Loomis. Since Norm mentioned him, I thought it would be a good idea to feature him and give some info on his background.
Andrew Loomis was born in 1892 in Syracuse, New York. He studied in New York at the Art Students League under George Bridgman and F.V. du Mond when he was 19. He moved to Chicago and continued his education at the Chicago Art Institute. In the 1930s, he taught at the American Academy of Art. At this time he catalogued and compiled his instructional technique for his first book, Fun With a Pencil, in 1939.
The popularity of this book would lead Loomis to go on and release several more books in the coming decades, including one of his most popular, Figure Drawing for All It’s Worth, in 1943.
Andrew Loomis created a number of instructional books on figure, the founding arts of drawing, and painting. Many of his books have long been out of print but have found a resurged popularity online in .pdf and jpeg formats free for download due to the expiration of copyright. (If this has changed please let us know.) You will find links to those books at the end of this post.
These books are a wonderful resource of drawing fundamentals and design basics. I urge that you download them, fill your printer with paper and ink and get to printing to create some handy and precious reference sources for your future illustrations.
Recently, I found some wonderful tutorial videos on drawing the human head at a site called Proko.com. The site was made by Stan Prokopenko, a web developer, teacher and artist. Stan so far has made four tutorial videos on drawing the human head at various angles. He does a great job simplifying and breaking down Andrew Loomis‘ approach to drawing heads. It’s a great method for drawing the head from various angles and stan presents the information in an interesting way. In the first video he breaks down the proportions when drawing a head. In his subsequent videos he shows the process for the front, side and three-quarter view. The videos are all done with a good production value and contain great information. Check out the videos at his YouTube channel or at his website Proko.com.
But now it looks like Top Cow is on the look out for new writing and illustrating talent. Think you have what it takes? Then pay attention.
The Top Cow Talent Hunt for two new writers and two new artists has gone live as of September 1st and will run through Dec 31st.
For the Submission Guidelines follow this link.
For the Submission Form follow this link.
These links are to pdf files and not web pages. If your browser isn’t capable of viewing pdf files then you will need to right click and download them for viewing.
You will need both documents if you intend to enter. We recommend that you follow Top Cow on Twitter or their page on Facebook for up to date information regarding this contest.
Please read and follow the guidelines specifically. You don’t want a simple mistake to ruin your consideration for winning!
Tom Bancroft has almost 25 years of experience in the animation industry, most of which was for Walt Disney Feature animation where he was an animator for 11 years. He is the author of several character design books and he is now offering his services and wisdom in an online class of sorts to be available to the public. The course is an hour and a half, has a homework assignment, prizes and costs ten dollars.
WORKSHOP #4 is on
Thursday, September 6th , 8PM, CST
THIS THURSDAY Night! September 6th, 8PM Central Time Zone (check your time zone for your time)$10.
When most people think of video games they don’t think of art. Video games have become an increasingly expressive medium for artists combining painting, writing, sculpture, music, storytelling, and cinematography. One game has brought all of these things together in a amazing interactive experience. Journey is the most profound video game work of art I’ve ever played. Its simply indescribable, but I’ll give it a shot.
ThatGameCompany, creators of Journey, was co-founded by University of Southern California students Kellee Santiago and Jenova Chen. The studio was under contract to create three downloadable games for Sony PlayStation 3’s PlayStation Network. The first was a remake of Chen’s award-winning Flash game Flow. The company’s second was Flower and their final game was Journey released in March 2012. Truly, ThatGameCompany’s magnum opus.