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Wacom Drawing Tablet Coming August 20th?

Earlier this year Wacom put out a vague tweet about a drawing tablet. Then a few days ago this YouTube video appeared showing off a bunch of different Wacom products which also hinted at the “Next Big Thing”. The video ends with the date August 20th, 2013 and the words Wacom’s next Creative Evolution. The video doesn’t give a lot of details, it doesn’t even say what the “next Creative Evolution” is. Guess we’ll just have to wait until August 20th, but just because there’s not a lot of details doesn’t mean I can’t get excited about a possible new mobile drawing solution. Look for our write up on this announcement around the 20th of this month, but for now you can just speculate and dream with me in the comments.

Kazu Kibuishi’s Process for Creating Amulet

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One of the best ways I learn is from other artists. So when I ran across the Eisner Award-nominated comic book artist and author Kazu Kibuishi’s art process I had to share it. Kazu Kibuishi is best known for his work on the Amulet series by Scholastic’s Graphix, but more recently he’s done the covers for the newly rereleased Harry Potter books. In the images below Kibuishi shows his process for creating pages in his comic series Amulet Volume 4. Like most of us he starts with a script, does some rough sketches, and then continues to refine. The first set of images is the script and rough layouts for the pages. Below each set of thumbnails are links to the larger versions of the images so you can see more detail.

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Veiw the full size image of the Script Pages
Veiw the full size image of the Rough Sketch

These next set of images are pages 68 and 69 in the book. It’s a two page spread and might be the most striking of the illustrations. It’s amazing how the line work comes to life in the colored version.
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Color Theory with Marc Brunet-Part 2

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I love watching tutorials and seeing how other artists approach their work. It’s always eye opening to see or hear another artists thoughts on how they approach composition, character design, color theory and any number of art principles. So I was happy to find a new series of posts from Marc Brunet on Color Theory. He’s done about three videos at this point and plans on doing more. His technique is very different from mine and I’m anxious to apply some of his process to my work.

This is the second of his video series.

Watch along and enjoy!

Here’s a link to his first video.

Color Theory with Marc Brunet

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I love watching tutorials and seeing how other artists approach their work. It’s always eye opening to see or hear another artists thoughts on how they approach composition, character design, color theory and any number of art principles. So I was happy to find a new series of posts from Marc Brunet on Color Theory. He’s done about three videos at this point and plans on doing more. His technique is very different from mine and I’m anxious to apply some of his process to my work.

Watch along and enjoy! I’ll be presenting the rest of his videos on the blog at later dates!

Boots and feet coverings tutorial!-Part Two

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Hands, feet and even shoes can be a challenge for me. So when I find a great tutorial that sheds some light on how others approach this I feel obligated to pass it along to our readers!

Here’s part two of the tutorial by RadenWa from DeviantArt on drawing boots. Great stuff!

Please note this tutorial is LONG! Below is just a small part of it. The rest of the image is after the jump!

Enjoy!

If you missed Part One you can find it here.

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Once Upon a Sketch Podcast Episode 6 – Round Table State of the Industry

In our sixth episode we welcome our friends Donald Wu, Chris Jones and Mary Reaves Uhles to discuss the state of the freelance illustration industry. We talk about how the industry has changed, our uses of social networking to make connections and finally getting around to the mediums that we all work in. It’s a great conversation with good information.

Links
Donald’s Art Rep catalogs – www.mbartists.com/cgi-bin/iowa/catalog.html
Buffer App – www.bufferapp.com
Tweet Deck – www.tweetdeck.com

Audio Version of the podcast or listen on iTunes

podcastroundtable02 Donald Wu – 
Born in Hong Kong, Donald grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area after moving there as a child. Years of drawing doodles in school along with a love of comic books led him to study illustration at the California College of the Arts. While at school, Donald was introduced to many different mediums ranging from watercolors to acrylics. Although Donald started his career using traditional mediums, Donald has since made the transition to digital medium. Donald continues to reside and “doodle” in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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podcastroundtable01 Chris Jones – 
I’m an illustrator with an expressive and humorous style that is fun and engaging. I’m equally comfortable working on picture books, or sequentially in comics/cartoons.Born near Toronto, Canada, and raised on comic books, red licorice, and Saturday morning cartoons, I’ve been drawing with a passion ever since I could hold a crayon!I’m a Graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design, and a member of: the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and the Picture Book Artists Association.
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 podcastroundtable03 Mary Reaves Uhles – 
Mary Reaves Uhles has worked for over a decade creating art for children. Her pieces have been included in books and magazines around the world. Prior to beginning her career as a freelance illustrator, Mary worked as an animator on projects for Warner Brothers and Fisher-Price Interactive. To this day her work features a cinematic quality essential to bringing characters to life.
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 podcastroundtable04 Norm Grock – 
Norm Grock has been drawing since before he even learned to swim which is saying a lot considering he grew up in Hawaii. Since leaving the Islands’ beautiful beaches and landing in Oregon he went to college and received a degree in graphic design. Now living in Portland, Oregon, Norm spends countless hours perfecting his craft as a freelance illustrator working on several children’s books. With over 15 years in the children’s entertainment industry Norm would like to start working on his passions and create his own intellectual properties.
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 podcastroundtable05 Wilson Williams, Jr – 
I have been a professional commercial artist and designer for over thirteen years. My pens, pencils and wacom pen have been drawing and painting images from my imagination my entire life. My work is whimsical, fun and captures the measure of my spirit.
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9 Animation Directors Talk About Their Careers

On Monday the SIGGRAPH Keynote was held and it featured nine distinguished animation directors Pete Docter (Monsters, Inc., Up), Eric Goldberg (Pocahontas, Fantasia/2000), Kevin Lima (Tarzan), Mike Mitchell (Shrek Forever After, Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked), Chris Sanders (Lilo & Stitch, How to Train Your Dragon), Henry Selick (Nightmare Before Christmas, Coraline), David Silverman (The Simpsons Movie), Kirk Wise (Beauty and the Beast, Atlantis: The Lost Empire) and Ron Clements (The Little Mermaid, Aladdin). The panel was moderated by Randy Haberkamp of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences.

If you were unable to attend the SIGGRAPH Keynote panel, you’re in for a treat. The whole 92-minute discussion is posted online for all to see. The Marc Davis Lecture Series presented this panel, entitled “Giants’ First Steps”, which explored the student works and early careers of the participating directors. They discussed how they got started in the industry how they work through creative blocks and some discussed their challenges with drawing. They also talked about what they look for in artists’ portfolios. The more I hear working professionals talk about portfolios the more I hear “it doesn’t matter how good you draw it’s all about telling” a story and they reiterated this in their discussion.

I found their discussion very interesting and since I’m a fan of most of these movies, some even lead me to become an artist, I was really interested to get their insight. Very inspiring.

Los Angeles SCBWI Conference Live Blog

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As most of you may know the 42nd Annual Summer SCBWI Conference from Los Angeles is right around the corner, August 2nd through the 5th. Not able to attend the Conference? Well even if you are, you can keep up-to-date with the SCBWI Official blog. Lee Wind leads the SCBWI’s Team Blog for up-to-the minute conference countdowns and live blogging from the conference floor! And now that the conference is sold out this might be a good way to keep up on the goings on at the conference, if you’re like me and not going. Check out the official blog at scbwiconference.blogspot.com

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