Delighted to have backed the Kickstarter below!
How to THINK when you DRAW BOOK + SKETCHBOOK 3 + STRANSKI
A 200 PAGE HARDBACK BOOK of Lorenzo Etherington’s HOW TO THINK WHEN YOU DRAW tutorials + a NEW 600 PAGE sketchbook + STRANSKI reprint
I selected the Tutorials Book + Sketchbook 3:
The Tutorials Book
How to THINK when you DRAW will be a 200 page full colour hardback book measuring 8.5″ by 8.5″. The book collects together MASSES of my drawing tutorials, covering an enormous range of subjects. The series is EXTREMELY user-friendly, designed to benefit every skill level, from the absolute beginner to the seasoned professional. The tutorials are better seen than described, so GO HERE for 100 FREE TUTORIALS.
The NEW 600 Page Sketchbook
The Deluxe Collection Part 3 will be a 600 page softcover black and white book measuring 8.5″ by 8.5″. The artwork will be divided into chapters themed around character design, pose and gesture sheets, monsters, robots, concept vehicles, environment design, world building and much more.
Original Sketch by @Andy_Estra (Instagram) : I always admire and am inspired by his work (Thanks, Andy!). This particular sketch amused me so much that I just had to do some painting practice on it! …Of course, there are many other sketches of his I want to paint (and wish I had sketched!). Hopefully, in painting this, I learned something from his work to improve my sketching (and hopefully I did right by your great work, Andy!)
Original Sketch Text:
“Don’t know why my cat always puts her ass in my face. Hope you all have a great weekend”
Original Sketch Permalink:
Visit Instagram.com/Andy_Estra for a constant flow of great work!
The archive of historical children’s books:
Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature
From the OpenCulture.com article:
We can learn much about how a historical period viewed the abilities of its children by studying its children’s literature. Occupying a space somewhere between the purely didactic and the nonsensical, most children’s books published in the past few hundred years have attempted to find a line between the two poles, seeking a balance between entertainment and instruction. However, that line seems to move closer to one pole or another depending on the prevailing cultural sentiments of the time. And the very fact that children’s books were hardly published at all before the early 18th century tells us a lot about when and how modern ideas of childhood as a separate category of existence began… Enter the Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature here, where you can browse several categories, search for subjects, authors, titles, etc, see full-screen, zoomable images of book covers, download XML versions, and read all of the over 6,000 books in the collection with comfortable reader views. Find more classics in our collection, 800 Free eBooks for iPad, Kindle & Other Devices.
May your Valentine’s Day be rich with love… and 新年快樂, 恭喜發財!
Some in-progress images of The Frog Prince illustration:
In January, Kidlit411.com offered the opportunity to illustrate the banner for their site, Facebook group, & Twitter Profile. Below is the banner I created for them. It focuses on the frequent interviews of children’s book authors & illustrators and the diversity found within the kidlit industry. Following is the full illustration in its non-branded form (Note the way the handling of the music notes correspond to the bird speaking them).
Our goal is to organize relevant information about writing and illustrating for children in one handy spot, right here. Our site includes:
Topical Pages – links to articles and resources organized by topics
Illustrator Spotlights – each week, we feature an author and an illustrator, who share their experience with you
The Weekly 411 – each week, we compile the new links that were added during the week in an update post. You can receive this by email by subscribing to email updates (in the left hand sidebar)
As a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, I love to see SCBWI’s growth & success, and I am enjoying the new site update. Go check it out! www.SCBWI.org
From SCBWI’s eNewsletter:
Now scbwi.org has a new look and new navigation.
We’ve kept the warmth and friendliness you’ve come to associate with SCBWI, and now with a fresher look. What’s changed is an improved navigation that eliminates long drop-down menus and too many links on the nav bar. Information you need most is now where you can get to it the fastest – on the homepage. There’s a new FAQ as well as links to Member Benefits. As always you can renew your membership online with the click of a link on the homepage.
Login and take some time to browse the site and enjoy the new look made with all of you in mind. There will be more big changes coming this year, and new and refreshed content to help you maximize your SCBWI membership. The website is your primary touchpoint to all the news and information you need on your journey in children’s book publishing. We want to make that a better experience for you.
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