Drawn & Drafted Live Podcasts

Posted on May 5, 2017

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DrawnAndDrafted.com (Also DearArtDirector.tumblr.com) has live podcasts lined up and they are sure to be great. The podcasts are held on Crowdcast.io. D&D’s profile is Crowdcast.io/drawnanddrafted

Their Podcast Vision:

We miss the days of live studio audiences, so we’re bringing it back.

While we’re talking you can be on a group chat, with a separate area to ask questions. Vote up your favorite questions and we’ll answer them. 

DrawnAndDrafted.com is led by Lauren Panepinto (Creative Director of Orbit Books and Yen Press: Twitter | Instagram | Orbit Books Profile) and Marc Scheff (Artist/Art Director : TwitterInstagram | MarcScheff.com)

Here are the upcoming podcasts:

Fri, May 5, 2017 12:00 PM CST
ProjectCast with Thomas James (Escape from Illustration Island)

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Mon, May 15, 2017 4:00 PM CST
ProjectCast with Kyle Webster (Kyle’s Brushes)

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Fri, May 19, 2017 3:00 PM CST
Project Cast with Jon Schindehette (The Art Order)

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Mon, May 22, 2017 12:00 PM CST
ProjectCast with Dan Dos Santos(Muddy Colors)

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CDQ Mag Issue 1 Contributors

Posted on May 5, 2017

Today’s project update of Character Design Quarterly by 3DTotal Publishing (3DTotal Kickstarter Profile) lists “the amazing artists and character designers involved” on the first issue with links to their sites & social profiles. Here they are:

Lois van Baarle | Website | Instagram | Facebook

Brett Bean | Website | Instagram | Facebook

Randy Bishop | Website | Instagram | Facebook

Blue Zoo Animation Studio | Website | Instagram | Facebook

Shaun Bryant | Website | Instagram | Facebook

James Castillo | Website | Instagram | Facebook

CreatureBox | Website | Instagram | Facebook

Avner Geller | Website | Instagram

Max Grecke | DeviantArt | Instagram

Simone Grünewald | Website | Instagram

Tyson Murphy | Website | Instagram

Tristan Poulain | Website | Instagram

Tim Probert | Website | Instagram

Jakub Rebelka | Website

James Woods | Website | Instagram

The Crayola Experience is Coming to DFW!

Posted on May 2, 2017

A place I needed as a kid coming to DFW!

The Crayola Experience, a 60,000 square-foot attraction is slated to open at Spring 2018 at The Shops at Willow Bend in Plano. At Crayola Experience Plano guests will enjoy classic experiences such as naming and wrapping their own Crayola crayon (Wrap It Up!), starring in their own coloring page (Be a Star), using their touch to bring art to 4-D life (Color Magic), creating melted wax spin-art (Drip Art) and learning how crayons are made in a live Factory Show, as well as some new experiences that will debut in Texas…

Read more at:

https://planoprofile.com/2017/05/02/crayola-experience-the-shops-at-willow-bend-plano/

CrayolaExperience.com

The Florida location video on YouTube

The Escape From Illustration Island podcast is back

Posted on Apr 25, 2017

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The Escape From Illustration Island podcast is back after a 5 year break!

https://illustrationage.com/podcast/

“Conversations with Illustrators, Art Directors, Art Reps, and other creative professionals about the Illustration industry and a lot more!”

Hosted by Thomas James, thomasjamesillustration.com & goodjobtommy.com, the first interview (Episode 83) is with Martin Gee, ohmgee.com, Senior Art Director at TIME and freelance illustrator based in New York :

The first “real” episode of the newly returned Escape from Illustration Island Podcast features an in-depth conversation with Martin Gee, Illustrator and Senior Art Director of TIME Magazine! We talk about some pretty interesting stuff like growing up Star Wars, that time he accidentally won an emmy, and then that other time he gave his pet snake to his best friend, kind of.

Oh, and plenty of illustration talk, of course! Martin proved to be an amazingly open and generous guest, and this hour-long episode is packed with music, insight and fun!

Direct Link to Ep. 83

Pretty good one. Now I’m going back through and listening from the start.

Also, Thomas James was to be interviewed by Drawn & Drafted, drawnanddrafted.com, yesterday but due to technical issues, it will be rescheduled. Sign up for D&D’s enews to get an update of when this is rescheduled.

Character Design Quarterly Magazine Kickstarter by 3DTotal

Posted on Apr 21, 2017

I found out about 3DTotal’s Kickstarter just a couple of hours before it ended (04/19/17). How could I have missed that?! Especially when it is for a new magazine, Character Design Quarterly: “A new magazine bringing expert insights and leading techniques to illustrators, artists and character enthusiasts worldwide”!

Character Design Quarterly (CDQ) is an exciting new print magazine for illustrators, artists, animators and character art enthusiasts. Releasing four times a year, the magazine will offer inspirational and educational articles, tutorials and interviews from top industry professionals specifically geared to helping artists hone their character design skills. This unique, engaging magazine will provide a regular stream of insider knowledge and illuminating advice from experienced professionals and freelancers to help artists of all skill levels improve their workflow and designs.

The first issue is already in production so we can proudly announce that it will feature instructive tutorials by Max Grecke, Shaun Bryant, Simone Grünewald, and Brett Bean. We also have interviews with the creative people behind the multi-award-winning animation studio Blue Zoo, and up-and-coming character designer Amanda Jolly who talks about her exciting career working for companies including Warner Animation Group and Disney TVA. Get top tips from the likes of Loish, Randy Bishop and many more besides, plus learn about the creation of the first issue’s amazing cover image by CreatureBox!

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Here are the links:
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1906838062/character-design-quarterly

shop.3DTotal.com
3DTotal.com
Instagram.com/3DTotal/
Twitter.com/3DTotal/

Character Design Quarterly to feature:

Randy Bishop
Randybishopart.com
Instagram.com/randybishopart/

Brett Bean
Drawntoitstudios.com
Instagram.com/brett2dbean/

Loish (Lois Van Baarle)
Loish.net
Instagram.com/loisvb/

CreatureBox
Creaturebox.com
Instagram.com/creaturebox/

Max Grecke
Maxgrecke.artstation.com
Instagram.com/maxgrecke/

Shaun Bryant
Art-bomb.com
Instagram.com/shaun_bryant/

Simone Grünewald
Schmoesi.tumblr.com/
Instagram.com/schmoedraws/

And more…

Body Kun & Body Chan

Posted on Mar 25, 2017

Finally purchased & received a Body Kun & Body Chan! I’ve been wanting these for quite some time now!

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Bernie Wrightson

Posted on Mar 19, 2017

BernieWrightson_Frankenstein-CoverSad to learn of Bernie Wrightson’s passing today, March 19, 2017. I enjoyed and was inspired by his work. (Pictured is my copy of Wrightson’s book “Bernie Wrightson’s Frankenstein, Introduction by Stephen King“)

Per Wikipedia:

…an American artist, known for co-creating the creature Swamp Thing, his Frankenstein illustration work, and for his other horror comics and illustrations, which feature his trademark intricate pen and brush work.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bernie_Wrightson

Per Wrightson’s Site:

It is with great sorrow that I must announce the passing of my beloved husband, Bernie. We thank you for all the years of love and support. His obituary is below:

After a long battle with brain cancer, legendary artist Bernie Wrightson has passed away…

http://berniewrightson.com/a-message-from-liz-wrightson/

http://www.wrightsonart.com/

ObeyGiant We The People Art Downloads

Posted on Mar 9, 2017

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Maybe I wasn’t paying attention the past two months, but I just found out that Shepard Fairey‘s We The People art that we’ve all seen is actually available for download on ObeyGiant.com from PragmaticMom.com‘s Instagram Account @PragmaticMom (her Twitter is @PragmaticMom). The best part… They are 18″x24″ @ 300dpi! (Pictured above are my 2 favorites of the 5 in the downloadable series)

WE THE PEOPLE art is now FREE to the public. Download it, print it, paste it, pin it to your wall, share it, and use it to come together as one. Download here and help us defend dignity, protect each other, and be greater than fear. Thanks for caring!

ATTENTION: This download is not to be reproduced for sales merchandise or for-profit materials.

The ObeyGiant Download Page

The Direct Link to the Downloads on TheAmplifierFoundation.org Page

WE THE PEOPLE ART AVAIL. TO DOWNLOAD FOR FREE!

 

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Josh Funk’s Stinky Stench Pre-Order Giveaway!

Posted on Feb 28, 2017

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I loved the previous book, Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast, and am sure that the sequel, The Case of the Stinky Stench (Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast), will be just as wonderful!

In celebration of Pancake Day (Today, Tuesday, February 28th), Josh Funk is “sending swag out to anyone who pre-orders a copy*” of his new book.

Josh-Funk_GiveawayTO ENTER: snap a picture of your receipt and send it to joshfunkbooks+giveaway [at] gmail [dot] com along with your snail mail address.

To top it off, I’m picking ONE lucky winner to get personalized signed copies of both Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast AND The Case of the Stinky Stench. Good luck! And may the syrup be ever in your flavor!

* giveaway is open until May 1, 2017 to U.S. residents only, while supplies last.

The info about the giveaway and events Josh will be attending, is on his website:

Stinky Stench Pre-Order Giveaway!

Follow Josh Funk:

http://www.joshfunkbooks.com/

https://papajfunk.wordpress.com/

https://www.instagram.com/joshfunkbooks/

https://twitter.com/joshfunkbooks

https://www.facebook.com/Josh.Funk.Books

Acoustic Heart

Posted on Feb 27, 2017

I found “Acoustic Heart” to be a convicting & beautifully touching 30min documentary on NHK World’s program Inside Lens, showing the power of music & compassionate relationships to overcome disabilities in this lovely & talented young woman’s life:

From NHK World
Inside Lens (Program Info) : Acoustic Heart (Episode Info)
Director: Hyun Jinsik

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© NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation)

Watch Video
(Available until March 12, 2017):

https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/vod/lens/20170227/

Broadcast on February 26, 2017

Guitarist Kim Jihee (21) has an intellectual disability. Intellectual disability manifests itself as a lack of learning ability and social skills. Being around classmates who do not understand her, Jihee has so far spent dark, lonely days with not even one friend. But as Jihee learned to play the guitar, she started to change. Now, she has grown into a guitarist performing on numerous stages. The guitar, as Jihee’s best friend, has allowed her to get in touch with the world. However, she is still unskilled in communicating with others. The sound of her voice and guitar are not strong enough to fully reach the audience. Nevertheless, people give Jihee a big applause because of the fact that she has a disability. Jihee aspires to become a better musician. But as she gets close to a wall—the absence of creativity—she encounters limitations as a musician, too early on. There is, however, no limit to her efforts to flourish as a musician. In the meantime, Jihee is entering the society, a step at a time.

Director: Hyun Jinsik
Location: South Korea
Duration: 28 min.
Genre: Life / Music / Social Issue
Air Date (JST): Monday, February 27, 2017

Available until March 12, 2017