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:
The Florida location video on YouTube
The Escape From Illustration Island podcast is back after a 5 year break!
“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.
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!
Here are the links:
Character Design Quarterly to feature:
Loish (Lois Van Baarle)
Finally purchased & received a Body Kun & Body Chan! I’ve been wanting these for quite some time now!
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.
TO 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:
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
© NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation)
(Available until March 12, 2017):
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
EDIT: The video posted above ended its availability but has been replayed on NHK’s Inside Lens throughout the year; however, the website link changes (for example, it was played on 12/17/17 and available until 12/31/17 at a different link: https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/vod/lens/2056021/). It may be necessary to go to NHK’s video-on-demand section and search for “Acoustic Heart”. https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/vod/