The Frog Prince In Progress

Posted on Feb 12, 2018

Some in-progress images of The Frog Prince illustration:


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Kidlit411 2018 Banner Illustration

Posted on Feb 9, 2018

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).

About Kidlit411:

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
Author &

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)

Visit Kidlit411.com


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The World Illustration Awards 2018

Posted on Dec 11, 2017

The Association of Illustrators presents The World Illustration Awards 2018.

https://theaoi.com/world-illustration-awards/call-for-entries/

The World Illustration Awards 2018 call for entries is now open!

The deadline for submissions is Tuesday 6 February 2018.

Illustrators in any country working in any medium or context can enter work created between January 2017 and February 2018.

Submissions can be made into eight categories as either a New Talent (students or those within 2 years of graduation or entering the illustration world) or as a Professional entry.

Work may be entered by the creator or third parties such as agents, colleges or commissioners.

In addition to the prestige of being recognised by the World Illustration Awards, there are many tangible benefits to entering:

Be seen by commissioners:

  • Selected entries will be promoted across our extensive industry networks as soon as they come in.
  • All entrants have their work seen and judged by industry professionals, which may lead to commissions.
  • All 200 shortlisted and winning entries are included in a full colour, 128-page catalogue, direct mailed to 1,300 major commissioners worldwide.
  • All shortlisted and winning entries will be showcased on the Awards site in dedicated online portfolios.
  • All shortlisted artists will have their work promoted across the AOI’s industry networks.
  • All shortlisted and winning entries will be presented in a high-profile exhibition at Somerset House, London held in June 2018.
  • All shortlisted entries have the opportunity to be selected for a touring exhibition which receives over 40,000 visitors every year.

Be in with a chance to win some incredible prizes:

  • This year there are cash prizes for the Overall Winners, sponsored by rOtring: £2,000 for the Overall Professional Winner, and £1,000 for the Overall New Talent Winner.
  • The Overall Professional Winner will receive 1 full page in Directory of Illustration No. 35. including an online portfolio with 100 images. The value is $2695 USD.
  • The Professional Advertising Category Winner will receive an iPad Pro, Apple Pencil and Procreate software package, courtesy of the Advertising Category sponsor Procreate.
  • The New Talent Advertising Category Winner will receive a Procreate software package, courtesy of the Advertising Category sponsor Procreate.
  • All category winners will be given a complimentary annual AOI membership, valued at £160.

Entry fees apply. Single entry: 1 image or 1 moving image link: £25 / $33 / €30
Multiple Entry: Up to 5 images (or combination of still and moving images): £45 / $60 / €54

The deadline for submissions is Tuesday 6 February 2018.

Learn More and Enter Here:

https://theaoi.com/world-illustration-awards/call-for-entries/

TheAOI.com
Facebook.com/theaoi
Twitter.com/theaoi
Instagram.com/theaoi


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Goliath Games’ Wordsearch Box Concepts

Posted on Dec 1, 2017

It was my pleasure to work on box cover concepts for Goliath Games’ popular Wordsearch game. Each of the concepts focused on a nuanced approach for niche placement and have a variation which could also be considered for additional game editions. Pictured are: 1) Fun Play (Family); 2) Search Competition (Party); 3) Fast Action (Mass Market); 4) Game Play (Intellectual/Educational); 5) Concept (Specialty); 6) Minimalist (High End). Additional considerations were given for printing treatments as well as box structure.


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Inktober 2017 Recap

Posted on Nov 1, 2017

Below are my 2017 Inktober sketches in one combined image. This year, my approach was to pick a theme (“Monsters at Work”) and use an ink brush. The 33 images represent:

It was Inktober Eve and Little Scott delightfully dreamed of Monsters at Work. He dreamt about:

01: “Barbershop Quartet Soloist”
02: “Public Restroom Smell Tester”
03: “Mailbox Counselor”
04: “Swamp-Pool Scrubber”
05: “Rain Taste Reviewer”
06: “Pin Sharpness Inspector”
07: “Worm Cookie Baker”
08: “Worm Cookie Eater”
09: “Leaf Pile Sculptor”
10: “Lion Walker”
11: “Bubblewrap Popping Listener”
12: “Kite Motion Analyst”
13: “Royal Meatball Delivery Specialist”
14: “Sr. Toothbrush Recovery Manager”
15: “Stick Holding Trainer”
16: “Chief Something Officer”
17: “Boredom Enhancement Agent”
18: “Wrapping Paper Musician”
19: “Substitute Cat Toy”
20: “Bubble Pattern Director”
21: “Sr. Meeting Attender”
22: “Paint Drying Observationalist”
23: “Gossip Engineer”
24: “Confetti Counter”
25: “Executive Thinker”
26: “Squawk Officer”
27: “Expert of Stuff”
28: “Dingleberry Farmer”
29: “EVP Self-Tickling”
30: “Hug Champion”
31: “Joy Maker”

Then Little Scott awoke from dreaming about Monsters at Work. Inktober was over, but Little Scott decided to work like a monster the rest of his life.

Inktober

For those that don’t know what Inktober is: Inktober.com

Every October, artists all over the world take on the InkTober drawing challenge by doing one ink drawing a day the entire month.

I [Jake Parker] created InkTober in 2009 as a challenge to improve my inking skills and develop positive drawing habits. It has since grown into a worldwide endeavor with thousands of artists taking on the challenge every year.

Anyone can do InkTober, just pick up a pen and start drawing.

Inktober rules:

1) Make a drawing in ink (you can do a pencil under-drawing if you want).

2) Post it online

3) Hashtag it with #inktober and #inktober2017

4) Repeat

Note: you can do it daily, or go the half-marathon route and post every other day, or just do the 5K and post once a week. What ever you decide, just be consistent with it. INKtober is about growing and improving and forming positive habits, so the more you’re consistent the better.


Learn More:

Jake Parker : MrJakeParker.com

Inktober : Inktober.com

SVSLearnSVSLearn.com

Listen To Jake Parker speak about this in the Drawn & Drafted Live Podcast:
https://www.crowdcast.io/e/projectcast-jakeparker


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Wipro Office Wall Art

Posted on Nov 1, 2017

How exciting it was to see Wipro’s interest in creating a lighthearted aspect to their Dallas (Plano) office through the wall art I was commissioned to do. Pictured are: Internet of Things, Cloud Computing, Blockchain, & Machine Learning.


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Drawn & Drafted Live Podcast with Jake Parker

Posted on Oct 17, 2017

Tue, Oct 24, 2017 1:00 PM EST
ProjectCast with Jake Parker

https://www.crowdcast.io/e/projectcast-jakeparker

Jake Parker : MrJakeParker.com

Inktober : Inktober.com

SVSLearnSVSLearn.com


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DrawnAndDrafted.com (Also DearArtDirector.tumblr.com) has been having live podcasts that have been wonderful. The podcasts are held on Crowdcast.io. D&D’s profile is Crowdcast.io/drawnanddrafted where upcoming podcasts can be registered for and previous ones can be replayed. I also posted about the first four here

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)


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Drawn & Drafted Live Podcast with Stan Prokopenko

Posted on Oct 10, 2017

Tue, Oct 17, 2017 1:00 PM EST
ProjectCast with Stan Prokopenko

https://www.crowdcast.io/e/projectcast-proko

Stan Prokopenko:


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DrawnAndDrafted.com (Also DearArtDirector.tumblr.com) has been having live podcasts that have been wonderful. The podcasts are held on Crowdcast.io. D&D’s profile is Crowdcast.io/drawnanddrafted where upcoming podcasts can be registered for and previous ones can be replayed. I also posted about the first four here

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)


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Zebra Fude Brush Pen

Posted on Sep 13, 2017

Recently, I picked up the Zebra Fude Brush Pen that I’ve had sitting around unopened while using other tools…

I have fallen in love.

I particularly enjoy the delicate lines & bristle bounce-back as well as the ink flow. It is not waterproof, but I’m not using any watercolors or gouache on top, so no issues for me.

I still like my Pentel Arts Pocket Brush Pen and am looking forward to trying others, but the Zebra Fude Brush Pen has become the one to beat… and from it being spoken highly of by Jake Parker (mrjakeparker.com) and Skottie Young (skottieyoung.com) (see their Instagram reviews below), I’m guessing it will stay the one to beat!


ZebraPen

Zebra Japan : Zebra.co.jp

Zebra USA : ZebraPen.com


Zebra Fude Brush Pen, Double Sided — Bristles / Hard – Fine (FD-502)

“Write beautiful brush lettering with the Zebra Brush Pen. It’s wonderful for writing letters and cards for special occasions as well as for making crafts. It contains a water-based dye-based ink.

This FD-502 model conveniently has two tips in one pen. One tip is made of hairs, giving you the experience of using a real brush. The hair is made of synthetic fibers. The other tip is a hard tip, which is great for those who prefer a tip that’s easy to use—it gives the feel of using a regular felt tip pen but still lets you write beautiful characters.” — From JetPens.com

Buy on Amazon
Buy on JetPens.com


Pentel Arts Pocket Brush Pen, Includes 2 Black Ink Refills (GFKP3BPA)

“The Pentel Pocket Brush Pen is ideal for creating fine to broad lines with a single brushstroke. Portable and refillable with permanent pigment ink, it’s perfect for painting, cartooning, detailing, and much more.” — From DickBlick.com

Buy on Amazon
Buy on DickBlick.com


Zebra’s F-301 Ballpoint Pens

FYI: I also really like Zebra’s F-301 Ballpoint Pens!


Jake Parker

Jake Parker : MrJakeParker.com


Skottie Young

Trying out the Zebra Brush pen. Love it. #ink #ihatefairyland #wip #fcbd #imagecomics #makingcomics #brushpen

A post shared by skottie young (@skottieyoung) on

Skottie Young : SkottieYoung.com


JetPens.com Intro to Pocket Brush Pens

JetPens.com also has a video talking about pocket brush pens that you might want to watch. The content from their Youtube description is below too:

JetPens
Published on Feb 23, 2015
https://youtu.be/dNWwjXqDExs
Pocket brush pens are the modern version of traditional brushes, combining a brush tip with a marker pen body where ink cartridges can be installed. In this video, we will highlight six main characteristics you should consider when choosing a pocket brush pen.

To learn more about pocket brush pens for calligraphy or art, head over to JetPens Blog to check out our articles.

http://www.jetpens.com/blog/guide-to-choosing-a-brush-pen-for-calligraphy/pt/621

Here are the brush pens featured in the video.

1. Tip Types
Natural Hair:
http://www.jetpens.com/Kuretake-No.-50-Fountain-Hair-Brush-Pen-Sable-Hair-Black-Body-Gold-Accents-Refill/pd/3960
Synthetic Hair:
http://www.jetpens.com/Sailor-Profit-Brush-Pen-Medium/pd/8822
Felt Tip:
http://www.jetpens.com/Pilot-Pocket-Brush-Pen-Soft/pd/2482

2. Firmness
Firm:
http://www.jetpens.com/Kuretake-Bimoji-Felt-Tip-Brush-Pen-with-Special-Grip-Medium/pd/5186
Medium:
http://www.jetpens.com/Platinum-Japanese-Art-Pocket-Brush-Pen/pd/1971
Soft:
http://www.jetpens.com/Pilot-New-Brush-Pen-Medium/pd/11883

3. Fineness
Fine:
http://www.jetpens.com/Zebra-Disposable-Brush-Pen-Super-Fine/pd/2309
Medium:
http://www.jetpens.com/Pilot-Futayaku-Double-Sided-Brush-Pen-Fine-Medium-Black-Ink/pd/10673
Broad:
http://www.jetpens.com/Kuretake-No.-6-Double-Sided-Brush-Pen-Soft-Gray-Black-Ink/pd/2668

4. Flexibility
http://www.jetpens.com/Pentel-Pocket-Brush-Pen-for-Calligraphy/pd/1793

5. Ink Flow
Wet:
http://www.jetpens.com/Sailor-Profit-Brush-Pen-Medium/pd/8822
Medium:
http://www.jetpens.com/Kuretake-No.-8-Fountain-Brush-Pen/pd/2672
Dry:
http://www.jetpens.com/Pentel-Standard-Brush-Pen-Tsumi-Tip/pd/2416

6. Pigmentations
Gray:
http://www.jetpens.com/Uni-Brush-Pen-Set-Gray-Fine-Broad-Tip/pd/2682
Black (Light)
http://www.jetpens.com/Pentel-Kirari-Portable-Brush-Pen-Medium-Sakura-Pink-Body/pd/11598
Black (Dark)
http://www.jetpens.com/Pentel-Pigment-Ink-Brush-Pen-Extra-Fine/pd/10976

7. Links
Newsletter : http://www.jetpens.com/newsletter/subscribe
Blog : http://www.jetpens.com/blog
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/JetPens
Instagram : http://www.instagram.com/JetPens
Twitter : http://www.twitter.com/JetPens
Pinterest : http://www.pinterest.com/JetPens
Tumblr : http://JetPens.tumblr.com


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Character Design Quarterly Magazine by 3DTotal Received!

Posted on Aug 23, 2017

YAY! Just received the first issue of Character Design Quarterly Magazine by 3DTotal — Looks great and comes with some nice extras!

Original Kickstarter Campaign Content:

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!

The Original Kickstarter Campaign Link:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1906838062/character-design-quarterly

3DTotal:

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

Character Design Quarterly Issue 01 Features:

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…


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