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)
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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
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
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:
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.
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!