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Title: Illustrator Blog News
Post by: Artemesia on November 27, 2012, 10:56 AM
In an effort to keep all information for illustrators here on the Illustrating Board, we've created this thread to post links to blog posts that are helpful or of interest to illustrators or anyone interested in what illustrators do. This could be a link to your own blog post, or to an industry blog post that you'd like to share.

Illustrator blog links posted on the main illustration board will be moved here. Also, this thread may be periodically purged in the case of broken links, outdated information (such as events that have already happened), and the like.

Enjoy!  :paint
Title: Re: Illustrator Blog News
Post by: Cynthia Kremsner on November 29, 2012, 05:30 PM
 :snowman2:

This is great Arty! I enjoy looking at other illustrators blogs. Here are my recent posts of my HOWLiday card.

Post 1 - Original Drawing:   http://blog.cynthiajoycekremsner.com/2012/11/12/barking-christmas-tree.aspx

Post 2 - Completed Image: http://blog.cynthiajoycekremsner.com/2012/11/27/happy-howlidays.aspx
Title: International Artist..Who Me?? The items you need to start
Post by: WilsonWilliamsJr on November 30, 2012, 11:34 PM
Every now and then we get questions from our readers and this seemed like a great one to answer and put in a post for everyone to see. Can you get work beyond your country or continent? What is essential to start?

In this day and age distance is no longer a hindrance in whom you work with. Only language barriers may prove a problem and there’s apps for that as well. (though it would be best to find clients that speak languages you easily understand. In no way would I recommend hinging your communication with a client on translation software.) I work with people in other countries and it works perfectly fine.

These are the basic things you’ll need to accomplish what you want in both a minimum and maximum capacity.  Follow the link to see!

Once Upon A Sketch-Article (http://onceuponasketch.com/2012/11/international-artist-who-me-the-items-you-need-to-begin/)
Title: Some pencil sketches
Post by: MichaelBlackbourn on January 07, 2013, 11:16 PM
The first post on my blog has a couple of new pencil sketches.  A better design for the crab is in these ones.  I went back to a more cat-like mischievous look.  Let me know what you think.

This is a slow process.  I'm revising my 14,000 word story and I'm continuing to sketch to improve the design of the characters...

This time it's all pencils in sketchbook, I don't have a good way to use digital drawing tools during my commute to work so it's old school art.  It's actually nice to scratch a pencil around on paper because working in film visual effects it's all make believe in the computer.

pics here:

http://www.cindercast.com
Title: Re: Illustrator Blog News
Post by: Cynthia Kremsner on March 03, 2013, 09:31 AM
For myself, sometimes, incidental things from one story, spark another story and it can go on. I'm actually up to third tale from an original work. My Howlywood Hounds are barking up a lot of tales/tails.

This is from "Swashbarklers, the legend of Barkbeard." It was great fun to create a mini-villain. :taz:
http://blog.cynthiajoycekremsner.com/2013/03/03/barkbeard--seabiscuit.aspx
Title: Re: Illustrator Blog News
Post by: nightengail on March 07, 2013, 05:31 PM
Artemesia,

This is a great idea for sharing helpful tips. I don't know if this will help anyone, but these are things I learned when attending my first convention as an exhibiting artist this past November: http://nightengailart.com/blog/2012/11/5/confessions-of-a-first-time-con-artist (http://nightengailart.com/blog/2012/11/5/confessions-of-a-first-time-con-artist)

Wilson, nice article! Very useful things to know.
Title: Re: Illustrator Blog News
Post by: Artemesia on March 07, 2013, 05:37 PM
great tips! thanks for sharing!  :paint
Title: Re: Illustrator Blog News
Post by: TanjaW on March 09, 2013, 09:08 AM
nightengail --

Great post about your "con artist" experience! 
It reminds me of my own first time experience at IlluxCon, and how I've been patiently preparing for my next art table there (which won't be this year, but hopefully next!).

- t
Title: Re: Illustrator Blog News
Post by: nightengail on March 09, 2013, 11:52 PM
Thanks, Tanja! I am attending my next Con in May, so we'll see if I actually learned from all my mistakes!
Title: Re: Illustrator Blog News
Post by: PetravB on March 21, 2013, 05:53 AM
Last week I made a blog post about useful books for freelance illustrators, here:
http://illubis.blogspot.nl/2013/03/useful-books-for-illustrators-on.html (http://illubis.blogspot.nl/2013/03/useful-books-for-illustrators-on.html)
I had some positive feedback on it  8).
Title: Re: Illustrator Blog News
Post by: stacebee on March 21, 2013, 06:38 AM
This is a wonderful thread and great book list PetravB ! I own the Graphic Artist's Guild Handbook of Pricing and Ethical Guidelines - it IS a great resource for the business of illustration.

 
Title: Re: Illustrator Blog News
Post by: MichaelBlackbourn on April 02, 2013, 10:01 AM
I've updated my blog with some new art.   Most recent is a painting of an ocean environment that's central to the story I'm writing.  I'm still getting the hang of painting with a computer.

Www.cindercast.com
Title: Need a Hearty Chuckle? Read my Illustrator's Secret Plan? Tee Hee!
Post by: Tori on April 25, 2013, 06:41 AM
I hope this is the right place to post this....

http://www.childrensliteraturenetwork.org/magazine/bookscope/2013/ambrose-and-the-cathedral-dream/

Enjoy a giggle -- I love, love, love my illustrator, Katalin Szegedi!
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree
Title: Re: Need a Hearty Chuckle? Read my Illustrator's Secret Plan? Tee Hee!
Post by: Vijaya on April 25, 2013, 08:29 AM
What a great save! Laughing now, but I can't imagine how stressful it must've been for the author to have changes made to the text at this stage. Sounds like a delightful book ... thanks for sharing.

Vijaya
Title: Re: Illustrator Blog News
Post by: MichaelBlackbourn on June 22, 2013, 11:56 PM
I've posted a few new images to my blog: www.cindercast.com I think the two most recent paintings are indicative of the style I'm going to lean towards.
Title: Re: Illustrator Blog News
Post by: Cynthia Kremsner on June 24, 2013, 06:40 AM
Very nice Michael. I love the cinematic effect with lighting on the last piece. Best to you with this endeavor. The story looks exciting.
Title: Re: Illustrator Blog News
Post by: Claudine Gueh on August 15, 2013, 07:30 PM
Hi everyone,

I'm not an illustrator but on my blog this week, I've asked 2 illustrators for permission to share their artwork (a piece each, and with links to their websites). Thought you guys might enjoy their fab art:

Us, A Swine & A Knowitall
http://www.carryusoffbooks.com/1/post/2013/08/us-a-swine-a-knowitall-a-special-picture-post.html


* I can't draw well but I sure like to pore over art.  :fireworks
Title: Great article for illustrators and the writers who love them
Post by: JohnellDeWitt on September 19, 2013, 01:03 PM
Brain pickings posted a story about famous illustrators and things that inspired them. There's some fantastic quotes, like this one:

“Every child is an artist,” Picasso is all too often cited as having declared. And yet not every adult is an artist — at least not a conscious, active, self-identifying one. How, then, do we lose the creative spark as we emerge from childhood, and what can we do to keep it forever ablaze?"

And lots of inspiration. Here's the link: http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2013/09/09/artist-to-artist-carle/
Title: Re: Illustrator Blog News
Post by: MichaelBlackbourn on October 05, 2013, 10:45 PM
I've updated my blog www.cindercast.com with some new art and progress for my book. Also I've been using twitter to broadcast this stuff as well.  @mikeblackbourn

Title: Re: Illustrator Blog News
Post by: Cynthia Kremsner on December 22, 2013, 08:03 AM
I thought I'd share an older post which applies to writers and illustrators and maybe even the dreaded review at work: The Critique Sandwich. (Although, if it's a workplace review, applying well advised suggestions promptly is advised).  :yup
 
 A very short summary about both serving and digesting critiques. http://blog.cynthiajoycekremsner.com/2011/11/10/the-critique-sandwich.aspx (http://blog.cynthiajoycekremsner.com/2011/11/10/the-critique-sandwich.aspx) 
Title: Re: Illustrator Blog News
Post by: ann murray on January 12, 2014, 02:49 PM
It's great that these are all in one spot! I love looking at other illustrator's blogs.
Title: Re: Illustrator Blog News
Post by: DW on January 21, 2014, 06:08 PM
Please check out my first post for the newly relaunched site Once Upon a Sketch. I share my tips on ways to get your work out there and hopefully break into the business.

http://onceuponasketch.com/2014/01/breaking-into-the-biz/#more-5354 (http://onceuponasketch.com/2014/01/breaking-into-the-biz/#more-5354)

Donald
Title: Re: Illustrator Blog News
Post by: maxi on February 01, 2014, 11:18 AM
Hi! I like this new illustrator blog area!


I've been keeping mine up to date lately - it's www.maxinelee.com if you fancy reading about my thoughts on 'similarity'...You know that crushing feeling when you see someone did an illustration like yours. Before you did it.


Max x
Title: Re: Illustrator Blog News
Post by: MichaelBlackbourn on February 20, 2014, 11:52 PM
Updated my blog. Some new art for my WIP book. Let me know what you think.


www.cindercast.com


Mike
Title: Re: Illustrator Blog News
Post by: Cynthia Kremsner on February 25, 2014, 09:13 PM
Very nice Michael.

I've updated my blog with a WIP color version this week.

http://blog.cynthiajoycekremsner.com/2014/02/25/true-colors-in-true-color.aspx

Title: Re: Illustrator Blog News
Post by: nilaffle on March 01, 2014, 09:30 PM
I recently wrote a blog post about drawing characters consistently. It speaks specifically to comic artists, but more broadly to anyone who does sequential art, so it may be of interest to some illustrators here.

http://nilaffle.tumblr.com/post/77463153076/on-character-design-and-consistency (http://nilaffle.tumblr.com/post/77463153076/on-character-design-and-consistency)
Title: Re: Illustrator Blog News
Post by: Debbie Ridpath Ohi on May 15, 2014, 03:12 PM
I recently did mini-interviews with two of the art directors I work with, for KidLitArtists.com


Lauren Rille, Associate Art Director at Simon & Schuster Children's
http://kidlitartists.blogspot.com/2014/05/mini-interview-with-lauren-rille.html (http://kidlitartists.blogspot.com/2014/05/mini-interview-with-lauren-rille.html)


Martha Rago, Associate Creative Director at HarperCollins Children's
http://kidlitartists.blogspot.com/2014/05/mini-interview-with-martha-rago-art.html (http://kidlitartists.blogspot.com/2014/05/mini-interview-with-martha-rago-art.html)


Title: Re: Illustrator Blog News
Post by: JohnellDeWitt on May 23, 2014, 10:11 AM
Yet another way illustrators can make their mark. The music video on this link has gorgeous art in it, which my brother was involved in. He's a former animator and has done some illustrations, but he also works for the company that produced the artwork:


http://dewdropsofink.blogspot.com/2014/05/weekend-links-memorial-day-tribute.html
Title: Re: Illustrator Blog News
Post by: Cynthia Kremsner on May 23, 2014, 09:08 PM
J. Swan, my daughter introduced me to the Piano Guys music. I love their covers and the passion they infuse into the music. The illustrations are beautiful! What an honor! Thank you for sharing.
Title: Re: Illustrator Blog News
Post by: Franzilla on May 24, 2014, 06:20 PM
Yet another way illustrators can make their mark. The music video on this link has gorgeous art in it, which my brother was involved in. He's a former animator and has done some illustrations, but he also works for the company that produced the artwork:


http://dewdropsofink.blogspot.com/2014/05/weekend-links-memorial-day-tribute.html (http://dewdropsofink.blogspot.com/2014/05/weekend-links-memorial-day-tribute.html)


Ooh I loved that! And what a great memorial day tribute, too.
Title: Re: Illustrator Blog News
Post by: Cynthia Kremsner on May 26, 2014, 08:42 AM
I'm dummying up a story I wrote and am rendering some full color illustrations to keep my painting skills alive.
 
This one piece, I decided, would be a good fit for a promotional mailer as well. http://blog.cynthiajoycekremsner.com/2014/05/25/ahoy-sea-dog.aspx (http://blog.cynthiajoycekremsner.com/2014/05/25/ahoy-sea-dog.aspx)
Title: Re: Illustrator Blog News
Post by: Artemesia on August 25, 2014, 02:20 PM
I posted about my creative process today in an author-illustrator blog hop. http://bit.ly/1txr1Kd

The pretty lady above me is on for next week. Right, Cyn??
Title: Re: Illustrator Blog News
Post by: Cynthia Kremsner on August 25, 2014, 06:16 PM
Says the beautiful lady above me. And yes. So glad we have a long weekend coming up!

Your post was fun and interesting. I especially am in awe of the picture of all your work laid out in a mega page spread. Wow!

 :paint
Title: Re: Illustrator Blog News
Post by: Cynthia Kremsner on August 31, 2014, 06:06 PM
 :bunny2 Blog Hopping commences. Cyndi Marko's post about her process was interesting .  . . and look at all those paintings! I've just posted the information on my process and will be handing the baton off to Karen Windness. http://brainrainblog.com/2014/08/29/authorillustrator-blog-hop-creative-process/
Title: Re: Illustrator Blog News
Post by: Mercedes Ortiz on September 01, 2015, 02:37 PM
Great interview with new SCBWI mentee, Anne Berry:

http://kidlitartists.blogspot.com.br/2015/08/interview-with-new-scbwi-mentee-anne.html

Hugs to all and thanks for all the fabulous links!
Title: Re: Illustrator Blog News
Post by: Stephanie Ruble on May 17, 2016, 01:35 PM
Just found this topic and realized that I've written five posts since it appeared that might be helpful to picture book illustrators (might be of interest to PB writers too):

how to write a picture book in twelve easy steps
http://sruble.blogspot.com/2014/05/how-to-write-picture-book-in-twelve.html

five things for illustrators - a.k.a. five things that helped me and will hopefully help you too
http://sruble.blogspot.com/2014/12/five-things-for-illustrators-aka-five.html

ten tips for choosing what to draw for your portfolio, and ten ways to find inspiration
http://sruble.blogspot.com/2015/01/ten-tips-for-choosing-what-to-draw-for.html

three ways to make a picture book dummy
http://sruble.blogspot.com/2015/12/3-ways-to-make-picture-book-dummy.html

the path illustrators take to get their work noticed and advance their careers
http://sruble.blogspot.com/2016/03/the-path-illustrators-take-to-get-their.html

Lots of great links here. Thanks for sharing, everyone! And thanks to Artemesia for starting the topic!
Title: Re: Illustrator Blog News
Post by: Artemesia on May 17, 2016, 01:41 PM
Wow, that's terrific Stephanie!! Thanks so much for sharing!
Title: Re: Illustrator Blog News
Post by: scott-dubar on July 28, 2016, 09:36 AM
I was interviewed earlier this year by SCBWI member Dionna Mann for her blog Color Me A Kidlit Writer. (I'm the second interview, so you'll have to scroll down a little.) I talk a bit about my illustration process, going between traditional drawing/inking and digital coloring. Could be interesting for anyone new to working digitally.

http://www.dionnalmann.com/blog/kidlit-cville-blog-party-day-2 (http://www.dionnalmann.com/blog/kidlit-cville-blog-party-day-2)
Title: Re: Illustrator Blog News
Post by: scott-dubar on April 04, 2017, 10:38 AM
Awhile back I did a 365 Drawing Challenge (also known as a Daily Drawing Challenge), which I used as a way of developing a boy superhero character I've been developing. I got so much out of the experience,  that I decided to write an article to help encourage other illustrators to take up the challenge for themselves.

It's titled 5 Tips For Completing A 365 Drawing Challenge, and you can check it out here: http://scottdubar.com/tips/5-tips-for-completing-a-365-drawing-challenge/ (http://scottdubar.com/tips/5-tips-for-completing-a-365-drawing-challenge/)
Title: Re: Illustrator Blog News
Post by: Traci @ITD on September 30, 2017, 07:43 AM
I post I wrote about getting illustrator recognition. Artists unite.

http://tracivanwagoner.blogspot.com/2017/09/getting-illustrator-recognition_11.html