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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 Also, this thread may be periodically purged in the case of broken links, outdated information (such as events that have already happened), and the like.

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#1 - November 27, 2012, 10:56 AM
THIS LITTLE PIGGY (AN OWNER'S MANUAL), Aladdin PIX June 2017 :pigsnort
KUNG POW CHICKEN 1-4, Scholastic 2014 :chicken

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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
#2 - November 29, 2012, 05:30 PM
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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!

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#3 - November 30, 2012, 11:34 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
#4 - January 07, 2013, 11:16 PM

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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
#5 - March 03, 2013, 09:31 AM
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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

Wilson, nice article! Very useful things to know.
#6 - March 07, 2013, 05:31 PM

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great tips! thanks for sharing!  :paint
#7 - March 07, 2013, 05:37 PM
THIS LITTLE PIGGY (AN OWNER'S MANUAL), Aladdin PIX June 2017 :pigsnort
KUNG POW CHICKEN 1-4, Scholastic 2014 :chicken

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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!).

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#8 - March 09, 2013, 09:08 AM

Thanks, Tanja! I am attending my next Con in May, so we'll see if I actually learned from all my mistakes!
#9 - March 09, 2013, 11:52 PM

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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
I had some positive feedback on it  8).
#10 - March 21, 2013, 05:53 AM

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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.

 
#11 - March 21, 2013, 06:38 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
#12 - April 02, 2013, 10:01 AM

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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
#13 - April 25, 2013, 06:41 AM
SECRETS IN TRANSLATION, Fitzroy, Fall 2018
SPAGHETTI SMILES, Pelican Pub Fall 2014
ALOHA FOR CAROL ANN, Marimba Books 2011
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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.

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#14 - April 25, 2013, 08:29 AM
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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.
#15 - June 22, 2013, 11:56 PM

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Very nice Michael. I love the cinematic effect with lighting on the last piece. Best to you with this endeavor. The story looks exciting.
#16 - June 24, 2013, 06:40 AM
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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
#17 - August 15, 2013, 07:30 PM
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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/
#18 - September 19, 2013, 01:03 PM
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http://dewdropsofink.blogspot.com

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

#19 - October 05, 2013, 10:45 PM

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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 
#20 - December 22, 2013, 08:03 AM
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It's great that these are all in one spot! I love looking at other illustrator's blogs.
#21 - January 12, 2014, 02:49 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

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#22 - January 21, 2014, 06:08 PM

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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
#23 - February 01, 2014, 11:18 AM
Big Whoop! (Pow! Books) July 2014
Sorry, Dad! (Caterpillar Books) May 2014
Pi-Rat! (Caterpillar Books) Aug 2013

Updated my blog. Some new art for my WIP book. Let me know what you think.


www.cindercast.com


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#24 - February 20, 2014, 11:52 PM

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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

#25 - February 25, 2014, 09:13 PM
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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
#26 - March 01, 2014, 09:30 PM

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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


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


#27 - May 15, 2014, 03:12 PM
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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
#28 - May 23, 2014, 10:11 AM
Seek ye out of the best books...
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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.
#29 - May 23, 2014, 09:08 PM
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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


Ooh I loved that! And what a great memorial day tribute, too.
#30 - May 24, 2014, 06:20 PM

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