Saturday, October 27, 2012

Busy, Busy!

I've been very busy as of late. I know I said I would post again within a week, but it's been closer to two now. I want to get back onto my daily schedule within the next couple of days. Not sure when this will be, but I wanted to say I'm still alive. SO I'm still alive people. I'll be back soon, hopefully!

Friday, October 12, 2012

The Paper Clothes Fit (Or Finally, Paper Doll Clothes!)


The title post for this may seem a bit odd, but it's because I had a hard time getting this clothing to fit my dolls. It was a resizing issue in Painter and I'm hoping it doesn't happen again. All of these were inked in Painter. I don't know if I'll be doing this again, because it took me longer than it would have by hand. I didn't take into account that my computer doesn't have the power it needs to run this program smoothly. This lead to the computer running slowly, but also it would stop and start again suddenly leading to a huge mess on the virtual paper. Please let me know if you find any fit issues. I will be putting out some more clothing for these dolls soon. Here is a link to the dolls: http://daniduckart.blogspot.ca/2012/10/paper-dolls-finally.html

I do wish to announce that I'm taking a break from blogging this next week. I'm going to use this time to get some things done that I've been putting off lately. I will be working on artwork during this time, so I will have something to show when I come back. I hope you enjoy these paper dolls. I believe the next dolls I do will be of the fairy variety. 




Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Eyezmaze

So this week hasn't gone how I had planned. (They never really do listen to me. I'm going to have to have a serious talk with Sunday-Friday. Saturday is okay, though.) I will have paper doll clothes up tomorrow, but I'm not sure how much artwork I'll have ready for Thursday.

Today I'm not feeling like posting a website that has tutorials or even anything that is serious. The website I will tell you about is Eyezmaze: http://www.eyezmaze.com/index.html What do flash games have to do with Children's Illustration? I guess one could say nothing, but there is a reason why I'm bringing up this site. I absolutely love the creature drawings used for these Flash games. I would love to see these creatures put in a book, or even given their own TV show.  The games themselves are fun and original. While flash games may not be the best way for kids to pass the time, these games are kid friendly. It's a very addicting website as well.

Even if you aren't into Flash games this site is worth checking out. There is a gallery of images that's worth pursuing and that in of itself is worth a look. I would love to see the creator have enough money to make lots of games, and maybe even do lots more artwork perhaps as a children's illustrator. May never happen, but I can dream!

Monday, October 8, 2012

Fishy Questions

Little fishy swimming there:
Do you find the water fair?
What do you do all day?
How with fins do you play?
Can you dive the waters deep?
Are you able to sleep?
Where do you lie your head?
Why are you eyes so red?
Want to go play with my toys?
Who's making too much noise?


Sunday, October 7, 2012

Paper Dolls! (Finally)

Finally I have paper dolls to show you! Unfortunately I don`t have any clothing for these dolls tonight. Most of them are all ready to go, but they just need to be inked. I underestimated all the work that I would need to go through just to turn my drawings into working paper dolls. I`m hoping to get the clothing I have created inked and ready for you to print out tomorrow night, or Monday morning at the latest. I am definitely going to make more clothing for these dolls, however I may decide to create new dolls in the future that may or may not be related to these.

Instructions:

Click on image and save to your computer.

Print on card stock or other heavyweight material. Apply coating as directed below.

If no heavy weight material is available then print on paper. Colour dolls and paste onto cardboard. Rubber Cement or Elmers Glue works fine for this. Use glue sparingly and apply a thin coat to cardboard (fingers or popsicle sticks work good for application). Allow to dry completely before cutting (at least a few hours or overnight is best). A coating of Acrylic Medium, Clear Nail Polish or Liquid Puzzle Saver can be to protect your coloured work. Test coating (best time to do this is while the glue is drying) before using it directly on your paper dolls. If you have any questions about assembling your paper dolls please let me know in the comments!

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Palacio Illustration

William Palacio is a whimsically hilarious person and this shows in his artwork. I venture to say that if you look at his blog and don't at least chuckle a couple of times after browsing his work either you have no sense of humour, or you are blind.

It's true that Palacio doesn't have a lot of words accompanying his pictures, but he doesn't need them. His artwork says everything. I'm sure I could learn a thing or two from him about being more concise with my posts, and I wish that I had as much humour and story in my drawings. I'm putting these on my invisible list of goals as we speak! One of my favoute drawings of his is this one: http://palacioillustration.wordpress.com/2012/07/02/childrens-book-illustration-2/  I do have a son with a big personality so this may very much be my future.

The other great thing about William Palacio is that he has some great video tutorials on YouTube. I think it's great that these are in Corel Painter, because it seems that Painter has a bit more of a learning curve than Adobe Photoshop. This could just be me, though, because I've started in Photoshop and have recently purchased Painter. In any case please check out his videos here: http://www.youtube.com/user/palacioillustration/videos?flow=grid&view=0  Keep checking out his blog, Facebook and this link for more updates.

I think we'll all be hearing more about William Palacio in the future. I'm looking forward to seeing his work in many picture books and hopefully other places as well. The world needs more humour. It is a wonderful thing that Palacio shares his humour with children.

Looking forward to a future that makes kids smile,

Dani

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Ball Haiku

Balls, balls, everywhere
bouncing and rolling, what fun.
Look, I caught a ball!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Escape From Illustration Island

Escape from Illustration Island is your one stop place for everything you need to know about the business side of illustration. Having said that this website is also chocked full of art tutorial yumminess. There are podcasts, a newly added bookstore, a resource library, and a link to Illustration Age which keeps you up t date on illustration news. Here's the link if you want to check it out: http://escapefromillustrationisland.com

There are no new podcast episodes of Escape from Illustration Island, but you can still download this (for free!) on iTunes. The articles have funny illustrations that the website owner, Mark Kaufman, drew  called: I Drew this Thing. New information for anything that happens in the art world is in the articles or on Illustration Age. The one thing I like most about this website is the information for professional illustration. Just about everything you need to know about growing your illustration business is here. The information is detailed and helpful no matter where you are in your illustration career.

This is a can't miss website if you love illustration!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

WOTS

I had a lot of fun at the Word on the Street Sunday. So much so that I didn't post anything because I was so exhausted when I got home. In truth, I only spent a few hours at the festival itself. It's been difficult getting my son past his ear infection (he doesn't sleep much at night) so even though I got there at 12:30 pm it was 2:00 pm before I was able to even look at any of the tables. Even then I didn't plan to watch any of the readings (and was deathly afraid he'd wake up), so I spent most of my time going table to table. I only took a few pictures because my phone wasn't fully charged when I left.

It started as a typical day for my son David and I. While I'm getting ready my son gives himself a bath in the sink. I wish he'd take his clothes off first, but I guess I can't expect everything from a 20 month old.


One of my least favourite parts of the WOTS is watching the massacre of innocent comic books. Yes, it's okay to cut up National Geographic, but what did Captain America ever do to anyone? The pain an agony it causes (even though I don't care much for Captain America).







My son wanted to play with these magnets first thing. Unfortunately we had just eaten lunch so we had to go inside first to clean up. This lead to him throwing a fit in the library, drinking some milk and then taking a nap (the reason I didn't start on anything until 2 pm). I think we spent 20 minutes here playing with the letters. The actual table was for Westcoast Families. Though it's difficult to see in this picture there were magnetic words so kids could make poetry. David didn't make poetry, but he almost spelled cat.

We picked up a couple of books while we were there. Jeyn Roberts' Rage Within and Jeremy Tankard's Grumpy Bird. Both  were signed by the authors of the books. Jeremy seems to be the Illustrator as well as the Author (gotta love that) of his book. He signed with a drawing of the blue bird. The illustrations are wonderful and I'm sorry I haven't gotten a chance to read it yet. I spoke to Jeyn a bit before I left the table. She is quite a nice lady. Rage Within is actually the second book in the series (darn, now I have to go get the first book). It is based in a post apocalyptic world where nature is sick and tired of what man is doing to the earth. This book is suggested reading for those who liked The Hunger Games.  I don't know much about it beyond that, so I look forward to reading this new series!

Also, to cram a little more into this long post I'm going to add in a poem. This poem was inspired (and partially written) by my 20 month old son, David.

Shoes Socks

Shoes socks!
Shoes socks!
Thank you!
Shoes socks!

My son he likes to play all day.
And this is all he ever says:

Shoes socks!
Shoes socks!
Thank you!
Shoes socks!