Friday, October 31, 2014

Midnight on Halloween

Happy Halloween again. Spooky witches are finally finished and it is much too late to scare anyone. But at least I managed to post today.
November begins tomorrow with PiBoidMo.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

VSB Artist In Residence Program

It's the time of the year when the new Artists In Residence program booklet is released from the Vancouver School Board. Teachers can browse through the booklet to choose any of the artists to visit their classrooms.
A little video I made of projects with a  kindergarten class at Sir Guy Carleton is on the Fine Arts webpage page. I have already posted the video link on this blog, but I thought I'd post a link to my Vimeo version of it again in case any teachers want to see what happened with the class over five 90 minute sessions over two months. It was a privilege to be working with those wonderful kids.

Incidentally, I designed this year's AIR program booklet cover using the iPad APP CLOUDART along with CorelDraw on my PC to add extra bits.
And the watercolour effect photos are created with photos and the APP Waterlogue for iPad.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

I won some books!

It is a rainy soaking day in Vancouver and in spite of the grey outside I had a lovely surprise at noon. Canada Post delivered a package of books which I won in a draw associated with a summer writing event online. Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen, a talented writer for children and the host of the event, spent a small fortune for postage to mail them across the border to where I live in Canada. I am thrilled with the books. I am always interested to see what is happening in the Kids Lit world especially since I am trying to write for that world myself.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Mugs of Maggie

I thought I'd try to create a new shop with the Canadian version of Cafe Press. Years ago I had a CP shop and it was not a money maker but it was a lot of fun to imagine my designs on mugs and t-shirts.
My son laughed at me. "It's just vanity publishing Mom!"
And yes. He was right. I did order a set of mugs with my angel designs on them. they are still beautiful and they sit in my cupboard and I use them every day.
This time I thought I'd try a photo of Maggie.
Now I have a shop. But I am not sure what I will do with it yet.

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Silly Chicken

I haven't posted for a while but I have been working on the illustrations for my book project and I think they are going much better than I imagined. I just needed to get started.
But the one hard thing is my drawing hand has been in pain due to either carpal tunnel or a fracture caused by a man at church who crushed my hand at the Peace exchange. A firm handshake is not always a positive thing! Since that moment, three weeks ago I have been hurting. But ice and  tensor bandage is bringing some comfort and I think it is mending slowly and the pain is down to a five instead of a nine since last Friday.
In any case my illustrations are moving along in spite of the hand pain and I thought I'd just post a little chicken character which turned up on the pages as one of many chickens in the story.
I thought I'd try and animate him just for fun and to post something on my blog since I am so far behind in the blogging. He is silly but I had a few moments of fun playing last night. I decided to show how one can animate a character. I used Corel Draw to create jpegs and then Toon Boom Studio to create the animation sequence and then took the mpeg into my editor Corel Video Studio Pro. A Silly Chicken.