The Sugar Twins

posted by on 03.20.2012, under Art

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This is a great “everyday” card by one of my favorite illustrators, Carrie Gifford, founder of Red Cap Cards.  She’s inspired by her childhood memories, her chihuahua, Bartleby, and her dad’s mustache.

More Carrie Gifford cards here!  She is also a children’s book illustrator at Writer’s House.

Some favorites.

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I’m finding these very inspirational at the moment as Joy and I go on to illustrate our first children’s book with writer Rhoda Ostashever.  But that’s another story for another day, little ones.


The Sketchbook Project 2012

posted by on 10.26.2011, under Art, Sketchbook

Look what arrived in the mail today!

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It’s my sketchbook for the Sketchbook Project 2012.  So shiny. So new.  So … empty.  This time, my theme is “The Worst Story Ever Told.”  I think it’s a good one.

My last sketchbook project inspired an idea for the new short we are currently in pre-production on, so I hope this book stirs up more ideas for short films.

See Joy’s 2011 animated sketchbook here!

This project can be difficult because sketchbooks become very precious to their owners.  Still though, its fun to send them off and share with all the people who thumb through the pages.

I can’t wait to get started!  Tomorrow …


I Want My Hat Back

posted by on 08.10.2011, under Art, Writing

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Jon Klassen is an artist I have always admired, I just didn’t know it.

Today I accidentally stumbled upon his latest project – a children’s book coming out this fall called “I Want My Hat Back.”  Enjoy the adorable trailer here:

The bear’s hat is gone, and he wants it back.  Yep, I can just tell this story is going to keep me on the edge of my seat.

I originally found Klassen on my favorite greeting card site.  If I’ve ever sent you real mail, chances are it was a Red Cap Cards greeting card.  I love em, can’t get enough.  Look!  I got this one for my husband’s 30th birthday:Screen shot 2011 08 10 at 12.11.51 PM I Want My Hat Back

I got the card because it’s obviously the best.  Turns out it’s a Jon Klassen card.

He’s also responsible for the visual development drawings for Coraline.

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Klassen was also the designer behind U2′s “I’ll go crazy if I don’t go crazy tonight” video, directed by David O’Reilly (although the character designs were David’s).

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Now that I know the artist behind so many of my favorites, “I Want My Hat Back” is at the top of my list of Things I Want to Buy For Your Kids.

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Available for pre-order here.  I can’t wait for fall!


Musical Motion Magic

posted by on 08.01.2011, under Animation, Art, Music

A few days ago Motionographer posted a video called Resonance with this demand: “Stop. Put on your headphones. Go fullscreen, and sit still as Resonance blasts your earballs to pieces.”  I obeyed.

Resonance is a collaborative project with over 30 independent visual and audio designers/studios. The aim was to explore the relationship between geometry and audio in unique ways.

My favorite visual artist + audio designer pair was Jr Canest and David Kamp.  Here is their contribution, which happens at 2:50 in the full 11 minute video:

I love it because it’s fun and it’s simple.  While I found the other contributions to be very impressive, this one made me stop and look again.  And then I smiled and watched again.

Here is the full Resonance video: