Friday, December 28, 2012

Will Terry's Online Art Classes for Children's Illustrators

Are you an artist or illustrator trying to break into the children's book or app market? Check out Will Terry's online art classes on design, illustration, Photoshop, digital painting, and more at the Folio Academy.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Monday, December 24, 2012

Search for the Woodcutter (Guardians of the Gift - Choose Your Own Adventure)

If you have arrived in the middle of the adventure, you may start at the beginning by going HERE.

Search for the Woodcutter

The woodcutter was not nearby.  Erik dashed to the castle stable and tossed a saddle and bridle on his pony, Benton.  In no time he was mounted and trotting smartly across the drawbridge, down the frozen road, and into the forest.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Foldify: A Fun Little App

© 2012 S.J.
My daughters and I had fun tonight with a new app, Foldify. It's a simple concept: create 3D figures on an iPad following suggested templates; print out the result; and then fold it into the 3D object. The cute box creature my daughter made looked like this while she was working on it on the iPad:

Screenshot from Foldify
As she painted and decorated the template on the right, she could visualize what it would look like on the left. She could also rotate the 3D image to show all sides. The app is well worth its current sale price of $1.99.

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Friday, December 14, 2012

Year of Living Creatively/ 12 x 12 Blog Party

Although I only completed 4-5 picture book manuscripts as part of the 12 x 12 in 2012 challenge, I've had a super creative year. So in this party post, I celebrate my creative highlights and share what I learned, including some resources for illustrators and writers.

Creative Highlights of 2012

(1) In April, I was thrilled to be a part of New Waves 2012, a curated exhibit of "up and coming" artists at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art in Virginia Beach.

Contemplating my lionfish painting

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Make Your Own Glass Holiday Ornament

Handblown glass ornaments
Finished glass ornaments
After living in this area for over 6 years, I'm still discovering the cool artistic opportunities we have here. In Norfolk, the Chrysler Museum opened The Glass Studio a year ago. It's a working studio that hosts daily glass making demonstrations, visiting artists, and classes and workshops.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Ebooks and Print Books Can Coexist (Infographic)

I've been quite interested in the rise of e-books, from both a reader's and a writer's perspective (check out my comic on the battle of ebooks v. readers). has published a fascinating update of how people currently use e-books and print books. Most of the information is not surprising to me (people with e-readers read more books and also read printed books), but it was interesting to learn that reading e-books is slower than print books.