Painting on site | Booky Cliff Oil Paintings

By heather at 6:27 pm on Monday, January 29, 2007

We spent the Australia Day long weekend camping at our favourite spot along the Murray River here in SA…Kataparoka’s Booky Cliff. I thought it would be fun to paint the yellow & red cliffs across from our campsite in 3 parts. I don’t necessarily plan to hang them together on the wall, maybe two of them together and the third somewhere else in our place…but it’s kind of fun painting a long landscape broken up. I spent about 3 hours painting on red primed canvas…had to stop as it was so windy I was contending with gum leaves & sand sticking to the wet oils. As it is, all the painted areas have a fine layer of sand over it! (Read on …)

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Shell Mosaic Version 2

By heather at 7:01 pm on Sunday, January 28, 2007

I just completed another commission for a Shell Mosaic (You can see my previous mosaic here.) These are a lot of fun to do, as beachcombing is as much fun as putting together the final artwork. (Read on …)

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GCU Shop | New cards added

By heather at 7:05 pm on Tuesday, January 23, 2007

I’ve uploaded 8 new card designs to my shop at GreetingCardUniverse.com/HeatherCastles

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Greeting Card Universe | Shop Opened!

By heather at 2:35 am on Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Greeting Card Universe is a new site which allows artists to upload their greeting card designs to make available for print-on-demand to earn royalties. The interesting thing about these print-on-demand facilities is that it means as artists we can put products (greeting cards, story books, calendars) out there without the overhead of printing expenses. I found GCU an easy site to use, my shop simple to set up, and the staff super friendly & interested in feedback.

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Carlo Giovanni | Paper Illustrator

By heather at 10:41 pm on Thursday, January 18, 2007

Carlo Giovanni illustrates some gritty, loveable characters using just paper! (woah, I just was checking out Drawn.ca, and saw someone else posted the exact image as me only an hour or two ago! eeeeeeeee!)

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X-Entertainment | Spider-Man Reviews Crayons Part 3

By heather at 8:04 pm on Thursday, January 18, 2007

I just laughed & laughed when I read this article at X-entertainment. Here are a few of the highlights of the article…but the 3-part Crayola Crayon review is worth a read if you’re a Spidey & colouring fan like me.

Yo, you know what’s mellow about this yellow? NOTHING….

Oooh hooo hooo oooh ooh! Something under the covers is tickling me! I wonder what it could be! “Tickle Me Pink!” Oooh hoo hoo hoo! What a funny crayon this is!…. (Read on …)

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Goodbye, Baby Max | Final Illustrations

By heather at 6:31 am on Tuesday, January 16, 2007

I think I’m 99% done the illustrations for Diane Cantrell’s “Good-bye, Baby Max”! Diane is having a look through to see if anything else needs to be changed… I’ve got a couple details I’d like to change (like adding Mrs. B’s hoops in on spread 4!), maybe fiddle with brightening some highlights & colour correcting in Photoshop…but this is pretty close to finished! Any feedback at this stage would be most welcome! Next up will be playing with the typography and getting the book ready for print… (Read on …)

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Freecycle | changing the world one gift at a time

By heather at 1:00 am on Wednesday, January 10, 2007

This is a really great idea…starving artists, this is a gold mine! …I just signed up today for my local Adelaide Freecycle group, and already am arranging to pick up my first bit of free stuff (art supplies!)

The Freecycle Network™ is made up of many individual groups across the globe. It’s a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (& getting) stuff for free in their own towns. Each local group is moderated by a local volunteer (them’s good people). Membership is free.”

“The Freecycle Network was started in May 2003 to promote waste reduction in Tucson’s downtown and help save desert landscape from being taken over by landfills. The Network provides individuals and non-profits an electronic forum to “recycle” unwanted items. One person’s trash can truly be another’s treasure!”

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How to prepare samples to send to a publisher

By heather at 5:00 pm on Tuesday, January 9, 2007

I had an illustrator recently ask me ‘How - physically - does one present initial samples when submitting [illustrations] to a publisher for the first time?’ Here are a few suggestions for straight-up sending a package of printed samples to potential clients (Read on …)

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Goodbye, Baby Max | Fifth Layer

By heather at 9:34 pm on Sunday, January 7, 2007

I have brightened up the colours & added some more details to Diane Cantrell’s “Good-bye, Baby Max” children’s book illustrations… only a few days away from completing now! Thought I’d post with the type this time so I took some screen shots from the InDesign layout. I find it helpful seeing the illustrations with the type on top at various stages, to be sure the illustration behind the text is light / dark enough for the text to read easily. Read on to check out the rest of the illustrations in the book.

(Read on …)

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