Archive for the ‘cartoon’ Category
1. Tell us about yourself / What makes you tick?
Hi, my name is Jannie Ho (pronounced Jane-nee) and I’m an illustrator specializing in children’s books and products. I went to Parsons School of Design with a BFA in illustration. I’m also known as Chicken Girl. Because who doesn’t like a chicken or two?
2. How did you get started as an illustrator?
After I left school, I worked as a designer and art director, before deciding that illustration was my true passion. I think I had a lot of years of self doubt, and when I read The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron and she talked about “shadow artists,” it really hit home. So while I was working at the full time design job, I slowly went back to build my illustration portfolio while taking continuing education classes at School of VIsual Arts. I signed with a rep and was working the full time job and doing freelance illustration on the side. Eventually I made the transition to being a freelance illustrator full time.
3. How did you find your style? Has it changed since you started?
When I started to learn Adobe Illustrator, I felt like that medium lends itself well to what I imagine my style would be like. It took years of being out of school before I found my style. But with that said, my style is always changing (and should change.) It has changed a lot since I started 7 years ago. Lately I feel a big shift coming over me and there is a huge hurdle I have to overcome. The style I can imagine in my head is not the way it is on paper at the moment. But so it goes — that is part of the process.
4. Can you briefly explain your creative process, mediums, etc?
I work 99% in Illustrator. I use to do pencil sketches, scan them in, and draw on top of my sketch. But since a lot of client work has quick turnarounds, I began doing grayscale vector art as a sketch, straight on the computer. If the project calls for a certain subject matter or theme, I like to do some image searches just to get the ideas flowing. And for fresh color palettes, I like colourlovers.com for inspiration. It always gives me something new and prevents me from using the same old palettes.
5. How do you come up with new ideas? Do you have a process?
I have to say I don’t really keep a sketch book for ideas. However, I always have various digital files I started with different little artworks. I listen to podcasts and free play, building a scene, making characters. My ideas flow this way.
6. Do you ever have creative slumps? What do you do then?
Yes, of course! Switching projects always helps. I try to stagger projects to keep the creative juices flowing. I really do believe in having time away from a creative problem and trust your subconscious do some work. When I get back to it, there are always new and fresh solutions. I understand this may not be optimal for client work and short deadlines. But even going for a short walk helps.
7. Best / most fun part of your job:
Creating a world of my own. I can be an interior designer, fashion designer, furniture designer, etc. in my illustrations. I get to draw all day — sometimes I work on projects that I would do on my own for free… but don’t tell the client that!
8. Worst / most difficult part of your job:
The feast and famine of freelancing life can be tough. Working from home can be a lonely thing, even for those of us who enjoys solitude. Thank goodness for the internet that illustrators can connect with each other through social media.
9. Do you have side projects you work on?
I always like to have something going on the side. I started an ABCs series which started as a promo card but then it was so much fun that I continued with them. I also enjoy writing and illustrating comics and this is something I feel I can get more personal with. As much as I enjoy children’s publishing, it is nice to work on something more “grown up.”
10. What’s on your horizon? Any current/future projects and plans/dreams you can share with us?
I have a wonderful board book series coming out with Nosy Crow, called Tiny Tabs. The first 2 titles, Teeny Weeny Lost His Mummy, and Bunny Boo Lost Her Teddy, is being released in April 2013. I also have a pop-up gift book coming out in the fall, published by Campbell Books.
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5 things inspiring you/your work right now:
limited color palette
3 constants in your day:
Your #1 art tip or words of wisdom:
It will always be an uphill battle, so just enjoy the process and the journey. Take time to celebrate achievements along the way. Believe in your work. Never give up.
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Thank you so much, Jannie Ho!
Charles Huettner is an animator and illustrator working out of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the Late Night Work Club, a group of animators working on their own independent short fim collaboration. The first of these films, Ghost Stories, is due out later this spring!
Jim Madsen has been illustrating in the educational software industry, children’s publishing, and advertising industry for the past 15 years. He has illustrated more than 75 books over this period of time. Jim is a graduate of Brigham Young University and lives in Provo, Utah with his wife Holly and three children.
Ohara Hale is a self taught artist, illustrator, gigposter maker, childrens book author, director, graphic designer, textile/print and fashion designer, comic/comic book/zine maker, art director, singer/songwriter and a multiinstrumental randomusician.
What a FUN idea! Andy J. Miller collaborated with Andrew Neyer for this exhibition at The Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art. Andy recently wrote this guest post for IF and just exudes creativity. He recently updated his website where you can see more of his bright, graphic work.
T-Rex Trying began as an inside joke that artist Hugh Murphy shared with his friends and family, then he uploaded them to a Tumblr blog which went onto to achieve a staggering 2.5 million hits in two weeks. Since then, the Tumblr has been shared on Facebook over 230,000 times. Penguin Books collected all the cartoons in one quirky package, alongside loads of never before seen illustrations.
T-Rex Trying: The Unfortunate Trials of the Tyrant Lizard King, published by Michael Joseph, Penguin Books, comes out November 8th.
He might be top predator in the Jurassic kingdom, but in modern life, T-Rex’s comically short arms doom him to hilarious failure.
T-Rex has teeth the size of bananas and eats Triceratops for breakfast, but when it’s time to brush his teeth . . .
T-Rex is 12 metres long and 4 metres tall, but somehow he just can’t change that light bulb . . .
And you can just forget about the vending machine.
Containing dozens of never before seen illustrations, T-Rex Trying: The Unfortunate Trials of the Tyrant Lizard King is the cute, quirky and laugh-out-loud funny collection of cartoons that will have across the board appeal this Christmas.
About the Author:
Hugh Murphy is a 28 year old student at the University of Southern California, Ostrow School of Dentistry. Hugh began his career as an artist selling watercolour paintings of fish in order to pay for his applications to dental school, but has always enjoyed drawing and painting in his free time. He loves science, nature films, his wife, Sarah, and shark week. Hugh and Sarah moved to Los Angeles from Boston in August, 2010. T-Rex Trying began as a joke between Hugh and his brother, and is his first book.
Melanie Gillman is the creator of the webcomic “As the Crow Flies” and a recent graduate of the Center for Cartoon Studies. She goes through her weight in colored pencils annually. This was a handout she made for one of her workshops. Very cool!
Art and epic adventure join forces in Poketo’s latest line of artist series wallets. Inspired by Cartoon Network’s popular TV show Adventure Time, Poketo now has exciting limited edition Adventure Time wallets that were designed by Adventure Time creator Pendleton Ward, Andy Ristaino, Jolby, Jon Vermilyea, and Peskimo.
All seven wallets reflect the artists’ signature style as well as the colorful imagination, silly mischief, and radical fun that has made the Emmy-nominated cartoon appealing to viewers of all ages. The wallets include a matching pin and reveal a different Adventure Time pattern on the inside. With expandable card and cash slots, a coin purse, and made of a durable double layer of vinyl, every Poketo x Adventure Time wallet is built to keep necessities safe and endure all of life’s everyday adventures.
The Poketo x Adventure Time wallets were met with wild success at the 2012 San Diego Comic Con — with many of the styles nearly selling out! The beautiful, artistic renditions of the cartoon’s memorable characters make the Poketo x Adventure Time wallets a brilliant addition to the ever-growing collection of Poketo artist wallets.
All Poketo x Adventure Time wallets are available online at poketo.com and at the new flagship store in Downtown Los Angeles.
About Poketo: Founded on the idea of “art for your everyday,” Poketo was established in 2003 by husband-and-wife team Ted Vadakan and Angie Myung. Poketo infuses art and daily living through their distinctive design-driven products, including housewares, apparel, stationery and the original artist wallets that are available online and in the new flagship store. Poketo has been commissioned by Nike, MTV, Weezer, Arcade Fire, SF MoMA, Target and many more to create exclusive lines stamped with Poketo’s signature fun and functional style. To date, Poketo has collaborated with over 200 artists and has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Real Simple, and Dwell, among others.
About Adventure Time: ADVENTURE TIME WITH FINN AND JAKE™ is about two best friends: Jake the Dog and Finn the Human. Jake is a wise, kind-hearted dog while Finn is a silly kid who wants more than anything else to become a great hero. These two dudes are like family: they stick with each other through thick and thin, trust one another with secrets and look to each other for advice when problems get out of hand. Most importantly, Finn and Jake crack each other up by acting like idiots and joking around as they traverse across a massive and treacherous island seeking heart-pounding adventure to pass the time.