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How to Hire a Children’s Illustrator

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If you’ve written a manuscript or are planning on writing a children’s book, there’s a very handy FAQ over on the Hire an Illustrator staff blog. It covers everything from whether you should actually be hiring an illustrator or not and how much it’s going to cost you. If you’re not an author and have joined the dark side as an illustrator it’s probably worth checking out yourself too. The questions were devised and answered by Ginger Nielson who has years of experience in the publishing industry and has created almost 40 children’s books herself.

Visit: How to Hire a Children’s Illustrator

Image Credit… The Waif by Peter George.

Jeff Miracola’s Fantasy Art Workshop

With just over 20 days to go, Jeff Miracola‘s acrylic painting technique DVD Kickstarter is well on its way to hitting double its pledge goal. You might be asking why is this news worthy, well we love Jeff’s work at the LCS and… it shows that people really do want original fantasy art and there is genuine interest in how it’s created. Jeff does a fantastic job of presenting his work and his videos are brilliant. He took part in our Mail Me Art project a few years ago and he even did a WIP video for that, so thank you for being awesome Jeff!

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Please support Jeff and fantasy art in general by backing this awesome Kickstarter project. You won’t be disappointed and I’m pretty sure whatever you pledge you’re getting good value for your money.

Here’s the important Kickstarter link: http://kck.st/1MiKBVy

Final Call For Mail Me Art Four!

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Yes… this is the final call for Mail Me Art Four! The deadline is fast approaching, 28th August! If you want to take part, all you need is a copy of the Mail Me Art 3 book, it includes the instructions and materials you’ll need for your submission. The books are shipped from the UK and the mail art submissions are sent back to the UK. Allowances will be made with a bit of flexibility on the deadline if your book and mail art has a long way to travel.

Again, this is your final call! All of the submissions will be featured in our next LCS exhibition and publication. You can pick up a copy of the book at thelittlechimpsociety.com/product/mail-me-art-short-sweet and you’re quick you can get £4 off with the coupon code POSTBOX

The Mail Me Art project started in 2007 and is still going strong. Yay! :)

IH8WAR: Artists & Designers Against War

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Friend of the LCS, Charles Hively, recently had a chat with us about a very intriguing project he’s running via his Artisanal Media LLC company with colleague Sarah Munt. Charles is hoping the project will eventually turn into a movement and take on a life of it’s own. IH8WAR was born of a talk they gave at Vienna’s Joseph Binder Symposium in October 2014 on the responsibility of artists and designers to become involved in the state of the world.

You can listen to the talk here…

If you weren’t aware, since 2003 Charles Hively has been the design director for 3×3, and is also the founder and publisher of that awesome publication and website.

The poster at the top of the post was created by Monika Grubizna and below you can check out a few more of the submissions.

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Stop the War – Alberto Ruggieri (Italy)

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Stand – Giulio Bonasera (Italy)

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War = Death – Seymour Chwast (United States)

IH8WAR is accepting submissions; head over to their site for more information. http://ih8war.com/

The work of award winner artist John Hendrix

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For some reason I’d not come across John Hendrix‘s work before, even though he seems to have won dozens of awards and has worked for nearly every client under the sun. I accidentally stumbled across his work on Facebook a couple weeks ago and was really taken with it. So I thought it was only fair to share his awesome illustrations with the rest of you. I’ll have to see if he’s interested in doing an interview.

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There’s a very nice video interview with John if you want to find out more about him.

Hot Toys Action Figures Process Video

We don’t know about you, but we think Hot Toys make the most amazing action figures and it’s really awesome to see part of the process of how they’re made. You have to check out this video, it’s got English subtitles. If we could afford to purchase all of their releases and actually had somewhere to put them on display, I think we probably would.