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Happy St. Jordi’s Day (International Book Day)

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It is a Catalan tradition to give a book and a rose to someone you love on the day of St. Jordi (St. George). Somehow that has been recognised internationally when they decided that same day, 23rd April, was to be International Book Day. It is great to read any other day of the year, but for the day it is today: Happy St. Jordi Day! Happy Reading!

External Link: Happy St. Jordi’s Day (International Book Day)

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Cataclysm art book via Kickstarter funding

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On the second attempt, my first art book, Cataclysm, a post-human miniature time capsule from the future, has reached its funding goal on Kickstarter!

It’s still available to back, and I’d love to see just how much it can push past that goal. The £250 I set for this second attempt is a lot lower than the first go, which I aimed for £1000. The first time round, £317 was pledged, and this second go is currently at £259.

I’d love to beat the first attempt, and even push further, towards the original £1000! If you can pledge anything, it’s always greatly appreciated, even just an extra £1 to push the project further over that 100% funded line.

And of course, any sharing you can do helps as well.

Thanks for your support, and for anything you can pledge.

External Link: Cataclysm art book via Kickstarter funding

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Firebird: A Sketchbook by Rebecca Solow

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I am so excited to share my very first artist sketchbook! Firebird is filled with the drawings and process sketches for my series on Russian Fairy Tales. Inside you will find images of witches, princes, brave maidens, wolves, and even a frog princess. Follow the link for more images and information.

12 USD – U.S. Dollar BUY ME

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Mummy You’re Special To Me

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Melbourne illustrator Kim Fleming has a new book out through Scholastic Australia.

“Follow Little Giraffe’s journey in this beautiful story to share with your special mummy. A sweet story with gorgeous watercolour illustrations, this would make a wonderful gift for mums and bubs!”

16.99 AUD – Australian Dollar BUY ME

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Jim Jarmusch Portrait Illustration for Nylon Guys

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I got the amazing opportunity to create a portrait illustration of one of my favorite filmmakers Jim Jarmusch for Nylon Guys April 2014 issue. Jarmusch who made movies such as Down by Law, Night on Earth, Dead Man and Ghost Dog is characterized as a minimalist filmmaker. His movies are often unhurried with long still shots and focus more on character development and mood instead of clear plot progression. My approach to illustration is very similar, which made this project even more a perfect match!

External Link: Jim Jarmusch Portrait Illustration for Nylon Guys

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Artist Martice Smith II Joins Art Team; First Article a Success

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Martice Smith II joins the Article Writers Team for the Creating Mixed Media Arts website! Once a month, she will be demonstrating her unique approach to her artwork, through articles, tutorials and providing book reviews of the leading mixed media art books, to date. The purpose of the Creating Mixed Media Arts website is to showcase a range of techniques, inspire and review mixed media art products.

Creating Mixed Media Arts website has published Martice’s first article, titled, “Urban Flair: How to Create Your Own Handmade Graffiti Sketchbook”. Artists of all skill levels, will be inspired to incorporate more of their personality to their art and art journals by pulling inspiration from the urban culture of graffiti. Martice encourages readers to “be bold in [their] mark-making” through the use of your own hand-lettering as a graffiti style that’s sure to impress! Martice also illustrates how to bind your sketchbook using a simple, 3 hole Pamphlet Stitch.

Be sure to check out Martice’s engaging article and tutorial and see how ‘wild’ you can get with your own graffiti-lettering styles.

External Link: Artist Martice Smith II Joins Art Team; First Article a Success

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