Hi again + Mortimer and the Dinosaurs

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Mortimer and the Dinosaurs, by Màriam Ben-Arab

 

Hello!

It has been a long, long time without writing here, but there is a reason: I am working on two illustrated stories that will appear on Maeza magazine. That is why.

But I do feel sorry for not writing in the blog, so here I am back again!

Let me tell you about an interactive story created by Màriam Ben-Arab: Mortimer and the Dinosaurs. Join Mortimer the alien in his trip to discover the dinosaurs on planet Earth!

Mortimer and the Dinosaurs

Mortimer and the Dinosaurs is an interactive tale, now available for Apple and soon for android. It has a free demo so you can check it out better. Do not miss the oportunity to discover Màriam’s work, you won regret it!

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A Pepper & Carrot script: The Graffles

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CC BY Pepper and Carrot script by Juan José Segura based on the universe and characters created by David Revoy. You can share it, modify it, re-blog, illustrate, sell… you only need to put a reference clearly stating that it was based on this script and adding my name and webpage, also to David Revoy and to any other person involved in your work.

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The Graffles

First scene:

Panel #1: Shot from outside Pepper’s home. It is a nice spring day, the Sun shines and the garden is green and full of flowers. Pepper is in the garden with Carrot.

Pepper: What a wonderful day Carrot!

Panel #2: Close shot of Pepper and Carrot. Pepper is bending towards Carrot so to speak face to face.

Pepper: You know what? I think it is a great day for swimming. We can go to the pond at the backyard. What do you think?

Panel #3: Pepper is walking with Carrot. They are now prepared for swimming: Pepper is wearing her swimming suit and is carrying a towel.

Panel #4: Shot of the pond. It is a lovely pond, with some Lily pads in it. It is surrounded by green grass and the occasional tree. But there is something strange, there is like a miniature town at one side of the pond, with small water gnomes populating it. They are not pretty little gnomes but rather ugly ones.

Note: The town must be made mostly from debris of the pond: little twigs, algae and the like.

Panel #5: Close shot of Pepper, she has a curiousity face. She is asking herself what is this little town by the lake.

Pepper: What is this?

Panel #6: Close shot of the gnomes in their town. They are water gnomes, an ugly type of gnome that lives close to the water. Some of them are swimming in the pond, taking small twigs and algae to the town.

Panel #7: Close shot of Pepper, she has a disgusting face. She does not like the gnomes because she finds them too ugly.

Pepper: Ouch!!! The pond got infested with Graffles! They use to leave in the mountain’s rivers and lakes, they don’t use to come this down!

Panel #8: Shot of Pepper is talking with Carrot.

Pepper: I will not swim in a pond full of graffles! Let’s get them out of our yard Carrot!

Panel #9, #10 and #11: A series of three panels showing Pepper and Carrot chasing the graffles. We see them running and jumping after them while the graffles try to run away. Carrot is chasing them as they were mice while Pepper is using a butterfly net. The graffle town gets destroyed in the process.

Panel #12: Shot of Pepper and Carrot. Pepper is holding a bag in one hand. The bag is full of graffles, so it should feel like full of little things moving inside and trying to escape. Carrot is sitting, he is exhausted.

Pepper: Well, I think we got them all. Let’s free them into the forest!

Second Scene:

Panel #13: Shot of Pepper in the forest. She is wearing her witch robes again and she is opening the bag on the ground. The graffles are walking out of the bag and they are very sad. Carrot, next to Pepper, is pointing to the forest with an angry face, like telling them, “leave now!”.

Pepper: Go away, find somewhere else to live, you cannot leave in MY pond.

Panel #14: Shot of Pepper and Carrot walking back home.

Pepper: Well, we finally got rid of those graffles but I am afraid is too late for that swim. Next weekend we will enjoy a nice one!

Panel #15: Shot from outside Pepper’s house. Is a nice sunny day. We can see the house and the garden, pretty much like the first frame. A beautiful day of spring. There are a text box and a dialog globe.

Text Box: The next weekend.

Pepper (from inside the house): Carrot! Get ready! We are going for a swim into the pond!

Panel #16: Shot of Pepper and Carrot in the yard, they are walking to the pond. They are wearing their swimming clothing and both look very happy.

Pepper: Now we will be able to enjoy a nice swimming without those disgusting graffles in our pond.

Panel #17: Close shot of Pepper. She is shouting in surprise. A bad surprise.

Pepper: WHAT?!

Panel #18: Shot of the pond. Because nobody took care of it, the pond is now full of leaves, algae, twigs and the like. Looks messy and uninviting.

Panel #19: Air shot of the pond and Pepper. She is shouting.

Pepper: Nooo! The pond is all dirty! It will take an entire day to clean it! How can it be possible? The past week it was so clean!

Panel #20: Close shot of the half destroyed graffle town. We see the remaining of the twigs and leaves that the graffles used to construct it.

Panel #21: Close shot of Pepper. She is stroke with surprise and understanding.

Pepper: Of course! The graffles! They were taking good care of the pond because they were living there!

Third Scene:

Panel #22: Shot of Pepper in her witch robes. She is in the forest talking with the  leader of the Graffles. The graffles look miserable because they are living now in a zone of the forest with no water and they are water gnomes. There is a text box on the top of the frame.

Text box: Short after…

Pepper: I am so sorry I kicked you out of my pond. Please, come back! I am sure we can share it together. You will be happy living in the water again and my pond will be clean.

Panel #23: Shot of the pond. It looks wonderful again, all clean, with the lily pads. The graffle town has been reconstructed and the graffles are living happily there. Pepepr and Carrot are swimming in the pond, together with some graffles.

Text box: The next weekend…

Panel #24: Shot of Pepper’s bathroom. There is Cayenne in it, ready to take a warm bath. She has a towel around her body and a funny cap to protect her hair. But the warm nice bath is full of graffles.

Cayenne: What is this…

License: Creative Commons Attributions 4.0

Eli Trier, book artist (part 2 of 2)

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Eli Trier, book artist.

In our last post we told you about Eli Trier, a self-made artist, author and an award-winning blogger who travels the world writing, drawing and making picture books for grown-ups.

 

In today’s post, Eli will discuss with us about her experiences on being an artist and on becoming one when she was a marketing business worker.

H.J.: Hi Eli!

E.T: Hi!

H.J.: You went from working on marketing to start a career in the world of art. It all started with the The Gratitude Project: A Year of Saying Thank You to the People Who Changed My Life. Can you tell us when did you see that the gratitude project was becoming a real opportunity to get into the art business?

E.T: The Gratitude project grew very slowly, almost organically. It started in 2013 as something very small and private. I would illustrate one thank you message and I send a copy of it to the person that inspired it. One of these thank you messages got a reply: one day I received a lovely thank you card from the person who got my message. This person also posted it in her facebook ad that got the attention of a few people. The Gratitude project started to grow then: I started to receive emails from people who wanted some artwork from me and I was happy to do it. One day one of them suggested the idea of turning the gratitude project into a book. I asked my followers and they agreed that it would be a good idea.

I contacted a friend of mine who is a publisher and he recommended me to keep a project as personal as it out of big publishers and consider self-publishing it in order to avoid undesired changes. I did some research on it and finally released the self-published book on 2015.

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Daisy & Convolvulus           by Eli Trier

H.J.: Drifting suddenly from the marketing business to publishing art is a strong drift. How did the ones close to you deal with it? Were they supportive?

E.T.: My family was very supportive. They stood at my side from the very beginning and that really helped me a lot. But for many others it was not an easy decision to accept. I had to cut down my living style and drastically change a lot of things. Making such a change in your life involves a degree of emotional stress coming from your loved ones who are reluctant to accept such change.

H.J.: Do you plan to make a living out of art? If so, do you have a plan for it? (Question by Johanna).

E.T.: After the success of The Gratitude Project, I decided to make a living out of art, but I try to diversify my sources of income: I teach online courses about defeating creative blocking and I participate on workshops; I work as freelance illustrator, do works of editing and layering and I have an off-shore that sells printings. I try to keep different sources of income at the same time, but always related with what I like to do.

H.J.: How do you see yourself in 3 years?

E.T.: I would like to have published a couple of books and to be teaching new online courses. I want to keep building on top of what I already have and get some work done on sharing ideas, both as words and pictures.

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Hawk by Eli Trier

H.J.: By the end of this year you will publish The creative compass, a book focused on visual thinkers with the aim to help those suffering from creative blocking. Will The creative compass be able to help other people either than artist? For example, entrepreneurs? (Question by Víctor)

E.T.: That depends on how your brain works. Some sections will be clearly oriented to visual thinkers. The book will have 4 sections: the first will work on the getting stuck problem, the second on using your inspiration effectively, the third on getting organized and the last on productivity. I believe that the two first sections can be helpful for those not being strictly artists but the last two will be focused mostly on artist and their way of thinking and working, which is non-linear and more chaotic.

H.J.: Do you work alone? Why?

E.T.: Sometimes I collaborate with writers, but not that much. I work alone 95% of the time. I like it this way because I need to work whenever I feel like working and on whatever I feel like doing it. I need this freedom to be happy. Additionally, I am a serious procrastinator and I already take it into account when I am planning a project.

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The Gratitude project by Eli Trier

H.J.: How is your creative process from the raw idea to finished work?

E.T.: It is long process. I keep track of my ideas on both a Moleskine notebook and by using Evernote. Several ideas would be popping out of my mind all the time, but eventually one of them would keep coming back to me and will turn into a new project. When I start a new project a buy a new Moleskine just for it, I light some candles and start working… is like a ritual.

I normally work 4-5 hours during the afternoon, every day. I work most of the time in my bed. I like to work with pleasant white noise background, so I use the Noisy app to create it. I work mostly with water colours and gouache and I use Daler Rowney paper whenever I am lucky enough to find some. I believe the quality of the paper is more important than the quality of the colours, but it is not easy to find the one I like around Copenhagen. The process is long and very organic, it takes several years to finish a book.

H.J.: Do you have any advice for those like you that feel trapped in a normal job while dreaming of becoming artists?

E.T.: Make the odds! Make it possible! Use your time wisely to start working on you passion, use your break times, use your train trips, use the evenings… just make it happen! If you feel trapped in your job maybe you can look for a different job, one that really feels temporary and unimportant and that allows you to focus on your passion when out of it. Whatever you do, do not wait too long, is the only thing I regret, having wasted some years where I could have been happy doing what I like to do.

H.J.: What are the main qualities that an artist should possess?

E.T.: Curiosity about life, about people… The desire to connect through art. Art is the expression of what cannot be described by words. And the ability to wonder. You must be able to find a new way to look at the mundane. Able to take something common and find out the wonder of it.

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The creative compass by Eli Trier

H.J.: Answer in few words:

What is your favourite colour?

E.T.: Purple.

Who is your favourite artist?

E.T.: Dufy. I stared at his paintings for long time when I was a little girl.

What is the worst mistake an artist can make?

E.T.: Try to force getting out of a blocking period.

You will never draw…

E.T.: Dogs. I do not find them inspiring! hahahahaha!

What is the best gift you ever got?

E.T.: A bamboo digital drawing tablet.

What is your favourite book?

E.T.: Narnia.

Which book would you like to illustrate?

E.T.: Alice in Wonderland.

Say a sentence favourite of yours to finish the interview.

E.T.: Don’t give up.

We encourage our readers to find out more about Eli Trier! You can check her Website, Facebook, TwitterInstagram and online courses!

Finally we want to announce that Sandra Garriga is (again, twice in a row!) our lucky winner of a free digital copy of her book, The Gratitude Project! We will put her and the Eli Trier in contact very soon.

The Strange #3 is on the go.

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The Strange #3 is on the go!

Thanks to a Kick Starter backer, The Strange #3 will be a reality.

 

The Strange is a science fiction comic based on the world of 2688. In this distant future super powers are a reality thanks to the advances on science. Hard science. In this world, humans keep evolving artificially to attain a new way of being known as the Transhuman. Of course, not everyone will embrace (or be able to afford) this new way of life. The human becomes a Sub Human, or normal and the Transhuman, the advanced life form. Evolution has taken a new step!

 

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The Strange #3, page 10. Penciller: Francisco Menor

The full creative team returns for issue #3, including Francisco Menor who appeared in an interview in this blog and who’s work with pencils for this new issue is already on the go:
Written and Created – John Daniel Taylor IV
Pencils – Francisco Menor
Inks – Robert Doan
Colors – Jay Moyano
Letters – Inklight Studios
Cover B artist – Francisco Javier

Find out more about The Strange on their Update webpage.

 

“The Storm” is being illustrated (III)

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Jana Kusch, a member of the School of visual story telling, keeps on drawing  “The Storm”, a tribute to David Revoy‘s universe “Pepper & Carrot”.

We asked Jana to comment a little on this illustration, here is what she told us:

J.K.: This is the first panel showing an inside view of the house. I wanted to keep it as close as possible to David’s concept of the rooms, so I studied his panels intensively. I liked Juan José’s idea of the candle light and hope I could show the coziness of the room by bathing it in warm colors. When I thought about Pepper and Carrot’s attitude, I decided to give them a more confident look. As the hosts of the animals, they want to calm them down and fight their own fear. In one of the next panels, they will also be more panicked as the candles go down and the night becomes darker. I hope this will underline the emotional ups and downs of the story. All in all this panel took me the longest time of all panels I have finished so far, but I had super fun working on it.

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A panel from “The Storm”, illustrated by Jana Kusch.

Keep checking for new updates on “The Storm”, in the meanwhile, you can check more of Jana’s illustrations on her deviantart gallery.