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Entries in video (11)

Wednesday
Aug022017

Video: Trying out Animation Desk Ultimate app for the first time on my iPad Pro

I admit it: I'm an app packrat. ("Ooo, shiny app! Must get!")

Last night I decided to go through my iPad Pro apps and decide what to keep, what to cull. I had never actually trying Animation Desk Ultimate on my iPad Pro yet, so decided to give it a shot.

Super-easy to use! I created the animation bit of the above in around 30 minutes. This morning, I used Adobe Premiere Pro (which I am gradually learning how to use) to insert the opening slide and add the end text titling. Going to play around some more with this app! I want to experiment with some of the brushes, colour and other features.

I've started uploading more art process videos to my YouTube Channel, by the way! Feel free to check them out.

Wednesday
Jul162014

I enjoyed Weird Al Yankovic's WORD CRIMES video much more than the original song

Sunday
Oct272013

Learning new digital techniques from observing non-digital process, Richard Jesse Watson inspiration and some Tiffanny Varga watercolor tutorials

Although I primarily illustrate using digital methods (Photoshop CS6 with a 7.5" x 11" Intuos Wacom tablet), I'm starting to experiment more with non-digital media on the side. Partly because I like to always be learning something new, to try different techniques, but also because I'm often inspired to try new digital techniques after observing non-digital process.

To illustrators: whether you use digital or non-digital techniques, don't turn your nose up at The Other Side. In my experience, you can always learn something from how other creative types work.

Richard Jesse Watson at the 2011 SCBWI-LA Conference

In 2011, for example, I was super-inspired by the Illustrator Intensives at the SCBWI Summer Conference in Los Angeles. That year, a bunch of experienced children's book illustrators demonstrated their techniques in a hands-on demonstration; you can see my reports about the sessions on KidLitArtists.com.

Richard Jesse Watson gives a demo

Kudos to the SCBWI Illustration Board and artists involved for providing this amazing opportunity for illustrators to observe. There were two rooms set up so that while the attendees were in one room, the next artist could be setting up, PLUS cameras set up so we could see a close-up overhead view on a screen as each artist worked. There were a wide variety of techniques and styles from renowned children's book illustrators like Paul O. Zelinsky, Marla Frazee, Richard Jesse Watson, Kadir Nelson, Denise Fleming, David Small and Jerry Pinkney.

I learned from everyone, though I was especially inspired by Richard Jesse Watson's demo because his approach felt closest to mine. I loooved how he used different techniques to add texture to his color, his frenzied creative energy. After seeing his workshop, I started experimenting with how to add more texture to my digital illustrations, including learning how to create my own custom-made digital brushes in Photoshop. I ended up using a lot more interesting textures in illustrations for NAKED!, a new picture book written by Michael Ian Black that comes out from Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers next year:

Anyway, I recently came across some fascinating watercolor tutorials by Tiffanny Varga. I love the way she how lets different hues of the colors mingle instead of mixing them completely. I'm so going to try this with my real-life watercolor experiments as well as figuring out how to do this effectively with digital watercolor.

Thanks to Children's Illustrators On Fire for the video links!

You can find Tiffanny Varga on YouTube and Twitter, plus her sketchbook blog and portfolio.

© Tiffany Varga.

Friday
Aug302013

Sarah Parker Ada and her "If You Love To Read" and "Read It Maybe" music videos

Just discovered this Rolling In The Deep parody created by Sarah Parker Ada to help promote the New York State Reading Association annual conference last fall. You can find the lyrics here (click "Show more").

Then I found her wonderful "Read It Maybe" video (parody of Call Me Maybe):

 According to this article on Reading.org, Ada is an adjunct prof for freshman composition at Jefferson Community College. I envy her students.

You can see more videos from Sarah Parker Ada on her YoUTube channel.

On Twitter: @SarahUkelele

Sarah's Ukelele Youtube channel

Tuesday
Dec112012

Inspiring TED Talk From Children's Book Author/Illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka

Aspiring AND experienced children's book authors and illustrators need to watch this video. 

I really want to meet Jarrett J. Krosoczka someday.

Some of my takeaways from the talk: How important it is for grown-ups to encourage imagination and creativity in children. How just a few encouraging words to a young artist or writer could have a deep and long-lasting impact.

Wednesday
Oct172012

Trying out Animation Desk app for the iPad: potential book trailer use?

I've had the Animation Desk app on my iPad ($4.99 in iTunes store right now) for ages but only finally got around to trying it out recently. I created the animation above in about an hour, and that included figuring out how to use the app. I have zero animation experience but still had a lot of fun. Next time, I may try adding some audio. :-)

Tuesday
Oct162012

Comedian Librarian Meredith Myers Offers Musical Tribute To Edgar Allan Poe

In a Baltimore Post Examiner article, librarian Meredith Myers says she created literary parody song "The Raven Is Hard To Handle" to honor Edgar Allan Poe as well as promote libraries. Fun video with a great message at the end!

You can find out more about Meredith in her website, StandUpLibrarian.com.

Tuesday
Aug282012

Fun "Call me Maybe" video by Pilot bookstore, newspaper & magazine

What a great promo video for The County Bookshop and its sibling entities. You can read how the video was made here.

Thanks to Shelf Awareness for the link!

Friday
Jan132012

Video: For Joy Of Books

Sean and Lisa Ohlenkamp of TYPE Books (one of my favourite bookstores in Toronto) spent "many sleepless nights moving, stacking, and animating books at TYPE" to put together this amazing video.

Thursday
Nov242011

New Debs&Errol Music Video For Writers: "First Page Of My Story"

Great new music video for writers from my friends Debs&Errol. :-D

You can see their daily comics on their website and Errol's daily NaNoToons.

Friday
Feb252011

Mesmerizing Video: Organizing The Bookcase

Short and fascinating.

Thanks to David Diaz for the link.