Congratulations to Lyn Smith for winning the "Robot and Girl" print! Lyn lives here in Pittsfield and is one of our wonderful local librarians. Thanks to everyone who entered the contest and are now following my blog, Facebook fan page, and/or Twitter postings. There will be other giveaways throughout the year.
Saturday, April 30, 2011
Not a lot to report at the moment. I am finishing up some logos and spot illustrations with a possible animation job in the next few weeks. Since the NESCBWI conference is in two weeks, I am completing my book cover illustration for the contest being held at the conference. We have to take a classic children's book and do our take on the cover. I am not revealing what my book and cover are the moment but will post the final art before the conference.
Speaking of the cover, I need to finish that up today so I can get a print. Maybe that will be the next giveaway. Hmmmm. I leave you with this quote.
"One must from time to time attempt things that are beyond one's capacity." ~ Auguste Renoir
Friday, April 22, 2011
Labels: Lane Smith, life drawing, logo, McDonalds, NESCBWI, Painter, Pittsfield Historical Society, print giveaway, Stinky Cheeseman
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Hello everyone in Bloggerland,
My apologies for not posting last week. Time got away from me. I'm very grateful to be busy so I cannot and will not complain. Some new McDonald's work came in which needed my attention. There a few small spots that I need complete over the weekend.
As some of you may know, I am a member of the Pittsfield Historical Society. We are a small group that preserves and notates the history of Pittsfield. We are also trying to restore our depot station which is used as our museum and where we store the town's artifacts. Since I am new to the town, and really cannot contribute anything historical at the moment, I decided to redo the group's logo. The above image is the design we settled on for the logo. I wanted to capture a turn of the century vibe without using a local icon. There is so much history in the area that I felt it would have not been fair to focus on one element. The font came from Letterhead Fonts which has a great vintage font collection.
I have been itching to get back to Painter. I have a few ideas that I want to try out and hopefully build a second portfolio of samples. But one must pay the bills first and focus on the task at hand. I foresee some late nights coming up in order to cure that itch.
Another thing I must work on is my poster illustration for the NESCBWI conference in May. That is just around the corner. We must take a children's book that we consider a classic and redo the cover artwork along with the lettering. Yesterday I finally decided on the story I am redoing. I was originally going to redo The Stinky Cheeseman but Lane Smith's illustrations are so iconic and beautifully created that there is no way that I can compete with their perfection. I will tell you the week of the conference the story I am doing. Do not want to let the cat out of the bag just yet. I will say that I think it fits my style.
Last week I did a blog radio interview with Dellani Oakes, Christine Fonesca, and Kinsy McVay. If you want to hear the interview click here. I had a good time but my new nickname is Ramblin' Russ and will leave it at that. Those of you who know me will probably be cracking up the whole time. Enjoy!
My children's story is coming along slowly and I have been chipping away at it. Trying to get a flow and rhythm to the story. One of my writer buddies has offered me some very good feedback and advice. This is a whole new venture for me and even though it is for a children's picture book, I am finding it very difficult to get the story just right. I have the visuals already worked out, but the words are a struggle. I have even a greater respect for those who can write a good story and a sense of wordplay. Going to the Pittsfield Library on Friday's is a big help. With my iPad and headphones, I can zone out and focus on the story.
Last weekend I did another life drawing session with the Bangor Life Drawing Group. John LeBlanc and I organize it. We had a great session with Jason who modeled nude for the first time. He did a wonderful job. I know there is no way I could do it. Of course, no one would want me to! Lots of kick ass drawings came out this session. Sorry that I do not have anything to post from it. I gave Jason my favorite drawing. Plus the paper would not fit on my scanner and I hate taking photos of artwork. I think we are going to setup a group show in the fall. Our next session is in June. I'm already looking forward to it.
Well that is it for this week, er, past two weeks. My wife and I are heading to Bangor to meet up with some friends. Speaking of my wife, she no longer is working at Dunkin' Donuts. She got a great job as a dispatcher with Delta Ambulance in Waterville. No more 70 hour weeks and early morning shifts. Now we must learn to be around each other again. Hopefully I will not drive her too crazy.
Oh, do not forget to sign up for the "Penelope and the Robot" print giveaway which is at the end of the month. Just post a comment under the giveaway post.
And THANKS to everyone for following, I have broken the "100 Followers" mark!
"The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery." ~ Francis Bacon
Posted by Russ Cox at 11:04 AM
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
I will be giving away a 24x20 signed print of the "Robot and Girl" at the end of April. All you have to do is "join" this blog and post a comment under this posting or "like" my Facebook Fan Page and leave a comment regarding the giveaway. At the end of April, I will put the names who made comments of the contest from the blog and FB page in a hat and draw the winner. The print is archival on a heavy uncoated paper and printed by Picture Salon. Good luck!
"Art is literacy of the heart" ~ Elliot Eisner
Posted by Russ Cox at 9:17 AM