Iconic Britain 2013

Chris Dunn Illustration/Fine Art

Iconic Britain 2013 is looking for iconic images of Britain, it could be buildings, landscapes, people or culture so long as it British. Art art competition Chris Dunn Illustration Iconic Britain 2013 paintingI had an email recently containing this link for a new painting competition perfect for any realist painter.

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Something very exciting!

Emmeline Illustration

2013 award awards ceremony design week design week awards emmeline pidgen finalist five illustration illustrator news nominee picture book rising star rising star award shortlist studio talent Hi guys! Earlier this week I got some HUGE NEWS! I've been selected as one of five shortlisted entrants for the Design Week Rising Star Award! Yup, I certainly did jump around like a loon - what a brilliant surprise!

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F**k stats, make art

Paul Jarvis

The title of this post is lifted from a talk Dave Olson (aka Uncle Weed) gave in 2009. The statement still resonates, because it succinctly emphasizes what's important in the writing you do. Trying t

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Kids and books

Emmeline Illustration

Have a read of the article here: [link] One More Candle comes out 1st September 2013. I have to say, seeing photos like this of kids on the other side of the world enjoying a book you've illustrated is SUCH a brilliant feeling. It's not an easy job (seriously) but this sort of thing makes it worth it. These pictures are from a great little article: Reading with Toddlers and Encouraging Positive Relationships over on OurEverydayThings blog.

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Win! 'One More Candle' picture book giveaway

Emmeline Illustration

In the run up to it's release on September 1st 2013, you can be in with the chance of winning a copy for yourself. Right guys! It's not long now until the huge launch of the newest picture book I've illustrated: One More Candle. Together with the author Merry Susiarjo, we're offering up one gorgeous hardback edition and one shiny second prize paperback to two lucky winners anywhere in the world !

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The Bristol Art Prize - Call For Entries

Chris Dunn Illustration/Fine Art

Art Bristol Guildhall Call For Entries 2013 Competition painting Prize The Bristol Art PrizeThe Bristol Art Prize is a new competition set up by the people who have been running the Bath Prize for the last few years. The Bristol Prize looks to be even bigger, anybody can enter and if your work is selected you have the opportunity to be part of a massive exhibition at the Guildhall in the centre of Bristol.

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£10 off limited ed Wild Ride screenprints

Emmeline Illustration

You can now get a huge £10 off these limited edition Wild Ride screenprints with code WILDRIDE10 in my shop! This offer is only on until Christmas, so get your orders in before they're all snapped up (well, hopefully!). www.emmelineillustration.mysupadupa.com. animal art. discount bicycle bike children christmas cute emmeline pidgen gift handmade illustration kids news present print screenprint wild ride £10 off

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News! The Lavender Blue Dress picture book

Emmeline Illustration

I'm pleased to announce I'll be illustrating a brand new picture book penned by Aidan Moffat and published by Cargo Publishing! The Lavender Blue Dress" will be out for Christmas 2014. Take a look at this great article in The Scotsman today all about it! link] There's some great quotes in there about the book (and a few from me!)

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When is the best time to create?

Paul Jarvis

The dishwasher is running noisily and probably should be replaced. There are at least 3 dogs barking outside (from the sounds of it, 2 large ones and one tiny one). As well, there’s a child screaming

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I don’t live up to my online self

Paul Jarvis

In fact, I come up very short in social media comparison of my online self to my real life self. Online me is a fearless, straight-shooting, awesome(ish) communicator. While nothing about that is an a

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Great Content Planning Results In A Great Website

Inspiration Feed

Many articles have been written explaining how you must design interfaces, graphics and how to deal with clients.

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Hello shoppers! (sneak peek)

Emmeline Illustration

Just a quick sneak preview at a few character designs I've been working on recently. You'll be able to see a few more of these super-shoppers very soon! Keep an eye out. character design design digital drawing drawings emmeline pidgen illustrated illustration news painting people public. shopping

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Books in Paris

Emmeline Illustration

I reworked this old illustration yesterday. Sometimes it takes a while to be able to distance yourself from the work and view it critically. I'm definitely a lot happier with it, and in a way it's nice to see that my working style has improved (well, I think so) within a year. Always learning! book cat. travel design editorial emmeline pidgen girl illustrated illustration illustrator magazine news Paris pretty reading spring summer women

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Here’s How You Can Provide a Great Mobile User Experience

Inspiration Feed

The mobile UX covers the users’ observations and sentiments before they interact with your mobile, during the interaction and after it.

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You And Me The Royal We, Oliver Jeffers and world maps.

Emmeline Illustration

Happy New Year guys! It's been a couple of weeks since delving back into my freelance work - I spent a lot of the Christmas break by the sea and in the forests, so my inspiration bucket was re-filled. It's certainly been busy so far though! I'm working on two new kid's books at the moment, which will be out later this year. In other news, last week I FINALLY managed to get a frame for this signed Oliver Jeffers / Y ou & Me The Royal We print I won a year or so back.

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The AIGA Video

Fonts by Hoefler&Co.

As part of the presentation of the 2013 AIGA Medal, the American Institute of Graphic Arts commissioned this short video about type designers Jonathan Hoefler and Tobias Frere-Jones. In addition to offering an intimate glimpse at some recent works-in-progress, the video features an inside look at the company offices in a moment of rare repose.

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The AIGA Video

Fonts by Hoefler&Co.

As part of the presentation of the 2013 AIGA Medal, the American Institute of Graphic Arts commissioned this short video about type designers Jonathan Hoefler and Tobias Frere-Jones. In addition to offering an intimate glimpse at some recent works-in-progress, the video features an inside look at the company offices in a moment of rare repose.

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The AIGA Medal

Fonts by Hoefler&Co.

The American Institute of Graphic Arts has announced that Jonathan Hoefler will receive the 2013 AIGA Medal, the profession’s highest honor. Eight designers will receive the 2013 Medal: John Bielenberg, William Drenttel and Jessica Helfand, Jonathan Hoefler and Tobias Frere-Jones, Stefan Sagmeister, Lucille Tenazas and Wolfgang Weingart.

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The AIGA Medal

Fonts by Hoefler&Co.

The American Institute of Graphic Arts has announced that Jonathan Hoefler will receive the 2013 AIGA Medal, the profession’s highest honor. Eight designers will receive the 2013 Medal: John Bielenberg, William Drenttel and Jessica Helfand, Jonathan Hoefler and Tobias Frere-Jones, Stefan Sagmeister, Lucille Tenazas and Wolfgang Weingart.

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'The Card Game' Idea

Chris Dunn Illustration/Fine Art

The last of my small roughs that has been approved (below). I still have a lot of working out to do (not in the gym, on my drawing board) before I even think about reaching for my brushes. I hoping to give the viewer a bit of a shock in this one. At first glance it looks like a nice civilised game of cards in a warm pub, that is until you spot the stoats accusing look and small knife in his paw which he is about to brandish as the fox picks up is purse of winnings.

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Two New Sketches

Chris Dunn Illustration/Fine Art

I have to wait for these drawings to be approved but hopefully I'll get the go-ahead. The first I like to call 'Retreat From The Windmills' and it is loosely based on the exploits of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza who are represented as an old wiry lion and a plucky meerkat. The second rough shows a father mouse reading a bedtime story, I can envisage the warm glow of the oil lamp and the big patchwork blanket lending a very soft feel to this painting. Merry Christmas everybody!!

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'Captain Seadog' Is Ship-Shape

Chris Dunn Illustration/Fine Art

I finished my latest animal painting last week, 'Captain Seadog'. He's now fully rigged and ready to set sail and aim cannon against ' Captain Ratbeard '. Captain Seadog Watercolour & Gouache 24 x 31cm I found this piece challenging because there is not a lot of fussy detail and lots of open spaces in the composition. I kept going back to N.C Wyeth's treasure island paintings as I worked trying to grasp his wonderful sense of design and colour.

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Captain Seadog

Chris Dunn Illustration/Fine Art

Here is what I am working on at the moment: This is Captain Seadog the navy captain sworn to guard the seas and coasts against Captain Ratbeard. In other news I am now a father to a lovely little baby born called Arthur! He was born early morning Thursday 5th December and both him and mother are doing great. Hopefully that explains why I haven't posted much recently.

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Open Studio This Saturday

Chris Dunn Illustration/Fine Art

If you are in Corsham please come in and say hello to me and Claire Baker. Apart from prints and originals I will also be dishing out slices of stollen which as the day goes on will probably get thinner and thinner as I start to run out - so come early! Chris Dunn Illustration Claire Baker ceramics Corsham open studio Pound Arts Centre

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Last Night At The Portrait Drawing Session

Chris Dunn Illustration/Fine Art

LtoR: Caroline Rudge, Chris Draper x2, Sue Webber, Chris Dunn, Isla Russell Yesterday I spent a great evening sketching with a small group of artists in Biddestone, Wiltshire. It was the first of hopefully many portrait drawing sessions organised by Chris Draper , he also got his friend, Dave, to model for us. It was his first time and I have to say he did an excellent job, he hardly even blinked. Caroline Rudge Chris Draper Chris Dunn Illustration Isla Russell Portrait Drawing Sue Webber

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Captain Ratbeard

Chris Dunn Illustration/Fine Art

Captain Ratbeard Watercolour & Gouache 24 x 31cm Ahoy m'hearties! Shiver m'timbers and host the main sail (blimey I don't I'll keep this pirate talk going), if it isn't Captain Ratbeard and his pi-rat-ical crew (get it?). I nearly had as much fun painting the Captain as writing this blog post. Here is one of those few examples of when the finished piece is very similar to the fleeting image I had in my mind's eye.

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Cheetah Chase (Past The Finish Line)

Chris Dunn Illustration/Fine Art

I recently finished two paintings, here's the first. Cheetah Chase Watercolour & Gouache 24 x 31cm I had a right old time trying to get just the right colour in the stonework, I think I painted the column about 4 times. I have always struggled with lighter values in watercolour because there is so little room for manoeuvre when you use the white of the paper to act as your pastel white.

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Captain Ratbeard

Chris Dunn Illustration/Fine Art

This is a bit of a jump from my previous post 'Cheetah chase' (more on that later). Below you can see a detailed rough of the next animal painting to go with my recent series of work. I've decided to call him Captain Ratbeard, his long beard is braided but unlike Blackbeard it's not smouldering - I didn't think his hairs would stay lit in such a terrible sea storm.

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New at Typography.com

Fonts by Hoefler&Co.

We’re starting off the new month with some enhancements to site, and some good news for web developers. Here’s what’s happening. Answers: Search and FAQ. We took the occasion of writing a new Web font FAQ to polish up our site search tools: you’ll find both resources available here. In addition to some guided tours of topics like licensing and troubleshooting , you’ll find updated answers to questions about publishing apps , making PDFs , and more.

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'Cheetah Chase' Progress

Chris Dunn Illustration/Fine Art

I took this photo on my mobile a couple of days ago. I'm now close to finishing but I have to wait until Monday before I'm back in my studio rummaging in my drawers for gouache paints. Frustration*. Ancient Greece Art Cheetah Chimpanzee Chris Dunn Illustration funny Gorilla Monkey Orangutan painting Race watercolour Whimsical

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Fonts For The Web: Two Lectures by Jonathan Hoefler, November 2 & 14

Fonts by Hoefler&Co.

What makes a good web font? Before we wrote the first line of code for Cloud.typography , or lit the first pixel of our first ScreenSmart font, we began the search for a solution to this riddle. The answers are unexpected: a good web font is more than just legible, and more than just attractive, and some provocative solutions come from some unexpected places. Web fonts can learn a lot from nineteenth century engraved maps, twentieth century dictionaries, and twenty-first century authors.

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Apes Chasing A Cheetah In Ancient Greece

Chris Dunn Illustration/Fine Art

No I'm not having 'an episode', it's the detailed rough for my next watercolour painting which I developed using my perfectly 'rational imagination'. Ancient Greece Ape Art Cheetah Chimpanzee Chris Dunn Illustration Drawing funny Gorilla Greek Games Monkey Orangutan sketch Whimsical

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Cotton House - Marlborough College

Chris Dunn Illustration/Fine Art

My first house portrait completed, although it's not a private home but a boarding house instead. Cotton House is named after George Edward Lynch Cotton a well known victorian bishop and former headmaster of Marlborough College. Bishop Cotton left the college in 1858 to take up the office of Bishop of Calcutta, India. While in India, Bishop Cotton organised for shipments of clothing especially socks to be delivered to the poor Indian children he encountered on his travels.

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Making One’s Own

Fonts by Hoefler&Co.

“I never wanted to draw typefaces, I wanted to have typefaces.” ” I found myself uttering these words to a filmmaker this past spring, who shared them first with an audience of design luminaries , and then with the entire internet. It’s a strange sentiment, but one that’s familiar to anyone who makes things: as a designer, I couldn’t find the tools I needed, so I made my own.

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What's On My Drawing Board?

Chris Dunn Illustration/Fine Art

The preliminary drawing for a watercolour of Cotton House in Marlborough College of course, I can't believe you didn't get that! Art Chris Dunn Illustration Cotton House Marlborough College

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Peacock Arts Trail 28th Sept - 6th Oct

Chris Dunn Illustration/Fine Art

I'm getting all geared up for my open studio. I have over 100 pieces of art, all available to buy at seriously low prices. I will be tweeting individual pieces regularly so you can get a flavour of what I have to offer so please follow me @chrisdunnillos to be in the know. I am based at the Pound Arts Centre, Corsham SN13 9HX, next door to Penney Ellis and Claire Baker who are also taking part.

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Night-time Reading

Chris Dunn Illustration/Fine Art

My wife was browsing through my website yesterday, it didn't take long before she started to exclaim, "where's the mole in the library?" What do you mean?" I replied. You know," then she gave me that look I only get from her when I'm being particularly dense. The painting of the mole in a library, it's not on your blog." Isn't it?" Well, I can't find it" "Oh, I thought I'd posted that already." I'd better point out I have a notoriously bad memory. You'd better do it before you forget - again." "Yes

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The Orator

Chris Dunn Illustration/Fine Art

The Orator Watercolour / Gouache 24 x 31cm Hot off the easel, watercolour painting finished and scanned this morning! I had a bit of trouble with the values in this painting. I have attempted to increase them on Mr Toad while letting the background level out slightly in the hope that the main character will stand out sufficiently. Now, that's not easy to do when you have an open fireplace crackling merrily in the background as it forces you to develop contrasts so the flame look suitably bright.

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The Orator - Work In Progress

Chris Dunn Illustration/Fine Art

I have to put this aside for the next few days but I finally think it's starting to come together. Art Artwork Chris Dunn Illustration Fireplace The Orator Toad watercolour Whimsical

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The Orator Work In Progress

Chris Dunn Illustration/Fine Art

Chris what are you working on at the moment? Why haven't you be posting regularly? Do toads drink whiskey? All these questions can be answered by the image below. Artwork Books Chris Dunn illustration Marble Fireplace Mole Open Fire painting ratty The Orator Toad watercolour Watervole Work In progress

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