Monday, August 6, 2012

Beware the Cowken!!!


Beware the cowken: Makes strange sounds early in the morning and will give your shins a wicked stabbing!

Gives the best eggnog on the planet!

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Hey, I don't have any words of wisdom this week - just weirdness - too much Olympics, Mars, and heat! - if any of you have suggestions for me to blog about I'm all ears!

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  1. Suggestions:
    1.) How to start a critique group
    2.) Picking fonts (for covers, whatnot)
    3.) Making a speed painting video
    4.) How to accept a job (forms, specific dialog, and such)
    5.) School visits

    You're awesome, Will. Thank you for taking the time to share your insights.

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    1. Great suggestions - I just put them on the list! - Thanks Elizabeth!

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  2. Love it! LOL>

    I'd like to know a little about the business end of illustration.
    I've been getting contacted by quite a few authors who are self publishing their books through Createspace and Amazon was wondering how I should handle these type of clients...do I ask for money down or do I wait until after the initial rough draft stage and ask for half? Or do I just have them sign the contract and withhold the final high res image until the end of the job and have them pay at one time. It's a different kind of client than I'm use to dealing with but if there's money to be made I don't want to miss out.

    What are your thoughts on the subject?

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    1. Great questions - Can we ever learn too much about the business side? - also jut put on my list - thanks!

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  3. I heard a strange noise just this morning…I wonder?
    Great illo!

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  5. Difficult to herd, but worth it for the eggnog.

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    1. Hey Ron - I would imagine that you guys have enough room for a heard though :) Have you seen the price of eggnog? Worth thinking about at least :)

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  6. Hello- I didnt notice the "ch-udders?" until today-LOL!
    What is the best software for graphics for APPs? Are they just high res layers?
    A interactive book vs. an app?
    Is the SCBWI Bologna feasible for beginners or just more experienced and avanced PAL members? Any tutorials for Createspace with cover art?
    I went to an SCBWI meeting and saw illustrations brought on large 4 x 3 foot paper while mine were on 10 x 14", I have been doing some on smaller paper to scan more truely without stitching and it seems to work for email- what are the pros and cons vs functions of size? Should SCWBI members think on display too? those are questions I wondered this week- Dyann

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    1. Great questions! I'll put them on my list. I'm not sure about the large paper you're talking about at SCBWI meetings - I'm not familiar with that.

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    2. Oh just one illustrator did her work so large and it was a critique group, so she brought it. I was just wondering is that something to keep in mind- display later? I use about the size of my large format scanner- but the BIg scanners are mucho $. I havent been to a conference yet, so are there displays? I have dispalyed like at Sci-Fi conventions where you buy booth space. I was just wondering pro and cons of size. I had 2 book dummys with me but I was wondering if I should work larger with display in mind? What do you think about that? I know with digital its not a problem LOL

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  7. How 'bout you just doodle for fun while watching the Olympics & post your tidbits here! Doodles are always Fun & Productive. (and judging from that Cowken, yours are pretty interesting)

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    1. Thanks Elizabeth! I might just have to do that :)

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    2. Bug olympics! Or polar Olympics!!!

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  8. I love cowken!!! Hehehe... Ideas for blog posts? How about some more animal mashups? Pog (pig dog), camster (cat hamster)... Oh, the possibilities!

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    1. Good idea Sarah - I was actually thinking these would make fun kitchen art - I'll have to think more on this one :)

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  9. What a crazy bird Will, I love your imagination. These would make interesting yard chickens, yum, eggnog :)

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    1. Thanks Karen - I would raise em just to save money during the holidays :)

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  10. La vaca gallina! El toro pollo would be the young male who I heard around this morning :) Love it!

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  11. I'll take weirdness any day of the week ;)

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  12. I adore the Cowken

    Beautiful artwork & great advice here. You're a stellar fella.

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