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Pencils & Stories blog relaunch

Relaunch

Hi there, long time no see! 

What do you think of the new look? I like it very much, it`s such an improvement from the old blog. Take a look around and let me know what you think. There`s also some technical things that still need fixing, but for now I`m happy and so I decided to start blogging again. 😀 Here`s some info about how you can keep updated about all this awesome stuff that is to come. 

The new blog also comes with a new way to follow my posts and work. You can subscibe here to my new newsletter. This will give me some more flexibility and options to make it a bit more personal than just a WordPress noticifaction in your mailbox. This means that if you have subscribed to the old Pencils & Stories blog`s notification system before, you`d have to subscribe to the new newsletter. I will not spam you and you can unsubscribe from the newsletter at any time.

Recollection City also has a newsletter for the people who are mostly interested in keeping updated on the status of the comic. You can subscribe to that newsletter here. I also made a specific Facebook page for the comic so if you like that platform you can like the page. Of course I will still keep you updated about the status of the project here and make the “Crafting a Story”  blogposts, but maybe some people are interested in the comic only so they can follow it on it`s specific channels. 

Speaking of Recollection City, it has a brand new page here on the blog, simply click ” comic”  in the menubar above to see some new concept art and read the official pitch.

I will start blogging again as of now, I already have a list of subjects I`d like to talk about and of things that could be helpful. I will also repost some older blogpost to my social media channels in the coming weeks to give them a chance to be read by more people this time. I highly believe in the content of some of those post and I really hope they`ll inspire more people than they`ve done so far.

Another reason for the long hiatus is that I have been asked to participate in a new course: Oatley Academy Live. It`s a course that focuses on personal projects and it basicly guides you through the process of starting, laying a good foundation, about the planning, storytelling, designing and promotion of it. It has ton of guest teachers, official hangouts with your fellow students and you get a backstage pass to listen to extra podcasts for example. 

One aspect of it is that a group of six students will make a personal project along with everyone else, while being coached by Chris Oatley and Lora Innes (one of the teachers at OA and author from the Dreamer comic) in the process. One of those students is me! (so excited!) The idea behind this is that other students can see how we go about making a brand new personal project, what we run into and how to solve the problems we face. We are in special Incubator live sessions twice a month where we show how we did the homework and where we`re at with our stories and such. We have three teams consisting of one writer and one artist. (even though all Incubators can do both) and I`m the writer part. My awesome artist collaborator is Mallory Carlson. The other teams are Britny Arnett and David White Contreras, and Maike Venhofen and Ejiwa “Edge” Ebenebe. (Everyone is awesome and amazing!) It has been an absolute blast so far!

OA Live works with a monthly or yearly subscription. You`ll have access to the live sessions as they come but everything will be recorded so you can always catch up if you missed anything. If you are interested in joining, act fast! It has already started a few months ago and enrollment will close this week! Click here to learn more about OA Live!.

Last but not least, I will leave you with some art. I saw this image from Oliver Geiseler the other day and had to draw my own version of it, here it is: (posted with permission from the photographer)

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Thank you so much for reading!
Here is the link to my newsletter one more time for those who want to get notified when there`s new posts. Also, take a peek around the site and tell me what you think and what subjects you hope will be tackled here in the future. Feel free to leave a comment below. 

Creative prompts July

Creative prompts of July 2015

Creative prompts July

Hello readers!

Here are the creative prompts I posted in July. I hope these ideas will inspire a warm-up, sketch, illustration, painting, sculpture or whatever you like to make! Feel free to also use these to come up with your own different ideas.

So far a few people have actually done some creative prompts, thank you all for participating! I want to show them all off here.
I`m going to figure out a way to showcase your stuff since I`d love to see a gallery of all your awesome stuff.
Anyway, here they are:

Jason Crawford was absolutely on a roll and has drawn Zombie mice, an owl doing what he did a day before, some nice winter clothing for a chilly octopus, and his dog with superpowers.
Hannah has made a monochrome portrait of one of her characters. (so beautiful!)
A.C. Mickey figured out what would happen if her workday was part of an adventure book (she`d find spiders giving her riddles) and she has designed a bug that hides in suitcases to travel the world. (I`d love to find that bug in my suitcase anytime) as well as the Loch Ness family on a holiday.
Andrew Warman has also drawn his activities for the day very epicly. (kick those questions in the face!)
Austin Shurtliff has designed a fairy made of concrete. (I love how texture-ly she is!)

I really hope I didn`t forget any. 🙂 Thanks again everyone!

Here are the prompts of July:

July 1st: Design a creature with the theme “sugar.”
July 2nd: Design the interior of a massage salon for witches.
July 3rd: Design creatures that love to hang around gas stations and make it clear why.

July 6th: Make a fantasy version of Venice, Italy.
July 7th: Where do zebra’s go on a holiday and what do they wear? Draw/paint it.
July 8th: Design a hedge that is dangerous to walk past and make clear why.
July 9th: Draw the Loch Ness monster in another lake somewhere as a tourist.
July 10th: Design a volcano creature.

July 13th: Draw what you’ll be doing today really epicly like it’s part of an adventure book.
July 14th: Draw a little wherewolf having their birthday. How do they celebrate?
July 15th: Draw a creature that hides in suitcases so it can travel the world.
July 16th: Design the costume for a cab driver in a literal ghost town.
July 17th: Draw a train station that has a fairy infestation.

July 20th: Design a very enchanting and magical place that’s also a prison.
July 21st: Create a logo for a group of cavemen that have started a business. Show what the business is.
July 22nd: Design the presenters of “enchanted forest radio”
July 23rd: Draw/paint a Latin dance party for vampires.
July 24th: Design a fantasy creature based on the New Zealand Kiwi bird.

July 27th: Draw a little child’s version of a sphinx.
July 28th: Draw/paint a moment from your favourite kind of dream.
July 29th: raw a shot from a video clip you like in your favourite art style.
July 30th: Design a treehouse made of another material than wood.
July 31st: Design a really clean and digital-age environment for dwarves.

Bonus creative prompt: draw what you think could be behind this box:

20150714_093840848_iOS(pretty sure it`s an elevator in renovation, but where`s the fun in that)

To see the creative prompts for other months you can go to Creative Prompt Master List

As always, if you use any of these for a creative endeavour I`d love to see the results! @ me on Twitter or let me know on Facebook and in your posts, tag it with #promptresult or #pencilsandstories

Have fun!

Creative Prompts of June

Creative prompts of June 2015

Creative Prompts of June

Hello readers!

Here are the creative prompts I posted in June. I hope these ideas will inspire a warm-up, sketch, illustration, painting, sculpture or whatever you like to make! Feel free to also use these to come up with your own ideas.

June 1st: What does school look like for a group of young Ents?
June 2nd: Pick your favourite colour, make a monochromatic self-portrait with that colour.
June 3rd: Draw an owl doing what you were doing yesterday at 3 pm.
June 4th: What is a song that you can’t get out of your head at times? Draw the title of that song.
June 5th: Draw the costume for a scarecrow going to a secret meeting. (Show, don’t tell, what kind of a meeting it is)

June 8th: Find a picture of your favourite place and turn it into a different climate while keeping it recognizable for you.
June 9th: Draw/paint a bridge over the sea in between two islands.
June 10th: Take a piece of art you like and recreate it in a different medium, format and/or genre.
June 11th: Change the species of the main character of the last book or comic you read. Draw him/her/them.
June 12th: Design the look and outfits for a team of golem cheerleaders.

June 15th: Draw or paint a bee that has drunk a magic potion, make clear what the potion did to it.
June 16th: What would you do if you were locked into your favourite shop after closing hours? Draw/paint it.
June 17th: Design a modern vehicle in the style of the Renaissance.
June 18th: If your house now stood in the lost kingdom of Atlantis what would it look like?
June19th: Make a drawing, painting, sculpture with these words: “pig” “coffee” “Eiffeltower”

June 22nd: Design a boat can sail a sea of lava.
June 23rd: What did you eat last night for dinner? Design a costume based on that.
June 24th: Draw or paint a tree that has something else instead of leafs.
June 25th: How would a dragon dress if it wants to audition for a role in a Shakespeare play? Draw it.
June 26th: Find a name for a place on a map that conjures up an image in your head and draw/paint it.

June 29th: Take your favourite animal and favourite fictional character and mash them together
June 30th: Paint or draw a secret garden where everything but the plants is made from bricks.

To see the creative prompts for other months you can go to Creative Prompt Master List

As always, if you use any of these for a creative endeavour I`d love to see the results! @ me on Twitter or let me know on Facebook and in your posts, tag it with #promptresult or #pencilsandstories

Have fun!

Creative Prompts of May

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Hello readers!

Here are the creative prompts I posted in May. I hope these ideas will inspire a warm-up, sketch, illustration, painting, sculpture or whatever you like to make! Feel free to also use these to come up with your own ideas.

May 1st: Pick two of your favourite animals and mash them together as a new one.

May 4th: Design a chandelier for a ghosthouse.
May 5th: Paint or draw the floor of a unicorn factory.
May 6th: What does a “digital bird” look like?
May 7th: Design the sword of a fantasy creature.
May 8th: What does the sky look like in a world with the theme “fluorescent”?

May 11th: Design a character that’s afraid of the light. The “why” should be clear in the design.
May 12th: What kind of plant eats little birds? Design it.
May 13th: Draw two characters who normally wouldn’t get along in a forbidden friendship or romance.
May 14th: What does pirate island Tortuga look like if it was inhabited by only children?
May 15th: Design an umbrella for an ogre against flying pitch forks.

May 18th: Draw a zombie, fairy or ghost version of a mouse.
May 19th: Design a sportoutfit for a witch.
May 20th: Draw the opposite version of the latest tweet you send.
May 21st: Design the coat of arms for an army of ants.
May 22nd: What would a cowboy/girl do if cattle was stolen by aliens in a spaceship. Draw/paint it.

May 25th: Design a winter outfit for an octopus.
May 26th: Your pet or a family member of you now has superpowers. Draw it.
May 27th: Draw/paint/sculpt “silence”
May 28th: You are stranded in a wild jungle all by yourself, what do you do? Draw/paint it!
May 29th: Design a little animal that lives underground and eats fossils.

To see the creative prompts for other months you can go to Creative Prompt Master List” target=”_blank”>the masterlist.

As always, if you use any of these for a creative endeavour I`d love to see the results! @ me on Twitter or let me know on Facebook and in your posts, tag it with #promptresult or #pencilsandstories

Have fun!

Creative Prompts of April

15_02-Venture_Prompts_aprHello dear readers, I decided it would be best to split the creative prompts masterlist into seperate posts for months, so it`s easier to navigate. These here are the creative prompts I posted in April:

April 1st: Paint the post apocalyptic version of your street.
April 2nd: Design a character that is based on your favourite kind of tree.
April 3rd: Design a character that is not affected by gravity.

April 6th: Take your favourite flower, take your favourite art style. Design a version of the flower in that style.
April 7th: What if rain was made of something other than water, what could it be? Draw/paint it.
April 8th: Pick a culture you like and design a dragon based on the aesthetics of that culture.
April 9th: Design a birdhouse for a phoenix.
April 10th: What would a fairy do if they knew it was their last day in this world. Draw that scene.

April 13th: Draw yourself as your favourite game character.
April 14th: What would your street look like if it was the opposite of how it looks now?
April 15th: Design a costume for a meeting based on your favourite sport.
April 16th: What do you think of your own name? Design a character that reflects your name to you.
April 17th: What creature lives in thrown away water pipes?

April 20th: How would your back yard, balcony or view from your house look if it was a game environment?
April 21st: Why can’t puppies fly? Draw them like they can.
April 22nd: Design the costume of a dryad going to do cleaning work.
April 23rd: Redesign a fly as being a magical creature.
April 24th: Design a greenhouse for vampires that they can work in during daytime.

April 27th: Design a creature made of cork.
April 28th: Design a cute insect that lives in a peanut shell.
April 29th: A practice in scale, make the view from your window 10x as wide, high or big.
April 30th: Pick your favourite children’s book and design a new cover for it.

For all the months you can go to the masterlist.

As always, if you use any of these I`d love to see them! @ me on Twitter or let me know on Facebook and in your posts, tag it with #promptresult or #pencilsandstories

Have fun!