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Book Trailer!

Apart from the cringing ache of hearing my voice in the voiceover, the trailer for Portrait of a Girl and Her Art was a joy to make. Many thanks to the artists for their vibrant contributions and thanks to my son Julian for his music.

If you don’t already know about my book and are not already acquainted with my blog for young artists, they are both called Portrait of a Girl and Her Art.  The blog is devoted to young artists and their work.  The book celebrates young female artists. The trailer provides a teaser of the amazing art created by these very young artists.

If you haven’t already visited the blog, please have a look around by clicking here.   If you have visited, I can promise more about the book, and additions to nearly every page on the blog.  If you have children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, students, or young neighbors who have an interest in art, please direct them to the blog. It is my hope to keep the blog growing with more projects, ideas, and interviews so it may become a place of true artistic community.

All of you readers inspire me through your blogs, comments and support.   Through the book and attention to the blog, I hope to pay it forward to the next generation of artists.

*Flowers, pastel by Elizabeth

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The Shadow Knows..

                                                                                                                                                                    Shadows-from the MORE IDEAS page –

There are many new posts up on Portrait of a Girl.  Parents, artists and art teachers, wander on over.  I’d love your comments and ideas.

Click the new page tabs–MORE IDEAS, INTERVIEWS, GREAT LINKS, ART SHARE, PROJECTS and PRACTICAL INSPIRATION.

Interesting Artsy Interviews

Two more young artist interviews just a click away! (Click the click:)

New “Practical” Inspiration Page

I’ve just added a new page on my Portrait of a Girl and Her Art Blog, which supports my soon to be available book, of the same name.  I’ve included printable guides for your sketchbook and portrait work, along with some general basics about making art.  If you’ve never tried working in a sketchbook or drawing a portrait, now’s  the perfect time to start.  Just click here.

Sneak Peak/New Book- Cover!

VERY soon now, Portrait of a Girl and Her Art will be available in hardcover, paperback and PDF .

I’m working on additional electronic formats.

Very soon I’ll have purchase info ready for one step clicking.

Portrait of a Girl and Her Art  already has a dedicated blog where art tips, exciting interviews with young artists, and submissions of art by young artists will keep the inspiration momentum flowing!  Please visit soon.

Portrait Of A Girl-Featured Artist Interview

Just in case you did not catch this interview of Leah on my Portrait of a Girl and Her Art  blog, I’m reposting it here, center stage.

Leah Olbrich is a fascinating young artist, and a wonderful young woman. Enjoy.

(Leah is featured in “Portrait of a Girl and Her Art”on page 43 and page 70).


8/5/2011

Leah was instrumental in literally putting “Portrait of a Girl” together. She helped write, design and layout the pages, so it’s  natural to pick Leah for the first blog interview.  I am so very proud to bring you up to date about Leah’s Master’s degree work in puppetry:

Elena:Why did you want to pursue a Master’s degree?

Leah:I have an undergraduate degree in illustration. I chose that major because I am compelled to draw, and illustration satisfied the drawing and experimental component of exploring quirky creatures and people in my work.  I decided to go to graduate school to take the quirky creatures and people to the next level and create them in three dimensions. By the time I got to the end of my undergrad work in art school, I felt I had just gotten my feet wet with the 3-D work. I decided it was important to try to find guided exploration in the 3-D realm and that became puppetry.

Elena: What is your definition of puppetry?

Leah: I’ve come to realize that my definition of puppetry is less the performance aspect but more the craftsmanship of building puppets.  

Elena: You would rather create the creatures and leave the performance to others?

Leah:I’m not one hundred percent, sure yet what I’ll want to do in the end, but things that I’m currently exploring are stop motion animation, special effects, character design and development, sculpture, and 3-D illustration.  Once you really start paying attention to how much “puppetry” is used in the art world, you can see just                                                                                                                                      how much you can do in the field.

Elena: Who are your heros of 3-D?

Leah:I love the Brothers Quay, Jan Svankmajer, David Michael Friend, the early work of Tim BurtonBrian Froud‘s work with Jim Henson, Red Nose illustration studio, Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean, and Ralph Steadman just to name a few:)

Elena: What would you like to leave us with?

Leah: I find that things are most interesting when they are imperfect in life and in art,  because you have to discover the beauty in them or define the beauty for yourself.  Beauty does not have to be beautiful.  It can be grotesque or grungy. In puppetry, this can be challenging because there is a desire for anthropomorphic qualities, but human movement is not always achievable nor desired.  You have to make specific decisions; should the creature be real, representational? It boils down to aesthetic style- perception, or how you would like the audience to perceive what they are viewing.  An example is Sesame Street where the puppets simply bop around and a marionette that moves as close as possible to how a real human or creature moves. 

Elena:Any advice for young artists?

Leah: Don’t be afraid to try a million materials.  Put you brain in your hands and let your hands do the thinking.

http://leahno.blogspot.com

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