Posts Tagged 'illustration'

Journal of the Month: ImagineFX

ImagineFX April

ImagineFX is a trade magazine for Science Fiction, Fantasy and Digital Artists, and it is a recent addition to the library’s collection. Published in Bath, UK by Future PLC since January 2006, each issue features FXPose galleries from readers, the latest news, reviews, step-by-step workshops and interviews from professional artists.

Issue 107 is a Manga special:

  • Workshops on Manga including “Six key steps to manga magic” from Han-Yuan Yu.
  • “Animate digital paintings” with Photoshop’s motion tools from Paul Tysall.
  • A look at Fernando Forero’s sketchbook.
  • A profile of KARAKTER, the studio behind Game of Thrones, Ryse, and Star Trek: Infinite Space.
  • A 16-page section dedicate to traditional art.

Be sure to check out ImagineFX’s website for more galleries, tutorials, and videos!

The Librarian of Basra

Last month we wrote about this year’s One Book, One Philadelphia selection, The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers — the story of a soldier trying to come to terms with his service in Iraq. The Writer’s Studio is hosting a reading group for the novel tonight at 6:30 and we still have free copies available in the library! We will also continue to accept greeting cards for veterans until the end of this week.

The Librarian of Basra

The Free Library’s One Book program is coming to a close, and as it does we wanted to highlight another story from Iraq. In addition to Powers’s novel, the Free Library chose a book for children called The Librarian of Basra: A True Story from Iraq, written and illustrated by Jeanette Winter. This book tells the true story of Alia Muhammad Baker, a librarian in Basra who saved her library’s collection from being destroyed by war. It is an incredible story, first reported by Shaila Dewan of the New York Times in 2003, Books Spirited to Safety Before Iraq Library Fire. Stop by the library to check out Winter’s vivid illustrations and Baker’s empowering work! A perfect book to round out One Book, One Philadelphia, as well as Women’s History Month.

Journal of the Month: 3×3

3x3

Issue number 22 marks the final printing of 3×3: The Magazine of Contemporary Illustration, so we are honoring the magazine’s decade-long run as our journal of the month for November 2013. Published in the United States and distributed worldwide, 3×3‘s mission has always been to preserve and promote contemporary illustration in all its forms. Even though this is the last print issue, 3×3 will continue their mission with the juried Annual publication as well as their website, which will offer back issues, blogs, books and soon, new offerings. Be sure to come by the library to browse this issue along with back issues going back to 2006!

Number 22 Features:

  • Interviews with illustrators Aad Goudappel, Harry Campbell and Beppe Giacobbe.
  • The “Spotlight” section features the conceptual artists Paul Garland, Jon Krause, Jon Reinfurt, Anthony Tremmaglia, Jim Tsinganos and James Yang.
  • CareerTalk speaks to the issue of artist’s rights, and a special feature will reproduce the gold medal winners of the 2013 ProShow.

Journal of the Month: Professional Artist

ProfessionalArtistProfessional Artist is dedicated to providing independent visual artists from all backgrounds with the insights, encouragement and business strategies they need to make a living with their artwork.

Each issue of the magazine presents practical business advice on subjects such as art marketing, art law, portfolio development, exhibition presentation, communication skills and sales techniques, as well as articles to help artists feel encouraged and motivated. Both the print magazine and the Professional Artist website provide a comprehensive list of Calls to Artists (ad postings for shows, competitions, residencies, grants, and exhibition opportunities).

Volume 27, Number 2 Features:
“Word-of-Mouth Promotion”—Elena Parashko explains how electronic messaging and social-media platforms can be utilized to increase word-of-mouth promotion for artists.

“The Importance of Being Part of a Group Exhibition”—Terry Sullivan’s article discusses the benefits of participating in a group exhibition, focusing on the Converge: Where Classical & Contemporary Art Collide exhibition put on at 25CPW in New York.

“Artists as Inventors: How Innovative Individuals Have Made an Impact on the Arts Supply Industry”—Kim Hall presents the stories of six artists who persevered to bring their creative passions and business ideas to life.

Be sure to browse this month’s journal, along with the rest of our collection!

Journal of the Month: Animation Magazine

Animation Magazine

The Journal of the Month for February 2013 is Animation Magazine.

Animation Magazine covers the animation industry, including all aspects of film and television animation, visual effects, and video games. Articles feature interactive design and software releases from a range of large and independent producers. Editorials cover all forms of animation and stop-motion as well as profiles of the artists behind the scenes.

Volume 27, Issue 2 Features:

“2013 School Guide”—Section includes “10 Essential Books for Animation Students”; “Learning from the Best in the Biz”; and the “2013 School Guide Listings”

“Upwardly Mobile”—How to make your animation website mobile-ready for 100 dollars or less.

“Gollum, You Never Looked Better”—The Hobbit’s vfx supervisor Joe Letteri talks about the vfx challenges of returning to J.R.R. Tolkien’s world nine years after the last Lord of the Rings movie cast its spell in theaters.

Be sure to browse Animation Magazine along with all the other journals the Library has to offer!

Journal of the Month: Applied Arts

Applied Arts

The Journal of the Month for August 2012 is Applied Arts.

Applied Arts is Canada’s premier magazine of visual communications, both in print and online. Since 1986, the magazine has provided gorgeous imagery, strong opinion, timely information and essential industry insight to its readership of creative and marketing professionals.

Five annual issues cover and celebrate the communication arts community, and include all of the winners from the annual Design, Advertising, Photography, Illustration, Interactive, Printing and Student Awards. A commitment to creating a high-quality magazine, featuring the finest in creative achievement, has distinguished Applied Arts as the leading voice of the industry.

The August issue features the 2012 winners of the AA Design Awards, exhibited in more than 100 pages of splendid work. Judged by a panel of respected industry professionals, the Design Awards has attracted some of the top talents in North America and abroad, in an expanded range of categories.
 
Other issue highlights include an essay by Ian Mirlin, “What Do Titans Talk About at Tea?”, bringing together Steve Jobs, Bill Bernbach and Marshall McLuhan for a heavenly chinwag; the portfolio of Trigger Communications of Calgary; an examination of what makes Dyson vacuum cleaners revolutionary; and portfolios of top Young Blood Winners from the Applied Arts Photography & Illustration Awards.

*All descriptions from Applied Arts Magazine.

Stop by the library to check out this and all the rest of our journals!

Journal of the Month: Illustration

April’s Journal of the Month is Illustration. Illustration is a beautiful scholarly magazine devoted to the history of American illustration art. It is published quarterly and in full color.

The most recent issue contains a special feature on Philadelphian H.J. Ward, who was one of the greatest pulp artists of his era. The issue features articles, photographs, and reproductions of his renowned magazine covers.

Stop by the library to check out Illustration and all the rest of our journals!

Cover Design Competition

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Calling all Graphic Design & Illustration majors: The Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) is redesigning the cover of their scholarly journal Art Documentation. They are holding a cover design competition that is open to students at ARLIS/NA members’ institutions (that means you!)

The winning design will receive:

  • One year’s free membership in ARLIS/NA, or cash equivalent ($120)
  • A printed credit in Art Documentation

For more information on the competition, see ARLIS/NA’s website. To see current issues of Art Documentation and get a better understanding of the journal, just ask at the Circulation Desk. The deadline for entries is Friday, November 6th, so don’t delay.



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