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Animating Our Stories | Indigenous Writing and Digital Illustration

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Overview

This program will ignite Indigenous authors and artists focusing on young readers to delve into new ways of storytelling using digital illustration techniques. Through guidance from experienced faculty including recognized Indigenous authors, an illustrator, and a digital animator, participants will learn to lift a story off the page, texturize it, and animate elements of it to life.

Animating Our Stories is a space where storytellers, content producers, and digital media artists will collaborate to fuse modern presentation techniques with the art of storytelling. Participants will explore technology as they learn to illuminate the audience experience of their already vividly imagined stories.

What does the program offer?

Animating our Stories uses storytelling as a form of artistic expression through new technology. The program will develop participants’ ability to learn and expand their storytelling techniques for young audiences. Participants will focus on creating immersive and educational worlds – a key element in storytelling for youth.

The program will offer opportunities to work with editor faculty, and with an illustrator to highlight parts of participants’ stories to focus on for animation. Participants will work with digital media to determine what elements of their stories could be enhanced by animation. 

Who should apply?

Enrolment to this program is for individuals of Indigenous descent (status, non-status, Inuit, and Metis) only. This program is an ideal fit for emerging to established Indigenous writers and illustrators of narrative fiction and/or poetry for young readers. Applicants should be writers in any young reader genre with a strong interest in digital storytelling techniques, although previous experience with digital media is not necessary.

Successful applicants should plan to arrive at the program with a completed work or work in progress to be brought to life through technology.

Dates: May 21 - June 10, 2019

Deadline: 
03/20/2019
Fee Detail: 
$35
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Workshop- Single Colour Lino Cutting

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Artist and printmaker Sarah Holden will take you on an introductory tour of Lino cutting. We will begin with designing a A5 print and then move on to how to cut and print a single colour image. This workshop is designed to give you the skills to make and create your own print making project at home, or to build the foundations of your wonderful journey into the world of print making.

Sarah will provide all materials needed, you just need to bring some inspiration and an apron!

For a list of my upcoming events please go to my facebook page

 

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Posting for new illustrator.

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I have been working with an illustrator, but she having family issues.  Now find myself looking for new illustrator. I am looking for sample illustrations of kittens or cats.

My children's' chapter book is called Mr. Grumbles.

It is about a kitten is abandoned at the side of the road at a driveway to a house. He has to deal with the weather, other animals living in the front yard, and finding food. His survival is up to him until humans of the house take him in.

It is based on a true story. I have lots photos and a video for a illustrator to work with be able to illustrate the characters in my book. I am looking for realistic illustrations not paintings, Japanese’s style, cartoons, or comic book.

Book's Facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/MrGrumblesChapterBook/

Please send samples and resumes to meleposky@aol.com. If you want to do a samples from photos please send a request e-mail. I will be happy to send them to you.

Looking for illustrators living the USA only.

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Book of Doors

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Book of Doors 

Call for submissions

This is a call for action to all authors to create a short literary piece inspired by an art work.  Any aspiring writer or poet can choose up to five art works from preselected images by Artem Mirolevich and submit up to five individual literary pieces.  The format is up to one written page (500 words maximum) per art work.

You are invited to submit short stories, poems, essays, scripts or any other type of creative writing.  One submission per each art work will be selected by a jury to be published in the Book of Doors.  The book will feature over 50 stories by various authors and over 50 art works by Artem Mirolevich.

Submissions will be judged based on their literary quality and its relevance to the art work. Prizes of $300, $200, $100 will be awarded for the top 3 submissions. Winners will be announced by September 1st.,2018.  All co -authors chosen for the printed format will receive a free copy of the book and a limited edition print of an art work.  All participating authors will be featured in the Book of Doors blog. The aim of the book is promoting creative collaborations between writers and artists.  

 

From the artist:

Literature is one of my primary sources of inspiration. Tolkien, Dante, Tolstoy, Asimov and numerous other writers and poets helped me shape my own vision  as a visual story teller.

My story starts with a protagonist Goggle Man, who travels through time and Space using his goggles.  He visits numerous worlds, makes friends and enemies , learns secrets of the universe and finds his true love. 

The art work selected for the book is divided into five worlds or chapters. Each chapter has a brief introduction, describing what inspired me to create it. You are definitely not obliged to follow it and are encouraged to use your imagination freely. The only condition for successful collaboration is relevance between the visual and verbal components. 

Each chapter represents a milestone in the development of humanity. From the birth of life itself (CH. 1 Tree of Life) to the very first story tellers that created religion and mythology (CH. 2 Elephants), which inevitably led to the development of thriving civilizations from Babylon to New York City (CH 3. Metropolis) to its it’s probable self destruction (CH. 4 Sunken City) and ultimate redemption (CH 5 Cosmic Love). I can’t help but look at the collapse of history’s greatest civilizations and wonder what the future holds for our own. If Rome didn’t make it, what chance do we have? Is there anything that could unite us as a species or is it too late to destroy all the borders we’ve built?

Book of Doors format: 10”x 12” Hard cover, premium paper,museum-quality binding, full color, 160 pages. 

 

Open Call June 1 - August 31, 2018

 

Jury:

 

Christopher Cahill is a writer, editor, and the director of a cultural organization and archive who lives in New York City, where he was born. He is the author of a book of poems, The Drug of Choice (2012), a novel, Perfection, published in Paris by L’Age d’Homme (1996), and is the editor of Gather Round Me: The Best of Irish Popular Poetry, published by Beacon Press (2004 hardback, 2005 paperback). His edition of Thomas Flanagan’s essays, There You Are: Writings on Irish and American Literature and History, with a preface by Seamus Heaney, was published by New York Review Books (2004) and in London by Granta Books (2005). He has also recently completed a version of Pushkin’s Eugene Onegin.

 

Alexandra Connor is a writer and artist, who lives in UK. She has published over twenty books - ten of these about the Old Masters - which have been published in eleven different countries and translated into many different languages.

The Caravaggio Conspiracy reached No 1 in Italy. The Rembrandt Secret was published across Europe and USA.  Her novel, The Isle of the Dead, won the Rome Prize in 2017.

 

Alexandra is also a television presenter (for the BBC and other channels,) gives talks on art and literature, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

 

Stephen Gaskel has published fiction in many of the world's top speculative fiction venues, including Writers of the Future, Interzone, Cosmos, Nature Futures, and Clarkesworld, Stephen has an MPhys (Hons) degree in Physics from University College, Oxford, and an MSc in Evolutionary and Adaptive Systems from the University of Sussex.  He recently finished working on his  novel, a post-apocalyptic thriller set in Lagos, Nigeria.  More of his work and thoughts can be found at stephengaskell.com.

Questions 

1.  Can I submit a pre written poem or a story?

Yes you can if you feel that it fits with the chosen art work  and you own the rights to publish.

 

2.   Can I choose 5 images and write 5 related stories that intertwine?

You sure can and I’m thrilled to see how it works out but please keep in mind that individual stories must be able to stand on their own, in case not all of them are selected to be published.

 

3. With only one author’s submission per each art work chosen for the printed format,  what’s the maximum submissions per author allowed into the printed format?

Authors are permitted to submit up to five stories and hypothetically all five can be chosen for the print.

 

4. Can I wrote a poem that encompasses more then one art work ?

Yes you can , please include the list of art works that inspired your poem most. 

Deadline: 
08/31/2018
Fee Detail: 
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The Blockchain Challenge

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A blockchain is a continuously growing list of records (blocks), which are linked and secured using cryptography. Invented by Satoshi Nakamoto in 2008 to serve as the public transaction book of the cryptocurrency bitcoin, blockchains were designed to be secure. This makes them perfect for many uses like;  identity management, recording of intellectual property, transaction processing, food traceability, and even voting.

In our case we have used it to create a decentralised application in which creatives can show and monetize their work without intermediaries. Providing the capability for creators all around the world to be compensated for their intellectual property.

For this Weeklys Challenge we want you to get inspired by the blockchain! Be it a collage, illustration, animation or photo we want to see what blockchain means to our community!

The challenge is open to all public. Simply download the Creativechain’s app, create an entry fitting with the challenge’s theme, add the specific tag (blockchainweeklys), and you’re in!

Deadline: 
07/04/2018
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Poster Prize for Illustration 2019, in partnership with London Transport Museum (LTM)

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Across the ages, London has produced and inspired countless stories.

Fictitious or real characters and events in this amazing city have always held a fascination, from the anecdotal urban myth to grand tales of historic legend – from the everyday to the curious, and from the past to the present. The aim of the Poster Prize for Illustration competition 2019 is to attract artwork for display that is colourful, inspiring and celebrates the vibrant, multi-layered city that is London.

 

Artists are invited to visually capture a familiar or lesser-known narrative in a single image on the theme of London Stories. All stories, current or historical, real or fictional which feature this amazing city are welcome – your imagination is the limit. Stories could be those seen in a film or play, heard in poetry or music, or read in literature. They may be family anecdotes, or an impression of your daily observations. Your visual story could be inspired by London’s history or contemporary city living. What stories does London have to tell?

 

Impress the jury with your illustrated interpretation of a London story and be in with a chance of having your work displayed at the famous London Transport Museum and winning the top prize.

 

Prizes will be awarded in three levels:

First prize: £2,000 and feature of the winning image on a London

Transport Museum poster to be displayed on the London Underground

Second prize: £1,000

Third prize: £750

 

There will also be a special public vote London Transport Museum

Collection Prize. Details to be announced when the exhibition opens.

There is also the possibility that shortlisted images will be featured on

merchandise sold in London Transport Museum’s Covent Garden and online shops.

 

The competition is open to illustrators and students of illustration throughout the world. The top 100 entries selected by a panel of judges will be displayed in an exhibition at London Transport Museum that will run from February to Summer 2019. The winners will be announced at an event during the exhibition opening

week.

 

The deadline for submissions is 16 July 2018

 

The Poster Prize for Illustration continues Transport for London’s legacy of design that dates back over 100 years. London Transport Museum’s collection of graphic art is one of the best in the world and includes over 5,000 posters and artworks by famous artists including Man Ray, Laura Knight and Edward McKnight Kauffer.

 

Deadline: 
07/16/2018

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