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  • RE: Children's Book Pro Early Bird Sign Up Date!

    @Valerie-Light Oh sorry, i missed that part of your question. It's looking like Tuesday May 25 is the start day of the class. The zoom meetings will be for Q&A and maybe a few critiques to help if there is a general problem we want to address. Note: the zoom sessions are NOT crits of all student work. At no time will you turn your work in during this class. The instruction content is pre-recorded which is what we have been working on for the last 6 months or so.

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  • RE: Children's Book Pro Early Bird Sign Up Date!

    BTW, The video we did today on how to use narrative to design your backgrounds is KILLER! We all design one as a demo from scratch showing our process the entire way. Then the other guys ask questions, etc. along the way.

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  • RE: Children's Book Pro Early Bird Sign Up Date!

    @Valerie-Light It runs 10 weeks in total, although you can go at your own pace. The zoom session will be at different times to accommodate different time zones and countries. They will be recorded so everyone can see them though.

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  • Children's Book Pro Early Bird Sign Up Date!

    Hi guys,

    I just found out that our early bird launch for the Children's Book Pro class is on TUESDAY! We are so excited it's finally here! The first spots will be restricted to people who are signed up at www.childrensbookpro.com. We are limiting space because we are doing live weekly zoom sessions with the students. Should be a ton of fun! Hope to see you in there!

    Let me know if you have any questions at all! : )

    -Lee

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  • RE: No critique arena in May?

    Yep, it's posted on the www.critiquearena.com website

    THIS MONTHS CHALLENGE!
    Our Fairy Tale Traveler is in a situation!

    For this month’s prompt, your mission is to draw our Fairy Tale Traveler in an environment, in a situation. The enemy is coming down the road and now our traveler must decide whether to face the adversary, flee or hide. How will our traveler get out of this situation??

    In March, we designed a Fairy Tale Traveler. In April, we designed an inn for our weary traveler to sleep for the night. And this month, we are creating a full page illustration featuring our traveler.

    For this challenge, the image must be a full page illustration, and the dimensions must be 9.5 inches high x 10.5 inches wide.

    Just to clarify: don't worry if you haven't submitted in the previous Fairy Tale Traveler contests, you can still do this prompt! Just treat it as if it's a stand alone prompt🤓

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  • RE: Background Thought Process?

    I am literally drawing a demo on that exact topic as a lecture for our new Children's Book Pro class right now. How do you draw a background so it has the most narrative punch it can? You can't just think about filling a scene with stuff. Everything needs to help the narrative that you are trying to tell. In my demo, I am using red riding hood as a story basis to show how to let story drive the content. It's so fun and best of all, when you approach it in the right way, the background will sort of let you know what it needs! : )

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  • RE: Copyright question from a contract

    This is a good question. And it's great that you are working to get it clarified.

    For actionable advice please consult an IP attorney. I strongly recommend Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts. They are a national organization with chapters in many of the the cities around the US.

    My opinion: I don't think you are licensing the use of the images in book form. "Own" means something specific. I learned a long time ago from an IP attorney not to use the world "sell" or "buy" in regards to intellectual property. Rather if what is meant is a "temporary permission to use" then "license" is the appropriate term.

    The client could reasonably think they own the sole right to reproduce the images in book form. More importantly they could reasonably think the client (a consulting firm?) could sublicense the images to a third party to use the images in book form.

    From this wording it would seem reasonable that all other uses (other than book form) are controlled solely by the illustrator (you).

    It's worth noting that this phrase doesn't need to be included int he contract since by default any aspects of your copyright that you don't specifically sign over (either temporarily "license" or permanently "transfer") remain with the intellectual property creator (you)

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  • RE: CHILDREN'S BOOK PRO INFO

    @ellenseal14

    Yes! still adding a lot of new things for svs! In fact, advanced perspective just wrapped up this week! should be out soon!

    We will not be taking any courses away!

    SVS is going to be targeted at getting a VERY solid foundation. With the ability to branch off into other specific "majors". Obviously children's book is our flag ship so that is being developed first. SVS will be expanded to have a "workshop" component where studets get feedback from instructors. That is starting VERY soon with an emphasis on the curriculum classes.

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  • RE: No critique arena in May?

    @Kevin-Longueil I don't have an answer for this. Since they launched the Critique Arena website, I have no more connection with the contest or the slideshows. I guess they are running it all through there. 🤷🏻♂

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  • RE: CHILDREN'S BOOK PRO INFO

    @kylebeaudette I think it will be! This is the class I wish I had 20 years ago. There is a lot of stuff we cover that has never been taught before. Jake's massive page on how the book publishing industry works has to be seen to be believed. My "8 steps to stylizing environments" is content I've never shared before. A lot of the class is that way. We spent a year figuring out the content for what we have included.

    We also try to include many "check lists" that you can use when making a book that really speeds things along.

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