BLOBS #10 RESULTS

Guest Designer: Brian Nielander

   Kid Character Creators: Anna (age 7) and Elliot (age 9)

Happy Friday everyone!  For those kids back at school - I hope your week went well.  Ours did!  Those summer-stay-up-until-the-sun-goes-down nights are getting bumped by school-is-making-me-sleepy bedtimes.  Nightly routines are here again.

Today is RESULTS DAY and we have an incredibly special guest this week:  Automotive Designer Extraordinaire Brian Nielander (Anna and Elliot's dad and my dear spouse).  The kids were completely delighted he joined them in  character creating  and we loved his results.  Check out what popped from the negative space...a true and pure creative at work.  BLOBS were a breeze for this dad.  Scroll on for team Nielander's designs below!

 ANNA: Clockwise from top left, A TOADSTOOL SO A FAIRY CAN SIT ON IT, A DOG THAT SWALLOWED A BAT, A GUY THAT'S EXERCISING, MY BROTHER BEGGING FOR BENNY'S SPACESHIP

ANNA: Clockwise from top left, A TOADSTOOL SO A FAIRY CAN SIT ON IT, A DOG THAT SWALLOWED A BAT, A GUY THAT'S EXERCISING, MY BROTHER BEGGING FOR BENNY'S SPACESHIP

 ELLIOT: Clockwise from top left, LEGO MISSILE, THE OCEAN WENT SWIMMING IN THE KIDS NOSE, STRETCHY MOUTH MAN, FUZZY GUY

ELLIOT: Clockwise from top left, LEGO MISSILE, THE OCEAN WENT SWIMMING IN THE KIDS NOSE, STRETCHY MOUTH MAN, FUZZY GUY

 BRIAN: Clockwise from top left, DOG EATING WATERMELON, YAWNING ANIMAL, MAN WITH BIG SHOES JOGGING, ELEPHANT PLAYING THE HARP

BRIAN: Clockwise from top left, DOG EATING WATERMELON, YAWNING ANIMAL, MAN WITH BIG SHOES JOGGING, ELEPHANT PLAYING THE HARP

Medium used: Pencil

Favorite Children's Book Character (Anna): Carrabelle, "The Rescue Princesses #2 Wishing Pearl", author Paula Harrison

Favorite Children's Book Character (Elliot): Calvin, "Calvin and Hobbes", cartoonist/author Bill Watterson

Favorite Children's Book Character (Brian): Calvin, "Calvin and Hobbes" cartoonist/author Bill Watterson

Thanks again to my dear family for happily participating!  Stay tuned to Monday's new set.  I'd love to hear what your family can create!

 

BLOBS #10

It's NEW BATCH OF BLOBS Monday!  It could also mean...barbecues, picnicking, parade watching or school bag packing.  Whatever it is, may your Labor Day be spent leisurely with friends, family, lots of laughter...and...maybe a quick 5 minute round of Character Creating!  So spin, flip or add to these BLOBS and unleash those idea boosting powers.  Find Batch #10 HERE!

BLOBS #9 RESULTS

It is RESULTS DAY and thanks to all of you checking in!  We've got some good ones and can't wait to share, so here goes.  My kids have contributed their creations (as well as me!) and once again I am blown away at the different directions they get pulled in with BLOBS.  The best part - no right or wrong answers.  Just fun ones.

    Kid Character Creators: Anna (age 7) and  Elliot (age 9)

 Clockwise from top LEFT: A PINK SWAN, A ELEPHANT, A GUINEA PIG, A QUEEN THATS NOT HAPPY

Clockwise from top LEFT: A PINK SWAN, A ELEPHANT, A GUINEA PIG, A QUEEN THATS NOT HAPPY

I spent a bit more time doing BLOBS this week and added color.  This small little step led me to a new nugget of knowledge.  While doing my BIG BEAKED BIRD, I thought of toucans and wanted to check their coloring.  My side search led me to the birdwatching town of MINDO, Ecuador where I found images of Pale-mandibled Aracari.  My little guy is inspired by this incredible looking bird.  I love when creativity leads to discovery...

BLOBS #9

Happy Monday!  Hope your weekend was inspiring and you tried something new.  We did some rock climbing (still a little new for us), watched an old movie (refreshing), hauled more boxes up and down the stairs (getting old), played some Scrabble (made up new words to get out of jams) and worked on BLOBS!  Get your very own HERE!   

BLOBS #8 RESULTS

Guest Artist: Virginia Rinkel

Kid Character Creators: Kristin Rinkel (age 11) and Elena Rinkel (age 9)

Welcome to BLOB RESULTS!  I am up and running on a higher level of the house today, and ready to get back to BLOB business. 

We are very fortunate to have not only one Kid Character Creator on results day, but TWO!  And following their designs is the talented and imaginative Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators MI member, author/illustrator Virgina Rinkel (their grandma).  What a fun time that BLOB session must have been.  Super job artists!   I love the variety and the fact it was a family activity (most of all).  Thanks so much for participating and I hope you'll visit again. Kristin's designs are on the left, Elena's on the right and Virginia's, underneath.

Medium used: Prismacolor colored pencils

Favorite Children's Book Character (Kristin): "Jane Benson" from the book "Stranded" by Jeff Probst.

Favorite Children's Book Character (Elena): "The Ghost" which is in the 3rd book series of the "Dog Whisperer" by Nicholas Edwards.

Favorite Children's Book Character (Virginia): "I have too many favorite books to mention, many of them from our own MichKids (Michigan authors)."

Please be sure to check out more of Virginia's lovely illustrations on her website:

www.virginiarinkel.com

Thanks again to Kristin, Elena and Virginia for sharing your work and time!  You are all inspiring.  Please drop them a comment to show your support!

BLOBS #8 RESULTS - POSTPONED

Happy Friday all.  So sorry to report this, but results for Monday's BLOBS #8 will be posted next Friday due to major flood destruction in our basement.  Roughly 20" of sewage swept up our entire (finished) basement, and we've been hauling things out to the curb since Tuesday.  Lots of drywall and insulation ripping going on.  My studio was downstairs, so I've been trying to shift operations to the main floor.  For those of you also affected, hang in there!  For those who weren't - please take a moment to roll around on your basement floors for us today.  Stay tuned to next Friday!    

BLOBS #7 RESULTS

Guest Artist: Heidi Woodward Sheffield

Kid Character Creator: Lauren Sheffield (age 7)

Happy Friday everyone!  BLOBS have arrived and its been tough waiting all week to post.   I considered throwing my own rules out the door when I got images from our guest artist Monday.  They were so charming I wanted to share that day.  But, I decided to keep my word and...just peek at them now and then until Friday. 

Introducing our guest contributing BLOBBER, MI SCBWI author/illustrator, Heidi Woodward Sheffield and her incredibly talented daughter, Lauren.   Excellent job artists!  These designs are packed with color and energy.  Thanks for sharing and I hope you had fun creating! 

 Heidi's BLOB descriptions: "One tough Ladybug", "Elephant", "Alien" and "Little Lambkins Frolicking" Lauren's BLOB descriptions: "You step up to see the star and moon and...", "A girl", "A spaceship", "Jetske"

Heidi's BLOB descriptions: "One tough Ladybug", "Elephant", "Alien" and "Little Lambkins Frolicking" Lauren's BLOB descriptions: "You step up to see the star and moon and...", "A girl", "A spaceship", "Jetske"

Left side: Heidi Woodward Sheffield, Author/Illustrator

Medium used: Pencil & Collage              

Favorite Children's Book Character: Winnie-the-Pooh, Written by A.A. Milne, Illustrated by

E.H. Shepard 

Right side: Lauren Sheffield

Medium used: "A whole lotta Crayolas"   

Favorite Children's Book Character: Lauren couldn't name just one character.  A couple of favorite collections: The American Girl Doll books and Rainbow Magic books.

Heidi's work has been published in The Scrumbler as well as on her own website: www.heidibooks.com

Thanks again artists for sharing!  Please show your support and leave a comment!