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James Turner’s Steampunk, Medieval Myths, and More…

When the largest dragon ever seen descends out of the night sky and sets the royal tournament aflame, Theo escapes to help. He saves a crippled steam knight, Sir Bentham, from the blaze, assisted by Bentham’s pugnacious squire, Riley.

Together, they decide to hunt the monstrous dragon down — before it can kill again.

But nothing is as it seems, and Theo soon finds himself caught up in an adventure that will turn his entire world upside down…

James Turner’s new young readers’ novel ‘Theo Paxstone and the Dragon of Adyron’ is now available for purchase on Kindle from Amazon.

 

February 21, 2018

NIL: No Blood for Coffee

Here’s James Turner’s poster for his short film with Andrew Foerster and Devin Polaski, which won a number of awards. Watch the video here.

February 15, 2018

James Turner releases new young readers’ novel, Theo Paxstone and the Dragon of Adyron.

‘Theo Paxstone and the Dragon of Adyron,’ is a fast-paced fantasy adventure that brings together steampunk and medieval myths, pitting noble knights in steam powered battle machines against dragons. The feudal Kingdom of Adyron is mired in injustice, and even the heroes have something to hide.

The novel is available for purchase on Kindle from Amazon. Watch the trailer below:

Young Theo Paxstone aspires to a better life. A mechanic at a steam mech repair shop, he slaves away under the sharp eye of the ruthless Master Grimes, along with dozens of other orphan boys. The biggest and meanest of them, Grant, has in it for Theo and his best friend, Ollie, the shop’s parts-spotter cockatoo. The chatty bird helps keep Theo going, as every day is a struggle for survival.

January 22, 2018

Jazz Portrait Folio by Bill Russell

This Jazz Portraits Folio of six jazz musician portraits by illustrator Bill Russell were created digitally on an Apple iPad Pro using the Procreate drawing app. Depicted in these prints are Brazilian instrumentalist Hermento Pascoal, cellist Zoe Keating, jazz pianist and composer Jason Moran, eclectic bandleader Sun Ra, jazz vocalist Gregory Porter and upright and electric bass player Esperanza Spalding. They were printed with archival pigment-based inks on Epson Velvet Fine Art acid-free paper and packaged in a limited edition of 12 at the Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, California. Learn more here. Bill also created animations found here.


July 17, 2017

R.O. Blechman’s Ink Tank Fills an Archive

R.O. Blechman was featured in this morning’s edition of The Daily Heller.

Blechman was the creative and entrepreneurial force behind The Ink Tank, a highly innovative animation studio in New York City from 1977 to 2004. Steven Heller talks with Douglas Dowd about the Ink Tank archive finding a home within the D.B. Dowd Modern Graphic History Library at Washington University.

The Ink Tank archive is a goldmine of production materials for more than 350 commercials as well as the films Simple Gifts and The Soldier’s Tale, based on the Stravinsky composition, plus short animations for NBC, CBS and other clients.

Processing and cataloguing is expected to be done by year’s end.




 

 

 

June 21, 2017

#TheShotThatGotAway

Deshi Deng was commissioned by Sandbox Advertising to create art for the agency’s client Nikon, for their social media campaign, ‘The Shot That Got Away.’ Deshi illustrated an animated video narrative by photographer Tony Beck titled ‘The Blue Whale.’

February 17, 2017

The Juggler of Our Lady: Forbear of the Graphic Novel

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Originally released in 1953, R.O. Blechman’s picture book, The Juggler of Our Lady will be reprinted by Dover Graphic Novels this summer with an introduction by Maurice Sendak. The Juggler of Our Lady is one of the great examples of the graphic novel form. In the book, Blechman gives us a satirical, visual retelling of a classic medieval Christmas tale of the same name. The story is simple: An innocent juggler named Cantalbert sets out to save the world with his talent but is scorned and ignored by everyone he meets until an encounter with a statue of the Virgin Mary changes his life.

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The first edition was published by Henry Holt in 1953.

June 10, 2015

Neil Wismayer of Lunar Caustic Press

Bill Russell’s digital drawing of Neil Wismayer of Lunar Caustic Press as he prints on the Heidelberg Press

Neil on the press from Bill Russell on Vimeo.

October 17, 2014

An Animated Gif

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Bill Russell has been creating some animated gifs. Click image to view. See more here.

July 29, 2014

Watching and Drawing Lone Survivor

A digital drawing by Bill Russell using the ProCreate App at Manly Movie Night in Berkeley, California.

January 23, 2014