What is the SATs looked like this?

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Doctor Cartoon  – By Bob Ostrom Studio

I was just thinking… What the fill in the blank questions on the SATs looked like this?
(Feel free to answer in the comments section. You will receive your test scores in the mail in about 3 weeks)

Cartoon Illustration – Bob Ostrom Studio

Illustration Work in Progress

Every once and a while it’s fun to post a little illustration work in progress. Here’s quick sneak peak at my latest:

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Penguins in Sweaters

I’ve been seeing these little penguins in sweaters all over the web lately. The story behind these guys is that there was a massive oil spill in New Zealand effecting all kinds wild life including penguins. In an effort to save the birds they were being fitted with sweaters to keep them warm and from preening their oil soaked feathers. They looked so cute that the knitting sweaters for penguins request took off like a rocket ship but then came the controversy…because on the web there is always controversy. Did the penguins really need the sweaters or was it just one of those internet phenomenons? There are quite a few different takes… Some say they still need them, some say it stresses the penguins to be in sweaters, others say they need them to help a charity but not for real penguins (the charity is putting them on stuffed penguins and selling them to help raise money). The latest info I’ve read is that the penguin sweater knit-a-thon is still on. Tomorrow it might change. The internet is a funny place full of information that isn’t always as accurate as we’d hope.

Anyhow the story got me thinking and I know there’s a picture book in there somewhere. So I thought what if there was one little clever penguin who decided instead of asking for a sweater he wanted something else. Maybe while the volunteers were looking to opposite way that little guy jumped on a computer and asked for something else. I imagine as a stressed out little penguin a vacation to someplace warm and sunny might be just the ticket. And what if the message he sent out went viral. Donations started flooding in from all over the world, suddenly planeloads full of penguins in sweaters show up to beach side resorts everywhere and settle in for fun in the sun. How much fun would that be?

 

Childrens Book Illustration

Children’s Book Illustration by Bob Ostrom Studio

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Part of the fun with this job is coming up with new styles like this one I put together recently. It’s done entirely in Photoshop using a Cintiq tablet. Working on the Cintiq makes for an easier time creating natural styles because there is less tracing and more drawing.

I had the opportunity to run it by one of my publishers this week and they loved it. So that means I get to use it for the series of books I’m working on right now…. WHOOT!

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bob-ostrom-studio-headshotBob Ostrom is an award winning children’s illustrator who’s work has appeared in close to 300 children’s book and publications. If you’d like to work with Bob on your next project it’s as easy as following this link.

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Illustration of the day!

Cool cat and a pig at the gig. For Hooked On Phonics.

Illustration of the day – Cool cat and a pig at the gig. For Hooked On Phonics.

Illustration of the day!

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Pool Party Batman

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Pool party Batman.

We all have our day in the sun.

 

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How to Draw a Penguin

This lesson is for all my friends who love penguins! Happy drawing!!!

Halloween Illustration by Bob Ostrom Studio

Halloween Illustration by Bob Ostrom Studio

Well, Halloween is almost here. Hope you guys all have your costumes picked out and plenty of candy by the front door. I’ve been having a little fun here at the studio and have come up with a few treats to share with you this year. Here is this years Halloween illustration.

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Happy Halloween everyone.

bob-ostrom-studio-headshotBob Ostrom is an award winning children’s illustrator who’s work has appeared in close to 300 children’s book and publications. If you’d like to work with Bob on your next project it’s as easy as following this link.

Artist’s Tools of the Trade

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Artist’s Tools of the Trade:

A few of my artist friends were asking me about the tools I use when I create my sketches and drawings so I compiled them all into this photo to share with you guys too. These are all the tools I pretty much use on a daily basis.

Pencils:

I LOVE working with mechanical pencils. You can see from this photo I have a bunch. I guess you could consider it a bit of an obsession but when I have the right pencil in my hand it just helps me feel creative. When I feel creative I like to draw so I make sure I always have the right pencil. My two favorites right now are the Sharp Kerry and the Steadtler Silver. Both are about as good as it gets quality-wise and I highly recommend them.

Paper:

In this photo the paper and the clipboard aren’t labeled but the paper I use is just cheap copy paper…. the cheaper the better since I’m not worried about archive quality. Basically I just  scan everything and color it on the computer anyway so why spend money on that? Cheap paper is also thin so that makes it easy to see through if I need to trace. One last advantage to using cheap paper is I never choke when I’m drawing on cheap paper and if I do who cares? I don’t know about you but if I’m working on expensive paper I have a whole different attitude about what I’m doing. I guess the best way to describe it would be like wearing a suit to mow the lawn. There are times when wearing a suit is important but for everyday stuff it just kind of gets in the way.

Clipboard:

The clipboard is from staples but I have about 5 or 6 of those things floating around and I carry them everywhere. The reason I love working on a clipboard is I can work anywhere and when it comes time to scan my art it’s quick, simple and clean. The funny thing about carrying a clipboard around is that nobody ever questions a guy holding holding a clipboard (In fact, I imagine if you were to throw on a polo shirt while carrying a clipboard you can go just about anywhere, but that’s a story for another time). I hope you’ve found this list of art supplies useful. If you have a tool you just can’t live without please leave a comment and let me know what it is I’m always looking for the next best thing.

 

 

Super Quick Two Part Illustrator Question

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Hi Readers, I’m planning an upcoming class on Adobe Illustrator and I could use your help. I’ve got a super quick two part illustrator question for anyone who has tried to learn Illustrator on their own but for one reason or another got tripped up or frustrated and decided to put it aside for now

 Super Quick Two Part Illustrator Question

  1.  What was your stumbling block?

  2.  What were you using to learn the program?

  • A – A book
  • B- Online tutorial
  • C – Took a class
  • D – Classes? We don’t need no stinking classes!

Thanks for you help and please leave your answers in the comment section.

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bob-ostrom-studio-headshotBob Ostrom is an award winner illustrator who also teaches Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign in Raleigh NC and for some strange reason has chosen to use third person for this author bio. If you are interested in taking a class with me or an online tutoring session please visit the classes page on this site or use the contact page to reach me for more info.

 

 

Online Teaching Update

Quick Update

Here is a quick update on my online teaching and some of the things I’ve got planned in the coming weeks. I’m thrilled with how things been progressing progressing so far and to make things a little easier to manage I’m planning to launch a new teaching site dedicated specifically to online teaching. I’ve also been talking with a bunch of other super talented artists to help me begin putting together online classes in Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign.

Tutoring Sessions

In the meantime my online tutorial spots are filling up fast. I signed on two students last week and have room for just a couple more. If you are interested in a personalized tutoring session(s) please head on over to my contact page and drop me a note. Please include a little bit about what you are interested in learning and your level of experience with the program you want to focus on. If you are brand new to the program don’t worry I work with students of all levels. If you are just looking for more info on how they work let me know in your contact message and I will email an overview including how the classes work, how much they cost and what kind of availability I have.

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Online Classes- Coming Soon

This is super top secret stuff but I feel like I can trust you guys so here’s the skinny. I’ve been talking with some well known artists and I will be talking with a few more about joining me for live online classes coming soon. Stay tuned for more updates and whatever you do don’t tell anyone…

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Childrens Book Art from the Herbie Bear Series

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Herbie shows up at school and someone has released all the class pets.

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Because I was working with a partner a model sheet for Herbie was a must.

 

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Charlie is the new kid in town and good friends with Herbie. They both love to skate.

 

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Model sheet David Stone – Herbie’s favorite basketball player just happens to be his teachers brother David Stone.

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Interview With Renowned Children’s Artist Will Terry

Featured Artist Will Terry

photo will terryThis is a re-post of an interview I did with children’s book illustrator Will Terry about a year or so ago. As some of you may recall my site was hacked a while back and I had to rebuild it basically from scratch. I lost a lot of great articles and interviews like this one I did with Will. Rather than let them go to waste, I plan to begin re-posting them starting with one my all time favorites… Interview with renowned children’s artist Will Terry.

If you’re not familiar with Will Terry or a reader of his blog I highly recommend that you start ASAP. Will is a highly motivated, insightful guy with a ton of useful information for professional artists, especially those in the field of children’s art.

Will is also a bit of a pioneer in the children’s world of publishing with several very successful eBooks. In this interview we talk a little bit about eBooks and the future of children’s publishing. We discuss where things are headed and the difference between traditional publishing and the opportunities available to today’s artist. I hope you enjoy this interview and for those of you’ve who heard it before I hope you’ll find it as inspiring the second time around as you did the first. Finally I’d like to thank Will for all the inspirational information he’s shared over the years and for taking a few minutes to sit down with me for this amazing interview.

To listen to the interview please use the link below:

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For more on Will Terry and his work please visit his site at:

http://willterry.com

http://www.willterry.blogspot.com/

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Cartoon Shark Illustration Start to Finish – Adobe Illustrator CC

A quick (pun intended) look at at how I build an illustration using Adobe Illustrator CC. I just updated to Adobe’s cloud last week and had a little fun putting this video together in Photoshop CC, yup, that’s right you read it correctly. This video was done in Illustrator but then put together using Photoshop for video editting.. There are some great new features in all these new programs and I can’t wait to do a little more exploring.

I hope you enjoy this video. Even though it’s sped up quite a bit this is my actual working process. You’ll notice there is quite a bit of trial and error as I work my way from start to finish. I left everything in because I wanted you to see that building art is many times an experimental process and doesn’t always have a smooth transition from start to finish… Plus I added in a little snappy background music for your viewing and audio pleasure. Enjoy!

If you are having trouble viewing this movie on your mobile device please try this link -

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Bob Ostrom Studio Sketchbook Friday.

It’s time for sketchbook Friday. There’s nothing that helps pass the time away like drawing in the ol’ sketchbook. Here are a couple of sketches I did while waiting for my son at the orthodontist a while back.

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How to Draw a Shark

Did someone mention Shark Week? Here’s a little how to draw a shark lesson for all you shark loving cartoonists out there. Have fun and happy drawing…

 

 

Adobe Illustrator Tips: How to Create a Perfect Speech Bubble.

Adobe Illustrator Tips:

How to Create a Perfect Speech Bubble.

Tools you’ll be using:

  • Ellipse Tool
  • Stroke tool
  • Pen Tool
  • Pathfinder Tool
  • Type Tool

Step One

 

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Create and ellipse using the ellipse tool.

 

Step Two

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Create a curved tail using the pen tool.

 

Step Three

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Make sure the tail and ellipse are both selected (cntrl A windows or command A Mac). Choose unite from the pathfinder tool.

 

Step Four

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Select proper stroke weight

 

Step Five

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Use the text tool to set type. Place text inside of bubble. To find the center select text and bubble and use alignment tool to center perfectly.

bob-ostrom-studio-headshotBob Ostrom is an award winner illustrator who also teaches Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign in Raleigh NC and for some strange reason has chosen to use third person for this author bio. If you are interested in taking a class with me or an online tutoring session please visit the classes page on this site or use the contact page to reach me for more info.

 

 

 

 

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An Artists Simple Recipe for Success

Artists Recipe for Success

The fabulous Carlos Castellanos

I am a co-host on a site called Drawn by Success along with the great Carlos Castellanos. Not too long ago we got into a discussion about what it takes to actually make it in this crazy competitive world of art. Why are some so successful while others are still struggling. What do successful artists do that the rest of don’t? At Drawn By Success we have an opportunity to interview some pretty amazing people. The folks that make it onto the site and into the interviews are people who have done something really remarkable. They’ve achieved a remarkably high level of success. So what makes them so different from the rest of us? What is the formula for success for an artist or for that matter most any creative field?

 The successful people we’ve interviewed have three things in common even though they come from very different backgrounds. Sure, there are a lot of other factors that contribute to their success but the three they have in common are passion, taking action and following through.

Passion

Being passionate. All the people we interview are super passionate about what they do and it’s the first answer they give when we ask WHY they do what they do. They all share it and honestly it’s what attracted us to them in the first place.

Being passionate gives them the drive to move forward and believe in what they are doing. Passion helps them overcome their fears and doubts. It helps them gut out the long hours and never give up. Are you passionate about what you do? Without passion are you just going through the motions? Find something you are passionate about and I guarantee you’ll never be bored, burn out or loose interest in your work again.

 Taking Action

photo bob ostrom, drawn by successPassion is great. It’s what puts fire in our belly but unfortunately it’s not enough. Taking action is the difference between having a great idea and actually making something happen. Think of passion as the fuel and taking action as the engine. You can’t move forward without taking action. By taking action no matter how small it creates forward motion. Move forward, even an inch, and you’ve generated momentum. With forward momentum comes larger and larger gains. The importance of taking action can’t be understated. Without talking action an idea is just an idea.

Follow Through

There’s nothing glamorous about follow through. It’s the long hours, hard work and the determination to make something happen. How many ideas die on the drawing board or fizzle out before they’re finished? Taking action gets the ball rolling but follow through is what makes it happen. Seth Godin calls it shipping I call it follow through. You can call it whatever you like, without it your project fails.

So there you have it. Three simple steps. Follow them and you will follow a path to success. No more excuses. The plan itself is pretty simple. It’s sticking to the plan that presents the challenge. So how do we stick with it? I’ll let you in on a little secret. Even as the guy who’s edited the audio and listened to those interviews a thousand time I often listen again any time I need a little motivation or a kick in the pants. I’m not saying Drawn By Success is the final answer. What I’m saying is surround yourself by motivation. Surround yourself with whatever it takes to get you moving forward and taking the next step. For me it’s Drawn by Success and talking with other successful artists. What is it for you? If you’ve discovered other sites that get you get rolling or help you find your mo-jo please leave a link in the comment section. I’m always on the lookout for good motivational reading or listening.