How I missed 10 super important messages on Facebook

It started out innocently enough. I was thumbing through Facebook when I saw an article about hidden features on Facebook. I hardly ever click on these things but for some unknown reason I decided to give it a look. I wasn’t expecting much but what I discovered absolutely ruined my day.

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Interview with Mark Mitchell

bob ostrom and mark mitchell Interview with Mark Mitchell Posted on March 8, 2016 by BobOstrom This is an interview I did with the amazing Mark Mitchell of Marks & Splashes Learning a while back. Mark is such a nice guy I had a blast talking with him. Thanks to my Facebook Friend Wendy Martin for instroducing us.

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Creating a new style with Digital Watercolor

digital watercolor by bob ostrom Creating a new style with Digital Watercolor Posted on February 5, 2016 by BobOstrom Digital Watercolor I’ve been trying some new stuff for the last month or so here at the studio and I think it’s about time to let the cat out of the bag.

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Johnny Appleseed childrens book illustration

Johnny Appleseed Childrens Book Illustration

Johnny Appleseed Childrens Book Illustration. This one was from a recent series of books I worked on last year. I’ve tried this look before once or twice using traditional art and a scanner but it was always a tedious process to get the lines bold enough. The Cintiq has helped make creating bold pencil lines very easy. My next goal is to start working on a more natural watercolor look.

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children's book sketch mom and dad looking under bed

Sketch of the Day

  Sketch of the Day This was a sketch for a book about a little boy trying to conquer his fear of monsters. If you have a young child or have had young children you can probably relate to the middle of the night search for monsters on the bed. My kids are older now but I remember very clearly the fears my kids had and some of the fears I had as a kid. […]

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penguins, sweaters, bob ostrom studio

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 […]

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Childrens Book Illustration

Children’s Book Illustration by Bob Ostrom Studio ‘ 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. […]

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