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Every now and then we like to share with you work of one of the favorite illustrators of our childhood, Jerzy Flisak. After books on manners we continue with one teaching youngsters How to Study. The book itself is an interesting study of the customs of a bygone era (it’s a couple of decades old) – personally we love this aspect of the old advice books, how they record the history of manners. But from the graphic point of view the illustrations are the most exciting part.

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Flisak was great at balancing: concision with detail, realism with humor. This is perhaps what we’ve always found the most charming part of his work. This book is full of lovely examples. (Note: the colors are added by us, originally the illustrations were printed in black.)

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Boy, do we have a treat for you today. (That is assuming you don’t know this one already; it’s by no means a new thing.) If all the staying at home left you with extra time, why not take up a marvelous graphic novel:

Locke & Key

What is it? A marvelous graphic novel! The comic was written by Joe Hill, illustrated by Gabriel Rodriguez and it consists of six volumes that tell a full, complete story and a few extras. It’s a story of the Locke family, their loss, their growth and, of course, their magical mansion.

Why we love it? Never since Sandman had we been so engrossed in the comic world: its atmosphere, mythology and brilliance. It made us feel all the feelings and truly fall in love with the characters. The story is wonderfully constructed, with no unnecessary additions. It rewards readers for paying attention but even those we don’t are sure to enjoy themselves.

Visually speaking, the art of Rodriguez, to be quite honest, took us a moment to get used to, especially when paired with the relative brutality of the first volume. But after a few issues we didn’t even remember what our problem with it was. He creates the world with such assurance and maestry. And his architectural background makes the Locke house a character in the story, and a very intriguing one.

(There’s also a Netflix adaptation of the comic but we haven’t seen it so far so we can’t say whether it’s as good.)

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Another week at home, another fill-in doodle from us. This time let’s (mentally) go to the park. The instructions are the same as last week: print the A4 design that you can download here and finish it any way you want.

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In the examples below we went with pretty traditional finishes (also because we did these while occupied, in a true doodling tradition) but you are welcome to go way more artsy and/or crazy with these.

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Stay safe, stay relaxed, stay at home – and, of course, share your work with us if you feel like it!

Hello after another crazy week (and by crazy we mean pretty regular, filled with work and childcare and also some fun). This time we managed to add something to the growing online help kit for those who don’t know what to do with their sudden increase in free time: we made you a doodle page.

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The internet is increasingly full of fun activities for children but we figure: why not do something for adults, too (or older children, at least)? It’s like those coloring pages for adults, only better, because you get to draw your own ornaments into shapes – or, you know, whatever else you want. It’s your art. So if you want to play, download a high-res image under the Dropbox link, print it with your regular printer and get to work: just fill it all in any way you can think of, anyway that’s relaxing and fun.

To get you started, we did our own versions of the filled-in doodle: we did it during two online gaming nights (because you speak and listen and don’t need your hands for anything so you may as well use them for art – or “art”). These are pretty regular doodles and we wish we had time to do something more crazy – like maybe a collage or a  painting – but that takes more focus. However, these ones the way we did them were very relaxing and that’s pretty much the point.

A black-and-white patterned version with a line pen:

redesign-stayathome-doodle-beach-filled1A ballpen version with some shading (that really took us back to college days):

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The black-and-white version colored by J (he’s not very patient when it comes to coloring):

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Also, if you want to share the results of your work, PLEASE DO! We’d be thrilled to see what you came up with! Stay safe, stay happy, we’ll be back with more.

 

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How are you doing, guys? We’re fine, except when we stumble upon social media – so we basically don’t do it anymore (seriously, if you want to contact us, send us an email, not a Facebook message). We’re sitting at home, of course, but it’s nothing unusual for us (we barely notice, except we’ve moved our gaming night online). We wanted to give you some fun activities to do during house arrest but regular work got in the way so instead we searched our bookshelf for a book with something fun to do when sitting at home and voila! Let’s Bake by Clara Lindström and Annakarin Nyberg, illustrated by Katy Kimbell and Li Söderberg.

This cute book presents a number of recipes for simple sweets that can be made at home with children. The results are photographed but the ingredients and instructions are charmingly illustrated, which helps keep the kids interested and involved. Truth be told, we bought the book for its visual aspect and haven’t tried any of the recipes yet but maybe now’s a good opportunity.

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Hang in there, people, this too shall pass. Do something fun inside!