Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Mary Blair concept art featured on Disney site

Forgive a post that may seem like shameless plug for a Disney site, but had to share due to lovely concept art for Small World, Alice in Wonderland (both by Mary Blair) ... and a nice Sleeping Beauty panel.







http://www.dlrptoday.com/2014/03/27/the-art-of-disney-on-demand-adds-mary-blair-more-for-small-worlds-50th/

Thursday, April 3, 2014

blog post by Andreas Deja

Instructive, inspiring blog "Deja View" by gifted animator Andreas Deja has been featured here before ... but highlighting it again for fun post on "remembering Aladdin" with pic of crew ... and also Andreas' recent post on Marc Davis. Check it out here:
http://andreasdeja.blogspot.com/

Saturday, March 15, 2014

POST UPDATED 4/16 -- photos from Mary Blair exhibit at Walt Disney Family Museum

THIS UPDATE HAS NEW PICS ADDED AT THE END OF THE POST.
Wanted to share photos from recently opened "Magic, Color, Flair the World of Mary Blair" exhibit at the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco.
For more on Mary Blair --- also see my posts from Oct 21, 2011 for Motion Picture Academy panel and tribute ... here is link to Academy video of that Oct 2011 panel:
http://www.oscars.org/events-exhibitions/events/2011/10/blair.html
Here is link to museum with details about the current Mary Blair show now in San Francisco:
http://www.waltdisney.org/blair





The exhibit is held in the annex building .. in the recently renamed Diane Disney Miller Exhibition Hall. The layout of the exhibit uses color and flair to showcase Mary's range of art ... there's even a little interactive moment where you can use a tablet to "flip through" images from a featured Mary Blair sketchbook..




 This fun work below from a Little Golden Book project features a 'People' magazine on the table...


There's a good biography of Mary Blair on the "Magic of Mary Blair" website run by her nieces, Maggie Richardson and Jeanne Chamberlain
http://magicofmaryblair.com/about-mary.htm

Here's Stuart with the Mary Blair original from his own personal collection that he loaned for the exhibit. It's an illustration work, circa 1930s and untitled. We don't know much about it ... a mystery waiting to be solved.

The exhibit also includes works from the museum's own collection ... like these charming Blair originals of Alice and Wonderland ... and Peruvian children.. that were gifts from Mary Blair to Walt Disney and hung in the Disney family home for years...




There was a lovely series of painting of the seasons ...





And this pretty landscape of winter shadows ...

Concept art on display included works from Peter Pan ...


and Cinderella...



Stuart liked this landscape from the South American trip that Blair went on with other Disney artists...



There are some special Mary Blair items featured in the museum's gift shop..


And this fun mural makes for a great photo op ..


Stuart was invited the special preview ... where he enjoyed meeting and talking with Mary Blair fans, colleagues and family members. Here he is in conference with Maggie Richardson, Mary Blair's niece.
Stuart also got to chat with Alice Davis ... a Disney legend for her work as a costume designer. She collaborated with Mary Blair on It's a Small World. Alice was also married to the Disney artist Marc Davis.
Here are Stuart and Maggie at the end of the event. This exhibit is a wonderful celebration of Mary Blair ... be sure to see it.




 These final images I haven't been able to rotate .. so I'm adding them here at the end in case they can be of use. This one has a great quote from Mary Blair about the importance of drawing, and the wall showcases the progression from drawing to finished form for these images...

Here's a shot of the exhibit interior, taken from the upper gallery....

This is a selection of Mary Blair Christmas Cards ...

Another interior shot, that also shows part of the upper gallery .. the exhibit covers two full floors!
 Finally ... a shot of Mary Blair at work ....

Sunday, December 8, 2013

UPDATE -- EXTENDED DEADLINE & ADDITIONAL PRIZE in HELPFUL BEAR PRODUCTIONS CREATURE DESIGN CONTEST



UPDATE --- ENTRY DEADLINE EXTENDED. Submit your entry now through NEW DATE OF JAN 1st!
Plus new Prize added! The winner of Helpful Bear Productions' Creature Design Contest will be featured in issue 106 of ImagineFX magazine!

Winner also receives hardcover copy of Animals Real and Imagined ... AND a one-on-one video chat critique with creature designer Terryl Whitlatch! more info here: https://www.facebook.com/events/452193294886894/

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Your Guide to Behind the Scenes at SNB

Start here to learn how to use this blog..... New posts are less frequent now. In part because of changes to the "Blogger" format that I've found frustrating and difficult to embrace :)
For the most recent news on Stuart Ng Books, check the SNB website, Twitter and Facebook.

This blog is a time capsule of SNB adventures from my (Amy's) perspective:
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Stuart Ng Books is a family run, very small business in Torrance, CA. Our bookstore is mostly mail order. We started in the era of old school hands-on bookselling, and we've survived the transition to the Internet age. In addition to our website, we sell books at conventions & book fairs. Our niche is books on illustration, animation and comic art and our wonderful, loyal patrons are artists, students & collectors in these fields. Stuart travels here and abroad searching for great books and artists, including his annual trip to France to attend Europe's largest comic art festival. He doesn't speak or read French; he selects his inventory strictly for the art. I've been taking French lessons... so now I can order more than a ham & cheese sandwich at the cafes. When Stuart launched our business full-time in 1997, we had no idea we would become a world-wide resource for books in our field. When I married Stuart... a LONG time ago.. I had no idea I would also be marrying a small business.. (we didn't meet in business school).... but that's another story :)


The blog started in 2008 as a way to share (my) news &views on our booths at conventions ... and on exhibits and shows we attend that artists might find inspiring.
Reoccurring themes on the blog archive include "Get Inspired"... "Your Science Lesson"... "Your Business Lesson," "Con," "POV shot," "Horse Show," "Book Fair"...
See "FAQ," "Stewardship" and "Legacy Books" for posts about bringing YOU the benefits of a devoted rare bookseller in world where mom& pop bookstores are themselves becoming antiques!

There are posts here on my SNB experiments (like our booth at a Twilight convention Oct 2010.). See scenes from our bookscouting trips (Aug 2009 is a good one). Want to see a post on the time someone shipped us a book in a used pizza box?!? (search Aug 2008 for "Pizza"). For posts written back when I had Mary's job, search "Daily Brew" (2008 - 2010). All this and more lurks here on the blog for you to discover..

2011 was the most active year on the blog and is where you'll find some of my favorite posts (ie "horse show - artists sketchbook 9/11/11" and "Family Fun - Dino Hall artists sketchbook 9/1/11" ).

Sample highlights from 2011:
See August 12, 2011 post: "Hello World.." for the 100+ countries counted so far as worldwide visitors to the blog. Learn the SNB-tangent item that is the most-viewed post here... but more recent posts are gaining on that record. The real horse race is on :)
NOVEMBER 2011 POSTS:
9 POSTS on CTNX
SKETCHTRAVEL IN STOCK!
YOUR SCIENCE LESSON... MARIE CURIE
KOLONIE ARTISTS SIGN AT SNB NOV 5th
PETER DE SEVE IN SKETCHTRAVEL... AND AT CTNX
ANIMAL ANTICS.... your preview here on the blog of the Pres Romanillos sketchbook!!
OTHER POSTS OF NOTE:  SECRETARIAT (Sept 2010) and THE BLACK STALLION (Oct 2010) now with video embedded. Also Aug 2010 posts on the ART OF ANIMALS exhibit at Forest Lawn in Glendale with links to more images from amazing artwork at this show!

3 POSTS ON MODEL TRAIN SHOW (oct 30th 2011)
SKETCHTRAVEL!! yes, it's true! We're the first in the US to import this French book. In stock now at Stuart Ng Books!

Also in 2011....YOUR SCIENCE LESSON FOR TODAY, EXPERIUM SCIENCE ACADEMY
3 POSTS ON "MARY BLAIR PANEL" AT ACADEMY OF MOTION PICTURE ARTS SCIENCES


Other topics to try..... "DREAM CON 2011"
"BRONZE ANIMALS BY ERIC BERG"... and "BRONZE ANIMALS, LAZY DAISY CAFE OSCAR'S HOME IN BEVERLY HILLS"
"HORSE SHOW 2011 - FLYING HIGH" (You'll find this in the Sept 2011 posts... including some of my favorite action shots of horses from several years of the annual charity horse show:)


2011 POSTS WITH FREQUENT HITS:
"Get Inspired - Artist contacts from Printing Fair 2011"
"Get Inspired - Carlos Grangel at CTNX Nov 18th - 20th " (after Tim Burton Post)
"GET INSPIRED - TIM BURTON MoMA SHOW AT LACMA" "GET INSPIRED - NORMAN THELWELL"

Search "FAMILY FUN" for posts on the blog that detail events and attractions near our showroom. (ie: From SEPT POST 9/5/11: Two "Family Fun" posts about Wilson Park). There are lots of family friendly things to do in and around Torrance... so if you want to browse our showroom for awhile and your family doesn't... you can all come to Torrance and do different, fun things!
 
SEPT POST 9/6/11: 3 posts on the LA County Museum of Natural History... Discovery Center and Dino Hall:
See July and August 2011 posts for our booth at Comic Con (SDCC) for that year.

Some blog posts highlight the directions that SNB takes me (but not necessarily Stuart)... search the archive posts to find Hoops &Yoyo; Twilight; the Black Stallion; Women &Words. I'm not sure why there's so much music in my life right now.... but check out this clever music video w/ agility dogs! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nHlJODYBLKs
Here's the link for the MSBNC show that featured Stuart:http://www.openforum.com/idea-hub/topics/innovation/video/american-business-super-nicheSee AUGUST 2010 posts additional pics and info on SNB on MSNBC...

FYI notices: 1) Stuart's last name, "Ng", is pronounced like the suffix "ing" in "drawing" or "Wendling." 2) you can email comments or questions directly to me at seahorse310(at)gmail.com. Aloha and thanks for visiting.

Monday, December 3, 2012

CONFETTI by Brittney Lee back in stock

For those who have asked, this book is back in stock. You can find it on the Stuart Ng Books website under "Sketchbooks"
http://stuartngbooks.com/new-arrivals/lee-brittney-confetti-signed.html

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Angouleme 2012, post 1 of 3

Here are 3 posts on recent Angouleme festival in France. Mostly pictures... for more on Angouleme, see my posts from 2009.
Here is sunset view from the New York Tents at west end of festival:

The "Hotel" that isn't a hotel, it's the town center:
One of many buildings in the city with a Bande Dessinee-esque mural. (These murals are up all year; not just for the festival)
The Herge statue in near the center of town is permanent; the tent behind is one of the many tents put up throughout the town for the festival.
Inside one of the tents. Here's one of several "festival" booths selling souvenirs of the show:
This year, we dropped off Stuart Ng Books cards at the freebie table. Happy to say they were snapped up!
Mr. Herge sported several different looks during the convention: