Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Comic Con 2016 -- posts in progress, meanwhile learn TABLE TIPS from BUSINESS OF ART podcast

Working on several posts for 2016 comic con. Check back for list of posts and preview images.

Meanwhile... every indie artist should check out the sdcc themed episodes just added on The Business of Art podcast! http://thebusinessofart.us/

New episode "SDCC SPECIAL: How to Market Yourself at Big Cons" is a MUST READ and listen for anyone who wants to maximize the return on their investment in exhibit space at this overwhelming convention.
This link gives 10  tips ...  and #9 is quite possibly the most brilliant idea I've heard in years! Go check it out.. Learn and Share!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Get Inspired -- Steph Laberis

Steph Laberis is character design artist and illustrator, working in games, TV, films and books. Her career has launched to new heights this year.... but like most "overnight success" stories.... she's moving up the professional ladder because of years of persistent effort.

Steph's career is ramping up with career milestone assignments... such as illustrating for the iconic "Little Golden Books" series.

Both of the Steph Laberis illustrated Little Golden Books below will be in stock SOON at Stuart Ng Books. LINK will appear on Stuart Ng Books website (and here on this post)  -- with info on how to pre-order copies SIGNED BY STEPH .. WITH SKETCHES!

Some interior pages from the Sharks book..

So much to study even in these few images... lots more in the book. Shapes. Choices. Colors. Details. Compositions. Layers of information.

Steph's art has achieved a highly regarded status -- other artists... and artist resource sites... are looking to her work for inspiration.

Here are two recent interviews with her....

Character Design References (CDR) is based in Ireland. http://characterdesignreferences.com/

Here's more about CRD from the "about" page of their website:
Character Design References™ (CDR) is an independent webzine dedicated to sequential, illustrative and concept art from animation, games and comics. CDR is also the home of the ''Character Design Challenge!'' (CDChallenge), the largest community of character designers on the Internet. 

CDR recently posted this interview with Steph Laberis.


Outlaw Kritters is a line of animal inspired art and jewelry from the husband and wife team of Mary Spencer and Jon Wattson. https://outlawkritters.com/

Outlaw Kritters exhibited at the first "CatCon LA"in June 2105.. and were featured in my blog post on that event.

The Outlaw Kritters website has an "Animal Inspiration" blog, where they highlight artists with inspiring work and stories.  Steph Laberis was interviewed for their June 21, 2016 post  https://outlawkritters.com/blogs/news/steph

 Study Steph's art for great lessons in shapes... color ... anatomy.. character... and style!

Here's a book w/ Steph Laberis art in stock at SNB

"Searle In America" is an exhibition catalog from 2013
"A 96-page full-color catalog of the exhibition at the Cartoon Art Museum, featuring 50 pieces of Ronald Searle's original artwork for reportage assignments in the United States.
44 pages are devoted to Searle tribute artwork, created by some of today’s top animators and illustrators."

The book includes this work titled "Fancy Rat" by Steph Laberis.. reproduced as a full page, along with Steph's description of her working process and the subject matter.

You can find more Steph Laberis art here:
Portfolio: https://stephlaberis.carbonmade.com/
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/stephlaberisart
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/steph_laberis/
Online Store: http://stephsketches.bigcartel.com/
Blog: http://stephsketches.blogspot.com/

And oh yes.. she is the designer of the "Martin Marty Mouse" character pillows, often featured here on the blog. http://martymousehouse.bigcartel.com/product/milo-scientist-pillow-by-steph-laberis
"Marty" is an art project with a following of over 25,000 fans... the work of photographer Sarah Hunt.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Get Inspired --- Read and watch tips from the masters

Art is hard... and it's hard to not get discouraged. Even the best artists are plagued with self-doubt. What makes them so good? They find ways to keep going. (Art below by Gemma Correll) http://www.gemmacorrell.com/
Life as an indie artist means a lifestyle of freelance assignments PLUS entrepreneur skills. Art schools need to add these skills to their curriculum. Fortunately, workshops, convention panels, and internet sites offer educational opportunities. (Art below by Alina Chau) http://alinachau.com/

Find resources to help juggle the ups and downs of indie artist life. These are vital coping tools in the skill kit. A well stocked skill kit is handy for everything from a bump in the road to a crisis. Just because you are self-employed that doesn't mean you are alone. And it doesn't mean you have to work all alone. Meeting up with colleagues is a great way to re-charge the batteries. Taking care of your health is essential.

To measure your own artistic progress.. don't look to the work of others. Their work may be inspirational.. or aspirational.. but it is not yours. (art by Emm Roy http://positivedoodles.tumblr.com/ )
Your work is the result of your practice... how much.. how often.. how well. Don't pick yourself apart by finding faults. Look for your improvements.. where you've made them.. and where to work next.

Art is life. It's never easy. It's always ahead of you. Painter Frank Benson wrote extensively about learning to paint...but his lessons are life lessons too...
"It is not easy. It is never easy. There is no magic about it. It is just as much a science as the science of a doctor. It has to be studied and worked at, and even then you never really learn it. I am still working at it and learning, and that is all I care about. I don't care about the pictures I have painted. I may become fond of one and say "that's a good one", but all I really care about is working at this thing, and it is still so far ahead of me that I shall never reach it, and have only just begun to know anything about it." ~ Frank W. Benson

Read more from Benson and other Boston School Painters via the "Boston School of Painting" blog by Sandra Galda. Quote above from Sandra's 5/26/12 post http://thebostonschoolofpainting.blogspot.com.au/2012/05/frank-benson-advice-to-artists.html

How do you stay on course??? Know your day rate. Keep track of your income and expenses. Include how you are spending your time. Always write up an invoice for yourself.. even if you do "free" work for a friend. Any time you work, it needs to be contributing to your income.. otherwise you are working at a loss. You cannot afford to work yourself to death... or to broke...
Long-time animator Will Finn dreamed of a career at Disney .. got an early  job there.. and returned there years later.. but the route he took wasn't what he anticipated starting out. Link below to his blog post "Why You Shouldn't Want a Job in Animation."  

Read his post for wise words on his journey of nearly 40 years as a working artist.... Here's an excerpt:  "I’ve learned something valuable from every single assignment, whether it was a distinguished prestige project or not. And I will never forget the things I learned in that fateful Year One, including this: 1. Never take a gig for granted. 2. Each job is not an end in and of itself: it’s a piece of something bigger: something called a career. "


Need more inspiration??? Industry icon Bobby Chiu has a You Tube channel with episodes of advice for working artists. https://www.youtube.com/user/digitalbobert 
Bobby is a long-time teacher, and host of the fabulous Schoolism workshops held world-wide. http://www.schoolism.com/
His You Tube videos are upbeat and practical, often with helpful lists of actions to take to direct your progress on the episode's topic.

Here's a sample ... "Tips for the 21 year old me"

"What great artists have in common"

As an independent artist...Sometimes you're doing a job that's not art related, just to pay bills. That's fine. But if art is what you love.. and art is what you feel called to do... make choices to keep improving. So-called overnight success is the result of years of work. Do the work, and  you will get better.

Life and art are complicated. Animation explains complicated things so well.. here's a refreshing take on a familiar fable...Animated by Katy Davis.

More on art and anxiety at this frequently updated post: http://stuartngbooks.blogspot.com/2015/07/get-inspired-art-and-anxiety-dance-steps.html

Friday, July 1, 2016

Podcasts -- get moving on learning UPDATED 7.12.16

Podcast are a great way to catch up on all sorts of art related subjects. Take a break from your desk duties and listen while you stretch your legs with a walk. A few 10 min breaks throughout the day will add up.. for fitness on all levels.

Here are some podcasts I'm following and highly recommend...


Former Disney animators Tom and Tony Bancroft interview animation icons like Glenn Keane, Erick Goldberg, Andreas Deja, Pete Docter, Andrew Stanton. Guests also included animation-related talent like actress Ming Na-Wen, music supervisor Tom MacDougall  and creature designer Terryl Whitlatch. This podcast also features many episodes about art-life balance.. and tips for students and pros. (and yes, Stuart Ng Books is a sponsor)
In June 2016, the Bancroft Bros started a Patreon Page for their podcast. Lots of perks and extended content starting at the $10/mo pledge. Learn more here: https://www.patreon.com/bancroftbrothers


This podcast fulfills its promise to "..demystify business for creatives and help them run successful businesses in creative fields."
Topics include: Building a Fanbase.. Branding Yourself... Getting the Word Out About Your Project... Interviews with artists.. as well as consultants in areas like publishing.. business affairs/legal... social media...
This Podcast is hosted by Russell Nohelty... Author/CEO of Wannabe Press and Kickstarter University
Episodes I really liked:
#14 -- Doing all the Things .. with Nathan Lueth (some vital tips here for making the most of your table at artist alley!) http://businessofart.podbean.com/e/episode-14-doing-all-the-things-with-nathan-lueth/
#15 -- Branding Yourself... with Jasmine Sandler http://businessofart.podbean.com/e/episode-15-branding-yourself-with-jasmine-sandler/


Relatively new podcast hosted by artist Angela Entzminger, who interviews her colleagues and mentors as well as industry professionals. This podcast has a large number of female contributors ... as well as the emphasis on finding work-life balance and the many twist and turns a career path can take.


This podcast was referenced on the "Art of Business" podcast. It has over 1000 episdoes and covers a wide range of topics related to the challenges of life as an entrepreneur. Host John Lee Dumas shares his story and the background of the podcast on this page from the website: http://www.eofire.com/about/


Link above is particularly informative episode with interview and discussion of Fan Film guildelines and Star Trek project that has been in the headlines recently... and here on the blog:http://stuartngbooks.blogspot.com/2016/05/fan-work-axanar-film-copyright.html

The focus of this podcast is the music industry. Hosted by lawyer Ryan Kairalla (often joined by his friend Dave Kayetend). The podcast description:
A show for indie artists and the people who love and support them. The Break the Business Podcast is a fun and informative discussion of entertainment law (for non-lawyers), independent artists, and popular culture.


Podcasts are also a way to find inspiration from other creative sources. Old time radio shows feature great stories with top notch talent ... and amusing commercials for their retail sponsors.

Original casts members from Hollywood's golden past in radio play adaptations of classic films!

The dulcet tones of Vincent Price make these half-hour episodes a soothing way to wind down from a busy day...

One of the great voices of all time...in various radio shows...

Nifty science stories... The partnership of art and science goes back to the origins of both.

This podcast is from one of the great science museums in the world...

The Chemical Heritage Foundation in PA. http://www.chemheritage.org/

Can't get enough science??? Here are some more recommendations...

This podcast by Poncie Rutsch shares impeccably produced short episodes with the compelling stories of women who were pioneers in science. http://babesofscience.com/

Their list of the 20 best science podcasts....https://www.geekwrapped.com/posts/the-20-best-science-podcasts

Learn something new every day.....

Your Guide to Behind the Scenes at SNB -- 7.26.16

Start here to learn how to use this blog..... You are about to explore SNB adventures from my (Amy's) perspective ... Stuart's website links to this blog, but Stuart does NOT write these posts.

For the latest news on Stuart Ng Books, you can follow SNB on Facebook or Twitter. To receive Stuart's email newsletter (with lots of exclusive offers) use this link from the SNB website: http://stuartngbooks.com/join-our-mailing-list.html
For info on ordering books, and a website chock full of our extensive inventory, start at the homepage for  SNB: http://stuartngbooks.com/

Welcome to the realm of Bride of Bookseller. The posts are all written by me. This blog exists to educate and entertain by sharing resources that can benefit artists.

It takes talent and commitment to thrive as an indie artist. But it also takes balance and fitness. No one talks to artists about this truth: You have to be well enough.. physically.. mentally..emotionally...financially... to get your work done. At the same time, so many artists struggle with chronic conditions that impact their productivity. No wonder artists are stressed. Many posts on the blog here offer possible solutions.... and celebrate the traits all the best artists share: (button below from Alaska Robotics http://alaskarobotics.com/)
Scroll down this "Your Guide" post  and you'll discover background on the blog.
Then these three categories of highlighted posts:

1) POSTS THAT GET UPDATED --- Yoga for Artists; Art and Anxiety - Dance Steps and Resources; Copyright Info for Artists

2) Posts of Note -- Maleficent; Martin "Marty" Mouse; Indie Art Fairs; Google Doodle Mystery Artists Revealed; Cecil the Lion; Comic Con 2015; Claire Wendling in California; Science Themed Posts; Activities and Attractions near the SNB Store; Horse of Course; Posts from the Most Active Year

3) a)Other Popular Topics; b) Humorous and Historical Posts


For the origin of the SNB logo, see this post: http://stuartngbooks.blogspot.com/2015/07/snb-logo-origin-story.html

Stuart Ng Books is very small business in Torrance, CA. Our niche is books on illustration, animation and comic art. Our wonderful, loyal patrons are artists, students and collectors in these fields.
We started in the genteel era of old school hands-on bookselling, and we've weathered the transition to the Online arena. Our bookstore is mostly mail order.  In addition to our website, we sell books at conventions and book fairs.
I say "our" because SNB started as a 2-person operation. We had a book room in the house for inventory. The dining room table was the packing station for mail orders. I was the voice on the phone, processed orders, and schlepped boxes to the post office. But it's called Stuart Ng Books for a reason. Once the books started earning their way and moved out of house and into their own office space, I'm was ready to segue into BTS (behind-the-scenes) mode.
Stuart is a man on a mission. He is always on the job: in constant search for great books and artists. He is known for discovering treasures during his annual trip to France to attend the festival in Angouleme, Europe's largest comic art convention. He doesn't speak or read French; he selects his inventory strictly for the art. He's the visual one. I'm more verbal. I took some French lessons... so now I can try to talk with people there (and order more than a ham and cheese sandwich at the cafes).
When Stuart launched the 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). We have exhibited at San Diego Comic Con for 18 years. Where we find ourselves now, all these years later, is a creative and engaging place to be.
Our patrons seek out Stuart at conventions and online. They buy books from him because his "eye" and expertise are a bonus they value. Part of the fun of Stuart Ng Books is how we get to facilitate connections and inspiration. We get to see the artistic process in action. We steward the passing of cherished books from the reference libraries of artists who are masters in their field into the hands and creative spirit of a next generation. I try to remind us of all this on the days when our "What is the Matrix" question haunts us: Can a little book business survive in the internet age? Stay tuned ....
I started my blog in 2008 as a way to share topics I discussed with friends and patrons who visited us at conventions. I also use the blog to share trips to 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 and pop bookstores are themselves becoming endangered!

For a complete list of the 117 countries that have visited the blog, check out this Aug 11, 2011 post: "Hello World.."  http://stuartngbooks.blogspot.com/2011/08/hello-world-please-leave-comment.html And one final stat -- as of Oct 2014, the blog has tallied over 100,000 all-time page views.

In 2015 I launched a series of posts to share stretches and restorative options for Artists and others whose work demands long hours of sitting. These simple exercises will help undo the strain on back, shoulders, arms, wrists and hands. Posts feature stills and video with certified yoga instructor Simone, who gives helpful workshops at the SNB showroom for crew and colleagues. Simone's Facebook page also offers links to online tutorials she finds and recommends: https://www.facebook.com/simonemarket
Here are links for "Yoga for Artists" lessons on the blog:
Introduction -- Art requires Flexibility http://stuartngbooks.blogspot.com/2015/04/yoga-for-artists-introduction-art.html
Lesson #1 Releases for Shoulders and Upper Back http://stuartngbooks.blogspot.com/2015/04/yoga-for-artists-lesson-1-releases-for.html
Lesson #2 - Upper Body Stretches using Chair, Wall and Blocks http://stuartngbooks.blogspot.com/2015/06/yoga-lesson-2-upper-body-stretches.html

I've also started posting links for resources regarding Art and Anxiety (updated 5.19.16 ... includes tips on how to communicate the value of your work!...http://stuartngbooks.blogspot.com/2015/07/get-inspired-art-and-anxiety-dance-steps.html

Terrific Tumbler post by (gal artist .. just saying :)  C.Spike Trotman has this gem below and other panels explaining steps to success for indie artist life ....http://spikedrewthis.tumblr.com/post/64136324548/this-is-everything-i-know-a-24-hour-comic-about

More "art has value" on this post on how to turn a charity request into a paying job ... http://stuartngbooks.blogspot.com/2015/07/your-business-lesson-turn-charity.html

Lots here on the blog for artist health -- physical, emotional, financial....
Graphic above by Patternson Clark...

"PSA on Killer Chairs" post on dangers of too much chair time for anyone with a desk job .. and tips to help fight the effects of damage to posture and hand and wrists


This is a post from July 2014 that I frequently update with new links and case studies of Copyright Protection for images posted online! UPDATED 7.16.16. Lots of resources listed here -- and case studies on unauthorized commerical use of artist owned images for profit by others:
Also see blog post from July 20, 2015 with links and video on "next great Copyright act" http://stuartngbooks.blogspot.com/2015/07/next-great-copyright-act-letter.html
And this blog post on Fan Art -- Playground or Minefield. Includes link to video clip of panel on IP. This post is also updated....http://stuartngbooks.blogspot.com/2016/04/fan-art-playground-or-minefield.html

Each year, Stuart recharges with travel to France to attend the largest Comics festival in Europe. It's held in the city of Angouleme, about 2 hours from Paris. During this trip, we get to reconnect with artist pals and colleagues.. and I often get to document my side trips to museums and other art reference adventures. You can find these France related posts in the February posts of most years on the blog. Here's link for most recent: http://stuartngbooks.blogspot.com/2016/02/paris-2016-post-in-progress.html

Current favorite posts include the 4 posts I wrote in June 2014 for film "Maleficent" .. with 2 detailed posts on the QandA with director Robert Stromberg and Production Designer Dylan Cole that I attended at Gnomon school.

Here are links for the four June posts on Maleficent --
More Maleficent posts in Sept and Oct for the "Once Upon A Dream" book signing including this re-cap of the event http://stuartngbooks.blogspot.com/2014/10/once-upon-dream-maleficent-dream-event.html

(LtoR, Dylan Cole, Robert Stromberg, Charles Solomon, Don Hahn at Center Stage Gallery for book signing co-hosted by Stuart Ng Books)

March 3, 2015 post on "Art of Motion Picture Costume Design" exhibit at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising Museum.  http://stuartngbooks.blogspot.com/2015/03/maleficent-birdman-etc-at-fashion.html
Here's link to LA Times story about the exhibit... http://www.latimes.com/fashion/la-ig-fidm-exhibit-20150222-story.html
The featured costume for this exhibit was the Maleficent gown from the christening scene.

Internet phenom Marty is the star from Martin "Marty" Mouse facebook page https://www.facebook.com/martymousetherat by Photographer Sarah Hunt http://sarahhuntphotography.com/. Her glorious photos of Marty have been featured on Buzzfeed, Cute Overload, etc and bring the charm and comic fun of wee ones to a world-wide audience of over 25,000 + fans.
I'm delighted to escort Marty (in squeeze Marty pillow form -- art designed by Steph Laberis https://www.facebook.com/stephlaberisart  ) at conventions and on other adventures, documented here on the blog, with links to featured artists and other finds.
Here are the Marty posts
CTNX 2014

Plush art tour pals for 2016
Huggable Koi #10 in France

Plush Art Pals Tour WonderCon

How does art plush happen??? Check out this Kickstarter that surpassed its funding goals and launched its artist/creator to a whole new level  ... 

Your local art fair is a great place to find artists in your own neighborhood. Here in SoCal we have a number of these. I especially enjoy the Patchwork Art Fairs, organized by DearHandmade Life http://dearhandmadelife.com/patchwork-show/.

May 2014 post, also frequently updated, reveals the "mystery artists" behind Google Doodles. This post also includes background info on some of my favorite Google Doodles over the years. March 2016 update has info on annual Google Doodle contest for students K-12th grade.


Image above by Manny Carrasco...
The tragic circumstances with Cecil the lion in 2015 provoked an outpouring of tribute art. I collected some images on this blog post.. as well as articles about conservation efforts.



2015 was Stuart Ng Books 18th year exhibiting at San Diego Comic Con (SDCC). Seven Posts in all on topics from SNB Booth to Cosplay .. to Marty Mouse Tour..to SDCC survival guide.. plus lots of links for commentary and photo albums. Start here for topic titles and links: http://stuartngbooks.blogspot.com/2015/07/comic-con-2015-seven-posts-hundreds-of.html

The Stuart Ng Books - Claire Wendling connection dates back to 2005. That year, Claire was the featured artist at the annual  Angouleme Festival of Bande Dessinee, the largest comics festival in Europe.
Prior to the 2005 festival, Stuart had discovered Wendling's work via her sketchbook of personal drawings "Desk" (first published in France; current edition published by Stuart Ng Books)....

....and her award-winning art for the Bande Dessinee (or BD) series "Les Lumieres des Amalou" (written by Christophe Gibelin).

Inspired to attend the 2005 festival for the chance to see a career retrospective of her work, and perhaps meet the artist, Stuart embarked on his first-ever trip to France. In fact, it was the first time he had ever traveled outside of the US. Stuart does not speak or read French. Fortunately for all of us, Claire and her charming husband and colleague Christian speak fluent  English.
Even from those first meetings in the city cafes, Claire and Stuart spoke a common language of appreciation: for Claire's unique skills; and for Stuart's ability to bring her visionary talent to an ever-expanding US and worldwide community of peers and fans.
In the years that followed, Stuart's annual trips to Angouleme for the festival also included a visit with Claire and Christian... bringing them news and appreciation from her US fans ... and always talk of a hopeful visit by them to the US.
In 2015, on the 10th anniversary of the Claire Wendling-Stuart Ng connection, Claire was able to accept two long-offered invitations that Stuart had conveyed to her from mutual friends. Claire appeared as a special guest at the  Big Wow comics convention in early April. She accepted an honorary doctorate and speaking engagements at the Academy of Art Universtiy in San Francisco in April and May. Photo below shows Claire and Stuart at Claire's table at Big Wow.
Here on the blog are a series of 6 posts with photos and behind the scenes highlights from this long-awaited return of Claire Wendling to her beloved California ... where she worked for Warner Bros Feature Animation in the 1990s.
Claire Wendling at Big Wow Convention (background post)
Claire Wendling -- Highlights from Big Wow and speaking engagement at Academy of Art University
"animal" art show at Gnomon School (Claire attended and met with several of the artists)
Paul Choy photos from Claire Wendling signing at SNB
Behind the Scenes at Wendling signing and CA visit
Claire Wendling sketching at Big Wow, link to video by John Fleskes


YOUR SCIENCE LESSON.. (Aug 27, 2009) video clip from Musee Curie

YOUR SCIENCE LESSON... INTL YEAR OF CHEMISTRY (Nov 7, 2011)  AND DEBUT OF MARIE CURIE PLAY AT GEFFEN IN LOS ANGELES  http://stuartngbooks.blogspot.com/2011/11/your-science-lesson-for-today-2011.html

(another fun SCIENCE LESSON post -- CHEMICAL HERITAGE FOUNDATION LIBRARY (in PA) and MUSEE CURIE (in Paris) post from Aug 21, 2009)  http://stuartngbooks.blogspot.com/2009/08/elements-are-everywhere-your-science.html


If you want to visit the SNB showroom -- and your family or S.O. (significant other) wants something to do besides look at books -- here are some links to local attractions:

From SEPT POST 9/5/11: Two "Family Fun" posts about Wilson  Park. See pics of the ballparks, tree house, and more ... also a paved walking trail that's mostly shaded and about a mile long. (As of 10/15, duck pond in pic below fenced and drained due to drought). Still there are lots of amenities.. and if you bring a bag of unsalted peanuts.. chances are you'll make friends with some squirrels!

Here's link to Yelp review of the park. http://www.yelp.com/biz/wilson-park-torrance

There are activites for all ages 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 things! We are minutes away from shops and AMC movies at Del Amo Fashion Mall http://www.simon.com/mall/del-amo-fashion-center  A miles north will get you to the South Coast Botanic Garden  http://southcoastbotanicgarden.org/ ..... and we're also close to the Lomita Train Museum http://www.lomita-rr.org/

On Saturdays, Wilson Park is home to the Torrance Farmer's Market -- great produce and food booths. http://www.yelp.com/biz/torrance-city-farmers-market-torrance. Wilson Park is also home to the Southern California Live Steamers Minature Railroad http://www.southerncalifornialivesteamers.com/  Ride the trains at the Park every 3rd Saturday!  http://stuartngbooks.blogspot.com/2011/09/family-fun-wilson-park-train-rides.html

Even more culture just minutes from our showroom -- The International Printing Museum. This tiny gem hosts an annual printers fair (http://stuartngbooks.blogspot.com/2011/10/printing-museum-printers-fair-today-sat.html) -- as well as a Dickens festival (post nov 29, 2010 http://stuartngbooks.blogspot.com/2010/11/morning-brew-nov-29-family-fun-at.html ) a Ben Franklin b'day celebration (post Jan 6, 2012  http://stuartngbooks.blogspot.com/2012/01/b-is-for-ben-franklin-and-family-fun.html), and a founding fathers independence day event in July. Check their website for calendar of upcoming presentations:  http://www.printmuseum.org/


Why is Stuart Ng Books located in Torrance? One reasons is the proximity to HORSES!!

No, I don't have a horse -- but just a few miles from us is the rural enclave of  Palos Verdes (PV)  -- a thriving equestrian community -- with miles of trails -- lots of riding stables -- all located right on the coast with ideal weather. If you want to sketch horses and equestrian life in a mild, shaded climate there are a number of public parks in PV with rings that riders use to train their horses as well as the various public and private stables in the area. Here are links for two of the public parks:
Ernie Howlett Park (site for annual charity horse show)
Dapplegray Park, Rolling Hills Estates

Every September, a nationally ranked charity horse show, The Portuguese Bend National Horse Show, is held in PV.

Five posts on 2015 horse show... including this one featuring background on artist Terryl Whitlatch (her new book highlighted in the horse show program) http://stuartngbooks.blogspot.com/2015/09/terryl-whitlatch-horse-art-and-creature.html

This horse show is a family friendly event with TONS of amenities. -- and an outstanding sketching opportunity for artists. There is a large, shaded, grassy knoll where you can sit for hours and sketch. You can also get quite close to the horses and riders if you want. While many equestrian events in PV are FREE to attend, there is a nominal admission charge for the charity horse show on Sat  & Sun -- because all proceeds for this event are a fundraiser. Admission to the charity show is free on Fridays. The show runs fri - sun on the 1st weekend in Sept.
"HORSE SHOW 2011 - PREVIEWS AND PICS FROM PREVIOUS SHOWS" post from 9-6-11 has some of my favorite action shots of horses and gives you a flavor of this very special event.

The show has been held for almost 60 years by the non-profit PCCH (Peninsula Committee Children's Hospital), an organization that raises money for Children's Hospital Los Angeles. More on PCCH here: http://www.pcch.net/

For more info on the annual Portuguese Bend National Horse Show -- including date for this year's show and schedule of activities, check out this link to show webpage:

One of the most popular posts on the blog concerns artist Norman Thelwell.

other Equine artists I've highlighted
George Ford Morris   http://stuartngbooks.blogspot.com/2011/12/gift-of-inspiration-george-ford-morris.html
CW Anderson   http://stuartngbooks.blogspot.com/2011/12/gift-of-inspiration-cw-anderson.html
Post on Horse reference and scale models (including Breyer horses)
Jo Taylor and Lucy Kemp-Welch

SECRETARIAT(Sept 2010)  http://stuartngbooks.blogspot.com/2010/09/morning-brew-sept-28-big-red-arrives.html

 and THE BLACK STALLION (Oct 2010) http://stuartngbooks.blogspot.com/2010/10/secretariat-black-stallion-winner-is.html

2011 was the most active year on the blog. Here are links for some of the most frequently visited posts:

(includes posts on REGIS LOISEL http://stuartngbooks.blogspot.com/2011/11/ctnx-2011-regis-loisel.html

TERRYL WHITLATCH (This post updated 6/14; added you tube interview with her from Academy of Art University)  http://stuartngbooks.blogspot.com/2011/11/ctnx-2011-terryl-whitlatch.html

and SKETCHTRAVEL book US DEBUT and SIGNING)  http://stuartngbooks.blogspot.com/2011/11/ctnx-2011-sketchtravel-debut-signing.html

ANIMAL ANTICS.... SNB publication of Pres Romanillos sketchbook previewed here on the blog.  http://stuartngbooks.blogspot.com/2011/11/ctnx-2011-pres-romanilllos-sketchbook.html

A set of three  "FAMILY FUN" POSTS ON ANNUAL MODEL TRAIN SHOW (oct 30th 2011) http://stuartngbooks.blogspot.com/2011/10/train-show-2011-live-wire-train-town.html

Three  POSTS ON "MARY BLAIR PANEL" AT ACADEMY OF MOTION PICTURE ARTS SCIENCES http://stuartngbooks.blogspot.com/2011/10/mary-blair-panel-updated-post-coming.html

ART OF ANIMALS (Aug 2010) exhibit at Forest Lawn in Glendale with links to more images from amazing artwork at this show! http://stuartngbooks.blogspot.com/2010/08/get-inspiried-menagerie-art-of-animals.html


Dream Con is an annual Book Fair for and by the DreamWorks Animation artists. They get to showcase some of their personal projects -- self-published sketchbooks, photography, original art etc. It's held on the DreamWorks animation campus and SNB is the only outside vendor. We are lucky to be invited there every year, as they kindly consider our booth a "perk" they are providing their artists. Always a great day with fun folks at a beautiful setting. Here are links:
2015 http://stuartngbooks.blogspot.com/2015/10/dreamcon-2015.html
2011  http://stuartngbooks.blogspot.com/2011/10/snb-at-dream-con-oct-2011.html

Posts on animal sculpts -- "BRONZE ANIMALS BY ERIC BERG"  http://stuartngbooks.blogspot.com/2011/10/bronze-animals-by-eric-berg-new-post.html ... and "BRONZE ANIMALS, LAZY DAISY CAFE OSCAR'S HOME IN BEVERLY HILLS" http://stuartngbooks.blogspot.com/2011/10/bronze-animals-in-beverly-hills-front.html

"GET INSPIRED - Printers Fair 2014"
also 2015 post

"GET INSPIRED - TIM BURTON MoMA SHOW AT LACMA"  http://stuartngbooks.blogspot.com/2011/09/get-inspired-tim-burton-moma-show-at.html

Want to sketch bones??? Check out these three posts on the LA County Museum of Natural History and the Sept 2011 opening of the new Dino Hall:
 http://stuartngbooks.blogspot.com/2011/09/get-inspiredfamily-fun-natl-history_06.html  Link for LA County Museum of Natural History http://www.nhm.org/site/

SNB experiments (like our booth at a Twilight convention Oct 2010. http://stuartngbooks.blogspot.com/2010/10/hillywood-show-with-wendling-desk.html  ); Scenes from our bookscouting trips (Aug 2009 is a good one  http://stuartngbooks.blogspot.com/2009/08/planes-trains-and-bookstores-back-east.html ); Even a post on the time someone shipped us a book in a used pizza box (Aug 2008 post  http://stuartngbooks.blogspot.com/2008/08/place-holder-1.html)  . For posts written back when I was "the voice" on the phone at SNB and at the order desk full-time, search "Daily Brew" (2008 - 2010). All this and more lurks here on the blog for you to discover..

Some blog posts highlight the directions that SNB takes me (but not necessarily Stuart)... search the archive posts to find Hoops and Yoyo  http://stuartngbooks.blogspot.com/search?q=hoops+%26+yoyo; Twilight http://stuartngbooks.blogspot.com/search?q=twilight;
Ready for a dance break? Enjoy this music video of band Ok Go 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.