Asian Festival of Children’s Content (AFCC) 2013



For those who are interested in writing and or illustrating for children and young adults, you need to get yourself over to Singapore for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content (AFCC) that’s happening from 25th May to 30th May 2013.

I’ll be there for a week and very much looking forward to the activities planned. There’s a slew of them, and you can find out more by checking out their website – I’m hoping that I can go through as much as I can when I’m there

Creating a Transmedia Project with Kate McCallum (30th May)

In this 8 hour class, participants will be introduced to the concept of transmedia design strategy, story analysis, effective development and how to create a comprehensive story world and style bible. Participants will create their own story Style Guides and Bibles which they will be able to present to prospective buyers.

Secrets of Turning Prose into Animation with Robert Greenberg (30th May)

Learn the steps of screenwriting – treatment, scene breakdown and a first draft script; and go deeper into writing a script – scene heading, dialogue and transitions. Robert Greenberg will guide participants through the study of various case studies showcasing different writing styles and in the process, help develop each participant’s personal writing style.

The Writers and Illustrators Conference (28-29th May)

This two day conference is packed with so many different programs, from publishing and distribution in Asia to conceptualizing a series of books, and many other discussions and keynotes in between.

Meet the Commissioners: What the Networks Want (29th May)

Representatives from the various television networks such as Disney, Discovery and Nickelodeon will share pointers on pitching, meeting the channel’s requirements, story development and cultivating a good working relationship between the production houses and the networks.

So if anyone is heading there and would like to meet up (I might bump into some of you there!) just let me know by contacting me!

New project: 1000 things to draw

1000 things to draw!

One of my resolutions this year was to come up with projects that would further help to challenge creatives out there to have fun.

You may also remember that I put up a list of 100 things to draw two years ago that serves as a “starter list” for those who are just looking to draw something. Or just anything for that matter.

I got a lot of comments on that one, and it was just something that I came up with on a whim one day. A year on, I asked myself – why should I limit this to just 100 items? How can I come up with even tougher subjects for those who are looking for more? So I challenged myself – I wrote and scribbled down about 300 more things to draw. And then I added verbs to the mix. And then I added even more stuff to the list. Then I started to think, what if I were to cross reference this big list with another? And so 1000 Things to Draw began to take shape.

When I told my technical whiz Victor about the idea, he was game to put it out there. But I questioned myself constantly – is this crazy? Is it just plain dumb? Would people even want this sort of thing? But then I decided I didn’t care a hoot what others think – I just thought it would be fun to put it out there for others to enjoy. And so I designed the website and came up with things to draw while Victor put it all together for me.

Think of 1000 Things to Draw as a game, where anything goes. I have to warn you, it’s really out there. Like crazy silly. Just hit the button again and again and you’ll find yourself guffawing and sniggering at the whole thing before you actually start to draw. It’ll tease your imagination and create the silliest scenarios that you wouldn’t have thought of. Ever. You can make it into a game with your friends by taking turns to find something to draw. Take it on the road by purchasing a PDF that you can play offline (with the PDF version you can go even crazier with even more possibilities for random fun!) The fun to be had, along with possibilities for laughter and creativity is endless!


You can also share your drawings done via our Flickr group, or head on over to our Tumblr page to submit your drawings! Have a collaborative call for drawings, or just to show off your mad skills – whichever works!

I’m really pleased with the outcome, so I want to invite you over to have a go at it (click here!) and let me know what you think in the comments below! And if you know someone who will benefit from this, help us spread the word through social media – Facebook, Twitter and all!

Psst, the actual total number of things that the system comes up with is actually much more than 1000 things to draw! 😉

Final call: Pikaland Artist Bootcamp

final call – pikaland artist bootcamp #1

Cat-loving artist Jamie Shelman and I have been running a series of online classes since 2010 called the Pikaland Artist Bootcamp, offering feedback and thoughts as we follow along with our students as they complete weekly assignments that were designed to help them think beyond paper (and canvases!)

Our first bootcamp, called Making Your Mark, will begin again on 8 April 2013, and this year’s session will be the last one that Jamie and I will be teaching together. Seats are limited for this class, and this 6-week class is great for artists and illustrators who want to explore their style further and bring refinement, focus, or new ideas to your work. The course is also excellent for those who don’t know how to begin, and need fresh eyes to help guide their art-making – enrollment is now open and you can register here.

This will also be the last session of the Visual Journaling class that I’ll be doing with Jamie too, and it’s for aspiring visual story-tellers. It’s a 5-week class that begins on 10 June 2013 that uses a moleskine as a medium and place to gather images and ideas. It incorporates collage, drawn imagery, words, and photos to create your own narrative. You can register your enrollment here.

While I loved teaching with Jamie and will definitely miss our time together, I felt that the time has come for me to take a step back, to take stock and to regroup. I’ve had a few experiences over the last year that has affected me deeply (there were gut-wrenching timesamazing momentseye-opening ones, and deeply fulfilling ones); and I’d like to be able to slow down and process them so that I can move forward.

So, if you’ve ever wanted to work with two very opinionated folks with lots of ideas to share on how to bring your art to a whole new level, then this would be your last chance to enroll for Making Your Mark and Visual Journaling – I’d love to see you there!

(note: participants are on a first-come-first-served basis only, so be sure to sign up early to avoid disappointment!)

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