25/09/12 News # ,

’80’s Villians Artwork

’80’s Villians Artwork

Here are four interesting pieces from my personal artwork archive – a colorful tribute to my favorite cartoon villains of the 1980’s.  Going clockwise – (upper left) the evil sorcerer Skeletor and enemy of He-man from Masters Of The Universe, (upper right) the prime mechanical tyrant of the Transformers universe, Decepticon leader Megatron, (lower right),  Cobra Commander, the unscrupulous founder COBRA, a ruthless organization determined to rule the world and defeat G.I.Joe, and (lower left) the ghoulish Mumm-Ra, the ravenous overlord of Third Earth and scourge of the Thundercats.  Love that I can share them with you!

– MR

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25/09/12 Events , News # ,

Star Wars Reads!

Star Wars Reads!

On October 6th, 2012, fans will come together to celebrate reading and Star Wars!  Matthew will be appearing at the NYC event along with several other Star Wars authors  – so come joint the fun!  Click here for more details about other Star Wars Reads events all over the galaxy.

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Pop-Up Showcase: Flanimals

Pop-Up Showcase: Flanimals

We like to celebrate and showcase all kinds of movable books by authors and paper engineers from all around the world!  This hilarious book by comedian Ricky Gervais features fantastic pop-ups by veteran paper engineer Richard Ferguson with illustrations by Rob Steen (published by Candlewick in 2009). Gervais introduces us to Mernimbler, Grob, Bletchling and many other “pointless ugly creatures” from the Flanimal kingdom. Ferguson matches Gervais’ humor with clever “poppy-upness.”

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25/09/12 Artist Watch

Artist Watch: Dan McCarthy

Artist Watch: Dan McCarthy


Reminiscent of Eyvind Earle, Dan McCarthy creates stark graphic landscapes with bright colors and bold color.  The stunning gradients in his prints give atmosphere and mood to each on of his pieces.  His use of bright colors set against stark black really pulls in the observer.  Sometimes his color usage is subtle; other times he’s full-on rainbow! Check out more of Dan McCarthy’s work here.

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One of the reasons I decided to become an engineer was because I realized that engineering and art are not exactly opposites, as the course load for each would suggest, but rather one can greatly influence the other.  One artist that I found that walks the line between the two is Theo Jansen with his Strandbeests.  The Strandbeests are mechanical animals that live on the beach and are self-propelled by the wind.  Theo Jansen is able to take the engineering principals that would make a machine like this move, and apply his artistic vision to make it move and look like a real animal.  Since discovering Theo Jansen, pop-ups have only reinforced this notion of combining paper-engineering with art to create a movable masterpiece!  You can find out more about Theo Jansen and his work at http://www.strandbeest.com/

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Gemma Correll is an illustrator from the United Kingdom.  Her style is simple, quirky, and quite comical in my opinion.  I love her line work and the one to two spots of color she uses.  Check out more of her work on her website!

 

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24/09/12 News # ,

Welcome…

Welcome…

…to the brand-new MatthewReinhart.com!  It’s about time, right?  Not only will there be weekly updates about author Matthew Reinhart, but also fun kids’ activities and crafts, artist showcases, pop-up book reviews, and everything else under the sun that we want to share with you!  Keep an eye out every week for something new to read, see, create and hopefully inspire.

 

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