childrensillustrations - Allan & Deborah Drew-Brook-Cormack's Latest Blog Articles View Allan & Deborah Drew-Brook-Cormack's Latest Blog Articles http://www.childrensillustrators.com/ The Sneezlores & Here and There  Well Finally   After much wailing and gnashing of teeth, I have finally uploaded my third novel in the series The Sneezlores.  This effort is titled:   Here and There   It comes in at around one hundred and ten thousand pages depending on what one counts.  But then, who’s counting?  Yes, ok, I did but then it was me doing the counting.  Nuff said.  I hope I am reaching a slightly older read this time.  After all, the series is supposed to grow with the reader.  Check it out, if you dare, and   Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.   Allan   For those with a similar memory to mine, it’s Free Downloads at:  aarart.com Sun, 24 Dec 2017 20:56:38 +0000 http://www.childrensillustrators.com/illustrator-details/AllanCormack/id=408/blog/post=2779/The-Sneezlores-Here-and-There/ http://www.childrensillustrators.com/illustrator-details/AllanCormack/id=408/blog/post=2779/The-Sneezlores-Here-and-There/ The Sneezlores. A fantasy novel series for ages eight and up. Introducing   THE SNEEZLORES A fantasy novel series for children ages eight and up.   FREE downloads of my children’s novels at aarart.com.   I’ve finally got the first three books of the series written and two now posted as free downloads.  The third is being proof read and will be joining the first two as soon as it is ready. The books fit the age ranges of eight years and up with future novels in the series growing in size and complexity to satisfy readers as they age.   They can be downloaded as PDF files from the Free Downloads buttons at:   aarart.com Thu, 17 Aug 2017 19:18:18 +0100 http://www.childrensillustrators.com/illustrator-details/AllanCormack/id=408/blog/post=2692/The-Sneezlores-A-fantasy-novel-series-for-ages-eight-and-up/ http://www.childrensillustrators.com/illustrator-details/AllanCormack/id=408/blog/post=2692/The-Sneezlores-A-fantasy-novel-series-for-ages-eight-and-up/ Aarartmobile.com Just an update.  Our website can now be reached using aarartmobile.com.  The advantage is that using that url will get you onto mobile sized scoll pages directly rather than trying to find the link crammed in with all the others! It's still best to view the whole site on a larger display as we are showing wall sized concepts. Take care,   Allan & Deborah Tue, 05 Apr 2016 10:50:11 +0100 http://www.childrensillustrators.com/illustrator-details/AllanCormack/id=408/blog/post=2463/Aarartmobile-com/ http://www.childrensillustrators.com/illustrator-details/AllanCormack/id=408/blog/post=2463/Aarartmobile-com/ New Website Announcement  Deborah and I have just published a new website at a new location with our old address:  aarart.com We're excited because now andriod users can access our site.  That's not all though.  We're building a another website dedicated to mobiles.  In for a penny, in for a pound! Take care,   Allan and Deborah     Sun, 20 Mar 2016 16:09:49 +0000 http://www.childrensillustrators.com/illustrator-details/AllanCormack/id=408/blog/post=2451/New-Website-Announcement/ http://www.childrensillustrators.com/illustrator-details/AllanCormack/id=408/blog/post=2451/New-Website-Announcement/ HIGHTAIL Announcement. Aarart Applique Is Now Using HIGHTAIL for faster downloads! Just look for the Aarart Applique links on our website for quick access to even faster and more secure downloads of all our Brochures and Catalogues from our HIGHTAIL (YouSendIt) folder. This will be a far more rewarding experience.   There’s more! We finally decided that it was time to reorganise our catalogues. Curiosity will get the better of you so download both free catalogues of your choice and see  the full extent of our changes.   Sun, 24 Jan 2016 16:20:57 +0000 http://www.childrensillustrators.com/illustrator-details/AllanCormack/id=408/blog/post=2417/HIGHTAIL-Announcement/ http://www.childrensillustrators.com/illustrator-details/AllanCormack/id=408/blog/post=2417/HIGHTAIL-Announcement/ The Seasons Book This is a young children's series of four books set in one location while illustrating the four seasons.  The intent is to interest children in the natural world and introduce some of what lives there or travels through. The project was very interesting as it was a true blend of traditional hand done original artwork and digital hand done original artwork, working from pencil sketches.  Something that Agaworld accepted without concern.  It was also very interesting for Agaworld as they are a Korean publisher with limited english skills and for us as we are Canadians and unfortunately, are unilingual English speakers!  We took on the project and found that language does not have to be much of a problem.  Just an unusual challenge met with patience and humour. All in all, it was a rewarding experience. Sat, 28 Nov 2015 14:12:21 +0000 http://www.childrensillustrators.com/illustrator-details/AllanCormack/id=408/blog/post=2384/The-Seasons-Book/ http://www.childrensillustrators.com/illustrator-details/AllanCormack/id=408/blog/post=2384/The-Seasons-Book/ Aarart Applique, How To Do It, Made Easy.  October 10, 2014. Sound familiar?  Anyone who has downloaded our Aarart Applique Catalogues may have discovered that many of our applique aar a tad on the large size and thought “Aar they joking?  Have I got enough friends?  How am I supposed to know exactly where to put the first applique up before I know where the others go?  And don’t even mention the background painting!  I suddenly feel dizzy.”  Quite the conundrums.  Or arr they. Well, we’ve done something about it.  We have created four How To Do It, Made Easy publications that aar free downloads at www.aarart.com. That’s not all.  We have a new website reached by typing aarart.houzz.com in the search field and a page on houzz.com at http://www.houzz.com/pro/aarart/aarart-applique-by-drew-brook-cormack. All the very best from, aarart.com Sun, 19 Oct 2014 13:34:35 +0100 http://www.childrensillustrators.com/illustrator-details/AllanCormack/id=408/blog/post=2157/Aarart-Applique-How-To-Do-It-Made-Easy/ http://www.childrensillustrators.com/illustrator-details/AllanCormack/id=408/blog/post=2157/Aarart-Applique-How-To-Do-It-Made-Easy/ Aarart Applique by Drew-Brook-Cormack  July 22, 2014.   We seem to be just full of announcements lately.  It appears that we are now to be found on houzz.com.  It’s a home renovating, design and decor site for talented home specialists so how we got on there is a mystery we do not wish to pursue too far!  It gets even more surprising.  They have even put under ‘wall art professionals’!  Life can be strange indeed. We have got to get working on some idea books for the site but for now we’ll have to muddle through with our free Aarart Applique Brochures at http://www.aarart.com.   Take care, (Look what happened to us!) Deborah & Allan at Aarart Applique Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:54:31 +0100 http://www.childrensillustrators.com/illustrator-details/AllanCormack/id=408/blog/post=2094/Aarart-Applique-by-Drew-Brook-Cormack/ http://www.childrensillustrators.com/illustrator-details/AllanCormack/id=408/blog/post=2094/Aarart-Applique-by-Drew-Brook-Cormack/ Announcing Aarart Brochure #3.  July 17, 2014.   We have just prepared our Aarart Applique Brochure #3 which is suited to the more traditionally minded decorator.  It will grow along with us over time and hopefully be of some use for those who aar not quite sure of where they wish to go with their surroundings or how to get there.  Apart from family suggestions that is. We have also updated the Aarart.com website to include a preview page displaying samples from each of our brochures in the hope that it will spur the unsure into boldly going forth and realising their dreams.   All the very best, Allan & Deborah at Aarart Applique Thu, 17 Jul 2014 14:52:41 +0100 http://www.childrensillustrators.com/illustrator-details/AllanCormack/id=408/blog/post=2092/Announcing-Aarart-Brochure-3/ http://www.childrensillustrators.com/illustrator-details/AllanCormack/id=408/blog/post=2092/Announcing-Aarart-Brochure-3/ Julia, the peony, is our newest set of Aarart images.  June 13, 2014.   We aar pleased to announce that we have just uploaded a new set of images in our #2 catalogues.  The image is called ‘Julia’, the peony. While we were at it, we decided to rearrange the ‘Buy’ buttons on the ‘Order Applique’ pages.  We hope this will make finding what you need a little bit easier and not to get too relaxed, we aar working on a completely new Aarart Applique Brochure #3.  It will have an entirely new approach to using our applique.  We aar very excited with our new concepts and look forward to getting them to you as soon as possible.   All the best,   Deborah & Allan Fri, 13 Jun 2014 18:10:14 +0100 http://www.childrensillustrators.com/illustrator-details/AllanCormack/id=408/blog/post=2071/Julia-the-peony-is-our-newest-set-of-Aarart-images/ http://www.childrensillustrators.com/illustrator-details/AllanCormack/id=408/blog/post=2071/Julia-the-peony-is-our-newest-set-of-Aarart-images/ Aarart Applique by Drew-Brook-Cormack Some of you may have discovered that many of our applique aar a tad on the large size and thought “Aar they joking?  How am I supposed to know exactly where to put the first one up before I know where the others go?”  Quite the conundrum.  Or is it. Rather than removing the backing from your applique and having everything go sideways from there, let us suggest tape.  Yep, low tech does it beautifully.  Now please, please understand that we aar not talking about the pull-a-locomotive or suspend-an-automobile sort, or even duct tape.  Let’s focus on a mild mannered tape used by painters. At this point, remember the layout you so diligently worked on and frantically try to remember where you put the ruddy thing.  Now do any necessary measuring to check on your eye-balling put up the main focus of your creation.  This is your gauge point from which you can start.  Remove your main focus, or anything else, when necessary and put it back, if necessary, as you go.  A well ordered, step by step approach is the safest bet and least likely to lead to hair loss, or worse.  It is helpful to include chocolate for it’s calming effects.  What you and your friends may enjoy during and after your mounting party, enjoy! Sat, 19 Apr 2014 10:46:43 +0100 http://www.childrensillustrators.com/illustrator-details/AllanCormack/id=408/blog/post=2023/Aarart-Applique-by-Drew-Brook-Cormack/ http://www.childrensillustrators.com/illustrator-details/AllanCormack/id=408/blog/post=2023/Aarart-Applique-by-Drew-Brook-Cormack/ Aarart Designer's Layered Catalogue #1 & #2.   Deborah and I aar very pleased to announce the completion and posting of our brand new free Aarart Designer’s Layered Catalogues!  It is the next step up in making digital planning and layouts as simple as a copy and paste or drag and drop session with the images you are interested in viewing, in situ.  Here is how it all works. The designer creates a .psd friendly layout of the space they aar working in and then copies and pastes or drags and drops the desired images into place.  You will notice that each image is on a separate layer, with no background, making assembly as quick and as easy as possible.  Once you have all the images assembled, it is a matter of trying various arrangements and elements in situ to achieve a stunning result with little or no risk. Another great feature of the Aarart Designer’s Catalogues is that they contain all the scaled oversized images that did not fit in the Aarart Applique Catalogues, providing a clearer impression of the composition. The designer’s catalogues aar not only for professional designers.  Anyone can utilise them, providing they have .psd friendly applications, so go ahead with down loading them and get creative!   All the best,   Allan & Deborah Thu, 20 Mar 2014 10:08:10 +0000 http://www.childrensillustrators.com/illustrator-details/AllanCormack/id=408/blog/post=1979/Aarart-Designer-s-Layered-Catalogue-1-2/ http://www.childrensillustrators.com/illustrator-details/AllanCormack/id=408/blog/post=1979/Aarart-Designer-s-Layered-Catalogue-1-2/ Advice on Aarart   We thought, with the help of others, that we should remind you that there be dragons for those who try to order applique from our website without using the free Aarart Applique Catalogues.  Each free Aarart Catalogue download has a complete list of all our images scaled to 12:1.  That’s great for doing past-ups from printed catalogue pages and you get all the catalogue numbers (SKUs) for ordering.  FREE!  How handy is that!  At the end of each catalogue number you will see two sets of numbers separated by an ‘x’.  These aar that image’s dimensions in centimeters.  Under each catalogue number, in red, aar the dimensions in inches for your convenience! We bet no one has missed some of the prices!  The price gives you a pretty good idea of how big some of the applique aar plus how many friends and family it will take to put them up.  Others aar quite small and harmless. We put percent reductions on the catalogue pages for easier ordering.  Just scroll to the correct percentage, ‘click’ on the SKU menue and choose.  Now ‘click’ the ‘Buy Now’ button and send us all your money!  Easy? Sincerely, Deborah and Allan Fri, 07 Feb 2014 15:39:01 +0000 http://www.childrensillustrators.com/illustrator-details/AllanCormack/id=408/blog/post=1944/Advice-on-Aarart/ http://www.childrensillustrators.com/illustrator-details/AllanCormack/id=408/blog/post=1944/Advice-on-Aarart/ Aarart Blog Update  January 22, 2014.   We have just completed five half wall concepts of which two wrap around a corner with some effect so now your furniture is safe.  We have also given examples of getting two different effects using the same images with a few additions.  Remember, our applique can be remounted multiple times when they aar properly handled.  That means that you can change your mind or move things around or even give them to someone so keep that party list handy!  That is creative power at it’s best.  Check out the new concepts in our free updated Aarart Applique Brochure #2 at aarart.com.  Each update number is the date it was uploaded. While we were doing the half wall concepts we noticed a gap in our line-up of shaped foregrounds.  We do not have many!  That is my next task.  Create additional shaped foregrounds.  As soon as I get a few done, we will get them up and available to you.  If you noticed this gap and need more choice, keep your eye on our free download of the Aarart Applique Catalogue #2 for updates.  Just observe the date it was uploaded to see if you have it. It is important to stay grounded!   All the best,   Aarart Applique Fri, 07 Feb 2014 14:31:38 +0000 http://www.childrensillustrators.com/illustrator-details/AllanCormack/id=408/blog/post=1931/Aarart-Blog-Update/ http://www.childrensillustrators.com/illustrator-details/AllanCormack/id=408/blog/post=1931/Aarart-Blog-Update/ Release of Aarart Applique Brochure #2 & Catalogue #2  December 23, 2013   As some may have discovered, we have posted our initial versions of the new Aarart Applique Brochure #2 and Aarart Applique Catalogue #2.  They are incomplete versions that we will be updating as new images and concepts come to us.  Just look for an update number to see if you have the latest ones. We decided on a slightly different direction with our new free downloads.  We’ve gone to soft floral walls and ceilings for those who feel the need to lower the stress levels and raise the spirits.  It is very hard to go wrong with flowers.  We will also be developing half wall concepts for those who refuse to part with any furniture that may be along a wall or two.  Seriously though, scenes running along the top half of a wall and working with your furnishings can enhance the atmosphere of a room in dramatic ways.  Look for our ideas over the next weeks to come.  They are sure to inspire.   Sometimes half a wall works better than a whole wall!   Aarart Applique Mon, 23 Dec 2013 13:31:24 +0000 http://www.childrensillustrators.com/illustrator-details/AllanCormack/id=408/blog/post=1915/Release-of-Aarart-Applique-Brochure-2-Catalogue-2/ http://www.childrensillustrators.com/illustrator-details/AllanCormack/id=408/blog/post=1915/Release-of-Aarart-Applique-Brochure-2-Catalogue-2/