Friday, September 8, 2017

Teaching Illustration

I'm teaching CEIL 205: Picture Book Illustration, an 8-week course starting at 630 pm, Tuesday, October 10. The course goes towards an illustration certificate from Emily Carr University's Continuing Studies department.

An illustration of the cat called Got to Go on a shed in the moonlight from Mister Got to Go, Where Are You?

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Narrative Games

Very inspired by digital narrative fiction like Kate Pullinger and Chris Joseph's Inanimate Alice, and most recently, Jelly Bone on the Oolipo app.  Also the exquisite narrative game Lieve Oma by Florian Veltman.

Lieve Oma - trailer from Florian Veltman on Vimeo.

It turns out there are a number of authoring tools for non-coding artists like me, so I feel encouraged to try to turn my children's book The Ducks of Nitobe into a narrative game. I've started a Udemy course to learn Fungus, a free open- source narrative game plug-in for Unity.  I'm on lecture 12 out of 43, and so far it's very good.
colour rough sketch from Ducks of Nitobe

Thursday, June 23, 2016

fun with animation


I signed up for the free online course Exploring Animation offered by the Open University.  Here's exercise one, the famous bouncing ball flipbook exercise to learn about arcs and squash and stretch.  Mine was done in photoshop with the AnimDessin plugin and a Wacom tablet.  Bending over a drawing hurts my neck after 20 years of making art, so sitting up at the computer screen lets me have better posture while drawing.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Graduation!


I'm so incredibly pleased to have completed my MA in Children's Literature at UBC.  The program was a life-changer for me and I found in it a world of new ideas, inspiring professors and colleagues, and friendships with people who shared my interest in picturebook apps. My ambitious thesis was a  creative-theoretical hybrid, a new category which was introduced in the nick of time, as far as my thesis was concerned. Dr. Eric Meyers championed my creation of a functional iOS app in a program that until that time only allowed written theses. I'll always be grateful to him for suggesting and arguing for a human-computer interaction model of a design-based study. So my thesis was also the first of hopefully many more such theses in the Children's Literature MA program at UBC.

My MA took the full 5 years. During that time I also illustrated Mister Got to Go, Where Are You? by Lois Simmie (Red Deer, 2014), founded Rascal Media, and started making animated children's book trailers. I also spoke at three conferences, including at Confia in Portugal.


Friday, January 9, 2015

A new book trailer!

I've animated a trailer for a funny chapter book called The Case of the Missing Carrot Cake by Robin Newman and artist Deborah Zemke (Creston Books, 2015). It's about two very serious mouse detectives.  


The Case of the Missing Carrot Cake from Cynthia Nugent on Vimeo.

Monday, September 8, 2014

My latest animation




Thank you to Caroline Adderson and Groundwood Books for hiring Rascal Media, my children's media company, to make a trailer for Caroline's wonderful, funny middle-grade novel. It was a joy to read and then interpret with animation.