Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Jessica's name came right to mind. Her love and passion for type was something that I had seen for awhile on here blog and was excited to see what she could do for our cover.
Here is what we came up with. In later posts I'll go over how this cover evolved.
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
The Society of Illustrators 30th Children's Book Show.
The Quiet Book
Illustrated by Renata Liwska
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
OH NO! (Or How My Science Project Destroyed the World)
Illustrated by Dan Santat
Dillweed's Revenge: A Deadly Dose of Magic
Illustrated by Carson Ellis
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Wednesday, August 04, 2010
A few weeks prior Amy Bates, illustrator and co-chair of the 30th Annual Society of Illustrators Children's Book Show gave me a ring to ask if I would fill in as a judge if another judge might not be able to show. And that is what happened on Monday morning. I arrived at the Society by 9:30 am to all the other judges already eating breakfast. Good thing I got an early start. I was hungry! I would have been kicking myself at missing this opportunity. Free breakfast, come on people.
We had the honor of judging 554 children's books from all sorts of publishers. The judging went on from 10 am till around 5pm. At around 5:30 or so we the chose the gold and silver winners. Which was no easy task.
LINCOLN AGNEW is the 2009 recipient of “The Original Art” Founder’s Award, an annual prize for the most promising new talent in children’s book illustration. He received the award for Harry and Horsie by Katie Van Camp. His second book with Ms. Van Camp, Cookiebot!: A Harry and Horsie Adventure, will be published by Balzer & Bray / HarperCollins in 2011. Mr. Agnew earned degrees in both illustration and photography from the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary.
MARTHA RAGO is the Associate Creative Director at HarperCollins Children’s Books, where she oversees picture books under the Harper, Rayo, Katherine Tegen, and Balzer & Bray imprints, as well as special projects from the C. S. Lewis and Shel Silverstein estates. In the course of her career, she has worked closely with established artists such as Eric Carle, Tomie DePaola, Ed Young, Marc Simont, Ted Rand, and Peter Sis, and she has helped launch the careers of artists such as Peter McCarty, Laurie Keller, Bryan Collier, Randy Cecil and Julie Paschkis—who have gone on to win awards and critical acclaim.
Che out Amy's great interview over at Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast
Take a look at her kick ass work at
Lauren also gave a great interview over at Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast
SERGIO RUZZIER, an award-winning children’s book author and artist, was born in Milan, Italy. His books include The Room of Wonders (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), Amandina (Roaring Brook), and most recently, Hey, Rabbit!(Roaring Brook). He has also illustrated books by other authors, including Karla Kuskin, Emily Jenkins, and Lore Segal. Broom, Zoom! by Caron Lee Cohen will be published by Simon & Schuster in August 2010, and Tweak, Tweak! by Eve Bunting will be released by Clarion Books in 2011.
Tuesday, August 03, 2010
A collection of true stories from the lives of working illustrators, created for the ICON 6 conference.
Visit Jason Holley
Sunday, August 01, 2010
This morning as I do most weekends mornings I had breakfast at Prime Meats in Carroll Gardens. Only on this particular Sunday morning I was meeting Sophie Blackall. She was waiting paitently for me. Next to her sat a portfolio with her final art for Aldus Huxley's only picture book The Crows of Pearblossom. Both of us were in need of a coffee. Sophie because she pored everything she had in the finishing the final art the night or hours before and I from celebrating a friends birthday. What she was about to show me was beyond my wildest expectations. I can't wait to share more about the making of this book very soon. In the mean time here are some photos from The Crows of Pearblossom the Art Drop.
Also I highly recommend Prime Meats for a tasty breakfast.
Other links Sophie Blackall's interview at Seven Impossible Things