Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Quackenstein Hatches a Family » Trailer

Just in time for Halloween, watch the spooky video trailer for the,
Quackenstein Hatches a Family http://ow.ly/2ZEGf

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Drawn in Brooklyn


Drawn in Brooklyn festival and exhibition of children's book illustrations! Brooklyn's diverse, vibrant environment is home to the most remarkable concentration of children's book professionals on the planet. This fact is put on brilliant display by the work of the illustrators featured in this exhibition. We hope you enjoy this wonderful opportunity to meet these artists and experience their work.

Drawn In Brooklyn Exhibitions
September 21, 2010 – January 23, 2011
Central Library, Grand Army Plaza

Grand Lobby
Original children's book illustrations by 34 artists curated by John Bemelmans Marciano
Foyer Cases
Featured illustrators' picture books
2nd Floor Balcony Cases
Site-specific installations created by illustrators
Youth Wing
Sketches, models, tools and more that reveal the processes behind
the making of picture book art.

Sean Qualls

Sophie Blackall

Lauren Castillo

Brett Helquist

Peter Brown


Music Video Sunday—Fionn Ragan

Fionn Regan from Black Cab Sessions on Vimeo.

Glasses Photo Series: Publishing Folk

Sophie Blackall, Illustrator


Neil Swaab, Mr Wiggles

Neil Swaab

Martha Mihalick, Greenwillow Books


Amy Ryan, HarperCollins

Amy Ryan

Colleen AF Venable, First Second

Colleen AF Venable

Laura Lee Gulledge, Page by Paige

Laura Lee

Marcellus Hall, Illustrator/Musician


Susan Van Metre, Publisher


Grace Lacovara, The Book Nook


Tamar Brazis, Executive Editor

Tamar Brazis

Fiona Robinson, Author/Illustrator

Fiona Robinson

Jonathan Beckerman, Photographer


Pete, Author


Kate Moloney, Co-Author, Tim Gunn's Guide to Style

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Dan Santat breaks down . . . his compositions

I just came across Dan Santat's blog about how he breaks down . . . his compositions. It's an amazing insight into how he works and is worth a read.

"Recently, a friend of mine asked me to give my two cents on how I compose a page for book illustration. I don't really consider myself an expert on art, design or composition but I figured I'd share my philosophies on the matter for those who may feel they can be a helpful start in illustrating for picture books.

First of all, I should discuss my influences. I learned everything by imitation. I think, for anyone who has started in art you begin by copying those things that interest you and you improve by repetition. For me, I grew up drawing Garfield and VINCENT from the old Disney movie "The Black Hole" (Don't ask) When it came to children's books my infatuation was with the work of William Joyce..."—DAN SANTAT

Monday, October 04, 2010


Earlier this summer Jeff Kinney and his trusted team ( Charles Kochman, Jason Wells and myself ) took a trip to the Macy's Studios just over the Hudson river in New Jersey. Here they make all the floats and balloons that are seen in the parade Thanksgiving morning. It was like visiting Santa's workshop.

Jeff Kinney and team arrive at the Macy's Studio in New Jersey

Who knew the balloons started out as clay sculptures?
This was the first time Jeff was seeing his creation, Greg Heffley in 3D

Jeff works on the design of Greg's mouth

The original drawing by Jeff Kinney for the balloon. ( Below )

Macy's drawing of Greg in 3D

Sculpting tools

First a 3D clay sculpture is made.

Jennifer Palmer awaits Jeff's carving instructions

A figure is added to show scale

Charles Kochman lends his keen eye to the process