Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Hanock Piven and Halloween

Check out Hanoch Piven's work on Drawger. He's got halloween images up of course. I am fascinated by his art.
Have a happy and safe Halloween all!

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature

Check out the National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature. They currently are showing an exhibit called, Golden Legacy: Original Art from 65 Years of Golden Books.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Maira Kalman Talks about Her Illustrations

Check out this terrific video of Maira Kalman talking about her children's book illustrations and art for the New Yorker. She is a riot.

The Picture Bookies Blog

Check out our Picture Bookies Blog. We're discussing difficult or challenging art projects we've had in the past and how we tackled them.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Sherry Rogers Highlighted on Loree Griffin Burns' blog

Check out Loree Griffin Burn's blog. She is highlighting Sherry Rogers, whose beautiful snowflake is up for auction at Robert's Snow.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Digital Artist Video with Maurice Sendak

Maurice Sendak is interviewed here in the video titled Descent Into Limbo. Fascinating. You've GOT to listen to it. He tells the history of how he got started and what happened in the children's publishing industry from the 50's on throughout the years.

Dan P. Carr's wonderful Art

Take a look at Dan P. Carr's daily paintings. His blogs has great art and links.

Video about Illustrator Quentin Blake

Take a look at The Digital Artist Videos...there are many great ones about children's illustrator Quentin Blake. It's a fascinating interview to watch...about the BFG and many of the books he has illustrated.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

02-Desenho- Great Illustration Links

02-Desenho has a treasure trove of illustration links. Some of the blog is in Portuguese, but it's fairly clear as to what the links are...and if not...have fun being surprised.
I'm going to save this link on my favorites..

Monday, October 08, 2007

Rebecca's New Blog...Caspia Cottage

Children's Illustrator Rebecca Sweet has a new blog, Caspia Cottage.

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Spam from Mrs. Ruth Dodo

Another inventive spam email....
These just crack me up. I can't imagine how they combine the aspects of these spam messages, having their Gold-mine-managing-husband die on the way to Pavarotti's funeral? This one sounds it comes from a poorly written soap opera. There was much more of course, but I spared the sad details of the money grubbing untrustworthy rich relatives, and poor Mrs. Dodo's sickness and her desire to entrust me with their millions and give it to orphans and the poor.

-----Original Message-----
From: Ruth <>
Sent: Sun, 7 Oct 2007 7:55 pm
Subject: Hello

Hello     I am Mrs. Ruth Dodo from England; I am married to 
Mr. Dodo the Manager of PG  Gold corporation Ghana. 
We were married for 40 years without a child. 
He died in  a car accident in Italy with his driver 
on their way to Late Luciano Pavarotti 
the singer funeral who died Thu, 6 Sep 2007 
Best regards, Mrs. Ruth Dodo   

News on the ABC Book Competition

I'm not sure if the news is public yet, but I wanted to thank everyone who generously took the time to vote for The Doll Violinist. Huge congratulations to the winner! Out of the other entries there were two others I would have voted for myself. My first choice other than ours, didn't win obviously and..the other preference won! (I don't want to spoil the news, so I won't mention the name)

Suffice it to say we didn't win, and we actually came out pretty far down the line.

I am so grateful though to the support and encouragement of so many people who took the time to vote and to care for the art and story, and to ask how it was going. Wow. You are all amazing. I am blessed beyond belief to have seen the care and time taken to give a hand and vote.

On to new adventures!

What The Heck Does An Illustrator Do-blog

Julie Olson's blog What The Heck Does An Illustrator Do? caught my eye the other day and I saved it to blog later. Olson is a children's illustrator with some good bloggings to follow. Her work is charming too!

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Will Hillenbrand...Children's author/illustrator

A local illustrator friend referred me to Will Hillenbrand's wonderful website. Hillenbrand is a children's author/illustrator. His site offers great info for teachers, and about the art process. I enjoyed the pics of him working with the kids during his school can tell how much he loves kids, and how much they must enjoy having him speak.

Monday, October 01, 2007

The Winners of my Prize Drawing

I have drawn the two winning papers for the prize drawing mentioned at the beginning of the ABC Book Competition voting event (taking note of each email address of anyone who voted, each time they voted throughout the past two weeks)

The first place winner of a customized pen and ink rendering of her home or the building of her choice is...................................Drew Allison!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The second place winner for a $15.00 item from my cafepress site is..............................Sarah Scales!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thank you so much to all who supported The Doll Violinist and Mayra Calvani and I in your time, care and voting, I am so grateful and honored to have seen the time taken in voting for us. Hopefully we'll all hear something soon about the results of the voting in the contest.