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Post by Angie Brown
Lane Smith is rather cheeky and he doesn’t even try to hide it. It’s kind of his thing. He says: I don’t like ordinary, middle-of-the-road books. I like funny, odd books that excite and challenge a child. There are enough people doing nice books about manners and feelings and magical unicorns. I do not do those kinds of books.” I first found him when I stumbled across his book review blog, Curious Pages: Recommended Inappropriate Books for Children, where he writes rather cheeky reviews of children’s books that are somehow a little “off.” It’s hilariously entertaining.
I was fascinated by the mottled textures in the illustration directly above, from his aptly named “It’s a Book”. Luckily, he’s rather forthcoming in describing how he achieves this effect: he paints hot press illustration board with oil paints and then sprays them with an acrylic spray (water based) while the paints (oil based) are still wet, causing a chemical reaction. Brilliant.
He currently lives with his wife and two cats in Connecticut and New York City. Before he became a children’s book illustrator, he worked as a freelance illustrator for magazines like Time, Sesame Street, Rolling Stone, Ms., Newsweek, Sports Illustrated, The New York Times, Atlantic Monthly, Esquire and many others. He is quite prolific and his titles include It’s a Book; John, Paul, George & Ben; The Stinky Cheese Man; Grandpa Green; and Big Plans.
Post by Penelope
As the mother of a kiddo who’s in love with picture books (what kid isn’t?), I thought I’d start sharing some of our favorites here on the ol’ IF Blog in a new “Book Bliss” series. These are books that are wonderfully illustrated with great stories. Fun indeed! I hope you’ll enjoy!
The first one I’d like to rave about is called Flotsam by David Wisner. Have you seen this book? It’s amazing.
Here’s the description from Amazon:
“A bright, science-minded boy goes to the beach equipped to collect and examine flotsam–anything floating that has been washed ashore. Bottles, lost toys, small objects of every description are among his usual finds. But there’s no way he could have prepared for one particular discovery: a barnacle-encrusted underwater camera, with its own secrets to share . . . and to keep.”
David Wiesner’s detailed illustrations surely spark the imagination with images of puffer fish hot air balloons soaring through the sky, starfish islands tottering around tiny whales and sea shell homes perched on turtle shells. One of my favorite images is of a family of octopuses in their underwater living room. It’s just great — so detailed and funny.
David Wiesner is one of the best-loved and most highly acclaimed picture book creators in the world. His books have been translated into more than a dozen languages and have won numerous awards in the United States and abroad. Flotsam won a Caldecott Medal in 2007. David also shares his process on his website!
Check out Flotsam for yourself… It’s definitely one to own even if you don’t have kids. You’ll love it!
Post by Tamsin
Oh wow! LOVE Carson Ellis illustration. I didn’t know of her work before I saw The Wildwood Chronicles (written by her husband Colin Meloy) last year. Gorgeous book! Her use of typography and pattern within her work is superb. Her illustration style has a folklore/fairytale feel about it – imaginiative, clever and delightfully inspiring. Carson Lives in Oregon with her family and also illustrates album art for her husbands band The Decemberists. See more of Carson’s work here and the Wildwood Chronicles has its very own page here.
(Artwork from “Araby” and Other Stories by Lizzy Stewart)
(Artwork from “The Isle of Voices” by Andrea Kalfas)
Portland, Oregon-based publisher Scout Books is proud to announce the Fall/Winter 2012 lineup of Great Shorts from Good Ink. These short books pair favorite illustrators with a wide variety of classic stories and great authors from all over the world, providing literature lovers and design connoisseurs with a perfectly pocket-sized read that’s ready anytime. Our new releases are Tales of Terror, Forever Modern, War Stories, Fantastic Tales II, and Tales of the Wild. They also have lots of other fun things in their bookstore.
Find out more and take a peek inside the books on their website.
Danny Gregory has a new illustrative book out and it looks so touching.
Watch the book trailer to to step inside the story and artwork :)
Just in time for Christmas this year, Far Far Away Books has come out with a beautiful book that’s actually not about Christmas at all. “Sylvester and the New Year” is a modern incarnation of what’s apparently a classic story, but one I’d never heard before: The tale of Sylvester, a white-bearded, sleigh-driving figure who does *not* deliver presents to all the children of the world, but rather brings us the New Year, in the form of a cheerful child.
German poet Eduard Mörike is to thank for the original tale, dating back more than a century, and indeed the book has the timeless feel of a modern classic. Emmeline Pidgen’s evocative, enchanting artwork seems the perfect complement to this peace-filled, sparely told story.
Also particularly charming is the printing — it’s a little art-director-nerdy of me to point out, but you can’t help noticing the pleasing feel of the paper and the glittering foil stamping on the cover. It’s even sized just right for reading together with a little one, laying perfectly across a lap.
The only problem is that if you want to give this to a special child in your life this Christmas, you’ll need to act quickly — especially if you’re on this side of the Atlantic. The publisher is in the UK, so your copy will have to cross the pond in time for your celebration.
Like the New Year, though, it’ll be worth the wait.
See more and order your copy here.
The Sketchbook Project, in case you haven’t heard of this ingenious and inspiring undertaking, is a collection of creative works in the form of art contributed by people from around the world. (Kind of like Illustration Friday, come to think of it…) In this case, the art is in the form of sketchbooks – more than 22,000 of them and counting – created by some 70,000 artists in more than 130 countries. Wow! The really cool thing is that since its inception 6 years ago, the project has shared the wealth by sending the art around (more than 40,000 miles so far), spreading inspiration and creative collaboration all over. And, just this month, they launched a brand new, reinvented Sketchbook Project, with the goal of making participation easier and more engaging.
Co-Founder Steven Peterman summed it up thusly: “We knew it was time to evolve. The idea of a yearly, traveling project was just not sustainable. We wanted something that would be more accessible to our participants and easier for us to visit more cities and reach more people.”
With that in mind, The Sketchbook Project staff created The Mobile Library — a custom-built 16-foot trailer that will travel the country, year-round, reaching as many as 45 cities a year. (It already has a schedule of 20 cities for 2013.) Here’s how they describe the new process: creative-minded people can head over to the website and order an official Sketchbook Project sketchbook. Once you get your sketchbook, you can register your book for one of six tours.
“We wanted to allow our participants more options and a chance to ‘curate’ their own tour in some way,” said Peterman.
With each tour, you not only get to select a theme for your book, but you get to select the 3 to 4 city tour your book will go on. Pick a city near you, or pick a whole different part of the country! It’s all up to you. Once your book goes on it’s tour, it will be come part of the permanent collection at The Brooklyn Art Library in Brooklyn, NY. There, visitors can search and look through all 22,000 books in the collection. Want your book to be seen even more? Select the digitizing option when getting your book. The Sketchbook Project digital library has had over 1.3 million books viewed and more than half the books have had over 100 different views.
As Peterman explains, “By selecting the digitizing option, you will open your book to a whole new audience. The digital library receives over 1,700 views a day from people all over the world. It will also allow us to select your book for curated and alternative exhibitions.”
Not only will The Mobile Library take the sketchbooks on tour, contributed art will also be used for curated exhibitions using the Project’s past sketchbooks. Just this past month, The Mobile Library brought 1,100 books from the collection to Pittsburgh, Ann Arbor and Cleveland on its inaugural 3-city tour curated by Christopher Jobson from thisiscolossal.com.
Final words from the founders: “It’s never been easier to join The Sketchbook Project, and we want the Illustration Friday community to get involved! Collaboration, participation and creativity are what The Sketchbook Project and Illustration Friday are all about. Put it down in drawing, painting or any medium. Fill a sketchbook and send it out on the road.”
Nate Padavick and Salli Swindell, the brother-and-sister co-founders of the fabulous illustrated recipe site They Draw & Cook, have recently published 2 new illustrated cookbooks just in time for the holidays! The Colorful Vegetarian contains 30 beautifully illustrated vegetarian recipes for everything from healthy salads to delicious desserts and The Best Illustrated Cocktail Recipes contains 24 great concoctions ranging from classic martinis to special holiday drinks. At only $9.99 each these fun books make sweet stocking stuffers!
Title: The Colorful Vegetarian
Description: The Colorful Vegetarian contains 30 beautifully illustrated vegetarian recipes for everything from healthy salads to delicious desserts. Each easy-to-make recipe is a vibrantly illustrated artwork that will both guide and inspire you!
Color: Full Color with Bleed
Description: The Best Illustrated Cocktail Recipes contains 24 great concoctions ranging from classic martinis to special holiday drinks. Each recipe is beautifully illustrated, making them as fun to look at as to make – and drink! These are the very best cocktails recipes drawn from They Draw & Cook , the internet’s largest collection of illustrated recipes.
Color: Full Color with Bleed
Artist Sanna Annukka is a designer and printmaker. Her distinctive style of bold color and pattern is influenced by her childhood summers spent in northern Finland. For her first book project – just hitting shelves – she illustrates Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fairy tale, The Fir Tree. Cloth-bound in rich forest green, with gold foil embellishments, The Fir Tree is a unique work of art.
T-Rex Trying began as an inside joke that artist Hugh Murphy shared with his friends and family, then he uploaded them to a Tumblr blog which went onto to achieve a staggering 2.5 million hits in two weeks. Since then, the Tumblr has been shared on Facebook over 230,000 times. Penguin Books collected all the cartoons in one quirky package, alongside loads of never before seen illustrations.
T-Rex Trying: The Unfortunate Trials of the Tyrant Lizard King, published by Michael Joseph, Penguin Books, comes out November 8th.
He might be top predator in the Jurassic kingdom, but in modern life, T-Rex’s comically short arms doom him to hilarious failure.
T-Rex has teeth the size of bananas and eats Triceratops for breakfast, but when it’s time to brush his teeth . . .
T-Rex is 12 metres long and 4 metres tall, but somehow he just can’t change that light bulb . . .
And you can just forget about the vending machine.
Containing dozens of never before seen illustrations, T-Rex Trying: The Unfortunate Trials of the Tyrant Lizard King is the cute, quirky and laugh-out-loud funny collection of cartoons that will have across the board appeal this Christmas.
About the Author:
Hugh Murphy is a 28 year old student at the University of Southern California, Ostrow School of Dentistry. Hugh began his career as an artist selling watercolour paintings of fish in order to pay for his applications to dental school, but has always enjoyed drawing and painting in his free time. He loves science, nature films, his wife, Sarah, and shark week. Hugh and Sarah moved to Los Angeles from Boston in August, 2010. T-Rex Trying began as a joke between Hugh and his brother, and is his first book.