Archive for the ‘children’s art’ Category
Carol Chu tells us about the creation of a children’s book and shares what illustrators should include in their portfolios in this super interview over at ChildrensIllustrators.com. It’ll get you creating! Here’s a snippet:
What is your professional background and how did you come to be Art Director at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt?
Here’s how I started with HMH. Five years ago, I was hired as a Senior Designer in children’s books, specifically paperbacks. Two years later, I was promoted to Associate Art Director overseeing paperbacks while also designing young adult jackets. Now, I find myself the Art Director of Franchise and Paperbacks.
Marbleizing paper is a wonderful spontaneous combustion of paint, fluffy foamy cream and printmaking. It’s easy and all ages will enjoy the process. The results are astounding. The paper can be used for so many things: cards, gift tags, artwork, book arts, collage, backgrounds to ink drawings – the possibilities are endless! Here’s all you need to get started:
- Foamy shaving cream
- Liquid acrylics or watered down liquid acrylics
- Tray or pan to hold the shaving cream
- Hair pick or pencil for swirling paint
- Cardstock to print on
Let’s get started!
Step 1: fill a tray with shaving cream. Smooth it out with the cardboard. Apply your paints with a soft brush in the fashion you desire. There is no wrong way to do this! Drip or drop, make rainbows, or shapes.
Step 2: Place your cardstock face down on the paint and smooth the back of the paper with your hands to make the paint stick to the paper. Don’t worry about the shaving cream! It comes off next…
Step 3: Pull off your print and wait for a full minute. It’s hard to wait … I know!
Step 4: Take a small piece of cardboard or credit card or squeegee if you have one and “shave off” the cream from the paper. Prepare to be amazed!
Enjoy the fun results!
:: This post is brought you by Illustration Friday Contributor Susan Schwake. Susan is co-owner and curator of Artstream LLC and though the gallery runs an independent art school serving people of all ages and abilities. She is also the author of Art Lab for Kids: 52 projects in Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Paper and Mixed Media by Quarry Books.
Lee Wade founded her own publishing company, Schwartz & Wade Books, one of Random House Children’s Books’ family of imprints. ChildrensIllustrators.com just posted a great interview with her! Here’s a snippet:
Can you tell us about your professional background including how you came to found your own publishing company, Schwartz and Wade Books.
I was an English major at Skidmore College but I always admired the art majors so when I graduated and was offered the position of assistant to the Art Director/Adult Trade Publishing at St. Martin’s press, I jumped on it. I spent 4 years at St. Martin’s designing book jackets and then became the Art Director at MacMillian Publishing. I spent the next 10 years running adult trade art departments and taking on more responsibility and overseeing more and more people. I always liked my jobs.
Find out more about her company and read her thoughts on building your children’s portfolio in this super interview at ChildrensIllustrators.com!
I can’t find a bit of information about children’s illustrator Teresa Jenellen. But I found her work on Childrensillustrators.com and was wowed. It’s so different from most children’s work. Very striking! If you have info about her, please leave a comment!
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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.
Aurelia Fronty has always drawn, surrounded by colors and fabrics of family life. After graduating, she joined the School of Applied Arts Duperré in Paris. There she specialized in textile design and creation. Her work is so beautiful. I love the rich colors and unique compositions.
I’ve talked about Melanie Mikecz’s abstract artworks before, but little did I know that she has work for sale on Oopsy Daisy. According to their site: Melanie Mikecz specializes in a charming, mixed-media style. Originally from Wisconsin, she earned a BFA from the Washington University School of Art in St. Louis. Melanie has worked as an illustrator and designer in Boston, London, and San Francisco, absorbing cultural and artistic influences from each of these places. Although her main artistic endeavor is illustration, she also enjoys painting in her spare time, which pushes her talent to new areas of exploration.
See more: Oopsy Daisy
These illustrations by children’s artist Nicola Slater charmed me senseless. Love the color palette, too.
See more of Nicola’s work: Website
Children’s illustrator Taeeun Yoo received her MFA from the School of Visual Arts Illustration and lives in New York City. Her work for kids is just beautiful. It just has such timeless imaginative quality and a sweetness that’s sometimes hard to find in kids books.
One of my – and my daughter’s – favorites of Yoo’s is The Little Red Fish, story of a boy’s adventure alone in a deserted library. Do check it out. You’ll love it.
Here are a few more works from her other stories:
Alison Jay was born in Hertfordshire, grew up in Derbyshire and studied graphic design in London where she now lives. She works with Alkyd, a quick drying oil paint, on paper and sometimes adds a crackle varnish to give the work an aged appearance.
View more of her work: Children’s Illustrators Portfolio