Month: July 2010

Susan’s remarkable field trip

Talented California artist and illustrator Susan Sorrell Hill reports to us today about a recent pilgrimage she made across the country to meet an artist she admires very much. When she learned that Austrian children’s book illustrator Lisbeth Zwerger would be at the Eric Carle Museum in Amherst, Ma. for the opening of a retrospective of her work, she knew she’d  have to go. It was as simple as that. Read a brief discussion of  Zwerger’s work and a few reviews of her books  from the Children’s Literature Comprehensive Database. * * * * * SCBWI International Summer Conference, LA  — up to the minute coverage you don’t want to miss: Austin SCBWI Assistant Regional Advisor Carmen Oliver’s delightful daily coverage in her blog, Following My Dreams One Word at a Time Update stream direct from the tweets of all those members attending the conference! The Official SCBWI Conference Blog (team blog coverage from the floor, led by Alice Pope) * * * * August 14-15 weekend  watercolor workshop Mark Mitchell is scheduled to teach a weekend workshop on drawing and painting for Children’s Book Illustration at the Art School of the Austin Museum of Art in Austin, Texas August 14-15. Painting and color use is an important skill set to demonstrate if you want an art director or editor to consider using your story illustrations. This class is...

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Art aloft: The ‘Golden Kite’ children’s book illustrations

It’s hard to explain the thrill of being inches away from an original watercolor by Uri Shulevitz, or Jerry Pinkney or the late Trina Schart Hyman. “The Huntsman” from “Little Red Riding Hood” by Trina Schart Hyman, 1984 Golden Kite Medal winner You just have to be there.  The National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature (NCCIL) working with  The Society of Children’s Book Writers and  Illustrators (SCBWI) has now made that possible for  thousands of people  with a new exhibit, Golden Kite Golden Dreams that opened last Thursday at the Center in Abilene, Texas. Located 180 miles west of Fort Worth,  the NCCIL (they pronounce their acronym nickel)  “enhances visual and verbal literacy by celebrating the best original art published in children’s literature” as their mission states.  Their previous shows have celebrated the  art of Mike Berenstain, Eric Carle, Kevin Henkes, William Joyce,  Robert Sabuda, Diane Stanley and N.C. Wyeth — to mention just a few. Golden Kite Golden Dreams, like  previous NCCIL exhibits will tour major cities around the country when its stay in the  rugged Texas hill country ends. Closeup photo of “Tom Thumb is kidnapped” egg tempera painting for “Tom Thumb” by Richard Jesse Watson. 1990 Golden Kite Medal winner. The SCBWI, which sponsors conferences, workshops and a wide variety of informational services to writers, illustrators and  others engaged with children’s publishing, awards the   Golden...

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