Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Erin Stead

Caldecott Medal winner for her collaboration piece A Sick Day for Amos McGee and named New York times best Illustrated Book of 2012. Many of her books have been nominated or given various awards. She is very open about her process and ideation. All of which can be found on her blog

Her unique use of limited color and texture creates a story that is both charming and cultivating. The delicate line art is precise in a way that cause her characters to appear to have wondered onto the page by accident.
She is a prevalent blogger. Her most recent feat is one she has developed with her husband called, Number Five Bus where they host conversations with "fellow book people."

Beth Krommes

Beth Krommes considers herself more of a fine artist who also likes to illustrate. She began her love of art with wood engravings and then switched to scratch board. Her first book was called Grandmother Winter and received much praise. Her 6th work The House in the Night was awarded the 2009 Caldecott. 

Krommes, along with the children's market, produces materials for teachers to use in classroom and visits schools to talk about illustration. She loves to blog and record interviews of her journey. Although her website is outdated she does well keeping in touch with social media.  

Aaron Becker

Began his journey at the Monterey, California Children's Book Conference. During his schooling (and directly there after) Beck pursued interest in concept design for films, much of which is now reflected in his work. Journey and Quest being his biggest claims to fame, Becker also makes book trailers for his illustrations as well as documentaries of his thought process and drafting techniques. 

While Beck now focuses on the Children's Book market he also sells prints, and online media for children. 

He keeps a current website and is excellent on being well known across social media, including (but not limited to) Facebook, Blogs, Instagram, Twitter, 

Jan Brett

Jan Brett

Currently has over 39 million books in print with a new addition coming out every few years. Some of her beloved classics include Town Mouse Country MouseThe Hat and Annie and the Wild Animals

Travel serves as a main source of inspiration. She, and her husband Joe a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, visit different countries and researches architecture and costumes that appear in her work. 

"From cave paintings to Norwegian sleighs, to Japanese gardens, I study the traditions of the many countries I visit and use them as a starting point for my children's books."

Jan Brett has a weekly newsletter she sends to fans and teachers, she has created interactive apps for children, has a very outdated website and occasionally emails. 

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

David Wiesner

David Wiesner 

Is likely the most critically acclaimed Children's Book Illustrator across the globe. His work has been translated to over a dozen languages and won awards in the United States and Abroad including several Caldecott medals. He builds small scale models as reference of his characters. 
He prefers stories told in dream like states that take audiences on a journey using very limited 

He has produced many solo works including Tuesday, The Three Pigs and Flotsam. As well as partnering with various authors such as Marianna Mayer, Laurence Yep, and Eve Bunting (to name a few). He has also worked on book covers and CD game designs The Day the World Broke

Wiesner continues to illustrate stories that can take him several years to complete in his home outside Philadelphia. 

He participates in blogging, linkedin, his website, forums and facebook

Monday, September 1, 2014

Summer Days

Study of New Zealand landscape on canvas. I experimented with a new acrylic technique. Glad it is done! 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Year of the Dragon

As promised, here is a sneak peak of my children's book scheduled to be publicly released October of 2014. Please keep in mind I had a three month due date on top of an 18 hour school schedule with the final spreads due about a week after finals. So they may not appeared the highest standard of artistic acceptance of the illustration world. I did, however, learn a lot about the industry I hope to one day enter professionally. It was a great experience to work one on one with an author and publisher. 

I decided to do the finals in a mix of watercolor ink and Photoshop. 

Here are a few pages from the story. Stay tuned to read more about Jake Chandler in Year of the Dragon.