Friday, October 15, 2010

Illustrators Day Festival

Please join me and a whole plethora of illustrators tomorrow from 10:30 till 3pm at the Brooklyn Public Library at Grand Army Plaza for a day of family fun. Illustrators will be doing readings, workshops, book signings, and generally running around looking for coffee and pencils. This is in conjunction with the Drawn in Brooklyn art exhibition at the Library.

Now, with that out of the way, I can apologize for not posting in a while. I have been busy.
Here is what I have been up to:

Working on the illustrations (45 in all!) for a middle grade novel with John and Katherine Paterson called The Flint Heart. It is an amazing story that has children, fairies, talking animals and even a hot water bottle from Germany named Bismark.
Here is one of the paintings....

I also just finished up a new picture book called BLACKOUT which will be out in May of 2011.
Here is a finished illustration for that:

In other news, FU FINDS THE WAY, was selected for the Original Art Show at the Society of Illustrators. The reception is on Thursday October 21. If you are there, please say hi!
Here is the piece that will be hanging in the show. I chose to frame both the pencil version and a print of the digital painting so that people could see my process.

I have also been working on my house in the country. We have started to paint the outside a nice green color called Autumn Sage. Doesn't it just sound peaceful? I built some benches for my daughters classroom, which was a lot of fun. I will have to get some pictures of those. They were made from an old oak tree that was in my wife's yard when she was a child, and when it fell over her dad had the wood milled and shipped it over from Belgium. So those benches have some history!

-Meet the Illustrator, Central Library Brooklyn Dweck Center, Nov 4th at 10:00 am
-Reading at The Red Hook Public Library in Brooklyn Wednesday November 10 at 10:00 am
-Workshop, The Art of the Bookjacket, Central Library, Brooklyn (Grand Army Plaza) 2:30 PM

-Art Exhibition, SparkHouse Studios, reception Nov 14th 7pm
-Art Exhibition and panel discussion with the Book Maker's Dozen at Powerhouse Arena December 2, 7-9pm

Hope to see you at one of these events.

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