7.18.2014

Just So Stories




















I'm working on a series of illustrations for Rudyard Kipling's many animal tales.  My favorite so far is Rikki Tikki Tavi, the bold snake killing mongoose, "who was completely eaten up by curiosity." I will post some sketches soon.



This is an illustration for a book series I'm working on, which involves five kids, some time travel, a magic camel and a monkey or two.  Lately I've been inspired by  Dorothy Lathrop's work, below.
Very magical.





























7.15.2014






















What can I say?  It is a portrait of a cabbage. 
It tasted good too...

4.22.2014

Happy Earth Day!

















An illustration from "Moon Child" from Random House, which stars a little sea otter.  Ever since finishing this book I've dreamed of spending my time floating in calm waters and eating clams. I might be ready for summer.


4.20.2014

Goodbye, Gabriel



So sad to hear of the passing of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, one of my favorite authors. Some of my earliest illustration attempts were  of trying to make representational pictures of his elusive images.  I imagine him now inhabiting that in-between world of Not-Quite-Here-or-There.


4.04.2014

Leaving China, A Brief Book Review






















Years and years ago I took an illustration class with James McMullan at the School of Visual Arts in NYC.  I was a bit intimidated since I love his work, but it was a really good class: Illustration as Visual essay.  (the class gradually morphed into the current MFA program.) One of the assignments was to illustrate the life of someone who wore a uniform for work.  It forced me way out of my comfort zone and I found myself following my subject through the halls of NY Hospital, through the neo-natal ICU, and on to fancy dinner parties —all in the guise of a journalist/illustrator.  In the end, thankfully, he told me he thought I would be a good illustrator.

Now I'm teaching at SVA and last night one of my current students gave me a signed copy of James McMullan's new book, "Leaving China" – a memoir of his childhood during WWII when his family was living in China. It is filled with beautiful illustrations that must have been simmering in his soul for nearly 80 years until he was finally ready and able to put them down on paper.  There are also lots of pictures of people in uniforms. The story of his childhood —a harrowing  adventure for a timid boy—was the reason, I'm sure, that he became the artist he is.

Thanks for the book, Catherine!

http://jamesmcmullan.com/LEAVING_CHINA.html

3.21.2014

Under the Lilies




Here is an older piece that makes me think of summer on the first day of Spring.  Working on some things that I can't post right now, so hope you enjoy the Frog Prince.

12.30.2013

Sister Wolf




Here is the first attempt my Traveler series. I've been playing around with painting on road maps, mainly because I love maps, and the texture and color of the old road maps are really great to work on top of.   It's acrylic & pastel on a map mounted on a board.



12.04.2013

Prints for Sale

Giclee Prints, beautifully printed on 100% rag papers with archival inks.  See more HERE
Contact me for available sizes & prices.










11.26.2013

ABFFE Auction starts today!

For Banned Book Week, the American Booksellers Fund for Freedom of Expression is holding an online auction of children's book art.  I've donated this print from "Moon Child", which they are featuring on their banner ads! Bid early and often!





11.15.2013

A Most Magnificent Fall























Still one of my favorite's after all these years... from "Nettie's Gift."

10.02.2013

Anne Frank's Chestnut Tree




















My latest book has just arrived from Random House, and it looks great.
Anne Frank's Chestnut Tree is a Step-Into-Reading book, written by Jane Kohuth.
Based on Anne Frank's diary and it "explores Anne's strong belief in the healing power of nature..."
Available  from Amazon in hardcover and also in paperback (but the hardcover is really pretty.)




















6.10.2013

Bidding for Books

Main Article ImageNYC's P.S. 363  has lost funding for it's school library. (gulp, what Mayor Mike??)  So they are throwing an auction to Save their School Library! You can get one-of-a-kind art and autographed books and artwork  from some of the greatest children's book artists working today.

I've donated a print from Moon Child (see below), and there are books and art by  Maira Kalman, Sophie Blackall, Paul O. Zelinsky, Nancy Carpenter, Javaka Steptoe, Disney, Betsy and Ted Lewin, Emily Arnold McCully, Raina Telgemeier, Beth Krommes, Anna Raff and many, many more. Show your love of books as well your civic spirit... and learn more about the incredible library here.

The Neighborhood School's Save the Library Auction runs from June 10 (Maurice Sendak's birthday) to June 21, 2013.  Let the wild rumpus and the BIDDING BEGIN!

Mashed up Fairy Tales

Mashed up Fairy Tales

Just Starting Out

Just Starting Out
This piece is featured in Profiles Issue #8 .

Tomb 10A

Tomb 10A

Birds

Birds
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