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Julie Fromme Fortenberry is a children's book illustrator. She has a Master of Fine Arts from Hunter College in New York. Julie has exhibited her abstract paintings in New York galleries, and museums including the Whitney Museum of American Art. Her work has been reviewed in The Christian Science Monitor, and the New York Times. Her clients include Highlights, and Harcourt Education.
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1. Victoria Semykina Antolini's 'The Little Boat'

I love the work of children's illustrator Victoria Semykina Antolini, and now she has a superb project which needs a little help getting off the ground. She has a Kickstarter project and charming video for 'The Real Boat' a story about a little boat who dreams of the sea. The finished product will be a gorgeous, collaged and interactive, animated delight and it's just waiting to be launched, so please help her out!

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2. The Art of Richard Thompson

The Art of Richard Thompson from GVI on Vimeo.

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3. RED

Belgian writer/illustrator Jan De Kinder has written a story about a young girl who stands by, watching a friend suffer—not an easy topic for a picture book. But it's something that I'm sure many six- and seven-year-olds can relate to, though they might not be able to put their experience into words. 

The book shows both the pain of the boy who is bullied (because he blushes) and the pain of his friend watching and doing nothing. 

The character's emotions are easy to read. The dominant colors in the illustrations are red, cream, and black, and are created with ink, pencil, charcoal, aquarelle, acrylic, and collage. They have a clear, graphic style that adds drama, especially to the wordless spread depicting the girl when she finally musters the courage to stand up for her shy friend.

For such a loaded subject this book has a light touch. Red is an elegant story about the bravery of everyday life on the playground.

Thanks to Eerdmans for the the review copy.
Jan De Kinder, trans. from the Dutch by Laura Watkinson. 
 ISBN 978-0-8028-5446-9
Release date: 03/01/2015

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4. Show me the inspiration

Can you name the inspiration for these Sunday title panels?

Don Baechler talks about finding his work in this video link (about 21 minutes in): 

I wonder if he knows about this page.

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5. Drawing children

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6. Hopping on Easter

via http://ignitingwriting.com/gmabookclub/hopping-on-easter

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March 20 – April 18, 2015 at Danese/Corey 

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8. 6 Female Illustrators Weigh In On Sexism


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9. 'Goodnight Already!'

Two amusing characters from illustrator Benji Davies in 'Goodnight Already!', written by Jory John and published by HarperCollins…

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10. Yes!

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11. Frank Viva

Read a terrific interview with illustrator Frank Viva at American Illsustration…

...and here's a video on his delightful MOMA book 'Young Frank, Architect'...

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12. Rob Dunlavey talks about play and drawing

Rob Dunlavey from Scott Bakal on Vimeo.

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13. To My Valentine

February 1936 cover for Child Life Magazine by Marie A. Lawson.  Thanks MagazineArts...

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14. The House of Four Seasons

Children's author/ illustrator extraordinaire Roger Duvoisin reminds us in his 1956 classic, 'The House of Four Seasons' that winter won't be here forever…

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I loved this little book.

The colorful, detailed illustrations by Jill Weber are a perfect match for this story about a stray cat and the people he comes to love. Story by Julie Salamon.

Review copy from Dial Books for Young Readers. Chapter book, ages 9 and up—read aloud for 5 and up.

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16. sad news


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17. John Burningham

From his 1971book, 'Seasons' a beautiful illustration by English illustrator John Burningham…

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18. Tom Schamp

Lots and lots to look at in this delightful winter scene by Belgian illustrator Tom Schamp…

...watch a one minute animated clip of his book, 'Otto In The Snow'...

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19. Mike Petrik

Sweet winter illustrations by Mike Petrik…

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20. Roger Duvoisin

From Roger Duvoisin's delightful children's book of 1955, 'One Thousand Christmas Beards'...

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22. Gustav Tenggren

Gustav Tenggren was chief illustrator on Disney's 'Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs', 'Bambi' and 'Pinocchio', as well as the illustrator for numerous, well loved Little Golden Books. Below, his original art for 'The Night Before Christmas'…

and his Christmas card from the 1920's...

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23. Shirley Hughes

Beautiful art by the illustrator's illustrator, Shirley Hughes, from one of her delightful 'Alfie' books, 'An Evening at Alfie's'…

Read a few articles on her in The Guardian...

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24. Klaas Verplancke

Witty, winter illustration by Belgian artist, Klaas Verplancke...

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25. Japanese New Year's Cards

Japanese New Year's cards, circa 1908-1950's, found at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, where you can browse through their huge selection from the  Leonard A. Lauder collection. See my other posts on them here and here...

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