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2576. Annik Troxler

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The daughter of the highly influential designer Niklaus Troxler, Annik has created a strong body of work that has a unique voice of its own. Her posters have won many awards including the coveted International Poster Festival in Chaumont, France and the Swiss Federal Competition for Design. This has allowed for some unique opportunities including the chance to collaborate with Mevis & Van Deursen in Amsterdam. In 2011, she returned to her native Switzerland to open an independent studio and began a teaching position at the renowned Basel School of Design.

 

 

 

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2577. The Tiny King

The Tiny King by Taro Muiraby Taro Miura

first U.S. edition published 2013, by Candlewick Press

Here’s a sweet and funny story. Candlewick sent me a review copy of The Tiny King in the waning weeks of 2013. My eye was already eager for it thanks to this Calling Caldecott post about international illustrators, so it was a bit of postal perfection. (Speaking of, are you counting down the days to January 27th?)

And then for Christmas, my mom sent me a spectacular selection of picture books – including The Tiny King! She always says I’m tough to buy books for, like “purchasing jewelry for a jeweler.” Maybe that’s true, but I think she did a pretty darn good job. (The others were a Poky Little Puppy Christmas edition and an autographed Jon Scieszka, so. And all came from bbgb in Richmond, VA. Shop indie!)

There’s no moral to this story. Just an extra copy of The Tiny King for you! Stay tuned for how to snag it.

So, this book. It’s this crazy mashup of charming fairy tale and quirky collage. The result is exquisite and mesmerizing, and you get a taste of that from the cover alone.

A sword-gripping hand is strong and fierce but nothing more than a circle. His distinguished white hairdo dripping out from under his crown – a small stack of white, curved lines. A leg made up of newsprint, which on careful inspection is a snippet of the tiny King’s wedding announcement. Foreshadowing. Spoiler. Clever and adorable.

Did you see the mini-note at the bottom of the cover, too? (This is the actual size of the Tiny King.) What a little delight!DPB_Stack_TheTinyKingNow that you’ve met him on the cover where you’ve seen him smash end to end, flip open to the first page and see that stature in context. This split in scale made me laugh out loud and drop my jaw. It’s so stunning, and so easy to fall in love with this little dude – small and alone and swimming in it.

He has a massive colorful castle, an army of tall soldiers with spears, and a feast fit for a bigger king. The spreads that introduce the reader to his lavish and lonely lifestyle are dark and looming, despite his kooky, whimsical posessions.DPB_Stack_TheTinyKing2And then one day, a big princess shows up. The light! The expanse of bright space! The Q on her triangled gown! I went all out gaga and giddy for our tiny hero.

Everything changes in tone and in mood. The story takes place on washes of pink, blue, and yellow. The babies arrive, the soldiers are sent home to their families, and the empty castle is filled up with a bunch of love.DPB_Stack_TheTinyKing3Happily and beautifully ever after.

I’d love to send a copy from my castle to yours. Just comment here by Thursday night at midnight PST. I’ll announce winners for this giveaway (and The Mischievians!) on Friday, and head to the royal post office this weekend.

Good luck!

ch

Review copy provided by Candlewick Press.

 

 


Tagged: bbgb, candlewick press, collage, color, line, size, space, taro miura, white space

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2578. Sketch... Portrait of a lady


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2579. Wise words from Leo Lionni






"Of all the questions I have been asked as an author of children's books, the most frequent one, without doubt, has been 'How do you get your ideas?' Most people seem to think that getting an idea is both mysterious and simple. Mysterious, because inspiration must come from a particular state of grace with which only the most gifted souls are blessed. Simple, because ideas are expected to drop into one's mind in words and pictures, ready to be transcribed and copied in the form of a book, complete with endpapers and cover. The word get expresses these expectations well. Yet nothing could be further from the truth.

"It is true that, from time to time, from the endless flow of our mental imagery, there emerges unexpectedly something that, vague though it may be, seems to carry the promise of a form, a meaning, and, more important, an irresistible poetic charge. The sense of instant recognition with which we pull this image into the full light of our consciousness is the initial impulse of all creative acts. But, though it is important, it produces no more than the germ of an idea. Each book, at the birth of its creative history, has such a moment. Some are fortunate enough to have, from the outset, a strongly identified hero, one with an inescapable destiny. Others are blessed with a promising beginning, or perhaps with the vision of an ending (which means working backwards to a surprise opening). Others stem from a clearly articulated conflict situation. Sometimes, I must admit, the motivations of a book may be found in a sudden, unreasonable urge to draw a certain kind of crocodile. And it may even happen that in the dark of our minds there appears, out of nowhere, a constellation of words that has the bright, arrogant solidity of a title. Only last night I was jolted out of a near-slumber by the words the mouse that didn't exist. I am sure that, temporarily tucked away in my memory, they will eventually become the title of a story for which as yet I have no idea.

"To shape and sharpen the logic of a story, to tighten the flow of events, ultimately to define the idea in its totality, is much like a game of chess. In the light of overall strategy, each move is the result of doubts, proposals, and rejections, which inevitably bring to mind the successes or failures of previous experiences.

"Inspirational raptures may happen, but most books are shaped through hard, disciplined work. Creative work, to be sure, because its ingredients come from the sphere of the imaginary. But the manipulation of these ingredients requires much more than mere inclination or talent. It is an intricate process in which the idea slowly takes form, by trial and error, through detours and side roads, which, were it not for the guidance of professional rigor, would lead the author into an inextricable labyrinth of alternatives.

"And so, to the question 'How do you get your ideas?' I am tempted to answer, unromantic though it may sound, 'Hard work.' "

-Leo Lionni

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2580. Poor Doreen - A Fishy Tale...

is coming on March 11, 2014.
Written by Sally Lloyd-Jones, illustrated by me, published by Schwartz & Wade Books.
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2581. the road to Whaley Bridge

Some time ago, seven months ago in fact, I made this map for the Derbyshire Open Arts exhibition.
A little while later this phone box, above, arrived in the town of Whaley Bridge.
 The guys who were responsible (Whaley4Wards) for bringing the new old telephone box to town saw my map.
 And tracked me down.
And this was the result.
The telephone box became an information box
and I made a new map for it.
The only problem I have, though,
is that there were lots of photos taken
and I'm spoilt for choice
and want to post them all
but I'll leave you with the best...
Photography by Chris Tetley.


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2582. violin coming from somewhere up there

violin1violin2violin3


Filed under: children's illustration, flying, journeys, songs

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2583. T.O.L.

A present for my wife Holly.


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2585.

♥ this @TODAYshow story about a 5-year-old book lover/critic. Betting you will too @CHRasco @JensBookPage @bookchook http://owl.li/sjWWm

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2586. A Gentile Weekend in Salt Lake...


Usually to ring in the New Year we go south into New Mexico and Indian Country...


 but this year we celebrated the coming of 2014 at home and then the next day drove north into Utah and Mormon Country.
Meandering  up through the familiar scenery around Moab...

 we finally reached 1-70 and took it west and then at Green River followed the railroad and old Highway 6 up north again past Price where we took a detour around the old town of Helper....





and I was amazed that such a little town had so many old hotels. Situated at the mouth of Price Canyon since the early 1880's, Helper is a railroad/ mining town named for the "helper" engines that were needed to get the coal trains over the steep grade leading up to Soldier Summit. I guess many railroad worker and miner needed a place to stay, but also wonder if Helper, situated a little bit more than half the way from Salt Lake City and the outlaying setttlements such as Moab, Monticello, Bluff and Blanding, catered also to the Mormon traveler on their way to the Salt Lake Temple.
Continuing our journey,over Soldier Summit and past the wind turbine farm below on the other side, we popped out at Spanish Forks, where we headed north between the Wasatch Mountains to the west...


and the Great Salt Lake and Flats to the East to downtown Salt Lake City...


Now you are probably wondering why "Gentiles" would want to spend a weekend in Salt Lake City, where up to a few years ago was so vastly Mormon it was hard to find coffee or tea in any form, let a lone a good micro brewery and everything, except Temple Square was shut down tight on Sundays, yes it is open all day Sunday.
I remember passing through, when the girls were little, Jon being highly motivated to find his morning coffee. We drove around and around  trying to find any place that had some caffeine and finally found a "Gentile" Auto Garage mechanic who shared his hot pot from behind the counter. Another time in the heat of the summer, I ordered ice tea off the fresh new menu and was told that the tea was actually coming, as in the whole set up of serving tea was coming but not there yet.
Guess what, things have changed, thanks hugely to the 2002 Winter Olympics that brought this city and the ski resorts above it to world wide attention and as of  the 2010 census, Salt Lake is over 50% Gentile.
And now there is some pretty cool revitalization downtown, complete with a tram...


The Gateway Mall, built up around the old Union Pacific Train Yard and just a  few blocks  from Temple Square hosts some fantastic shopping, nice hotels, a great Mega-Plex movie theater and a Starbucks in the Clock Tower.
But since its establishment in 1847, when Brigham Young, the LDS colonizer and second president, upon seeing the Great Salt Lake basin, declared"This is the place", Salt Lake City was intended to be the capitol of a new nation, Zion...


A stark contrast to another old capitol, where streets in Santa Fe, made a Spanish Capitol in 1610, are barely wide enough for two burro carts to pass...


Salt Lake City was from the beginning a planned community, with extra wide streets...


and "awe" inspiring monuments like the Eagle Gate, which you pass under on your way down from the Capitol Building on State Street, where if you turn onto  S Tempe you go past Brigham Young's grand residence, the Bee Hive House, which was being de-decorated while we were there, the holidays finally over...


and past the old Utah Hotel, now known as the Joseph Smith Memorial Building...


grand enough to be built in Washington D.C.

But in downtown Salt Lake the grandest of them all, is Temple Square. 
Mormon or not, anyone interested in architecture and the history of how "the West was won", has to be impressed by the tenacity that it took to build the Temple...


and the Assembly Hall, built in 1880 with the left over stone from constructing the Temple...




Another beautiful fascade, around the corner from Temple Square on Main St.  is the old  ZCMI building....



Created in 1866, the Zion Cooperative Mercantile Institution's  purpose was to either protect the Mormons from the price gouging of the Gentile merchants around them, or to drive out the competition that had come to make the Salt Lake basin their home as well. Which way it was is up to interpretation, but the original store still stands, an amazing example of Victorian architecture and has now been taken over by Macy's. 
And the Mormon church is not out of the mercantile business, investing millions if not billions in a downtown revitalization where across the street from the old ZCMI,  the new crowning jewel is the City Creek Center, upscale shopping complete with fountains and  a constructed creek...
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But don't be fooled by Salt Lake's squeeky clean appearence, it still is a big city, with all the big city stuff, including almost getting my purse, cell phone and tablet ripped from my hands at the Gateway Mall, a  man, complete with hoodie over his head and dark glasses, who abruptly changed course right near my shoulder, when at the bottom of an escalator, a mall security guard just happened to walk by. The reason I was carrying my purse, loose in my hand is because running back to the car alone, well with a kid in tow,  I was also carrying  my husband's very valuable work laptop, as in the family's source of income, secure in a backpack, I usually do carry my purse diagonal across me and zipped. 
Well I spied the man, switched my purse to the other hand and then became a "Mamma" Bear and glared at him until he crossed over to the other side of the street. 
But the thing I have learned about Salt Lake and the Four Corners, is where the "rubber band" is too tightly wound one direction, eventually, the extreme opposite comes to exist as well. Parts of Salt Lake City have a "hipster" and alternative vibe to them, none more than the Sugar House neighborhood, where on 15th and 15th there is an Eisenstein Bagel, Starbucks, contemporary gallery, a cool bookstore with  a very contemporary and liberal clientele and surrounding the intersection, a neighborhood of renovated Arts and Craft style bungalows...




and an inordinate number of double entry "duplexes" or what we like to call "polygamy houses"...


  for such a neighborhood built in the 1920's and 30's. Seen throughout the Mormon communities in the Four Corners, double entry houses or duplexes were a convenient layout for those following "the Principle" set forth by Joseph Smith and practiced until the church began excommunicating  members for having more then one wife in the beginning of the 20th century. 

For many things in Salt Lake, I am too liberal and to the left, for some other "new" ideas I am too conservative, but again that is what brings me again and again back to Utah. A  place much like Jerusalem, The Salt Lake temple is aligned to the Holy City which was an inspiration to the founders the New Zion and like the Holy City, Salt Lake has always been and will always be city in conflict of culture and beliefs, in a place as inhospitable as the Holy Land.








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2587. Tomie dePaola Award Entry


I did an entry for the Tomie dePaola award this year.  This year's challenge was to illustrate the following poem for a baby/toddler book....
Poem: 
Sneeze
A sneeze
Is a breeze
In
Your
Nose. 

My challenge to myself was to illustrate the various stages of a toddler's sneeze.

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2588. Baby, it’s cold outside.

Well hello January! I am sitting in my studio looking at single digit temperatures on the thermometer, thanking my lucky stars that I don’t have to leave my house today. There are many people who aren’t as fortunate. Last month I read Blue Balliett’s YA novel, Hold Fast, the story of a girl who falls into Chicago’s shelter system, and from there must solve the mystery of her father’s strange disappearance (from Amazon). I was on the edge of my seat and totally engrossed in this family’s story.

Not only did Balliett do a fantastic job at constructing a wonderful mystery with fun wordplay and magical details of the Chicago Public Library, she helped shed light on stories that we often overlook. Many people who find themselves in shelters are there because of circumstances unforeseen. It could be anything, from an illness that renders one incapacitated and unable to continue work—to persons who are laid off with not enough income to live on their own and no friends or family to turn to.

With an unemployment benefit extension up for debate this morning, I wonder how many more Americans will be looking for shelter in 2014. That being said, those of us who do have homes, food, and clothes are in a fortunate position to be able to help. Every new year we make lists of self improvements, we clean out our closets to make way for new energy, new ideas, and new stuff to fill our lives. We donate to Goodwill, The American Kidney Fund, the Food Bank and other organizations put in place to help our fellow-man. Most of us—as good intentioned as we are—never think of taking our gently used clothes, coats, and canned goods to our local shelters. So, this year, wash up those old clothes, pack up those discarded toys and electronics, box up a few of those books you can spare, buy extra toiletries when you are grocery shopping, and donate them to your neighborhood shelter. Happy New Year~

Dreams

Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.
Hold fast to dreams
For when dreams go
Life is a barren field
Frozen with snow.

-Langston Hughes

 

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2590. Music Monday - Let It Go

Given how so much of the country is experiencing a deep freeze, it feels particularly apropos to feature this anthem from Disney's Frozen. 



I ended up seeing this twice in the theater (went with each kid of mine). A solid Disney entry - lots of good things about it: really beautiful animation (despite the oddly noseless distorted profiles of the girls), good memorable characters, some nice music - but rather forgettable plot and some throwaway songs that are less fortunate. I still enjoyed Tangled quite a bit more. But this one is worth seeing, if nothing else than to LOOK at the lovely things they did with snow and ice. (Plus - snow monster! Loved him).

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2591. Feelin' Swell at Mueller's Bakery

Feelin Swell at Mueller's Bakery Cartoon Surfer

This is a cartoon illustration I finished up for a client just a couple of weeks ago. Does this surfer dude look familiar? If you've seen my work before then you know this illustration is a hybrid of a surfer character I created for myself - Sonny the Surfer, and a cartoon surfer I created previously for the same client. My client had seen Sonny and liked the illustration so much he asked if he could hire me to alter it to for t-shirts he wants to sell. The t-shirts will be available for sale in February at Mueller's Bakery in Bay Head, New Jersey. If you happen to be in the area, stop in for a shirt. I hear they have great crumb cake too.

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2592. Happy 2014, friends!

Wishing you a BRIGHT and COLORFUL new year! xo~L

illustration from forthcoming book, NANA IN THE CITY; Clarion/HMH, fall 2014

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2593. Peter Panda Melts Down!


A new book I did arrived from Blue Apple Books.  That's a great way to start off the new year.

Peter Panda Melts Down! is fun book about a day in the life of Peter Panda.  The words are nimbly written by Artie Bennett, who has several best selling books to his resume. I would think a lot of kids and parents will relate to this story about getting through a day in the life with one difficult little panda.


The origin of this book happened 100% by chance - like everything important in life.  It happened because I decided to take the bus downtown for the second day of ALA last winter.  While everyone was away at the Caldecotts I had a chance to chat with the publisher and designer at Blue Apple Books. I'd known the designer from projects years ago in NYC. It is so great to be able to actually get some face time with publishers!


Once I started, the pictures to the book were created in a flurry of 10 weeks. As a bookmaker, I especially liked how every time I saw the manuscript the text had changed.  I admire that kind of improvisational book making, since that's how I make  books too.  I'm never quite sure when they're finally complete.


'Peter Panda Melts Down!' will be in stores this February... so the world can make his acquaintance at that point. I hope that readers take a shine to him, since he is clearly a big handful of a cute little panda.

All in all I love how a bit of serendipity in life can change everything.  It's too bad it's so rare to actually meet the people behind the books. 

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2594. Save the Date for Some Shugah!

Mark your calendars now!



 Stay tuned, more details to follow!




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2595. BACK TO WORK

... but with tea breaks.


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2596. Goodbye 2013… Hello 2014!!!!

I know it has been a bit since I last blogged, but how busy the last month and a half were has left my head a bit dizzy. First I would like to thank all the people that made the latter half of November and all of December a great success to close out the year. I could not be doing this if it was not for the love and support you all show me. Now for a quick recap of where I have been.

knottsboothresize 300x225 Goodbye 2013... Hello 2014!!!!

My home away from home at Knott’s Berry Farm.

Starting in late November till the end of December I was manning my booth at Knott’s Berry Farm. Thirty some odd days and only three of them rainy made it to be a smashing success. I met so many kind people and I got a few commissions that were fun to do. The days were long and at nights a bit cold, but a huge thanks goes out to Gregorio Gonzalez and Shawn for helping me keep my sanity. Also my online sales were at an all time high, it has taken years of work, but I am starting to gain a foothold in the immense world of the internet.

After all was said and done, I took a quite a few days off to recoup and regain my creative energies back to their proper levels. Visit the family, had more family come visit, then shut the doors and be a hermit for three days. Now that is all said and done, it is time to start off the new year in the proper manner.

Slasher Bunnies 300x236 Goodbye 2013... Hello 2014!!!!

They are getting some friends!!!

I will be working on many new art pieces through the year, starting with one that is a companion piece for my three adorable, little horror bunnies that I hope to have in time for Amazing Arizona Comic Con. There will also be some new fairy pieces as I prepare for FaerieCon West (first time in Seattle, I am super excited), with the possibility of some dragons and such. I am setting the goal high for new paintings created… I just hope my sanity (and Shawn’s) can hold out.

Speaking of shows, I will be attending the Emerald City Comicon (hey back in Seattle again) in March and I cannot wait. While on the same dates I will have a booth at Monsterpalooza in Burbank; this booth will be manned by Shawn who promises to be on his best behavior and not bite.

The last bit of news is that I have begun working on a book with Shawn this month. It is still in the early planning stages but I will be showing some sketches of the work in progress in the coming months.

Thank you all for a wonderful 2013, and I can’t wait to see where 2014 leads us all.

–Diana

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2597. A new book arrived... Peter Panda Melts Down!


A new book I did arrived from Blue Apple Books.  That's a great way to start off the new year.

Peter Panda Melts Down! is fun book about a day in the life of Peter Panda.  The words are nimbly written by Artie Bennett, who has several best selling books to his resume. I would think a lot of kids and parents will relate to this story about getting through a day in the life with one difficult little panda.


The origin of this book happened 100% by chance - like everything important in life.  It happened because I decided to take the bus downtown for the second day of ALA last winter.  While everyone was away at the Caldecotts I had a chance to chat with the publisher and designer at Blue Apple Books. I'd known the designer from projects years ago in NYC. It is so great to be able to actually get some face time with publishers!


Once I started, the pictures to the book were created in a flurry of 10 weeks. As a bookmaker, I especially liked how every time I saw the manuscript the text had changed.  I admire that kind of improvisational book making, since that's how I make  books too.  I'm never quite sure when they're finally complete.


'Peter Panda Melts Down!' will be in stores this February... so the world can make his acquaintance at that point. I hope that readers take a shine to him, since he is clearly a big handful of a cute little panda.

All in all I love how a bit of serendipity in life can change everything.  It's too bad it's so rare to actually meet the people behind the books. 

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2598. Goodbye 2013… Hello 2014!!!!

I know it has been a bit since I last blogged, but how busy the last month and a half were has left my head a bit dizzy. First I would like to thank all the people that made the latter half of November and all of December a great success to close out the year. I could not be doing this if it was not for the love and support you all show me. Now for a quick recap of where I have been.

knottsboothresize 300x225 Goodbye 2013... Hello 2014!!!!

My home away from home at Knott’s Berry Farm.

Starting in late November till the end of December I was manning my booth at Knott’s Berry Farm. Thirty some odd days and only three of them rainy made it to be a smashing success. I met so many kind people and I got a few commissions that were fun to do. The days were long and at nights a bit cold, but a huge thanks goes out to Gregorio Gonzalez and Shawn for helping me keep my sanity. Also my online sales were at an all time high, it has taken years of work, but I am starting to gain a foothold in the immense world of the internet.

After all was said and done, I took a quite a few days off to recoup and regain my creative energies back to their proper levels. Visit the family, had more family come visit, then shut the doors and be a hermit for three days. Now that is all said and done, it is time to start off the new year in the proper manner.

Slasher Bunnies 300x236 Goodbye 2013... Hello 2014!!!!

They are getting some friends!!!

I will be working on many new art pieces through the year, starting with one that is a companion piece for my three adorable, little horror bunnies that I hope to have in time for Amazing Arizona Comic Con. There will also be some new fairy pieces as I prepare for FaerieCon West (first time in Seattle, I am super excited), with the possibility of some dragons and such. I am setting the goal high for new paintings created… I just hope my sanity (and Shawn’s) can hold out.

Speaking of shows, I will be attending the Emerald City Comicon (hey back in Seattle again) in March and I cannot wait. While on the same dates I will have a booth at Monsterpalooza in Burbank; this booth will be manned by Shawn who promises to be on his best behavior and not bite.

The last bit of news is that I have begun working on a book with Shawn this month. It is still in the early planning stages but I will be showing some sketches of the work in progress in the coming months.

Thank you all for a wonderful 2013, and I can’t wait to see where 2014 leads us all.

–Diana

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2599. CHECK THIS OUT! new for new year…

Writing and Illustrating

Sharing Information About Writing and Illustrating for Children
Posted by: Kathy Temean | January 7, 2014

New Opportunity for Illusrators at Catugeau

AGENT CHRISTY with BillieI think most of you know Christina Tugeau and her agency which she found 20 years ago to represent talented illustrators. Chris found her calling when she went to work for another agent  four years prior to her starting her agency in 1994.

After a BA with a Fine Art Major and Lit Minor from DePauw University (IN), she worked in NYC for Family Circle Magazine’s Art Dept. while doing freelance assignments. Later, as she brought up three creative children with her husband in CT, she helped organize and manage a local Fine Art Guild, a town school-wide performing arts educational organization, two local chapters of a national mother-daughter philanthropic group while always involved in various other art projects for the town and school system. During those years she also did graduate work in Art Therapy and worked in Interior Design.

Art, artists and kids books have always been part of Christina’s life and loves, so of course that love would rub off on her children who are grown now and following in her footsteps. Her son Jeremy and her daughter-in-law Nicole were the first to jump on the Cat group bandwagon when they opened their own company doors to illustrators with T2 children’s Illustrators. Jeremy is a long-time children’s illustrator, and he continues to work as an artist in this field while maintaining some involvement with T2 Illustrators as a creative resource and promotional guru.

Jeremy and nicole T2

http://www.tugeau2.com/

As of Jan 1, Christina’s daughter Christy (Christina Tugeau Ewers) is now part of her agency. That’s Christy and her 14 month old daughter, Billie in the picture at the top of post. Christy is starting Billie off right by reading her Patrice Burton’s award winning illustrated picture book  I LOVE OLD CLOTHES written by Mary Ann Hoberman and published by Knopf BFYR. I haven’t ever met Christy, but a picture says and thousand words and I find myself already wanting to get to know her. Christy recently moved to Fairfield CT from Brooklyn she is excited to have this contact with the “real world’ and she is only a hop, skip, and a jump from all the editors and art directors in NYC.

Just in case you are wondering how Christy came up with the name Billie for her little baby; she is  named after her grandfather (Christina’s husband and Christy’s Dad). That tells you a lot, too.

This is very exciting. Now artists have another chance to win representation at CaTugeau. Christina has someone she can trust and mentor to help her with the business and provide extra time for the agency to get in front of the mover and shakers in the world hub (NYC) of children’s publishing, and Christy has the opportunity to learn all the ins and outs of the industry from a master representative.

Here is a little bit more about Christy: She has 10 years of public relations, and office coordinator/manager of operations experience and recently worked with an app publisher in NY, so she knows the lingo and all a ton about social media.  She is a fast learner and English major, which add so much to the picture.  And Last, but not least: She is looking for her ‘own’ artists to add illustrators to the agency.

Christy’s email is Christy@catugeau.com  North American artists should submit as guideline to both Christina and Christy for now. They are looking for trade picture book styles and middle grade reader styles.  Send 4+ images attached for quick view and a link to website.  They’re fast at getting back to each and every one who submits to them.

ChristinaTugeaufileChristina has a reputation of working hard for ethical fairness in our wonderful industry, and enjoys writing for and presenting to artists at various national and regional conferences for SCBWI and other organizations and newsletters. I am sure you will find the same enthusiasm with Christy. Just remember the old saying, “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.” And this cliché is really something you want.

Talk tomorrow,


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