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Here's a Moleskin sketch I did of Maddy Kettle and new character Ratcopter. I scanned this with my new scanner, which is a great scanner but I'm still not sure how to use it yet...
I'm just finishing up my Harry and Silvio proposal/first chapter. I should be done by the weekend, and then things will really kick into high gear. I start a children.s book,a comic for Tor.com and sample pages for another project. Luckily they are all amazing projects I'm lucky to be involved with.
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If you're tall, the high school basketball coach tracks you down,
and signs you up. I'm sure young Frankie was tagged early in his youth as someone who was definitely NOT going to be vertically challenged. It was a good thing. Nobody makes fun of the weird-looking scar-faced kid who can slam dunk like nobody's business.
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Print and color in this coloring page and send it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org as a jpeg or pdf and I'll post it on my blog! Happy Coloring!! For more Coloring pages click here.
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While you may not have heard of the Artist Walter Anderson, before long you are sure to hear about the book about him: THE SECRET WORLD OF WALTER ANDERSON. Written by Hester Bass and illustrated by E. B. Lewis, this one will give you chills. The words and images are both so beautifully done, it's a good thing there's lots of water on the cover - perfect space for the stickers this book will receive. It's already been named a SIBA Okra Pick.
Truly, it's a unique and outstanding work. And the story behind the book is just as fascinating. Today I interview the author, Hester Bass.
Q. I had the pleasure of hearing the whole story of how you came to know the Anderson family and Walter Anderson, but can you share with my readers?
A. In 1982, my family was living in Georgia, and a friend in Mississippi sent us a copy of Horizon magazine with an article about Walter Anderson. I’d never heard of him yet I was instantly captivated. Anderson’s work is so vibrant and lively, his life so full of adventures that sound like mythology. I wanted to know everything about him.
Fast forward ten years and we visit the newly-opened Walter Anderson Museum of Art in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. I was charmed by this gracious place at the edge of the Gulf, surrounded by the art of the extended Anderson family who has lived there since the 1920s. Four years later, through a series of serendipitous events, we moved to Ocean Springs when my husband became the director of the museum.
For the next seven years, we enjoyed getting to know the Andersons, trips to Horn Island, and being immersed in the culture of the coast that so inspired Walter Anderson and countless other artists. He died in 1965 so I never got to meet him, but I would have loved to have that opportunity.
Anderson has been called the “Van Gogh of the South” and as the “Islander” compared to the “Inlander” Charles Burchfield as the documenter of a particular region but, to me, he stands alone. I can’t think of another American artist quite as diverse and prolific as Walter Anderson.
Q. Not only did you write about an amazing artist - but you got to work with an amazing artist on this book, E.B. Lewis. (He also illustrated another of my faves, My Best Friend by Mary Ann Rodman - a Charlotte Zolotow winner.) Can you share some stories?
A. Working with E. B. Lewis has been the icing on the cake. Candlewick Press was my first choice as publisher, and when they so kindly asked me who I thought would be a great illustrator, I thought of E. B. Lewis. I felt the book needed a superb watercolorist, someone who would understand this artist’s journey, and I greatly admire E. B.’s treatment of water and changing light conditions, so I was thrilled when he said yes to the project. We’ve enjoyed a rare author-illustrator collaboration and become friends.
I met E. B. at a conference in 2007. Then in July 2008 we took a road trip to Mississippi so I could introduce him to everybody and he could see what Anderson had seen. E. B. works in what I consider the classical method of illustration in that he sets up every scene in the book with props and models then photographs them to use as reference.
It was our good fortune that two of Walter Anderson’s children agreed to pose as their parents – the resemblance is striking – and the other two helped us gain access to his cottage and took us to Horn Island. And I took pictures of E. B. taking the photographs so it’s a wonderful window into the process of creating the book.
Plus, the staff at the museum helped me locate some of the photos of Anderson’s work that illustrate the biographical Author’s Note, and the delightful Candlewickers (as I fondly call them) made every effort to create not just “a” book but the best book possible.
It’s a testament to the power of everyone working together toward a common goal, and I could not be happier with the end result. I especially love that painting on the cover. E. B. truly captured the joy that Walter Anderson felt rowing that leaky skiff to Horn Island.
Q. Your path to publication on this book was an interesting one, I'm sure my readers would love to read...
A. Oh my. It was like living a fairy tale. I wrote the first draft in 1999, hoping to publish a book in time for Walter Anderson’s centennial exhibition, which opened at the Smithsonian in 2003, but I couldn’t make that happen so I put the manuscript in a drawer.
I’m an active volunteer in the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and attend a lot of their conferences but I’d never been to the big one every August in California. In 2006, I saw that my favorite writer was going to be there, and felt I had to be there, too. Hmmm. Didn’t see how I was going to make that happen either.
Unbeknownst to me, there was a scholarship to the summer conference, I was nominated for it, and was one of two winners that year. (And e, I know you won it this year, so congrats!) I felt like Cinderella going to the ball. Serendipity was my Fairy Godmother, who arranged for this famous Newbery winner and me to be entering the hotel at the same moment. Conversation ensued and he asked me a fateful question: What is the one story you would most like to publish?
I had an quick answer: I have this picture book biography of this amazing artist in Mississippi and now a lot of his work has been damaged by Katrina and I have just got to publish this book. Send it to me, he graciously requested, and if it’s good, maybe I can help you get it published. One more thing, he continued, in my workshop tomorrow I may want to share my soon-to-be published manuscript in two voices; would you read it with me?
Well, fast forward to that workshop, and we are reading his words on one microphone to a room full of people. It’s an inventive retelling of…wait for it…Cinderella. And I walk off that stage in a daze realizing that I didn’t just read about Cinderella, at that moment I am Cinderella! I went home, reworked the manuscript, filtering it through everything I had just learned in L.A., and hit send.
Long story short, the Prince of this tale is Paul Fleischman, whose praise helped me get the agent of my dreams, who helped me get the publisher of my dreams, who helped me publish the story I most wanted to tell. Dreams come true, folks. Never give up.
Q. Reading THE SECRET WORLD OF WALTER ANDERSON is like taking a very deep, satisfying breath of sweet air. How does it feel to have been able to publish such a remarkable book?
A. Wow, that’s an awesome review, e – thank you! It is certainly gratifying to watch this book find its audience. Several people have told me that after reading the book, they want to know simply everything about Walter Anderson – the same effect that magazine article had on me all those years ago – and his work richly deserves such attention.
There are many people to thank for helping the book turn out so beautifully. One of the reasons I admire Candlewick so much is their attention to detail. From their choice of font and paper to their dedication to perfecting the art reproduction, I felt this project was in very good hands from the start. Plus, E. B. Lewis did a masterful job and the illustrations are garnering their own praise. So to answer your question, it feels wonderful.
Q. How will you be promoting the book and where can people see/enjoy Walter Anderson's work today?
A. It would be a shorter answer if I tell you what I’m not doing! Candlewick has offered some solid marketing support, and I have been busy booking what I’m calling my Shoestring Tour. That’s a term borrowed from SIBA, the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance, and it’s appropriate since I’m challenging myself to do this on as little money as possible.
Between now and the end of the year, I’ll be visiting seven states for book signings, conferences, and festivals as well as performing author visits at schools and libraries and doing some television, radio, and blog interviews. My schedule is at my website – www.hesterbass.com - under “Appearances.”
The book was chosen to represent Mississippi in the Pavilion of the States at the 2009 National Book Festival in Washington, D. C. which means thousands of people will see it, and it’s one of the inaugural 2009 Fall Okra Picks chosen by SIBA booksellers as a “Great Southern Book” which means it will receive special promotional support from SIBA. Both of these distinctions are fantastic honors for the book and I’m grateful it’s receiving this kind of notice.
The best place to experience Walter Anderson’s work is Ocean Springs, Mississippi where you’ll find the Walter Anderson Museum of Art, Shearwater Pottery, and the Anderson family’s shop, Realizations, with Walter Anderson designs silk-screened as prints, cards, and onto clothing.
There are several museums that collect and exhibit Walter Anderson’s work including the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans, the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Art Institute of Chicago, and more. I vividly recall the first time I saw Anderson’s work in person; it’s worth the drive.
Thank you so much, e, for inviting me to your blog. This has been fun!
Philip Hatter over at Thistledown Puppets sent me the first few pictures of the puppet I designed. Awesome!
Looking mighty fine! I'm very excited to see this come together.
Check out this link to the first post about the project for more info and to see the original painting.
Many thanks again to Philip for a great idea!
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Surf's kind of crowded these days The growing population is of course not a only a problem when coming to the climate, feeding up to 12 billion people puts hard strains on the earth. Curing Malaria, Aids and other tropical diseases is essential in putting a curb on the population explosion and education, especially giving girls the possibility to study.Display Comments Add a Comment
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Here's a Classic Gangsters t-shirt design featuring a gang of wise guys. The two characters on the right are also featured in a short crime noir comic that was published in an anthology graphic novel titled: Dr. Dremo's Taphouse: The Spoils of Crime
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artwork will be featured in the 2010 Calendar for Shift in Tokyo.
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Shift Calendar 2010
The Shift Calendar Competition started in 2003 with an aim to discover fresh creators. For the 7th competition of this year, 1,837 entries were received from 38 countries. Twelve carefully selected works will decorate each month of the Shift calendar, which will be on sale from October 20th and appeared in shops and galleries around the world
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This is my contribution to our mailer done in my clay style. I love doing little woodland animals! Display Comments Add a Comment
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Some more fabric news that I haven't mentioned yet. In addition to the On A Whim II release in January, I will have a cupcake print in Robert Kaufman's Confection collection and a few heart themed prints, All My Heart. All will be available in January.
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And now for a quick update in book review land… I’ve reviewed two books this week. However, this is the third week I’ve written book reviews and while I’m enjoying it and keeping up, my other work (critical essays and my novel for my MFA program) is falling behind. Therefore, I’ve decided that each week I’ll only do one review and it will either be a picture book or a book for middle grade kiddos. I’ll try to alternate but I don’t want to promise anything.
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Newbery, Linda. Illo: Rayner, Catherine. Posy. Atheneum Books for Young Readers. New York, 2008.
Posy is a delightful picture book for the youngest children in your life. Linda Newbery’s sparse, rhyming text describes different situations that Posy the kitten gets into. “She’s a whiskers wiper, crayon swiper…”
Catherine Rayner has created a sweet-faced kitten to embody the text. The mixed media illustrations have a lovely texture. Heavily applied, metallic, acrylic paint makes up Posy’s fur and is paired with a fluid India ink line that captures the playful gestures of the kitten. The design of the book is simple and classic with a brown serif font and plenty of white space.
This is one of those books that, if it was picked off the slush pile, an editor might call “slight.” However the author’s history as an award-winning novelist probably helped make this manuscript into a book. Young children don’t always need complex and they don’t always need story, sometimes play: word play, and image play is enough. This is one book that your toddler will ask for over and over and you will be happy to oblige.
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French, Jackie. Illo: Whatley, Bruce. How to Scratch a Wombat: where to find it…What to feed it…Why it sleeps all day. Clarion Books. New York, 2009.
How to Scratch a Wombat: where to find it…What to feed it…Why it sleeps all day is the perfect book for all of the animal lovers and “infokids” out there. Infokids like to find out how, and why, and they hang out in the nonfiction section of the library. While the book is a republication of an Australian edition published by Harper Collins in 2005, this edition features a humorous word list in the beginning so that you can translate between the Australian bum, pong, rubbish, scat, and torch to the American bottom, stink, trash, dung, and flashlight.
The book keeps kids reading and laughing with funny sidebars: “Are you a wombat?” and “Who’s the greatest- you or a wombat?” French has made her home on the edge of the bush in New South Wales and she intersperses nimbly written information about wombats with wonderful stories of the personal relationships she has had with these wild creatures who live around her home.
If your kiddos are anything like mine, they will be acting like wombats for days, trying to bite each other on the bum and head butting you in the stomach. Enjoy!
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We just heard some good news for Pennies for Elephants! It’s one of the winners of the 2009 New Hampshire Literary Awards. Here is the complete list of the award winners:
- Outstanding Work of Children’s Literature: Lita Judge, Pennies for Elephants and Joseph Monninger, Hippie Chick
- Outstanding Book of Fiction: James Patrick Kelly, The Wreck of the Godspeed
- Outstanding Book of Nonfiction: Mimi Schwartz, Good Neighbors, Bad Times
- The Jane Kenyon Award for Outstanding Book of Poetry: Mimi White, The Last Island
- Donald M. Murray Outstanding Journalism Award: John Walters, Collection of articles from Kearsarge Magazine and Upper Valley Life
- Lifetime Achievement Award: David Carroll
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It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.
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Tara Reed has got some really great resources for Art Licensing! I'm a big fan of these and I was so excited to see her email newsletter this morning announcing her latest product: Product Mock-Up Magic. I can not begin to tell you how much time this will save me!! I've struggled with getting images together to mock up and honestly, I just don't have time time. And my philosophy is if you don't have time, get some one else to do it for you, and Tara has done that. I love her "teaching" technique. She is so thorough so anyone not totally familiar with Photoshop can easily follow her steps to help grow a licensing business. The product will ship on October 21st, but go ahead and pre-order it now because you'll save $20. I just ordered my copy and can't wait to get it and start mocking up products. I'm throwing out all my old mock-up because I never really liked how they turned out and these from Tara are so much better. Click here to learn more and purchase.
In the past I have also purchased Tara's repeat pattern e-book to refresh my memory on how to make patterns (hadn't done it since collage and I totally forgot how). I think it is a must-have and patterns are very addictive to make!!
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I had a great time at the NAIBA conference this past weekend where I met many, many great indie booksellers, applauded Peter Brown as he accepted a much-deserved award for The Curious Garden, and got to meet and hang out with Michelle Knudsen, author of one of my favorite picture books, The Library Lion, and now a novelist with The Dragon of Trelian! If you haven't seen these books, you really oughta.Add a Comment
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I lost my charger cord at BICS, so I went into the local phone shop to see if I could buy a new cable. The guys took one look at my phone and started laughing and were totally unhelpful. Sod them, I am going back to cups and string. Here is Gary and me in the studio playing with cups and string.
My new phone number is two soft knocks, three loud knocks and a muffled yelp. Or you can stuff bits of paper under the door with secret messages written in lemon juice. Anyway, Bob Etherington has the same phone and he is a well cool dude. I have seen a lot of illustrators with this phone, it is because we are all so
This weekend, come see my friend Garen Ewing and me talk on a panel about comics at the Cheltenham literary festival! We'll also get to meet John Dunning, who wrote a book called Salem Brownstone that's magnificently illustrated by Nikhil Singh. (Have a look at Nikhil's profile, it's a good laugh.) This Saturday, 4:45pm, I think you can still book tickets here.
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The latest news from the USA…
I received this on Friday evening and thought I would post the updated news as usual. Sorry it’s a bit late, but it has been manic here, to say the least, these past few days.
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Orphan Works and the Google Book Settlement / Part III
On September 10, 2009, Marybeth Peters, Register of the US Copyright Office, testified before Congress in opposition to the Google Book Search Settlement. Her arguments on behalf of creators’ rights are compelling and we support them. However, we note with some irony that they are nearly identical to the arguments we made in opposing the Orphan Works bill last year. We don't know what conclusions to draw from this fact, but we think it's fair to draw attention to it.
We've picked several examples below and matched them with quotes from our own writings and testimony. In every case, the emphasis is ours.
Marybeth Peters on the Google Book Settlement: "The [Google] settlement is not merely a compromise of existing claims, or an agreement to compensate past copying and snippet display. Rather, it could affect the exclusive rights of millions of copyright owners, in the United States and abroad, with respect to their abilities to control new products and new markets, for years and years to come."
IPA on the Orphan Works Bill: The bill's sponsors say it's merely a small adjustment to copyright law. In fact...its provisions have been drafted so broadly it will orphan the work of working artists. Its consequences will be far reaching, long lasting, perhaps irreversible and will strike at the heart of art itself."
Marybeth Peters on the Google Book Settlement: "[The Book Rights Registry] is likely to have the unfortunate effect of creating a false database of orphan works, because in practice any work that is not claimed will be deemed an orphan."
IPA on the Orphan Works Bill: "As clients come to rely on these [visual arts] registries as one-stop shopping centres for rights clearance, any works not found in the registries could be infringed as orphans."
Marybeth Peters on the Google Book Settlement: "Compulsory licenses... are scrutinized very strictly because by their nature they impinge upon the exclusive rights of copyright holders...By its nature, a compulsory license 'is a limited exception to the copyright holder's exclusive right . . . As such, it must be construed narrowly.'"
IPA on the Orphan Works Bill: "[The Orphan Works bill] radically abridges the fundamental principal of exclusive rights granted to creators under the copyright law, and creates a sweeping compulsory license permitting large scale unauthorized use of not only older works, the provenance of which may be difficult to determine, but also of the valuable contemporary works that are the economic life blood of those in our profession."
Marybeth Peters on the Google Book Settlement: "Compulsory licenses are generally adopted by Congress only reluctantly, in the face of a marketplace failure."
IPA on the Orphan Works Bill: "The Copyright Office only received about 215 relevant letters to their Orphan Works Study. From this they deduced a claim of widespread market failure in commercial markets... Read the rest of this post
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Thanks to a great deal of hard work by my pals at Hyperion (especially Nellie and Zat!), yesterday's simulcast from the studio to schools and libraries around the country was a success. We reached literally TONS of kids, answered questions, showed a documentary, read the brand new Pigs Make Me Sneeze! and Big Frog Can't Fit In!, made drawings, and talked on a pretend phone.Events like this don'tAdd a Comment
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