Our Parisian transplant, Robert J. Blake is back home in the Midsouth now. During his 2 years in Paris he painted daily, and here is a fascinating video of Robert and the Bridges of Paris. It's a mesmerizing glimpse into the life of an author/illustrator turned loose in one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
Midsouth illustrator and Regional Illustration Coordinator shares her process of illustrating with clay in the first of a two part interview over on Once Upon A Sketch.com, a blog full of tips and info for children's market artists. Go check it out!
Several members of the illustrator group stepped out Thursday night to see the Norman Rockwell exhibit at the Frist Center in Nashville. We met at the Cafe for dinner and conversation (I highly recommend the portabello sandwich), and afterward went upstairs to the gallery for a wonderful evening with many of Norman Rockwell’s best known and most inspiring pieces, including the Portrait of John F. Kennedy, Artist Facing Blank Canvas and The Problem We All Live With.
Illustration intensives are relatively newish and I am so grateful. The purpose of the intensive is to bring you back to art school (only the knowledgeable professor is replaced with a savvy and important art director).
So at this year's Midsouth Fall Conference we were privileged to have the fabulous Ms. Loraine Joyner, a Senior Art Director fromPeachtree Publishers. We picked from three delightful stories (that are either published or almost published from Peachtree), and these were the spreads we came up with to illustrate a portion of the text for the story.
We were lucky that Ms. Joyner was articulate, critical, while being very nurturing when giving her critiques. And I have to say that the Midsouth needs to pat itself on the back again because we were told by Ms. Joyner that the Midsouth has "…an amazing level of talent."
Midsouth illustrators Susan Eaddy and Mary Uhles created this video explaining how to put together a successful portfolio for the children's illustration market. It features the work of numerous talented artists in Tennessee and Kentucky and proves that while they can all illustrate a children's book, Picasso probably couldn't.
Getting started putting your work together? Watch this video for some good advice.
This month five Midsouth illustrator members were psyched to be included in a show at the Nashville Public Library's Main Branch displaying their illustration process from start to finish.
In the Nashville area? Here's a teaser of the display but it looks much cooler up close and personal in the beautiful downtown library.
Not in Nashville? Check out these talented artists' websites and blogs. After doing that you'll definitely want to make a special pilgrimage to Nashville just to visit the library before the end of May.
Mary Uhles shows off her piece for the May/June issue of Ladybug Magazine. See her website, www.maryuhles.com and read more about her process here.
Cheryl Mendenhall really gives a behind-the-scenes look at her process by even displaying some of the tools she uses to create her illustrations. They're digital but you'd never guess without the Wacom tablet to give it away! See her agent's page here.
Doug Jones' great sense of humor is on display in this cute Easy Reader about a lost space alien, Once Upon A Planet. See his other cool cartoons at his website, www.dougjonesart.com and his blog.
Kris Sexton rounds out the pack with these awesome clay dinosaurs, models created for her picture book, Five Huge Dinosaurs. See more of her watercolor and Illustrator creations at her site, www.krissexton.com.
All five of us were incredibly grateful to SCBWI, Susan Eaddy, Kristin Tubb and the Nashville Public Library for letting us share a peek into what goes on in the life of an illustrator.
Have a look at the cover for the illustrated middle grade novel, Beyond The Grave, written by Dotti Enderle and published by Magic Wagon available September 3, 2013. It's a spooky adventure novel about two boys who decide a graveyard is the perfect place to work on a particular class project. I wrote a blog about my cover process here as well as some of the interior illustrations here and here.