Archive for the ‘Inspiration’ Category

Shaun Tan won an Oscar!

February 28, 2011

Did you watch the Oscars last night? How exciting that Shaun Tan won an Oscar for Best Animated Short for his film “The Lost Thing”. I am so excited to see his success with his animation, especially seeing that I have always been a fan or his incredible illustrations. Check out his website:

http://www.shauntan.net/

Here is a link to a page on Shaun Tan’s web site where he talks about “The Lost Thing.” He has lots of sketches and talks about the film as well.  http://www.shauntan.net/film1.html

 

Image from “The Lost Thing”

Illustration from “The Red Tree”

Illustration from “The Arrival”

 Illustration from “The Rabbits”

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The Love of Reading

February 14, 2011

A clever book to read together by Michael Hall.  Each animal is illustrated using hearts in various sizes and colors.

A child explains the different kinds of kisses to her wondering teddy bear. Henry is crazy for Chloe. So much so, that he is willing to give up his prized blueberry muffin given to him by his mom! A  story about infatuation and friendship!

For more about these and other books of interest, Visit the Reading Rockets website. There you’ll find a lot of great information on  things like, crafts, reading guides, teaching aides for teachers and parents, all kinds of valuable tools to make reading fun.

Children’s Art Recreated

January 26, 2011

Taking children’s art and turning it into current art? Love the idea and it just goes to show how sophisticated artists kids really are. 🙂 Here are two artists that are taking a slightly different angle on this idea.

 

 

 http://themonsterengine.com/

 Dave DeVries, working out of New Jersey, uses kids doodles and drawings, and recreates them with a grown up flavor. His site The Monster Engine has been around for quite some time and has become quite a hit since is was first created in 2005. I love that he truly retains the essence and feel of the original doodles.

 

 http://www.yeondoojung.com/artworks_view_wonderland.php?no=88

Yeondoo Jung, from Korea, takes the same idea but executes it in a completely different way. His “Wonderland” series explores simplistic shape focused children’s sketches which he interprets into striking photography.

Happy drawing to all.

T

Mila’s Day Dream

January 25, 2011

 

 

 

 

How creative is this? Adele Enersen, while her daughter is soundly asleep, creates a completely different world … from whatever she can find around her! How inspiring is this and how visually wonderful! I’d love to see her come out with a picture book using this vey unique medium.

Her is her blog: http://milasdaydreams.blogspot.com/

Her facebook fan page is: http://www.facebook.com/MilasDaydreams?v=photos#!/MilasDaydreams?v=wall

Enjoy!

T.

The 2011 Caldecott winner is!!!

January 10, 2011

A Sick Day for Amos McGee…..Just in case you missed it!!

Amos McGee, an elderly man who works at the zoo, finds time each day for five special friends. With empathy and understanding he gives the elephant, tortoise, penguin, rhinoceros, and owl the attention they need. One morning, Amos wakes up with a bad cold and stays home in bed. His friends wait patiently and then leave the zoo to visit him. Their trip mirrors his daily bus ride to the zoo and spans three nearly wordless spreads. Amos, sitting up in bed, clasps his hands in delight when his friends arrive.

http://www.ala.org/index.cfm

Favorite Holiday Book – My Penguin Osbert

December 13, 2010

 

My Penguin Osbert

I just love “My Penguin Osbert” written by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel, illustrated by H.B. Lewis, published by Candlewick Press. It is a sweet story and Ireally like the way it is written. Most of all, however, I just love the illustrations. No surprise there, I’m sure. 🙂

A Favorite Holiday Book: The Polar Express

December 12, 2010

{Click on Photo to Shop for “The Polar Express” by Chris Van Allsburg}

One of my favorite books for the holidays is “The Polar Express” by Chris Van Allsburg. It is beautifully illustrated and the story is still so magical for me even as an adult. In 2005/2006-ish the book was being made into a major motion picture  and they did a Hollywood type screening in my hometown (and where I was going to art school at the time) of Grand Rapids, Michigan. As art students we were given the task of recreating massive scenes from the book that were larger than life size. While I had always loved the book, this was the first time I had really studied the compositions because they had to be repainted at such a huge size. For the event, Chris Van Allsburg was in town… he is a bit of a hometown hero in GR because that is where he hails from… and I also had a chance to hear him speak a bit about his experiences in the children’s book field. All in all, the book and movie couldn’t even be compared because they are completely different experiences and both good in their own right. If you’ve read the book, I just have one question:

Does the bell still ring for you?

Update: Here are a few photos from the 2004 movie premier!

 

{Chris Van Allsburg Speaking at Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Raids, MI, 2004}

{Backdrops created by Kendall students for movie premier, 2004}

of Whos and snowmen

December 9, 2010

When someone asks me what my favorite holiday book is, at the risk of being cliché, I just have to say (hey that rhymes), it just has to be How the Grinch  Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss. This book has been part of my holidays since I was knee high to a who, and whether it be the book or the animated television show created in the 60’s, it just wouldn’t be Christmas without the grinch and max with his one reindeer antler.

I’d also like to add another book that has charmed me. I love Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner and illustrated by Mark Buehner mostly because it was a present from my husband, who knows I have a thing for all things snowman. But I also love the funny, lively, whimsical illustrations. It mostly takes place at night (hence the name) and the lighting that Mark Buehner is able to pull off with his brush strokes is nothing short of magical.

The rhyme is very charming and fun to read out loud to kids, but it’s not the book’s strength. But put the rhyme together with tobogganing, hot chocolate swilling snowman images and you’ll have yourself a few giggles and some mighty warm heart cockles.

The Lump of Coal

December 8, 2010

I have many favorite holiday books and here is one of my favorites.  I ran into this little treasure a few years back.  I am a great fan of Lemony Snicket’s sarcastic dark humor.  This book that is illustrated by Brett Helquist is about none other than a lump of coal.  Great humor, but also a great moral and ending.

What’s Your Favorite Holiday Book?

December 8, 2010

‘Twas the nightmare before Christmas, and all though the house,
Not a creature was peaceful, not even a mouse.
The stockings all hung by the chimney with care,
When opened that morning would cause quite a scare!
The children, all nestled so snug in their beds,
Would have nightmares of monsters and skeleton heads.’

My favorite holiday book includes not one, but two holidays in it! With plenty of freakish presents and a skeleton dressed in Santa Claus clothes, it’s going to be a spooky holiday!