|My sketch in person of Raul Colón|
|Beautiful book, I want to put all of these images on the wall!|
Raul Colón showed beautiful color studies that he worked out through the years, which inspired me to do more of these types of studies. I can't wait to try his technique for fun, where he scratches the watercolor paper underneath the many careful layering of colored pencil. It is a quite beautiful technique that made me want to buy his book "Alicia Alonso". He also said that he started out doing editorial illustration, working for the New York Times. So far I have met many famous illustrators that have started their careers this way. When I met him, it was interesting to learn that he teaches art in New York, and judging from his humorous presentation I'm sure he is an exceptional teacher.
|Robin Preiss Glasser|
|Robin's adorable fancy Nancy character|
Robin Preiss Glasser is a vivacious cartoonist that has brought to life the famous character Fancy Nancy and others. She was also a pleasure to meet, very personable and fun to be around. Out of all of the illustrators that I saw, her style and medium was the most similar to what I am going for in my own illustration, with her vibrant colors, lively pen work, and cartoony style- although my characters are more buggy-eyed. It was interesting to see the photos of real people and pets that she used as reference for the characters in her books. I also thought her process was impressive, where she draws a character hundreds of times until she finds the correct pieces and puts the pieces together and is able to print right onto her watercolor paper, boy, I gotta find a way to do that! It was so cool that she was previously a dancer, and that experience helps her envision exactly how to draw her characters in motion.
|Kathleen Krull & Steve Johnson|
|Nadia speaking with Steve and Kathleen about texture and such.|
These two illustrators are such a great example of teamwork in general, it was so cool to learn about how these two work and that really they benefit from working together and create work as a team that they otherwise could not accomplish alone. By examining their artwork in person, you can really notice the precise illustration skills of Steve and where Kathleen takes it to the next level with inventiveness, layers, and texture.
Elisa Kleven spoke about keeping the love for an imaginary world alive from childhood in her children's books. She states that her childhood was her education in response to the naive style her work tends to lean towards. Yet it is full of heart, and meaning, and life and is definitely what children's book illustration is about, and how I feel as well about it. It was interesting to learn that many of the crafty materials she used making dolls and crafts with as a child is incorporated as texture into her work such a doilies and cloth which I think helps to emphasis that playfulness of childhood.
|Where her characters come from|
|Would you believe that this first design of Harry Potter was based on Mary's own portrait and was finished in candlelight?|
Mary GrandPré, well known as the illustrator that has brought the mega famous Harry Potter to life, as well as other beautiful stories, showed us mostly about where she got her character ideas. As you can see on the top photo, she is pointing to Hagrid whom was based on her favorite puppy. It was interesting to think about how real animals can also influence our human characters and even vice versa. I liked how she talked about thinking like a director as she illustrates a story, using different angles and such to make the viewer feel like they have moved around by the time the book was over. She seemed a bit more serious than some of the other illustrators, and would have liked to see a demo on how she works, but that's alright it was still very special to meet her and have her wish me luck on my own illustration career!