Yet another amazing annual Children's Book Illustrator and Author Event at the Chemers Gallery in Tusin! I look forward to this event every year too look at beautiful original artwork, to meet children's book illustrators, and see their wonderful presentations! I also got to see a few local illustrator friends as well! Some of my photos are not perfect, but at least we can get an idea! Here are some tidbits from the day:
|E.B Lewis, the prolific illustrator, fine artist, publlic speaker, teacher, and inspirer|
|Boris Kulikov, versatile illustrator|
A piece of Sylvia's I liked in the show:
|With Author Kathleen Krull, making learning fun!|
Illustrator Matt Tavares demonstrates how he draws people by demonstrating with a live model!
Then, he thinks of ideas and does small, light sketches of his ideas- he does a lot of sketches, he says for one book he can do up to 580 sketches in total! Then, he does a next sketch to show the publisher that is a bit tighter and larger which he shows us here:
Then, he goes to the library to photocopy the light sketches to make them darker, takes the charcoal to create light and dark tones-his influence of light from Jan Vermeer comes into play here. I think this a great step I will try with my own art! Then, he adds color pastel on the photocopy to work out the color, here we are passing them around, just gorgeous studies!
|Nadia Roldan and Lauren Gallegos, local illustrator friends, admiring the sketches|
|example of a pastel over photocopy|
Here is an illustration from the show that I enjoyed:
E.B. Lewis's speech was very touching, as his work is and every time he speaks at an event. Oh, the stories he told! I can't share all of them but I will share bits of gems he left with us. He talked about how art is the work that for him can be left behind for someone to use. He spoke about how you have to really get to know your character, take them out to lunch, go through their drawers, things like that. I also thought it was interesting how he talked about seeing the book as a movie in your head in order to illustrate it. Emotion is a key ingredient in your book, you must feel it first and then add it. There is too much to say about E.B. Lewis, but I recommend you see him speak someday and read his books if you want to be touched and inspired.
A piece I liked of his in the show:
I am now filled with inspiration and a bag of books to give as gifts and to savor for myself! Happy Day!