Voila! Kevin magically appears at SCBWI Bainbridge kidlit night!
SCBWI-ers traveled from far and wide on a very dark and rainy Friday
night recently to join up on at Casa Rojas Cantina on Bainbridge Island
for Kid Lit Drink Night. Kevan Attebury came all the way over from the
East Side (but departed before our photo shoot). Christina Wilsdon
joined us from Seattle. Rowena Russell traveled from Bremerton. And
Andrea Lawson came down in the dark from Port Townsend. Margaret
Nevinski, Dawn Simon and Jennifer Mann made the relatively short journey
from other dark and rainy neighborhoods on the island. Although we
competed for the Noisiest Group Award with a large and lively crowd
imbibing at the Cantina before seeing Breaking Dawn at the theater next
door, we did manage to silence the room when we loudly brainstormed
brilliant and unexpected markets for Kevan’s Monster-a-day project. We
also solved some vexing photoshop problems, discussed the current state
of publishing and generally toasted the wonder and joy that is
children’s books. It was a great night to venture out into the rain!
Next time maybe we’ll aim for a sunny summer evening, and a spot on the
deck of the Harbour Pub. This blurb courtesy of Jennifer Mann, illustrator, writer.
The renowned illustrator Quentin Blake inspires me so much that I wanted to share this video for my first artist process entry. Here is an illustrator who doesn't seem to bother with the computer and doesn't need it! Mostly I love the movement and expression in his lines and ease of coloring seemingly without fuss. It is also a reminder to draw and redraw and redraw...
Please join me at the reception Friday September 7, 2012 5:30-8:30 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle. It is sponsored by Artist Trust, a wonderful organization which supports creativity and individual artists. Here's the complete invitation. The event is free and open to the public. Other events happening throughout the show of artists, writers and multi-media artists. See www.andreaklawson.com or www.artisttrust.org for more information.
Swimerella Rides to The Ball in my twist on Grimm's Fairy Tale, Cinderella. In my version, Cinderella is a mermaid, Swimerella or Seaweederella.
Last weekend I had a fabulously inspiring time attending the Society of Children's Writer's and Illustrators Western Washington conference.
As part of the conference, I took a master illustrators intensive with Scott Magoon, Art Director, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Lucy Ruth Cummins, art director with Simon and Shuster. Both are also children's book illustrators. The two directors really got across their excitement and love of children's books. Our assignment was to create an illustration from Grimm's Fairy Tales, with a twist. This was fun and also crazy to see all of the variations from my Seaweederella to an adorable fluff ball monster Little Red Riding hood, ( Ben Clanton) and Robin's nutty Rapunzel with a beard.
Working with variations on fairy tales is a fun way to expand both visual and literary ideas.
I named my underwater Cinderella, Seaweederella, thinking that Cinderella was named for her proximity to the cinders and that Seaweederella would be all covered in ocean muck and seaweed. I had a suggestion to name her Swimerella and think it has a nice sound to it. For now, I won't say who the suggestion came from as that might sway public opinion. I'll give the person credit if wanted, later.
Now that I have recovered from my broken ankle and am more mobile, I was determined to do some early morning landscape painting. My adventurous friend Beverly Michaelson joined me early one morning in February in what turned out to be 28 degree weather. We appeared by the side of the road looking like rotund elves topped with paint spattered smocks. Painting as fast as we could between sips of quickly cooling hot tea, we managed to capture some of the early morning light over Marrowstone Island's waterways. Here are some of our results. My smaller study and Beverly's landscape.
So they went along and went along until they met Turkey Lurkey “Good morning, Goosey Loosey, Ducky Daddles, Cocky Locky, Henny Penny, and Chicken Licken,” said Turkey Lurkey, “where are you going?” “Oh, Turkey Lurkey, the sky is falling and we are going to tell the King!” “How do you know the sky is falling?” asked Turkey Lurkey. “Ducky Daddles told me,” said Goosey Loosey. “Cocky Locky told me,” said Ducky Daddles. “Henny Penny told me,” said Cocky Locky. “Chicken Licken told me,” said Henny Penny “I saw it with my own eyes, I heard it with my own ears, and a piece of it fell on my tail!” said Chicken Licken. “Then I will go with you,” said Turkey Lurkey, “and we will tell the King!”