Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Nathalie Lete Live Painting

Saw this great video of French artist Nathalie Lete on Gennine's Art Blog. She's painting in a Tokyo shop using acrylic gouache. I like her decorative style!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Japanese Snoopy Calendar

On my recent trip to LA for SCBWI's Illustrator's Day, I made a stop at one of my favorite bookstores in LA, Kinokuniya Books. Located in Little Tokyo, it's the LA branch of a chain of bookstores in Japan.

They not only carry Japanese books and magazines, but a nice collection of English language books as well, especially art and design books. I like to browse their children's section as well, to get an idea of what's being published in Japan.

One of my favorite parts of the store is the large stationary section -- I'm a sucker for colorful pens, notebooks, etc. The pencil cups on my desk are filled with so many of them, many I'll probably never get around to using ... but I digress.

What I found on this trip was a small mini-calendar for 2010. The kind that comes in a case similar to a CD jewel case. It's only about 3 1/2 inches square, but it's a calendar with vintage Snoopy images! I'm kind of a Snoopy nut, so I was really excited to find this. Above are 4 pages from the calendar, one is for January, the other 3 are signs you can use to let co-workers know where you are.

Translated they say (from top right going clockwise):
I'm in a meeting
I've temporarily left my seat
I'm out of the office (he's literally out in the field!)

I thought these were really cute and sooooo Japanese. It'll sit on my desk for the next year and maybe beyond.

Monday, November 09, 2009

SCBWI Los Angeles Illustrator's Day 2009

Just came back from Illustrator's Day 2009 in Los Angeles over the weekend. Held on Saturday, November 7th at the Clairbourn School in San Gabriel, CA, it was a day filled with speakers, portfolios, contests and promo cards galore!

Presentations were given by:
Chad Beckerman, Art Director of Abrams Books for Young Readers
Mary Peterson, Illustrator
Adam McCauley, Illustrator
Erika Howard, Art Representative for Shannon Associates

All the presentations were informative, but the ones by Chad and Erika stood out in my mind. Both gave good insight into what they look for in an illustrator, and what they expect once a relationship is established.

All attending illustrators were free to display their portfolios and promo/business cards. So many talented people were there ... I picked up a stack of cards for inspiration.

The day included a promo card contest -- attendees were encouraged to submit a print-ready file about a month before, and the winning entry would receive 250 printed postcards of their submission. My entry didn't win, but I did receive an Honorable Mention! Woo hoo!

I also had a portfolio review with Laurie Young, former Creative Director for Intervisual Books, and she gave me some very positive and encouraging feedback. Thanks Laurie!

All in all, it was an awesome day!