Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Illustration Loves

There are so many inspiring talents in the illustration world right now, here are a few of my current favorites:

Meg Hunt. I would love to take a class from her! Such fantastic style and wild patterns.
From Meg Hunt's website http://www.meghunt.com/Florid-Fauna

Claire Keane. Holy moly, that This American Life animation, plus all her amazing work with Disney, the picture of her with the Rapunzel mural reminds me of a similarly lovely lady's, Mary Blair with her Small World art. I got to hear Claire's dad give a lecture once, what a cool family.
From Claire Keane's website http://claireonacloud.com/

Emily Carroll. She's got some of the best online comics around, and her palettes blow me away.
From Emily Carroll's website http://www.emcarroll.com/

Greg Pizzoli. How does he do it! I love his screen prints and cheerful characters. If I could uproot to Philadelphia, I'd be taking his screen printing class first thing.
From Greg Pizzoli's website http://gregpizzoli.com/

Jennifer Mann. I am so excited for you to see her forthcoming books! I love her use of texture and her willingness to try any paper, pen, paint, you name it, to make her art sing.
From Jennifer Mann's website http://www.jenniferkmann.com/

And my new obsession is rereading Lloyd Alexander's Chronicles of Prydain, but finding them with the Evaline Ness covers. I, too, had the ones Betsy Bird remembers fondly as a kid, but man, those Ness ones are entrancing. See them in all their scanned glory at Daughter Number Three's blog.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Happy 100th, Julia!

This spring and summer I watched a lot of old Julia Child episodes. The omelette episode definitely transformed my life.
Ewelia Child available in my Cocoastomp Etsy Shop!

Not because she serves rosé with her omelette lunches, a mind-bogglingly French luxury, and not because her simple technique using three ingredients turned me from an omelette hater into an omelette evangelist. Julia's omelettes take only 30 seconds to make, but in doing some research on Julia, she probably spent 17 hours practicing for that simple dish and show, making sure she had squeezed every possible insight and benefit out of herself in order to share the world's greatest omelette making show ever with her audience.

I love how hard Julia worked to master her art and I love how her personality shines through in everything she did. She's a hero, I'm slapping some chicken around tonight in her honor.

To celebrate her birthday, check out these lovely Julia Child picture books: Minette's Feast by Susanna Reich and Amy Bates; Bon Appetit: The Delicious Life of Julia Child by Jessie Hartland.

And if you need some Julia on your wall, I am happy to offer Ewelia Child prints in my Etsy shop (may I make a sheep dip recipe joke here?) Now through August 31st, use the coupon code JULIA100 to receive free shipping on any items in my Etsy shop.