Illustrator Janice Kun's latest children's book Swimming with Seals tells an extremely touching story about a girl who is being raised by her loving relatives rather than her mother. Written by Maggie de Vries for all the children who wish to live with their biological parents and can't quite quite understand why this will never be.Read More
Illustrator Talya Baldwin recently had the pleasure to work alongside art director Melissa Kaita, applying her unique style to Paris architecture for this very special book cover. Talya's line art shows the same loving attention to historic monuments as to unassuming, run-of-the-mill walk-up flats.Read More
We couldn't wait to share this recent project! Renowned i2i Art illustrator Phil recently collaborated with Groundwood Books art director Michael Solomon and award-winning author Jean E. Pendziwol on a children's book that has been quick to win critical acclaim for both words and pictures.Read More
Gary Alphonso began his career as a scratchboard illustrator in the 1980s. That is where Gary learned the precision of line and shadow evident in his work today. As Gary evolved his technique, he began creating 'scratchboard' art in Adobe Illustrator, in both black and white and full color.
These cover illustrations for Harlequin's Worldwide Mystery Series featuring Vicki Delany's Constable Molly Smith showcases Gary's ability to create drama through perspective and lighting in a retro poster art style. His technique, perfected over many years, creates a stunning outcome.
The latest in the series, Negative Image will be in stores March 2016.
Often labelled as a way to tap into your inner child I'm here to say that adult coloring books deliver more. Much more. When our artist Remy Simard was approached by Blue Star Coloring Books to illustrate a new adult coloring book I was pretty intrigued. A quick Google search revealed a wealth of information about the stress relieving properties of these little books. Could coloring release the tension I carry around each day? Worth a shot.
The experience was pretty transforming. My multi-tasking ways melted away as I became engrossed in the art of staying in the lines. A sense of accomplishment washed over me at the end. A masterpiece? Not quite, but that didn't matter much. I had a greater prize, a sense of calm. Coloring is my new meditation.
Remy Simard chose to center his first coloring book with Blue Star around the topic of birds; birdwatching being Remy's own form of relaxation. So grab your pencil crayons and dive into 30 beautifully illustrated pages crying out for some color.
Remy Simard is a celebrated illustrator. See more of Remy's work.
Tim Zeltner has now created two incredible covers with art director Lynne Menturweck at Llewellyn Worldwide. Tim’s whimsical illustrations, handpainted on wood, set just the right tone for these novels by Loretta Ross. Let the detail in these beautiful illustrations draw you into the mystery that unfolds within the pages.
teNeues has published a lovely new collection of all things Paris. Everyone Loves Paris is edited by the talented Leslie Jonath--who fell in love with Clare Owen's Paris illustrations. Leslie artfully curated this wonderful collection from renowned illustrators around the world. Needless-to-say, Clare (a self proclaimed Francophile) was delighted to contribute her art!
teNeues has this to say about the collection, Everyone Loves Paris includes tributes from over 50 illustrators from around the world. From grand landmarks—such as the Eiffel Tower, Sacré-Cœur Basilica, and the Louvre Pyramid—to the small pleasures of daily life, each image expresses the joys of this marvelous city through the perspective of each artist’s brush...Everyone Loves Paris is a delightful meander that will inspire you to view the City of Light from a new angle and in a multitude of styles."
Here now is the cover featuring a lovely ©Emma Block Illustration
Clare Owen's Chat Noir and Aujour d'hui
Feast your eyes on Clare Owen's delightful portfolio.
Power Down Little Robot, is a very special children's picture book lovingly illustrated by Tim Zeltner and written by Anna Staniszewski. When it's time to power down for the night, Little Robot is not ready and he quickly opens his stalling program. From there, the story is very familiar to avoidance experts everywhere (mombots and dadbots), and told with one fun twist after another. In the end Mom Unit knows how to get him tucked in to his module as he finally powers down.
Sally Doherty, Executive Editor for Henry Holt Books for Young Readers, fell in love with Tim Zeltner's art. Power Down, Little Robot is the second picture book she has commissioned him to illustrate. Upon receiving Tim's final art for the book Sally's reaction was, "Wow! You've done it again--you've really knocked us out with your extraordinary vision for this story. I just love everything about what you've done: the colors, the style, the expressions. Fantastic!" Well deserved praise for Tim Zeltner's beautiful hand painted illustrations on wood.
"Now hurry and clean your cogs.", says Mom Unit. The Little Robot says to himself, "I try to brush them at half my normal rate, but nothing gets past Mom Unit's sharp eye."
"But I'm not tired! Look. My power level is still at yellow."
"But I need to tell you a secret!...Did you know that a hummingbot flaps its wings a million times a second?"
"The sleep module is soft and warm. Maybe I could close my eyes for a millisecond..."
"Dream sequence initiated."
Greg Stevenson created these instructional illustrations combining his playful doodles, line-work and hand lettering with a photo-collage approach for educational publisher Developmental Studies. SIPPS (Systematic Instruction in Phonological Awareness, Phonics, and Sight Words) is a program for new and struggling readers from kindergarten through grade 12. The main criteria for the art was to decode the stories to visually assist the reader with comprehension.
Check out Greg Stevenson's versatile portfolio.
Clare Owen has now created three gorgeous covers with art director Sean Kapitain at Harlequin. The front cover for Hunting Sweetie Rose and Honestly Dearest, You're Dead are featured below. Stay tuned to see the third in the series--to be released in March 2015. Clare's illustrations are so inviting but be careful, with these mystery covers, the devil is in the details.
I just love the details like the wind blowing the curtain and the steam rising on the coffee. They seem to bring the story to life.
For much more delightful Clare Owen illustration visit her portfolio here.
Art director, Sean Kapitain with Harlequin, has a keen eye for quality illustration and knows how to choose the perfect style to capture just the right mood for the novel. The backdrop for The Lost Artist is a 19th Century New England farmhouse with a nasty storm brewing. Who better to illustrate a moody landscape than Tim Zeltner? Tim painstakingly builds the atmostphere of a painting with his unique combination of layering on wood with: paint, glazes and stains. Sean Kapitain had this to say about Tim Zeltner's art, "We actually heard back from the author about this cover which is rare! She loved the package and thought Tim's art was absolutely spot on. Great work, Tim!". Thank you Sean for the wonderful feedback.
I love the way Sean has used parts of the illustration for the spine and back cover.
You won't want to miss this beautiful 32 page picture book written by Stephen Wunderli and illustrated by Tim Zeltner, (published by Henry Holt and Co)! According to a review by the critically acclaimed KIRKUS: "Zeltner’s lush illustrations created with paint, glazes and stains on wood shine with gentle charm..." Little Boo tells the story of a tiny pumpkin seed who really has a hankerin' to grow up and be the scariest Jack-O-Lantern on Halloween night! He wants to be able to say "BOO!" And really "Scare YOU!". Also reviewed on YouTube by TTPM. For more delightful illustrations from Tim Zeltner check out his portfolio here.
The perfect Halloween gift for a wee one in your life! Order your very own copy.
Here is a sample of the delightful spreads you'll find inside this 32 page picture book!
And here's a glimpse of the original art painted on wood!
Well done Tim Zeltner!