Ed Emberley’s drawing instruction books were probably more familiar to US kids but it’s great to see a renewed interest in them lately. It’s a shame no Irish libraries seem to have copies, but they’re still available pretty cheap to buy. His book ‘Make a World’ in particular has had a lasting influence and is the subject of a soon to be released film documentary.
Archive for 2009
Mail Me Art is run by Darren Di Lieto, the founder and co-editor of the illustration news portal the Little Chimp Society. Mail Me Art culminated in the publication of the book Mail Me Art: Going Postal with the World’s Best Illustrators and Designers and an exhibition, held in London during 2009. The deadline for the second Mail Me Art Project is 31st January 2010. Submission guide here.
Last week in San Francisco McSweeney’s launched Panorama, a ’21st century newspaper prototype, complete with investigative reporting, comics and sports coverage’. An interesting experiment given the alleged decline of newspapers. And choc full of illustration talent. Here’s an interesting radio interview with the Publisher Oscar Villalon and Dave Eggers on the project. Here’s a Flickr set of pics by Steve Rhodes. The Newspaper itself can be ordered here. Photo: Steve Rhodes.
This new Picture Book Writing & Illustration course is a ‘relaxed’ course, suitable for aspiring, beginner or emerging children’s writers, and those with a love of children’s literature, and enthusiasm to learn more. Some basic drawing skills and ability with at least one colour medium is required. Taught by Adrienne Geoghegan this course will be run from the Garden Art Room in the Carmelite Centre, Aungier Street, Dublin 2. Read here for full course info.
The Comic Cast will be hosting a new Irish comic-book art exhibition called ‘Just What I Always Wanted’ with original artworks by some of Ireland’s finest comic artists including Bob Byrne, Declan Shalvey,
The exhibition will be on display in Twisted Pepper from Dec 1st – Dec 12th
Check out the ace poster by Phil Barrett.
He will discuss how in the area of children’s books, authors are generally, and thoughtlessly privileged over illustrators. And how in the visual arts arena, illustration is very often categorized as being at best, a lesser, junior art-form, and, at worst some sort of low brow craft, tainted by commercial motivations. Lynch asks if the boundaries between disciplines are breaking down, and whether contemporary illustrators can rise above the limits imposed by tired old definitions.