New art! Based on the poem by E.E. Cummings. "For whatever we lose (like a you or a me) it’s always ourselves we find in the sea."--E. E. Cummings #beach#childrensillustration#narrativeart
Detail from a piece I did for a recent session https://illustrationdept.com/ class with Giuseppe Castellano.
Do you see my postcard, just right of the lower coffee cup? I'm thrilled to have another postcard featured in #mailersandcoffee (a weekly twitter post by Giuseppe Castellano @pinocastellano and his design assistant Olivia Kane @oliviakane27).
My friend David Geister has been painting a series of three "World War One America" murals at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul for months. In this photo, you can see him work on Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. His pictures are full of the notable people during 1914-1918. Albert Einstein, Walt Disney and William Randolph Hearst are just some of the famous portraits that fill his paintings.
And David is such a great guy he handed me his painting palette and let me take a crack at his painting! President Woodrow Wilson stands in front of the memorial, next to Teddy Roosevelt.
Here I am painting the collar of Mary Pickford, Americas first sweetheart of silent film. The blue shadow just to the left of her chin looks out of place but he coached me on how to transition the values on the collar.
It is such a treat to see his work up close and in progress. There are so many figures to work on. Bravo, David!
Here is the final art I made with the deliciously sinister Herbwise (herb) fairy from Dwarf Nose, a classic fairy tale by Wilhelm Hauff, with rich unforgettable characters and suspenseful turns. The main character, Jacob is cursed after insulting a wicked fairy at the market. The outlandish spell she casts on him will change his life forever. After seven years of hard labor, Jacob escapes his curse only to changed into Dwarf Nose. He must labor seven more years to break the curse and be reunited with his family.
My dear friend Emily Taylor's passing is already a month ago. I miss her smile, art, critiques, and her enthusiasm for life. Emily taught art at a local community center and was giving person right to the end. She was a regular participant at the monthly MN SCBWI critique group meet-up in Edina, MN. I enjoyed collaborating with her and our friends at an illustrator retreat with in Grand Marais, MN in May, 2017. It seems so long ago now. I know she is in a better place. All my love, Alicia
I painted a series of mice going on an adventure in the woods. I grew
up in the lush wooded hills of southern Wisconsin where spent many happy hours wandering
the woods, building forts with my brother and sister. I love to the feel of earth between my toes.
In these paintings, I had a lot of fun with the mark making in the negative space.
Yesterday was a book adventure! I took part in a tour of the Kerlan Collection at the University of Minnesota. If you ever want to explore a hidden Twin Cities treasure, this is the place! 90 feet below the ground floor of the Anderson Library on the UofM lies an archival collection of books, manuscripts, sketches and other collectibles, that spans an area of 2 football fields.
Down, down, down the elevator we go, past the stalactites and into the caverns containing the stacks of priceless collections.
As the Illustrator Coordinator of SCBWI Minnesota, I started a program earlier in 2017 called the SCBWI Minnesota Postcard Gallery. It is an online gallery for our members to showcase their self-promotion postcards.
I really enjoy seeing it grow from the ground up. And I look forward to many posts to come. We will update this gallery 4x/year. See you July 15th!
Each week Giuseppe Castellano @pinocastellano shares on Twitter #mailersandcoffee — a weekly illustration mailer review with his design assistant @jayrosenfeld. This week he featured my illustration! Here's a link to Giuseppe Castellano's tweet. My postcard is also featured over at SCBWI-Minnesota Postcard Gallery page. You can find me on twitter @aschwabart.