The children’s book and illustration blog Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast recently posted an in-depth write-up on Parsons Illustration Alum Nicholas Gannon. The article includes an interview with Nicholas and an animated video introducing the star of his online newspaper the Doldrums’ Press.
Parsons Illustration Senior Rachel Levit (’12) is this month’s featured Up-and-Coming Illustrator on the book/art blog Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast. The article includes an interview with Rachel and a great selection of her work.
The Voracious Reader invites you to join them for “Gifted”, a book signing event and exhibition of the art of the children’s picture book!
An esteemed group of artists will gather for the opening of this very special show, curated by local artist and Parsons Illustration Adjunct Wendy Popp.
The show will open on Sunday, Dec 5th at 2pm and run through Dec 19th. Exhibiting artists include Parsons Illustration alumn Peter DeSeve (The Duchess of Whimsy) and Parsons Illustration faculty members Wendy Popp (One Candle/Where the Sunrise Begins), Guy Billout (Journey/The Frog Who Went to See the Sea) and Sergio Ruzzier (Amandina/Hey! Rabbit!). Other featured artists include Istvan Banyai, Rudy Gutierrez, Susan Jeffers, Javaka Steptoe, Shaun Tan, Ed Young and Lisbeth Zwerger. Many of the artists will be on hand to sign their books. Original and printed artwork will be on sale as well.
Don’t miss this rare and wonderful gathering of gifted artists as we celebrate the many gifts of the season! Refreshments and opportunities for little ones to share their gifts as well.
Sunday, December 5, 2:00pm – 5:00pm
The Voracious Reader
1997 Palmer Avenue
Thirteen Leading Children’s Book Illustrators Will Present and Discuss Their Works
Thursday, December 2, 7–9 PM
The powerHouse Arena
37 Main Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
For more information, please call 718.666.3049
Please RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thirteen leading children’s book illustrators—including those who brought us Ivy and Bean, Moonshot, Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Madeline, Series of Unfortunate Events, Trucktown, Oswald and more—will be presenting and discussing their works. They also have banded together to create a set of limited edition prints featuring favorite images from their most recent and best-loved books. Signed limited edition prints will be available for $100. Join us for the opening reception and discussion of their work and the world of book illustration.
- Selina Alko
- Peter Brown
- Brian Floca
- David Gordon
- Dan Yaccarino (Parsons Illustration Alum)
- Boris Kulikov
- Sophie Blackall
- Brett Helquist
- Aileen Leijten
- Sergio Ruzzier (Parsons Illustration Faculty)
- John Bemelmans Marciano
- Sean Qualls
- John Rocco
Find out more here:
Parsons Illustration Chair Steven Guarnaccia was recently interviewed by Bradford Shellhammer over at the Sundance Channel’s Full Frontal Design blog. They talked about Steven’s collection of Rooster ties, his children’s books, and his style in general. Here’s a snippet from the interview:
B.S.: Aside from ties, what else do you collect?
S.G: At one point I had something like 39 discrete collections. I had to count because for a couple of years I was on Art and Antiques’ list of the 100 top collectors. I’ve calmed down a bit since then. But some of my other collections are black-and-white things (dice, dominoes, aces of spades, etc., about which I wrote a book for Chronicle called, oddly enough, Black and White), skeletons, vintage illustrated children’s books, and kids’ card games.
B.S.: You’re also a lover of modern design and architecture, as evidenced in your booksGoldilocks and the Three Bears: A Tale Moderne and The Three Little Pigs. What made you re-create these classic kids’ stories with a modernist slant?
S.G: I had been doing monthly stand-alone illustrations for Metropolitan Home and thenAbitare, in Italy, and became very interested in the history of modern furniture design and architecture. I was invited to contribute to a French exhibition about Russian children’s-book illustrator Feodor Rojankovsky. He had illustrated Goldilocks and the Three Bears for Golden Books, and as I reread the book, I realized what a little design critic Goldilocks is: This chair is too hard, this bed is too big. It came to me that I could illustrate the book using classic 20th-century furniture throughout the book and teach kids a soft lesson about design at the same time.
Read the rest of the interview here.
Way to go, Steven!
On May 2nd Pat Cummings be signing books with a virtual CROWD of others at Books of Wonder. The new book has a collection of illustrators, among them Parsons grads Leo & Diane Dillon.
Here’s the info:
12 – 2 pm on Saturday, May 2nd
at Books of Wonder
Autograph session for:
Our Children Can Soar: From Carver to Owens, Fitzgerald to Parks, King to Obama. Thirteen African-American Artists Commemorate History’s Pioneers
Featuring work by:
BRYAN COLLIER, LEO & DIANE DILLON (Parsons Illustration Alums), PAT CUMMINGS (Parsons Illustration Adjunct Faculty), ERIC VELASQUEZ, E. B. LEWIS, SHADRA STRICKLAND, JAMES RANSOME, COZBI CABRERA and GREG CHRISTIE
Books of Wonder
18 West 18th Street
New York, NY 10011