8.22.2014

Summer's End

I'll miss this summer, which actually seemed a lot like fall for much of the time.  This is an ink sketch of Block Island. I love the way the buildings are scattered about. One of my favorite summer spots, just after Cape Cod. Here is more of my B&W work.

8.19.2014

Illustration Portfolio Registration has begun!


 

SCHOOL OF VISUAL ARTS,  NYC:

Illustration Portfolio 


Brush up your portfolio. 
Add to what you already have or stretch out and try something new.
Or .. work on that children's book you have hidden in your sock drawer. 

This class is centered on the individual student's  unique talent, ability and interests   The course course is designed to develop and solidify personal style, learn how to conceive strong concepts and clear execution of ideas. 

Assignments will touch on various sectors of the illustration market, including publishing, editorial, licensing and corporate. Students will be encouraged to broadly interpret the assignments: an assignment about time can become a science-fiction piece, a conceptual illustration, or a wonderful children's book. Color, value, concept, execution and medium will be covered. Assignments vary each semester. 

Learn how to approach an illustration job with an understanding of the type of work you want to create.  All aspects of the business side of Illustration will be discussed, such as finding illustration markets, contracts, negotiations, subsidiary rights and reps, copyrights, promotion and self-marketing. 


Thursdays 6:30-9:30pm  |  Begins Sept. 18  (12 wks)

See samples of student work

7.23.2014

Original Art Jury Duty


http://www.societyillustrators.org/Awards-and-Competitions/Original-Art/2014-Original-Art-Call-for-Entries.aspx     I'm excited to be on the jury of the Original Art exhibition at the Society of Illustrators this year.  Normally I try to avoid jury duty, but this is one of my favorite shows.  Before I became a children's book illustrator, and was still in graphic design, I attended some of the original Original Art exhibits which were held at Master Eagle Printer Gallery in Chelsea and organized by Dilys Evans.  They were magical.

They are now held at the Society of Illustrators and have been for many years. The first book of mine to get into the exhibit was "Dribbles," the story of a very old and ill-fated cat.  The book didn't sell very well, but the artwork did.  The second one of my books that got into the exhibit was "Five Little Kittens" a big seller, and one of my favorites.

So in a couple of weeks I'll be meeting with a distinguished group to choose the books for this year's exhibit.  If you haven't entered yet there are two days left!  Society of Illustrators Original Art Exhibition.


"Washing Up" from Five Little Kittens, Clarion Books.  © Elizabeth Sayles



7.18.2014

Just So Stories




















I'm working on a series of illustrations for Rudyard Kipling's many animal tales.  My favorite so far is Rikki Tikki Tavi, the bold snake killing mongoose, "who was completely eaten up by curiosity." I will post some sketches soon.



This is an illustration for a book series I'm working on, which involves five kids, some time travel, a magic camel and a monkey or two.  Lately I've been inspired by  Dorothy Lathrop's work, below.
Very magical.





























4.22.2014

Happy Earth Day!

















An illustration from "Moon Child" from Random House, which stars a little sea otter.  Ever since finishing this book I've dreamed of spending my time floating in calm waters and eating clams. I might be ready for summer.


4.20.2014

Goodbye, Gabriel



So sad to hear of the passing of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, one of my favorite authors. Some of my earliest illustration attempts were  of trying to make representational pictures of his elusive images.  I imagine him now inhabiting that in-between world of Not-Quite-Here-or-There.


4.04.2014

Leaving China, A Brief Book Review






















Years and years ago I took an illustration class with James McMullan at the School of Visual Arts in NYC.  I was a bit intimidated since I love his work, but it was a really good class: Illustration as Visual essay.  (the class gradually morphed into the current MFA program.) One of the assignments was to illustrate the life of someone who wore a uniform for work.  It forced me way out of my comfort zone and I found myself following my subject through the halls of NY Hospital, through the neo-natal ICU, and on to fancy dinner parties —all in the guise of a journalist/illustrator.  In the end, thankfully, he told me he thought I would be a good illustrator.

Now I'm teaching at SVA and last night one of my current students gave me a signed copy of James McMullan's new book, "Leaving China" – a memoir of his childhood during WWII when his family was living in China. It is filled with beautiful illustrations that must have been simmering in his soul for nearly 80 years until he was finally ready and able to put them down on paper.  There are also lots of pictures of people in uniforms. The story of his childhood —a harrowing  adventure for a timid boy—was the reason, I'm sure, that he became the artist he is.

Thanks for the book, Catherine!

http://jamesmcmullan.com/LEAVING_CHINA.html

3.21.2014

Under the Lilies




Here is an older piece that makes me think of summer on the first day of Spring.  Working on some things that I can't post right now, so hope you enjoy the Frog Prince.

12.30.2013

Sister Wolf




Here is the first attempt my Traveler series. I've been playing around with painting on road maps, mainly because I love maps, and the texture and color of the old road maps are really great to work on top of.   It's acrylic & pastel on a map mounted on a board.



12.04.2013

Prints for Sale

Giclee Prints, beautifully printed on 100% rag papers with archival inks.  See more HERE
Contact me for available sizes & prices.










11.26.2013

ABFFE Auction starts today!

For Banned Book Week, the American Booksellers Fund for Freedom of Expression is holding an online auction of children's book art.  I've donated this print from "Moon Child", which they are featuring on their banner ads! Bid early and often!





Mashed up Fairy Tales

Mashed up Fairy Tales

Just Starting Out

Just Starting Out
This piece is featured in Profiles Issue #8 .

Tomb 10A

Tomb 10A

Birds

Birds
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