Artist News Roundup: Lizzy Stewart, Jon Klassen & Dinara Mirtalipova

October 6, 2016

We’re looking to see what a few of our artists have gotten up to this week and are happy to present it to you in our Artist News Roundup! Not only are they creating gorgeous work for us, but our illustrators are also some of the hardest working artists in contemporary children’s book publishing today.

Jon Klassen has a big week coming up–his new picture book (part three of his “hat” trilogy), We Found a Hat, will be released on October 11th, and he’s about to go on book tour. We so enjoyed his new edited interview with the Wall Street Journal that was published yesterday. Posted below are a few snippets from the interview, but make sure to click over to WSJ to read the entire interview about Jon’s inspirations, favorite childhood books, collections and more. Plus, view his cards for Red Cap, here.

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What was your favorite book as a kid?

“Sam and the Firefly” by P.D. Eastman was my favorite. The owl notices that the firefly has this light trail that happens behind him when he flies around and the owl shows him how to spell words in the sky with his light. The firefly immediately sees mischief in this. I love the mood in it. The artwork is so minimal and whispery. It’s a big lesson to know that when you’re a kid, you flesh things out.

You’ve said that Umetaro Azechi’s woodblock print, “ Mountaineer ,” had a profound impact on you because it got you thinking about drawing characters using simple shapes. What other artists have influenced your work?

Arnold Lobel, who did the “Frog and Toad” books, was a big deal. With film, the illustrations have to look like a snapshot of a larger world. […Click over to the Wall Street Journal to see more…]

 

Lizzy Stewart is also wading through the beautiful world of children’s books, and has taken up residency in a local Bath bookshop, Mr. B’s Emporium, where she’s upstairs, drawing away and waiting to meet you! As illustrator in residency, Lizzy is showcasing her new book, There’s a Tiger in the Garden, and sketching away at a few new stories. She’ll be hanging around the shop until tomorrow, so make sure to stop by if you’re in Bath (jealous). Take a glimpse at a few of her storyboards below, and a magnificent photo of the window display she created for Mr. B’s Emporium and view her cards for Red Cap, here.
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And off the topic of children’s literature, it is now officially Inktober! We’ve been watching our Instagram feed to see if any Red Cap artists are participating, and were excited to see that our own Dinara Mirtalipova is posting a new ink drawing every day in October (view last year’s post about Inktober and Anke!). And how much do you want to steal that rug? Gorgeous, Dinara! Follow Dinara on Instagram to view the rest of her ink drawings for October and view her cards for Red Cap, here.

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Happy Inktober, everyone!

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