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Tag: Illustration

Lots of Dots!

by Siobhan
Kids + Picture Books / September 17, 2010

Head on over to acclaimed graphic designer and illustrator Craig Frazier's 36 Pages website for a look at  his new book, Lots of Dots.

Clean, bright and graphic illustrations are put to rhyme taking us through a menagerie of scale, pattern and opposites. “Some dots are big, some dots are small. Some dots float, and some dots fall.” Are those buttons or just dots? Are those eggs or dots? And those wheels on that car—they’re dots! Lots of Dots is a visual celebration of observation that promises to make parents see again like kids.

See more on 36 Pages.com

Other books by Craig Frazier:

The Mad Hatter’s Art Party

by Siobhan
Art & Photography + Events + Film + Kids / March 02, 2010

Tim Burton's much-anticpated Alice in Wonderland movie comes out this Friday. I can't wait to see it; there's something really intriguing about new artistic interpretations inspired by classic children's books.

Crystal has already blogged about Chronicle's new edition of Alice in Wonderland -- which includes the story alongside a collection artwork by many artists who have illustrated the story in the 145 (!!!) years since the book was originally published.

I also wanted to share links to these two art shows that are also on now, featuring Alice-inspired art:

"Two Days Slow" opens March 4th at Canteen Gallery in Ottawa, Ontario.

"Curiouser and Curiouser" opened last week at Gallery Nucleus in Alhambra, California -- you can see artwork in the show online.

I read about these two shows on the blog Picture Book Report, which is itself a celebration of brilliant, classic children's books, revisiting and renewing them with new artwork:

Picture Book Report is an extended love-song to books. Fifteen illustrators will reach out to their favorite books and create wonderful pieces of art in response to the text that has moved them, shaped them, or excited them.

Doodle, Scribble and Squiggle with Taro Gomi

by Siobhan
January 27, 2010

I was lucky enough to be in the Chronicle Books offices in San Francisco a couple weeks ago, when who should stop in but one of my favourite illustrators, Taro Gomi!

He was really lovely - and much admired by the crowd; he received a standing ovation from everyone in the room.

Here's a short video of Taro Gomi's visit, taken by a Chronicle staffer.

Taro Gomi is the creator of a ton of really fun - and funny! - colouring and activity books: Doodles, Scribbles, Squiggles, Doodle All Year. These books are perfect for kids of all ages - and I've also given some copies away as presents to adults, who have enjoyed them just as much (if not more!).

He's also the author of some great picture books, including Bus Stops, Spring is Here, My Friends - which includes a drawing of a karate-chopping gorilla that makes me laugh every time.

Taro Gomi's new book coming out in March 2010 is called Doodle 123!


You can download a few sample colouring pages from Scribbles and Doodles from the Chronicle website.