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This is the digital home of the ‘Illustrators Journal’ (dot) com, a place where you can  see great art, photography and read insights of the proprietor for those interested in the art of illustration, animation and creative expression through narrative design.

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Tomie dePaola: A Children’s Hero

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Posted: Friday, March 20, 2015 9:45 pm | Updated: 11:51 pm, Fri Mar 20, 2015.

Children’s book illustrator Tomie dePaola grew up with “a mother who read to me every night of my life. “She read what was available then,” he said, “which were the folk tales.”

DePaola’s own books have been bringing parents and children together for 50 years, and have been honored with a Caldecott Medal, among many other awards. He will be at the Wenham Museum on Sunday as part of “Draw Me A Story,” an exhibit of illustrations from children’s books that will be on display until April 27. “The exhibit is in the lobby, and there will be a book signing there,” said Cynthia Novotny, merchandise manager at the museum. “In the Burnham Hall area, there will be art activities.” Other illustrators in the exhibit include Jesse Watson, Lisa Cinelli, Katia Wish, Elizabeth Wolff and Cyndy Szekeres Prozzo, several of whom will be present on Sunday from 1 to 3:30 p.m.main The event is being held for the fourth time, and celebrates the important roles that books play in children’s lives. “We thought if we could show the original work and have parents and children meet the illustrators, it makes a better connection for them” with books, Novotny said. The connections that parents and children can make, over the pages of a book, can last a lifetime.

SUZANNE ALLSION’S GIMME SHELTER


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Dog Lovers Read this and help out

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Today Havi and I attended Woofstock at Roxbury Park in Beverly Hills. We took our two Goldens, Atticus and April Snow and met our friends Phyllis and Frank and their dog Harry. There were all types of dogs and owners there as well as plenty of dogs and puppies needing homes. The weather was terrific and the vibe was great. One of the booths we stopped at was Pet Orphans of Southern California They are out in the SF Vally and are performing a great services for our furry friends. In the booth as well was super photographer Suzanne Allison who put together a marvelous book called Gimme Shelter.The book features Suzanne’s great photography of celebrities and their pets.

  • A four year labor of love the book not only contains beautiful photos of celebrities and their pets it will also feature friends, family, neighbors and anyone who shares or has shared…

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FROM BELIEVING TO BELONGING


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This blog is as relevant today as it was when I first wrote it. Read thru because it could help you shape your vision of today and it’s possibilities

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I choose this sketch to illustrate this blog because it fits the theme. When you feel like you belong somewhere even if that somewhere appears odd to the outside world trust your instincts and go with it.

The last five months have been very transitional for me. I took a position that all at once made me feel like I was finally in the right place. Each dayI got to work confirms that initial feeling I had. It’s a place where I’v been given the opportunity to use my skills to help others and grow as a person and a manager of other people. This morning I read the latest email blast from my friend Mark Susnow and it speaks to this very subject, so I’m passing it along to you.

We’ve all had dreams at different times in our lives. Without them our lives wouldn’t be the same. We…

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SUZANNE ALLSION’S GIMME SHELTER

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Today Havi and I attended Woofstock at Roxbury Park in Beverly Hills. We took our two Goldens, Atticus and April Snow and met our friends Phyllis and Frank and their dog Harry. There were all types of dogs and owners there as well as plenty of dogs and puppies needing homes. The weather was terrific and the vibe was great. One of the booths we stopped at was Pet Orphans of Southern California They are out in the SF Vally and are performing a great services for our furry friends. In the booth as well was super photographer Suzanne Allison who put together a marvelous book called Gimme Shelter.The book features Suzanne’s great photography of celebrities and their pets.

  • A four year labor of love the book not only contains beautiful photos of celebrities and their pets it will also feature friends, family, neighbors and anyone who shares or has shared the experience of loving a pet. It also includes some heartwarming stories and facts about taking care of animals. 
    Suzanne Allison has had a camera in her hands since she was 13 years old. Her outstanding work in concert 11025661_800137693405659_5526552612634767151_nphotography speaks for itself, but her real gift is capturing touching moments with people and their pets. Suzanne believes that these beautiful creatures are the real stars of “Gimme Shelter”. “The greatest accomplishment we can achieve with this book will be opening peoples eyes to the overwhelming numbers of pets that are abandoned and how it IS possible to greatly reduce the number of dogs and cats in shelters by doing THREE things…. SPAY, NEUTER, MICROCHIP…. educate your children. Teach them that pets are not toys. They are to be treated kindly with respect and love… Give love, Get love… pretty simple.”
    To learn more about how you can help out go to Suzanne’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/GimmeShelterXO/timeline
    …and if you want to see killer photography go to http://suzanneallison.com/suzanneallison.html and check out Suzanne’s work

Finnish Artist: Riikka Laasko

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I love the color and clean architectural lines in Riikka’s work. A bit of whimsy and a storyline are infused in the imagery.  For more  about Riika go to here

This article and profile is running on Eye on Design. Info below.

Hey look, everyone’s favorite professional association for design has its own blog.

For the past 100 years, AIGA has celebrated, lauded, applauded, championed, cheered, awarded, supported, and (most of all) loved great design. In the next century we expect to see a lot more, so we’re turning a well-trained eye on the best new work from emerging and established designers alike in the AIGA Eye on Design blog.

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Find your own meaning in this art called “Different hands” inspired by the work of now 10 year old Alexis Chavez

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ROBOTREEI came across a wonderful little drawing entilted “Different Hands” done by 8 year old Alexis Chavez. She’s the daughter of Martin Chavez, our senior account guy  at BTS Communications. I asked Martin if I could use the sketch as the basis of a piece of artwork I wanted to do. He got approval from Alexis and I went to work. Mind you her sketch was perfect as is. I wanted to elaborate because it spoke to me in a way I couldn’t articulate other than to create this art. Once the art was done I realized it held great symbolism for me. Things like the past giving birth to the future and is progress a good thing or are we becoming less human as we move forward…etc.

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Alisha Volotsky: Glass artist

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On Sunday Havi and I and our two dogs Atticus and April Snow went out to see my friend Rhonda Kap-Volotsky and her husband Alisha. I didn’t know much about their work except that Rhonda works in metal and Alisha is a glass artist. When we drove up to their home we saw all sorts of artistic touches bordering a traditional style ranch house. As we drove into the driveway we could see their studio and the two artists puttering around the converted garage. WE unloaded the dogs and exchanged greetings. AS I looked around I saw more tools hanging on the wall than at the local Home depot. 32-Surf-Board-Detail-L

After a short get together which featured Turkish coffee and some dried orange peels and walnuts we were taken to the studio upstairs from the garage floor. Both artists works were featured. Rhonda’s organic and delicate copper work and Alisha’s beautiful, majestic sandblasted glass sculpture and furniture filled the space. It was most impressive. Both artists were warm and friendly and very humble. They’ve been attending art shows for years all over the country establishing their brand. Alisha’s work can be found at this link or http://youtu.be/LU-OleBkx10

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The All New And Improved LevinLand Studio

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I've been doing quite a bit of work over the last year and it's been different. So much so that I had to redo my website. On my site now are not only illustration for kids but editorial, infographics and graphic art treatments spanning a few genres. Take a look see and contact me with any questions you might have.

www.levinlandstudio.com

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