I didn’t win, but….

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The Spectrum 21 awards were held back in May, with Gold going to Nicolas Delort’s illustration, The End of the Road, and Silver to Scott Gustafson’s Little Sambha and the Tiger with the Beautiful Purple Shoes with Crimson Soles, in the Book category. I was just really thrilled to have an illustration included as a finalist among so many fantastic works – such a nice surprise. (The winners in each category can be seen here)

I will have a few pieces published in the upcoming Spectrum 21 annual, including one featured on the table of contents page. Another nice surprise!

May news in June

A little bit of very late news here – some Dream Boats illustrations were included in the 2014 Applied Arts Photography and Illustration Awards annual in May, 2014. Six illustrations were included in the annual, and they are also on view on the Applied Arts website.

Also, Dream Boats was included in this very nice list on the Reading Rainbow blog: 15 First Picture-Book Gift Ideas for Children’s Book Week , written by Minh Le. (If you haven’t heard already, Reading Rainbow has a Kickstarter campaign on the go right now).

Reading Rainbow was a big thing on TV when I was a kid. But growing up in a TV-less house, it wasn’t a large part of my childhood (but books were, so it’s all good). However, the kids across the street had a TV so I did get tiny doses of it now and again, the result being that way back there in my brain is a little drawer containing the theme song, and hearing it now does stir up a tiny bit of nostalgia; suddenly I’m 7 again, right back there in that playroom littered with the neighbour-kids’ He-Man action figures, watching TV while eating raw hotdog wieners wrapped in kraft cheese slices.

 

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Dream Boats is a 2014 Recommended Read.

Dream Boats made the 2014 Canadian Toy Testing Council’s list of recommended reads for the age group 5+.


Also, this is going on until the end of November: agbd-logo

A Good Book Drive is an annual book drive to bring stories to a new generation of readers, and support kids in need of new books.

Running through the month of November, A Good Book Drive will be inspiring Vancouverites to purchase a new copy of their favorite kids’ book and deliver it to set locations throughout the city to be donated to this year’s book drive recipient.

– read more and find out how you can participate, on the A Good Book Drive website
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This post is part of a series documenting my process of illustrating the picture book Dream Boats (author Dan Bar-el, pub. Simply Read Books). The entire series of posts is archived here.

View a gallery of all the work-in-progress images including first sketches, reference material, mistakes, redraws, and tests, to final art at a much larger size, here.

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