February – free worldwide shipping on prints and an exhibition closes

1. Free shipping

Shipping on my prints from INPRNT.com is free worldwide from now until Feb 1, 2015! I have a few of my favourite illustrations from Dream Boats available there as prints.
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2. Backyard Books closes soon

And, the Backyard Books illustration exhibition closes at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum on February 15th. If you’ve never been, it’s worth a visit just for the giant whale skeleton that hangs from the ceiling and because you can walk all over some of the specimens (picture proof below). Also there are lots of drawers full of treasures. Well, at least the kind of things I think are treasures. Shells, insects, bones…

There is daily programming for children – story time (under the blue whale, of course), puppet shows etc, so it’s a great outing for kids.

The illustration I have on exhibit is a cover rough from my very first picture book, which is still in print and still plodding along…13 years later. The curators paired the painting with a cetacean skull.

 

 

 


 

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!

INPRNT free shipping this weekend – new prints added

INPRNT.com has another shipping sale on right now, they are offering FREE (worthy of all-caps) worldwide shipping this weekend (weekend of June 13, 2014). If you are from anywhere outside the US, you’ll understand why this is such a big deal.

So I’ve added two new prints from Dream Boats, to my shop:

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All prints are gallery-quality giclée art prints on 100% cotton rag archival paper, printed with archival inks. Each art print features a minimum one-inch border. Prints are unframed and unmatted.

I’ve seen the prints myself and the print quality is really excellent. Large prints arrive in a mailing tube, small prints are in a flat, cardboard envelope.
Large prints require some flattening when they are unpacked – carefully unroll them and put them under a few heavy books for a day or so.

Here are some photos of my test prints, packaging, as well as framing examples (all prints are unmatted and unframed) and while they are signed digitally, I do not hand sign prints sold through INPRNT as they do not pass through my hands on their way out:

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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INPRNT print shipping sale – $10 worldwide until Wednesday

INPRNT.com has a shipping sale on right now – 10$ worldwide until Wed, April 30th 2014, which is a heck of a deal, to Canada anyway.

If there’s a print from Dream Boats you’re particularly interested in, email me at  pangolin::AT::kirstiwakelin::DOT::com before midnight PST on Monday, April 29th and I’ll put it up there with the other ones.

 

 

All prints are gallery-quality giclée art prints on 100% cotton rag archival paper, printed with archival inks. Each art print features a minimum one-inch border. Prints are unframed and unmatted.

I’ve seen the prints myself and the print quality is really excellent.

Lots of news – print sale, airport art & illustration awards

I’m going to cram a bunch of news into one blog post.

 

First, because it’s time sensitive:

Print Sale

Inprnt.com is having a sale, so that means 20% off my prints until Monday, March 31st ’13.  They’re available in 2 sizes, and this is a framed example of the smaller size. (Prints are sold unframed). Please note this is a signed example – as the Inprnt prints don’t pass through my hands, prints bought through them are unsigned.

 

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Art at YVR

I have some paintings on display at YVR. If you’re travelling to Mexico, or Japan in the next short while, you might come across them. Very kind travelling friends sent me some photos recently. These ones are near gate D52 on the international side where Air Canada departs to Mexico, and are illustrations from Looking for Loons and A Pod of Orcas:

 

 

And these illustrations from Dream Boats were recently located near gate 71:

 

 


Illustration Awards

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[Spectrum 21 cover art The Visitor, by Rebecca Guay]

Work from Dream Boats made it into the May/June 2014 Applied Arts Photography & Illustration Awards issue.

Also, five illustrations from Dream Boats, will be included in Spectrum 21, and one of them nominated for an award in the Book category, which is all very exciting. But I’m just really, really thrilled to be listed in there with so many exceedingly talented illustrators. Also, really intimidated. Ok, mostly intimidated. But the most wonderful thing about it all, award nomination or no, is that Yuko Shimizu, an illustrator who I hold in extremely high regard and who’s work is technically, aesthetically and conceptually stunning, said something really nice about one of my pieces. When I saw this, I almost died.

 

 

20% off prints at Inprnt

INPRNT is having a print sale now until Sunday, Feb 9th 2014.

So these are now 20% off:

 

 

All prints are gallery-quality giclée art print on 100% cotton rag archival paper, printed with archival inks. Each art print features a minimum one-inch border. Prints are unframed and unmatted.

I’ve seen the prints in person and they quality is excellent.

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Mountains & Plains Winter Catalog.

Dream Boats is the featured book in this winter’s 300,000 copies of the Mountains and Plains Independent Book Sellers Association Winter catalog. It’s on the cover, and a few little vignettes made their way into the inside of the catalog as well.

Mountains & Plains is an almost 40 year old non-profit professional association of locally-owned bookstores, booksellers, and industry professionals. Wherever you are, please support your local, independent bookstore this holiday season. If you happen to be in Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, or Wyoming, there is a list of store locations on the MPIBA website.

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My favourite Vancouver bookstore is Kidsbooks (Kitsilano, South Surrey, and Edgemont Village, North Vancouver). Their staff is incredibly knowledgable, and the are wonderful advocates for local authors and illustrators, and for great books for kids (and teens)…and they even have a few for adults!

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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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