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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Dream Boats - Orca and Salmon


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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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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