Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Society of Illustrators - Sketch Night


During my visit to the Society of Illustrators in New York I discovered their weekly sketch night. I couldn't resist this opportunity to draw in the hallowed halls of so many illustrators before me. It was a "must-do" event.

To my delight the atmosphere was more than welcoming. The room was filled with great works of art dating from the "Golden Age of Illustration." Classic work from the 30's and 40's, dating up to the early 60's. I have been in love with work from this era long before my illustration days, going back to my former life as a costume designer. I was thrilled to just be surrounded by it!

In addition to this, the society also had a great old bar with cocktails to help you relax before you pick up your pencils (or during). They also had live music playing during the drawing sessions, and this week the models were dressed in fabulous 40's style garb.  In addition to my new hand made sketch pad featuring classic illustration, it was perfecition!

Three hours seemed way too short to me, but I managed to crank out a few fun sketches during the 20 minute poses. Enjoy!


Society of Illustrators - Original Art Show


This past week I was lucky enough to be in New York for the Society of Illustrators Original Art Show.  This show in particular was focused on Children's Book Art.  

The society hosted two floors of artwork produced by current and classic illustrators at the top of their game.  I was overwhelmed and inspired to be surrounded by such great work.  
Included in the show were works by a few of my favorites like Amy June Bates, Peter Brown, Raul Colon, Ian Falconer, Marla Frazee, Emily Gravett, Brian Lies, C.F.Payne, David Soman, and David Santat... among so many amazing artists.  

I felt really fortunate to have coincidently planned my trip at the same as the show.  It was the spiritual push forward at the perfect time.  

A book with no pictures is like a sky with no clouds. -- Sergio Ruzzier, Juror

Monday, November 1, 2010

Dog Star Resort!


So here is the final image for the Dog Star Resort, LLC, a premiere Doggy Daycare and Boarding facility in Central Wisconsin. This image was so much fun to create. The dogs are loosely based on the two of the owner's dogs...

Lucy the border collie
and Titan the Pomeranian mix.

Dog Star Resort, LLC is not set to open for awhile, but you can check out their progress on their Facebook Page until they get a website set up. Carol is a fantastic dog owner and caregiver with numerous years of experience with rescue dogs (including my own!) I have no doubt this will be an excellent facility to take your canine companions.