What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week, Plus What I Did Last Week, Featuring Laura Ljungkvist,
Thursday, June 30th, 2011
Stephen Savage, Bob Staake, & Frank Viva
Last week, I took a look at illustrators who currently have picture books out on shelves, who also did—or still continue to do—editorial illustrations. Let’s call it “The New Yorker Effect” just for fun. Well, I already did: The column is here, if you missed it last Friday. And because I love to show spreads from these picture books, I’m here today—with Frank Viva’s coffee cup in hand (pulled from a spread below)—to show lots of art. Pictured above is one of Frank’s spreads from Along a Long Road (Little, Brown, June 2011). Along a Long Road is one beautiful book. I just said the title twice. Notice? One reviewer has described these spreads as “meditative,” which is a great word for this book. And it just occurred to me the title is rather hypnotizing, too.
Each illustrator mentioned in last week’s column—Laura Ljungkvist, Stephen Savage, Bob Staake, and Frank Viva—also shares some editorial illustrations below. In one instance, we’re treated to some early picture-book sketches. (Even if you just skim this post or are thinking about skipping it altogether, at least scroll down to see Staake’s Minimalist Christmas from ’08. That’s brilliant is what that is. I wish my brain worked that way.)
And note things like Ljungkvist’s (she will stop by for an interview soon, and I’ll have to ask her how to actually pronounce that consonant-heavy name. Isn’t it fascinating just to look at?) … Where was I? Oh right. Scroll down to Ljungkvist’s “Tables for Two” editorial illustration for The New Yorker. Aha! A predecessor, I see, to her very fun Follow the Line books for children. It’s all exciting for Illustration Junkies like me and many 7-Imp readers to see how this editorial art informs their children’s book illustration — or perhaps vice versa.
Note of interest for folks in New York City: Stephen Savage tells me that he and Frank Viva will do a reading at The Powerhouse Arena on Sunday, July 10, from 4-5pm. More information is here.
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