Every now and then at 7-Imp, I like to give the spotlight over to those who create illustrations for the wee’est of all wee readers. One such illustrator is visiting today, and her name is Amy Schimler. Her bright, colorful art work all about nature, geared for the big eyes of the youngest of children, is also fitting right now, given that Spring is upon us. Here in Tennessee, Spring graced us and then pulled back a bit, so at this point, I’m ready to dive into Amy’s world and live there a bit until Spring regains her senses and descends upon us again.
An illustrator and surface designer, Amy studied painting and fiber arts at the School of Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, as well as the Massachusetts College of Art, and continued her studies in textile and surface design at RISD. She currently lives in Georgia and is here this morning to show us some illustrations from her new title, as well as some other portfolio pieces. (The spread opening this post is a portfolio piece, and the one below it is from her newest title.)
Without further ado, here’s Amy.
Amy: Splish Splash is an interactive board book, published by Little Simon. It is a “touch and hear” book, which incorporates a variety of fun materials that mimic the sounds of the animals in the book. In this case, animals which you might find along a river’s bank or by a lake or pond. My art director did a very creative job sourcing the appropriate materials to make the various sounds. I especially love the munching beaver (the reader rubs his/her finger on a swatch of Velcro embedded in a log).
when the tab is pulled.
by flapping his claw.
This book was inspired by where I live outside of Atlanta, Georgia. My house is on a lake surrounded by critters that inspire me on my daily walks.
I began my illustration career as a textile designer. I continue to sell my pattern designs in addition to illustrating children’s books.
In 2010, I was honored to find out that a book I illustrated, Why is the Sky Blue?, published by Ladybird Books, was chosen by Booktime.org in the UK as one of their featured books, along with Eric Carle’s “Slowly, Slowly, Slowly,” Said the Sloth. Over 750,000 book bags were distributed in the UK to first-year state school students.
Here are additional illustrations from my portfolio:
Many thanks to Amy for visiting. I hope those colors woke you up as they did me, even before I had coffee in hand.
All illustrations are © 2011 Amy Schimler and used with permissions.
As a reminder, 7-Imp’s 7 Kicks is a weekly meeting ground for taking some time to reflect on Seven(ish) Exceptionally Fabulous, Beautiful, Interesting, Hilarious, or Otherwise Positive Noteworthy Things from the past week, whether book-related or not, that happened to you.
1). Spring. Even if it retreated for a bit here in Tennessee. This new image, celebrating it all, is from Shadra Strickland, who says the illustration will soon be available as an Etsy print:
2). Okay. Ahem. Music kicks. Please just humor my musical ramblings here for just a wee moment (or, er, skip ahead if you’re tired of hearing about my new favorite tunes):
The new Elbow CD, build a rocket boys!, significantly improved the quality of my days this week. Sweet heavenly poodles in hot air balloons (I don’t know where that came from…it just came off my fingers, and I’m gonna leave it), it is GREAT. Every time I’m done listening to an Elbow CD, I just want to hang out with Guy Garvey. And his choirs. I want to be his friend and have him give me a gentle shoulder charge and bust me out with his hacksaw (I know, I know, slightly baffling, but just get the new CD already, as you won’t be disappointed anyway) and ride shotgun in his car and pound my fists on the table with him over some beers. Yup. Anyway. The new CD is pretty much flawless.
Also: Where has Raphael Saadiq been all my life?
And are you tired of hearing about Middle Brother? Er. Sorry. Still wearing out that CD, and this song is beautiful. Here they are live on the streets at South by Southwest. (And how much do I wish I could go to that one day?)
Finally, speaking of South by Southwest, if it hadn’t been for NPR’s thorough and thoroughly entertaining coverage of it all, I wouldn’t have heard about Trampled by Turtles. I see a CD purchase in my future:
(Do you ever jot your kicks down so you won’t forget on Sundays? I do. Nice little exercise in gratitude, but I digress. Anyway, since this band is still so new to me, I did a double-take at first when I saw “trampled by turtles” jotted down on my desk calendar. Momentarily, I forgot it was a band’s name and wondered what in the actual hubba-what that could be about.)
3). I finally watched Get Low on DVD, which I had wanted to see in the theater when it initially came out in 2009, and that beautiful film broke. my. heart. Where was Duvall’s Oscar nomination that year? For shame.
4). Here’s one of my very best friends (and a long-time friend, too) featured in a local Nashville paper. Also pictured: Archimedes the owl. Gorgeous. (And how about the sunlight in the lovely photo?)
5). The look on my seven-year-old’s face when I played her “Housework,” as performed by Carol Channing, from the classic Free to Be…You and Me. My girls know how very much I loathe housework, and—after discussing with them how day-time television commercials make it look like women really love to clean toilets and that being the reason I avoid them altogether (day-time television, that is, not the toilets)—a friend reminded me of Channing’s recitation. I grabbed my copy of the CD, played it for the girls, and watched the seven-year-old’s face light up. (I can’t find it in its entirety anywhere online—that is, where I can link so that you can hear—but here are the words, written by Sheldon Harnick. Not the same as hearing Channing rapid-fire speak it.)
6). In the realm of Picture Book Kicks: Hubba wow, is this collection of wisdom something 7-Imp is cheering loudly in the sidelines. I’ll even throw in some spirit fingers. And check out this Sendak-sighting and bit of thrilling news.
What are YOUR kicks this week?