Dude. What is that poor child going to do? That ginormous creature is hungry. I don’t know the answer, but perhaps one day we’ll see them in a picture book. It’s the first Sunday of the month, and that means I shine the spotlight today on a student or brand-new illustrator. Today I welcome a student. Her name is Rachel Levit, and here she is to tell you more about her work and how she hopes to make picture books one day (thereby increasing our chances of discovering the fate of the ice cream cone).
“My name is Rachel Levit, and I am currently studying illustration at Parsons in New York. I come from Mexico City, and it was also my dream to study art abroad. I am lucky enough to be pursuing such a creative career; it combines everything I love: drawing, designing, storytelling and more.
This last year, I really got into children’s books. I am inspired by artists such as Gustave Doré, Anthony Browne, Tove Jansson, Hilary Knight, François Roca, amongst others. Books are very important to me, and I definitely hope I’ll be making many of them throughout my career.
I keep hearing how competitive and scarce the editorial world has become, especially in the children’s book field. But, I think that at the same time the internet has become a hub for illustrators and artists sharing their work freely, and that can be exciting too. It’s like a community.
Anyway, I have one year left to graduate, and I’m excited for the future! For now you can take a look at my blog, where I post things related to my work.”
This is Frederick, the character of Little Mister, a children’s book Rachel wrote this semester. “I made him out of sculpey,” she writes at her blog, “so that I could draw him from various angles. Fred doesn’t like being a kid so he dresses and acts like an adult. Cheer up Fred!”
Here is an image from one of Rachel’s zines, The Hat:
All images are copyright © 2011 by Rachel Levit and reproduced with her permission.
Note for any new readers: 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) I like Rachel’s wee story called The Hat, even if it’s sad.
(P.S. To quote the omnipresent mid-’90s bumper sticker, mean people suck. Especially ones who laugh at really cool hats from your mama.)
2) See how up above Rachel referenced illustrator François Roca? I found this online. I don’t know what the hell he’s saying, though I took high school French, but a) I like hearing French and b) I like looking at his art.
3) I’m enjoying the time with my girls this summer. I like relaxed schedules that allow for easier lounging around and cuddling up and reading with them. (Wouldn’t be able to do that without a job I can do from home, for which I am at-all-times extremely grateful.) My youngest will go off to Kindergarten this Fall. I think we’ll both be sniffly and misty-eyed about it.
4) In my interview this week with the talented John Rocco, he mentioned watching a documentary called Marwencol. I added it to the ‘ol Netflix queueueueueue and watched it this week. Really fascinating film. (Thanks, John.)
6) A beautiful but confused robin came tearin’ through the sky this week (probably chasing a %&*!%# cicada) and face-planted herself right into the front door of my home. She didn’t make it. My daughters (and their visiting friend) and I stood there in utter confusion for a moment and watched her take her last breath on our front porch. We buried her in the back yard and all said something nice about birds. The kick? My Facebook buddies (note: This is one great thing about Facebook), many of them children’s book authors or poets themselves, all zippy-quick came to my aid with children’s poems about robins I could read at the poor creature’s impromptu funeral.
BONUS: This gift from Eisha showed up in my mailbox this week. (Danger: Do not click on that link if you are not fond of big juicy curse words.)
Quick Note: Did you all see the announcement of the nominees for the Hans Christian Andersen Awards 2012? The info is here.
What are YOUR kicks this week?