Some time ago during one of their “Career Talk” articles for 3×3 Magazine, Gail and Vicki discussed the potential of diversifying one’s illustration business. If you aren’t familiar, you should be! Just click here to take a look at some of their awesome ideas.
Interestingly, it seems that a lot of illustrators have taken this wisdom to heart, and we’ve seen more and more of our favorite artists creating wonderful lines that feature their works. From prints to pins and tshirts to tapestries, there is no shortage of fun products to decorate and make your own.
We are all familiar, of course, with Etsy, the awesome platform that showcases these unique products. Recently, the company released a great article in their Seller Handbook series entitled, “How to Get your Wholesale Products into Museum Gift Shops.” It’s chock full of good advice, and if you have a side business yourself – or have considered exploring that avenue – we encourage you to give it a look!
So much work goes into creating a beautiful children’s book, and thankfully, much of the “behind the scenes” effort ultimately reveals itself in the quality of the illustrations and engaging storylines. However, it’s incredible to consider the amount of work that many artists and authors put into helping to market these gems after they hit the market – and one way that they often try to reach their target audience is through blog posts and guest blogging.
Susan Gal recently did a terrific job discussing her work on “Abracadabra, it’s Spring!” and we are delighted to share her post with you.
The Children’s Book Council, one of North America’s foremost supporters of children’s literature and reading, recently honored “Rock-A-Bye Romp,” a darling play on the famous lullaby, written by Linda Ashman and illustrated by our own Simona Mulazzani.
Their “Hot off the Press” list, which features anticipated bestsellers, is a unique and impressive collection of fun titles, and we couldn’t be happier to see Simona in such nice company.
It seems we allowed our excitement regarding Sylvie Daigneault’s acknowledgement from Creative Quarterly to get the better of us, as we should have waited just a few hours to learn that Anson Liaw was also included in the latest batch of winners! Take a look at his awesome image, “You Had Me at Popcorn,” which was selected as a runner up:
Valeria Petrone recently made her debut into the app world, and the results could not have been cuter:
Image by Valeria Petrone:
This wonderful project, created in collaboration with the burgeoning new studio ‘Elastico’, has already received a few wonderful hat tips from the likes of the Society of Illustrators, alongside others.
And today, we learned that “Good Night, Dadas” has received the honorable mention from this year’s Bologna Ragazzi Digital Awards!
You can take a look at this video around the 3:30 mark to hear the jurors’ comments, and don’t forget to check out this wonderful app!
Are you hustling to find a terrific stocking stuffer for the precocious little smarty pants in your life? Well, have no fear! Laura Tallardy has come to the rescue with the release of her newest app, “Cool Careers Dress Up for Girls,” an awesome new take on the traditional “dress up” app.
Progressive and stereotype-breaking, Cool Careers Dress Up for Girls allows the user to create characters that are scientists, astronauts, doctors, race car drivers, and more. With a focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) and non-traditional jobs, the app encourages players to engage their creativity while broadening their horizons – simply put, it is a wonderful way to send a positive and inspiring girl-power message that any parent would love.
You can see the app in action here, and check out the website to learn more – and download!
Gaby D’Alessandro’s intricate works often make us stop in our tracks – her subtle palette and gorgeous textures create lush images that we can’t help but get lost in. So it is with great enthusiasm that we are able to announce that this beautiful piece was recently “chosen” by Latin American Illustraciòn:
Victo Ngai certainly understands a thing or two about how to generate a lot of buzz. How she manages to keep such an up-to-date and engaging blog in addition to her hefty workload is a bit beyond me, but we are certainly impressed by her multitudinous efforts!
And today, she announced that her Tumblr has surpassed 100,000 followers. WOW.
The blogmistress is officially tipping her hat to the multi-talented Laura Tallardy – her recent blog post is indeed EPIC, with phenomenal explanations of the processes behind her latest project, “Princess Birthday Party Puzzles” – not to mention a fantastic collection of imagery and gifs to really give the reader a sense of how this massive project ultimately came together. WOW.
Take a look here for a really spectacular behind the scenes – you’ll be so happy that you did!