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Fabulous New York Times Review for Josée Bisaillon!

It seems like we are not alone in swooning over Josée Bisaillon’s adorable children’s book illustrations! We were absolutely tickled to read this wonderful New York Times review of her work for “Mom, Dad, our Books, and Me,” written by Danielle Marcotte.

We were struck and moved by the reviewer’s focus on Josée’s outstanding contributions to the story. Oftentimes, the illustrations are treated as a bit of an afterthought – yet here they were celebrated just as proudly as the strong writing and charming narrative.

Take a look here!

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Awesome Jonathan Bartlett Feature

We were so delighted to see our very own Jonathan Bartlett featured in today’s edition of Illustration Age, and wanted to share this strong suite of imagery with you.

Please take a look here, and don’t forget to check out Jonathan’s portfolio!

And thanks to our friends at Illustration Age!

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American Illustration Winners

American Illustration has recently announced its latest crop of winners, and we are excited to share that some of our MGI’ers have been selected!

Victo Ngai:

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Valeria Petrone:

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Carlo Stanga:

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Congratulations! Thanks for making us proud.

Find the Differences – Laura Tallardy’s Latest App, Just in Time for Easter!

Laura Tallardy is excited to present her latest app, “Find the Differences – Easter Edition,” featuring classic artwork by children’s book artist Wendy Edelson.

Recently championed on the popular blog “Moms with Apps” (you can read it here), this charming puzzle game is an engaging challenge for children and adults alike. Who wouldn’t want to get lost in imagery as cute as this?

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And now we get to the very best part, ladies and gentlemen: the app is FREE! Challenge those peepers and see if you’ve got what it takes in this game of bunnies, eggs, and all things spring.

Download it here.

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Just in Time for Women’s History Month: “Fearless Flyer,” Illustrated by Raul Colon

Raul Colon has several awesome children’s books under his belt, and lately he seems to be the go-to fellow for illustrated historical titles – specifically, those featuring some mighty strong and inspiring women.

We recently saw the trailer for his latest title, “Fearless Flyer,” and are excited to share it with you during this month of female empowerment.

Take a look here!

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Have a Side Business? Consider This

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!

Image by Carlo Giambarresi:

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Victo Ngai: Four Freedoms

Victo Ngai was recently contacted by the Four Freedoms Park Conservancy to create a suite of inspiring images honor the 75th anniversary of FDR’s Four Freedoms Speech.

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Victo’s contemporary interpretation was embraced by the art director, much to her liking:

“Art director Madeline and I agreed that a modern interpretation that’s more whimsical and less propagandistic was preferable. I believe Four Freedoms remain applicable today. And they are rights that everyone, not just one country or one group of people, deserve. So I decided to go a different route and forgo depicting human altogether. I wasn’t sure if this unorthodox interpretation would fly but Madeline being wonderful as usual, was completely on board with the pitch. Thank you Madeline!”

Take a look at Victo’s blog to see all of the images, and to learn more about this cool project.

Susan Gal: Guest Blogger!

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.

Take a look at her guest post on Dulemba here.

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