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How To: in the Studio with Josee Bisaillon

Josee Bisaillon recently shared a fun “how to” on her blog, and it is so cool to see how her adorable work comes together. From extremely loose thumbnails to the final product, we really appreciate seeing how the artist approaches her work.

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Thanks for sharing, Josee!

Light on Biodiversity – We Have a Winner!

Josée Bisaillon’s beautiful illustration entitled “Light on Biodiversity” was recently acknowledged by Applied Arts as a ‘winner’ in the unpublished/personal illustration category:

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We just love the exciting mélange of colors, patterns, and textures. There is so much action in this piece that we manage to find a new element to admire each time we revisit it.

Congratulations, Josee! This award winner is truly worthy of the acclaim.

Inside the Studio: Josée Bisaillon

The prolific Josée Bisaillon invited our friends from the Canadian Children’s Book Centre into her studio, where she’s created over 20 picture books and established images for brands and editorial.

Image by Josée Bisaillon:

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Charming and thoughtful, we recommend getting to know this incredible illustrator a bit more personally. Take a look here.

Creative Quarterly 45 – the Results Are In

The judges at Creative Quarterly are known for their discerning tastes, and so it is with great pride that we announce Anson Liaw and Josée Bisaillon’s inclusion in issue 45!

Anson Liaw’s personal piece “49 Tears Forever,” which was inspired by the tragic shooting at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub, had two color variations accepted as ‘runner ups’ in the professional illustration category:

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And Josée Bisaillon had two pieces from her “Biodiversity” series accepted, one as a ‘winner’:

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and the other as a ‘runner up’:

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Congratulations, Anson and Josée! And thank you to our friends and colleagues at Creative Quarterly for the distinction.

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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Peace and Love from Morgan Gaynin

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

It has certainly been a difficult week. We have been bombarded by images and messages of hatred, violence, murder, anger, misunderstanding, and misinformation. It has been exhausting.

There have been multitudinous artistic reactions to these horrifying acts of terrorism, and it is always inspiring to witness creatives reacting to such ugliness by making something beautiful.

I took a moment this morning to come at it from a different direction however. I wanted to see the images in our archives that were tagged with words such as “love” and “peace”. I wanted to feel joyous, to feel warmth, to see vibrant colors – and admittedly a lot of doves.

And I’d like to take this moment to share these images with you.

-Kate

Image by Victo Ngai:

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Image by Raul Colon:

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Image by Josee Bisaillon:

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Image by Don Kilpatrick:

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Image by Lisa Adams:

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Image by Beppe Giacobbe:

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Image by Tonya Engel:

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Image by Elizabeth Rosen:

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“Eat, Leo! Eat!” Book Trailer from Josée Bisaillon

Josée Bisaillon is back again with her latest picturebook, and we are so excited to see her bright and engaging illustrations bringing life to this wonderful story about family – and more importantly, belonging.

“Eat, Leo! Eat!” is her latest collaboration with Kids Can Press, and we couldn’t be happier to share this wonderful new tale with you.

Take a look at the book trailer here!

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GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLL!!!!!!!

It seems like everyone has been overtaken by soccer football fever, and we thought that it might be fun to compile some game-related imagery by a few MGI artists who are always on the ball (SORRY!).

So let’s get started, shall we?? It’s game time, and we’d like to present, in no particular order…

Judith Drews:

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Valeria Petrone:

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Philippe de Kemmeter:

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Guido Scarabottolo:

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Maurizio Quarello:

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Laura Tallardy:

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Anson Liaw:

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Josée Bisaillon:

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Thanks for having a little fun with us!

Winter’s Coming (no worries – it’s just the title of Josée Bisaillon’s latest!)

Josée Bisaillon is thrilled to announce that she’s recently completed the artwork for her latest picturebook, “Winter’s Coming” – just in time for spring! Join Lily the snowshoe hare as she explores the environmental shifts that signal the changing seasons.

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Josée’s charming collage style is the perfect fit for creating engaging environments, full of palpable textures and adorable critters. Be sure to check out Josée’s first book with Owlkids!

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You can check out the original post on Josée’s blog.

New Cover from Josée Bisaillon

Josée Bisaillon has been slaving away in her studio, and she’s got some real gems to show for it:

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We were taken with her sweet cover for “La Fée des Balcons” (The Balcony Fairy), an adult novel that focuses on a child with special needs. The author, Maude Favreau, made the interesting decision to tell the story through the voice of a child, thus lending it a unique quality.

For our French speakers, you can learn more here – and félicitations, Josée!