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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Josée Bisaillon has been slaving away in her studio, and she’s got some real gems to show for it:
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!
We are big fans of Josee Bisaillon’s joyful and engaging collage-based illustration, and were very happy to learn that Kathleen Temean was intrigued enough by her work to reach out to the artist and write about Josee in her wonderful blog. In particular, we are big fans of learning about an artist’s individual process, so this was a real treat!