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A Personal Touch – Raul Colon, Dr. Jill Biden, and the USS Gabrielle Giffords

Back in 2012, Raul Colon was contacted to illustrate former second lady of the United States Jill Biden’s children’s book “Don’t Forget, God Bless Our Troops”. Inspired by her granddaughter Natalie and told from the point of view of a child with a parent on the other side of the world, this acclaimed title was a proud accomplishment for both the author and the illustrator.

Illustration by Raul Colon:

Cover, "Don't Forget, God Bless Our Troops"

The title’s esteemed editor, Paula Wiseman, recently reached out with a very special request from Dr. Biden: she wanted to acquire some of the original artwork to display aboard the USS Gabrielle Giffords, a littoral combat ship of the United States Navy that she sponsored at the ship’s 2015 christening. Deeply honored, Raul was more than happy to help facilitate this request.

Raul Colon original artwork displayed inside the USS Gabrielle Giffords:

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We are deeply moved by this personal gift and Dr. Jill Biden’s sentiments. To this incredible and inspiring woman – thank you.

Cook Prize Awards

The Cook Prize Awards honor the best science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) picture books published for children aged eight to ten. It is the only national children’s choice award honoring STEM titles, making it an invaluable resource for parents, teachers, and children interested in exploring these interests through literature.

Cover for “Solving the Puzzle Under the Sea”, illustrated by Raul Colon:

Solving the Puzzle Under the Sea

Our very own Raul Colon was proudly awarded an honor award for his work on “Solving the Puzzle Under the Sea,” a story about the acclaimed scientist Marie Tharp and her pioneering efforts to map the ocean floor.

Spreads from “Solving the Puzzle Under the Sea”, illustrated by Raul Colon:

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As part of the annual festivities, Raul was invited to visit with young students, further encouraging them to follow their curiosity. Take a look at this inspiring interview to see the artist in action.

We are proud of Raul and his commitment to creating beautiful works that celebrate important figures in history – particularly women. Congratulations, Raul!

 

Valeria Petrone Recognized for New Children’s Title

Valeria Petrone is pleased to announce that her illustrations for “Abitare Sottosopra, un Parco di Notte” and “Tilda e la Luna” have received the ‘distinguished merit’ and ‘merit’ awards, respectively, from the 3×3 Magazine Picture Book Annual – wonderful!

Valeria’s strong graphic work appeals to adults and children alike, but there’s no ignoring the fact that the “cute factor” is totally maxed out in her adorable picturebooks.

Sometimes it’s best to let the art speak for itself….congratulations, Valeria!

Images by Valeria Petrone:

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Major Nominations for Victo Ngai

Victo Ngai has some pretty major news: the talented artist is honored to announce that her piece “Forest of Memory” has been nominated for a Chelsey Award!

“Forest of Memory”, by Victo Ngai:

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The Chelsey Awards, which were established by the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists, recognize individual artistic achievement for any given year. You can take a look at all of 2017’s nominees here, and check out the artists in the “Best Cover” category here.

But ladies and gentlemen, we are not quite through – Victo has also been nominated for a Hugo Award in the “best professional artists” category! This is an incredibly prestigious honor from members of the Science Fiction community. Worldcon 75 members are now eligible to begin voting – but you know who we’ll be rooting for!

EDIT: Just as we were posting the above news, Victo sent us yet another update – she is also a top ten finalist for the Locus Award! Winners for this annual prize are selected by members of the Locus Magazine community. It goes without saying that winning the popular vote would be quite an honor. We will be sure to keep you updated as the results come in.

UN Stamps Celebrate Dance Cultures

Ahhh, the ecstasy of dance – truly one of the purest forms of human expression. According to UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) and a recent project’s brief and objective, “Dance promotes in a lively manner reciprocal knowledge and respect of diversity. Dance is both an art form and a method of communication in cultures around the world.”

How fitting to team up with some of the world’s foremost visual communicators, including Victo Ngai, with the purpose to connect and celebrate this glorious art form. In partnership with the United Nations, Victo created two illustrations that are comprised of elegant, stand out elements (the stamps themselves) that come together to create a complex composition. The results are stunning.

Images by Victo Ngai:

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Victo Ngai Dance stamps

Thank you to Sergio Baradat at the United Nations for commissioning this extraordinary project. We are in awe of the results!

Illustrative 17 Berlin Showing Steven Tabbutt

Steven Tabbutt has announced that his showstopping image, “The Wasp,” has been selected for exhibition at Illustrative 17 Berlin.

Image by Steven Tabbutt:

Image selected by Illustrative 17 Berlin

Steven’s work left such an impression that he has also been asked by the Direktorenhaus Museum, which will be hosting the festival, to exhibit more of his work after the festivities conclude. Congratulations, Steven!

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.

“C is for Canada” – New Title from Sylvie Daigneault

Celebrating the 150th anniversary of Canada’s confederation, Sylvie Daigneault joins author Mike Ulmer in paying tribute to some of the unique landscapes, stories, and the history of this colorful country.

Images by Sylvie Daigneault:

The cover for "C is for Canada"

Sylvie’s bright and vibrant work is perfect for honoring the diversity and distinctive elements of this great nation, inviting us on an exciting armchair tour.

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Be sure to pick up a copy for the little Canadienne in your life, and congratulations, Sylvie!

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:

From the studio of Josee Bisaillon

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

Victo Ngai for Apple – Happy Year of the Rooster!

Happy New Year from Victo Ngai and Apple!

Utilizing Victo’s capacity for creating exciting and celebratory atmospheres, the newly released Chinese nianhua image is the perfect way to capture the energy surrounding the start of the New Year.

Image by Victo Ngai:

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Happy Year of the Rooster! We do hope this makes those early mornings a bit easier.

To celebrate the occasion, she participated in a packed event at the Hong Kong Canton Road Apple Store on January 10th, where she shared some behind the scenes moments and also lead the group in a life drawing session.

She also treated the audience to details from her very first commission: it seems that contraband junk food was highly covetable to a third grade Victo.

Photo by Jason Li:

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You can download the free wallpaper of Victo’s illustration by clicking here, and again, Happy New Year!