I’m very excited to have been included in a new book of portrait illustrations called 1000 Portrait Illustrations, edited by Julia Schonlau. Here is sneak peek at my spread:
The book is chock full of amazing portraits by artists from around the world. You can get this new book here on Amazon or at your local bookstore.
Have a great Tuesday.
Also posted in Books I'm In
I am super thrilled to be part of a new book edited by illustrator and author Julia Rothman and the folks at Also Design and published by Chronicle, called The Where, the Why and the How. If you are interested in both science and art, I think you will really enjoy this book.
Here’s a little about this gorgeous book from the publisher: “A science book like no other, The Where, the Why, and the How turns loose 75 of today’s hottest artists onto life’s vast questions, from how we got here to where we are going. Inside these pages some of the biggest (and smallest) mysteries of the natural world are explained in essays by real working scientists, which are then illustrated by artists given free rein to be as literal or as imaginative as they like. The result is a celebration of the wonder that inspires every new discovery. Featuring work by such contemporary luminaries as Lisa Congdon, Jen Corace, Neil Farber, Susie Ghahremani, Jeremyville, and many more, this is a work of scientific and artistic exploration to pique the interest of both the intellectually and imaginatively curious.”
75 illustrated pages and 75 short informational essays on some of science’s most interesting questions (all underneath a sturdy hardcover)? Oh, yes.
I painted the illustration to accompany the essay about Why Do Whales Sing? Here’s a sneak peek at my page:
Want to learn more about the book and see some more of the illustrations? Take a look here at this terrific video!
Get the book here or at your local bookstore.
Happy Monday, friends.
It’s always a pleasure to work with Chronicle Books. And one of their latest projects — You Are So Loved — was no exception. It’s a follow up to their previous best-selling book of inspirational phrases penned by artists: Everything is Going to be Okay. Just like its predecessor, You Are So Loved is a visual feast that will make you feel really good.
This is the piece I contributed to the book, on page 13:
And here are just a few of my favorites from the book:
Available for pre-order. Comes out August 29, 2012.
Two of my close friends have book releases this week! You may remember earlier this week I posted about Mati’s new book. Today I’m so excited to tell you about Lisa Solomon’s new book: Knot Thread Stitch: Exploring Creativity through Embroidery and Mixed Media.
Lisa (my evil twin who I wrote about here) is a master with thread (just take a look at her expansive fine art portfolio). So it is no wonder that thread is the common theme of this book of projects. The book is organized around simple projects, from tea towels to pillow cases to decorative pieces. For each project, Lisa offers her own design and then highlights the work of an artist. For example, a tea towel embroidery design by Lisa is paired with another tea towel design by artist Kate Bingaman Burt.
I was lucky enough to do a project for the book. I designed a floral silhouette pillow. It’s a labor intensive project, but really pretty easy, and one that you can adapt to your own silhouette if you like.
Wilfredo happens also to be featured in the book (who can resist putting him in their book these days?). As one of her projects in the book, Lisa designed a pet portrait of Wilfredo.
Isn’t it amazing? This project is followed by a pet portrait pillow by Camilla Engman of her late dog, Morran. The list of artists in the book is fantastic.
If you are new to the stitching arts, the also book includes loads of information on supplies, tools and technique, along with the over 30 projects.
Lisa is having a book signing tomorrow evening at The Curiosity Shoppe in San Francisco. Wilfredo and I will be there and we hope to see you!
I’m so excited to talk today about Mati McDonough’s new book: Daring Adventures in Paint. As many of you know, Mati is a dear friend, and my partner in Get Your Paint On. She’ just written a colorful new book, and I wanted to share a little bit of it with you. Daring Adventures is part painting+collage technique, part inspiration, part Mati’s story, and 100% gorgeous.
Perhaps most stunning in the book is the color photography, taken by another dear friend, Leslie Lindell. She did a phenomenal job at capturing Mati’s colorful spirit, aesthetic and work.
Guess who’s also in the book? Yep, that’s Wilfredo and me in my studio!
Mati’s having a book signing here in San Francisco Thursday evening, July 12 from 6-9 pm at Rare Device in San Francisco, located at 600 Divisadero Street at Hayes. It’s a great opportunity to get a signed copy of this beautiful new book, meet Mati, and sip on a glass of wine. I hope to see you there!
I am so happy to announce the release of an illustration project I worked on for nine months last year. You may recall earlier this week I was lamenting about how hard it is to keep secrets about my work, and this project was no exception. The book, The Pickled Pantry, includes over 70 hand painted illustrations of pickles, vegetables, fruits, pickling tools, herbs, spices and vinegars. This project was great fun. I loved working with Mary from Storey Publishing on this project. Author Andrea Chesman serves up no only mouth-watering pickling recipes, but tips, history, biographies of picklers, and fantastic stories.
One of my goals for the summer is to learn some pickling (oh, do I love fermented foods), and I’ll be starting with this book. You can get your copy here.
I’m so excited to be the last stop in the blog tour for a brand new book published by Chronicle Books: Little Paper Planes, 25 Artists Reinvent the Childhood Classic by the brilliant Kelly Lynn Jones. I also happen to have a paper plane in the book! And here she is:
I was so excited to be invited to be part of this book last year. We were each asked to create a paper plane pattern in any way we wanted. I created a Mix ‘n’ Match Glider plane. Here’s an excerpt in my own words from the book:
When I was a kid I loved playing with things that were really concrete (had parameters and boundaries) and also allowed for choice within those constraints. It might have had something to do with being a creative kid: I liked and appreciated the boundaries but also had to have some creative choices. As part of this project, I thought about paper things that I played with as a child. White I did play quite a bit with paper planes (and loved making gliders in particular), and played around a bit with origami, I really loved paper dolls. What I loved about them were the extensive combinations of clothing, hats and shoes with which you could adorn your paper doll. If you made your own paper doll and clothing, the options were endless. I wanted to design a paper plane that was a like a paper doll. The construction and assembly are straightforward, but there are multiple design and color options for the use to experience.
You can purchase Little Paper Planes here. It’s CHOCK full of amazing designs from fantastic artists. You can see the rest of the blog tour (and more images of the inside of the book) here:
Monday, June 4th – Little Paper Planes
Tuesday, June 5th – Jen Renninger
Wednesday, June 6th – Michael Hsiung / Kate Bingaman
Thursday, June 7th – Josh Cochran
Friday, June 8th – Brendan Monroe
Monday, June 11th – Elisabeth Dunker
Tuesday, June 12th – Christopher David Ryan
Wednesday, June 13th – Ashkahn Shahparnia
Thursday, June 14th – Renee Garner / Hernan Paganini
Friday, June 8th – Lisa Congdon
Have a great weekend, everyone!