Monthly Archives: April 2014

Artist Showcase: Karl Newson ~ A Little Boy and a Yeti

Artist and illustrator Karl Newson visits us from Norwich, England today bringing with him a little boy and a Yeti and a host of other marvelous illustrations, full of fancy and humor. If one peruses Karl Newson‘s website and his illustrations, there is a wonderful assortment of interesting tidbits one can learn about the artist.…

Peep’s Spring Surprise and the Making of a EBook App: An Interview with Jamie Stevens

Author-Illustrator Jamie Stevens takes us behind the scenes on the making of her children’s eBook app and her experience with eBook building platform InteractBuilder. Jamie Stevens, an illustrator and graphic designer, is the author-illustrator of a delightful eBook app for pre-schoolers titled Peep’s Spring Surprise. A beautifully crafted book (available for the iPad via the…

Artist Showcase: Kirsten Shiel ~ Illustrator

Artist and illustrator Kirsten Shiel visits us today with her astounding illustrations, from her guilty dragon logo to a soldier on horseback to her meticulous, hand-drawn maps.  Born and raised in Dublin, Ireland, Kirsten Shiel works in a wide range of mediums including pastels, pencil, charcoal, ink and paint. She works also using digital painting…

Artist Showcase: Russ Cox ~ Smiling Otis Studio

Russ Cox, illustrator and proprietor of Smiling Otis Studio, visits us today, bringing us his wonderful artwork. Quirky, fun, larger-than-life, his illustrations always seem to be bubbling over with story and adventure.   “I was raised by a pack of crazed hillbillies in the back woods of Tennessee,” writes Russ Cox in his website bio,…

Storypanda Partners with Indie Author-Illustrators on Ebooks: An Interview with Veronica Howes

A children’s media and entertainment company, Storypanda publishes interactive ebooks designed to make storytelling more collaborative. Ebooks published using the Storypanda platform not only sport interactive animations (as other ebook apps do) but allow children (or children with their parents or teachers) to change the text of the stories (retell them) and, to some extent,…

Review: Hurricane Lane by Michelle Vinall

Written by Michelle Vinall, Hurricane Lane tells the story of a little girl who discovers wonders in the everyday things that surround her – a splash of light, a musical melody. The book, initially independently published by Vinall in print and digital in 2012, is being released this week as an interactive children’s ebook app…