Art & Design

Monster Hats: An Interview with Children’s Author Catherine Dawgert

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Children’s Book Author and Illustrator Catherine Dawgert Shares the Stories Behind her Picture BooksIf you are willing to look at the world a little off-center, sometimes as children will, and discover the humor and wonder that is in it, you’ll be drawn to Catherine Dawgert’s pictures books and her illustrations. Catherine Dawgert is the author-illustrator…

Artist Showcase: Kellie Nicely ~ Children’s Illustrator and Artist

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Artist Kellie Nicely visits Inkspokes today, bringing with her an illustration for Chinese New Year, pieces from her Travel illustration series and other artwork from her children’s illustration portfolio. Kellie Nicely creates these beautifully brilliant illustration series that she has been showcasing on social media. The series have a common theme, like her travel series or 100 days…

Book Review: The Dinglebeast Needs to Sleep by Catherine Dawgert

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“The longest journey,” Swedish diplomat Dag Hammarskjöld once remarked, “is the journey inward.” In The Dinglebeast Needs to Sleep, brought to us by children’s author and illustrator Catherine Dawgert and independent publisher Woodland Way, we are invited to begin such a journey, accompanied, as sometimes such journeys require, by a furry and furious beast. The…

Artist Showcase: Charlene Chua ~ Illustrator of Akilak’s Adventure

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Illustrator Charlene Chua visits Inkspokes today, bringing with her illustrations that capture moments of adventure and wonder: a red balloon in Chinatown, a bird’s eye view of a walk in autumn, a little girl embarking on a journey in the far north. Award winning illustrator Charlene Chua recently illustrated the children’s book, Akilak’s Adventure, a…

Artist Showcase: Rowena Aitken ~ Children’s Book Illustrator

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Children’s book illustrator Rowena Aitken visits Inkspokes today, bringing with her some quirky animals: a unicorn, a cat, a red squirrel, some chickens. A graduate of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, Rowena Aitken is a children’s book illustrator with a penchant for drawing fun and quirky characters and animals. Are you looking…

Artist Showcase: Corrina Holyoake ~ Artist and Illustrator

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Artist and illustrator Corrina Holyoake visits Inkspokes today, sharing with us her art, her artistic journey and her inspiring vision of maintaining creativity in what we do. Corrina Holyoake has appeared in the pages of Inkspokes previously, as an Artist in Residence and also when we interviewed her about her fun and quirky alphabet book, Animania. Her work inspires with…

Artist Showcase: Lana Lê of WoolyPear ~ Designer and Illustrator

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Graphic designer and illustrator Lana Lê visits Inkspokes today, giving us a glimpse of a graphic novel memoir that she is working on and an invitation to doodle. Lana Lê is an illustrator and graphic designer. She designs and illustrates books for such publishers as Hearst, Stewart Tabori and Chang, Random House and Quirk Packaging.…

From Our Artist in Residence ~ P.S. Brooks: Snowy Owls

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Out of the dazzling snow, Artist in Residence P.S. Brooks sends us owls of the Owl Postal Service! Happy holidays to all! P.S. Brooks’ contact information is below for those of you who wish to contact him on prospective work. If you’ve missed prior AIR posts, they may be found in our Artist in Residence Archive. P.S. Brooks: White…

Artist Showcase: Deborah Partington ~ Illustrator

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Illustrator Deborah Partington visits us today, bringing along her sense of whimsy, lightness and fun.    There is a lightness and a brightness to Deborah Partington’s illustrations, not just in the colors but in the demeanor and actions of her characters. A dragon who wittingly or unwittingly scorches its tail elicits in us a bit of…

From Our Artist in Residence ~ P.S. Brooks: Skating Seagulls

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Artist in Residence P.S. Brooks sends us skating seagulls in the spirit of the holidays! P.S. Brooks’ contact information is below for those of you who wish to contact him on prospective work. If you’ve missed prior AIR posts, they may be found in our Artist in Residence Archive. P.S. Brooks: Getting more into the festive spirit for this…

From Our Artist in Residence ~ P.S. Brooks: YA Novel Deathcat Sally

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This week, our Artist in Residence, P.S. Brooks introduces us to illustrations he completed for his upcoming young adult fantasy/horror novel titled Deathcat Sally. Enter the world of Sally Rancher and Zachary (the cat) and No Man’s Land. P.S. Brooks’ contact information is below for those of you who wish to contact him on prospective work. If you’ve missed…

Artist Showcase: Gretchen Deahl ~ Professional Illustrator

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Evoking a blend of whimsy and wisdom, illustrator Gretchen Deahl visits us today, bringing with her some of her monsters, big and small, and other illustrations that reveal the range of her artistry.    We first came upon Gretchen Deahl’s art via her monsters. These monsters, big and small, tall and stout, each with its own personality (grumpy,…