Good news this week! My work has been selected for inclusion in the Style File, a website that showcases Australian book illustrators. My page is now up and can be reached here and you can see fabulous work by all the artists on the site here. This is one of the images they selected for my display from a possible eight. I spent a happy evening making it - constructing a city out of paper and other objects, lighting it, photographing the shadows, and then hand-collaging the little vagabond onto printouts of the photos. The glowing object at his feet is a cast glass heart that I made in the glass studio. It was a fun way to make an image and ruffled up the corners of my brain a bit. There's some great collage in modern picture books - I like the work of Tohby Riddle.
- Gay McKinnon
- It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing. Welcome to my blog about children's book illustration, poetry, animals, vegetables ... OK, maybe I should stop there. I’m an artist in Hobart, Tasmania. I've just illustrated 'The Smallest Carbon Footprint in the Land' by Anne Morgan, and am currently illustrating two picture books about traditional life in Sudan. If you'd like to see more, please visit my linked folio page, view my profile at The Australian Society of Authors, or email me at email@example.com. Thank you!
Friday, June 18, 2010
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Thursday, June 10, 2010
This month I had a turn at designing the banner and the month's illustration prompts for the group blog, Watercolor Wednesdays. My first prompt was 'finding something unexpected in the cupboard' - for which I did this pic - and the second was 'strange pets'. It's been so rewarding seeing other people's interpretations of these prompts. If you visit WAWE, you can see the very imaginative and fun illustrations the other artists did.
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
On Sunday evening I fell to temptation and watched that ultimate tribute to musical kitsch, the Eurovision Song Contest. It’s not that I enjoy it – it’s just something that has to be done. Annually. This year, disappointingly few of the songs were truly awful, but there was a satisfying surplus of hairspray, indefensible shoes, and filmy costumes billowing in a powerful airstream. Indeed, Ukrainian entrant Alyosha seemed actually to be singing in a hurricane, although her eyelashes remained glued firmly in place. Bosnia-Herzegovina’s line, “This is the time to melt the ice” was timely in the era of global warming, but Russia’s “Lost and Forgotten” seemed a bad title for a competition song.
For me the great moments of Eurovision come from the truly mystifying songs – like Greece’s effort a few years back, “Use the Password – SAGAPO” (say what?). This year, Armenia filled that category with their entry, “Apricot Stone”, which featured a beautiful girl and a giant sculpture of – you guessed it – an apricot stone. Belarus wore pop-up butterfly wings (see pic), France went all sporty and Turkey glowered in black leather. But none of them could compete with Germany’s fresh-faced, funky Lena whose song “Satellite” was just so darn catchy, it’s been in my head for two days. I’m going to YouTube to listen to it now.