I was very honored to be asked to be a judge for the Governor General's awards in the category of children's illustration 2013. The finalists have just been announced.
The biggest reward for me was being sent over 100 children's books to review. I got such a great overview of the amazing talent we have in Canada. And judging comes very naturally to me - being a virgo we're quite happy to criticize.
The follow up to this is going to be interesting. As an illustrator I have mostly kept to myself - believing, as a creative person, it's best to keep your head down and focus on your own work rather than looking at too much else. But I have to say this has been so enjoyable to see how other illustrators handle certain subjects or choose to fill up a page. I wouldn't be surprised if it shows up in my work.
To see the wonderful finalists check out http://canadacouncil.ca/en/council/news-room/news/2013/gg-finalistes-2
Having said how enjoyable it was I also have to say it was a tough gig - deciding which book is better than another is a very arbitrary thing when styles, subjects and moods vary so much. But it is the nature of awards and I am grateful to have been asked to take part.
Posted on 03 Oct 2013 01:13 - Category: update
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I had a secret mission before coming to Toronto which I can't talk about now but will be sure to ramble on about as soon as I'm able. It sure was fun and a real education.
It's been great catching up with a lot of publisher/friends here in Toronto. Nothing like meeting for coffee or lunch - face to face. When you can list 3 different moves that one publishers has made over the years you know you're an old timer.
Word on the Street is coming up fast and I expect that will be a lot of fun seeing people I've not been able to meet with.
Ok, time to get back to drawing. All the best,
Posted on 20 Sep 2013 10:07 - Category: update
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The Bologna book fair was great too - first time I've visited without having a long list of appointments so I was able to enjoy it and run into people I have come to know over the years. Great hanging out with some good friends from Canadian publishing and of course wonderful to see cafes and restaurants in Bologna.
Spring is in full bloom in Vancouver and I'm looking forward to a full summer here.
A couple of books are underway now and I'm looking forward to those.
Another project with the Sts'Ailes people of Harrison River area is coming to a close. Look for signs posted along a trail in that area that I designed. It was great fun to do, not only because I got to work with my talented nephew but I learned so much about history in that area.
Posted on 29 May 2013 10:41 - Category: update
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My agent is working on a possible book deal with Chronicle so I will keep my fingers crossed for that.
Biggest news right now is that I'll be taking off to Athens for a couple of months. I was a bit nervous to book this because things are so rough over in Greece but, at the very least, I can spend a bit of money there and help things out.
Reading about Athens makes it sound pretty awful but I realize news outlets aren't going to write a story and say how calm Athens is. Thank goodness for blogs and real accounts. If nothing else this trip could be a bit more real than my usual getaways.
Hope everybody's 2013 is full of joy and success and discovery.
Posted on 07 Jan 2013 09:52 - Category: update
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I got my cartoons out today as well so it's been a pretty productive morning. By the way if you're reading this and want to get some cartoons in your emailbox every once in awhile just write and I'll put you on the list. I manage to get them out every couple of months so you certainly don't need to worry about being inundated with them.
Halloween has come and gone and with it some prospects on books I thought might happen. Some still in the works, some I'll have to move on to another publisher. If you're excited enough about a project it keeps you motivated.
I could write a whole chapter on motivation - as a freelancer you're always up against that when you're between jobs. You have to have a pretty big store of it yourself and, almost as helpful, you can rely on other writer and artist friends to keep you on track - either through optimistic thoughts or just plain griping about how tough things are. And on that cheery note, back to work drawing a series of maps (doing a very cool job about native settlements in B.C.)
Posted on 02 Nov 2012 03:15 - Category: update
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