Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Guest Speaker "Marla Frazee"!

Creating the Picture Book: Perspectives from an artist and an editor Thursday, Feb. 18th, 7:00 PM

Fresh off her ALA win as one of the best books of the year, 2-time Caldecott Honor artist Marla Frazee "(All the World") and her longtime editor, Beach Lane Books (Simon & Schuster imprint) Publisher Allyn Johnston, will be discussing the process of making a picture book. This rare look behind the scenes of children's literature is perfect for the aspiring writer, illustrator, teacher, librarian or anyone who loves quality children's illustration. We are honored to have together two of the most acclaimed mavens of the publishing world. To say this is a treat, a thrill and a dream for our store to be hosting them, is an understatement.
Please do join us for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

You do not want to miss this. Marla will sign her books purchased from the store after the presentation. Light refreshments will be provided.

LOCATION: Once Upon a Time Bookshoppe
2207 Honolulu Avenue, Montrose CA 91020
(between Zeke's and Rocky Cola Cafe)
PHONE NUMBER TO STORE: (818) 248-9668
If you can't find street parking there is more through the alley, by Black Cow in a big lot.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Westside Illustrators February Schmooze News

    Westside Illustrators Schmooze
              February 15, 2010

Monday Evening...7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11624 W. Pico Blvd.,  Los Angeles, CA 90064

   'Through the Art Director's Eyes!'
   Art Director, Laurie Young 
will walk us through
    the job of hiring the right 

artist for the right project! 
Try your hand at this challenge.

    Laurie Young, Creative Director for Intervisual Books and Piggy Toes Press, will talk about what she looks for in an illustrator, the process of choosing an artist for a project, and how an illustrator can best position themselves for consideration. 

1)    RSVP and you will be sent a picture book text.
2)    Do your research.

3)    Bring 3-5 samples of different illustrators whom you feel would be a good match for the material.
4)   You can print out color samples from online pages, or bring in work of artists you know.

We will have a lively discussion of the merits of each choice and ultimately "choose" one artist for the job.

Can your portfolio & website spark the interest of a buyer?

Does it represent your style & abilities & range so that you might be considered for a possible assignment?

Laurie Young has been an Art Director and Graphic Designer for over 16 years, working in Children's book publishing for the last 7 years. She has worked for a variety of publishers including Scholastic Press, Walter Foster Publishing, Baby Tattoo Books, Phoenix Books, Creative Publishing International, and McGraw-Hill Publishing. Most recently she has worked for Dalmatian Press as the Creative Director of the Intervisual Books and Piggy Toes Press imprints. She specializes in creating novelty books for children and has conceived and written six books for the novelty market: This Dog That Dog, I See A Monster, Princess Polly and the Pea (The Chicago Book and Media Show 2007–Best in Show,) Counting Our Way to Halloween, Earth Helpers Counting (illustrated by Laura Huliska-Beith,) and Monster Rescue Squad (illustrated by Gene Barretta.) 

McDonough will demonstrate a great way to make a dummy!
AND... Participate in our
materials exchange!
Do you have any art materials that are gathering dust?
Your unused junk is someone else's treasure.
Bring them to the schmooze & you can join in.

Come prepared to participate, ask questions and be inspired!
Let's enjoy a fun creative evening together & move forward in our common pursuit
of making a contribution to the world of children's illustration and literature!

RSVP???...  YES...

11624 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064
This is a large gray building with ivy & bamboo on the facade.
The sign near the door reads -  "Alliance Francaise."


... Street parking only.  You don't have to feed meters after 6pm.  Do NOT park in the electrical warehouse parking lot next door OR the parking lot behind the building on the corner of Federal Ave.  You will be towed...FAST.
Looking forward to seeing you all!    xoxo...suzy:-D
cell... 818 389 1950 

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