A Community of Illustrators: A Conversation with 4 Local Children's Illustrators
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM (EST)
New York, United States
A Community of Illustrators: A Conversation with Four Local Illustrators
Being an illustrator is exciting; your To Do list might include lines like “draw anthropomorphic trucks”, “research Macy’s Day parade”, “work on lawn ornament character designs”, or “buy apples at farmer’s market for reference”. Though the day-to-day work makes for an exciting and creative life, it can also be isolating. Brooklyn, however, is positively bursting with illustrators, and some of them have built a vibrant community. Hear four of New York’s children’s illustrators, Dan Yaccarino, David Gordon, Brett Helquist, and Kelly Light talk about their projects, working solo, and finding support from the community of NY illustrators and bookmakers.
Kelly Light was born off exit 149 on the Garden State Parkway. She grew up down the shore surrounded by giant roadside dinosaurs, cotton candy colors and skee ball sounds. Schooled on Saturday morning cartoons and Sunday Funny pages, she picked up a pencil and started drawing and never stopped. She spent quite a chunk of time drawing all of your favorite cartoon characters for companies like Disney, Warner Bros, Nickelodeon, Henson Productions, King Features and Hanna Barbara. These days, she gets to create her own characters for children's books. She has illustrated the chapter books series "Elvis and The Underdogs" and "The Quirks". Fall 2014 ,"Louise Loves Art" comes out - her first picture book as author illustrator. More Louise books will follow, as well as "Don't Blink" by Amy Krauss Rosenthal in 2015 and in 2016 , "Just Add Glitter" by Angela DiTerlizzi.
David Gordon has art directed and/or worked on visual development, layout, and character design for numerous production companies from Lucasfilm to Pixar, including such movies as Toy Story, Monsters, Inc., A Bug’s Life, and Cars; BlueSky’s Robots and Nickelodeon’s Spongebob Squarepants; as well as animated commercials for companies like Cheerios and Nike. He has also written and illustrated many children’s books, among them Hansel and Diesel, The Three Little Rigs, The Ugly Truckling, and Smitten. He is one of the authors of the acclaimed graphic novels Out of Picture I and Out of Picture II, and one of three illustrators of Jon Scieszka’s 52-book, N.Y. Times best-selling series, Trucktown. His shows include Paris’s Galerie Arludnik, The Art of Out of Picture,various Society of Illustrators’ group shows, and the MoMA’s Pixar, Twenty Years of Animation. He does commercial storyboards for Saatchi, BBDO, Y&R, TBWA Chiat, Weiden+Kennedy, and McCann Worldgroup. He was trained at Parsons, and more recently at the New York Academy of Art, adding to his portfolio of illustrations, a new body of fine-art oil paintings.
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