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From The Slush Pile: Summer Finds

You know I’m busy at work when instead of going through art samples with my morning coffee, they pile up on my desk.  Today, I finally took lunch to sort through a few.  Check out some exciting new finds that came in lately!

Casey Uhelski / For pet lovers (like me!), this SCAD grad has mastered the expressions of adorable dogs, cats and bunnies.

Victoria Jamieson / Victoria’s anthropomorphic characters have landed her a two-book gig with Dial (part of the Penguin family) in 2012/2013.  In the meantime, I think her revisiting of Ramona Quimby is spot-on.

David C. Gardiner / This image might suggest that David and I are cut from the same cloth, stylistically, but his Flying Dog Studio also produces everything from fairly realistic older characters to animations.

Caitlin B. Alexander / This Austin-based illustrator’s folksy-yet-modern style looks mostly editorial, for now… but wouldn’t it make a charming children’s book?

Veronica Chen / I was intrigued by her intricate black-and-white patternwork, but her color piece Chameleon City just begs for a story to be told.

Jillian Nickell / This quirky, vintage-inspired vignette was fascinating enough to lead me to her website, where there’s a great series of pieces based on The Borrowers, and more. I can picture her style being perfect in the right book for older readers!


Best Reasons To Go To DUMBO This Week – Part 2

After breezing by Superfine gallery to look at some original artwork, I noticed an adorable little shop across the street called P.S. Bookstore, full of rare, used and otherwise interesting adult and children’s books.  The independent bookstore may not be the place to locate a specific book, exactly, but it’s a wonderful treat to browse shelf after shelf of literature, past and present.  They even have a staircase for reaching the top shelves like in Beauty and the Beast!

Half an hour later, I emerged a  few dollars lighter, but with some very delightful purchases . . .

Purchase #1:  Fun little postcards of vintage Israeli posters, courtesy of the Farkash Gallery in Tel-Aviv

Aaaand it’s Hippo #25 for the win!

I call this one: For the Israelis, peace seems to have gotten away from them . . .

Purchase #2: Told Under The Blue Umbrella (1933, Macmillan), a darling compilation of short stories for “the children of today for their enjoyment” (or, at least, the children of the early 20th century).  I love the line drawings by Marguerite Davis, and I always find interesting the rhythm, movement and poetry that even a classic book can have built into the type.

One story, though, seems a bit familiar . . . remember the story of the little scotty dog, Angus and the Ducks? It’s in here, too!  While Angus was always a chilly reminder for me of a particularly mean little terrier that lived downstairs when I was a child, it’s still a great story.  I’d recommend it in color or black and white.