Monday, January 23, 2012

:: happy year of the dragon ::

:: happy year of the dragon ::

Kung Hei Fat Choi - Happy Chinese New Year!

I have always seen a dragon head in the Chinese character for dragon - hopefully now you do too ;)

May the Year of the Dragon bring you good fortunate and great health!

Friday, January 20, 2012

:: schools visits & frog kisses ::

Wow! I absolutely LOVE school visits! I love them almost as much as I love drawing! School visits are so inspirational! The kids have a special way of rejuvenating my passion for creating picture books. Their excitement and honesty motivate me to elevate my craft.

On Tuesday, David and I were very fortunate to be invited to speak to all four Grade One classes at Joshua Creek Public School. Being a slightly younger crowd, I had prepared a special new presentation just for them - which included some fun new artwork and also some of my own grade one drawings.

Below are three slides that I shared with them...

To make our presentations more engaging, I asked, "Does anyone know who these characters are?" "Could you please tell me more?" and naturally "Has anyone ever kissed a frog?"

:: six of hearts ::

Long story short, my informal poll has revealed "1 in 100 six year olds have indeed kissed a frog."

I've had many important teachers in my life, but none more influential than my Grade 1 teacher - Mrs. Combs was warm, patient, pretty and always smiling. She was my favourite teacher.

My favourite teacher:  Mrs. Combs

Mrs. Combs gave each of us a journal and our assignment was to draw or write about something daily. As you can see from the above illustration (circa February 1982), I enjoyed this assignment. This is a portrait of me proudly presenting my journal to her at the end of the week.

Wednesday, February 10, 1982 was the day I knew I wanted to became an artist. Mrs. Combs gave me a perfect score! There was a sticker, "C" check mark, a star and these four legendary words, "Good picture! Nice perspective!"

Wednesday, February 10, 1982

It was the most exciting day of my six years of existence! I mean, I did have pizza the day before, but this was one hundred times better than that! Words could not describe how happy I was. I wanted to write more. I wanted to draw more. I wanted to find out what the big word "perspective" meant. I felt complete utter joy!

Well later I found out that perspective was a system that helps show 3d objects in space. But more importantly, I discovered how amazing that a simple word of encouragement had such a profound impact on a six year old's life.

Thank you Mrs. Combs - you're still my favourite!

Monday, January 2, 2012

:: tombstones ::


is my submission to the Threadless loves Death challenge. It was inspired by the exhibition Morbid Curiosity: The Richard Harris Collection.

:: tombstones :: - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever

Who is your favourite character: Ninja, Cowboy, or Bear?

Happy New Year! Happy New Video! Who is your favourite character: Ninja, Cowboy, or Bear?

We interviewed a Toronto Grade One Class and they tell us which character from our Ninja Cowboy Bear books was their favourite and why. This is my favourite part of being a childrens book author. Enjoy!