REVIEW Ñ Artist to artist 23 Major Illustrators Talk to Children about Their Art

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Their art and how they began their adventures into illustration Fold out pages featuring photographs of their early work their studios and materials as well as sketches and finished art create an exuberant feast for the eye that will attract both children. Eric Carle convinced 23 picture book illustrators to write a short letter to readers about their background and artwork and to encourage readers in their own efforts Several of the artists advise readers to ignore naysayers who may tell them they can't make a living doing artwork but that they should follow their dreams Readers are also assured that it takes practice and hard work just like in any other endeavor Each artist has drawn or painted a self portrait which faces the letter On opening the self portrait's fold out page the reader can see photos of the artist's studio and samples of their artwork The back matter includes a couple of bibliographies of the books in which the various illustrators' work appears and brief biographies of each one This book should be a great encouragement to youngsters who want to have a career in art

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Artist to artist 23 Major Illustrators Talk to Children about Their ArtAnd adults Self portraits of each illustrator crown this important anthology that celebrates the artists and the art of the picture book An event book for the ages Proceeds from the book will benefit the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst M. The illustratorsartists provide wonderful messages to children throughout this anthology As Tomie DePaola shares You can be one too But it is hard work As my twin cousins told me a long time ago 'You have to practice practice practice and don't copy' This was very good advice so I'm passing it on to you Artist to Artist Throughout the book there are messages of perseverance originality doing what you love and using your imagination I also discovered a few new artistsillustrators whose work I had not previously seen The book shares a variety of artistic styles too Pop up books as a form of art illustrators who favor nature Eric Carle sharing his collage style Alice Provensen one I was previously not familiar with offers this It isn't until an adult criticizes the picture and makes derogatory comments 'Those cars only have three wheels' or 'That person's legs are too long' that children lose their confidence and stop drawing Too many great comments to share but I will end with one from Rosemary Wells The most important thing in the whole of life is to love what you do Draw from your life Draw all the time Expect to be different from other kids because if you are an artist you are different I love when we celebrate differences in individuals and society Most of these talented artists began at an early age and truly followed their dreams We all benefit from their talent and passion in a variety of children's books we read

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REVIEW Ñ Artist to artist 23 Major Illustrators Talk to Children about Their Art Ì In this remarkable and beautiful anthology featuring the likes of Maurice Sendak Robert Sabuda Rosemary Wells and Eric Carle twenty three of the most honored and beloved artists in children’s literature talk informallIn this remarkable and beautiful anthology featuring the likes of Maurice Sendak Robert Sabuda Rosemary Wells and Eric Carle twenty three of the most honored and beloved artists in children’s literature talk informally to children sharing secrets about. 23 illustrators talk about their art and their childhoods which seem to have universally included wanting to do art if not thinking of becoming artists and what other artists influenced them They each get a page of text a childhood photo and a portrait by themself then a fold out showing their work including childhood drawings if they had some savedMost of them were uite interesting in what they had to sayI think I've read books by all but a couple of these individuals although often the illustrator does not get eual credit or doesn't come up in a key word search so I'm only linking to ones that do appear in my read shelf under their name I was surprised that some I know uite well don't appear as entries in book data such as uentin Blake or Barry Moser or Nancy Burkert I'll endeavor to read the ones I've missed and also edit the links until I have a review for something by each person included in this bookMitsumasa Annouentin BlakeAshley BryanNancy Ekholm BurkertEric CarleTomie dePaolaJane DyerMordicai GersteinRobert IngpenSteven KelloggLeo LionniPetra MathersWendell MinorBarry MoserAlice ProvensenRobert Sabuda Matthew ReinhartMaurice SendakGennady SpirinChris Van AllsburgRosemary WellsPaul O ZelinskyIngpen was the one entry that came across as umsympathetic to me He wrote You can choose to be an artist and fly away with your creativity or to be an illustrator and surround yourself with craft You cannot be both I think that is absolutely not true Maybe he tells himself that because his illustrations are boring Yeah you heard me Ingpen BORINGAlso he didn't fill up the whole page what a slackerRandom trivia that I find interesting Barry Moser went to military academy beginning in 7th grade Sabuda and Reinhart are not a couple Spirin is very religious Jane Dyer has a twin named Jean Chris Van Allsburg hadn't taken art before he decided to major in it in college