Wednesday, July 29, 2009

What You Talkin' About?: Denise Brunkus

I think drawing kids is hard. In spite of this, I do it often, both at work and at home. I also am always on the lookout for good art featuring kids. Last night, Abby and I were at the Hobby Lobby scoping some art supplies, and a copy of "Junie B. First Grader: Boss of Lunch" caught my eye.

Wow... What a great illustration. The little girl has a definate sense of character, and the drawing is simple but so full of life. I wasn't able to find very much information on the illustrator, Denise Brunkus, but here's what I was able to dig up.

Denise Brunkus has illustrated more than sixty books for children, most notably the bestselling Junie B. Jones series by Barbara Park, Read All About It! by Laura Bush and Jenna Bush, and Charlie Hits It Big by Deborah Blumenthal. Denise is basically a neat person, so adding smudges and smears to the art for Sloppy Joe was an unexpected thrill. She lives in Massachusetts.

Mostly, I just wanted to share these fun little illustrations with you tonite.

Until next time, take care and be good.
Your friend

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Two months? Are you kidding me?!

So I'm back from vacation. Literally. I've been up to my elbows in a big project for the last little bit, and let you guys fall to the wayside a little bit. Fret not, though! I have some new ideas that I'm pretty excited about. A new segment for the blog, plus a double fistful of new "What you talkin' about?" articles that should be pretty rad. I'm also ramping up for the Archon art show, so I'll be getting some all new art together for that along with a new pamphlet for Redherring illustration, and an insert for the Doom Crew. Illustration and Design... Design and Illustration.

Ryan's been bugging me to get my act together and move into my future, so that's what I'm setting out to do. Right now. Also I'm chatting with him about a super LASER AWESOME project that I'll fill you all in on when we get a little bit more together.

For now, here's a little sneak peak at what I have in store for you in the new segment. Look for it either on Friday or monday. I haven't decided where to put it yet... Probably Friday.

ummm... Tomorrow's Wednesday, so I'll be back for an all new "What You Talkin' About?" until then, take care and be good.

Your friend,