Finally completed and sent in the beta of my thesis story app, "The King's Ears", to the Canada Media Fund Experimental Stream. Fingers crossed that it passes inspection and qualifies for the 2nd phase of funding. The app is the creative portion of my hybrid creative/theoretical thesis for the MA program in children's literature at the University of British Columbia, Canada. I'm applying ideas formulated by picturebook scholars (especially Maria Nikolajeva, Perry Nodelman, Lawrence Sipe, and Schwarz) to the creation of the additional modes afforded by the iPad. It is incredibly inspiring to be working with Katarina Jovanovic's story, Philippe Béhà's art and the amazing voice of Terry Jones. And I'm so fortunate to be working with such a creative and diligent team: designer, illustrator, and animator Elisa Gutiérrez, and programmers Judy Choi and Trevor Robinson.
Sunday, May 17, 2015
Friday, January 9, 2015
I've animated a trailer for a funny chapter book called The Case of the Missing Carrot Cake by Robin Newman and artist Deborah Zemke (Creston Books, 2015). It's about two very serious mouse detectives.
Monday, September 8, 2014
Thank you to Caroline Adderson and Groundwood Books for hiring Rascal Media, my children's media company, to make a trailer for Caroline's wonderful, funny middle-grade novel. It was a joy to read and then interpret with animation.
Friday, August 1, 2014
Thank you to Mark Medley of the National Post for his thoughtful and generous video review of Mister Got to Go Where Are you? (2nd in the video). And congratulations to my friends at Tradewind for a great review of Pierre Pratt and Kari Lynn Winters's No Matter What Friends.
Monday, June 23, 2014
It was a beautiful first day of summer on English Bay. The launch was a big success thanks to Susan McGuigan of Kidsbooks who organized everything, including making the poster and handling the book sales, and the Sylvia Hotel who hosted the event. The hotel put us in the bistro with a gorgeous view of the beach and people enjoying themselves on the patio.
They served coffee and tea and the chef made fantastic iced cat cookies.
For the kids, we had an activity table with crayons, pencil crayons and scissors. I made a colouring page of the endpaper map with a second page of cutouts with folding tabs to stand up the buildings, boats and characters to create a 3D effect. If you weren't able to come to the launch you can download these here. For the map, you can print out the right and left sides of the map and gluestick them together, or print out the 11x17 size if your printer allows.
There was a long table of art for sale, and displays of sketchbooks and reference materials. Art sales were very satisfactory.
The queue for signed books was so long, I didn't stop signing for 2 solid hours. It was very moving to discover what love people still have for this picturebook series.
I gave a very brief talk, remarking that this is my favourite of Lois Simmie's three manuscripts, and how thrilled I was that the story not only featured Vancouver's beauty spots but included the downtown east side and the kindness of one homeless man towards the cat. I also spoke a bit about new techniques in children's book illustration and explained how two of the book's illustrations only exist digitally, holding up the original watercolour of the Granville street neon lights and telling how the neon effect was achieved by turning the art into its colour negative in photoshop. You can see my blog post on how that was done here.
I didn't manage to take any pictures but I hope people who attended may send me a few. Here's one of me at the end of a wonderful afternoon, all packed up and heading out for a celebratory ice cream.
Thursday, June 5, 2014
Thursday, December 26, 2013
I'm so excited to see this new video on the progress of CaperucitaApp. Everything about it is so beautiful: Paloma Valdivia's incredible art and characterizations - so full of invention and surprises!, the beautiful little animations, the design. I think the way the lines of poetry need to be placed to understand the text and to reveal more of the picture is just brilliant. The music is so moving - it's fantastic that original music has been commissioned and recorded professionally. I love the way all the characters vocalize with musical sounds, like in Peter and the Wolf. And I love love love the narration done by an incredible actor! This is truly a work of art in the making. Almost nothing done in the English-speaking children's app world can compare to this. Here, there is very little practice of collaboration with artists in different fields, such as musicians, poets, and actors.
I have the app of Es Asi and the lite version of this one. I'm so looking forward to see this rich, innovative artwork made especially for the platform of children's apps.