Archive for the ‘illustration school’ category


He put the looney in “Looney Tunes”

December 12, 2012

Animators like Alexander Petrov who bring deep literature alive with their oil paint smudged-fingers are important. But every once in a while, you just want to see an anvil drop from the sky and clobber Wile E. Coyote on the head. (Or maybe that’s just me?) The genre of the (truly) funny slapstick cartoon, in […]


How to paint a novel at 24 frames per second

November 15, 2012

Be patient with the 30 second advertisement in the video, illustrators. It leads to a rewarding interview with traditionalist oil painter and Academy Award winning director of animations, Alexander Petrov, talking about the process behind My Love, his 25 minute adaptation of a 1927 novel by Ivan Sergeevich Shmelev. Click the “cc” speech balloon icon […]


A finger-painted, animated “expression of dabs”

July 6, 2012

Russian animator Alexander Petrov works a lot  like a children’s book illustrator to make his films, though his films hardly rate as children’s fare. In the previous post we saw his mesmerizing film The Mermaid based on a Pushkin tale and the Slavic legend of the rusalka. It’s a tragic telling definitely not for children. In this […]


Stories that move and talk when you touch them

December 12, 2011

Children’s book illustrators and aspiring illustrators were among those who tuned in from the U.S. to Portugal, and Australia to South Africa Saturday morning (Texas time) for an online class on the InteractBuilder software. They were learning about a new venue for their narrative art: A new kind of book for iPads, iPhones and other touch […]


Bumper crop of children’s titles by Austin area illustrators

July 29, 2011

Children’s and YA author Cynthia Leitich Smith gives an incredibly generous and instructive interview to Julie Danielson at the Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast blog about the six year gestation of her new picture book Holler Loudly,  illustrated by Barry Gott (Dutton).  The  post includes some wonderful page spreads — original outline drawings and the […]