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For a while now, I’ve been threatening a couple of my coworkers that I was going to this, and today I’m actually going to: I’m blogging about a meeting. I mean, come on, in theory, can you imagine anything more boring? But, in reality, this is an especially awesome meeting. I’d go so far as to say even an exciting, inspirational meeting. So, you know, make of that what you will, I guess.

Here’s the deal: every now and then a bunch of us editors and designers here who work on art books and on stationery get together to share the work of the various illustrators and artists that we’re feeling super into at the moment. And can I just tell you that, for the geeky visual book making type person, this is so much fun? So much fun. It’s like going to a great party and all your favorite people are there, and there are balloons and cupcakes and zebras and anteaters and zeppelins and narwhals and lord knows what else.

So, we looked at tons and tons of great stuff from tons of great artists. And I’ve just pulled out a dozen of our favorites (ok, full disclosure, maybe leaning a little heavily towards *my favorites here) to share with you. Hope you enjoy them as much as we did!

Blanca Gomez:

Enormous Champion:

Kris Chau:

Sara Hoover:

Anna Bond:

Ralph Goings:

Domitille Collardey:

Betsy Walton:

Lisa Rupp:

Jennifer Tong:

Beast of Beaden:

Julie Morstad:

Bridget Watson Payne
Assistant Editor, Art + Design

Bridget Watson Payne

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  • monaluna March 27, 2009 at 11:21 am

    beautiful work! can we look forward to seeing new books featuring these artists? yay! and for the record, i think that sounds like an amazing meeting…


  • laura March 27, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    beautiful! as as aspiring illustrator i love to see things like this!!


  • KYouell March 27, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    Gotta say I like the donuts most. I can pretend there’s no transfats in them, right?

    What I would like to see are some kids books where kids with disabilites are featured in the illustrations, but the topic of the book is NOT disabilities. There’s a movement in the UK to get our kids (mine has Down syndrome) into the mainstream of kids books’ art, and we need the same thing here. Wanna head it up? Be the vanguard publisher? Do ya? 😀


  • R.A.S. March 28, 2009 at 11:29 am

    Gorgeous work! Thanks for sharing it.


  • Bridget March 30, 2009 at 10:59 am

    Wow! Thanks for all the great comments!
    Monaluna: We’re not quite at the stage of making books with these fine folks just yet, though many of them are people we might like to maybe work with in the future. But mostly this meeting is more for inspiration—helping us to share things that make us happy with one another and to have dialog about them, and to keep the creative juices flowing by appreciating all the amazing work going on out there.
    KYouell: I’m sure there is no transfat in such highly artistic donuts! And you make a good point about kids with disabilities having more of a presence in children’s books—I’ll be sure to pass your words along to our children’s publishing department.


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