I was amazed at the number of artists I met while attending the SCBWI conference last week. Their business cards carried a bounty of titles: illustrator, art director, graphic designer. My favorite title, however, came from the amazing E.B. Lewis: Artistrator
The power of gorgeous illustration is known to every child who opens a picture book. We’ve talked on Ink Spells about the power of art at every level, from graphic novels to the Wimpy Kid drawings, to pull readers into the written word. And as novelists, we know the importance of cover art in convincing someone to pick up our books in the first place. At the conference, I got a peek into the world of the illustrator who creates those drawings by interpreting the words of the author.
In celebration (and support) of our artist friends, I’m devoting an entire week to Art Appreciation. There will be interviews and picture book reviews, links to artists and their work, and a giveaways of some lovely works of art in book form.
If you are an artist with picture books or other art for sale, please email me (firstname.lastname@example.org), so I can include you in my Artist Blog Roll of Honor. The blog roll will be up all week, to help artists connect with one another, and for writers to find and support artists.
E.B. Lewis gravely proclaimed that artists “scare people. Because we are critical thinkers who shape lives and minds.” I believe he was speaking of the broader term of “artist,” which includes writers. But special appreciation is due to those who use their visual art talents to draw children into the magical world of reading.
Please stop back next week to enjoy the festivities!
UPDATE: Also please check out this worthy cause to support finding a cure for a rare children’s cancer!