Studio Views: The Woodcutter’s Dance

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Blue. The cold rugged face of the Wintermaker is blue. So is the wide border. The duck and the tree branches are green and purple. The smoke from the wigwam is yellow and orange. To make this image come about, I make a woodcut. Each piece of wood will print only one color at a […]

Studio Views: Erasing Pictures

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I was asked recently to describe the way I paint pictures for picture books. I was very surprised by this request because I thought that by now every soul in America had either read about, heard, or seen me and my amazing little art demonstration, in which I show exactly how I make the pictures […]

Studio Views: Paperies and Trash Cans

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I love paper. It doesn’t matter where it comes from as long as I can touch it. This causes my boyfriend no end of consternation. “Don’t touch that!” he’ll screech as I spot something sticking out of somebody’s trash container. “You don’t know where it’s been!” For me, it doesn’t matter where it’s been, as […]

Studio Views: Watching for Accidents

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The boards of my studio floor are strewn with scraps of paper like so many flower petals let go from their stems following an abrupt wind. The eye of that wind storm is where I like to work. The discarded pieces of paper swirl to the floor and make a lovely mess around my feet, […]

Studio Views: My Favorite Medium

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I asked Martha what her favorite medium was, and she said: “Medium-rare, although rare, medium, and well-done are all perfectly acceptable.” My favorite medium is the pencil. I love the pencil. It feels like a natural extension of my hand. I’m comfortable and confident with a pencil. But not just any pencil. My pencil is […]

Studio Views: Why I Use Oil Paints So Much

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I like to think that the story I’m illustrating tells me what medium to use on it. And I have used quite a few materials over the years. But there does seem to be a preponderance of oil paints on the roster. Could this represent an actual preference on my part? I’ve had to sit […]

Studio Views

Studio Views

Thirteen picture book artists talk shop in these pieces about tools and techniques.   “Family Albums” by Margaret Miller “My Next Medium” by Chris Raschka “The Sculptural Quality” by Arthur Geisert “Tiny Pieces of Paint” by Peter Sís “Ticonderoga #2″ by Donald Crews “Pulp Painting” by Denise Fleming “Sharpie Markers to the Rescue” by Lynn […]

News from Down Under: Turning Heads

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Picture books for older readers. The topic is a hot one in Australia, particularly in regard to the Book of the Year Awards. Should this art form be judged shoulder to shoulder with the more traditional picture book for a very young child? Who reads these books, anyway? As the controversy whirls on, however, the […]

Editorial: Potter’s Field

On this occasion of our 75th anniversary issue, I’m reminded what a constant presence the past is at the Horn Book offices. When, as we do here with some regularity, we invoke past editors of the Horn Book, we don’t bother with chronology. They aren’t Back Then but (with the exception of my immediate predecessor) […]

Dear Clueless: The Rejection Letters of Edna Albertson

By Peter D. Sieruta The successful publication of Dear Genius: The Letters of Ursula Nordstrom, collected and edited by Leonard S. Marcus and published by HarperCollins, has sent researchers on a veritable panty raid of publishers’ archives in hopes of illuminating another era of literary history through the correspondence of a noted figure in the […]