Author J. C. Phillipps doing ninja poses.
I had such a great time at my author visit at Squadron Line on Monday. Seriously – these people treated me like a world class author/illustrator! My host, Jamie Sepa, was waiting for me at the front door. NEVER has that happened before. He escorted me to the library, saw to my every need, bought me lunch, took me from classroom to classroom, and even provided chocolate. The students were energetic and charming. The PTO was there and super kind and helpful. And, to top it all off, they sold a bunch of my books. Yippee!
Examples of ninja collages done by first graders.
BIG THANKS to Mr. Sepa and everyone at Squadron Line! I had a wonderful time!
I recently did a collage series to hang in the children’s department of the Noah Webster Library in West Hartford, CT. It’s a color series, and each color has an animal representative. Here are a few of my favorites.
Blue Cat at Sea, collage and watercolor
Green Frog Waiting, collage and watercolor
Orange Fox Dancing, collage and watercolor
Red Rabbit a.k.a. My Bunny Valentine, collage and watercolor
This story has changed a lot since I first started working on it. Here are some recent illustrations that have already been removed from the story – but I still like them.
Bunni makes her way out of the Duckworks Factory.
Bunni is dropped into a pond with very strange creatures.
Students learn how to balance a composition with characters from The Simples Love a Picnic.
Yesterday I had the great pleasure of visiting the first graders of Charter Oak Elementary School and talking to them about illustration. This is one of my favorite presentations to do because I love art and illustration so much and first graders are the perfect audience for this topic. They see illustration every day. My talk just sheds a little more light on why certain styles are picked for certain texts, how I do picture books layouts, and we practice how to compose an illustration with some cut outs from The Simples Love a Picnic, Snow White, and nursery rhymes. It’s a lot of fun!