5.08.2017

Illustration Portfolio at School of Visual Arts

Illustration Portfolio at the School of Visual Arts, NYC
Tuesday nights 6:30 - 9:30 beginning Sept 19!

Expand your portfolio, work on your neglected picture book, try something new! All levels welcome.
http://www.sva.edu/continuing-education/illustration-and-cartooning/illustration-portfolio-17-cf-ilc-4011-a

Check out artwork by students in past semesters

Last semester was fantastic!
There were Stephen's intimate and evocative drawings:

©2017 Stephen Davan
©2017 Stephen Davan

 And Clio's entertaining characters (in challenging situations...):
©2017 Clio Goodman
And labels (with wine!) from Jessica...

©2017 Jessica Stephen

5.01.2017

An Illusionary piece for American Booksellers for Children

This is a new painting I created for American Booksellers for Children's annual gala auction.
It is painted in gold on a wood panel, so not very photogenic.  Looks much better in person, so to speak.
It is about the world of the imagination you enter when you read a book.
When you look at the piece at an angle you see only the girl and her book.

The painting is a tribute to Little Golden Books, which is celebrating its 75th Anniversary.  Those books had a big influence on me and my work.  Some of my childhood Golden Books are still in my possession.  Apparently when I was five I knew what I wanted to be when I grew up since on the title pages, I had crossed out the illustrator's name  (usually Garth Williams') and written my own.

This piece will be on sale later this month at the ABC auction during BookExpo America.




















1.11.2016

Malala: A Hero for All

It's always a little scary when the book I've worked on for several months arrives in a box from UPS.
I never know if I'll like it or not.  But I was very happy to open my carton of complimentary copies of Malala: A Hero for All And as of Jan. 12, they are available everywhere!  Her story is so inspiring and this book was really wonderful to work on.  She is a hero, and not just for one day.



9.24.2015

NASA and the Supermoon Eclipse...


From "Moon Child" (Random House/Tricycle Books)
Late on Sept. 27, 2015, in the U.S. and much of the world, a total lunar eclipse will mask the moon’s larger-than-life face for more than an hour.

"Because the orbit of the moon is not a perfect circle, the moon is sometimes closer to the Earth than at other times during its orbit," said Noah Petro, deputy project scientist for the Lunar.  A lunar eclipse typically puts on an even greater show. For more than an hour, Earth’s shadow swallows up the moon as the planet comes between the sun and the moon. Lunar eclipses typically occur at least twice a year, and 228 will occur in the 21st century alone. While people such as the Incans and Mesopotamians historically viewed lunar eclipses as random and frightening occurrences, they’re actually quite predictable.

Scientists at Goddard have predicted eclipses a thousand years into the future. Petro said it’s just a matter of knowing where Earth, the sun and the moon are at a given point in time.

See more at:
http://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/nasa-scientist-sheds-light-on-rare-sept-27-supermoon-eclipse


http://www.amazon.com/Moon-Child-Nadia-Krilanovich/dp/1582463255?ie=UTF8&tag=elizabethsayl-20&link_code=btl&camp=213689&creative=392969

8.08.2015

 "Sprout Wings & Fly" a Les Blank film


"Running the Dogs"  book jacket for Random House


 "Amelia" from a series on famous American women

More work on The i Spot and my Portfolio site....

6.18.2015

The Ghost Army of WWII

This is a project I have been involved with for a few years which has nothing to do with my illustration, but instead is about an Army unit my Dad was in during WWII.  I have just co-authored (or curated as my co-author calls it) a book with Rick Beyer called "The Ghost Army of WWII: How One Top Secret Unit Deceived the Enemy with Inflatable Tanks, Sound Effects and Other Audacious Fakery"  It is now being developed as a motion picture by the team that brought us "American Sniper"–– Bradley Cooper, Andrew Lazar and Todd Phillips!  Watch the TRAILER for the Book.







One of my Dad's (Bill Sayles) pieces, painted in Wittlich Germany towards the end of the war.

5.28.2015

ABFE Gala at BEA

Here is another piece from "Malala" (Random House, Jan. 2016).  I donated a print of this to the ABFE  (American Booksellers for Free Expression) which held their annual gala and auction Tuesday night in conjunction with BEA.  It was a fun night at the Grand Hyatt, very crowded, and LOTS of great artwork!  I went with my friend, Sue Truesdell, who is herself a terrific illustrator. She was excited to meet this year's honoree,  Judy Blume, since she had illustrated a bookjacket for "Fudge-a-Mania" many moons ago. This is one of my favorite pieces in the book.  I loved working on the architecture, costumes and mountains.



5.15.2015

Malala


Sneak peek at one of the illustrations for "Malala", written by Shana Corey, to be published by Random House, January 2016.  I was amazed at the beauty of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, were Malala is from; such a beautiful place, afflicted by such conflict.  Malala is now the recipient of a Nobel Peace Prize and she continues to inspire with her courage to speak out for the rights for girls to be educated.  It was an honor to illustrate her story.



11.05.2014

Travelers Series : Elk Dog



This is second in my travellers series. I'm painting on old road  maps.  The texture makes a nice starting point.  And the colors give me ideas of where to go.  The roads are like veins.
Part 1 : Wolf Scout, is here, if you missed it.

10.20.2014

Original Art Exhibit opens Wednesday

















I was lucky enough to be one of the jurors for this year's Original Art exhibit at the Society of Illustrators http://www.societyillustrators.org/The-Museum/2014/OA/The-Original-Art.aspx The exhibit opens this week, can't wait to see show! The hardest part of jurying, besides flying through 600+ books, was choosing the medal winners. In the end three gorgeous books were chosen.  Here we are, bleary eyed but still smiling!
‪#‎TheOA2014‬

7.18.2014

Just So Stories




















I'm working on a series of illustrations for Rudyard Kipling's many animal tales.  My favorite so far is Rikki Tikki Tavi, the bold snake killing mongoose, "who was completely eaten up by curiosity." I will post some sketches soon.



This is an illustration for a book series I'm working on, which involves five kids, some time travel, a magic camel and a monkey or two.
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