Wednesday, July 06, 2011

a dream come true!

my piece for the current Cloudy Collection

When I was little, my mom would take my 3 siblings and I to the library every week to get a stack of books. I loved going to the library and looked forward to this trip every week. Some of my favorite books were the "how to draw" books by illustrator Ed Emberley. My favorite book was called "Make A World" (I also loved the "Book of Faces" previously mentioned, here). This book, among his many others, influenced an entire generation of kids in the 70s... many of whom grew up to be illustrators & artists. These wonderful books continue to influence thousand of children - and adults - today.

You might wonder, "what's so great about them?"

At first glance, the drawings and the instructions appear to be very simple... and they are. They're so simple, in fact, that everything in the book is broken down to drawing with simple shapes. Using squares, triangles, rectangles and circles, Ed Emberley shows kids how to draw in a very simple - but fun - way. If you can draw these 4 shapes, you can draw anything. That was a pretty amazing concept to realize when I was 6! Drawing with shapes is something that I still really enjoy today.

The Current Cloudy Collection print set, entitled "Monster Parade" is a tribute to Ed Emberley. Like all the artists in the set, I'm a huge fan of Ed Emberley and his being a part of this set is like a dream come true! Ed Emberley contributed to the set too! I am so very honored to be a part of this Cloudy Collection and be included in such a stellar set of prints by such talented folks! PINCH ME NOW!!

To see all the images in the set and for more information about the artists, visit the Cloudy Collection site.

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