Drawn in Brooklyn

Drawn in Brooklyn - List of Illustrators-1

Drawn In Brooklyn Exhibitions
September 21, 2010 - January 23, 2011
Central Library
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BPL - Exhibitions: Drawn in Brooklyn, Selina AlkoSelina Alko has worked on murals around New York City. She has also done illustrations for The Wall Street Journal, Time Out New York Kids, and other publications. Im Your Peanut Butter Big Brother was a Parenting magazine pick of the year in 2009. She's currently working on an alphabet book about Brooklyn. She earned a B.A. from the University of British Columbia and a B.F.A. from the School of Visual Arts.

Photograph credit: Dani Liebling

Most of my work is autobiographical in some way. My Subway Ride and My Taxi Ride show my passion for New York. I use a lot of collage and found objects in my art, which reflect the diversity I see around me. My work remains fresh thanks to my marriage to illustrator Sean Qualls, his emotionally textured work and our cultural differences. I'm Your Peanut Butter Big Brother is about our children's blended heritage.

Selina Alko - Featured Books

To contact Selina Alko:
selina@selinaalko.com | www.selinaalko.com

BPL - Exhibition: Drawn In Brooklyn, Sophie BlackallSophie Blackall won the Society of Illustrators Founder's Award in 2005 and the Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Award in 2003. Her editorial illustrations have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Town & Country and other publications. She earned a B.A. in design and visual communication from the University of Technology in Sydney.

I love shadows, indexes, Victorian trade cards, Chinese firecrackers, Indian sweet wrappers, industrial diagrams, faded wallpaper, Moby Dick, cabinet cards, microscope slides, turn-of-the-century comic strips and Russian tattoos. I try to work these things into my books wherever they are appropriate, even if they are not.

Sophie Blackall - Featured Books

To contact Sophie Blackall:
sophie@sophieblackall.com | www.sophieblackall.com

BPL - Exhibition: Drawn In Brooklyn, Peter BrownPeter Brown has won numerous honors, including Illustrator of the Year at the 2010 Children's Choice Awards. The Curious Garden is a New York Times bestseller, winner of the 2010 E.B. White Picture Book of the Year Award and an American Library Association Notable Book. He earned a B.F.A. in illustration from Art Center College of Design.

One of my favorite childhood activities was simply sitting on the log that stretched across my favorite babbling brook and observing the forested landscape near my home. Since then, I've lived in Los Angeles, London and New York City, and I've discovered my love of urban landscapes. My fascination with those very different environments has inspired me to tell stories of seemingly opposite things coming together in surprising, funny and beautiful ways.

Peter Brown - Featured Books

To contact Peter Brown:
peter@peterbrownstudio.com | www.peterbrownstudio.com

BPL - Exhibition: Drawn in Brooklyn, Lauren CastilloLauren Castillo's That's Papa's Way was a Cooperative Children's Book Center 2010 Choices title. What Happens on Wednesdays was a recommended book by the Parents' Choice Foundation in 2007 and a 2007 Booklist Editors' Choice, among other recognition. She earned a M.F.A. in illustration as visual essay from the School of Visual Arts and a B.F.A. from Maryland Institute College of Art.

Growing up in a multicultural family, I was exposed to a potpourri of cultural traditions. I was surrounded by Spanish paintings, patterned walls and tapestries; old Armenian textiles, ornate furniture and beautiful ceramics; and, of course, lots of books. I have the most fun when I'm able to incorporate bits and pieces of my world into my art—an occasional pattern from my grandparents' wall, an old lamp from my parents' living room or a hilarious canine (or human) family member. I also like to collect inspiration as I explore new places, filling a visual journal with loose, wonky drawings.

Lauren Castillo - Featured Books

To contact Lauren Castillo:
info@laurencastillo.com | www.laurencastillo.com

BPL - Exhibition: Drawn In Brooklyn, R. Gregory ChristieR. Gregory Christie is a three-time recipient of the Coretta Scott King Honor for illustration. Two of his books — Only Passing Through and Stars in the Darkness — were picked by The New York Times for its Best Illustrated Children's Books list. He has also illustrated numerous jazz album covers, and is a regular contributor to The New Yorker. He earned a B.F.A. in media arts from the School of Visual Arts.

I began painting when I was 13, drawing even before I could speak. My art has naturally taken a leading role in my life, serving as an outlet for my emotions. I feel that a painting is only half done until it's viewed by others; it is a "conversation" between the creator and viewer. Not an audible word needs to be uttered during this exchange, but in order for there to be a learning process or appreciation of an image, the two participants must speak the same visual language.

Gregory Christie - Featured Books

To contact Gregory Christie:
christie@gas-art.com | www.gas-art.com

BPL - Exhibition: Drawn In Brooklyn, Bryan CollierBryan Collier wrote and illustrated Uptown, which won the Coretta Scott King Award and the Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Award. His book Martin's Big Words won the Caldecott Honor and the Coretta Scott King Honor, and was picked by The New York Times for its Best Illustrated Children's Books list. Finally, his book Rosa won the Caldecott Honor, and his book Freedom River won the Coretta Scott King Honor. He earned a B.F.A. from Pratt Institute.

I think that the quilts my grandmother made when I was a kid really influenced my collages. I enjoy piecing parts together to make something whole.

Bryan Collier - Featured Books

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BPL - Exhibition: Drawn In Brooklyn, Pat CummingsPat Cummings is the winner of the 2010 NAACP Image Award for Our Children Can Soar, the 2006 Ashley Bryan Award, the 1983 Coretta Scott King Award for My Mama Needs Me and other honors. She teaches children's book illustration at Parsons and Pratt Institute.

I traveled around Ghana, Togo and Nigeria in search of an original, appealing story for Ananse and the Lizard. I found the one I wanted to adapt in a collection of tales at the University of Ghana.

In France, I saw a carousel that had unusual animals that were very different from the horses I was used to seeing. I used that imagery in Carousel to tell a story inspired by my niece. Both of her parents travel for business, and I wanted to relate how that can be stressful for both the child and the parent.

Pat Cummings - Featured Books

To contact Pat Cummings:
write2me@patcummings.com | www.patcummings.com