Drawn in Brooklyn

Drawn in Brooklyn - List of Illustrators-5

Drawn In Brooklyn Exhibitions
September 21, 2010 - January 23, 2011
Central Library
(branch info)

BPL - Exhibition: Drawn In Brooklyn, John Rocco

John Rocco's Wolf! Wolf! was selected as a Best Picture Book by 2007 Borders Original Voices. It was also a 2007 gold winner in the National Parenting Publications Awards. He won a silver medal from the Society of Illustrators Los Angeles. He earned a B.F.A. in illustration from the School of Visual Arts.

When I was a young, I discovered my father's collection of Classics Illustrated comic books. They were like "visual CliffsNotes" that unlocked a world of adventure for me. Later, I discovered the novels and illustrations that were their basis. N.C. Wyeth drew me in with his depictions of powerful knights, pirates and frontiersmen. I soon started devouring the works of Howard Pyle, Maxfield Parrish and Arthur Rackham. Even today, I imagine them hanging out in the back of my studio, ready to chime in with an idea or a critique.

John Rocco - Featured Books

To contact John Rocco:
john@roccoart.com | www.roccoart.com

BPL - Exhibition: Drawn In Brooklyn, Sergio RuzzierSergio Ruzzier won a gold medal from Parents' Choice in 2004 and 2006. He has also received recognition from the Society of Illustrators, American Illustration and the Society of Publication Designers.

I grew up reading comics and picture books. Some favorites were the Little Bear series, Cappuccetto Verde (Little Green Riding Hood) and La famosa invasione degli orsi in Sicilia. As a teenager, I fell in love with the old American comics: Krazy Kat, Popeye, Dick Tracy and many more. I was also fascinated by medieval and early Renaissance art, especially Giotto, Simone Martini, and Ambrogio and Pietro Lorenzetti. But before all this, my first true love was for Hieronymus Bosch.

Sergio Ruzzier - Featured Books

To contact Sergio Ruzzier:
Sergio@ruzzier.com | www.ruzzier.com

BPL - Exhibition: Drawn In Brooklyn, Daniel SalmieriDaniel Salmieri is a Borders Original Voices winner and a Children's Book Council Children's Choice nominee. His work was featured at the Society of Illustrators Original Art exhibit in 2009. He earned a B.F.A. in illustration from the University of the Arts.

My father is an artist, and he has inspired me and encouraged my art throughout my life. I've always had a deep love for children's books, and since a young age I've wanted to make my own.

Daniel Salmieri - Featured Books

To contact Daniel Salieri:
daniel@danielsalmieri.com | www.danielsalmieri.com

Brian Selznick won the Caldecott Medal for The Invention of Hugo Cabret, the Caldecott Honor for The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins and the Texas Bluebonnet Award for The Houdini Box. He earned a degree from the Rhode Island School of Design.

My experience at Eeyore's Books for Children, where I worked after college, was one of the major influences on my work. My manager Steve Geck sent me home every day with bags of books to read, and this is where I first learned that children's books are their own distinct art form. Remy Charlip's work and life continue to be an inspiration to me, and Maurice Sendak's books—especially Where the Wild Things Are—influenced every book I've ever done.

Brian Selznick - Featured Books

To contact Brian Selznick:

BPL - Exhibition: Drawn In Brooklyn, Shadra StricklandShadra Strickland won the 2010 NAACP Image Award for Our Children Can Soar. In 2009, she also won the Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Award and the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent for Bird. She earned a M.F.A. in illustration from the School of Visual Arts and a B.F.A. from Syracuse University.

I didn't know I wanted to be a picture book artist until many years after I left college. I studied picture books while teaching, and I felt that I had something to offer to the world of storytelling. When I moved back to New York for graduate school and met a tremendous group of friends, I learned that it was okay to express myself visually in many different ways.

My earliest influences have been Jerry Pinkney, the Dillons, Pat Cummings and Tom Feelings. My favorite artists outside of picture books change often, but I refer a lot to Ben Shahn, Charles White and Aaron Douglas. More recently, I have admired the work of Willie Birch and David Bates.

Shadra Strickland - Featured Books

To contact Shadra Strickland:
info@shadrastrickland.com | www.shadrastrickland.com

BPL - Exhibition: Drawn In Brooklyn, SAm TomaselloSAm Tomasello won the Garden Writers Association Silver Award of Achievement for illustration in 2008. She also had two illustrations published in American Illustration 9. She earned a B.F.A. from the Academy of Art University.

Photograph credit: Yao March

My mother, who had a master's degree in zoology, used to take us to hunt fossils and capture butterflies when we were kids. She had an exotic black box containing ancient glass slides with specimens stained dark red for use in a microscope. As a result, I derive a lot of my inspiration from the natural world. When I was a child, I told my mother that I wanted to become a biologist when I grew up!

My influences are eclectic: Tibetan Buddhist art; Japanese wood block prints; medieval art and illuminated manuscripts; German expressionist paintings; fairytale and folkloric illustrations of the 1800s; photos of microbiological subject matter; images of exotic species of flora and fauna; and "underground" comic art by Julie Doucet, Blanquet, Camille Rose Garcia, R. Crumb and others. I also draw inspiration from my students' work.

SAm Tomasello - Featured Books

To contact SAm Tomasello:
sam@sciencepiction.com | www.sciencepiction.com/

Paul O. Zelinsky won the Caldecott Medal for Rapunzel and the Caldecott Honor for Swamp Angel, Rumpelstiltskin, and Hansel and Gretel. His books were selected five times by The New York Times for its Best Illustrated Children's Books list. He earned a M.F.A. in painting from Tyler School of Art and a B.A. from Yale College.

I take influences from all areas of art that appeal to me, and try to use them in the interest of telling the story that I am illustrating. When I'm working on a new story, I might rifle around in my art books to get new influences and learn different ways to draw or paint; specific examples range from the medieval Master of the Housebook to New York School painter Philip Guston. For Dust Devil, my biggest influence was probably the most famous of all folk painters—Anonymous.

Paul O. Zelinsky - Featured Books

To contact Paul O. Zelinsky:
poz@paulozelinsky.com | www.paulozelinsky.com