Recently I got a chance to talk with Dan Santat about his latest picture book, The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend. There are so many things I love about this book and Dan generously gave me some serious inside scoop. Read on for a detailed behind-the-scenes look into the making of this beautiful and thoughtful story.
Speaking of endpapers: I was at my friend Sarah’s recently, digging through her children’s books. (Sarah teaches third grade.) She kept handing me stuff, saying, “Oh, this one is GREAT.” Then she handed me Johnny Penguin, published by Doubleday in 1931. My immediate reaction: “OH HELLO DELICIOUS ENDPAPERS.” Ah, the good old days of pre-separated artwork (some of which appears to have been prepared in lithographic crayon, yum yum!). These endpapers, and some of the […]
Some of you may have noticed that I’ve been scarce around these parts for the past few months. Well, I’ve been on a sabbatical of sorts, working on a few time-chomping projects. More on that another time. For now, enjoy this, my newest obsession. Ah, Tim Minchin:
It’s been good times at Pen & Oink since our first post all the way back in September (!!). Here’s a selection of our favorites: Robin shows how to add color to black & white artwork in Photoshop. Liz asks: Why are all my favorite illustrators men? Neil Numberman tells us about comics, working through the night, and beige. Lauren Castillo shares sketches galore! What art directors REALLY think about your online portfolio! An appreciation […]
Readers, We are having technical difficulties today. You may have noticed that Rob Dunlavey’s interview was surprisingly short on images, for an illustration blog post. In fact, many more beautiful drawings await! We’ll be re-posting the interview soon, and we hope you enjoy it in all its (intended) glory! Blushingly, Pen & Oink
Matt Singer – “All This Joy” from Family Records on Vimeo. I saw this music video by Matt Singer today at BAM’s puppet film festival. It’s been out for a while, but I thought I’d share it anyway. It is a little slice of happiness.
(If you tried to click through to the previous, mistakenly posted post, here it is. FOR REAL!) Here’s an illustration project that’s occupied me for a while: a Kickstarter! I’m hoping to silkscreen a lot of big posters, of animals playing sports. Come for the video, stay for the posters! I’ll talk a little bit about my process in a later post.