Monday, March 23, 2009

This is the second watercolor portrait I ever did! It's of my little nephew. He's not so little anymore, a little over six feet tall and married!

I was exploring the web this weekend and found so many inspiring children's book stories. So I thought you might like to take a peek at what I found:

This website has a LONG list of short author/illustrator VIDEO interviews:

Recently I found some very fun, interesting, short video interviews on Two of them featuring mere children, one of them an illustrator who began her book when she was 7 years old, and another of a young author who is only eight years old.

Emma Kragen with her father about THE TWELVE DOGS OF CHRISTMAS

Writing Prodigy Adora Svitak

The next five videos explain themselves!

Maurice Sendak’s new “brilliant and deliciously funny” pop-up book MOMMY. It only has one word throughout, can you guess what it is? (interview includes Mr. Sendak–legendary author/illustrator, Arthur Yorinks-writer, and illustrator/paper engineer-Mathew Reinhart)

Mark Teague, author and illustrator HOW DO DINOSAURS GO TO SCHOOL?

Marine scientist Ellen Prager, ADVENTURE ON DOLPHIN ISLAND combines fact with fiction for children

Husband and wife team Richard and Steffanie Lorig authors of SUCH A SILLY BABY! at a school visit

Daren and Daniel Simkin, author and illustrator brothers interviewed by sister, Shana about their book THE TRAVELER.

Click on these and have fun listening to the authors and illustrators talk about their work!


Anonymous said...

Just came across your blog Mara! Wow your work is gorgeous - thank you for sharing so many wonderful techniques, I have bookmarked and will definately be visiting again!
Kim :0))

Mara Mattia said...

Thank you for visiting, and for your warm comments! Your blog is very exciting-I love your visual diary cover (visual diary is such a wonderful idea!), all your creative scrapping and design challenge pages fun, so pretty! I love your links too! Good luck with your Graphics Design Course - you've inspired me! :)

Janna Lynn Mattia said...

Is that Dusty or Jage?

Mara Mattia said...

That is Dusty! ...almost 28 years ago!

ali cavanaugh said...

dear mara,

this baby portrait is VERY nice. i love the rich skin tones... well done. i also love how you post the images of your students working. they are very blessed to have you as a teacher!