Saturday, February 4, 2012


It is week 4, the beginning at February, I never know how I did so much project of this, start at last mouth, in the beginning, I think I don't know so much of this things, but now, when see what I did, I have best wish and hope I can steps up.

This week word "forward"

Into view or consideration: forth. Toward or to what is in front or in advance directed toward a point in advance being in a condition of advancement
Ready: eager. Presumptuous: bold.

This word there is so many meaning in different case, so I just use one theme about "toward or to what is in front or in advance". Below, there was three-idea come from.

A bike running to the front

Mushroom move to front
Ants move to a hole

This it is the final that I want to make like a story book cover, because which I choice the artist from this week it is a young artist who making a story book.

Above it is a page of the story book from a young artist:
Leonard Weisgard

Leonard Joseph Weisgard
December 13, 1916 - January 14, 2000
Leonard Weisgard, Caldecott award-winning illustrator of more than 200 children’s books was perhaps best known for his collaboration with the author Margaret Wise Brown.
Weisgard was born in New Haven, Connecticut but spent much of his early childhood in England, where his father originally came from.
His interest in the quality of children’s books began after his family moved back to the USA when he was 8. As a schoolboy in New York, he was dissatisfied with the books supplied by the public schools he attended. He found the illustrations monotonous and thought that the world could not be all that dreary and limited to only one color.

Leonard Weisgard with his father Samuel
Leonard (right) with his father Samuel

Leonard with Nora Edmunds of UNICEF with reproductions of Greeting Cards

He went on to study art at the Pratt Institute and the New School for Social Research, where he was influenced by primitive cave paintings, Gothic and Renaissance art and avant-garde French illustrators of children’s books of the 1920s.

He used a wide range of colors and media in his books, including gouache, poster paint, crayon, chalk, decoupage, stenciling and pen and ink.

Leonard Weisgard also studied dance with Martha Graham and worked in the field of window display. He began his career making illustrations for magazines such as Good Housekeeping, The New Yorker and Harper’s Bazaar.

Leonard with Nora Edmunds of UNICEF with reproductions of Greeting Cards.
His first book, Suki, the Siamese Pussy, was published in 1937, followed by an adaptation of Cinderella.
Leonard Weisgard
In 1939 the first of more than two dozen collaborations with Margaret Wise Brown was published, The Noisy Book.
Their 1947 book, The Little Island,which Brown wrote under the pseudonym Golden MacDonald, won the Caldecott Medal for best-illustrated children’s book.

Why that image inspired you?
Colorful, clean picture, focus concept, eye flow let you know they have seemed, theme clear.

What aspects of that artist's work you intend to incorporate in your own efforts?
Picture clean, concept focus, theme clear, this it is what I lean from the artist, so I have try to work into my final story book cover

The act of twirling or the condition of being twirled, a quick spinning or twisting.
To rotate or revolve briskly; swing in a circle; spin.
To move or spin around rapidly, and suddenly or repeatedly.
A twist; a convolution; a curl; a flourish.
To move round; especially, to revolve rapidly; be whirled about sharp bend in a line produced when a line having a loop is pulled tight. Something twirled; a twist

"Twirl" this word have so much meaning in much different case, so I only use a basic meaning to thinking in three ideas 

First idea it is spin; use a shape to spin of it, looks like a storm, or fan.

Second, something twirled, like a cup of coffee with some mink.

To move or spin around rapidly, suddenly, or repeatedly, make it is look like a tattoo or flower.

This is the final, to make like a post card, or gift card, and also I try to use idea from the artist choice from this week to work in balance.

This it is the artist work chosen in this week, this object create by Jan ballet. 
Jan Balet

Jan Balet (1913-2009)

Sad news from Jan Balet's children that Jan passed away on Saturday, January 31st. As many of you will remember, Jan was in the hospital after a fall. He had sent a note by way of his children, Peter and Marie, expressing his enthusiasm to correspond about his career and planned to write again after his recovery. Unfortunately that recovery never came.

Just two weeks before Jan passed away, I discovered a copy of his first children's book, Amos and the Moon, in a dusty old used bookstore an hour's drive from here. It was published 61 years ago, when Jan was just 35. In all my years of searching I've never come across any Jan Balet children's books, and this one is apparently quite rare. 

A long, successful and varied career lay ahead of Jan Balet in 1948. I was looking forward to hearing all about it from him and sharing those details with you in another series of posts. I'm sure you are as sorry as I am that that won't happen now. 

Without further comment from me, I'd like to honour the memory of Jan Balet by presenting images from Amos and the Moon each day this week. Marie sent a copy of Jan's obituary, which I will post at the conclusion of the story on Friday. My condolences to Jan Balet's family and friends.

Why that image inspired you?
I feel some exquisite sense of this object. The balance works so good, and it is very clean of the picture, so much detail of the picture. And his color choice is wonderful.
What aspects of that artist's work you intend to incorporate in your own efforts?
I want to lean from him it is the balance. His balance works so good, let you feel comfortable when you see his object.