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

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