Friday, December 16, 2011

Happy Holidays from Christina Wald Design and Illustration!!!

As I finish up Warm Winter Tail, animals in snow are on the brain! I love drawing Arctic foxes so I just started doodling and this is the result!

Since I am really swamped this holiday season, just a quickie card this year. Next year I will have something elaborate!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Monday, December 5, 2011

Slam Bang: The Hungry Housewives

The series is finally finished! It will be in the Slam Bang Comic Anthology Femme Fatales issue in 2012. (I will have a link up soon.)

It is the Hunger Games meets The Real Housewives in a series I would so watch on television. The Real Housewives show has an almost Othello quality where everyone is the character of honest Iago.

Also, kudos if you get the sci-fi movie reference on page 3...

The jokes just write themselves... Yes, my dream is to be a writer for the Simpsons or work for Mad Magazine...

Other comics for Slam Bang:

The Ultimate Extreme MEGA Meal-Bot

Iron Giant Chef

The Hungry Housewives, Page 1

The Hungry Housewives, Page 2

The Hungry Housewives, Page 3

The Hungry Housewives, Page 4
My self-portrait for this issue keeping the theme in mind!. There is also an interview!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Review: Annie Jump Cannon in the School Library Journal

The review for Annie Jump Cannon Astronomer just came out from School Library Journal!

From the review:"This inspiring picture-book biography of a trailblazer in the field presents insight into the challenges of women interested in science during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. ... The realistic illustrations capture the time period and complement the text. They’re scientifically accurate, including a physics equation on the professor’s chalkboard. Some of the pictures have helpful labels to inform readers that the building is Harvard Observatory, the man is Edward Pickering, or to make a scientific explanation understandable."

http://www.schoollibraryjournal.com/slj/printissue/currentissue/892676-427/preschool_to_grade_4.html.csp#nonfiction


The reviewer even noticed the equation on the blackboard! It was by a famous French female mathematician.

Here is more about the art in a previous blog post http://christinawald.blogspot.com/2011/10/book-trailer-annie-jump-cannon.html

Also, cool news: Carole heard from some relatives of Annie's who enjoyed our book!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Monday, November 21, 2011

Just in Time for Black Friday!

 In case you did not notice, I added a bunch of tabs to the blog with art and links. Today I added a tab with toys and games I have done illustrations for that are available this holiday season.


From Tek Nek Toys:
All About Elephants
I illustrated the books for these plush Encyclopedia Britannica toys.

http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=10860489

http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=10860488



All About Chimpanzees
From Wild Planet:

I did the package art for these Crayola games...


Crayola Doodle Match Memory Game

http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=4072688


Crayola Guess My Picture Game

http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=4460224

Crayola Color Mix-A-Roo

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Crayola-Color-Mix-A-Roo/15257331

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

More Wordsworth and the Dragon: Cover Design-a-palooza Week 1

I am working on cover concepts for Wordsworth and the Dragon. Above is the first design. We will post a design each week and then we will hold a vote to select which will be the final!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

New Furry Studio Gremlin


His name is Spike and he loves knawing on art books and terrorizing Miffy and Boris.

Hopefully, eating paintings will not be in his repertoire...

I suspect there will be a lot of cat hairs in the paint tho...

In other news, I just signed up with a sketch journal group through the Art Academy going to Taos, NM in June to take in the atmosphere and draw. I will keep you all posted. It is helmed by Amy Bogard who does really lovely journals of her life. I have been inspired by sites like http://www.urbansketchers.org/ and http://www.theydrawandtravel.com/

I recently posted my Greece Sketchbook. I am hoping that this will be an excuse to do more travel sketching and different techniques.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Pictures from Greece Uploaded!

Finally!  Here they are: http://www.flickr.com/photos/14121972@N07/sets/72157627982573615/

Because everyone loves holiday snaps! "And this is Uncle Ted even nearer the side of the house, but you can still see the front."

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Monday, October 31, 2011

Boo! Happy Halloween!

Here are some creepy fish stickers from a project for Scholastic Book Club several years ago. They seemed fitting...

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Books By the Banks Pictures, 2011

Reception the Night Before with Jared Lee, Jerry Dowling, Me and Jeffery Ebbeler

Carole Gerber and Me with AJC

Scotti Cohn and Me... This is for the Wordsworth Blog
All of us!
I wish I had gotten more photos. It was a great day.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

BBTB: A Working Pop Up!

My dream of having a working pop-up has come to fruition thanks to excellent illustrator and paper engineer Jeff Ebbeler.

I made several mock-ups that will be at the Books by the Banks show Saturday based on the dies he created. Here is a video of his initial working mock up. It has a coolness level of 5!




By the way, I will be doing a panel with Andrea Cheng at 11:00am on Saturday. Hope to see you there!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Greece Sketch Book


These are some of the images I doodled in my sketchbook during my trip to Greece... I just got a plein air easel set up so I hope to start painting outside here soon. I wanted to do a little painting there, but fear taking paints through customs.

There are some sites online where people post their urban sketching. I hope to get a lot of practice. I am not totally happy with the thin Moleskin paper. My last one had nice thick paper. I use ink a lot and you cannot draw on both sides.


Not only were the subway cars really clean in Greece, they ads were for art supplies!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Dr Sketchy's October-Brainssssss

Sometimes when I am really swamped, getting out and doing a little sketching helps me work loosen up for better painting (and drawing). This month's theme was "Macabre". It was very entertaining. I wish I had taken video of a big scene they did with zombies and soldiers.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Book Trailer: Annie Jump Cannon, Astronomer



The book trailer is now up on You Tube!

I am very excited about this book. Both the author Carole Gerber and I did a lot of research.

When I was first contacted by the publisher about the book, I was embarrassed that I had never heard of Annie Jump Cannon. As a kid, my favorite show was Cosmos and I wanted to be an astronomer when I grew up. I not only read a lot of Carl Sagan, but was a huge fane of science fiction as well. How had I never heard of her?

Somehow I ended up in illustration and industrial design, but maybe if I had known about her, I would have still pursued a career in science. 

The era of science that she contributed to was an amazing time and it seems like she is lost in the shuffle of more popular scientists like Lowell, Hubble, Einstein, Tesla etc.

When you look at her accomplishments, it is amazing to think that women did not even have the right to vote for most of her life.
 
Illustrating the book was a challenge since varied pictures are not often paired with her information. It was like a scavenger hunt; figuring out what lab equipment to illustrate and how the classrooms would look or what they would wear, what her childhood house looked like... In addition, I did not want to simply replicate the few images of her that are available. I wanted to make them new and my own take of the scenes.

For Example, there is a famous scene showing Annie and her class with a bunch a lab equipment (http://www.wellesley.edu/Astronomy/Annie/Images/lab.gif) I had a really hard time figuring out what they were doing in the picture to make a dramatic scene from it. I asked several people who had actually taken (and taught) college physics to pinpoint what it was a picture of.

Finally, my cousin's husband who teaches engineering at Cooper Union in NYC put me in touch with a professor who said that his assessment was that they were not performing any experiment, it was a posed picture where the photographer just piled a bunch of equipment around them. So, we decided to go with the picture above where she is doing a spectroscope experiment.

The building at Wellesley was particularly hard to find since it burned down many years ago.


I even tried to reproduce the Harvard Observatory wallpaper. I could not find color reference, so had to wing it on that.

Fortunately, I got in contact with a person at Harvard who had made a documentary about Annie. He was able to give me a lot of information-including her eye and hair color. This may seem odd, but the only color images of her were when she was elderly and grey.

Anyway, the book is now out, and I hope people like the effort we put into it. It was a joy painting the life of Annie Jump Cannon!

By the way, a note on the trailer: Several sources said that Annie loved to play the piano. It seemed like Bach would be a perfect fit for a scientist. When I was young, I tried to learn this two part invention #13 myself, to varying degrees of success, mostly unsuccessfully.





Back Cover
Sketch from the layout...

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Back in Town and New Book Cover!


Just as I got back from vacation in Greece! While I sort out the pictures and get them uploaded to Flickr (including some urban sketches I did), here is a little post on the final cover design for my book coming out in Fall 2012...

It is a wrap around cover and below is the full composition. This one has a really cool concept. For those interested, here is the sketch














And finally, a touch of Santorini from my trip.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Slam Bang: The Hungry Housewives

The next theme for Slam Bang is Femme Fatales. My contribution will be The Hungry Housewives, with all the glitz and gore that suggests. Stay tuned as my 4 pager develops...

This time, the anthology will be in color... I have mixed feelings about that since the comic I have sketched is loaded with the cartoon violence one would expect. At least a toon is always less visceral looking even when horribly violent. Ask Goya...

Sunday, September 18, 2011

More Wordsworth and the Dragon Sketches

I just finished a couple ideas: 

First off, the castle. I went a little crazy on this concept probably because I love castles so much and I have been reading my guidebooks for a trip to Greece I am about to take (the DK versions with all the lovely architecture illustrations with cutaways). The tower in the center is where the alphabet is heavily guarded. I also added a hedge maze, aviary, orchard... I am working on a map too.

  




























The throne room. I am integrating a lot of letters in the design. This scene is from the first chapter with Rho, the King and Sir Clooney. 


Read some chapters here: http://wordsworthdragon.blogspot.com/p/chapter-1.html


You can read up to the third chapter.