Friday, December 18, 2009

Illustrator Appreciation Day

We've had agent appreciation day and editor appreciation day. When is it going to be illustrator appreciation day? Anyone?

Well, I for one would like to thank all the fabulous picture book illustrators out there who bring our stories to life. As Michael Stearns so eloquently said, "Picture book writing must be woefully dependent on the illustrations, else the manuscript is trying to do far too much, is the bore at the table who won’t let anyone else speak, won’t let the conversation come to life, and flattens the spirit of the evening."

Also, I'd like to give Neil Numberman a special shout out for sending me this awesome drawing of my three ninja pigs! (My publisher has not selected an actual illustrator yet, but I got a big kick out of seeing Neil's sketch)



13 comments:

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Yes! I am all in favor of illustrator appreciation day - good call, Corey!

Hurray for illustrators!! ;-)

storyqueen said...

Those piggies are bad-a**!

(And I totally tagged you....sorry)


Shelley

Tere Kirkland said...

Love it! Those are some fun pigs.

I work in the arts, so I'm all about illustrator appreciation. Great idea.

Karen said...

Those pigs are adorable! I think the middle one is my favorite. :)

Bethany Mattingly said...

Love those pigs! Great idea on the illustrator appreciation day!

myrna rosen said...

LOVE NN'S ILLUSTRATION...
BUT WHICH ONE IS THE GIRL??

YES, ILLUSTRATORS OUGHTA HAVE A
SPECIAL DAY..!

Corey Schwartz said...

He didn't know one was a girl! (He hasn't read the manuscript)

beth said...

Oh, gosh! That looks amazing. I can't wait to get this book. I just love the concept, and can already tell the illustrations will be wonderful.

tamarak said...

Ha! Love the illustration. Move over Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Shelli said...

love the pigs! :) seriously where would we be without illutrators???

MG Higgins said...

The pigs are great. Having a book illustrated makes me want to be a PB writer, for sure.

Rebecca said...

Cool sketch! What a fun treat for you. :-)

Kelly H-Y said...

LOVE that sketch!!! Definitely ... we do need an illustrator appreciation day!!!