Monday, September 8, 2008

Decatur Book Festival: Original Art!

Here's one of the most awesome things about DBF--the illustrators who were so happy with the Decatur Book Festival and Little Shop of Stories that they gladly contributed a sketch to our Wall of F(r)ame*!

Here's the wall as seen by the all and sundry who visited us last weekend (with Dave):

And here's the sketches from the visiting illustrators (apologies for the sad phone-taken pics):

Adam Rex (Frankenstein Takes the Cake and The True Meaning of Smekday) lays down some Frankenstein:

Andy Runton's sketch of his title character Owly is over-the-top awesome. You can't see this, but he did the initial layout in blue pencil--

You also can't see just exactly how fantastic this Patrick McDonnell (creator of the comic strip Mutts as well as several great picture books) sketch is, but if you did, you would spontaneously yell "Yesh!"

Doreen Cronin (writer of the super-fun Click, Clack, Moo and Diary of a Worm series) even got in on the act. If you can't read my blurry photo, she wrote: "Why I don't illustrate my own!"

Unfortunately, my pictures of Rob Scotton's fantastic illustrations of Splat the Cat and Russell the Sheep were too blurry, so you'll just have to come in the shop see them when we add them to the Wall of F(r)ame!

*hopefully you hear that phrase in a booming Don LaFontain** echo chamber.

**you will be missed, sir.

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