Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Carson Ellis Is Coming to the AJC DBF!

Carson Ellis, illustrator of Wildwood, will be joining author Colin Meloy as keynote speaker at the 2011 AJC Decatur Book Festival.  (She even blogged about coming here already!)

Carson has illustrated a number of books, including those by Trenton Lee Stewart and Lemony Snicket, as well as numerous album covers for The Decemberists.

Wildwood contains an ambitious number of black and white illustrations (the artwork was only about half completed when the advance copies were printed) and a handful in color.  Her ink and watercolor style is detailed and distinctive, evocative of woodcut printing.  This illustration is of Septimus the rat, and was her final completed drawing for the novel.

If there weren't enough reasons to appreciate Portland, Oregon's Carson Ellis, here's one more: go to her website and click on one of the covers from her "books" section.  It provides a link to purchase the book from her great hometown independent bookstore, Powell's Books!

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