The Gift of the Magi

A beautiful Christmas classic illustrated with fresh whimsy.

I just had to share this book and illustrator before Christmas came and left. Lisbeth Zwerger is one of my favorite illustrators. She has a very old fashioned feel to her illustrations with toned backgrounds and stray sketched lines, however the composition (how the image is laid out and cropped, centered or off-centered, etc.) is very unusual and intriguing.

“One dollar and eighty-seven cents is all the money Della has in the world to buy her beloved husband a Christmas present. She has nothing to sell except her only treasure — her long, beautiful brown hair.

Set in New York at the turn of the twentieth century, this classic piece of American literature tells the story of a young couple and the sacrifices each must make to buy the other a gift.Beautiful, delicate watercolors by award-winning illustrator Lisbeth Zwerger add new poignancy and charm to this simple tale about the rewards of unselfish love.”

 If you want to buy a children’s book this Christmas, make it this one. It will warm your heart. 

 

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James Gurney’s Dinotopia

When I see a beautifully illustrated book, I feel like a kid again
and I’m filled with seemingly opposing feelings of calm and excitement.
Dinotopia Books ©James Gurney

The set of Dinotopia books by illustrator and author James Gurney make me want to curl up in a blanket with a mug of hot chocolate while having my sketchbook and paints within reach. What a wonderful new world of aged architecture, beautiful waterfalls, exciting pencil work, informative sketches and diagrams, and a solidly created foreign culture. 

Waterfall City

Waterfall City ©James Gurney

James’ work is stunning with a range of styles throughout – all of which I love. Some pages are filled with sketchy pencil drawings that look like he was standing there quickly sketching the houses, machines and dinosaurs in action knowing he needed to rush away to the next adventure. Other pages are fine art paintings that feel as though they were painted on location with the use of a french easel.

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My Secret Illustration Obsession

. . . okay, well I guess the secret’s out.

Sydney and Sherman

Sydney and Sherman ©Rebecca Finch

Rainy Day Adventures

Rainy Day Adventures ©Rebecca Finch

Sometimes when I think about creating illustrations, I get a surge of adrenaline. After much research on the subject the process seemed so long and impossible that I finally chose a life of fine art as opposed to dividing my focus on both. Although fine art is very fulfilling, sometimes I walk past the children’s book section and all but wipe the drool from my chin.

A while back a friend of mine who is writing a children’s book for an education class asked me to illustrate her book for me. I tend to say “yes” all too soon, so I showed great restraint by looking at my calendar of graphic design deadlines and taking a week before saying “yes”.In anticipation for this project, I dug up my illustrations. Some were done just for fun and others for print. I  thought that I would share my past work before sharing some of the illustrations from her school project.

In the back of my mind I imagine that one day, when Landon is in college and Ben and I are old and gray, I will pull out the paints and start illustrating all that has been in my heart for all of my life. . .but why wait?

Umm. . . Not a Prince

Umm. . . Not a Prince ©Rebecca Finch

Baby Giraffe

Baby Giraffe illustration for baby shower invitations ©Rebecca Finch

 

Time to Read

Time to Read ©Rebecca Finch

Illustration for A Beka Book Publications

Illustration for A Beka Book Publications