A Little Trumpet Dance from Renee Kurilla on Vimeo.
Just a few seconds of fun for your day! I've been experimenting with the puppet tool in After Effects and thought it would be nice to bring back my bird characters for a quick dance! If you haven't seen the other two animations, please visit my Vimeo Page!
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving everyone!
Friday, November 22, 2013
Thursday, November 07, 2013
A few weeks ago, I was tagged by the amazingly talented Courtney Pippen-Mathur in a really fun, quick author/illustrator blog hop! Say that five times fast! Courtney asked me a few questions:
What are you working on now?
I'm currently working on illustrating a book called Tree Dancers, written by the super sweet Newbury Honor Medal winner Margarita Engle.
The book is a series of beautifully written tanka poems about an orangutan family in the Borneo Rainforest. I'm honored to be working with Margarita, Noa Wheeler, and April Ward at Henry Holt Books for Young Readers.
Here are a few sneak peeks:
How does this differ from other works in this genre?
I haven't seen quite so many children's books written in the Tanka style of poetry. It's quite unique, flowy, and allows for a bit more freedom in verse. The book is going to be very interactive, too. I can see kids really getting absorbed with the adorable orangutans and making up their own orangutan dances! (Or at least I really hope they do!)
I'll sure be dancing!
Why do you write what you write?
I'm mostly illustrating right now, but I'm also participating in #PiBoIdMo, a yearly challenge where you come up with a new story idea every day. It's fun.
Though I've been focusing on art, for the past year I've also been working on a story/dummy that I've rewritten/redrawn three times.
I want to make a story that tugs at kids and parents heart strings for years. I want to write a book that people will remember a long time from now. No words can express how much the books I have from my childhood mean to me, I want to make books that kids still love when they're adults.
So I keep going back to the drawing board:
What is the hardest thing about writing?
Condensing your story. Most picture books are 700 words or less and you'd be surprised how quickly 700 words comes out! I do like revising though. You have to be ok with cutting your favorite parts if they don't help the story along.
Thanks for thinking of me for the blog hop, Courtney! I'm going to do my part and tag three illustrator friends ... my Simply Messing About counterparts:
Tag, you're it! All of these ladies work so hard, you'll love seeing what they've been up to!
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
My husband and I are packing up our cozy, little Somerville apartment and moving to the suburbs very soon. It's s surreal experience, knowing that in a month I'll be leaving the hustle and bustle of the city behind. I've been living in Boston for about 14 years and my head is craving quiet!
While packing, I discovered a bounty of neglected colored pencils. I chose a few to carry in my pencil pouch and decided to add some color to these regular sketches of mine. I'll keep posting when I can, but things are about to get even busier for me with two book deadlines and a moving day approaching!
As always, I appreciate you checking in on my little corner of the internet. :)
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
It's that time of year again! Spooky ghost stories, leaves, brisk air, and the harvest! There are so many things to love about fall. The latest issue of Ranger Rick's Tree House that I made some new art for at FableVision is available in the iTunes Newsstand now and it's sprinkled with touches of fall. Here are some screen shots of the Backyard, the Tree House living room, and a few new games we added!
Tiger Paw-Parazzi is a matching game, match the stripes and color of the tigers to the card in the foreground as fast as you can for extra points!
Next up...Winter! Brrrr...
Thanks for stopping by!
Monday, August 12, 2013
I know people say this all the time, but I have been SO busy, you guys. It's kind of been an unbelievable summer. I've completed 2 books for Lerner Publishing's Cloverleaf series and am right in the middle of coloring the 3rd. I've also been sketching away for another book project about some adorable, hairy primates (news about this to come soon)!
|What my drawing table looks like.|
I find that regardless of how busy I get, it's still really important to keep drawing in my sketchbook. It's still a good escape for me, and then I get to share them all with you here! It's kind of interesting how you can tell if I took the picture in the daytime or at night. There's no perfect time of day, it's just when the idea hits:
|Before a trip to the New England Aquarium.|
|The last page of a sketchbook!|
|The first page of a new book!|
|Inspired by Kemosabe the talking porcupine!|
I can't wait until I can share more about my projects with you, but I hope Kemosabe makes up for the void! Thanks for visiting my little internet corner!