Monday, January 10, 2011

Foreeever Youngg

These illustrations are a bit overdue for posting, but back before Thanksgiving I was happy to have been contacted by Hemispheres magazine. They were looking for an illustration & title text ('Forever Young') for an article on their inflight movie-- "Ramona and Beezus", based on the book by the venerable Beverly Cleary. The article was going to be a Q&A with Beverly, so they wanted to include a portrait of her and the characters. Portraits aren't something I do too often, but I wanted to give it my best shot and try something a little different, technique-wise.

Now of course I've heard of Beverly Cleary, but I was probably one of the few little girls who preferred to pilfer my dad's Sci-Fi instead of read girly pre-teen books. So, I had to do some research on Beverly and her characters and I came away with a lot of respect for her dedication to writing humorous, relatable books for children and young adults (without preachy moral tones).

Thanks to my AD Ellie Clayman for the assignment, and thank YOU for stopping by.
(also, I haven't forgotten about a print giveaway--I'm waiting for my printshop to reopen on the 18th so I can get some goodies for y'all!)


Leonardo F. said...

Lovely work! You kinda remind me the works of our own Maria Elena Walsh, recently deceased, she was THE childrens book author here in Argentina and at least half Spanish-talking world, something very much like Beverly. I think you may find some of her work translated to English if you are curious, although most of her songs are untranslatable, because of the rhyme and whimsical writing.

Freckles said...

beautiful warm illustrations!! love it.

ryan said...

Beautiful work as always Kali. What an honor to work on piece like this! I think you did Ms. Cleary justice.

Bonnie Branson said...

Beautiful job, I grew up with both (Step-dad's sci fi haha) and the more "girly" books like Anne of Green Gables and the Ramona books. Cleary knows the heart of a child because her's is very well in tact. Love her books and always will.

Travi said...

Wow! These are gorgeous! You really capture the warmth and imaginative spirit of Beverly Cleary. Well done!!