I’m excited to announce that I am now represented by Storm Literary Agency. I’ve been featured in the Artist’s Spotlight of their website for a few months, but now my writing and artwork are officially represented by the owner, Essie White. Looking forward to being part of the fantastic talent in this agency.
Theodora, a Byzantine empress from the 6th century, is quite a character. First, her portrait in mosaic from the walls of San Vitale in Ravenna, Italy:
And here, I imagined what she might look like in profile:
There is a fantastic description of her in The Secret History by Procopius.
Princess Anna, the oldest daughter of Emperor Alexios I & Empress Irene, has to get dressed for her betrothal, and a dalmatic or over-tunic with patterns and jewels, is a must.
As a side note to these Byzantine characters, I am so excited to be attending the Bologna Children’s Book Fair this coming Monday, March 30 – April 2, 2015 and will also go to Ravenna, a Byzantine art mecca. I look forward to sharing the art & inspiration of the mosaics of San Vitale.
Hat’s off to Dani Duck who started the “Bad” Picture Book Blog Hop last week. The idea is to share our earliest attempt at writing/illustrating picture books.
There are already lots of terrific posts to check out:
So now here we go. First, a big thank you to my mother who kept my pictures & books so carefully for these many years and who sent them guaranteed holiday delivery because my own stuff is so disorganized. First up is a collaboration with my younger brother Hans. He was almost 2 & I was 6. He dictated the text for AUTOS and added crayon color to my marker drawings:
My absolute favorite book when I was 8 was The Thirteen Clocks by James Thurber with incredible illustrations by Marc Simont. Here is my version:
I was terrible at spelling in 3rd grade, and I still am!
Finally, I’d like to share Count Rinaldo & Princess Salamanda. I think I was about 10 or 11 when I wrote/illustrated this one. Clearly, there are heavy influences from The Thirteen Clocks, plus, by now I was really interested in the Tudors. The count, depicted on the second spread with the red hair, resembles my then hero, Henry VII.
It is exciting to me to realize that I actually have not changed much in my tastes or style. And humbling to see that the problems that plagued me then still plague me. But now, I hope I can fix some of them!
Thanks again to Dani for putting this fun tour together and if you haven’t yet, check out her work as well as that of Becky and Marcie and Mandy and Sylvia and Rachel :) And definitely tune in tomorrow for the baaad book of:
Feb 18: Teresa MI Schaefer