Great Snowflake! Great Artist! Great Cause! Great Inteview! GREAT DOOR PRIZE! Read on….
Oh my stars! That’s a beautiful snowflake!
And, in case you didn’t know, it’s up for grabs in the Robert’s Snow Auction to benefit cancer research.
Click here for a round-up of other illustrators being interviewed today and everyday as part of a huge multi-blog effort to publicize this worthy cause.
Erin Eitter Kono is the illustrator of this snowflake and numerous books, including the lovely Hula Lullabye and the snowy Twelve Days of Wisconsin Christmas. She has very WONDERFULLY agreed to let me offer an actual, honest-to-goodness Kono sketch as a doorprize! To qualify just email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: Kono Snow.
And now, on with the art and the interview…
Click on any of these thumbnails to see the full picture at Erin’s Website…
Tell us about your snowflake…
This year my snowflake’s images are from my book THE TWELVE DAYS OF WISCONSIN CHRISTMAS (Sterling 2007) which is part of a new series of Christmas books Sterling is beginning that focuses on unusual, kid-friendly facts from different States. I’ve included a representative object of each of the twelve days from the book. In the past some of the more memorable snowflakes have included a three dimensional detail, so I placed a smaller snowflake on each side of the original to help frame the objects.
When you got the invitation did you immediately know what you were going to put on the snowflake? No, but I did want to try to do something from TWELVE DAYS OF WISCONSIN because I thought it might make someone a good book/snowflake combo-Christmas gift, or maybe someone who likes the book would be inspired to donate more for the snowflake.
I was born in Wisconsin and grew up along the Mississippi river. I had always wanted to travel and see other cultures so studied Art History at University. I spent a year in England then signed up with the Airlines and saw a good part of Asia, Europe, the South Pacific, Central America, etc. There was a time I was going to Hawaii two or three times a week and so it became like a second home. HULA LULLABY was actually inspired by my best friend who is a Hula Dancer. My name comes from Marrying a Japanese American, Kirk, and keeping my maiden name as my middle.
Cece says you have great composition and design sense. That’s important. Where’d it come from?
I think that’s from all the Art History. It’s hard not to gleam something after looking at so much great Art.
We’re all kidlit lovers here. So we want some geeky stuff. Who’s at the top of your favorite illustrators list?
Maurice Sendak ,Bill Pete, David Shannon, Mark Teague, I also love Kadir Nelson, Peter Brown, and Oliver Jeffers.
Answer as many or as few of the grab bag questions as you have time/patience for:
Hardest thing to draw? feet
Favorite Wyeth (NC, Andrew or Jamie?) Christina’s World (1948) I like the Helga Paintings too…
Favorite piece of “Fine Art?” Tough one!! I could never pick one image, and even the artist depends on my mood… I love Klimt’s landscapes, Van Gogh (who doesn’t), Late Gauguin, 14th-15th c. Sienese, Utagawa, Contemporary art I like Paul Balmer.
Best post-80s music video?
Tim Seely’s Trucker’s Lullaby.
This year’s Halloween costume?
A princess, my two year old daughter is going as a dragon, she’s going to rescue me.
And lastly, one I’ve tackled in my blog before, All-Time Greatest Kids Book Illustration? We’re looking for a single image here, not a whole book.
Where the Wild Things Are.. the spread where they’re swinging around.
Word up on that Erin! Thanks for the fun interview, the HIGHLY DESIRABLE DOOR PRIZE and for sharing this wonderful snowflake with all of us!
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