Saturday, October 9, 2010

Illustrators get the "chicks"

Today was the second Saturday of the month; a time that most of the studios are open. For today's open studios several of the artists volunteered to do demonstrations for the public.

The first demo today was "A painting in under 23 1/2 minutes" by John Manders. John is a children's book illustrator and a recent addition to the family of artists at the National Transit Studios. He showed us how he goes about painting one of the characters from the book Henry and the Buccaneer Bunnies.

Since my scheduled class had no bites, and the flow of traffic through the studios was down (nice weather has a way of doing that), I got a chance to view all four of today's presentations. (Lucky me...... I left a note on my door and went to be educated.) John gives demonstrations to schools, so he's had practice in how to be entertaining and informative. Compared to the usual middle schoolers he presents to, the audience today was pretty subdued. He told us that middle schoolers ask lots of questions. One that stands out in his mind was when a young man asked if illustrators get the chicks. What do you think?

Tomorrow I'll share another demo.

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