Picture Hooks 2017

Last week I headed over the Water of Leith...
to the Museum of Modern Art to meet Vivian French for lunch and see the Picture Hooks Exhibit.
These are the lucky, beginning illustrators who worked with successful picture book mentors to up their crafts. For instance, lucky Hazel Dunn worked with the amazing Patrick Benson.
I loved seeing two of his original pieces - pen and ink and watercolor on colored paper - wow.
I loved the work mentee Anders Frang did especially with his mentor Steve Antony.

It was an absolute treat to see Helen Stephen's work up close and personal.

That street scene was done with watercolor, ink, and caran d'ache crayon.
     But the best part of all, in my opinion, is seeing the work-in-progress sketches. To get a behind the scenes glimpse at how these creators thought processes developed. Like these character studies by Frang.

The development of the main character from too old to a proper little girl in Kirsti Beautyman's work. She was chosen Picture Hooks Illustrator for 2017.

And the textile-inspired work of Hazel Dunn.

I wonder why the blue in Hlín Davidsdottir's work?
All in all, very cool, and wonderful to see it with my friend Viv!


Candy Gourlay said...

Thank you for this, now I want to go too!

Elizabeth O. Dulemba said...

If you go - let me know! It would be nice to finally meet you in person, Candy! :) e

Jane Yolen said...


On the other hand, I was at the Norman Rockwell Museum where friend Tony DiTerlizzi had his first museum opening.

Lots of tears.


Elizabeth O. Dulemba said...

Jealous! :) e

Brian Lies said...

Looks like a wonderful show—there's nothing like a glimpse of the supporting materials! A guess on the blue in Davidsdottir's work-- perhaps a way to make a drawing feel colorful and lively without using a range of colors. Could be as simple as it being Davidsdottir's favorite color (most of my roughs are in blue, for these reasons).

Elizabeth O. Dulemba said...

Ooooo - interesting, Brian! Thanks! :) e