I recently discovered this brilliant exhibition that celebrates the world and illustrations of picture books today.
It was held at The State Library of Victoria from December 2010 until May 2011.
It showcased original artwork, sketches and drawings by more than 40 Australian illustrators, including Bob Graham, Jeannie Baker, Ann James, Shaun Tan, Graeme Base, Leigh Hobbs and Terry Denton.
Didn't get to go? Never mind, because you can still follow the links and learn how illustrators create pictures, generate ideas, and create the stunning works of art that adorn our picture books. Even though I'm not an illustrator, I'm fascinated by how illustrators approach the enormous task of interpreting and illustrating a picture book.
To celebrate, Look! The art of picture books today, the State Library of Victoria ran an illustration competition for children aged 2 to 12. Australian Author and Illustrator Sally Rippin created a magical story called The Dream-spinner. Each month kids across Victoria drew pictures for a new paragraph, and winners in age groups, 2-4, 5-7, and 8-7, were chosen by three judges.
What a wonderful way to engage children with real life author/illustrators, and the practical side of writing and illustrating a picture book.