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Blogging for a Cure: Robert's Snow and Erik Brooks

October 23rd, 2007 (07:37 am)
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Current Song: Rio by Duran Duran

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In honor of Blogging for a Cure for Robert's Snow, I contacted participating illustrator Erik Brooks and received the loveliest response:

I found out about Robert's Snow by accident in 2004 and immediately sent Grace and email asking if I could participate. I've never met her, but the idea of helping an important cause by making art was just too perfect to pass up. It was also such an inspiration to see someone ACT on behalf of a loved one in such a profound, innovative, and communal way... The same holds true for this third installment, and I would be happy to paint snowflake every year for the rest of my life.

Lucy's Pups, my snowflake for 2007, is based on a black & white illustration that I did for DOG DIARIES (Henry Holt, 2007). The chapter itself, Lucy's Blended Family, is about a mother dog who is recruited to nurse a pair of stranded kittens. She subsequently adopts them into her own family and the spirit of this story seemed only too right for Robert's Snow. The dog on the back is a quick doodle of my own loveable Humane Society mutt, Max.

I usually work in colored pencil and watercolor, but the snowflakes have also been a great place to experiment. I've used acrylic paint for each installment, and I'll be painting my second book in that newfound medium starting this week!

Additional thoughts: I live in a small mountain town, Winthrop, in north central Washington state where the real snow flies early and piles up often. I have been happily making books for the last 7 years - full time for the last 3. I started off in pursuit of chilldren’s book illustration work, but my early polar bear portfolio paintings led me to a story that became my first, THE PRACTICALLY PERFECT PAJAMAS (Winslow Press, 2000). Coming full circle of sorts, my next book release (November 10th) will be for POLAR POLKA by Chérie Stihler (Sasquatch Books, February 2008). Thusly, while I've loved to see my own writing come to life, I am finally illustrating a polar bear book for another author as well. Giddy up, bear folks. Bring 'em on! - Erik


All images © Erik Brooks, used with expressed permission from the illustrator. Click the thumbnails for full-sized artwork.

Visit Erik at his website and blog.

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Comments

Posted by: Tiffany Trent (tltrent)
Posted at: October 23rd, 2007 02:24 pm (UTC)

Lovely snowflakes for a lovely cause!

(And excellent musical taste...;))

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: October 23rd, 2007 02:26 pm (UTC)

Re-check this post - I was editing it as you were responding!

Thank you. It's eighties day here at work. The radio station is now playing Girls Just Wanna Have Fun. :)

I know I said it already, but LOVELY article re: readergirlz. Thank you so, so much for being a Flavorite!

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: October 23rd, 2007 02:24 pm (UTC)
TadMack says:

Oh, I LOVE the sloth!
The detail of the polar bear's pajamas, and the "quick sketch" of the pup on the back are pretty much unbearably cute. Is it me, or are all the snowflakes even cooler this year!? Wow!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: October 23rd, 2007 02:27 pm (UTC)
Re: TadMack says:

SO pretty.

My favorite sloth is the ai. For Scrabble.

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: October 23rd, 2007 02:25 pm (UTC)

Thanks so much, Little Willow and Erik! I've just added some books to be TBR pile, and I love those snowflakes.

LW, thanks for participating in this, even though you have the world's busiest schedule right now.

Woot! Love all these snowflakes!

Jules, 7-Imp

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: October 23rd, 2007 02:29 pm (UTC)

Thank YOU, Jules, for including me. Hugs to you and eisha for undertaking all of this. You're going to dig his books, by the way.

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: October 23rd, 2007 04:18 pm (UTC)

Thanks LW. Great to see the incredible number of bloggers posting snowflakes this year. It all helps so much...

Best,

Erik

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: October 23rd, 2007 04:47 pm (UTC)

You are welcome. Thank YOU! :)

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: October 23rd, 2007 04:47 pm (UTC)
Kris/Paradise Found says

I love that through the Robert's Snow event this illustrator has tried out a new medium! The colors on these snowflakes are awesome.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: October 23rd, 2007 07:37 pm (UTC)
Re: Kris/Paradise Found says

Agreed, on all counts.

Posted by: Kate Messner (ex_kmessner)
Posted at: October 23rd, 2007 09:31 pm (UTC)

Great feature! Thanks for sharing this - and how cool that Erik's snowflake led him to a new medium for his next project!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: October 24th, 2007 02:41 am (UTC)

Isn't that a great little tidbit?

Posted by: Liz Garton Scanlon (liz_scanlon)
Posted at: October 24th, 2007 03:56 am (UTC)

The colors on these flakes are sooooo vivid. Poppin'. Poppin' puppies!!!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: October 25th, 2007 04:13 am (UTC)

Cutesy kitties!

Posted by: Vivian Lee Mahoney (hipwritermama)
Posted at: October 24th, 2007 04:17 pm (UTC)

I love the expressions on these sweet little faces. The snowflakes are adorable!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: October 24th, 2007 06:09 pm (UTC)

I concur. :)

Posted by: imcoolerthanu2 (imcoolerthanu2)
Posted at: October 24th, 2007 10:16 pm (UTC)

The black and white illustration of the cats with the dog is so sweet! I want to take them all home! (Speaking of which, I stopped at the vet's to pick up food for Ella today, and there were two sweet, sweet kittens there. They kept telling me how they wanted to come live at my house. Ah, so hard.)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: October 25th, 2007 03:04 am (UTC)

Hugs to Ella!

Posted by: jackieparker (jackieparker)
Posted at: October 26th, 2007 01:29 am (UTC)

All of those are SO sweet!

*files away WA illustrator*

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: October 26th, 2007 12:50 pm (UTC)

:)

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