Friday, April 18, 2014

A GOOD CAUSE, PEOPLE!!!

Alright, friends of children's book art everywhere! Have I got great news for you! If you've been looking to collect some amazing-and-hard-to-find children's book art from some amazing-and-hard-to-find artists, AND you've been wanting to plunk down some good money on an excellent cause, then LOOK NO FURTHER! My ridiculously talented friend Carson Ellis has put together an online auction of some of the best children's books artists out there, and everything earned from the sale of the art goes straight to a great school called Victory Academy in Oregon. Apparently, this school for autistic kids is amazing, but needs a permanent building. So fulfill two of your new year's resolution now: Help out a good cause, and own some awesome art!

http://paddle8.com/auctions/victoryacademy

to whet your whistle, here's a list of the artists selling their work:
MARLA FRAZEE * JEN CORACE * LEUYEN PHAM * NIKKI MCCLURE * JON KLASSEN * ADAM REX * ELEANOR DAVIS * LAURA PARK * ROMAN MURADOV * HEATHER ROSS * GILBERT FORD * MATT MYERS * SOPHIE BLACKALL * LISA BROWN * MELISSA GUION * DIANA SUDYKA * LANE SMITH * CHRIS TURNHAM * CHUCK GROENINK * CARIN BERGER * MO WILLEMS * GREG PIZZOLI * MARIA VAN LIESHOUT * JOANNA NEBORSKY * CARSON ELLIS

i'm not sure myself why i'm on this list with these cool people, but i'll take it! here's my piece below. and PLEASE pass it on! the more people who see, the more support for the school!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

On the Radio! I'll be on Forum, on KQED, Monday, March 24th, from 10 to 11, pass it on!

Check out Forum on KQED this monday (yes, tomorrow!), from 10 to 11 am. Yours truly will be on the show, with a panel of other notables. We'll be talking about how people of color are underrepresented (or not) in children's books today. The topic was sparred by an article written by Walter Dean Myers in the NYT :
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/16/opinion/sunday/where-are-the-people-of-color-in-childrens-books.html?_r=0
The full link to the panel is here:
http://www.kqed.org/a/forum/R201403241000
Much thank to the great Gene Luen Yang, writer and artist extraordinaire, who recommended me for the panel.
And on the topic of multiracial art, here's a poster I did for Scholastic's "Read Every Day, Lead a Better Life" campaign for this year. You can actually buy this poster, along with many other amazing designs, at the Scholastic website:
http://store.scholastic.com/Toys-and-Games/Furniture-and-Decor/LeUyen-Pham-REDLABL-Poster
Man, this whole post seems to be a collection of links...
Happy Sunday!


Thursday, March 20, 2014

Nothing special today...

nothing special today! just found this sketch i did LONG ago, back when i actually had time to make images just for fun, rather than work. 

don't forget my book signing tomorrow at "book passage" in corte madera -- see you there!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

BOOK SIGNING COMING UP!



Mark your calendars, San Francisco! believe it or not, i am finally dragging myself out for an official book signing! well, maybe more unofficial -- i'm tagging along with the great PHIL BILDNER to sign books at Books Passage in Corte Madera, next friday evening (march 21st) at 6 pm.

http://bookpassage.com/event/phil-bildner-soccer-fence

phil and i worked on a book together a long time ago called "twenty-one elephants". one of the first books i ever did, and believe it or not, this was one of the fastest books i ever did. from start (getting the contract and starting the sketches) to finish (turning in final art), it took me three months total. that included a research trip to new york, and some very very very detailed sketches. i think it also secured me in the industry is one of the quickest, and craziest, artists out there.

also in attendance is phil's partner, and my editor extraordinaire, and amazing writer in his right, kevin lewis!

please come, say hi, and bring books to sign!

Friday, February 28, 2014

Paul Erdos!

PAUL ERDOS!!!

okay, today i'm posting about a book that's near and dear to my heart. this is a book called "the boy who loved math", written by the most excellent deborah heiligman. it's about a real mathematician named paul erdos, who was probably the most prolific mathematician of all time. he never lived in one place -- instead he traveled around the world, lecturing, discussing, and living math. he died a while back, but i was able to attend his centennial celebration in budapest last year, and got to meet many of the amazing mathematicians i illustrated in the book. the book came out last year, and has gotten some great critical notice. plus it's won an award or two to boot. but this book is crammed with math! i shoved as many mathematical concepts, diagrams, and equations as i could find into every image, and included massive detailed notes about it all in the back.

so please please please go pick up a copy of this one! deborah's writing is phenomenal, and so child friendly without being condescending (which i love). here are some images to hopefully entice you...


This one is an image of Paul as young child in Budapest with his mother.  The numbers you see in the background are examples of prime numbers.


This is an image of Paul at the black board.  It's a pretty iconic image.


this is a full illustration of the "erdos number", a number that all mathematicians covet. if you wrote a paper with paul erdos, you have an erdos number of 1. if you wrote a paper with someone who wrote a paper with erdos, you have an erdos number 2, and so on. sound familiar? yup, the six degrees of kevin bacon was inspired by this concept. and me? i have an HONORARY erdos number of 1.5! since the book is a published work, and i collected the advice of many mathematicians with erdos number 1 on it, and i guess erdos himself is included in absentia, then i was given this number. totally love it. so if you want an erdos number of 2.5, you've got to publish a book with me.


Monday, February 24, 2014

Lunar New Year Post # 8

okay, so i missed a couple postings! i made it, alive, to the camellia parade, and just got back!  loved it, hometowns are the best at welcoming back their wanderers.  loved every second of it!  i'm not keen on posting photos on this site, but here's one of me where you barely see me, but can see my crew (husband alex puvilland, artist extraordinaire, and leo and adrien puvilland, miniature humans extraordinaire!


and here's a link to the star news article on the event:
http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/lifestyle/20140221/temple-city-to-celebrate-70th-annual-camellia-festival-and-parade-this-weekend

and finally, another image from something i'm working on...

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Lunar New Year Post # 7

i wanted to post something else tonight, but you'll have to forgive me, as the antibiotics i'm on is really wiping me out.  i just do not do well with medication, seriously.  so instead, i thought i'd freak you guys all out by showing you the covers of all the books i've done in the past ten years.  the really really sad part is, i think i'm still missing a few.  for any of you whom i've worked with, if i am missing an image, let me know and i'll yell at myself tomorrow.  how sad am i?