Monday, April 2, 2012

One last thing...

Just in case you tuned in late today, you might notice a little something different on the very tip top of my blog. Meet my new banner, commissioned by children's book author/illustrator and rad man about town, Zack Rock.

I've been Zack's number one fan for a while now, so, of course, when I wanted someone to illustrate a new banner for me, he was the go-to guy. Zack started reading my blog some time ago and leaving comments, and one day, I found myself wandering onto his website and instantly fell in love with his work.

So much so, that you might remember, I commissioned him to do a portrait of my son atop a peregrine falcon.

Fast forward to today, Zack has a brand-spanking new MA degree in the Children's Illustration from The Cambridge School of Art and has just finished writing and illustrating his first children's book, snatches of which you can see, here. And, yes ladies, the man is single and currently looking for an agent. I can't be more proud or pleased with the results, and please let this young artist know you think my new banner is awesome by writing a comment of love below and/or signing him to a book deal. I'll stop now before Zack never speaks to me again for over-gushing...

Happy Monday, indeed.

(Oh, wait.... a special prize will go to the first reader to guess the book my son is reading in the drawing. Happy guessing!)

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16 comments:

Lise said...

Oh, it's fabulous!! Off to check out his book...

Meghan said...

my boys and i love the new banner. what fantastic artwork!

Melissa said...

WOW! The new banner is fabulous! He did a wonderful job!

jengod said...

WHAT A PIECE OF ART. I'll actually look at that book!

Jonathan said...

I don't know what book he's reading, but I really do love the banner!

Jonathan's mom

Chandra said...

The tyger voyage

Unknown said...

I thought it might be Jamberry, but Amazon's Pic doesn't jive with that....hmm..... Lovely illustration though, and I checked out Zach Rock's blog. Awesome work! (And he's amusing too, which is a total bonus)

Carter Higgins said...

That looks AMAZING! Love it!

Burgin Streetman said...

Yay Chandra!!!!!!!! You got it!

Chandra said...

Yay! I don't know much, but I knew that one right away!

Anita & Amit Vachharajani said...

hey, am so glad to have discovered your blog via james mayhew's fb comment! (phew, eh?) did you ever read russian picture books as a child? they were BIG in india and were translated into most indian languages. my old blogposts on them:
1. http://aniamit.blogspot.in/2005/12/memories-of-red-sort_03.html#links
2. http://aniamit.blogspot.in/2007/06/magic-soviet-style.html
and 3. a flicker image set (go 'older' from the page this takes you too) with pics from a few of the books we own: http://www.flickr.com/photos/97445041@N00/69991108/in/photostream/
going to keep stopping by your blog now - and LOVE the banner!

Trahern Cook said...

Nice work, and kudos to you for commissioning a children's book illustrator!
Everybody wins!

Christine said...

Zack has always exhibited much talent and fun. You did a good thing in commissioning him for your new banner.

Jil Casey said...

The new banner looks great and very fitting for your
blog!

Burgin Streetman said...

chandra... send me your address! webe(at)soon(dot)com!

Robyn... Pen Pals and Picture Books said...

Love the new banner! It's amazing!

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