(LtoR Front row: OA Advisor Laurent Linn, Carson Ellis, Carin Berger, Leonard Marcus, OA Chair Sophie Blackall, and OA Assistant Chair Brian Floca
Back Row: Me, OA Advisor Marcia Leonard, Christy Ottaviano, Raul Colon, and Dan Santat)
This past Wednesday I had the privilege of joining ten other amazing children's book professionals at the Society of Illustrators in New York to form the jury for the 2012 Original Art Show in October. With 550 books submitted we had our work cut out.
Stacks of 25 books on each table. We voted from 10am after much coffee until 12:30 when the Society prepared a delicious lunch for us. It was interesting to have so many books to look at at once. After a while you could detect mini-trends and patterns emerge from the mass. At 1:30 we were back at until the final medal decisions were made at 6pm.
I did some record shopping to wind down and saw my Evans Pyramid cover on the wall at Academy Records.
Then it was on to Greenpoint for a surprise 40th/moving to LA party for Grady McFerrin (See photo below when he was 35) with the rest of the current and former Pencil Factory crew.