Received a DVD in the mail from children's author Angela Shelf Medearis. She has put together a new children's TV program called Angela's Notebook which has the feel of Lavar Burton's Reading Rainbow. For now Angela's Notebook airs locally on Austin's community television station, channel 16 on Tuesday evenings at 7:30. But her goal is to go national as soon as the financial backing is in order.
"So, Devas T.," you think to yourself sitting in your most uncomfortable, ergonomically-incorrect, computer chair. "We are a busy blogging community, get to the meat of the matter. What does all this got to do with you?"
Another good observation, my bloggin' brethren. I am one of her first guest to appear on the TV show. And although I am happy how it turned out, outstanding animation, thought-provoking narration, my speaking parts only worked because of their creative editing team. I was a nervous wreck. Sweating and stuttering.
This segment, which also starred Austin illustrator Tom Shefelman, discussed the history of illustration in children's books, the process of illustrating, how an illustrator and and editor work together at producing the final art, and offered some tips for aspiring illustrators. I only wish they would have sourced some of the tips and illustration process to me, since they used my words verbatim from my interview and website. But that's ok, Michael and Angela are on my cool list, so it's all just a thing. Here's a look at some of the footage:
A much balder me as I discuss the process of illustrating a children's book. Yes, I'm shiny from sweat after they shut me up in my studio, cut off my air conditioning for the sake of sound quality and closed my doors and windows in the middle of an Austin summer.
Some of my illustrations from Black All Around! written by Patricia Hubbell, narrated by Angela Shelf Medearis.
...Crayons, crickets, the bottom of the sea, the empty place where a tooth should be. ...
...The cozy night, when there is no light,...
...Some chickens, some bunnies, some cows and goats...
Unrelated thought for the day: Somehow, I don't think the idea of a date night between the wife and I consisted of me, the wife...and the son, with him in our bed because he has a cold and he's coughin'. Midlife. *sigh*