Drawn in Brooklyn

Drawn in Brooklyn (Youth Wing)

September 21, 2010 - January 23, 2011
Central Library, Youth Wing
Drawn in Brooklyn (Youth Wing)
curated by John Bemelmans Marciano

How does an illustrator go about telling a story in pictures? Inspiration and craft take each artist down a different path, but there are general benchmarks that must be hit.

Most illustrators begin with thumbnail sketches of each page so that the entire book can be seen at a glance. The artist next creates a dummy, which is a sketched version of the finished product, usually made to size. The finished drawings, or rather the many attempts to get them right, come last.

A thousand decisions go into the process of making pictures. How does the artist find the right look for the characters and the settings? Anything and everything is fodder for the illustrator—his or her mind, nature, photographs, an old toy, the shape of a crack on a ceiling.

BPL - Exhibition: Drawn In Brooklyn - Youth Wing, The Racecar Alphabet by Brian Floca
The Racecar Alphabet
Illustration © Brian Floca
Author: Brian Floca/
Publisher-Atheneum Books for Young Readers

BPL - Exhibition, Drawn In Brooklyn - Youth Wing, Paul Hoppe: Metal Man
Metal Man
Illustation © Paul Hoppe
Author: Paul Hoppe / Publisher:
Bloomsbury U.S.A. Children's Books

BPL - Exhibition, Drawn In Brooklyn - Youth Wing, Sean Qualls, Skit-scat Raggedy Cat: Ella Fitzgerald
Skit-Scat Raggedy Cat: Ella Fitzgerald
Illustration © Sean Qualls
Author: Roxane Orgill/ Publisher:
Candlewick Press

BPL - Exhibition, Drawn In Brooklyn - Youth Wing, John Rocco, The Last Olympian
The Last Olympian
Illustration © John Rocco
Author: Rick Riordan / Publisher: Henry Holt