Advice to An Aspiring Children’s Illustrator

Advice to An Aspiring Children’s Illustrator

The following is an interview with an art student at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, CA majoring in Illustration: 1. What specific skills (Artistically) in your opinion do you find most essential for your success in illustrating children’s books? Empathy. You have to genuinely love people and be able to put yourself […]

Muriel Guepin Gallery | Heat Wave

Muriel Guepin Gallery | Heat Wave

Heat Wave 40 x 40 2016 oil on linen SOLD Muriel Guepin Gallery New York, NY   Muriel Guepin Gallery began representing my work in January 2016.  

School Visit- Waterville Primary

School Visit- Waterville Primary

I had a great time with the students at Waterville Primary School in Waterville, OH this week. To schedule a school visit with David Slonim, contact the studio:  david@davidslonim.com more info on David’s school visits here For my drawing demos, the students tell me what to draw.  They invent a character, tell me what problem […]

Build Your Pyramid

Build Your Pyramid

I used to feel guilty for not finishing most of my ideas.  Not anymore.   I’ve leaned that having more ideas than I have time to finish is not a weakness, it is a strength.   An artist should be creating a small mountain of unfinished ideas, half-baked attempts & false starts, abandoned projects, screw ups and […]

Judging Criteria for Art Shows

Judging Criteria for Art Shows

The judging of art shows is a crap shoot.  You never know what to expect.  I’ve heard horror stories, as you probably have.  Here are a few true examples: A judge eliminated all landscapes on principle. Another one ruled out any painting with the color green. A judge was coached by the show committee (which […]

I LOATHE YOU Character Studies

I LOATHE YOU Character Studies

“The best way to have a good idea is to have a lot of ideas.” – Linus Pauling, (1901-1994), American Chemist and Biochemist, winner of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry Here are some of the many character studies I did for my book I LOATHE YOU: Stacks of drawings piled up around the studio. Finally […]

Motherwell on Connecting

Motherwell on Connecting

“What could be more interesting, or in the end, more ecstatic, than in those rare moments when you see another person look at something you’ve made, and realize that they got it exactly, that your heart jumped to their heart with nothing in between?” – Robert Motherwell