Monday, October 5, 2009

The Exquisite Corpse Adventure: Illustrator Spotlight!

Chris Van Dusen's Dynamite Illustration for
The Exquisite
Corpse Adventure!

"All of my illustrations are painted in gouache (rhymes with "squash") which is kind of like an opaque watercolor. I paint on illustration board and I usually start with the background and work my way to the foreground.

Since the writing is so wonderfully wacky in "The Exquisite Corpse Adventure" there are several images which would make great illustrations. Still, I choose my subjects carefully. I want to intrigue the reader with the illustration as I hopefully did in Episode 1. For this piece, I decided to lead off with a real cliff-hanger (literally!)."

Chris Van Dusen was the first illustrator to respond to the NCBLA's quest to find four illustrators who would be willing to take on the The Exquisite Corpse Adventure challenge! This is the second time Chris has volunteered to help the NCBLA; his eye-catching double page illustration of President Teddy Roosevelt and his exuberant brood of children and pets is one of many vivid and illuminating illustrations gracing the pages of the NCBLA's award-winning publication Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out!

In the NCBLA's Exquisite Corpse Adventure Educational Resource Center pages you will find more information about Chris, as well as an art appreciation article on Chris's Episode One illustration that will get kids and teens talking about art, color, and design.

Chris Van Duysen has a brand new book out this fall, The Circus Ship, a book he has both written and illustrated!! Ask for it at your local library or bookstore!

And don't forget to take a look at Chris's lively illustration of Teddy Roosevelt and his family tumbling down the White House steps in Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out!

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