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Meet a Real, Live Artist (Part 3) – Interview with Michelle Blade

Another “Meet a Real Live Artist” is upon us. And we can’t believe how lucky we are (as fortunate as a marooned pirate who’s found an inflatable raft) to have Michelle Blade as our artist today. Not only is she a fabulously talented Bay Area artist but she also totally gets kids. Michelle Blade Michelle spent most of last year working on 1 painting a day for the Mayan Apocalypse in her work beautifully haunting Making Light of … Read more »

Meet a Real, Live Artist (Part 1) – Interview with Chris Lackey

A kid recently asked us: what does an artist do? And we thought: good question! Then we thought: hey, we know some artists, let’s find out. And tada, just like that a new Kidoodle post series was born: “Meet a Real Live Artist”. We hope you can read these to your kids to spark their imagination, get them even more excited about art, and let them get a glimpse of the wide range of creative … Read more »

If I could share with a child artist one thing, it would be this quote…

“I always noticed an awkward, clumsy mark or move that kept showing up in my work and I felt that if I could just get rid of that, my work would be so much better. No matter what I tried though that clunky thing kept popping up again and again! It took me years until it finally dawned on me that that odd goofy thing was actually me! Everything else was just me putting on … Read more »

Drawing at the kitchen table

Yesterday i was working on my kidoodle zine (more on that to come) and listening to This American Life when I suddenly noticed the time and had to rush off and pick up Oscar from school. I like to wait until the very last minute before I stop drawing and I hate cleaning up art things. I like to think it isn’t because I’m lazy but more because I’m fearful I won’t ever get them out again once I pack them away… Read more »

Artist to Artist

I recently unearthed, from the back of a deserted closet, an amazing book I’d bought for Oscar when he was much too young, and i was much too over-enthusiastic. It’s more appropriate now that he’s 6, but to be honest I think everyone from 5 years up would be inspired by it. It’s called “Artist to Artist” and is filled with ‘letters’ to the creatively inclined child, from 23 successful book Illustrators (heavy hitters like; … Read more »