Saturday, October 29, 2016

Science Fair Showdown!


Almost exactly one year ago I was busy painting illustrations for Science Fair Showdown, a chapter book (sixth grade reading level) written by Steven Otfinoski about three friends and their epic quest to win their school's science fair.


Diya, Sofia and Ablert want to work together to on a science fair project about clean, renewable energy. The hitch: each wants to go down a different path. Diya is interested in solar energy, Sofia wants to explore wind, and Albert—whose uncle is a mechanic—wants to learn more about motors fueled by ethanol (biofuel).


They help each other sort out specific scientific failures...


...cheer each other on to personal success...


...and ban together to compete against some rather formidable opponents in the ultimate science fair showdown.

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Science Fair Showdown
written by Steven Otfinoski
illustrated by Violet Lemay
art direction by Mary Wages

To order a copy of Science Fair Showdown is special, have a look at p 30 of Pearson's catalog.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

NY Dogs in The BARK!



Thanks to Claudia Kawczynska, Editor in chief of The Bark! Claudia devoted an entire page of her Fall 2016 issue to feature NY Dogs.


Pick up your copy of The Bark today! And click here to order NY Dogs, written and illustrated by Violet Lemay for punchline (2016).


Sunday, September 4, 2016

NY DOGS


I am very pleased to announce the release of NY Dogs (punchline/2016), a book which I illustrated and also wrote. 



NY Dogs is a humorous look at the many and varied dogs of NYC, and the valiant humans who traipse after them, picking up their poo.



Outside of a book, a dog is man's best friend.
Inside of a book, it's too dark to read.
~ Groucho Marx




In a recent interview with Stephen Colbert, Malcolm Gladwell mentioned how difficult it is to make a reader laugh or cry. Mr. Gladwell was more interested in moving people to tears than to laughter, but after having just spent several months trying to write a funny book, the laughing part is what caught my attention. 

Making people laugh is much easier in a personal encounter than on the page because laughter is an emotional response. Gladwell credited his friend Charles for this thought: "People think with their eyes (reading) and feel with their ears (listening)."

Thankfully I had lots of help with the funny business. Click here to read about the team who helped make NY Dogs funny.

And of course, click here to order your copy of NY Dogs today!

Monday, March 14, 2016

A Ream of Paper, a Box of Pencils, and About a Million Dogs


This week I am wrapping up work on a new project for punchline: NYDOGS, a 96-page gift book for adults—not kids this time—which I wrote and also illustrated.


Most pages in NYDOGS are covered with multiple illustrations. That's a doggone lot of dogs! Every single one of the little critters was drawn on regulation printer paper with an HB Faber-Castell Goldfaber 1221 pencil. Totally classic. And speaking of Old School, we went with a vintage printing technique, opting to create all of the art using only three colors: Black, PMS 485 (Coke red), and PMS 2985 (a nice, retro aqua-blue). The result is quite beautiful, although also proved to be rather time-consuming. These dogs kept me tied up in my studio for the past four months! Was it worth the effort? Oh WOOF yeah. So excited about this one. :)

NYDOGS is currently in the final stages of editing before being sent off to the printer, and will be available in bookstores in and around NYC in September 2016. Between now and then I'll be sharing more behind-the-scenes stories about the team who made NYDOGS possible. Meanwhile, click here to pre-order your copy of NYDOGS today!






Bella's New Baby


I am very pleased to announce my latest literary "arrival," BELLA'S NEW BABY! A Little Golden Book (Random House 2016), Bella's New Baby was written by Sue Douglas Fliess and illustrated by Yours Truly, with art direction by Diane Muldrow.


Click here to order your copy today!

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Everyone Loves New York!


I am very pleased to announce my inclusion in the recently released hard-cover book Everyone Loves New York.


Edited by Leslie Jonath, Everyone Loves New York is a compilation of 85 illustrations of the Big Apple created by a diverse group of 60 artists from around the world. Everyone Loves New York's page on Amazon includes 9 sample images, including my contribution: the New York Public Library illustration that I created for duopress's New York Baby, which was written by the prolific children's author Puck in 2012.



Two images from New York Baby (the alphabet spread above, and subway scene left) were recognized by American Illustration 32 when the book came out, and it is still in print. I have been involved in many book projects since then but New York Baby remains one of my favorites.







Here is the New York Public Library with Puck's words (designed by Tahara Hasan Anderson), as it appears in New York Baby.



Two wonderful books, both celebrating NYC in all of her glory. Enjoy!

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To order Everyone Loves New York, click here.

To order New York Baby, click here.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

ASPCA Rescue Readers


Recently I was invited to collaborate with a cat on her autobiography. Who could say no to an offer like that? The resulting book, titled I Am Daisy (Simon and Schuster/2015), is for readers ages 6-9.



I am Daisy (actually written by the very talented, very human author Lori Froeb) is part of the ASPCA Kids Rescue Readers series, all of which feature true stories of pet adoptions organized by the ASPCA.

From Simon & Schuster's site: "This story is told with exuberance and humor from the pet's point of view with appropriately-leveled vocabulary. Woven into the story is the importance of care, protection, and love of animals." 

Click here for for more info, and to order your copy of I Am Daisy today. Support a marvelous institution, and let your "I Love Cats" flag fly!