Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Let's Get Busy

Big thanks for librarian and educator Matthew Winner for hosting me on his "Let's Get Busy" podcast! I spent about an hour talking with Matthew, and you can listen here:

Click image to visit the podcast episode
Or find "Let's Get Busy" in the iTunes store.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Happy Birthday Ed Emberley!

Ed Emberley is the first artist I remember really connecting with as a kid. And as much I as I have always loved his "Drawing Book" series, his work has come to mean even more to me in recent years as I've learned about books like Drummer Hoff, The Wing on a Flea, Suppose You Met a Witch, Paul Bunyan, One Wide River to Cross (and many, many others) that employ an inspiring number of styles and techniques.

My own studio practice has included a lot more experimentation lately, and I think I partly owe this to the example he set. He seems to always be investigating and exploring as an artist, even when he had defined a successful style.

I have wanted to make a tribute piece to Ed Emberley for some time, and when I realized his birthday is coming up on October 19th, the timing seemed right. I've made a sheet to teach anyone how to draw Kroc (and his watermelon) using only simple shapes and lines, and you can download a printable pdf below. Hope he doesn't mind me using his technique, and of course, Happy Birthday Mr. Emberley!

Click here if you'd like to download a printable pdf of this sheet

If you (or your kids!) happen to make a drawing of Kroc, please email me a photo at info@gregpizzoli.com and I'll feature them in a future blog post. Thanks!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Two Years Out

Feeling sentimental, as it's two years ago today that I started my career as a full-time freelance illustrator.

I left my job doing design and admin work at a PR firm for the unknown territory of publishing and freelance illustration. At the time, I did not have a book deal, or any real sense of how I was going to make it work. Just a molehill of savings and a mountain of student loan debt.

I took a risk, worked hard, and was lucky. I've got some pretty incredible people in my corner, and I'm grateful to them.

Today, two years out, it's mind-blowing how much has changed. I have several books under contract and it looks likely that more will be coming. Not just any books either, but dream projects.

My first book got a great review in the New York Times and received a couple of stars, too. What more could I ask for?

Also, it seems the universe deemed it appropriate that today would be best for my next book to become available to pre-order, which you can do here. It's called NUMBER ONE SAM, and I'm psyched for it to come out next May.

Today I'm feeling very thankful and excited for what comes next. Thank you to everyone who has bought a book, or a print, written a review online, let me sign stock, blogged about my work, had me in to a school or store, or emailed. It really means a lot to me. I look forward to continuing my work and seeing what the next years bring. Thanks.