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On Building a Picture Book: Failure and Finding Your Voice by Vern Kousky

If you or a friend/family member are artistic, take heed of today’s re-blog…

Also, taking the link to the original blog post will flood you with imagery :-)

Nerdy Book Club

I first came up with the idea for The Blue Songbird during a trip to the Japanese galleries of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This is a place I often go when I have a spare moment or two. The rooms are generally quiet and dark and much of the work there has an illustrative quality that seems to me both modern and timeless. On this particular visit, a collection of books from the 18th and 19th centuries was on display. These books were wordless, composed entirely of woodblock prints, and centered around a distinctive theme.  In short, they were the picture books of their time. One such book was The Korin Album by Nakamura Hôchû. The page to which the book was turned showed a flock of birds in flight. All save for the last had their beaks open as if in song. As I examined the print, I…

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2 responses to “On Building a Picture Book: Failure and Finding Your Voice by Vern Kousky

  1. Jane Watson March 8, 2018 at 5:44 pm

    What a wonderful post! Although it is about illustrating, it is for me also describing the way a writer often finds that remnants of writing they discard may actually be telling an important story they did not recognise before. And how a writer ‘falls’ into a story when they allow ‘accidents’ to lead them. Love it!


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