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"Are We There Yet?" Process art, digital

It’s at the Kerlan: Dan Santat — ‘Are we there yet?’

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Illustrator Dan Santat’s style ranges from detailed to quite spare, but always seems to have a freshness and snap, in part because of his lively linework, rich colors, and loose, painterly textures. Santat used to paint in acrylics. He moved into a process of starting pieces in acrylic and developing the finish in Photoshop; and now does many of his illustrations directly in Photoshop.

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"I Stink," process art, watercolor

It’s at the Kerlan: ‘I Stink’ and James McMullan

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James McMullan, illustrator of “I Stink,” was born in China. He went to elementary school in India and loved to draw. He staved off the tough kids by being able to draw Wonder Woman. When McMullan was 17, he and his mother immigrated to the United States. He studied for a year at the Cornish School of Allied Arts in Seattle and then volunteered for the United States Army (where he illustrated diagrams of where to position propaganda loudspeakers on Sherman tanks.) After his service, McMullan moved to New York City and continued his art education at Pratt Institute.

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It’s at the Kerlan: Matthew Holm

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In a funny graphic novel for young readers, Babymouse learns that a friend who treats her like a queen is worth more than an invitation to a popular but cruel schoolmate’s sleepover. This 2006 graphic novel was the first of this format to win an ALA notable children’s book citation. Notable Children’s books are those especially commendable quality, books that exhibit venturesome creativity, and are books of fiction, information, poetry and pictures for all age levels (birth through age 14) that reflect and encourage children’s interests in exemplary ways.

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