Mark Braught, the illustrator of Cosmo’s Moon (check out my review of Cosmo’s Moon in the Picture Book link at the right) and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, has kindly offered to do an interview. It was my first time doing an interview and here it is:

Sir Books-a-lot: Do you use a reference in your drawings?

Mr. Braught: Yes, very much. Most of the reference I shoot & light myself. Also, there are sketches from life and a lot of reading to make sure things are correct. More time spent reading, gathering information and reference than actually painting.

Sir Books-a-lot: Do you have a favorite medium and why?

Mr. Braught: Sort of. Generally I work with pastels (chalks) because it is what I learned first & it is naturally the most comfortable, but all media begin with a drawing (that is my favorite). How a drawing is executed generally depends on what will communicate that drawing and its’ message the best.

Sir Books-a-lot: Do you have an all-time favorite piece of art that you have done?

Generally, I am most excited about the next painting to be done. It is always hoped “IT” will be the best one yet. There are few that I am fond of and have a special place like some of the work in Cosmo‘s Moon, but like most parents there isn’t a single “favorite”.

Sir Books-a-lot: What made you want to become an artist?

Mr. Braught: I’m not sure we have a choice when it comes to following one’s passion for something. That decision was consciously made almost at the end of high school when I had the opportunity to visit an editorial illustrator & Pulitzer prize winner Ding Darling of The Des Moines Register & Tribune. I had no idea, at the time, a career in art was a real possibility. It was something I just did for fun & pleasure. My afternoon with him settled that issue.

Sir Books-a-lot: What is your favorite flavor of ice-cream?

Mr. Braught: Breyer’s Coffee Ice Cream.

Did you want to become an artist wanting to illustrate kids books specifically?

Mr. Braught: No. I wanted to follow the path of the likes of Norman Rockwell, N.C.Wyeth, Bernie Fuchs and other such historical illustrators doing magazine covers, illustrations for editorial articles, posters & the like.

Sir Books-a-lot: What has been the highlight of your career?

Mr. Braught: Meeting an incredible number of wonderful and interesting people.

Q: Have you ever thought about writing a story to go with your illustrations?

Mr. Braught: I’m working on some things, but like art it isn’t always as easy as it looks and definitely takes some concentrated and continual practice.

Thank you again Mr. Braught!

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I wish everyone a happy holiday! Thank you for supporting me and my blog! I have just hit month 6 with my blog! It has been fun to meet so many great people! Guess where I’m going tomorrow- Legoland Florida! I’m so excited! Whatever holiday you celebrate have  a great one!

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I put each name(that commented) into a frisbee and turned around. My mom held it out, then I reached in and picked out a name. So, the winner of the Cosmo’s Moon contest is… Nightfirebolt57 AKA Kara! She gets the signed giclee print from Cosmo’s Moon! Kara, please comment with your address so I can send it to you (don’t worry, it won’t be published). Thank you so much Mr. Braught for the print! Congrats to Kara and thanks to everyone that commented! There are more chances to win in the future!:D

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You must get your entries in for the Cosmo’s Moon Contest before midnight tonight. I am picking the winner tommorow! Anyone can win! Good Luck!

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 I went to the Southwest Book Festival this past weekend. I met a ton of great authors. When I walked in there was a very nice lady reading some poetry from her life. I moved on to the children’s room and there were tables all over the room. I then met Andre Sharp. He was very kind and signed my book for me. The book helps kids understand stuttering and how people with stuttering are just the same as you and me. I also met Mildred Pope, she is the author of But I don’t Wanna Take a Bath. Everyone there was very kind. I met J. Cecil Anderson. He is the illustrator of Edgar The Eagle in Do Your Best. He also signed my book for me. Keep an eye out for my reviews of Edgar The Eagle and I Don’t Talk Funny, I Stutter.

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There is only one week left for the Cosmo’s Moon Contest! Please put your comments in before Saturday of next week to be included for this contest. Good Luck!

Published in: on December 10, 2011 at 3:13 pm  Leave a Comment  

COSMO’S MOON by: Devin Scillian illustrated by: Mark Braught AND CONTEST!!!!!

Cosmo loves the moon. Every night, he talks to the moon, telling it happy things and sad things. Cosmo begins to think that the moon is following him. After a while of the moon acting strangely, scientists determine that Cosmo may have something to do with it. I loved this book! The illustrations were great! I love how Mr. Braught did the glow of the moonlight in his artwork. The astronomers are really detailed. Mr. Braught also puts really cool little black and white pictures on the bottom of most pages. The book has a great moral about friendship and responsibility.  My Mom also read it and used words like “heartwarming”, “adorable”, and “sweet”. She also said the artwork is “just beautiful”. -I think she likes it too. 🙂   I give Cosmo’s Moon 5 out of 5 shields.

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Now, for the CONTEST! Mr. Braught has very generously donated a giclee print from Cosmo’s Moon! It’s awesome (I would keep it if I could)! Did you know that  Mr. Braught did the artwork for the cover of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”?-check out his website www.markbraught.com he has done a lot of cool artwork including an awesome ninja owl.  If you comment on this post then you have a chance of winning the giclee print from Cosmo’s Moon! All you have to do is comment! I will pick the winner’s name out of a hat. Thank you Mr. Braught and good luck! 😀

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I am soooooo excited about this contest! Tomorrow I’m going to do a double play: a contest and a review! I have the prize in my possession and it is going to be hard to give up! Look for a post tomorrow evening. 😀

Published in: on December 7, 2011 at 12:56 am  Comments (2)  
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ATHERTON: House of Power by: Patrick Carman

Here is my Patrick Carman review thanks to Erik at This Kid Reviews Books  www.thiskidreviewsbooks.wordpress.com.  Check out his awesome blog.

Edgar works on the Grove. He helps produce figs to trade for water. The Highlands, the highest part of Atherton, controls all of the water. It is forbidden to climb the cliffs to get to another level of Atherton.  Edgar does it anyway and finds a mysterious book.  He cannot read it though so he must take it to the Highlands. What will happen when the book’s secrets are revealed? I couldn’t put this book down. I fees like Edgar is your friend. Mr. Carman went to great lengths to describe the geography and science behind Atherton. The website for the book is pretty cool too, here is the link: http://www.hachettebookgroup.com/features/athertonseries/index.html.    This book really takes you to a whole new place.  Atherton gets 5 out of 5 shields.

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I have a big contest coming up with a special give-away. You could win something very cool so stay tuned. I have a clue somewhere around this post…

Published in: on December 1, 2011 at 9:05 pm  Leave a Comment  
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