Maurice Sendak 1928-2012: “If it’s true, you tell them.”

May 8, 2012

I realized today that Maurice Sendak is one of those people I had, somewhere along the line, subconsciously, decided would live forever. Like a crotchety, brilliant, Bilbo Baggins, surely he would outlive me.

I’ve been actively thinking about him a lot lately– he was referenced several times at this conference I went to a couple weeks ago, our library is having a show of his work, his recent NPR interview, as well as his hilarious stint on the Corbert Report.  I was impressed to hear that at 83 he was working on a new book,  further solidifying his current role in my life as “long-lasting-career role model.”

One of the first picture books I remember being obsessed with is Outside Over There. Honestly, as a kid, I really didn’t appreciate Where the Wild Things Are, though I loved In the Night Kitchen. But I pored over Outside Over There.

(Incidentally, the books were a trilogy of sorts. According to Sendak:

They are all variations on the same theme: how children master various feelings – danger, boredom, fear, frustration, jealousy – and manage to come to grips with the realities of their lives.)

The story was fascinating and scary: A kidnapping and a baby made of ice! Would I be as brave as Ida, fighting goblins, to save my little sister? (Though I was pretty sure I would have heard the goblins climbing in, even if I was practicing my horn–so negating the need for such a journey. Pretty sure.) Would I ever be able to draw a woman so beautiful as the mother? (For much of my childhood this was one was of my main goals.) I wished for a long, yellow cloak.

The NY Times review states:

It is also obvious enough that its story is really about an older sister’s ambivalent feelings toward a younger sibling, and about getting one’s feelings under control …

Ah perhaps my obsession, as a newly older sister, now makes sense.

Little Bear was another favorite.  He was silly (–You’re not really on the moon, Little Bear!) but relatable, and I had a friend named Emily too.

Years later while attending Pratt, Sendak was interviewed as part of a lecture series. I didn’t know what to expect– I hadn’t heard him speak before. I was thrown at first, but then loved his lack of charm and artifice. His quick witt. At the time his “Wild Things” were plastered all over the city as part of an ad campaign for Verizon.  I remember someone challenging him on that, and I sort of loved his honest response. There was a lot next to his house in Brooklyn that he wanted to buy. The deal enabled him to do so. With a mischevious look, he added that getting paid to compare a large communication company to hulking monsters, was a bonus.

To be dramatic in a way that would probably amuse him, I’ll end with saying that the path I’ve chosen is due in no small part to Mr. Sendak and his books.  “I’m in the milk. And the milk’s in me.”

Business cards!

April 19, 2012

New Business Cards!

I picked up my business cards from Moo.com yesterday evening!  They’re in East Providence, so it was a short trip over– nice to save money and time on the shipping.

(Well, I should have saved time. Funny story: I was going to post this right when I got home, but I locked my keys in the car in their parking lot. Oh thank you, thank you AAA. I don’t know why I don’t have your number in my speed dial. And thank you to the nice people at Moo who let me hang out inside even though their office was closing.  Anyways, this meant I spent the rest of the evening rushing around. Hilarious.)

I think they came out pretty cute. It was a last minute decision to go with Moo, so I didn’t really take full advantage of the different images option. But I’m happy with the two I picked.

New Business Cards!

I especially love the back.

New Business Cards!

So thumbs up for Moo– good quality, easy interface, and great customer service.– Even if you don’t lock your keys in the car, they’re still really nice and helpful.

Happy Friday the 13th!

April 13, 2012

Morning Walk Morning Walk

Now that we take G to the train every morning, Luna and I get to walk in the grounds at the State House across the street. We love it:

Morning Walk

Here’s a collection of entertaining links to brighten your doomed Friday the 13th:

  • The best Pinterest board ever. Am I right, or what?
  • 10% off your next Moo Cards order. I just ordered business cards and am excited to get them. So tempted to get some stickers, but I resisted!
  • Today’s the last day to use code TYLER34 to receive 34% off everything in the Perideau Designs shop! Personalized plates, stationary–great gifts for kids and teachers– Go get it!
  • Loving this t-shirt.
  • Looking forward to this book coming out via Kickstarter. (Thanks Sam!)
  • And if we had cable, we’d be watching this show on Sunday:

Next week I’ll post some of the new work I’m bringing to the conference…

Happy weekend everybody!

Work in Progress

April 12, 2012

works in progress

I’m still here! I’ve just got my head down, racing to the finish line, trying to finish up a few projects for the New England SCBWI Conference next weekend.

But here’s a peek at what I’m working on.

works in progress

Photo Everyone blog!

April 4, 2012

My brother Sam has started a new site called Photo Everyone:

 …a blog dedicated to creating a home for up-and-coming portrait and people photographers.

They’re looking for submissions now! So gather up your cool photographs, and photographer friends and get over there!

All images credit Sam Cornwall.

Video Monday: Rear Window Loop

April 2, 2012

Video Mondays

By gathering the appropriate scenes and then placing them in one wide shot, filmmaker Jeff Desom created a video installation of the neighborhood events as they unroll in Hitchcock’s film “Rear Window.” I love this.

I dissected all of Hitchcock’s Rear Window and stiched it back together in After Effects. I stabilized all the shots with camera movement in them. Since everything was filmed from pretty much the same angle I was able to match them into a single panoramic view of the entire backyard without any greater distortions. The order of events stays true to the movie’s plot.

The whole thing takes twenty minutes to screen, but below is a time-lapse. Wouldn’t you love to see it in person?

Rear Window Timelapse from Jeff Desom on Vimeo.

Pretty sweet, right?

The Best Nanny Money Can Buy

March 30, 2012

Did you guys read the article “The Best Nanny Money Can Buy” in the NY Times Sunday Magazine last week? Being a former nanny of a zillion years, plus a huge fan of illustrator Jillian Tamaki, who illustrated the piece, I was intrigued to say the least.

Turns out these nannies were way outta my league:

A nanny can increase her marketability if she can help manage an art collection, draft correspondence, wash and fold 50 linens a day and help set up philanthropic events. Bonus points if she can do it all in Mandarin.

I suppose I could figure out how to do all of those things, but almost definitely not in Mandarin.

Isn’t that illustration great? (Remember when I illustrated nannies for Time Out magazine?)

Happy weekend everybody!

PS. Oh yes, this is happening tomorrow. Do you ever participate? I’m usually not up for grand symbolic gestures that ultimately feel a bit empty (–and have large corporate sponsors.) But the thought of everything going dark is just so wonderful…

image credit: Jillian Tamaki for the NY Times

Working Wednesdays: New Website!!

March 28, 2012

GaiaCornwall.com

You may have noticed, but last week I quietly launched my new site. I still have some portfolio sections to add in and some other fixing up to do, but it’s about done folks! I’m pretty excited to have a site that shows off all of my work. And just in time for a new postcard mailing!

I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Video Monday: “Here I….Go!”

March 19, 2012

Video Mondays

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So this is pretty much one of the best videos ever. I’m gonna watch this next time I take a scary leap.– right? (I actually have some scary ones coming up.)  And how awesome is that kid?!

Video Monday: Interactive Kinect Installation

March 12, 2012

Video Mondays

puppet parade

Puppet Parade

Puppet Parade” from Design I/O is an “interactive puppetry experience,” and it looks awesome.

Photo and video credit: Design I/O  via PSFK

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