Sketchbook Project World Tour 2012

Besides being very busy with JKM Project with Pak Yusof Gajah, I have few other projects waiting in line; coloring project with Linda, Flower Paintings exhibition with Julya and my next book project with OneRedFlower Press. But all that do not stop me from participating in The Sketchbook Project next year. I’ve joined for 2011 and certainly do not want to miss it for the world tour 2012. if you like to join, you can do so here: Art House Co-op Sketchbook Project 2012. You can make payment by credit card or PayPal.

I selected my theme already: I Remember You. My concept is to draw people from my photo album, with background. Monotone color concept, maybe brown and turquoise. The style will be as below:

But then again, I just might change my mind on the style of drawing. I know I like to change my mind often.

“I’m a woman. I have a right to change my mind.”
Sidney Sheldon (Master of the Game)

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Picture Book Week

Almost everyone remembers at least a picture book he/she has read as a child. The lush illustrations with the wonderful stories bring us to magical worlds that we never quite forget.

From 2-7 May, Silverfish Books is hosting a Picture Book Week with special promotions of selected picture books published in Malaysia. A total of 20 titles will be displayed. Written and/or illustrated by Malaysians, these books bring to us stories that are uniquely our own including stories from East Malaysia.

This Picture Book Week is aimed not only at highlighting local writers and illustrators but also to show the important role that picture books play. Picture books can be introduced to children who have not learned to read and are effective for inculcating love of reading among young children. Picture books can be read aloud or silently and are enjoyed by both children and adults. The illustrations and text add to the total reading experience and enjoyment of picture books. They can be concept books, board books, pop-up books or wordless books.

Come and meet the publishers, writers and illustrators at the Press Conference to find out how and why they make picture books:

  • Yusof Gajah
    Malaysian artist Yusof Gajah with his iconic elephant images is also an award-winning children’s book illustrator. Yusof will be presenting five new concept books and talk about his role as trainer and mentor of children’s book illustrators.
  • Datin Rossiti Aishah Rashidi
    Author of ‘Manja the Orangutan’, Datin Rossiti is an advocate for a green lifestyle and being guardians of our environment. She will be giving a preview of her new picture book.
  • Emila Yusof
    Blogger and up-and-coming illustrator, Emila Yusof has translated her love of gardening and plants into a beautiful picture book and a set of flashcards.
  • Voice of the Children
    VOC is an NGO whose mission is to advocate for and promote law and policy reform to protect the rights of the child. They have published two picture books with a message on street kids and child labour. They will be giving a preview of their new picture book on refugee children.
  • OneRedFlower Press
    OneRedFlower Press publishes picture books that promote multiculturalism and encourage children to appreciate multiple cultures. They will explain the types of books they publish.
  • Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators Malaysia (SCBWI)
    The Society aims to provide support and training for Malaysian writers and illustrators and will be presenting their coming programmes.

At the close of the week-long promotion, popular TV host Sarimah Ibrahim will be reading a book by Yusof Gajah, on 7th May at Silverfish Books. There will also be a free art and creativity workshop for children with Yusof Gajah.

Picture Book Week

Buy My Mother’s Garden from Silverfish and get Lil’ Guardian Flash Cards for free! Only this week until 7th May! Hurry!

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