’12 Days of New York’ (Book, Abrams, 2013)
Gilbert Ford grew up in a family of professional photographers in Jackson, Mississippi, and moved to New York to attend Pratt Institute. After graduating, he worked as a designer and illustrator for a giftware company, creating puzzles, games, stickers, stationery, and activity books for children, before setting out on his own in 2007. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. His illustrations have been recognized by Communication Arts, 3 x 3, The Society of Illustrators, and The Society of Publication Designers, amongst others.
Tell us about your new book,’12 Days of New York’
’12 Days of New York’ is a picture book I illustrated, published by Abrams. It is written by Tonya Bolden to the tune of The Twelve Days of Christmas, about a class field trip NYC. It’s basically an arty tourist picture book, where every spread has a famous NYC landmark. I love drawing city life, so when Chad Beckerman offered me the job I was thrilled – knowing I could make it really special and very different from other New York City books. Plus, I always loved ‘This is New York’ by M. Sasek and I saw this as my chance to do my own version.
Miroco Machiko lives and works in Japan. Her charming flora and fauna paintings amaze, with their fauvistic use of color and primitive linework. Gorgeous.
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An interdisciplinary artist whose practice includes drawing, painting, digital printmaking and video/ animation, Alexandra received an MFA from Alfred University in Electronic Integrated Art, and has exhibited her work nationally and internationally. She lives and works in Los Angeles.
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