I've finally scanned the illustrations from my 2017 Slow Food Calendar I made in collaboration with Bison Bookbinding & Letterpress. This calendar is no longer available for sale in my shop. But REJOICE all those who missed out, it WILL return as a 2018 calendar next year!
I've been TERRIBLE at maintaining this blog. And my goal is to do a better job in the future! Starting with a little Harry Potter A Day resurrection, for #inktober!
Here's Molly Weasley with Harry's 17th bday snitch cake, and book one era Neville & Trevor!!!
I am SO excited to announce that I'm this year's recipient of the Ezra Jack Keats book award for new illustrators. Such an incredible honor! Thank you so much to the Ezra Jack Keats Foundatio, my publisher Tundra Book and my agent Jennifer Laughran at Andrea Brown Literary Agency.!!! Congratulations also to Don Tate, the winner of the new writer award, and all the honorees!
I'm a little late, but Happy New Year! Here is a piece I created for January in the Taproot 2016 calendar. Watercolor, collage, colored pencil.
From December in the 2016 Taproot Calendar! Watercolor, collage, colored pencil.
My cover for the latest issue of Taproot Magazine, SHELTER. This illustration is also November in the Taproot calendar, which you can buy now in their online shop!
atercolor, collage, colored pencil. Phoebe Wahl 2015.
Hello from these three wee Santas who will be up in my Etsy shop by TONIGHT!!!
Lots has been happening around here in the last few weeks!
- I am VERY excited to announce that I am now represented by Jennifer Laughran, of Andrea Brown Literary Agency!!! I'm over the moon about having Jennifer as my agent, and can't wait to see what projects we will work on together.
- I spent the last week of October in New York City, catching up with friends and illustrators, eating 5/$1 dumplings, going to museums and seeing a spread from Sonya's Chickens displayed at the Society of Illustrators in their Original Art show, which celebrated the best children's books of 2015! What an honor to be chosen and shown alongside some of the most amazing illustrators alive today!
- I chatted recently with Karen Santhanum of the Storybook Spotlight podcast about my book, Sonya's Chickens and more! Thank you so much to Karen for having me!
- My GRAY AREA zine is now available on Etsy, as well as Best Be Bernie shirts in a new color way, and more!
As the US House of Representatives voted to defund Planned Parenthood yesterday, I think there is no better time to share this zine I made recently. This zine is largely about choice, one that is rarely black and white. A choice that without safe spaces like Planned Parenthood, would not be available to most women. There is nothing more weighty and sacred than the decision to become a parent and bring a child into the world, which is why I strongly believe in upholding an individual’s freedom to be trusted with and empowered in that decision. #ISTANDWITHPLANNEDPARENTHOOD because however overwhelmed, conflicted or excited I am by my own personal reproductive options, it is everything to me to possess them. My body, my choice.
Gray Area ©Phoebe Wahl 2015. Ink & Watercolor.
Holiday Etsy prep is already underway...! Here are some Photoshop mockups of some tees to expect this fall/winter!!!! They are NOT AVAILABLE YET! My shop opens NOVEMBER 1st! (But there's always a possibility of an autumn surprise...stay tuned here for more info to come...)
Please note these are MOCKUPS made in Photoshop. On images that belong to American Apparel. They are for product planning purposes only.
My book, Sonya's Chickens is now available!!!
"Sonya is bereft when a fox takes one of the three chickens she’s cared for like a mother, but her papa comforts her with the idea that the fox is also trying to feed his family. Her family acknowledges Sonya’s grief with a small ceremony, and the child and her chickens move on. There’s an old-fashioned feel to this simple story and its timeless illustrations, created with watercolor, collage, and colored pencil and reminiscent of Goodnight Moon in mood, design, and palette. Inside, Sonya’s house is cozy and dark. In contrast, the world outside shines white, as background to text, with vignettes or a frame or portion of the opposite image spilling across the gutter. A warm scene of Sonya’s mixed-race family having dinner together is mirrored later on by one with the fox curled up with its kits, each family shown opposite a page with an egg-shaped text frame. Both words and illustrations emphasize comfort and the security a family can provide. But this is also a realistic description of chicken care, including preparing, cleaning, and repairing the coop, feeding the chickens, and making sure they have water and fresh straw—even finding eggs. A reassuring story about death in the natural world, thoughtfully designed and illustrated. " —Kirkus Reviews
You can purchase Sonya's Chickens at your local bookstore, and also online at Powell's, The Strand, and Amazon.
I am also very excited to announce that Sonya's Chickens was selected to be in the Society of Illustrators New York's annual Original Art Exhibition! More info HERE.
My launch at my local bookstore, Village Books in Bellingham, WA was a booming success! I had a wonderful time. Thank you so much to everyone who came out to support me! Village Books sold out of my book very quickly, but more are on their way! And I'll be signing the whole lot when they arrive. My event at Green Bean Books in Portland, Oregon unfortunately had to be cancelled due to a medical emergency, but I WILL be rescheduling for sometime this fall! The next event I have scheduled is at Longfellow Books in Portand, Maine on September 17th at 6pm!
I spoke to the folks at Proud2Bme a while back about making body positive art. You can find the interview HERE.
If there’s one thing I’d add to what I said, it’s that too often (and especially after reading and thinking about this article) constantly striving to be positive and self-loving can crash and burn (for me personally, at least) by easily becoming one more personal failing to be hard on myself about. I’m guilty when I feel I haven’t done all I could to embrace and love myself on any given day. It is an exhausting prospect, and one born of privilege. When you put the weight entirely on your own shoulders to empower yourself, it becomes easier to crush yourself in turn. Self hate is not your fault. Beauty is a cultural construct. Our society capitalizes on the systematic shaming of bodies. The system is misogynistic, racist, ableist, homophobic and transphobic. You are not a failure if you cannot and do not always love yourself. Rather, the system is a failure for not loving you. When I feel most confident about my body, it’s not on the days I eat lots of salad and repeat affirmations in the mirror. It’s on the days I’m so busy that I have other things on my mind. The days I’m working on projects I’m passionate about, or with friends, or camping and not looking in a mirror for weeks. When I’m not thinking about loving or hating myself, is when I’m happiest. Because it’s then that my ‘beauty’ settles comfortably into the place it belongs: completely irrelevant to my value as a human being.