Good morning! So I've loved Carson Ellis's illustration for a long time, but last Saturday we took Clementine to a kid's concert by local musician Laura Veirs (awesome) and scored the above poster, which happened to fit a large unoccupied square shadowbox frame from IKEA perfectly and is now sitting looking beautiful on my writing room floor. So I have Carson Ellis on the brain.
I love rickshaws. And I love badgers. So I love Carson Ellis for creating rickshaw badger!
(I want a rickshaw in my living room.)
(No, a rickshaw would not fit in my living room.)
So here's some quick random Carson Ellis stuff. She lives in Portland like us, with her husband Colin Meloy of the Decembrists, for whom she has created gorgeous album and poster art, like this:
Gorgeous or what?
They also wrote/illustrated this children's novel together, Wildwood, and it is beautiful! (It is also cool that the real "wildwood" is our wilderness park, Forest Park, in Portland, at the fringes of which my parents live, along with many owls and flying squirrels and coyotes and tree nymphs and wandering chihuahuas*.
Even if you didn't know you knew her, you must recognize her style from oodles of book covers.
Here's a picture book she illustrated that I love, it's an awesome Gorey-esque revenge tale,
as you will glean from the cover and title!
Random, don't know what it's from:
And found this on her blog, a proclamation on picture books:
Love. Good day!
*chihuahuas: my parents were beset by a marauding feral chihuahua in a pink collar just before the last cold snap ... okay, really it was very timid and desperate and not feral at all; they couldn't imagine what it was doing in the woods and they took her in and eventually located the owner -- who had been in a head-on collision on the nearest road, during which the dog (and another who was recovered on scene) was thrown from the car! Poor pooch. She's back with her people now and her name was Chica.