Friday, March 20, 2015

One of the foxes at Red Fox Literary !

I've got some terrific news to share with you on this sunny Friday - the day we had the front-row seats to watch the solar eclipse that was seen so magnificently here way up in the Northern Hemisphere....

... I just signed up with a literary agent, Ms. Abigail Samoun at Red Fox Literary!  I met Abi for the first time a few years ago while I lived in San Francisco.  And you know the feeling you sometimes get the first time you meet someone and you just know that you'll stay in contact with that person in the future? No matter where you live?  That's just what happened when I met Abi.  I just knew it.  But I didn't know that some seven years later she'd be my agent.  I'm so very honoured to be a part of all the talented foxes, authors & illustrators at Red Fox and I'm thrilled to be working with Abi on my future projects.  I'm just very grateful, that's it.  

Yes, it is Friday & it is sunny.  Happy weekend my friends!

(ps: If you need to reach me - talk to my agent, ha!)

Monday, February 16, 2015

Post NYC SCBWI Conference :)

I just got back home from a wonderful, inspiring, stressful & fruitful trip to NYC.  If I don't count San Francisco, I'd say it's my favourite city.  I was there for a whole week, which is way longer than I normally stay in NY (and probably the reason why I'm still suffering from a jet-lag). 

I attended the SCBWI Winter Conference and it was all that I hoped for and more.  Brilliant speakers, massive information, fun colleagues and an overall inspiration and encouragement to keep going!  

I was honoured to be invited to be one of the correspondent illustrators, which basically means that I shared my thoughts, drawings and doodles from the conference.  You can see it on the SCBWI Official Blog here and on my official blog here below!

Ok, so sometimes I felt a little bit like this girl...overwhelmed, excited and clueless, all at the same time...

...but the speakers were encouraging to say the least.  I especially admired Anthony Horowitz's speech about writing for children and not giving up.

...and Hello! My new idol; Hervé Tullet!  He performed one of the most lively lectures I've ever seen.

The conference then ended with a powerful and moving speech by the recent Newbery Award Winner, Kwame Alexander.  

I was lucky to meet former classmate from the AAU and fellow illustrator Santiago at the conference.  So lovely to see a friendly face in the crowd :)  Here we are enjoying coffee at the Grand Central St.

I then used the days after the conference to have a few meetings with publishers.  To name a few I was lucky to meet with...

...Simon & Schuster

...Penguin/Dial Books

...Random House
...and I also met with Sterling Publishing and Clarion Books when my camera was out of batteries.
I am so, so grateful to have been able to meet with these wonderful people.

...and we met with dear friends that flew all the way from San Francisco to say hi! and have drinks with us.  This is me and Sara.

...and Sara and Kate (sorry Scott, I didn't take a photo of you)

...and my brother also came (on the left) and my dad came also and flew a few hundred people over on an Icelandair jet (sorry dad, I didn't take a photo of you, although you really deserve your picture here).  And on the right is my hubby, my P.A., my lover, my precious and over all such a swell guy, Eggert.

I saw a lot of pretty books and bought a lot of pretty books...

...and I also bought knobs for my kitchen and couldn't decide which pattern to go for 
(so I just got all of them and my kitchen will be like crazy mix&match, which is fine)...

...and I'll admit, I was pretty beat up the last day, as I'm sure you can tell by that horrible photo I shamelessly put here on the internet.

Now back to reality and back to the drawing table!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Preparing for NYC

Hello there!  I've been so busy lately planning my upcoming trip to NYC in the beginning of February.  I'll be attending the SCBWI Winter Conference as well as having a few meetings with publishers.  There are so many things to prepare for this trip, one of those was to update my website (check!) as well as preparing my portfolio, postcards and business cards (almost there).   

But I've just finished two dummy's for stories that I wrote and I'm the most excited about bringing them from the comfort of little Iceland all the way to New York. The little girl here above is one of many characters from one of the stories.  And the little boy here below is from the other story.

So, wish me luck will you?   

You couldn't say 'No' to that guy, could you?

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

New Year - Updated Website - New Works!

I just updated my website with new works!  And it was about time, really!  So much has happened since the last time I added new works to the site.  And this time I added a 'books' folder, cause now I have a few books to brag about ;)  Check it out here:

My updated website is just one piece in the puzzle in planning and preparing for my upcoming trip to NYC in February where I'll be attending the SCBWI Winter Conference as well as meeting with a few publishers. Very excited and happy to be accompanied to NY by my ever so supporting husband, who has the honour of designing, programing and keeping my website alive.  Thank you so much Eggert!!!  

Below are a few new images from The Beauty & the Beast that came out just recently, published by Sterling Publishing Co., Inc.  Many, many thanks to the wonderful people at Sterling which was a pure pleasure to work with.

Happy 2015! 

Monday, December 8, 2014

Myndskreyttu dagatölin 2015 / 2015 Illustrated Calendar

This lovely feature was in the paper today :) 
Þessi fína grein blasti við mér í Fréttablaðinu í morgun :)

Vegna fjölda fyrirspurna um myndskreyttu dagatölin þá er hægt að panta þau með því að senda mér skilaboð í gegnum Facbook síðuna mína (Linda Olafsdottir Illustration & Fine Art) eða í gegnum email:

Aðeins 3500kr. dagatalið, en 3000kr.stk. ef keypt eru fleiri en eitt stykki.  Sendi frítt um allan geim í desember! 

Monday, December 1, 2014

Two New Books and an Illustrated Calendar for 2015

Hurray to the joy of putting so much effort into finishing something, and then a few months later to see it out in the world - with your name on it!  Kind of like having a baby,....but not really, not even close actually, but pretty awesome anyways!  

Two books that I illustrated were published in the same week in November; Töfraflautan, by Mozart, written by Edda Austmann (published by Töfrahurðin) and Mói Hrekkjusvín - Misskilinn snillingur, by the oh so brilliant Kristín Helga Gunnarsdóttir (published by Forlagið).    

Although very different from another, I very much enjoyed illustrating both books.  Töfraflautan is a picture book with lots of colorful illustrations and Mói Hrekkjusvín is a young readers book with b&w illustrations of Mói and his friends, one of the funniest group of people I've ever read about.

I'll post some interior illustrations from the books soon, when I don't have so much to show and tell ;)

This year I decided to do something new for the holidays, not a Christmas Card but an Illustrated Calendar for 2015.

See what I did here?  I put a bird on it!  Every single month!

The 12 months of 2015 are printed by a Eco labelled Printing company in 250gr sheets of smooth yet sturdy paper (14x23cm/9x5.5").  It can be hung on the wall by the included metal clip, it can stand by itself on a shelve on your kitchen counter, in your office, bedroom, sailboat, wherever you prefer.  As the year goes by, month by month, you can cut off the illustration and frame it, use it as a greeting card or frisbee.  

To order one, send me a message through Facebook or email me: 

Only 3.500ISK / $30 for one calendar or 3.000ISK / 25$ if you buy two or more, and,...wait for it,...FREE SHIPPING on the calendar and all my prints (see here) !!! 

 Happy December!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Port í Hafnarstræti // Alleyway in Hafnarstræti

Here's my newest painting.  It shows the corner of Hafnarstræti & Pósthússtræti and this lovely restaurant called Hornið (in English it would be The Corner).  Don't you love the color of that house?   I also love this part of town, with all the different architecture and the hidden alleys.  

Below you can see a little bit of the process of this piece. 

In other news - two of the books that I illustrated are coming out this week!  Yeek!  Cheers to that!  Stay tuned and stay cool :)