Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Nordic Watercolor Society Award 2015 - and a Stork on a bike!

Last week I was honoured by receiving the Winsor & Newton Nordic Watercolor Society Award 2015! The association held their annual meeting at the Nordic House in Reykjavík where the award ceremony took place.  I'm kind of speech-less by this.  It really is wonderful to receive this kind of recognition for your work - it definitely gives me the boost to continue on this roller coaster ride it is to be an artist.  My heartfelt gratitude to the Nordiska Akvarellsällskapet board & members.  

Nervous me at the ceremony with the Icelandic board member Ninný.

Delighted me after the ceremony in front of the Nordic House.

The Nordiska Akvarellsällskapet held a few watercolor workshops around the annual meeting.  I was lucky to attend the workshop taught by Björn Bernström.  It was great getting out of the studio for a day and watch another artist work.  Make sure to check out his beautiful watercolor paintings.  

Usually I use watercolors for my illustrations, but at the workshop I played with painting an imaginary landscape.  

Then this little Stork was born the other day when playing some more with my watercolors. I think he's a friend of the pelican I did for the 2015 calendar.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Eitthvað illt á leiðinni er... horror stories by kids,for kids(and grown ups)!

Put your heart into it.  It's just that simple.   

I am grateful to be trusted to be the one illustrating someones words and ideas into pictures for everyone to see.  The projects I get can be very different, most of them very enjoyable, but there are those few projects that come up once and a while that feel just 'extra special'.  Projects I know are different.  It's a privilege to work with people who are passionate and ambitious.  And this project is definitely one of them.

Eitthvað illt á leiðinni er...  is a project driven by Markús Már Efraím and his writing workshop with 19 authors at the age of 8 - 10 years old.  During that workshop they read and wrote their own ghost- and horror stories.  The outcome is something truly amazing - they decided to publish a book and have it illustrated by professional illustrators (including yours truly).  It is beautifully printed and designed and full of stories that will for sure give you the chills and might even force you to sleep with the lights on for a while...  

The young authors were a part of the project every step of the way.  They had their stories edited, they visited the printer, saw the proofs and had a fancy party with flowers and drinks and strawberries when the book came out.  

It's just beautiful,...and scary that's all I can say.  Here below you can see my three illustrations from the book and photos from the group visit to the printer and from the fancy party.  My congrats to everyone involved!

And voila!  The Book!

The book in the making!

Visiting the printer.

Proud authors and maybe an even prouder mentor.


The Party!

I think I'm not the only one thinking that seeing kids reading books is one of the prettiest things.

ps: you can support the project here!

Photos by Erla María Árnadóttir, Grímur Kolbeinsson & Kristina Petrosiuté.  

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:  www.lindaolafsdottir.com

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: linda@lindaolafsdottir.com

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