Tuesday, November 9, 2010

NYT List of Top 10 Illustrated Children's Books

The New York Times recently issued its yearly top ten picks for best illustrated children's books (NYT List).  I've requested these from the library and can't wait to check them out.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Illustration Friday: Savour

                                                                                                              © 2010 Sylvia Liu    
The birds are savoring a late winter morning sunrise in Anchorage, Alaska.  (click on the image for a larger view)

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Morning in the Garden

                                                                 © 2010 Sylvia Liu    
Silly birds like the garden.

Storm Birds

                                                                                           © 2010 Sylvia Liu
This is the latest piece of my silly bird series.  Temporary title is "Storm Birds."  I'd appreciate suggestions for a better title.  Thanks!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Illustration Friday: Spooky

                                                                      © 2009 Sylvia Liu    
OK, so they're only a little bit spooky.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Illustration Friday: Proverb

© 2010 Sylvia Liu    

"The grass is always greener on the other side."

The purple bird will never be happy in life.  He has a much nicer branch than the red bird, but still wonders what that one has that he doesn't.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Illustration Friday: Dessert

© 2009 Sylvia Liu    

This week's theme for Illustration Friday is "Dessert."  This comes from a story that my husband wrote that I've illustrated called, "Night Time," about the bed-time musings of a boy trying to avoid going to sleep.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

new illustrations

© 2010 Sylvia Liu    
Had a great summer... hardly did any artwork, but now I'm back.  First project of the Fall is a series of illustrations for some French workbooks that my friend is publishing for Norfolk public school enrichment classes.  These three spreads will go into vol. 5:  aliens . . .classroom. . . garden. . .

Friday, May 28, 2010


© 2010 Sylvia Liu    
The Norfolk Academy Art show turned out to be successful... I ended up selling both bird paintings (this one, and the one in the first post, below).  Thanks, Jon, for giving these a great home!

Flower Power

© 2010 Sylvia Liu    
Second in the funny bunny series.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

little explorer

© 2010 Sylvia Liu    
Here it is again, conquering new worlds. . .

new character

© 2010 Sylvia Liu    
Here's a little alien off on its adventures.  What should I call it?  Zippy was the first thing that came to mind, but I'm open to suggestions.

Monday, April 26, 2010

new direction

I'm in a playful, juvenile mood, so my new work is going in that direction.  I'm going to do a series of anime-inspired pieces with aggressively cute critters.  My kids like it so far.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Alex Masket's Art

This is a piece of work from Alex Masket, a 23-year old artist who happens to be severely autistic.  He is nonverbal, yet has found a way to communicate, or at least order his world through art.  Looking at his work raises questions for me.  Where does the impulse to create and to create order out of chaos come from?  Is art a way to mediate reality?  Is this Alex's reality?  Do we instinctively recognize and enjoy certain patterns and color combinations?  A very interesting article about his work is found here:
The Mind's Eye, from Utne Magazine

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Norfolk Academy Art show

© 2010 Sylvia Liu    
My inaugural post . . . and what do you know, it's a self-serving one advertising my work.  But I'll post other stuff in the future that will hopefully be more interesting and thought-provoking . . . or maybe not.  This is one of my four pieces that will be displayed at this year's art show at Norfolk Academy, in Norfolk, VA.  It's called "Birds Will be Birds."  The opening gala and artists' reception is this Saturday, April 24, 2010, from 6 - 8:30 p.m., and the show runs through May 7.  Hope to see you there!