Monday, October 26, 2009

"The Big Talk", X-rated illustrations.

I got a call a few weeks ago from Time Out New York Kids asking if I was interested in illustrating their cover story on "The Big Talk", teaching kids the facts of life. I jumped at the opportunity to illustrate such a racy subject! The myriad of symbols stimulated my imagination, and I was mentally doodling birds and bees before I finished emailing the art director back. My original concept for the main illustration was changed around a lot and they went with a small sketch of a bathtub scene. Time Out NY was very specific about wanting the illustrations to reflect real New York locations, so the bathroom had to be cramped, cluttered and definitely pre-war. It's been a while since I did an editorial assignment and the quick turn-around time gave me a run for my money. But in the end, at least I learned a thing or 2 about what I might say to my little ones when the time is right!

The November issue of the magazine just hit the newsstands.


Sabbio said...

I think this is a really useful article and I love your sweet illustration for it.

Selina Alko said...

glad you like it!

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

Selina, what a pleasure tit was to finally see you and your husband Sean last night!!! I got the chance to speak to him briefly, and wanted to speak to you as well. You're work is a joy and always brings a smile to my face. It's beautiful. You guys are blessed to have such a talented family. I really enjoyed the class and wanted to hear so much more about how you work and bring things to a finish, but time didn't permit. It's hard when you have children. I know my husband and I know it very well! he he he! I wish you both much happiness in the business of creating fabulous children's books and art. Be Bless and very creative!!!
Vanessa Brantley-Newton

Selina Alko said...

Thanks, Vanessa! I am thrilled that the workshop was inspiring to you.