Brian Deines graduated from the Alberta College of Art. His picture books include Bear on the Train by Julie Lawson, Skysisters by Jan Waboose Boudreau, Songs of the North Wind by Tomson Highway which includes Caribou Song, Dragonfly Kites and Fox on the Ice. He lives in Toronto where he also devotes time to his fine art practise.
To the presentation I bring 20 to 25 actual illustrations (oil on canvas) from my picture books and display them to the class. These are taped lightly to the black board / wall behind me as I speak. I then take the class throught the steps in the process of the creation of a picture book.
I present an actual text script (from Skysisters) and take the students through the development of thumbnails and the final sketched linears with the presentation of a specific linear, the reference photos used and the resulting final art.
While it sounds slightly technical, it is not as my approach is pretty low key and accessible. There are little personal stories to each step of the process that I believe give insight into the (my) creative process that the students can relate to.
Most of my books are by authors that write about personal experience that lends itself through the creative process to a tale that becomes much more fancifull, imaginative and engaging. I weave these stories through my presentation around the images displayed. I feel it helps the children / students connect the words (the author’s) with the art in a way they hadn’t previously imagined. Illustrating that together the words and the art are much more powerful than if viewed separately.
I usually take questions at the end, and I have to say I enjoy these the most as I don’t think I’ve ever been asked the same thing twice in all my presentations.
Book List / Discography
The Circle Game (Cormorant Books/Dancing Cat Books, 2011)
One Hockey Night
A Bear in War
The Hockey Tree
Praise for Brian Deines
"More importantly, he is a compelling communicator, able to reach people on an individual basis. I have personally experienced the electricity as he lights the fire in the eyes of both children and adults. He is able to comfortably discuss the most intricate aspects of colour, line, and design in plain, accessible language that everyone can appreciate."
- David McClyment, Fine Arts Cor-ordinator, Centennial College
"I can attest to the fact that Brian is very good at connecting with his audience in a thoughtful and sincere way. The ability to share the world of illustration, bringing both it's challenges and rewards to any audience is a valuable asset and an enriching one. Few people realize all the hidden aspects of creating a successful work, and once introduced, will always look with new and different eyes."
- Werner Zimmermann, Children's Book Illustrator and Instructor, Seneca College
Touring In: BC Lower Mainland
Ideal Audience Size
20 to 65
Maximum Audience Size
65 to 70
Grade 1 to university
Brian requires a blackboard/whiteboard wall to hang/lightly tape original paintings on (if in a library, he can tape on edges of bookshelves).
School Reading Fee$150.00 per presentation
Public Reading Fee$250.00 per presentation (four readings are covered by the Canada Council for the Arts)
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