Friday, September 04, 2009

Illustration Friday: Strong


My submission for Illustration Friday's "Strong" theme is an illustration from the book "Return of the Matador" by Astrid Ryterband. This is a story of how the aging Matador has his last bullfight and very soon after has an accident, wakes up and discovers he has become the bull. His son, an acclaimed bullfighter in his own right ends up facing his own father in the ring. It is a wonderful story and I am not sure of the publishing date yet but I will post the book and provide links to it when it is available. On another note the new book "Good Day Mail" is out and available on Amazon.com. If you love getting good mail and I know you do this book celebrates giving and receiving mail. Valgal has the love letter to Rat captured on page 116 . Wonderful artist Emma Kid is in it as well and you might know her from her blog "Ben Conservato". The authors Jennie Hinchcliff and Carolee Gilligan Wheeler are based in San Francisco and they give good book! Check it out :)





copyright 2009 valerie walsh

31 comments:

Roberta Baird said...

Hurray! I get to be one of the first to talk to Val!!
Congrats on all the new publications.... I'm going to have to look for them!

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

Hey Congrats girly!!!! This is wonderful, wonderful, news. I can't wait to get me a copy. I have always adored your stuff and to now see it in a book well that is just BOSS!

Amy C said...

wahooooo CONGRATS they look awesome, I cant wait to see it

Ginger*:) said...

Ahhhh a love letter to Rat. How sweet. I hope you all are safe and smoke free. You aren't too far from the fires and I have kept you in my thoughts.

Your bullfighter is mighty and the bull is strong... so who will win?

claudine hellmuth said...

the bull fighter is strong but I hope the bull is stronger!!!

Jack Foster said...

Congrats Val! I'm so happy and excited for you. Your bullfighter and bull are excellent!!!

Pepi said...

I'm back and I see you've done wonderful things I love. Greetings.

Debbie Egizio said...

Congratulations Val! It's a wonderful piece! I love Dad's glasses!

Oh, and congratulations on the "That's Clever" segment! You are so adorable!! Bella!! ;)

How did you get the segment on you-tube and then on your blog? My segment will be airing on October 12th. woohoo! I'll have to learn to post it on my blog too.

Georgina said...

Valerie!!!! just saw your video!!! :) Congratulations! I'm so glad to "see you and hear your voice" jajaj
Love your studio.. Can I move to your house??? :)
A big hug!!

Janet said...

Great! I love good mail...I will look for the book. I liked your "magnify" too (and you photographed it really neat).
...but,Woo! I'd given up hope of ever seeing your segment. What a WONDERFUL surprise to find it here!

soulbrush said...

hey congrats to you val, am gonna go see...
visit my new etsy shop too, very reasonable prices...
http://www.etsy.com/shop.php.userid=5498236

soulbrush said...

please let me know when the book is available, and i can get one for maggie, and maybe you will personally write her a little message in it too. xx

Emila Yusof said...

great illo, valerie!!

oh i watched your video over and over!! how fun to watch you at work! and you're adorable!!!

soulbrush said...

thanks for telling me,please try:
www.etsy.com/shop.php?userid=5498236
and please let me know, i think i left out the question mark...stoopid (me not you)...xxx

Janet said...

Yes, I'll be here.

kj said...

val, everything about your blog just now excites me. i just watched your tv video! oh i loved that!

and your books! i am very proud of you. you've made my book into a work of art. tsup! tsup!

Gai said...

what a wonderful delight for us to see you on your video. But more importantly how absolutely wonderful and exciting and celebratory for you with all your news. Thank you soo much for sharing it all. Its brilliantly awesome.

isay said...

ohhhh aren't all bullfighters handsome :)? The father must be goodlooking just like the son.... I like the eyeglasses, so cool!
and Good Day Mail, terrific idea. What is even better and fantastic is your video. You look so great in it. .... well directed and scripted from the beginning to the end. I even love the small giggles in between. Congrats!

gaffergirls.com said...

anytime val... I mean it...

have a great week...
mona & the girls

Ces said...

I can't wait for the book! Oh my! Look at that bull with glasses - very cute. Ah yes, receiving mail from Valgal, nothing can surpass that!
XOXOXOXOOXO

catnapping said...

congratulations! i love the glasses and the texture of the bull's fur. this is wonderful news, val!

benconservato said...

Lovely drawing. Very expressive. I m in the Good Mail Day book too, but I haven't seen it yet. I enjoyed watching your video too, very impressive!

bog_art said...

I don't really enjoy bullfights.. and it is so popular here in my country.. :o(

Anyway,congrats for the book!.. XD

PS: Yes, I did all the work in my web page.. ;o)

Peter Breese said...

Wonderful news - congratulations my friend! Keep ROCKIN'!

fashion fucsia said...

Woow! Congrats for the book Val!!! This is great!!
^_^

serline said...

CONGRATULATIONS! That's Fabulous! and I ♥ the clock house :) I would love to read more about the book and the other creations you have shared with us on your cards. ...

Ellen Byrne said...

YOU are AMAZING! WHAT do you do in your spare time??!!

asperezas said...

Well done!
:D

Loved the picture. Bull is amazingly detailed.

Cheers!

jessielavon@yahoo.com said...

Hi darling,just passing threw.have been on a extended vacation visiting each child then my sister at the beach. How y'all been doing?

jessielavon@yahoo.com said...

Hi darling,Have been on a long extending vacation from on child to another.Then I went down to the beach for a few weeks and stayed at my sisters. I have another grand baby on the way!

doodlestreet said...

Oh man...dood! I love your HGTV spot. Wow! So great! You. Are. Amazing...
Seriously...
And how completely sweet you are! The camera loves you!!!!!

You're so great...and inspiring. Great great segment on that show.

xo
dood!