December 2, 2013

Salon du livre et de la presse jeunesse (Part 2 of 2)

At the beginning of our fourth year at Vilnius Academy of Arts, we had an assignment to create a picture book and submit it to a competition "Un livre d’images pour demain" ("A Picturebook For Tomorrow") organised by Salon du livre et de la presse jeunesse Seine-Saint-Denis. This competition was open to students from higher education art schools in Europe.

After studying at NUCA previous semester, where we collaborated on projects, Alina and I were inspired to create a picture book together for this assignment. We found collaboration very hard at the beginning since we hoped to create illustrations together. During the process we realized that we think and work in such different ways that our intent to collaborate may fail in the end.

Thankfully, we found an alternative way to collaborate which gradually turned into the main theme of our picture book. This book became a showcase of how different we are despite the fact that we are twins. We hope it challenges the common preconception that twins look and think alike. You can find the images of our book here and here.

We got the news last month that our book was selected among 24 books to be exhibited during the fair. All selected students could book up to three appointments with publishers. Alina and I couldn't miss such an opportunity (we never showed our portfolios to publishers before), so we booked the appointments and planned our trip to France. 

It was a very useful and enriching three day trip. We got to see our book at the exhibition, show our portfolios to publishers, and see a lot of wonderful illustrations and books at the fair.

Some images of an exhibition on the same floor:


December 1, 2013

Salon du livre et de la presse jeunesse (Part 1 of 2)

After a long hiatus, I decided to give this blog another try.

Since starting a sketch blog in May, I abandoned this blog for good. During that period, I graduated from Vilnius Academy of Arts and started my MA studies in Children's Book Illustration at Cambridge School of Art. 

This time I want to share photographs from Salon du livre et de la presse jeunesse, a French children's book fair in Montreuil, that Alina and I attended this week. The reason we decided to visit it was because our collaborative picture book was exhibited during this fair. Also, a
s part of having our book selected, we each got to book three appointments with publishers.

I am really glad we had the chance to visit this fair. We got to see and learn about French publishers that do not exhibit at Bologna Children's Book Fair, so this fair was a unique opportunity to look through their books. French children's books and comics are very diverse both in their content and form (very complex pop-up books, for example). You get to see very edgy and sophisticated books that really push the boundaries of what is acceptable in children's books.

The fair will take place until December 2, so do consider visiting if you are in Paris.

I decided to split my photographs into two posts. I will explain more about the exhibition that featured our book in part 2.

Below are some photographs of different stands by publishers: