getting your illustrations out there


illustrator: Walter Koessler (dropping color on their heads)


It’s the birthday of advertising exec-turned-writer Ilene Beckerman (books by this author), born in Manhattan (1935). She didn’t begin her writing career until the age of 60, and even then, she became a published author almost by accident. She had written and illustrated a book for her five children, something to remember her by. She said: “My purpose was to say things to my children one doesn’t have the time to say. I wanted them to know I wasn’t always their mother. I was a girl, I had best friends, we did stupid things together. I was on a bus with my friend once eating dog bones so people would look at us. I wanted them to know.”
She took the book she’d written down to the ad agency she owned, to use the machines there to make a dozen photocopies. She put them in big red binders, with the illustrations she had sketched in plastic sheet protectors, and handed them out to her children and a few close friends. She was done, or thought she was. Then, the cousin of a friend got a hold of one of the binders and sent it over to Algonquin Books. Pretty soon, the publisher was calling her about publishing her book. Beckerman said that they offered her “an advance that had a comma in it. I think I fainted.”

The book came out in 1995, and was called Love, Loss, and What I Wore. It’s the story of her life growing up in Manhattan in the 1930s, ’40s, and ’50s, accompanied by drawings of the clothes that she was wearing during that time. She insists that clothing plays an integral part in many women’s memories, that they can recall important events or distinct spans of their lives by what they were wearing at the time. When the book came out, bookstores were not sure whether to market it as memoir or fashion. It was later made into a play by Nora Ephron and Deli Ephron.
Beckerman insists that clothes are the least important part of her book, which she considered a memoir.

The book contains advice and aphorisms from her grandmother, who raised her, such as, “If you have to stand on your head to make somebody happy, all you can expect is a big headache.”

golden haze


illustrator: Walter Koessler


golden haze

rays of the sun

can come from a human hug

on the darkest night

in the wee light of a silver moon.

Love this quote


And the lesser part of liberty is the choosing when to capitalize a letter and when to use a minuscule…


Walter Koessler


great tongues


cat feet

and mixed lettering!

( his quotes are inspiring too!)



illustrator: Walter Koessler


rat pack make use of

all found objects and time to

recycle their strength!

Exchanging Hats


illustrator: Walter Koessler


You get to exchange

hats,  guitars, cellos, and harps

for new music feats!

Downside Up


illustrator: Walter Koessler


Asked Walter if he

drew upside down; he replied:

“downside up”…scratch scratch!

Portals 4


illustrator: Walter Koessler


Always wanted to

be a black bird a-top a

raccoon-donkey smile!

Not to worry: Walter promised to name his next bird: Jeanne

Laws of Motion


Illustrator: Walter Koessler

Koessler tells me short

characters need large shadows 

to embellish girth.

The three laws of motion.

The First Law states that objects at rest tend to remain at rest, and objects in motion tend to remain in motion, unless they are acted upon by an external force;

the Second Law states that an applied force on an object equals the rate of change of its momentum with time;

and the Third Law states that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.

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