I have been extremely delinquent in my monthly blog posts about our featured illustrator for Agenda each month. These guys (and girl) are amazingly talented, and very accomplished in their work. So much so, that I was hesitant to email them thinking that these big-time illustrators who include the Ace Hotel New York (Jeff Rogers), The New York Times (John J. Custer) as their clients, have worked with tennis shoe royalty Reebok (Jordan Bell), have been featured in Country Living and Better Homes and Gardens for her designs (Leah Duncan) and clenched the cover of Dallas Observer (Kyle Confehr), wouldn’t accept a small (and not-very-high-paying) illustration commission from us.
My hands-down absolute favorite email to open each month is from the talented and seemingly out-of-our reach illustrators that send in their completely self-concepted illustration. I am never disappointed or let down by what I see when I open it for the first time. The fun part for me is seeing what an extraordinarily creative brain can come up with with just one word (and some preconceived notions) and a blank slate.
So my apologies to these guys (and girl) for not giving them their monthly spotlight and combining them into one. I’m one lucky creative director to work with this gifted bunch (all with strong ties to our great state of Texas, by the way).
Check out these guys at their sites below. You can even buy prints of some of their work on a few of their sites.
Kyle Confehr (Feb)
Leah Duncan (March)
Jeff Rogers (April)
John J. Custer (May)
Jordan Bell (June)
Illustration by Ginnie Hsu for DFWChild
This month’s Agenda illustration is the creation of local illustrator and graphic designer, Ginnie Shih En Hsu. A recent graduate from the University of Texas at Arlington, one of Ginnie’s interests is in children’s illustration. Her illustrations are bright, playful and invoke an Alice in Wonderland tone. Check out the rest of her cool work on her website: ginniehsu.com. Pick up our January issue or view it online (DallasChild, FortWorthChild and NorthTexasChild) to see the full image.
Thanks to Ginnie for starting 2013 off on a whimsical foot!
July illustration by Kyle Confehr; August illustration by SWOON, the studio
Forgive me for I’m behind. In the midst of planning, producing and making sure that our August issue got out on time, I neglected to blog about our July illustrator, Kyle Confehr. Suggested to us from another illustrator we’ve previously used to interpret a month for us, Kyle did an amazing illustration that keeps us looking at it for days (and finding new things to oooh and awww over each time we do). And for August, our dear friends Kevin and Sam at SWOON, the studio illustated how we feel in the month of August – like ice melting on piping hot concrete. Go to our website and check out the cool video they did of watching ice melt (we promise, it’s super cool…pun intended).
Look up these cool guys (and gal) here for Kyle and here for Kevin and Sam at SWOON, the studio. Just two more examples of the great artists we have in our backyard.
You may have read about Dallas mom Julie Hersh in our May 2010 feature, Ghost in a Body, by Shelley Hawes Pate (if not, it’s an excellent read…click here to read it). Shelley profiles a mom who tried to commit suicide…three times. In her own garage, no less. It turns out that Julie, like 21 million others, suffers from Major Depressive Disorder (MDD). What saved her is the topic of Dr. Oz’s show slated for this Wednesday, January 25 at 4pm on ABC. We won’t give away too much, but we will tell you it’s a highly controversial (and seemingly dated) treatment that has people up in arms.
Click here to see the preview of the show and look for Julie as one of his guests!
Deep in the heart of the social season, we wouldn’t be surprised if you’re turning down invitations right and left for a night on the town. Even if you have a date with your couch (after the little ones are put to bed) this Friday, we would cordially like to invite you to a (tame, but more exciting than the couch thing…) party that’s cool and casual. This Friday, Little Bean + DallasChild are hosting a book signing with Daily Candy L.A.’s editor for her book, Prudent Advice at Little Bean in Dallas. The first 100 people to buy two or more books will get a swag bag that even we’re jealous of. And if that’s not incentive enough, a Lou Lou Ghost Chair is yours for the taking (if you win the raffle!). If you haven’t experienced one of our collaborative fêtes, now’s the time to be our guest.
See you there!
We’re looking for two cool moms who love our magazine and want to write for us! Both work from home/freelance jobs, we’re looking for one mom in the Fort Worth area and one in the Flower Mound/Lewisville area to be our Entertainment Editor. See our job description below. If you fit the bill, send our publisher your cover letter, writing clips, resume and salary requirements via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you love research? Do you strive to be “in the know”? Are you an inspired writer with a sassy voice? Are you deadline-driven? An award-winning local parenting magazine seeks an introductory level editor. The ideal candidate will have a strong, lively voice. This candidate will be responsible for benchmarking child-oriented, local entertainment events and cultivating and managing relationships. Excellent organizational skills, time management and attention to detail are a must!
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• Proficient in AP Style
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