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Start with Art

Posted by on Feb 25, 2017 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

Start with Art

My next piece for my column, “The Illustrator’s Perspective,” in the upcoming issue of the Bulletin of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, is entitled “Start with Art.” It’s about the daily art journaling I’ve committed to for 2017, based on Gina Rossi Armfield’s book, No Excuses Art Journaling. Here are two weekly pages from...

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Stars in My Eyes

Posted by on May 24, 2015 in Bk: I'm New Here, Diverse & Global Books, Immigration, Race & Culture, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Stars in My Eyes

Stars in My Eyes

Last week I received the great news that my upcoming picture book, I’m New Here, received a starred review in Kirkus! “O’Brien’s watercolor-and-digital illustrations masterfully use perspective, white space, and the contrast between the children ‘back home’ and in their new settings to highlight the transition from outsider to friend. … Whether readers are new themselves or meeting those who are new, there are lessons to be learned here about perseverance, bravery, and inclusion, and O’Brien’s lessons are heartfelt and poetically rendered.” My editor,...

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