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Up! How Families Around the World Carry Their Little Ones


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Do you remember being little and always wanting “up”?

I sure do! Nothing quite matched the thrill of riding on my dad’s shoulders; the toys on the floor shrinking in importance as I was elevated up to his height.

This makes me think of the film, Dead Poet’s Society. In it, Robin Williams plays an English teacher who instructs his prep students to stand on their desks in order to see the world from a new point of view.

Standing on a desk, climbing up a mountain and being carried as a baby are all very different experiences, sure, but they all cause a temporary shift in one’s perspective. Perhaps that baby you see peeking out from his mom’s snugli is not only hitching a ride, but also learning what it’s like to walk in someone else’s shoes.

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Up! How Families Around the World Carry Their Little Ones is my newest illustrated children’s book with Owlkids. Written by Susan Hughes, Up! takes the reader on a baby carrying journey across the globe. Some scenes depict culturally specific ways of carrying babies, while others are more universal. Overall, it’s a nice mix, and one that seems realistic in this fast-paced, ever-changing globalized world we live in.

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Making a children’s book is a lot of work, and not simply for the author and illustrator. There are so many talented, dedicated people at Owlkids, working behind the scenes to put books like these together. Thanks especially to my editor, Debbie Rogosin, art director, Barb Kelly and publisher, Karen Boersma. Thanks also to  Judy Brunsek, Allison Maclachlan and Jemicah Marasigan for getting my books “out there”, and for making this awesome book trailer (see below).

You can purchase this book here.

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How to make Kyle!

I’ve cut out a lot of sloths this past year. The one I created for this video was by far the most memorable, thanks to the mechanics involved in shooting a time-lapse.

Although a little hard to see, the photo below shows where the camera was situated above my desk. What is just outside of the frame, to the top right, is the large strobe we used for lighting. (Kevin is pictured setting up the laptop to receive the files as we shoot. Our two cats, Toy and Nori, are passing through, clearly unaware of the movie-making masterpiece we are about to create.)

Kyle Goes Alone, studio shot, video shoot, time-lapse, sloth video, how to make a sloth

The camera was programmed to shoot every 5 seconds and so coinciding with each shot came a blast of light from the strobe. That awareness of time passing in the form of strobes makes for a very interesting art-making experience. The pressure felt kind of similar to writing a high school exam with minutes ticking away.

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People often ask me how long it takes to produce my art, and I never have a clear answer. Thanks to the mathematics of this shoot, I can confirm that this particular Kyle piece took just under two hours. (I had initially typed “half an hour” into this post before asking Kevin to confirm…that just demonstrates how flawed my memory is when it comes to this stuff!)

So thank you, Kevin, for making this time-lapse possible and for reminding me how long my art actually takes. And thank you to Allison MacLachlan and the rest of the Owlkids team for putting this video together to help promote Kyle Goes Alone.

If you want to see more videos like this, I suggest checking out Owlkid’s new hub for behind the book features called The Inside Track. It’s an especially great resource for teachers and librarians.
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My name is Ashley Barron and I'm a Toronto based illustrator. This is my online show & tell of new artwork and anything else I find inspiring. Thanks for taking a look :)

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