The San Francisco Center for the Book
When I got inside the building, I realized that I had imagined that the space would be much larger. I think that I’ve been impressed by their programs for so long that I literally built up the place.
Here are some images from the inside of the building:
During my visit, I was lucky enough to be able to view Once Upon a Book, SFCB’s current exhibit.
Once Upon a Book showcases six acclaimed children’s book illustrators in a new light – through doodles, sketches, mock-ups, all the way through finished art. This exhibition looks into the creative process of six masters of children’s books: Remy Charlip, Maira Kalman, Elisa Kleven, David Macaulay, Chris Raschka, and Brian Selznick.
I really enjoyed seeing the rough sketches and mock-ups of each artist’s work. It brought the work down to a more accessible level – I think that it’s easier for me to relate to artwork when it’s less polished. Here are some images from the exhibit:
I’d like to give a special shout out to David Macaulay – as it turns out, he lives in Vermont (woohoo!). His sketchbooks were just breathtaking – such attention to detail, even in a mode of exploration. Very inspirational. The exhibit runs until August 7, 2009. You can download the Once Upon a Book catalog for $6.00 or purchase a print copy for $12.90 from lulu.com.
And if that isn’t enough for you, exhibit curator Thacher Hurd produced two videos in which participating artists talk about their creative process. You can watch the videos below.