Thursday, August 27, 2020

This was a nice interview I did recently with a really wonderful site - helping out B.C. creators and publishers! https://www.storytimestandouts.com/2020/08/27/beyond-the-dust-jacket-author-and-illustrator-interviews/we-are-thrilled-to-introduce-author-illustrator-scot-ritchie/

On a whole different topic I'm happy to report, she liked it! I sent Dr. Bonnie Henry her portrait on a tee and she liked it so much she asked, if I was so inclined, would I be interested in sending some to her team. It's quite a compliment considering how many things like this she gets (jewellery, clothing and shoes just to name a few). It's turned into a bit of a cottage industry here in B.C. I sent a bunch of shirts to the team and in return got this lovely pic of Dr. Henry herself holding up her likeness. Considering how busy she is with, ahem, rather more important work dealing with a pandemic, this was very kind of her. 



Friday, July 24, 2020

I guess this can happen when something like covid comes along. You venture into new areas to see where it might take you. All of a sudden I'm doing t-shirts! There's two designs, our local hero Dr. Bonnie... (this design is on the front).



Then my salute to Summer 2020 has been a big hit. Oddly enough it might be nice to have a momento of this very unusual summer. Design is on the back for those who are interested.


Listen to Dr. Bonnie - be kind, calm and safe!

Thursday, July 16, 2020

I'm very happy to announce a new partnership with one of the best illustration agencies out there... the very satisfying sounding, Lemonade illustration agency. Lemonade primarily works out of the U.K. but they have offices in New York, Wakefield (!), and Sydney.


I did my homework when looking for an agent and am very happy Lemonade has agreed to work together. I've had the experience of partnering with an agent (in the 90's, I've been around awhile :) and I know how valuable it can be.
An agent can be a partner who opens doors I would never know about as well as providing a critical set of eyes when presenting  work.
Lemonade has been around almost as long as I have and I was very pleased to talk with Gary, the owner. So, to Gary and other Lemonade agents, thanks for taking me on board and I'm very excited to begin working together.



Thursday, July 9, 2020

This was a nice surprise to see my new book (Lilliana and the Frogs) as the catalogue cover for Harbour Publishing. The whole experience has been great working with them and I look forward to seeing the book out there. 


Summer is in full swing and I keep jumping back and forth between taking part and staying indoors. They gym opened up again. I've always relied on it as a way to get out there and get fit. But now, for an older guy like me, it's maybe not such a good thing to do. So I keep booking a time then cancelling when I read some article or hear a news story. I bet there's a lot of people doing the same thing. Trying to get some normalcy while the ground is shifting. 
Then, add in living next door to the US where things seem out of control due to the train wreck known as Trump. I was already a fan of Trudeau (our Prime Minister) and he has been stellar in his handling of things. We're lucky here in Canada. Of course best to remain cautious since things can change so easily.  
So I don't end on too somber a note, here's some art I did for a possible new book. I haven't approached anybody yet and I'm still working on the text but I'm having fun with the art. 





Thursday, June 18, 2020

How are you feeling? I want to get on a plane but I don't want to get on a plane. I bet a lot of people are feeling that way.
I was talking to a friend about Toronto and I miss it. I lived there for 25 years so it holds a world of memories. And now, most people I work with are in Toronto so I have a whole new world to visit when I go out there.
I travel a lot, and I'm missing another city. I was supposed to be there right now. I should be riding my bike through Gleisdreieck on my way too Bikini Berlin for a coffee and a little monkey watching.
Well I guess it's not going anywhere so patience little grasshopper. I will be satisfied where I am.
I did a drawing that kind of sums up what's in store for this summer. Hope you like it. I'm planning to do t-shirts if anyone is interested.

Monday, May 25, 2020

There's a new hero I wanted to show respect to - Dr. Bonny Henry. She is our provincial health officer here in British Columbia. Not exactly world known but she should be. She's got this incredible way of delivery that is very calming but still highly informative. Check her out.

I was looking for a slightly more amusing quote (during these tough times) but I guess she's not doing amusing right now.
As for other news, I've joined forces with https://childrensillustrators.com/scotritchie/portfolio so I can put up a bit more of my work. 
Covid has had such a different impact on different industries. We're a couple of months in and I'm just beginning to notice. I was lucky to have some books that I was working on but I can see those coming to an end. In some ways books are doing well with everybody self isolating. In other ways not so much with all the stores shut. 
And finally I'm happy to be getting out on my bike and hiking nearby. But I'll be  honest, I'm ready for cafes and stores to open (and feel safe enough to sit in)!


Friday, May 15, 2020

It's an unusual card but I made this for a friends birthday. Given the times we're in I guess it's a good fit. It will be interesting looking back next year to notice all the things we so quickly got used to: tape on the sidewalk for safe spacing, plexiglass dividers and not using cash. Strange times indeed.