Cool Characters on Tour

If you happen to live in Canada, know that Caillou is making an appearance near you! Here is the link for tour dates, of which there are only two. Let’s hope that they decide to come to the U.S. as well! We will definitely keep you posted if that’s the case :)

 Thankfully, there are some other great shows touring in the United States featuring your favorite characters:

Angelina Ballerina: The Musical is showing at Florence Gould Hall, 55 East 59th Street, New York, NY, between Park and Madison Avenues, from Sun. May 6th, 2012 – Sun. May 20th, 2012.

Pinkalicious

Pinkalicious: The Musical is playing at the MMAC in New York through July 1st, 2012 and in Chicago through August 5. Canadians won’t miss out, either, with the show running in Toronto through June 24.

If you go to see Pinkalicious, be prepared to dress up in your finest pink attire. In the show, Pinkalicious Pinkerton tries to survive on pink cupcakes alone, all vegetables aside! Throughout the show, Pinkalicious learns the value of eating healthy, listening to her mom and dad, and living in moderation. The show includes live music, and the tickets are reasonably priced.

Tickets for Angelina and Pinkalicious are available through https://iseats.net/

Have you seen the show? If so, what did you think?

Thinking Pink

Victoria Kann is an award winning author and illustrator of the recently popular children’s book, Pinkalicious. She has also written the books Goldilicious and Purplicious as well as Pinkalicious The Musical.

Victoria usually likes to work on her story first, and then her illustrations are added later.  Other times, it is the reverse, and the story is inspired by the drawings.

She’s inspired by everyday items in her life, including items that lie around the house.  She used wallpaper, pictures, fabric, or anything else that comes to mind.  Other times she’s scavenging around the streets of New York, looking for items to place into her collage collection.  Her artwork, which includes collages, mixed media, and computer illustrations, have been featured and even commissioned for greeting cards, magazines, newspapers, book covers, and the internet.  Victoria is considered a master of collage work, and actually teaches Collage Illustration at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.  She is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design.

Victoria’s style has changed over the years.  She started out as an editorial illustrator and produced artwork for magazine covers like BusinessWeek, Harper’s Magazine, and Newsweek, and often only had a few hours to come up with a concept, design, and finish.  When she had children, she started to think more about illustrating children’s books.

I find Victoria very inspiring.  Although it may seem like a simple task to create designs and collages from objects lying around your house, it is rewarding and stirs the creativity within you.  Who knows what story or illustration lies within you, waiting to be exposed to the world?