MARJORIE VAN HEERDEN’s 2014 - Children’s Book Writer and Illustrator - Co-RA SCBWI (South Africa) -

For Marjorie 2014 was another very busy year. It started with a commission to be the illustrator for quite a large project; The Adventures of Willy Nilly & Thumper books by Jim Henry (Texas, USA). The first of these stories is to be published in 2015 or 2016.  The first step was to work on the graphic visualisation of the two main characters and then to make preliminary sketches and subsequently full-colour test illustrations of them and their environment. This took up most of 2014.







 







The publishers in the USA built a website for the planned series of Willy Nilly and Thumper books, and Marjorie created all the visual material used on the website.


Some background notes: The Willy Nilly stories have been made up and told in Jim Henry’s family for three generations. Like his grandfather and father before him, Jim continued the tradition by telling bedtime stories about the adventures of Willy Nilly first to his three children and later to his eleven grand­children. Now, together with New York editor Simone Kaplan (previously editor at Henry Holt and at Harper Collins NY), Jim is in the process of publishing  a selection of these stories.

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In 2014 Marjorie was once again, for the sixth consecu­tive year, invited to present the 5-day Children’s Book Illustration Course at the Centre for Comic, Illustrative and Book Arts (CCIBA) at the Stellenbosch University’s Department of Visual Arts. This forms part of a series of creative workshops offered by the university during the Spring Break.

In her capacity as Co-RA for the South African chapter of the SCBWI, Marjorie (with Dr Elaine Ridge, the other Co-RA, and their committee members) organised a variety of workshops, talks, get-togethers and review sessions for local children's book writers and illustrators.
 

During the year Marjorie was invited to give various talks and workshops on Children’s Book writing and illustration. In August, after repeated requests by local graphic artists, she again offered and facilitated two 2-day courses and workshops in her studio: The Fundamentals of Drawing and Visual Background in Children’s Book Illustrations.

For Marjorie 2014 was an exciting and productive year and she is clearly on a roll and ready for 2015.

MARJORIE VAN HEERDEN’s 2013

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MARJORIE VAN HEERDEN’s 2013
- Children’s Book Writer and Illustrator - Co-RA SCBWI (South Africa) -

For Marjorie 2013 was another very busy year. It started with her finishing the illustrations for a picture book she had started in 2012, Grandma Lim’s Persimmons written by Sunita Lad Bhamray and published by a Malaysian publisher, Oyez!Books, an imprint of Integra MajuJaya Media in Malaysia.

 
Grandma Lim’s Persimmons (ISBN: 9789670481074) was  released in May 2013, in time to be launched at the AFCC (Asian Festival of Children’s Content) in Singapore.


Marjorie illustrated  the chapter book, Blossoms of Scarlet, a fantasy story written by Kiara Soobrayan and published by Maskew Millar Longman. The inside illustrations are in monochrome and the cover in full colour.
[Interview with the author: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2kDPsuv_NDA  ]



In 2013 Marjorie was commissioned by NB Publishers to design and illustrate characters for their new interactive online application store, Storierak (“Story Shelf”), for the electronic downloading of Afrikaans language children’s books.

Two stories that she had illustrated earlier, Gouelokkies (Goldilocks) and Die drie varkies (The Three Little Pigs) were included as separate digital books on the new Storierak online application store. These were two of four stories Marjorie illustrated for the Storieman series of children’s books ( Storieman books ) published by Human and Rousseau in 2012,



Every year the Centre for Comic, Illustrative and Book Arts (CCIBA) at the University of Stellenbosch’s Department of Visual Arts offers a series of creative workshops during Spring Break; in 2013, for the fifth consecutive year, Marjorie was invited to facilitate the 5-day Children’s Book Illustration Course as part of this series. She also offered and facilitated two 2-day courses and workshops for children’s book illustrators during the year: In July The Fundamentals of Drawing and in November Visual Background in Children’s Book Illustrations.

In 2013 the City of Cape Town’s libraries department launched a reading campaign aimed at young readers in the Western Cape Province of South Africa and they used some of Marjorie’s illustrations for their campaign, on the posters, the library cards, pamphlets, bookmarks etc. (Note: The children’s book library and reading area filling the basement of the Cape Town Central Library has wall-papered all its walls with blown-up copies of a selection of Marjorie’s published children’s book illustrations (see below). This newly-renovated library, located next to the City Hall and the Grand Parade in downtown Cape Town, is definitely worth a visit for any booklover coming to the Fairest Cape.)

A great highlight of 2013: In October Marjorie, as Co-RA for SCBWI (SA) with Elaine Ridge, the other Co-RA, and the committee members organised the SCBWI (SA) TURNS 10! celebrations. A conference, a celebration party and a series of review sessions for children's book writers and illustrators were held on 1, 2 and 4 November to celebrate the SA Chapter’s 10th  anniversary – Marjorie started the South African Chapter of the SCBWI in October 2003.



 The children’s book library and reading area of the Cape Town Central Library