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An Eye for Color

by abby on October 26, 2012 | Comment

autumn fall tree yellow

We’ve had an amazing couple of days of beautiful Fall weather and mother nature is showing off her artistic side—right out my living room window! That amazing gold color is my Little Leaf Linden Tree. That tree has some color style!

I’m quite fond of this tree and very thankful that he’s still around this Autumn showing off all this glorious yellow. Last June, I stood up to the local government and prevented this tree and another to the left of the house from being cut down, so new curbs could be installed. It felt like me against the world, but I wouldn’t let up! It was an intense couple of days, but thankfully reason prevailed and we still have our 2 Little Leaf Lindens!

Have you ever taken a stand for something you believe in?

Amazing Art Studio

by abby on October 23, 2012 | Comment

teal art studio
{via Leslie Hall Brown on Pinterest, via HGTV}

I was strolling around Pinterest and found this AMAZING little studio art. I LOVE, love, LOVE This! It’s my favorite color AND has a porch. Win and win. Art Fairy Godmother, please get me this! It’s my dream to have a separate art studio from the house, but within walking distance. A small cottage in the backyard would be perfect!

Do you ever wish for your own quiet space or a room of your own?

Lulu 75% OFF Shipping Sale

by abby on October 19, 2012 | Comment

Old MacDonald Had A Farm Book

On Tuesday, I announced that I published my first picture book and the response and support for my Old MacDonald Had A Farm paperback book has been so wonderful! Thank you to everyone for your kind words and for purchasing my book.

AND what’s even more great is that LULU even seems to be supporting me too. TODAY ONLY Lulu is cutting it’s GROUND SHIPPING COSTS BY 75%! No coupon necessary. The savings automatically kick in as you check out. Add that HUGE savings to my special book price of $12 and you are one savvy shopper! I wouldn’t pass this moment up, a deal like this doesn’t happen too often. Start your holiday shopping!

And speaking of Holidays, I also want to announce that for those of you in the Rochester area, AbbyDora Design will be at the RIT Winter Craft Fair on Friday December 14th from 10am-4pm. I’ll have additional copies of Old MacDonald for sale and will be signing books too. If you decide to buy your book today (AND SAVE BIG!) feel free to bring it to the fair to be signed.

Happy Weekend!

Old MacDonald Picture Book

by abby on October 16, 2012 | Comment

abby kuperstock illustration

It is my absolute joy to announce that I have published my first children’s picture book, Old MacDonald Had A Farm! During this past summer’s art festivals I witnessed many young children connect with my animal portraits. Parents and children engaged in conversations to name the animal and what sound they made. For me it was a thrill to see this connection with my art.

I wanted to continue this engagement with my illustrations, so I collected the animal artwork and assembled it into an adorable early reader book using the Old MacDonald song. Little ones with parents will again enjoy sharing time with each other while naming the large, brightly colored farm animals and mimicking their sounds in this paperback book.

abby kuperstock book design

Creating this book allowed me the unique opportunity to use both my art and design skills. I painted the artwork, designed the book layout, and set the typography! After several years of working with other people’s artwork in books, it felt amazing to be working with my own illustrations. I think of this book as a stepping stone to venturing into more of my own illustrated books.

children's illustration

Now for the good stuff! Since you are the first to know about this Old MacDonald picture book you are able to purchase my book at the special $12 price for this week only! After next Tuesday October 23rd, the book will be released to the public and the retail price will increase. Perhaps this is the moment to start your holiday shopping? I do hope you enjoy this book as much as I did creating it!

Do you have a little one in your life who loves animals?

New Fiction: Time Between Us

by abby on October 12, 2012 | Comment

YA novel design

One of the perks of being a book designer is that you get to read some truly amazing stories. This new book from Hyperion Books is no exception! It’s called Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone and it’s now available in bookstores and on-line.

The book takes place waaaaay back in 1995. I enjoyed hearing words like “Green Day” and “discmans” that I haven’t heard in quite awhile. The book is a romantic fantasy about Anna and Bennett. Anna lives in 1995 Chicago and Bennett lives in 2012 San Francisco. They weren’t ever suppose to meet, but Bennett has this very cool ability to time travel! A small happenstance one morning places them in the same moment in time and a relationship begins, but how will it work? Ha—you’ll have to read to find out!

I was also happy with my interior design of this book too. I used curved lines to visually reference movement and time travel. There’s a lovely romantic elegance to them as well.

children's book designer
Title page design

interior novel design
Chapter Opener design

I’m always interested in hearing about a book design opportunity. I work with all sorts of people looking to publish books: large publishers, not-for-profit organizations, and self-publishing authors. If you have a manuscript you’d like designed into a book, please send me an email. I’d love to hear about your story!

What book have you been reading?

Rochester Art Show

by abby on October 9, 2012 | Comment

rochester invitational art show

Over the weekend was the opening reception for my first Rochester Art Show—the Rochester Invitational Art Show at the High Falls Art Gallery. Can you tell how excited I was? I’m all smiles! I had 2 pieces accepted into the show. And I even had my own display table in the front room! Both pieces were created with gouache and collage that featured mother animals and their babies. They can be seen here and are available as 8″ x 8″ prints in my Etsy Shop.

baby wall decor
Mother Hen & Her Chicks

children's animal art
Mother Hog & Her Piglets

The Rochester Invitational Show overall was great fun. While D and I were walking around the room, I kept glancing over at my 2 pieces to see who else was viewing them (I couldn’t help it! I was so curious.) And at one point a mother and her 2 daughters were actively discussing and gesturing to various animals in my paintings. I was drawing in the right clientele! Hooray! Interestingly, most of the other artists in the show were women, too. Rochester has some wonderful talent. I feel lucky to a part of a vibrant arts community.

The show will be up until October 28th at the High Falls Art Gallery: 60 Browns Race, Rochester, NY 14614.

What did you do for fun this weekend?

Star Wars Reads Day

by abby on October 5, 2012 | Comment

lucasfilm books

The force is going to be strong tomorrow Saturday October 6th. Why? Well, more than 1,200 bookstores and libraries across the US will participate in the first Star Wars Reads Day! This event will feature a variety of free activities, including raffles, giveaways, and trivia contests. Lucasfilms and its publishing partners are the brain-childs behind this event. The publishers include: Abrams, Chronicle Books, Dark Horse Comics, Del Rey, DK, Klutz, Random House Audio, Scholastic, Titan Magazines, and Workman.

Select locations will include appearances by authors and artists who have created Star Wars books for either the children’s or the adult market – or both. And of course there’s the high probability with over 1,000 volunteers to dress in costume that you’ll be able to meet a few Star Wars characters, too.

If you are in the Rochester area the Barnes & Noble in Greece is going to host Star Wars Reading Day. Details are below. If you want to find out if Star Wars is happening near you there’s a map on the Star Wars Reads Day website.

Barnes and Noble
330 Greece Ridge Center Drive
Rochester, NY 14626
Event Time: Please visit store website for details.
Event Details: Celebrate Star Wars Reads Day and master the art of reading! This event includes games, trivia, giveaways, and a chance to win great Star Wars prizes.

What is quite unique about this event is its appeal to both children AND adults. Many locations will have kid-oriented activities, but I’m sure there will be fun for all ages of Star Wars fans.

Are you going to attend Star War Reads Day?

You’re invited…

by abby on October 2, 2012 | Comment

high fall center

Are you free this coming Sunday afternoon? Yes? Great! Join me for some wine, jazz, and art at the High Falls Gallery! I’m so excited! I’m going to be in my first Rochester art show: The Rochester Art Supply Invitational! Yay!

The Rochester Invitational is sponsored by a great local art supply store and shown in a gallery space in the historic High Falls area of Rochester. The Rochester Invitational will be up for the month of October starting Sunday October 7th and running through October 28th.

The public reception is SUNDAY OCT 7, 2012 3pm-6pm
Center at High Falls
60 Browns Race Rochester, NY 14614

I’ve entered 3 of my animal gouache paintings—including my wild animal portraits. The gallery hasn’t told any of us which pieces have been selected, so you and I will both be surprised to see what is on the wall. I do hope you will come.

OH! And we have a winner for the Halloween Black Cat print! Laura! I’ll be contacting you for all the delivery details.

See you Sunday!