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Barbara Dilorenzo

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Barbara DiLorenzo is the author/illustrator of RENATO AND THE LION (Viking, June 20, 2017) and QUINCY (Little Bee Books, April 3, 2018). She received her BFA in illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design and studied painting at the Art Students League of New York under Mary Beth McKenzie. In 2014 she received the Dorothy Markinko Scholarship Award from the Rutgers University Council on Children’s Literature. She is a signature member in the New England Watercolor Society as well as the Society of Illustrators. Currently she teaches at the Arts Council of Princeton, and is co-president of the Children’s Book Illustrators Group of New York. Barbara is represented by Rachel Orr of the Prospect Agency.

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Barbara Dilorenzo Writer's block happens to painters too. I noticed this when I spent a year studying at the Art Student's League of New York. One day, I showed up to…moreWriter's block happens to painters too. I noticed this when I spent a year studying at the Art Student's League of New York. One day, I showed up to paint the model, and not a single brush stroke worked out. It was as if I had suffered a concussion, or my skills just oozed out of my brain in the night. I was really amazed at the difference from the day before. I had been painting from 8:45 am - 12:30 pm, M–F for months, and this hadn't happened before. I asked my teacher, Mary Beth McKenzie, sheepishly wondering if I had hit my end as a painter. She laughed, and then told me the same thing happens to her from time to time. That made me feel a little better. I asked how she got through it. She simply said to keep showing up, day after day, and the act of painting would flow again naturally. I realize now that the same thing happens with writing. It's not always a problem of staring at a blank page. Sometimes it's hard to make progress on a current project. Her advice remains strong though. The only way to get through it is to keep doing the work, day after day. (less)
Barbara Dilorenzo As an artist first, I consider myself a visual writer. I draw sketches that tell the story, then work fold the words into the pages to create a fuller…moreAs an artist first, I consider myself a visual writer. I draw sketches that tell the story, then work fold the words into the pages to create a fuller reading experience. Because I am not a writer first, my manuscripts give editors plenty to work with. :-) Between issues with grammar, voice, and age-appropriateness for my young readers, so much of what I type needs help. The best thing about being an illustrator first is that a drawing of a character can convey a visceral response from a reader without a word. I love exploring the fine line of when a word works best, and when to swap out a word for a well-drawn expression pulls at the heartstrings. (less)
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Five months ago, I began working with an autistic artist living in a group home. On the first day I was due to meet him, I was an hour late. My classes at the Arts Council of Princeton let out an hour later than I expected, so sheepishly I called my new student's mother to explain. She was very kind and understanding, and said there was no problem. Her son would be waiting for me, but unfortuna... Read more of this blog post »
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"QUINCY THE CHAMELEON WHO COULDN’T BLEND IN by Barbara DiLorenzo (Little Bee Books 2018) is a sweet and delightful picture book about a chameleon who wants to like school and tries hard to blend in. But, unlike other chameleons, Quincy can’t hide h..." Read more of this review »
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This is a perfect book. The words. The art. I was speechless after I read it. Definitely add this to your collection.
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"With watercolor illustrations that make Florence as dreamy as it is in real life, DiLorenzo captures a small fragment in history with a poignant tale of a boy and his father saving artwork during WWII. It's a great book to present a very big subje..." Read more of this review »
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"Lovely picture book set in Florence. A young boy and his museum conservator father protect sculpture, including a beloved stone lion, before fleeing the city during WW 2. Years later the boy, now a grandfather, and his grand daughter return to see..." Read more of this review »
Quincy by Barbara Dilorenzo
"Quincy is a chameleon who just can't blend in like the rest of his classmates. But he finally finds a way he can blend in and still be himself. I loved this book. And I loved the message."
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