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String and sports?


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Should you? Nathalie Dion illustrated the question for Health Magazine.


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News published at 10:19 am, Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

School Confidential


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Nathalie Dion recently realized this illustration for Working Mother magazine.


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News published at 9:59 am, Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Gouache doodles from Paris


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Here is a sneak peak at Nathalie’s Parisians sketchbook.


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News published at 10:59 am, Monday, September 15th, 2014

American Baby Magazine


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Nathalie Dion recently realized this illustration about childproof relatives’ houses.


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News published at 10:39 am, Monday, June 16th, 2014

American Way


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Nathalie Dion recently did this illustration for American Way about a man trying to figure out why flamingos have stopped reproducing…


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News published at 11:17 am, Thursday, May 29th, 2014

Working Mother Magazine


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Nathalie recently did this illustration about being a working veterinarian mother.


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News published at 9:06 am, Thursday, May 15th, 2014

The Wall Street Journal


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Nathalie Dion recently illustrated the article ‘What you’re entitled to collect from an ex’ for The Wall Street Journal.

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News published at 12:13 pm, Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

Le Phare, Work for Free Campaign


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Nathalie Dion realized this illustration for Le Phare’s 15th anniversary book cover.


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News published at 10:09 am, Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

What’s In Your Purse! Chronicle Books!


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Nathalie Dion for Chronicle Books. Sneak a peak at What’s In Your Purse!


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News published at 10:20 am, Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Featured Artist – Nathalie Dion


Artwork by Nathalie Dion

As a working illustrator, do you still find time to create art for yourself?
In the last few years, my schedule has been filled for weeks in advance, so my sketchbook has become the playground where I create art for myself. Still, I do use every opportunity to sit down, preferably not in my usual work environment, and follow the inspiration of the moment.

What type of transition needs to be made between creating art for yourself and creating art that is commissioned?
The sketches I do for commissioned work are very precise and if approved, ready to go to final. To make the transition between work and sketchbook I have one rule: No sketch allowed. The first draft is the good – or bad – one . Straight to paintbrush. Judgment-free!

What type of artwork do you have hanging in your home?
Framed prints from some of my favorite illustrators: Jean-Philippe Delhomme, Maira Kalman, Miroslav Sassek, Michel Rabagliati… An original Aron Leighton collage I bought on eBay. And a constantly evolving cork board – at present filled with stuff I picked up at Montreal’s Expozine.

What accomplishment so far in your life stands out as most important?
Making a living as an illustrator is in itself my biggest accomplishment – a cliche, but oh so true! I am still grateful for it after all these years. The “Urban Babies” board book series is especially important to me. The adventure began five years ago with “Urban Babies Wear Black”. Initially, it was meant as a single book. But we were asked to create a follow up. One title after another, it turned into a successful series. Michelle Colmann Sinclair is now working on the next manuscript, so I’ll soon be sketching the 10th volume.

What is your favorite way to get out of a creative block?
I doodle freely and watch the idea unfurl on the page.

Is there any one publication that you still have aspirations to see yourself in?
I’d love to illustrate a children’s book story that’s been in my mind for years.

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Malgré les demandes de votre métier d’illustratrice, trouvez-vous toujours le temps de créer pour le plaisir ?
Ces dernières années, mon agenda est complet plusieurs semaines à l’avance. Il est difficile de prendre le temps pour des projets personnels d’envergure. C’est pourquoi mon cahier de croquis est devenu mon terrain de jeu. Je profite de toutes les occasions pour dessiner en dehors de l’atelier; salles d’attente, cafés, bibliothèque…

Comment effectuez-vous la transition entre la création sur commande et la création pure ?
Les croquis que je produis à des fins professionnelles sont très précis; prêts à passer à la couleur dès qu’ils sont approuvés par le client. La règle d’or qui distingue ma création personnelle de ma création professionnelle est simple : Croquis interdits ! Le premier jet est le meilleur (ou le pire, dans certains cas ! ). J’y vais directement au pinceau. Sans jugement.

Qu’est-ce qu’on peut voir accroché aux murs de votre maison ?
Des impressions encadrées de quelques-uns de mes illustrateurs favoris : Jean-Philippe Delhomme, Maira Kalman, Miroslav Sassek, Sara Fanelli, Michel Rabagliati… Un collage original d’Aron Leighton acheté sur eBay. Et un babillard de liège en perpétuelle évolution. En ce moment, il y a un tas de bidules dénichés au salon Expozine 2009 de Montréal.

Quelle est selon vous votre plus grande réalisation personnelle ?
Le fait de vivre de mon métier d’illustratrice, c’est déjà beaucoup en soi. C’est peut-être un cliché, mais c’est tellement vrai. J’en suis toujours aussi heureuse après toutes ces années. Ceci dit, je suis particulièrement attachée à la série de livres pour enfants Urban Babies. L’aventure a commencé il y cinq ans avec Urban Babies Wear Black. Au départ, il ne devait y avoir qu’un seul livre. Puis on nous a demandé une suite. Les titres se sont succédé, et c’est aujourd’hui une série populaire. Michelle Colmann Sinclair rédige présentement le manuscrit du prochain livret. Ce qui veut dire que je vais bientôt commencer les croquis du dixième volume de la série.

Quelle est votre méthode favorite pour sortir d’un blocage créatif ?
Je gribouille sans trop réfléchir jusqu’à ce qu’une idée surgisse.

Y a-t-il une publication dans laquelle vous aimeriez voir vos illustrations paraître un jour ?
J’aimerais beaucoup illustrer une histoire pour enfants que j’ai en tête depuis plusieurs années.


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News published at 7:01 am, Monday, February 17th, 2014