'Skellyopolis' a collection of works by Jimmy Pickering
The Gallery @ Yummy wine bar & bistro
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 7, 2010 6-9pm
‘Skellyopolis’ runs from January 7, 2010 through March 31, 2010.
The Gallery @ Yummy wine bar & bistro is proud to premier ‘Skellyopolis’ a collection of works by Jimmy Pickering.
‘Skellyopolis’ is a collection of original drawings and limited edition prints by award winning, New York Times best selling author and illustrator Jimmy Pickering from his ‘Skelly the Skeleton Girl’ book series presented exclusively at The Gallery @ Yummy wine bar & bistro.
The process of creating an illustrated book from a blank sheet of paper to a published work is a process few get the opportunity to experience. Even fewer get the chance to see the plethora of concept sketches and design work done during the creation of such a book. ‘Skellyopolis’ is a glimpse into this world.
“With the creation of a book, there is an amazing amount of work generated which is never seen by the public,” say’s author and illustrator Pickering. “During the design phase I’m authoring the manuscript and conceptualizing the illustrations. I’m playing with the design of words to create a world from my imagination, creating countless concept sketches to build this world visually, designing characters and brainstorming how to successfully establish the story through a combination of words and images.”
‘Skellyopolis’ is the first time the award winning, New York Times best selling author and illustrator has presented drawings of the design process from any of his published works to the public. To christen the event, Pickering has chosen his best selling book series ‘Skelly the Skeleton Girl’ and ‘Skelly & Femur.’ The drawings are a side of Pickering’s work few have seen, a collection of loose concept sketches, which lead to the final art contained within the completed and published books. “In assembling the work for ‘Skellyopolis,’ I looked through literally hundreds of drawings created for these two books. I was surprising to see just how much work I’d produced to create the Skelly series.” Pickering goes on to say of the collection, “There’s a certain life and animation contained within these drawings. The motions of the lines convey the action of the creation process of designing these books.”
Along with the original concept drawings, ‘Skellyopolis’ also presents a series of limited edition prints of the final art from both Skelly books created exclusively for this show. They are vibrant, colorful, and visually stunning examples of the final art created from these drawings and clearly show why Pickering’s talent has established him as an artist known around the globe. During the ‘Skellyopolis’ exhibition both books ‘Skelly the Skeleton Girl’ and ‘Skelly & Femur’ will be available for purchase and signing by Pickering. The Gallery @ Yummy wine bar & bistro is proud to be the only gallery on the North Coast to feature the works of Jimmy Pickering.
Join us at Yummy wine bar & bistro for the opening reception of ‘Skellyopolis’ on Thursday January 7, 2010 from 6-9pm to view the collection of works by Jimmy Pickering and meet the artists.
‘Skellyopolis’ a collection of works by Jimmy Pickering is presented at The Gallery @ Yummy wine bar & bistro, located at 831 Broadway, in Seaside. For more information please call at (503) 738-3100 or visit us at www.yummywinebarbistro.com