Tuesday, August 16, 2016


An early gift arrived for Renata from her editor. Can she wait until the holidays to open it?

Well of course not! Renata is not very good at waiting let me tell you.

And as it so happens, Badger is not very good at waiting either.

Which makes them great together!

It's a long wait from when you make a book and when you finally get a printed copy, which makes it even more exciting I would say!

Monday, August 1, 2016

RANDM Press Release

OFFICIAL! We are pleased to announce that RANDM collective is starting on the ground floor (literally and figuratively) of an exciting, and brand new creative hub in Calgary – cSPACE King Edward. Our vision is a true artist collective, a place where creative individuals with an interest in art, craft, design, illustration, etc can come together to collaborate, share, inspire, and make stuff.

As you can see in the pictures above the building is currently under construction as is our plans. The basic concept is to create a space that is a blank canvas. A versatile studio environment that can be utilized for a variety of creative activities such as workshops, a gallery exhibition space, or to make art and design. 

In coming up with a working model for RANDM collective we've compared it to a yoga studio or a fitness club. Except we're stretching the imagination and exercising creativity!

What's next? We want to start programming and scheduling right now! We're estimating we will be ready to roll in early 2017. But we want to start talking to folks right away about ideas for workshops, collaborative projects, and shows. So if you have some ideas, talk to us soon so we can book you in and start things rolling.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Self Portraits

A couple of self portraits I've put together for some promotional material.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Snow, Dreams, and Places

The next year is turning out to be pretty exciting for us! Renata has three brand new books to be released starting this November. We are opening a collaborative art studio in November. And we are working on a book together which I am writing and Renata is illustrating. To better serve these activities I am combining our blogs with the goal that we will be posting interesting stuff on a regular basis. There will be some changes to this blog but it will still be the place to see what Renata is up too.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Foreign Editions

I might have missed a few but by my count Renata has had 25 foreign editions of her books which have been translated into these languages: Catalonian, Complex Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, Spanish, Taiwanese, and Australian (It's 26 foreign editions if you count Australian as a foreign language;-)

Here are the covers:

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Waiting for Snow Book Cover

I thought the first post of the year should be celebrating something new –
how about a new book for a new year!

Waiting for Snow is a lovely story written by Marsha Diane Arnold. It's from the same publishing team that brought about The Quiet Book series. As with those stories Renata had super fun creating pictures that add another layer to the storytelling. She also had a lot of fun drawing some new characters including Badger and Possum, she can't wait for readers to meet them. But she'll have to wait a wee bit, the book comes out this November 2016.

"Badger cannot wait one more minute for it to snow. When his friend Hedgehog explains that everything comes in its time, Badger is unconvinced and impatient as ever. But Badger’s friends have a few tricks up their sleeves to try and get the snow’s attention and distract their pal in the meantime. Though in the end Badger sees there’s no trick—only waiting—until at last, it’s time."

Waiting for Snow written by Marsha Diane Arnold and illustrated by Renata Liwska