About Annie Sklaver

I am a Brooklyn based designer/illustrator working in the world of Toy Design. I aspire to write/illustrate children's books, and design exciting, innovative children's products. I find my inspiration in memories, imagination, and everyday experiences.

Juniper’s colors

I’ve started taking an online blogging course through Decor8 and it has inspired me to step up my blog images a bit.  I wanted to start by making a small mood board for Miss Juniper Louise Brown.  For those of you who don’t know, Juniper is the main character in a children’s book I’ve been working on.  She is a detective and a very, very spiffy dresser.  I’ve put together some large mood boards that I will be photographing and posting soon, but I also made a small one for easy posting.  Enjoy!



I’m in the paper!!

I’m so excited to share that the Metro newspaper is running an article about my portraits in today’s paper!! It’s only in the NY metro today, but you might find it in Boston and Philly next week!!

This is the first time I’ve seen my name in print, and it feels AMAZING! You can read the article here, and if you’re in NYC you can pick up a free copy and find me on page 27 🙂

Before you go, here’s a nice little shot of the article, and a picture of me showing it off (taken by my coworker)

My love for Maurice Sendak

I will say it loud, and I will say it proud.

I LOVE MAURICE SENDAK (I’d make that bigger but I don’t know how)

I first loved him because of his amazing stories and illustration.  I loved him because of Max and the Wild Things, and I loved him In The Night Kitchen.  Then I started to learn about the man behind the stories and I loved him even more.  There was a great interview with him on HBO a few years ago and I realized that he really was a crotchety old man (my very favorite type of person).  I suspect he would get along well with Statler and Waldorf, and my Grandma Vi.

This morning I came across an interview with Sendak in the Guardian, and it made me happier then I ever thought possible.  

Here are some highlights:

On eBooks: “I hate them. It’s like making believe there’s another kind of sex. There isn’t another kind of sex. There isn’t another kind of book! A book is a book is a book.”

“I’m totally crazy, I know that. I don’t say that to be a smartass, but I know that that’s the very essence of what makes my work good. And I know my work is good. Not everybody likes it, that’s fine. I don’t do it for everybody. Or anybody. I do it because I can’t not do it.”

On Salman Rushdie: “That flaccid fuckhead. He was detestable. I called up the Ayatollah, nobody knows that.”

Needless to say, I will be calling a lot of people flaccid fuckheads for the next few weeks.  And for that, I thank you Mr. Sendak.  I thank you. 

The painted rug

There’s a famous story in my family about the time my grandma painted a rug.  She decided the shag carpet would look better in brown (seems obvious enough), and so she had the rug painted.  It was before my time, but I have visions of her hiring someone to literally rake acrylic paint through the carpet.  From what I hear, that wasn’t so far off.  The rug was stiff and smelled like paint for years.  So, you’ll understand my surprise when I went on Design*Sponge today and saw a before and after feature about painting a rug. I couldn’t believe my eyes! And from what I could tell, this time it actually worked. I think my grandma would be very proud. I’ll leave you with some images of this awesome project, and you can check out the full article here.

(images courtesy of Design*Sponge)

Etsy finds

I just logged onto Etsy and saw a great set of metal drawers on the homepage.  Just the kind of metal drawers that I think would be perfect for storing my paper in one day.  After poking around Etsy for a few minutes, I’ve pulled a few favorites.  One day I’ll have a studio of my own, and something like this…

Vintage Metal Shop Drawer CabinetVintage Petite Metal Industrial Drawersindustrial metal watchmakers drawer cabinetMetal Watch Parts Cabinet

(Click on the image to be directed to the original listing)

I’m on Discover Paper!

I’m not sure if you’re familiar with Discover Paper… but you should be. It’s a fantastic blog that features all things paper.  From fabulous paper creations to products to tutorials and everything in between! I have been reading Discover Paper for quite sometime and I finally got up the courage to email them my work.  I’m so glad I did!! You should go take a look around the site and check out my little feature 🙂