Noncirculating; available for research.
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Gail Owens was born on March 13, 1939 in Detroit, Michigan. She began drawing at an early age and intensely at age eleven. At sixteen, she worked at a local department store as a free-lance artist drawing fashion illustrations. She later moved to New York City and worked at assorted advertising agencies throughout Manhattan. After thirteen years, she left New York City and moved upstate and began illustrating part-time for magazine articles. For two years she commuted to a full time job at an advertising agency in New York City and illustrated books. Her early books include Smart Shopping and Consumerism (1973), Stranded (1974), and The Winds of Time (1974).
She enjoys illustrating books that are modern and written for middle readers ages eight to twelve. When drawing and sketching, she uses resources such as catalogues, models, and Polaroid pictures. Because she studied fashion and costuming, she can "draw most any period of American and European fashion from 1750 without reference." She enjoys working in black and white, using full figure characters and double-page spreads whenever possible. She usually works in pen and ink, watercolor, pastels, or colored pencils.
Scope and Content
The collection contains illustrations and color separations for 6 titles. The materials are arranged alphabetically by title. Within each title the materials are arranged in the probable order in which they were created.
The collection contains illustrations and color separations for Phyllis Reynolds Naylor's trilogy about witches. In the first book, Witch's Sister (1975), Lynn thinks her sister Judith is learning witchcraft from her neighbor. The sequel, Witch Water (1977), continues Lynn's suspicions about her neighbor Mrs. Tuggle, whom Lynn thinks is trying to add her friend Mouse to her coven. In the final book, Witch Herself (1978), Lynn and Mouse try to protect Lynn's mother, who uses Mrs. Tuggle's old hen house as a drawing studio.
Jaky and Dodo? (1978) takes place in Paris and is a humorous story about a little dog who enjoys living between two "owners," a little boy named Pierre and a cafe owner named Monsieur Boffu. There are 36 pen and ink illustrations for this title. Owens illustrated the dust jacket for Philo Potts (1982). There is a dimension chart, layouts, and the jacket illustration for this title. In Romansgrove (1975), Clare and Richard go back in time seventy years. There is one pen and ink illustration for this title.
There are related materials for Romansgrove in the Mabel Esther Allan Papers (DG0015); typescripts and related materials for Jaky or Dodo? in the Natalie Savage Carlson Papers (DG0152); typescripts and galleys for The Witch Herself in the Phyllis Reynolds Naylor Papers (DG0728); and typescripts, galleys and proofs for Philo Potts in the Mildred Ames Papers (DG0023).
Series and Subseries
Box/Folder A. Books Jaky and Dodo? by Natalie Savage Carlson, illustrated by Gail Owens (New York: Scribner, 1978). 1/1-1/5 Illustrations, pen and ink, 36 items, ---- pp. 2-3, 1 item. (oversized, moved to 3/6) 1/1 pp. 5, 8, 10-12, 15, and 17, 7 items. 1/2 pp. 19, 21, 23, 25-26, 28, and 32, 7 items. 1/3 pp. 35, 39, 41, 43, 45, 47, and 49, 7 items. 1/4 pp. 50, 53, 55, 59, 63, 65, and 67, 7 items. 1/5 pp. 69, 71, 74, 77, 81, 84, and 86, 7 items. Philo Potts by Mildred Ames [Jacket illustration by Gail Owens](New York: Scribner's, 1982). 2/1 Dimension chart for jacket illustration, 1 item. 2/2 Layouts for jacket, 2 items. Jacket illustration, colored pencil, 1 item. Romansgrove by Mabel Esther Allan, illustrated by Gail Owens (New York: Atheneum, 1975). 2/3 Illustration, pen and ink, p. 177, 1 item. The Witch Herself by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, illustrated by Gail Owens (New York: Atheneum, 1978). 2/4-2/6 Illustrations, pen and ink, 12 items, 2/4 pp. 3, 23, and 24, 1 item. p. 6, 1 item. p. 28, 1 item. p. 48, 1 item. 2/5 p. 63, 1 item. pp. 56, 74, and 97, 1 item. p. 89, 1 item. pp. 100-101, 1 item. 2/6 p. 128, 1 item. p. 139, 1 item. pp. 115, 133, and 146, 1 item. p. 158, 1 item. 2/7 Illustration for dust jacket, watercolor and ink, 1 item. Witch Water by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, illustrated by Gail Owens (New York: Atheneum, 1977). 2/8-3/2 Illustrations, pen and ink, 11 items, 2/8 pp. 3, 26, and 49, 1 item. pp. 22-23, 1 item. p. 41, 1 item. p. 55 1 item. 3/1 p. 75, 1 item. pp. 70, 92, and 111, 1 item. p. 109, 1 item. p. 123, 1 item. 3/2 pp. 133 and 158, 1 item. pp. 154-155, 1 item. p. 178, 1 item. 3/3 Illustration for dust jacket, pen and ink, 1 item. Color separation for dust jacket, 1 item. Witch's Sister by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, illustrated by Gail Owens (New York: Atheneum, 1975). 3/4 Illustrations, pen and ink, 4 items, pp. 3, 21, and 39, 1 item. p. 37, 1 item. p. 82, 1 item. pp. 112-113, 1 item. 3/5 Color separation for dust jacket, 1 item. 3/6 Oversized illustration, moved from box 1.
Processed: May 19, 1998
Revised: June 2001
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