I was thrilled to be invited by the Tulsa City-County Library and Tulsa Library Trust to be the featured illustrator for Books to Treasure. This wonderful annual event highlights the importance of illustrators and promotes the beauty of children’s book illustration.
All second graders in Tulsa County received a copy of my book, Aesop’s Fables, and the opportunity to get their very own library card featuring the illustration of “Town Mouse and the Country Mouse”. How cool is that?!
My hat’s off to all those involved with this fantastic program!
I am tickled pink to be a part of, MARBLESPARK, a publisher of books and other goodies that will ignite kid’s imaginations! MarbleSpark will officially launch later this month, but in the mean time, consider visiting its Fan Page on Facebook. By becoming a fan, you will be among the first to learn when this innovative site goes live! The countdown to lift-off begins…
One of my favorite parts of illustrating a story occurs early on in the process – character development. Sometimes I start with a model, but it’s really fun to create characters from scratch. It’s kind of like making chili without a recipe… keep adding ingredients until it tastes right! For a face, begin with a fleshy-jowled oval face, add bulbous nose, two heavy-lidded eyes, sprinkle a few freckles… you get the idea. When the “ingredients” combine in just the right way, voila, you have your character!
I put together this little time-lapse image of a character from the story I am currently illustrating. Meet, the President of Bulrovia!
In addition to hiking, rafting, wildlife watching, and rock scampering, a recent week in glorious south-central Colorado presented a wonderful opportunity to sketch. Thanks to the inspirational setting, there are several paintings knocking around my skull. Perhaps they’ll actually make it to canvas! We’ll see…
Summer is here! Time for ballgames, pool parties, backyard BBQ’s, and family vacations. Summer is also a great time to visit your neighborhood library to check out fun activities for the kiddos. I was honored to create the artwork for this summer’s teen theme, “Express Yourself @ Your Library.” Ultimately, elements from my painting were combined to create a collage for the poster and other visuals.
Some of you may know, I’ve been working on a “top secret” project for quite some time. Well… I just can’t keep quiet any longer! Consider the following, a “teaser”, with more info to follow as the launch date approaches….
our hero: FELIX FEATHERBOTTOM his sidekick and co-pilot: PIERRE DU POND their challenge: to travel far and wide in search of something very special