Time has flown by and every day has been spent creating artwork for some interesting books. A lot of research time and long hours spent creating accurate illustrations that look good to young readers. Just a few examples...
Here's my latest book, "The Little Cookie". It's a retelling of The Gingerbread Man in a way that makes it fun for boys and girls. This story has been illustrated so many times by various artists so it was great to put my spin on it too. In keeping with my signature accuracy and detail I made the characters true to life but a bit more lively feeling. There's also a little mouse in each illustration so don't forget to look for it!
I'm currently at work ons many projects which will take all of the summer and maybe even the fall, to complete. Every illustrator likes to stay busy so I'm happy to be drawing and painting away! Here a are a few illustrations from the book I'm working on now in the Maple Tree Farm series for Pioneer Valley Books.
Busy, Busy, Busy...that't what I've been lately working the long days needed to meet deadlines and visiting some schools too. I'm working on another book in the Tail of the Raccoon series and also some books for Pioneer Valley Books. Here's a look at some of the art...all digital, which I'm having fun with! I'll let you know when the books come out!
I'm proud to be included among the many talented artists who have dedicated their careers to creating pictures that tell stories! Illustration in America, as a profession, requires the highest technical and creative standards of the art form. Throughout my career I have placed the bar high for myself and have given clients quality work on every project. Recognition of my contribution and accomplishments is very much appreciated. The site, www.illustrationhistory.org, is a valuable resource for anyone wanting to learn about the art and craft of illustration. Thank You to the Norman Rockwell Museum for recognizing the need for this information.
So often, while doing research for a project, I'll come across some great artwork. Such is the case with Janet and Anne Grahame Johnstone.
They were twin sisters who created illustrations for many books including the original 101 Dalmations. Janet focused on animals and birds while Anne handled people and costumes. They would constantly take turns working on an illustration until both were satisfied with the finished piece. You can research them to learn more about their lives and see more of their art.
I was an artist as a child and am still creating art.
As a boy I drew pictures while studying the works of comic book artists and Michelangelo. With no art classes in elementary thru high school, I was left on my own to discover the how and why of art. It was Burne Hogarth who wrote a letter of recommendation for me to get into the School Of Visual Arts in NYC. I learned how to say what I wanted to say in a painting and make it an illustration, a unique craft of thinking, drawing and communicating. I began getting freelance illustration work before I graduated. Work grew steadily and after a few years I began illustrating children's books. With more that seventy books to my credit, I was the recipient of the 2012 Rip Van Winkle Award for my contribution to children's literature.
I developed my own vision in my fine art paintings. I painted the places and things I knew best. My work was soon accepted into juried exhibitions at the North East Watercolor Society and The American Artists Professional League. I was a board member for Barrett Art Center and am an adjunct lecturer in the Studio Art Department of Marist College.