In this fun and funny celebration of literacy, kids of all ages will discover that the act of reading is a daring adventure that can take you anywhere! You can read at the playground, under the sea, at the opera and even in outer space! It turns out you can read everywhere! And when you do, you open yourself to a universe of adventure. Presented in light-hearted, rib-tickling verse that’s perfect for reading aloud, You Can Read sings it loud and proud: Books are awesome. And so are the people who read them.
How do you start an illustration project?
Lots and lots of sketching. I have primarily switched to digital sketching which allows me to make lots of small variations and end up with hundreds of sketches to pick from to bring forward to my client.
What was the hardest part of illustrating your new book?
Maintaining style and color palette. And the hand cramps I got from making the final work.
There are a few spreads that I am really proud of, for subtle design choices, that most would not notice. Also the joke titles I gave to the books in the story.
I do a studies on specific elements that I may not already know. It’s easy to draw a table, but architecture from specific regions or clothes and such might need more referencing. I also study the text quite a bit and do a lot of “lateral thinking”.
I wouldn’t say a technique, but rather a medium. I hated gouache (a type of paint similar to watercolor that is opaque) while in school, but learned to appreciate it on my own and it has a huge influence on all the work I do, whether with gouache or not.
Fun, stressful, colorful, rewarding, exploratory.
It really depends on the day. The better question is, “how do you find time to paint, with all the other things you have going on?” When I do get to paint, I set up my paints and palette in a specific manner and sit and stare at a blank page quite often.
Freddie Mercury, and I’d prefer he be alive. He was, and still, is the best singer ever.
I worked at a movie theater that Prince used to go to!
You Can Read is on shelves now!