I have been a professional, published children’s book illustrator since 2003. I am a longtime, well respected member of the Society of Children’s Book Authors & Illustrators, (SCBWI). I am proficient in Adobe Photoshop and use it for all my digital art. Occasionally I work in traditional mediums as well, including Acrylic, pencil, prismacolor pencil, pen & ink, workcolor, etc.
In addition, I have produced graphic art for printed products, websites, blogs and businesses throughout the State of Florida.
I have also had written works published, and I am the moderator for the critique group, “The Yellow Brick Road”, which I created and developed in 2009. To the best of my knowledge, it is the longest running, largest children’s book critique group available on-line!
My accomplishments in children’s book illustration include but are not limited to:
“The Legend of the Eagle Feather”, Shadow Wind Publishing, LLC, 2015. Written by Barbara J. Duell.
“Robbin, The Girl Who Didn’t Want to Practice”, CreateSpace/Self published, 2015. Written by Dorothy W. Carey.
“My Love”, CreateSpace/Self published, 2015. Written by Mahasin Salim.
“When Mommy Got Cancer, Creating JOY Together”, Hibiscus Publishing Inc., January of 2014. Publishing editor, Ruth E. Clark.
“The Inner Light”, Sleepytown Press, 2013. Publishing Editor, Randy Young. Winner of a 2013 silver medal Mom’s Choice Award for excellence in children’s literature/illustration. Written by author Henry Porada.
“Sweet Tomatoes”, Poets Crossing, an imprint of Wyatt MacKenzie Publishing Inc., 2013. Written by author Barbara Botch.
“Big Feats”, Sleepytown Press, 2012. Written by author Jeff Botch.
“Come Fish With Me”, Self-published/CreateSpace in 2012. Written by author Jim Baragar.
“Alphey Love Letters”, Castlebridge Books, 2011. Written by author Marty Flynn.
Illustrations published in The SCBWI Bulletin Magazine, Stories for Children Magazine, Flavor and Fortune Magazine, and Wee Ones On-line Magazine.
2014- “Liviing Now” Bronze Award for best Children’s Book, the “Florida Authors and Publishers Association” Gold Medal for best book cover art & design, “Indie Excellence Award” Finalist for best Children’s Picture Book.
2013- Silver medal “Mom’s Choice Award” for children’s book illustration.
2008 - 1st Place “Dragon Fly Publishing” Award for best children’s book cover art.
2007 - 2nd Place in the 3rd annual “ABC Children’s Picture Book Competition” for best Picture Book.
I begin by taking a look at the manuscript to make sure it is written according to high publishing standards. I do not gamble with my reputation by illustrating poorly written literature. If I feel that the manuscript is suitable, then I open up a conversation with the writer/client to discuss all the wonderful possibilities!
Generally, the process is simple. I sketch out one page at a time. With each page, the client has the opportunity to request three minor changes at no additional charge.
When the final sketch is approved by the client, color is added and the illustration is complete. I then send the client a copy of the final illustration and we move on to the next page and repeat the process until all pages are done and the book is ready for assembly.
The author/client is involved in each and every illustration, and no illustration goes through to publication without his/her approval!
In a world where many Children’s book illustrators work looks similar, my attention to detail gives my drawings a distinct style. I can guarantee that your book will be very special.
With each project I acquire, I do my level best to improve upon my last body of work, bringing a fresh approach and a renewed energy.