How to be a Children's Book Author and IllustratorBecoming a children's book author and illustrator?
Children's author and illustrator
The prizewinning children's author and illustrator Barbara McClintock paints like a fantasy; her "beautifully reserved use of colour may remind us of a long ago, but her works are so vibrant that there is always something for young contemporaries to discover". "Full of humour and humour and strong characterization, her works are ageless charmeurs.
Barbara's work has received 5 New York Times Best Book Prizes, a New York Times Notable Book Quote, a Boston Globe/Horn Book Honor and many other accolades, recommended/best book listings and star ratings. I was influenced by my photographic dad, my sewing teacher-mother and the Top Cat figure. When I was a kid, I used to paint all the time.
When my older sibling suggested that I become a children's book illustrator, it was a very seldom case when I followed my sister's counsel. Following a number of evenings in which my boyfriends could not get to bed because of the horror tales mentioned above, and the subsequent talks between the mum of my boyfriends and my mum, I found a more friendly way to tell them.
At 9, my mum and dad got a divorce and I and my mom and my older brother and dad went to North Dakota. My stepfather, a former cowboys, gave me a steed when my mom got married again. In North Dakota, I went to Jamestown Colleges, where I honed my graphic arts abilities by photocopying images into artwork booklets that I was checking out of my collegiate collection.
He was merciful and very supportive; he spoke to me for 20 mins, explained how to put together a project and advised me to move to New York City. I was taken to the Jamestown, ND airfield by my best buddy two week after my twentieth anniversary, and I was flying to New York to start my carreer.
For a few month I was studying at the New York based New York based New York based Arts Student's League with renowned illustrator John Groth, but the way I liked most was copying artwork I had borrowed from a library. What a huge collection of artwork I had at my disposal when I was in New York!
In addition, I have designed painting and drawing in New York City, London, Paris, St. Louis, Vienna and Lisbon museuses. I started out as a TV commercial character designer for an animated graphics company. Worked as a cooking aide in a local pub, struggled as a waiter and illustrator of textbook until I ran into Jim Henson and started to illustrate for his TV show FRAGGLE ROCK.
It was during this time that I saw a piece inspired by a Balzac tale composed as a car for the French illustrator J.J. Grandville in the nineteenth century. So I made a silent book of dummies out of the history, THE HEARTACHES OF A FRENCH CAT, and brought it to one publishing house after another. Declined by 16 publishing houses before being adopted by David R. Godine, it won my first New York Times Best Books Awards.
Maybe I am a nineteenth-century reborn spirit, or I'm just fascinated by the story and costumes; my textbooks live in a past age. I have been richly honored for my penchant for an older age - ANIMALFFABLES FROM AESOP, THE FANTASTIC DRAWING, DANIELLE, DAHLIA, THE GINGERBREAD MAN, CINDERELLA, and ADELE & SIMON are just a few of my long standing works that have won high acclaim.
My textbooks are moving to more modern environments. My story comes from my own youth, my own parents and my own personalities. The BATTLE OF LUKE AND LONGNOSE was created by my boy Larson out of his interest in the sword and the sword. When I was a young man, his inquisitive spirit lead him to a passion for China, Mandarin and Mandarin as well as China cultural and historical, and again inspire me in Adele & Simon's next book, which takes place in China in 1908.
My mother's passion for Robert Louis Stevenson's poems since she was a boy culminates in my illustration A CHILD'S CARDEN OF VERSES for her. 2005 the illustrator David Johnson and I move to a brickwork home in Georgia look, constructed in 1815 in Connecticut's countryside. I" travel" in times and fantasy, to China, France and my own backyard to find inspirations and backdrops for my literature, but I am only a few feet away from the coffeepot in my cuisine.