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Unique and creative designs for manufactured products and the social expression industry.
Tim Beaumont is a self-taught illustrator whose passion for art started at a very young age. For his third birthday, his grandparents gave him an anthology of children’s stories edited by Ellen Lewis Buell, which inspired a lifelong passion for illustration. When illustrating, he tries to capture the same sense of joy and wonder he experienced upon reading those stories. Combining traditional and digital techniques, he produces a style marked by smooth, rounded shapes, a large helping of magical color and a dash of inspiration. His work has been commissioned by companies such as Scholastic and Oxford University Press, and his vibrant character designs and illustrations have appeared in Highlights High Five and Clubhouse Jr. One of Tim’s original concepts was shortlisted by Warner Bros. Animation for consideration with regard to an animated TV series. He is the author-illustrator of the interactive picture book, Dino Express, from Running Press. Tim lives in West Yorkshire, England.
Drawing and painting have always been among the most important things to Elizabeth Zunon. She was born in Albany, NY and grew up in the Ivory Coast, West Africa. One of her earliest memories is of the proud feeling she had when she first learned to write the letter “E” for her name. Surrounded by the bright, vibrant colors of everyday West African fabrics and tropical vegetation, Elizabeth’s love of color and pattern only grew. After returning to the United States, Elizabeth attended the Rhode Island School of Design and graduated with a B.F.A. in Illustration in 2006. Her illustrated picture book The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind was chosen as one of Amazon’s Best Children’s Books of 2012. She now lives in Albany, NY, where she explores a multicultural world through painting, beading, sewing, and collage.
Gene Barretta is a self-taught illustrator with a BFA in Film Studies from NYU. Before launching his career as an illustrator, he worked for many years in film and television production. He has written, animated, and scored several films for Sesame Street and designed characters for the Jim Henson Company. The pacing and layout of his illustrations reflect a cinematic sensibility inspired by his filmmaking background. His primary goal as an author-illustrator is to make learning enjoyable and revitalizing for kids, and his works often focus on inspiring figures. He loves to explore connections to the past, and the historical origins of modern objects and ideas. Naturally, Gene is his family’s archivist, and has a large collection of movies, toys, and books his brother, one of the Muppets performers, has been involved in. He also collects rare Beatles recordings and outtakes. Gene is the author and illustrator of the critically acclaimed books, Now and Ben, Neo Leo, and Timeless Thomas. He lives in Pennsylvania with his wife and son.
Nomar Perez was born on the beautiful island of Puerto Rico, where he developed an early interest in art from all the funny scribbles he created in his school notebooks. Upon his arrival in the U.S., Nomar found himself influenced by all types of media, including animation, puppetry, and computer art. He studied computer animation at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, and since then has worked as an illustrator and designer on humor, kids, and young adult products for over 10 years in the social expressions market. He’s had the opportunity to work on 3D computer animation for interactive media and licensed products as well. He is currently a staff artist in-house at American Greetings.
Keith G. Campbell was born in Kenya, but raised and educated in Scotland. He graduated with a Master’s degree in Art History from the University of Edinburgh. After trying on several careers, Keith eventually returned to his early passion of writing and illustrating stories. He is the author/ illustrator of Lester’s Dreadful Sweaters,which earned him an Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Honor and a Golden Kite Award for Best Picture Book Illustration. He is now a full-time author/illustrator and lives in California.
Kate Merritt studied graphic design and illustration at University and then moved to the bright lights of London to embark on a career as an art editor. In London, she worked on a variety of children’s magazines. She finds that having the skills of both a graphic designer and an illustrator is very useful because it enables her to see projects from both sides. Today, Kate lives in Paris and spends most of her time working on children’s books. She works mainly in collage and is always looking for different materials and interesting textures to incorporate into her pictures. She has used such unconventional materials as buttons, tin foil, and feathers.
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Vanessa Brantley Newton is a self-taught illustrator, doll maker, and crafter. Her passion for children’s books began when she came across Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats as a child in the 1960s. Snowy Day marked one of the first representations of black children in picture books, and seeing a character that looked like her and lived in a neighborhood like her own was a turning point in Vanessa’s life. Vanessa celebrates self-love and acceptance of all cultures through her work, and hopes to inspire young readers as Keats did for her and a generation of children. Growing up in a musical family who loved to sing, Vanessa’s illustrations are as fun and whimsical as a beautiful melody. Her style is influenced by retro art and fashion from the 50s and 60s. She is the author and illustrator of Let Freedom Sing and Don’t Let Auntie Mabel Bless the Table, and has illustrated numerous children’s books including One Love & Every Little Thing, words by Bob & Cedella Marley, and Presenting Tallulah written by Tori Spelling. Vanessa currently makes her nest in Charlotte, NC with her husband of 20 years, their daughter, and a very rambunctious cat named Stripes.
Michael Slack is an artist, illustrator, and character designer. His humorous, character-driven art has been recognized by the Society of Illustrators Los Angeles, Applied Arts, Pictoplasma, Computer Arts, and SBS Digital Design. Michael’s illustrations can be found in books, magazines and on television. He has designed artwork for various childrens products and apparel. His paintings and drawings have been exhibited in the U.S. and Europe and have decorated the walls of Fortune 500 companies.
With a bright color palette and imagination, Mike Wesley captures the quality of humor and fun through the expressions of his characters. When not enjoying time at the drawing board, Mike enjoys the great outdoors.
Born in Montreal, Steve Adams finished his studies in graphic design in 1994. He then traveled to Europe for an advanced training course in design.
For as long as she can remember, Josée Masse has been drawing. She studied graphic arts in Montreal and worked as a graphic designer for 3 years before beginning her career as an illustrator. Josée’s strong sense of concept and design shows itself in her artwork. She loves illustrating books for children and enjoys the challenge of solving problems for her clients who have difficult concepts to convey.
As a child, Kevin Zimmer could not resist drawing on any available scrap of paper or napkin. Greatly encouraged by his parents to pursue his passion for illustration, he attended Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, MI. While still completing his senior thesis, his career was launched with the American Greetings Corporation, where an internship soon evolved into the position of Creative Developer. In 2002, Kevin took the leap into a freelance career based in his hometown of Kalamazoo, MI. Over the past 17 years his love for character development, dynamic compositions and playing with color and light has been seen on multiple products such as children’s books, magazines, and greeting cards, as well as an occasional napkin. Through his illustrations, Kevin strives to fully immerse readers in the emotions and moods evoked by the author’s story, making sure each detail reinforces and brings to life the meaning in the text.
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, illustrated by London Ladd
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Little Melba and Her Big Trombone
Receives Two More Starred Reviews!
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makes Scholastic Parent & Child’s List “We the People!”
July 15, 2014
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