Tim BeaumontTim 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.
Eric ComstockEric Comstock was encouraged to pursue a career in the arts after taking an illustration class in college. After working in advertising for 11 years as an art director, he shifted gears and took up freelance illustration. Since then he’s worked with Land of Nod, Hallmark, Shutterfly, TeNeues, Moda Fabrics, Oopsy Daisy, Graniph, and many others. His illustrations are bright and quirky with a mid-century modern appeal. Eric is inspired by music and his passion for children’s books grew from their colorful expression, which reminded him of music on the page. He collects old Jazz albums to open up his creative pathways and stir up new ideas. Eric lives in Austin, TX where he and his wife, who is also an artist, work together while raising 4 kids and one dog.
London LaddLondon Ladd is a graduate of Syracuse University with a BFA in illustration. He is the illustrator of Oprah: The Little Speaker, published by Marshall Cavendish, and March On! The Day My Brother Martin Changed the World, published by Scholastic. London works primarily in a painterly style with acrylic, building opaque layers atop a foundation of thin washes, in a way that brings his colors to life. He carries a sketchbook and paints with him everywhere he goes, constantly perfecting his craft. London lives in Syracuse, NY with his wife and daughter.
Michael SlackMichael 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.
Vanessa B NewtonVanessa 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.
Jill DubinJill Dubin grew up in Yonkers, NY and received her BFA from Pratt Institute. She has illustrated over 30 children’s books for a range of publishers. Jill works extensively with cut paper collages, enhanced with pastels and colored pencil. She collects paper and fabrics from various sources, and enjoys crafting paper houses and ornamental birdhouses and mobiles in her spare time. Asian art and textiles inspire the strong sense of color and pattern that she uses in her illustrations. Her picture book Over in the Arctic, published by Dawn Publications, was honored with a Mom’s Choice Gold Award in 2009
Elizabeth ZunonDrawing 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.
Stephen CostanzaStephen Costanza studied music theory and composition at Syracuse University before attending the Philadelphia College of Art to pursue a career in the visual arts. He worked as both a graphic designer and illustrator in a career that has encompassed silk screening, graphic design, and book illustration. Stephen’s background in music led him to write and illustrate the picture books Mozart Makes a Melody and Vivaldi and The Invisible Orchestra, both from Henry Holt & Co. Stephen’s illustrations have appeared in magazines, newspapers, advertising, and textbooks, from The American Prospect and Cricket to brochures for the Boston Ballet, Four Seasons Hotel, and Boston Lyric Opera. Five of his paintings were exhibited at the 2000 Children’s Book Fair in Bologna. He lives in Belfast, Maine.
Jan Bryan-HuntJan Bryan-Hunt started her illustration career at Hallmark Cards. She later left Hallmark to work as a freelance artist. She has illustrated for American Greetings, Papyrus, Peaceable Kingdom, Target, Design Design, and many other clients. Jan is the illustrator of multiple books for Augsburg Fortress Publishers and Child’s World Incorporated, in addition to illustrating a book for Scholastic and Capstone Pr. Inc. In her spare time, Jan enjoys crafting in textiles, collage, glass and metal work, jewelry making, not to mention her love for collecting sock monkeys. She lives near Kansas City, Missouri with her husband, two children, their dog, Anna, and her pet bird, Itty.
Nancy Gayle CarlsonNancy Gayle Carlson took her first drawing class, on the suggestion of her mother, when she was 30 years old. Never having drawn more than a stick figure, she learned she was pretty darn good at drawing noses. One nose led to another and she ended up as an artist with Hallmark Cards where she “retired” after 23 years to pursue a freelance illustration career.
Eric BarclayEric Barclay is an illustrator, designer, and the author of I Can See Just Fine (Abrams Appleseed) and Hiding Phil (Scholastic). Eric has always been interested in art, and took oil painting classes from the time he was 12 to when he was a senior in high school. From there he went on to study journalism and graphic design at University of Texas at Arlington. Classic cartoons, modern art, mid-century design and everyday mishaps heavily influence his style. He has illustrated for American Express, American Greetings, Abrams Appleseed, Disneyland Paris, Hallmark, Highlights Magazine, Mudpuppy, Papyrus, Toys R Us, and many others. Eric lives in Dallas, Texas with his wife, two beautiful young daughters, a dog and two cats.
BarrouxBorn in Paris and raised in Morocco, Barroux has an instinctive passion for travel and exploring other cultures. It’s no surprise that he approaches each new book he is illustrating as if it’s the beginning of an adventure. Barroux strives to create unusual artwork, and when creating picture book art, he always tries to surprise the little kid that is inside of him. He studied photography, art, sculpture, and architecture in France at the famous École Estienne and École Boule, and his mastery of these other mediums influences his illustration. He began illustrating by creating linocut images, and continues to try out various techniques in his work – from collages with antique papers, to oil pastels, to interesting color palettes. Despite all of the countries and far-away lands he’s explored, Barroux still believes that life in books is more extraordinary, where dogs can fly and trees are blue.
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