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Award-winning illustration for children's publishing, and the editorial and advertising industries.
Unique and creative designs for manufactured products and the social expression industry.
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.
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.
Linda Bleck has been creating illustrations for various applications for over 20 years. After studying graphic design at the University of Illinois, she began illustrating for a wide variety of clients in the editorial, corporate, packaging, and publishing industries. Linda wrote and illustrated a series of novelty children’s books featuring her favorite pup, Pepper. She also is the illustrator of Margaret Wise Brown’s posthumous picture book, The Moon Shines Down. Linda’s childhood experiences of growing up on a tree farm surrounded by nature have had a profound influence on her style. She is drawn to nature scenes and animal characters, in particular, and incorporates earthy colors and interesting patterns into all of her work. She collects old toys with vintage illustrations, and artifacts from her world travels for inspiration. Linda lives in Mequon, Wisconsin with her husband and two children.
Steve Mack grew up on Canada’s Great Plains and has drawn for as long as he can remember. After studying Visual Communications in college, he turned from graphic design back to his roots as an illustrator. He has worked with major clients such as Target, Walgreens, Hallmark, Sterling Publishing, Harcourt, Chronicle Books, and recently spent a year in Ohio as a staff illustrator for American Greetings. His most recent projects include work with the US Post Office and Hong Kong’s Mass Transit Railway (MTR). Steve lives peacefully on a lake in Canada with his wife and two small children.
London 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.
After completing her studies in graphic design, Elise Gravel found herself quickly swept up into the glamorous world of illustration. Branching out as a children’s book illustrator was a natural progression in her career. From an early age, Elise was obsessed with reading anything and everything, from cereal boxes to Archie comics to The Adventures of Tintin. Still a kid at heart, Elise is filled with a childlike sense of wonder that allows her to infuse her work with humor and creativity that speaks directly to young minds. She is inspired by social causes and enticed by projects that can handle a good dose of eccentricity. Elise loves creating quirky characters and teaching kids to embrace the qualities that make them different. She has written and illustrated several books for children, including Adopt a Glurb, published by Blue Apple Books. She is also the illustrator of the popular app Doodle Jump.
Maranda Maberry is a freelance illustrator located in the Pacific Northwest where she lives with her designer husband and twin daughters. Born and raised on a berry farm, Maranda has had a pencil in her hand for as long as she can remember. Her passion led her to puruse an art degree, which was then followed by a colorful illustration career. She got her start illustrating fabrics for Nordstrom and Gymboree. Since then, her drawings have been applied to all types of surfaces from fashion to stationery to apparel.
Mark Rogalski studied illustration at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he was born and raised. After completing his studies he worked as an editorial cartoonist, a scenery designer, a comic book artist, a screen printer and a graphic designer before writing and illustrating children’s books. His work has fantastical elements and themes that are influenced by the wonders of childhood, science fiction, mechanical inventions and journeys of the imagination. He also incorporates elements of puzzles, games and interaction into his books. Dream Machines includes a dust jacket that unfolds into an elaborate board game that allows readers to live the fantastical journey of the book themselves. Tickets to Ride includes the image of a clever duck hidden within the pages and waiting to be discovered again and again. And ROBOX is a kit which includes a book about a hungry robot as well as materials that allows readers to build their very own Robox. His work has been honored by The International Reading Association and Communication Arts Magazine and has been featured on NBC’s Today Show and by the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. Mark lives in Wayne, Pennsylvania with his wife and two daughters.
Growing up in New Jersey, Frank Morrison began developing his own style through ‘R.I.P’ art scenes that brought him considerable street recognition and local acclaim. But it wasn’t until he visited the Louvre Museum in Paris with his dancing group, that he realized painting was his true creative path. His talent and hard work paid off with over 20 illustrated children’s books, including the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe award winner, Jazzy Miz Mozetta and his beautiful illustrations for Queen Latifah’s Queen of the Scene.
Jill 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
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.
Gabrielle Grimard has been drawing since she was a very young child. Born in Montreal, she studied Fine Arts at Concordia University. She began her career as a muralist, painting numerous walls in commercial buildings in the Montreal area. Between 1998 and 2001, Gabrielle had many solo shows in the Plateau Mont Royal area of Montreal. In 2001, after giving birth to her first child, Gabrielle began her career as an illustrator. She has illustrated numerous pictures books in the US and Canada.
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