Category Archives: From Sketch to Book at Magination Press

From Sketch to Book at Magination Press: Melon + Mandarina

  Melon + Mandarina are a husband and wife team working together and illustrating for almost 10 years. They grew up in Peru and studied painting at the Fine Arts School of Lima. As artists, they work with a variety of media including pencil, ink, watercolor and digital media. Melon + Mandarina feel that illustration is a wonderful way to… Read more »

From Sketch to Book at Magination Press: Chris Lyles

Christopher Lyles has illustrated numerous books for children.  Inspired by vintage graphics and antique surfaces, he uses collage and mixed media applications to create his art.  He lives in a quiet New England town surrounded by wilderness.  When he is not creating picture books, he enjoys spending time with his family and hiking the surrounding woods. Chris shared with us… Read more »

From Sketch to Book at Magination Press: Janet McDonnell

Janet McDonnell is a writer and illustrator living in the calm outskirts of the Windy City. Her characters populate many books and magazines for children. I’ve wanted to work with Janet for years keeping her tear sheet on my desk, waiting for the “right” book for her to illustrate. And, we found it (three times over)! Janet has illustrated two (and is… Read more »

From Sketch to Book at Magination Press: Euan Cook

Euan Cook is an illustrator living and working in London. I had Euan’s art samples for a long while, sitting and waiting on my desk for the right story. Eventually I found it and together, we watched a story unfold, words become illustrated, and characters drawn to life. And WOW–then we had a book! Although Euan has drawn for books and magazines published around the… Read more »

From Sketch to Book: Kim Fleming

Kim Fleming has always been passionate about creating visual content for children. Her specialty is children’s books, but her illustrations can be found in many different places, from children’s games to greeting cards.  She enjoys working traditionally, and creates her illustrations using watercolor, pencil, and lots of love. Kim illustrated Something Very Sad Happened: A Toddler’s Guide to Understanding Death (August 2016)…. Read more »

From Sketch to Book at Magination Press: Bryan Langdo

Bryan Langdo is the illustrator of over 30 books for children and the author of two. His picture book Tornado Slim & the Magic Cowboy Hat (Two Lions, 2012) won a 2013 Spur Award for Storytelling from Western Writers of America. I’ve worked with Bryan on 5 books — his funny details and quiet little (inside) jokes get me every… Read more »

From Sketch to Book: Shirley Ng-Benitez

Shirley Ng-Benitez loves to draw! She is a graduate of San Jose State University, with a bachelor’s in graphic design and a concentration in illustration. Since ’98, she’s owned Gabby & Company, a design, illustration, and handlettering firm. She’s inspired by her family, nature, food, travel, and music—especially the guitar, ukulele, piano, and violin music played by her husband and… Read more »

From Sketch to Book: Regina Flath

Regina Flath is a graphic designer and illustrator with a passion for books: reading them, designing them, and illustrating them. She graduated from the University of the Arts in 2009 with a BFA in illustration. She is the cover designer and cover illustrator for the David A. Adler series “Danny’s Doodles.” Emily Grace and the What-Ifs is her picture book… Read more »

From Sketch to Book: Steve Mack

Steve Mack grew up a prairie boy on Canada’s Great Plains and has drawn for as long as he can remember. His first lessons in art were taught to him by watching his grandfather do paint-by-numbers at the summer cottage. He has worked for greeting card companies and has illustrated several books. In fact,  Steve illustrated our super fun and… Read more »

From Sketch to Book: Viviana Garofoli

  Viviana Garofoli was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she currently lives with her husband, Sergio, and two daughters, April and Emma. As a child, her favorite pastime was playing with her watercolors and crayons on big sheets of paper; if asked what she wanted to be when she grew up, Viviana would immediately reply, “a painter.” In 1995,… Read more »