Category Archives: From Sketch to Book at Magination Press

From Sketch to Book at Magination Press: Violet Lemay!

Violet Lemay was a stage designer, a college art professor, and an editorial illustrator before arriving at her dream job: illustrating books for kids. Violet has illustrated over twenty books, a handful of which she also wrote. If she’s not at her desk drawing, she’s probably in the backyard feeding the birds, who think she is Snow White. Through illustration, Violet… Read more »

From Sketch to Book at Magination Press: Jon Davis!

Jon Davis does it all—pirates, old elephants, witches in bloomers, bears on bikes, ugly cats, sweet kids. Based in the Lake District, England, Jon is an award-winning illustrator who has illustrated more than 70 books for publishers across the globe. Recently, Jon has worked with us on the Terrific Toddler series, which contains three books: Bye-Bye!, Boo-Boo!, and All Mine!  Please welcome Jon Davis!… Read more »

From Sketch to Book at Magination Press: Christine Battuz!

Christine Battuz obtained a Master of Arts degree from l’Accademia di Belle Arti di Perugia in Italy. Her delightful illustrations can be found in over sixty children’s books and magazines. She currently works as an illustrator in Canada, Korea, Europe, and the US, and she is a partner in a graphic design studio called Kuizin. Christine has been working her… Read more »

From Sketch to Book at Magination Press: Jamie Tablason!

  Jamie Tablason loves illustrating for children and the young at heart. Through whimsical imagery and engaging characters, she hopes to connect with her audience and inspire young and old to tell their own stories. Jamie received her BFA and MA in illustration from CSU Long Beach, School of Art. She currently works and lives in Lakewood, CA, with her… Read more »

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 express… 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

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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

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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 »