I’m a freelance illustrator with close to 20 years of professional experience, and most recently I illustrated the Dinosaur Daydreams series for Capstone Publishing. This series of four books features a triceratops, t-rex, stegosaurus, and apatosaurus trying out some pretty unlikely careers with hilarious results, and I’d love to talk about them with you!
As a current substitute teacher for the Effingham County School District and a past presenter at events for big people (Craftcation Conference, Type A Bloggers, Pooler Chamber of Commerce), I’ve got experience working with children and adults of all ages.
Topic Ideas for Library and School Visits
How it Works – Illustrating a Kids Book From Start to Finish
If you didn’t write the book, how do you draw the story? I’ll bring tons of process work from the Dinosaur Daydreams series – from Word Document and character development, to thumbnail sketches and cleaned up pencil drawings – that will give a clear picture on how the pictures come to life!
Art & Technology – Digital Painting BFFs
You provide a projector; I’ll bring my trusty laptop and Wacom drawing tablet. Let’s introduce digital painting to your kids with a live demonstration! This fun interactive presentation will involve the audience art directing what I draw on the screen – schools that book multiple sessions of this presentation throughout the day will love seeing all of the final pieces at the end of the day!
Creativity Exercise – Just One More Thing…
This is a super popular group project that gets everyone involved in making art – even the reluctant ones! I’ll bring a variety of art supplies and a large canvas for each presentation. We’ll talk about the importance of having fun with art and play a round robin game resulting in an art collaboration everyone in the room has had a hand in creating. Hang it on the wall of your library or school to commemorate our time together!
Book ‘Em Danno – Let’s Make Journals
Nice sketchbooks and blank books are great, but sometimes it’s just not in the budget, especially for kids full of ideas! I’ll share why I need to spend a little time journaling every day – I’ll even bring some of my own homemade sketchbooks for kids to look through. Then we’ll all make simple blank books together, and maybe even spend some time drawing in them!
Pursuing a Career in the Arts
I graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design with a degree in Computer Art (focusing on 2D animation) in 1999. I spent 10 years working as an in house artist and designer for companies like OshKosh B’Gosh before launching my freelance career in 2010. I’d love to chat with your older students about what worked, what didn’t, and tips to help make their own creative career ambitions succeed. We’ll review highlights of some of the coolest things I’ve gotten to work on in the past chunk of years, page through my portfolio, and talk about the most useful degrees to pursue to keep the bills paid.
Selling copies of the books I’ve worked on could be a great fundraiser for your school, and I’m happy to sign copies while I’m there!
Capstone Publishing offers schools a 50% discount off school / library prices of books with no minimum requirement, and will accept returns of any unused books. Teachers or librarians organizing school visits should NOT order online (as the 50% discount won’t apply). To order books for your school or library visit, call Capstone Publishing’s customer service to place your order for the event by calling (800) 747-4992 or emailing email@example.com .
Be sure to remind Customer Service that this is for an author visit to get the 50% off discount, and place your order at least 3 weeks before my visit. You’ll also need to be ready with the book titles and ISBNs you want to purchase, along with quantity, shipping information, and where you would like the invoice sent (or credit card info).