One wonderful morning I Skyped from my cozy studio in Brooklyn with students at the Passow Elementary School in Franklin Park, IL. Thanks to Elizabeth Drasutis, Library Media Specialist, (for setting up the visit), who sent a packet of the student’s sweet notes and a list of questions to answer.
Questions from the older students:
Q: What do you find challenging about being an author and illustrator.
Art is always fulfilling so I’d say it’s the business end that can be challenging. Such as waiting in-between books. Having to prove my talent at all times to new people. Or, being very organized tracking the constant flow of new people and changes within the field.
A: How many days does it take to make a book or an illustration?
Some illustrations are simple and some are complex. It took one month to finish my first book, AT THE BEACH. The art was simple to fit the text.
It can also take two weeks to illustrate one scene. The maps I love to create take a long time to finish.
Detail from a map I illustrated for A CITY IS