Today I bought the coolest book: Deep Sea Doctor Dean by Leo Timmers. I have no idea what this book is about. The story may be the greatest ever written. Or it may suck (I doubt). Regardless, the illustrations are what children's picture books are all about — or should be. They're eye-catching and fun, fun, fun!
Leo now joins my ever-growing list of favorite illustrators, which include Brian Selznick, Mark Buehner (my all-time fav), Kadir Nelson, Brian Pinkney and Mark Teague. I like children's book illustration that is fun; all that high design, coffee table, gallery, collage stuff doesn't much appeal to the child in me.
In other news: My editor, Steve, and my art director, Sara, both liked my final art for Ron on a Big Mission (the name changed).
Quotes: "...I really think that this is a breakthrough in your career..."
"...The art arrived, and looks fantastic!!! Bravo! !!!..."