In addition to illustrating children's books, I also work for the newspaper, The American Statesman. My official title is Graphics Reporter, which means I report stories with maps and charts. But I illustrate, too. Here are a couple of recent illustrations.
For a story about teaching your child to grow ingredients to make a pizza.
For a story about mothers who blog, and how powerful (and profitable) this has become.
In other news: Ron's Big Mission received a nice review from Children's Literature review journal. And they had pleasing comments about the illustrations, too: "Don Tate's illustrations are richly colored and vividly expressive. The town's wide-eyed citizens are foolish but well-intentioned; Tate conveys their lack of aggression through the use of sloped, curved lines and quizzical expressions."
A few years ago when I had some down time, I created a bunch of little car images. My licensing agent, Suzanne Cruise, was able to license them to various product manufacturers, particularly scrapbooking companies. When an editor at HarperCollins/HarperFestival discovered the cars on display at a Surtex, a huge licensing show in New York, they hired me to illustrate the pop-up book Zoom: A Book of Things That Go. Recently the cars have been licensed by Miss Elizabeth, A Dollar Tree line of products, and are being used on gift bags. So, if you're so inclined, give ZOOM as a gift, and give it away in a matching bag!
On the picture book front, I'm almost finished illustrating Effa. I'm a little behind due to a sudden burst of speaking engagements toward the end of the school year, followed by a family emergency, followed by one thing after another. But I'm almost there and, I think, it's looking good.