Meet Illustrator Gary Kelley
Read a short Q&A with Creative Editions’ award-winning illustrator, Gary Kelley.
Q: If you could tell your younger professional self anything, what would it be?
A: Maintain your passion for handmade, not digital, artwork.
Q: What was your favorite thing about school as a kid?
A: Studying history. And art styles.
Q: When you’re not making art, what are your favorite things to do?
A: Family, friends, inspirational art. Connections.
Q: What do you do to overcome a creative block?
A: Hope to find a way to make it creative.
Q: What sparked your interest or inspired you to illustrate children’s books?
A: Variety. Visual, classic storytelling.
Q: Who or what has been a major influence on your illustrating style?
A: Fine art history inspiring illustration.
Q: What would you have been if not an illustrator?
A: Graphic designer, writer maybe.
Q: Why does reading excite you?
A: Interpreting words that may inspire visuals.
Q: What piece of advice would you give to aspiring children’s book illustrators?
A: Handmade art. Storytelling visually.
Q: What do you find most appealing about your career in illustrating children’s books?
A: Creative Editions!
Q: What are the biggest challenges about a career in illustrating children’s books?
A: The digital world. Fading art history.
Q: In terms of your career, where do you see yourself in 5-10 years?
A: Hopefully still motivated.
Recent Picture Books by Gary Kelley
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Posted January 2023