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The simple act of reading is an important component of a child’s mental development. Reading helps children improve their concentration, discipline, speech skills, cognitive abilities, and even communication skills. Below are a few examples of the art that’s been commissioned from the Play! Illustration artists for children’s books.
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Valeria Petrone began her art education in her native Italy and then moved to London to pursue further studies. In her wonderfully successful career, Valeria juggles high profile clients like United Airlines while always working on children’s books. She has illustrated over twenty books that have been published in Japan, France, Italy and the U.S. Although Valeria has won many illustration awards, it was a especially exciting to receive a 2008 3×3 Gold Medal for her book “Il Pittore.”
Greg Hardin just wrapped up a colossal project for renowned financial guru Dave Ramsey.
Greg was commissioned to create six books in six months for a new “Junior” book set, teaching children how to save money. Greg worked alongside John Trent and Kenny Yamada for the flats and rendering. He says it took down to the very last day to complete the full project.
Louise Gardner worked with Delta Publishing to create over 200 illustrations for a new learning book titled, Say Hello. Say Hello is a two-level kindergarten eEnglish course for four to five year-olds, written by Judy West. You can check out more information on the educational book here.
Geo Parkin has been illustrating and cartooning professionally since 1984. So it comes as no surprise that he’s had a ton of experience drawing and designing characters. He knows all of the ins and outs of character design and pays extra special attention to many aspects necessary to creating a successful character. Check out a few examples of his work below.
Gary Hanna created the following background images for a Big Fish game called “Mystery Case Files: The Malgrave Incident.” This release marked the first title by Big Fish made specifically for the Wii platform.
The environments that Gary created for them are purposely busy as part of the game play. The environments were used in the Hidden Object mini games that are found as you progress through the main story.
For several years I had the pleasure of working on a comic with Baseball Youth magazine. They wanted me to create two characters. A boy named Dexter that loved baseball and his faithful dog Dinger. I quickly got to work on the characters and it didn’t take me long to come up with something that we both liked. The client was very flexible with how I approached the comic art and the story. I wanted the art to have a looser more traditional comic strip feel than vector allows so I drew the art with pencil, scanned it in and colored the art in photoshop.
The comics usually came to me written, but they gave me the flexibility to rework the writing. I would generally keep the basic idea but reworked the punchline and tweaked the story for faster pacing and to be funnier throughout.
Play! Artist Malane Newman was commissioned by Mattel as a colorist for several pages within the Barbie – A Fashion Fairytale storybook.
Each of the illustrations were 2-page spreads. The pencil sketches came from three different artists located in London. As this book was based on a movie, most of the reference material provided came from still frames from the movie.
If you’re curious as to her process, Malane has written a detailed blog post about her experience which you can read here. In the meantime, take a look at a few of the illustrations she colored below.