Q&A with the illustrator
Tell us a little about how you became an artist.
The best part about being an artist is that the only thing you have to do to be one is keep drawing. I started by copying pictures of Looney Tunes in kindergarten and worked my way up from there. I still can’t quite get those duck bills right.
Talk about how you created the illustrations for “Little & Big.”
I talked with Rob about what he wanted to see and looked at the place he came from (West Virginia). The real world is a good place to look when creating a new one. Big is made up of a mix of gorillas, bears and lions. The woods can be a little dark and mysterious, so I used a lot of black.
Where did you grow up and what was it like?
I grew up on Long Island in New York. There are a lot of houses and everyone gets a tree and a dog. No big forests full of animals like in West Virginia, but I did get bit by a turkey once.
What advice would you give to kids who want to become an artist?
I never hurts to start by copying. Look at your favorite cartoons or comics. Those artists all have perfected their own ways of making faces, hands, expressions and actions. Understanding how others do things is the first step to figuring out how you’ll do them. Watch your cartoons kids, they’re good for ya.
What other kind of artwork do you do?
I do illustrations, designs and some animation work as a freelance artist. My main focus is writing and drawing my own comics. I like comics with equal parts adventure and humor. I can bring different parts of the world, different times and different creatures all to life.
Do you believe Bigfoot is real?
I think there’s a little bit of Bigfoot inside us all. I’m open to the possibility of a Bigfoot, but we need hard evidence before saying anything is true or not. Unless you’re talking about the Yeti, because that dude is legit.