John Henry Illustrations

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Created: 08/22/11
Last Edited: 12/04/12
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Gritty, yet beautiful illustrations for a chidrens' book telling the tall tale of John Henry, The Steel Driving Man.
  • John Henry Illustrations
    The Steel Driving Man inspires gritty, yet beautifully childish artwork
  • When asked to produce a childrens' book, I remembered the train tracks I grew up next to in Newport News and immediately wanted to re-tell the tall tale of John Henry, The Steel Driving Man. While I honored the original text, the book needed captivating illustrations suitable for children. I wanted to make them colorful and approachable, but have a certain grit and dirt to them.

    I found a happy medium in the inspiration of illustrators like Eric Carle (The Very Hungry Caterpillar) and Ben Prisk (Squidbillies). This was one of my first ventures into full color illustration and I was very pleased with the results.

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