This week's featured Illustrator of the Week is James Dean, creator of the fabulous PETE THE CAT.
Do you think being an illustrator of children's books helps keep you young at heart?
yes, being an artist keeps me young at heart! i get to do very silly things that most grown ups hardly ever do. one of the silly things i do is speak in "cat language". like this: "meow, meow, meow, meeeeeoooowwww, meowww, meeeeeeow , meow, meow" !!!! also, being an artist means that you can dress anyway you want to. everyone expects arts to look different and they just accept you as you are.
Kids, librarians and teachers think you’re swell.Do you have any tips for kids who love to draw?
i always tell children who want to be an artist that the most important thing is to never give up. if you make art every day of your life you will be remembered as an artist. i actually quit making art for 10 years and i am thankful that i decided to start again.
What makes you happy? Any advice about living life with a bang?
if you want to live life with a bang.........you must follow your heart. if you want to do something, don't be afraid to try it.
We love whimsy. Do you have a favorite silly word or onomatopoeia?
things that make me laugh? we got a new kitten last year.......she thinks she is the boss of everyone in the house. even me! i call her SLAPPY because she likes to give everyone a slap with her paw. i am glad that she is only a little cat. she really makes me laugh when she is upset because she is not getting her way. she will give me a very mean look!!! i know that i am a true cat person because i love all cats.......even the ones who are a bit grumpy!
Thank you, James! We all love Pete the Cat and his super cool attitude. It's all good...