Digital Illustration by John Fraser of Kibble and Larry Strolling Through The Forest for childrens book Kibble The Monarch Caterpillar Afraid To Get Wings by Anita Gnan, forest, flowers, animal characters, friends, walk in the woods
digital illustration by John Fraser of sad family visiting the vet and learning their cat is dying from the book Our love lives on for Miles In Heaven, veterinarian, pet loss, family, crying, comfort, sick pet
digital illustration by John Fraser of Jip the dog escaping from his backyard from the children's book Progigal Pup by Teach Services , Basenji, purebred dog, dog dogs hole, bad dog
digital illustration by John Fraser for children's book called Body Wars for Teach Services Publishing, classroom, children, diversity, teacher, guest teacher, school, digital illustration by John Fraser in childrens book called Body Wars, Dr Bradley visits the classroom
digital illustration by John Fraser of Channing thanking God for the family's new car so they can go to church from the children's book Prayer Answered In The Back Yard, prayer, church, God, belief, children, family
digital illustration by John Fraser showing Channing telling his family about his idea to hold a church service in the back yard from the book Prayer answered in the Back Yard, prayer, church, family, brothers and sisters, excitement, inspiration
Digital illustration by John Fraser of the children remembering Miles from the book Our Love Lives On For Miles In Heaven by Dr. Amy Sugar from Pawsitive Resouces, pet loss, Fall leaves, window, cat playing, brother and sister, Fall colour
Digital illustration by John Fraser of a sister and brother reading their book they made about their cat Miles from the book Our Love Lives On For Miles In Heaven by Dr. Amy Sugar for Pawsitive Resources, pet loss, death of family pet, bedtime story, brother and sister, family, scrapbook,
Digital illustration by John Fraser of Samantha greeting readers from her living room in her underground home in the sewer from the book Kibble The Monarch Caterpillar Afraid To Get Wings by Anita Gnan, sewer, rat, living room, window sunlight, greeting, good morning
digital illustration by John Fraser of doctor visiting classroom from children's book Body Wars, classroom, teacher, students, school
digital illustration by John Fraser of Jip the dog being rescued by his owner and gets mud from his paws all over him, recue, puppy mill, dog kidnapped, man's best friend, dog kisses
Larry and Kibble Stroll Through The Forest - Kibble, The Monarch Caterpillar Afraid to Get Wings by Anita Gnan
Heartbreaking News At The Vet - Our Love Lives On For Miles In Heaven by Dr. Amy Sugar
Jip Escapes - Prodigal Pup by Sara Brown (Bill Newman CD/Teach Services)
Dr. Bradley Visits The Classroom - Body Wars by Ingrid Kirindongo /Teach Services (Bill Newman CD)
Channing Thanks God - Prayer Answered In The Backyard by Kay Munson/ Teach Services (Bill Newman CD)
Channing Has An Idea - Prayer Answered In The Backyard by Kay Munson/ Teach Services (Bill Newman CD)
My brother and I remember Miles - Our Love Lives On For Miles In Heaven by Dr. Amy Sugar
Reading Our Memory Book About Miles - Our Love Lives On For Miles In Heaven by Dr. Amy Sugar
Red Tries To Steal Samantha's Lunch - Kibble, The Monarch Caterpillar Afraid to Get Wings by Anita Gnan
Samantha's Underground Home In The Sewer - Kibble, The Monarch Caterpillar Afraid to Get Wings by Anita Gnan
Dr. Bradley Reaches Into His Bag - Body Wars by Ingrid Kirindongo /Teach Services (Bill Newman CD)
Jip Is Rescued - Prodigal Pup by Sara Brown (Bill Newman CD/Teach Services)
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Larry and Kibble Stroll Through The Forest - Kibble, The Monarch Caterpillar Afraid to Get Wings by Anita Gnan
Heartbreaking News At The Vet - Our Love Lives On For Miles In Heaven by Dr. Amy Sugar
Jip Escapes - Prodigal Pup by Sara Brown (Bill Newman  CD/Teach Services)
Dr. Bradley Visits The Classroom - Body Wars by Ingrid Kirindongo /Teach Services (Bill Newman CD)
Channing Thanks God - Prayer Answered In The Backyard by Kay Munson/ Teach Services (Bill Newman CD)
Channing Has An Idea - Prayer Answered In The Backyard by Kay Munson/ Teach Services (Bill Newman CD)
My brother and I remember Miles - Our Love Lives On For Miles In Heaven by Dr. Amy Sugar
Reading Our Memory Book About Miles - Our Love Lives On For Miles In Heaven by Dr. Amy Sugar
Red Tries To Steal Samantha's Lunch - Kibble, The Monarch Caterpillar Afraid to Get Wings by Anita Gnan
Samantha's Underground Home In The Sewer - Kibble, The Monarch Caterpillar Afraid to Get Wings by Anita Gnan
Dr. Bradley Reaches Into His Bag - Body Wars by Ingrid Kirindongo /Teach Services (Bill Newman CD)
Jip Is Rescued - Prodigal Pup by Sara Brown (Bill Newman  CD/Teach Services)
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Having started out as a child myself I’ve had a lifelong appreciation for stories exclusively written and illustrated for young people. It’s an interesting challenge to create artwork that conveys the rich panolply of content in well written children’s books.

Creating characters whether human or animal is a lot of fun. I love sinking my teeth into portraying an entire “family” complete with descriptive body language and facial expressions. As these sample images suggest I like to give my characters distinct personalities as this helps the reader understand and relate to the story.

I always read through the manuscript a number of times. Working with the author or editor I will work out the ideal balance between word and image throughout the book. I always take into account the length of text, where there are vital paragraph breaks and how dialogue will be interpreted in the visuals. Children’s books are a collaborative process and I enjoy being part of a team. I work well in tandem with an author or a whole panel of committee members in a large publishing firm.

It’s important to keep the end user or marketplace in mind when planning out a book. I am happy to defer to the experts for their guidance and this frequently influences the creative process. For example, today’s North American readers are very multi-cultural. An urban classroom will have equal parts Caucasian, Asian, Black and Muslim children. Girls will do things that were once thought to be boy’s activities and handicapped children are featured in central roles.

I consider working on children’s books a privilege and a chance to inspire the minds of the future. If you would like to see my work on Creative Shake please click (HERE).

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