1898 Day Bros. Building Renovation

Friends,

Renovation is the 1898 Day Bros. building‘s only hope to withstand another century. Can you help me because your illustration purchase directly fixes the historic building?

When I was four years old, barefoot and shirtless, I clenched the sides of my radio flyer wagon not knowing what lay ahead of me. Summer’s midday sun baked the asphalt beneath my wagon and Momma’s bare feet. She patiently tugged the noisy wagon up Highway 109 toward an odd truck parked outside Trotter’s Country Store. Momma propped me on her hip, then carried me into the boxy vehicle she called a bookmobile. Standing inside, a librarian joyfully greeted me asking, “What’s your favorite book little man?”

My favorite book would have started like a Disney movie—magical. At four, I couldn’t conceive how words and drawings would eventually impact my rural community of 2,500 people. Since that memorable day, I’ve illustrated over sixty picture books, meet over one million students as a public speaker, and inspired all ages to chase their publishing dream. In 2015, I relocated my company’s book warehouse to the 1898 Day Bros. building, one of the last historic structures from Dawson Springs, Kentucky’s establishment.

The building is perfect for storage, but it could be much more with your help. The renovation of the 1898 Day Bros. building can be achieved through 1,898 sponsorships. Each illustration purchase receives a signed original children’s book illustrations from my private collection of sixty published children’s books.

Your purchase is important to help save the historic 1898 Day Bros. building in need of care and attention. Most of all your support fosters the much-needed inspiration that the littlest person’s words and drawings can affect the world. Please join me in opening another century of new chapters in the 1898 Day Bros. building’s story.

We thank the current supporters for their recent purchases.

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Sincerely yours,

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“Words and drawings affect a reader’s world!”

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Did you enjoy the writing process, since you’ve illustrated over fifty picture books?

Did you enjoy the writing process, since you’ve illustrated over fifty picture books?

16-OUTBACK-Conversation_With_The_AuthorI always enjoyed books as a child—from illustrations to reading. Making a career writing or illustrating books never came to mind. As a child my ambition was to become an animator after watching Walt Disney’s movie, Fantasia. Once I discovered there were more profitable art careers besides animation, I began illustrating books. Being around creative writers, inspired my love of writing. I’m a firm believer, you are who you associate with.

Read the full OUTBACK: Bothers & Sinisters, Conversation with the Author

10 Best Resources for Aspiring Illustrators

I’m often asked to recommend books on becoming a professional illustrator. Below are my 10 best resources for aspiring illustrators. Knowledge is power, however applying the knowledge creates a professional. The list includes drawing books and business guides I consistently use as an illustrator.

  1. The Book of a Hundred Hands (Dover Anatomy for Artists), George B. Bridgeman
  2. Dynamic Figure Drawing, Bume Hogarth
  3. The Art of Animal Drawing: Construction, Action Analysis, Caricature (Dover Art Instruction), Ken Hultgren
  4. Animation (Walt Disney Animation Studios: The Archive Series), Walt Disney Company
  5. Cartoon Animation (Collector’s Series), Preston Blair
  6. Anatomy for the Artist, Jeno Barcsay
  7. Best Sketchbook, Use at least one sketchbook to practice the books listed above.
  8. How to Write and Illustrate Children’s Books and Get Them Published, Bicknell and Trotman
  9. Graphic Artist’s Guild Handbook of Pricing and Ethical Guidelines, Graphic Artist Guild
  10. Your Perfect Home-Based Studio: A Guide for Designers and Other Creative Professionals, Poppy Evans

— Mark Wayne Adams, Publisher of Nicholas, that’s Ridiculous! A Story About Being a Boy