After graduating from the Columbus College of Art and Design, I started illustrating for advertising agencies in Columbus Ohio then New York City. Then a move to San Francisco started a career as an art director for greeting cards. A few years later, it was time to get back to doing my own illustration again. I began doing art for licensing, and I have images on a variety of products including; gift bags, cards, garden flags, mugs, prints, 3-d plush, needlepoint, stickers, holiday clings and paper product goods.
Tell us about your art and books.
I have illustrated a children’s book, Cats for Golden Books as well as two educational books for Evan Moore publications. I also have two e-books that I wrote and illustrated, Friends, Amanda and Max and animals, Must Be.
I like working in different media and styles. I do realistic images as well as whimsical, and like working in oils and watercolors. I have a studio in my home in the Santa Cruz Mountains and can be contact via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why did you choose to be an illustrator, and tell us about some of your illustrations and books that have been published?
I cannot remember a time when I did not want to be an illustrator. I am very lucky to have known always what I wanted to do. I am especially excited about the e-books that I have done recently. One is Friends, Amanda and Max is about an orange tabby cat and a wee dachshund pup exploring what it means to be a friend. It is available at Barnes and Noble. http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/friends-amanda-and-max-patti-gay/1030966799 .
Amanda and Max also have their own blog in their voices with free downloads of paper dolls and coloring pages. http://amandaandmax.blogspot.com/
Would you tell us more about your books and art work?
Must Be is about a menagerie of friendly animals that are playing in the park when they notice the reader) is observing them. What must it be? Each animal tries to discern what is watching them. They each have their own ideas based on the wonderful, individual characteristics they themselves possess. Finally a clever pig declares that it is in fact a child. Upon this discovery, the animals invite the child reader into their play.http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/animals-must-be-patti-gay/1030528593.
www.pattigay.com and I also have a blog with updates of what I am doing at http://pattigay.blogspot.com/. What are some of your illustrations that have been published? My blog also has links to my books and my agent’s sites.
What do you do when you are not writing or illustrating?
When I am not writing or illustrating, I am managing a home teaching program for my son, who is autistic. I train all of his aides and cover for them when they are not here.
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I have taken his paintings and scanned them into my computer than fused them with design. I am now working on setting up a blog for signed and numbered giclee prints on demand. It will be at http://twocanart.blogspot.com/ when it is done. Right now, you can see images on my agent’s site. http://www.jmsartlicensing.com/two_can_art/.
Do you usually work directly with authors, or with the publishers?
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possible future book.
What “Made It” moments have you experienced?
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this one just for fun,
but I love it. Don't you think
this would make a great
character in a new book?
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