Award winner talks about book illustration Jerry...

March 29, 2001|By Tricia Bishop

Award winner talks about book illustration

Jerry Pinkney, an award-winning children's-book illustrator (four times a Caldecott Honor medalist), will be at the Randallstown Branch Library Tuesday to sign copies of his books and give a presentation.

Pinkney will explain the process of creating artwork for books, which he's been doing since 1964. He's illustrated more than 75 books, many of which carry multicultural themes.

He's also worked for a variety of other clients, including the U.S. Postal Service (he designed stamps for the Black Heritage Series), National Geographic and RCA Records. But he says book illustration brings him the most gratification.

"Books give me a great feeling of personal and artistic satisfaction," he says. "When I'm working on a book, I wish the phone would never ring. I love doing it."

Among the books he's illustrated are "John Henry" and "Sam and the Tigers" by Julius Lester, "The Talking Eggs" by Robert D. San Souci and "Mirandy and Brother Wind" by Pat McKissack.

Pinkney's visit begins at 7 p.m., 8604 Liberty Road. Free tickets may be gotten at any Baltimore County public library or by calling the Randallstown branch at 410-887-0770.

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