Illustrating The Book

We're working with Concordia House Publishing on a new illustrated children's Bible that should be published in the coming year. More than one hundred illustrations will be paired with story summaries, and will be distributed throughout a colorful ESV Study Bible for children and adults.

I'm rediscovering fascinating details of this big Story along the way, and will try to share a few images from time to time as we get closer to publication.

Thanks to my friends, family, colleagues and students who have offered feedback as these pictures have developed from the sketch stage into completed illustrations. Your eyes and your ideas help me see these stories in a new light.

Posted on Sunday, September 24, 2017 at 08:08AM by Registered CommenterLon Eric Craven | CommentsPost a Comment

Self portrait . . . in China

My agent at WendyLynn & Co. asked for a self-portrait for a promotional piece.
A student asked me today why my beard is so many different colors.

Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 02:24PM by Registered CommenterLon Eric Craven | CommentsPost a Comment

Instructions from the 'Boss'

Illustration recounting the day my sister and I worked for the circus. Still have the hat.

Posted on Sunday, January 22, 2017 at 06:54PM by Registered CommenterLon Eric Craven | CommentsPost a Comment

New art for a new season

I spent a part of a hot day recently with pen and ink while a few African elephants drifting by.

A somewhat cooler local attraction, The National Toy and Miniature Museum, will reopen this weekend. This spring the museum commissioned me to draw introductory illustrations for some of the toy displays, as well as the furniture holding the displays. It will be quite a surprise to the pen and ink art all full-sized, interacting with artifacts and people.

Just in time for a new school year.

Posted on Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at 06:47PM by Registered CommenterLon Eric Craven | CommentsPost a Comment

A frigid start to a new year

The Christmas promotional for WendyLynn & Co. was based on "Walking in a Winter Wonderland," but at the time we began it we had no idea of the deep freeze most of the country was about to experience. The children are making the best of the situation, as are we all as we wait for the first hints of green.

Speaking of green....
When spring does come, a new nonfiction retelling of the life of St. Patrick will be into the hands of young readers. The Puzzles of St. Patrick: From Slave to Saint, by Ellen Cook Nibali (Fairland Books, 2014) follows her book on the life of St. Nicholas. The story is taken from St. Patrick's own writings, and the illustrations follow him from the depths of slavery to the final realization of his mission and purpose.

Posted on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 10:22AM by Registered CommenterLon Eric Craven | CommentsPost a Comment
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