Grades 3, 4 and 5 at Denton Elementary attended programs in the library media center today featuring Michael P. White, children's book illustrator, from Atlanta, GA. Mr. White earned his degree in graphic design from the Art Institute of Atlanta nearly 3 decades ago and became a children's book author quite by accident! He had his artwork on display at a large festival when a famous author bent down to retrieve a lost earring that had rolled into his booth. When she stood up she fell in love with his work and asked him if he ever thought about illustrating children's books.
Mr. White talked about his evolution as an artist and all about the process of illustrating books. Students helped to brainstorm ideas and were encouraged to follow along and learn to draw like Michael with this highly-engaging and entertaining program.
Mr. White said he was "born to draw", having drawn nearly every day since he could remember. Now, he draws 8 hours a day 6 days a week! He's completed over 30,000 pieces of artwork and draws 500 different images for a single book. Only 32 of those images make it into a picture book, and the process takes several years.
Mr. White left behind the artwork he created during the event for students in the school to enjoy. He encouraged students to have an open mind when drawing, to keep practicing, and told them to always sign their work! This was definitely an experience that those students will remember.
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