Meet the faculty of the 2017 Austin SCBWI Writers & Illustrators Working Conference. We’ve asked all our faculty members to answer 4 quick questions so we can get to know them better.
Jeff Crosby, Author, Illustrator
Jeff Crosby is the author and illustrator of Wiener Wolf (DisneyHyperion) and The Rockabilly Goats Gruff (Holiday House). He has illustrated eleven additional childern’s picture books. Jeff teaches design and illustration at Texas State University.
What attracted you to children’s books?
I love the many stories that can be found in the illustrations from picture books and the many innovative ways they are created.
What’s the best part of your job?
My favorite part of the creative process is drawing the storyboards and having the story revealed visually for the first time. I enjoy experimenting with the different angles and perspectives, exploring different ways of interpreting the story.
What’s the most challenging part of your job?
Not having time to just sit down and create.
What’s the best piece of advice you were given that helped drive your career?
I had the idea for a picture book, but didn’t consider myself a writer. I asked my author wife if she would write it so I could illustrate it. She told me that the story was mine and I should give voice to it. So I made a wordless picture book instead.
Come see Jeff at the 2017 Austin SCBWI conference, May 20-21, 2017