Sunshine Smile Publications is delighted to showcase the very talented Lisa M Griffin!
Lisa is one of those lucky people who gets paid to do what she loves. Her colourful illustration style has been described as whimsical and delightful. Using a mixed media technique, Lisa enjoys layering color and line work to achieve a unique blend of detail and texture to her work. Lisa says, "Illustration has always been my dream. To be able to bring life to characters, create a visual story where there was once nothing but a bare page, it's an incredible process to experience and enjoy." It's a pleasure to showcase Lisa's work. Enjoy!
Q & A with Lisa M Griffin, Illustrator
What are you working on at the moment?
I have just begun working on my next children's book project. It is a wonderful story for kids, positive and uplifting, so I am truly thrilled that the publisher contacted me to illustrate it.
Is there anything you're busy promoting?
Yes, in a few weeks my latest children's book is coming out! It is titled Applesauce and I am very proud of all the hard work that went into bringing this lovely story to life.
Can you recommend a children's book that you recently enjoyed?
There are so many! I always return to a few of my true favorites and keep copies of them in my studio to draw upon for inspiration and/or to read with the kids. Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg, Zen Ties by Jon J Muth and Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak... great tales created by
inspiring and talented author/illustrators.
Do you recall the best piece of advice you received when you first started out?
The one piece of advice that I believe most illustrators can't hear enough is to be true to yourself. This is a hard business, you need to have (or quickly develop) a thick skin. If I had stopped drawing at my very first "thanks but no thanks", I wouldn't be where I am today. I know it may sound cliche, but if you believe in yourself and what you are capable of doing, then things will happen. Be patient, keep at it, and never forget why you wanted to be an illustrator in the first place.
About Lisa M Griffin
Lisa lives in New Hampshire, USA with her husband and three children. She has been influenced by a variety of artists including: Chris VanAllsburg, Mary Jane Begin, Jan Brett, Trina Schart Hyman, Beatrix Potter, Vanessa Brantley-Newton and Maurice Sendak. Publishing houses like Brown Publishing and SwordPen Publishing have come to Lisa to create memorable illustrations that make their stories come alive. Her illustrations have also been featured in invitations, magazines and textbooks.