Laurie B. Arnold is the author of the middle grade novel, “Hello There, We’ve Been Waiting for You.” She’s also written and designed countless interactive computer games for kids. (Okay, maybe not countless, but at least 50.) They’ve featured original characters such as Putt-Putt and Fatty Bear for Humongous Entertainment, and Huggly for Scholastic; plus many characters sprung from the pages of iconic books such as Madeline, Little Bear, Harry Potter, The Little Mermaid, Clifford, and The Magic School Bus. Laurie also wrote for the animated television shows, Dragon Tales (PBS) and What-a-Mess (ABC).She loves working with kids in schools and classrooms, inspiring them to write and to embrace their creativity.Laurie writes about her dot, "When I visited Australia, I was captivated by the bright, elemental Aboriginal dot paintings. I’ve long wanted to try my hand at it. I couldn't imagine a better occasion to give it a try than on Dot Day!"
Welcome to Celebri-dots
International Dot Day is a celebration of creativity that was inspired by Peter H. Reynolds' book "The Dot". This site is filled with other authors, illustrators, and celebrities who share in the dream of a more creative world. Learn more about International Dot Day!
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Drew Sheneman has been drawing professionally since 1998 and amateurishly since he could hold a crayon. He graduated from Central Michigan U with a BFA in illustration and worked as an editorial cartoonist for The Star-Ledger, NJ’s largest and awesomest newspaper until 2010. He continues to draw for them on a weekly basis and is syndicated nationally through Tribune Content Agency. He’s even received some awards, including The John Locher Award from the Assoc of American Editorial Cartoonists and The Charles Schulz Award from The Scripps Howard Fdn. Drew has done commercial illustration for Hasbro and Dungeons & Dragons, among others. He lives in a house in NJ with his wife, his daughter and Fat Panda, his cat. On a good day, you might catch him sporting his favorite cape.
Monday, September 15, 2014
Deborah Hocking had 4 majors in college - painting, illustration, graphic design, and Spanish and studied abroad in Madrid and Central America. She and her husband once took a 2.5 month, 1,100 mile hiking/backpacking trip which began in Paris and ended on the Atlantic coast of Spain. She did a sketch a day during their journey. They ate more chocolate, baguettes and butter than they thought possible, saw back-roads and hamlets, met kind and generous people, many of whom opened their homes freely, and had plenty of time to be still and quiet and take in life at a completely different pace.
They also lived in France for six years where they ran a conference center in an old castle. And while she adores Portland - its endless parks & neighborhoods to explore - a part of her dreams of being able to live in France again some day.
Learn more about Deborah on her website.
David Barneda has a studio in Los Angeles, California, where he comes up with visual solutions, creating custom illustrations and designs for children's books, book covers, posters, infographics, t-shirts, greeting cards and animations. His methods include digital and traditional tools, and his work using both has been recognized by: The Society of Illustrators of New York, The Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles, PRINT, CMYK, American Illustration and The Black Book.
His Dots homage was inspired by a particularly hot Dot Day out in LA: A family of camels going for a stroll around the neighborhood. David is represented by Paul Roden of Rodeen Literary Management. Check out his website at http://www.barneda.com and follow him on Twitter:
Arree Chung makes picture books, but he did a lot of other things before finding his true passion. Arree began his career in consulting where he made lots of spreadsheets. Arree left the consulting field for an opportunity at Pixar. At Pixar, Arree learned the secret to success: loving what you do. To pursue his passion, Arree enrolled at the Art Center College of Design where he learned to draw, paint, and think differently. In Steven Turk's Children's Book Illustration class, Arree discovered his love for creating children's picture books and the rest is history!
In the past decade, Arree has worked in the games industry as a Designer and Art Director. Arree’s first debut picture book, “Ninja!” hits shelves June 3rd, 2014. When Arree is not practicing his Ninja moves, you can find him playing basketball or riding his bike.
Learn more about Arree on his website.
Laura Zarrin lives in San Jose, CA with her husband, two filmmaker sons, and her four legged studio assistant, Cody. She can often be found in her studio, elbow deep in paint, paste, paper, and Photoshop. She loves illustrating for children, because they're the best audience in the world! You can see her work in Highlights High Five, Highlights Hidden Pictures Books, and an upcoming series that’s top secret right now.