illustrator of children's literature
There are two things that I just do without contemplating the reasons
and they are draw and draw. As a silly, hyper kid, they were probably
the only things that kept me quiet and seated, allowing my mother
one less child to chase around the dining room table. Below is a
photo of her young rascals circa 1959. Would you want to be a stay-at-home
mom with this rambunctious gang? I'm the one on the far left.
father worked hard as an industrial photographer but I think my mother
worked the hardest keeping the reins on her sons and giving them religion.
You must become altar boys, she said. So we all did and went to
parochial school, too. I found my numerous laps around the dining
room table paid off later in high school. Two state team championships
in cross-country led to a full sport's scholarship at the University
of Cincinnati where I majored inwhat else? Fine Arts.
For four years
I drew and drew until one day they gave me a diploma and I found
myself looking for a job at the bureau of unemployment. Can you
draw?' asked the man peering up at me from behind the desk. I can
draw and draw, I said proudly. And that was the beginning of a
career as a graphic artist for a tradeshow display company in Cincinnati.
I would draw display ideas during the day and at night retreat to
the basement studio to draw on large canvases.
Several art exhibitions and a few career changes later my studio
has moved to New Jersey, to a second floor room with a cathedral
ceiling and large windows. Here I draw and draw and sometimes, just
sometimes, get to do something really cool like a
high-tech mural for the State of Utah or receive the Don
Freeman Grant(SCBWI) to continue work on children's picture
books. I'm now the illustrator of three published picture books: Aunt
Matilda's Almost Boring Party,
Child's Guide to Common Household Monsters, and
Eight Wild Nights: A Family Hanukkah Tale.
My recent work has included a unique, patented card design
that has been applied to greeting cards and activity cards for children, and
partnering with my wife, Susan, to develop
(animated stories for kids).
These same stories are also
in an app called Robots on the Moon and you can get the app free from
Susan thinks I'm a big kid and she's probably right. Just
give me a crayon and I'll draw and draw.
Go to www.davidudovic.com
to see more of the artist's work.
© Copyright David Udovic
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