I told him I had an idea for a book and he actually seemed interested, so I elaborated. He told me how awesome it sounded, which was pretty neat. Honestly, it was the first time someone, other than a family member, showed genuine interest in and excitement for something I wanted to write. Looking back, it was pretty pivotal in keeping alive my hope/dream of one day publishing a book.
Since then, Jess and I have stayed in touch and he has become one of my favorite illustrators. He has done some awesome work in picture books, graphic novels, comic books and even a huge mural along a local river trail.
here. Seriously, take a gander and support the project.
My whole family really enjoys his work. Just last night, I checked on my daughter, who was supposed to be asleep, only to find her propped up in bed, paging through Rumpus on the Run: A Monster Look and Find. A lot of his illustrations are done in brush pen, and I absolutely love the style.