Brad Sneed grew up in rural Newton, Kansas. If he wasn’t riding his horse, climbing trees, building forts, hunting, fishing, or playing sports, he could be found in his bedroom, drawing or painting. Subjects varied widely, from farm implements and rustic barns to Indians and cowboys –even portraits of family pets! When it came time to consider a career, art seemed an obvious choice. Brad attended Kansas University where he earned a BFA in Visual Communication-Illustration. A picture book illustration class turned him on to the notion of illustrating books professionally. He enjoyed creating a number of related sequential works that effectively and creatively tell a visual story. His first opportunity to illustrate a book followed a series of portfolio reviews with New York City publishers. Grandpa’s Song was published in 1991. To date Brad has illustrated 29 books, including Lucky Russell and Deputy Harvey and the Ant Cow Caper, which he also wrote. Brad lives in Prairie Village, Kansas with his wife and daughter.
I enjoy visiting schools to talk with students and teachers about illustrating and writing picture books. School visits provide a wonderful opportunity to interact with children and to shed light on how a book is created. It is very satisfying to hear from a teacher that after my presentation, her students couldn’t wait to return to their desks to write a story and draw a picture! ~ Brad Sneed
Evolution of Illustration with Brad Sneed
Wednesday, February 10, 4:30 – 5:30 pm
Grades 6 – 12
Sneed will demonstrate the fun, yet complex process of illustrating a picture book. Each step will be explored from reading the manuscript, using the imagination, creating the storyboard, performing reference and research, making the dummy book, revisions, and the final artwork. See how a doodle evolves into a completed painting. Cooperation of those involved in the creative process is stressed, as well as the notion that in order to excel, practice and perseverance are essential.