Our June calendar page is ready with gorgeous art by featured illustrator Faith Pray! Faith is working on her debut author-illustrated picture book. It releases in one year (June 2020) and we cannot wait to read it.
This month's interview is packed with lots of eye candy and glimpses into Faith's workspace and process. You won't want to miss it.
Download the June calendar page here and then scroll down for the interview!
Interview with Author/Illustrator Faith Pray
Puddle Jump Collective:
Today we’re talking with Faith Pray, an author-illustrator living in Washington State in the Pacific Northwest.
Faith is represented by Molly O’Neill at Root Literary Agency, and is our featured illustrator this month for the June Downloadable Kidlit Calendar. Faith is joining us from her basement studio space.
Can you tell us a little bit about your workspace, Faith?
Hello, Puddle Jump! Thanks for the interview!
This is my happy, creative place.
It’s loaded with paper, books, heaps of art making tools,
and is extra rich thanks to some special people in my life.
The vintage ladder is made by my grandpa, shelves by my hubs and by my dad,
who also made me the most epic iPad/drawing board stand ever.
I have two furry studio assistants.
They like to take naps.
And taste paintbrushes.
I have a multitude of corkboards, chalkboards. and clipboards.
They help me keep track of all the things I need to remember.
Puddle Jump Collective: It’s always a treat to see inside an illustrator’s workspace. What is your most important work essential?
(Can you tell?)
Blackwing pencils are my favorites because they come with a handy eraser attached.
I like them so much I bought pencil extenders so I can use up as much pencil as possible before saying goodbye.
Pencils are my most-wanted art supply, but I also need….
It might seem an entirely fluffy and unimportant thing, but when you have four kids between the ages of 8 - 13 and your studio is in the basement, sound dampening is a GOOD thing!
Writing gloves. It gets cold in my basement studio. Also, I feel legitimately writerly when I sit down to work with these on.
Mug.Most helpful when there is something hot and caffeinated in it.
Eraser.Polymer erasers are my go-to eraser for colored pencils.
Sketchbook. I really love the texture of Strathmore 400 Series paper.
Paint pencils. I am a fan of Caran D-Ache Supracolor Soft and Bruynzeel watercolor pencils.
Water-soluble graphite fat pencil. Lyra Graphitekreig is chunky and unpredictable. Which is fun to play with.
Colored pencils. I like both Prismacolor and Lyra polycolor buttery oil pencils.
Sharpener.Kum long-point sharpener
Those are my favorite analog tools, but I also rely on my Macbook Pro, iPad Pro, and Apple Pencilfor digital work.
Puddle Jump Collective: Excellent. What would you say is the top advice you’ve been given as an author-illustrator?
Faith: I think I have two things. Maybe three.
I check out gargantuan stacks of children's books from the library and I read all the time. Also, I read with intention - I use sticky notes when studying children’s books and use them to flag whenever I notice patterns and plot structures, character growth, or quirky things I want to remember.