Jeni Reeves

Jeni Reeves illustrated books
Illustration:  A narrative runs through all my work whether in illustration or painting for exhibition. My paintings often follow continuing themes, each painting a 'statement' in a 'story'. However, there is a difference between these two disciplines. Making a children's book is a collaborative art, more like film-making than painting a canvas. Behind every children's book illustrator is an author, an editor, an art director, a graphic designer, and a publisher. As part of this team, one of the illustrator's tasks is to observe life closely; I often use models and I visit appropriate places for the setting. Another important part of the work is to do research. Whether for mythology or biography, I study the history behind the project, setting the stage, creating a cohesive flow for the text. I then proceed to help the rest of the talented professionals try to bring the story to life.

world culture Folklore
History Speaks American History American Biographies Holidays Geography Folktales & Tall Tales
The Battle of the Alamo athe Girl Who Struck Out Babe Ruth Voice of Freedom Pocahontas Ramadan Colors of Kenya Anansi The Lion and the Hare
George Washington Willie McLean Booker T. Washington Babe Didrickson Zaharias Passover Colors of Russia Mike Fink
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