by Kevin Scott Collier
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Sometimes being a children's book illustrator can be a challenge. Especially with a son watching on. Recently I accepted an illustration assignment from writer James Tague (author of Freddy the Football and The Trochilus Bird) to draw his book, "Rufus Tweed, The Father of Greed." I am pictured above doing the preliminary sketches of the characters that will appear in this book to be published this summer by Xlibris/Random House Publishing. My son, Jarod, sidles up to watch.
Within moments, Jarod's climbed onto my back and is hugging me with affection. James Tague should know the most challenging part of drawing his book will be the loving company that is attached to it. It's not easy to draw with a nine-year-old boy on your back, but happy illustrators never draw alone.