My guest today is Cady B. Driver, the illustrator of I Love You, Be Careful. The book's illustrations capture poignant memories and cause one to reflect on all the "Be Careful" moments in life and smile.
Cady paints portraits and murals, teaches art and donates her work to charitable organizations. She has also illustrated Icky, Sticky Pancake World by Patrick Wynn. You can view more of her work online at http://www.artbycady.com/ or contract her at Cady@ArtByCady.com. She currently resides in
Could you tell us a little about yourself?
I am a stay-at-home mom and I homeschool my three kids, Chloe, age 11, Jacob, age 9 and Tirzah, age 8. In my spare time, I illustrate children's books, paint murals, donate murals to sick kids and hospitals, and design, sell and exhibit watercolor art.
Could you describe your workspace?
I have a desk, bulletin board and easel set up in the corner of our schoolroom bonus room. Every time I walk by that room, my desk calls out to me to sit down and paint something! :) It's hard to resist it even when there are mounds of laundry to do.
Do you also write or would you like to in the future?
I do write. I currently am a contributor to a large blog called Modestly Yours and I have an art blog of my own that I love to write on. I have written some poetic children's verses and one children's book, but I haven't had the courage to send them anywhere yet. Maybe sometime soon I will.
When did you first know you wanted to be an illustrator?
To be honest with you, I never really thought about being an illustrator. I answered an ad on Craig's List from an author who needed an illustrator. I thought it looked interesting and the author, after sifting through many illustrators, finally settled on my sketches.
What kind of training prepared you for your career as an illustrator?
I am entirely self-taught. I buy books and spend a lot of time practicing and painting to perfect my technique.
Who are some of your favorite children's illustrators?
I love Eloise Wilkins' style of painting sweet children and I'm a huge fan of Jan Brett. I greatly admire her attention to detail. I would love to be as good as she is some day.
What is the best advice you've ever received?
Well, it would have to be a Bible verse...."whatsoever you do, do it with your whole heart as unto the Lord and not unto men."
Can you describe the process you go through when illustrating a picture book?
I do a
Can you share about any projects you are currently working on?
I am currently working on a book called, The Gift by Bridget Knouse. The Knouses are an amazing couple that have opened up their home to adoptive and foster children. Bridget wanted to impart the concept of how an adopted child is truly a gift from God to his adoptive parents and how he is right where he is supposed to be in life. It's a beautiful book and brings tears to my eyes every time I read it.
Is there anything else you'd like to share?
Ultimately, I believe that God gives us talents and gifts in life to be used for a purpose and for God's glory. Through donating my murals to sick kids and donating memory portraits to parents that have lost children, I hope to share God's love and compassion with others. I would eventually like for my business to grow to the point where I can significantly donate to organizations such as Shoannah's Hope. Shoannah's Hope helps sponsor families who would like to adopt, but cannot afford to. It's an amazing ministry and the plight of orphans around the world is one that is close to my heart.