Montreal native Steve Adams is an illustrator of magical scenes across picture books, magazines, online publications, and so much more. He has received accolades for his illustrations from The Society of Illustrators, American Illustration, the 3×3 International ProShow, and others over his thirty year career.
Steve taps into his nostalgic sensibility and his own childhood memories for inspiration Steve answered a few questions about the nature of nostalgia and the work of imagination in creating moving art.
What, in your opinion, is the work of a picture book?
It’s a way to accompany a young reader on their journey to learning to read through a world invented by an illustrator and an author!
The Boy Who Grew Flowers is so deeply magical, and beautifully illustrated for the fantastical story. Can you talk a bit about how you developed the imagery for this book?
The story touched me at my first reading! The author was able to convey a sensitivity through the character of the boy, in which I recognized myself.
If you could illustrate any classic tale, which would you choose?
Maybe the classic of the classic: Little Red Riding Hood.
Were you a reader when you were young? What books from your childhood has stuck with you, and why?
Any book with story of an animal! But the one I remember was Pinocchio, who wants to be a real little boy, and the journey he has to go through to become one!
What has been your favorite interaction with a child about your work?
My own children. It was magical when it was time of bedtime stories… Their reactions, their questions, their smiles!
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received, about creating art or otherwise?
One day a great illustrator told me that when I make an illustration, it must tell us something different each time we look at it.
What can you tell us about your current/next project?
I’m working on a story I’m writing and illustrating about a difficult boy who changes, improves over the pages!