For my fourth birthday, my great-grandparents gave me The Story of Ferdinand, by Munro Leaf. It quickly became my favorite book, especially the incredible illustrations by Robert Lawson.
Lawson's ink drawings of Ferdinand inspired me to become an illustrator, and as you can see by my handiwork on one of the pages (below) I began practicing right away-then was sent to my room. In the end all that early training paid off as I grew up to write and illustrate children's books. On a shelf, next to copies of my own books, sits my copy of Ferdinand...Thank you Nanny and Poppy.
With that, I want to welcome you to my new website and blog (hate the word blog...sounds like something you take antibiotics to cure). Anyway, procrastinating caveman that I am, I launched my last website (richardtorreystudios.com) exactly five years ago this month and then never updated it...mostly because I didn't know how (hence the caveman reference). As the cobwebs formed and the dust built up, I stopped posting to the website's blog and pretty soon it all sort of went to sleep.
But I didn't.
In fact I've now written/illustrated 14 books-three of which come out in the next 10 months. Three books in the next ten months! If that's not reason enough to stop procrastinating and redo my site than I don't know what is.
So I hope you like it. I did it myself. It's not perfect but it's not bad for a caveman. In closing, I pledge to make this new site worth visiting, and to update it more frequently than my old one...which shouldn't be too hard.