Today we have a very special treat. Real life artist, David Medhurst, shares what it’s like to be an artist and author of three picture books.
Check out his interview and some of his creations!
Q. How long have you been an artist?
A. I’ve been an artist forever. This most recent stint doing it full time is about four years now.
Q: Did you always have an interest in art?
A: I remember doing art in nursery school, but I don’t know of what; flowers I think.
My first drawing, that I can remember, and can still visualize, was in Kindergarten after a class visit to the Fire Station. I drew a big red fire truck, and the teacher said it was good.
Probably a defining moment. So I guess the answer is yes!
Q. What type of schooling (if any) did you go through to be an artist?
A. In high school, I took both Graphic and Fine Art and then when I eventually went to College I studied Animation at Sheridan College.
That is a fantastic program that taught me so much!
I had excellent, enthusiastic teachers with so much knowledge and experience. I consider myself very fortunate.
Q. What type of medium do you work through?
A. For StoryTime Books I illustrate in watercolor. Everything starts with a pencil, but the artwork in my books is watercolor.
I also do a lot of pencil sketches that I use for conveying a message. It’s fun and fast, and helps get the message across.
Tell us a bit about your picture books.
A. I write my stories to make the reader happy, and I paint the pictures to do the same.
I want, when you to pick up one of my books, to join in on the story, travel along to enjoy the world and to meet new characters and have fun. That is what my stories are all about.
I have been writing children’s books for about ten years, but it wasn’t until 2018 that I finally published.
The first children’s story I wrote is called Sammy and the Big Red Balloon. My first published book, Andy’s Dandy Day, was written in January of this year.
The goal is to have three more books published this year through StoryTime Books, so I have started an Indiegogo campaign to help get this done.
The more good stories there are, the more happy people there will be.
Q. What has it been like to write and illustrate your own work?
Both writing and illustrating my books allows me to make the characters more complete.
When I write the story, I know who I am writing about and by illustrating I can show you too. It somehow brings you more into the story.
Q. Do you have a favorite character that you draw? If so, which one is it and why is it so special?
There are reoccurring characters in this little world of StoryTime Books, and each of them, plus others you haven’t met, will eventually have their own stories.
Just as an example, Andy, from my first book, is one of the friends in Tommy’s House, my second book. Sammy, the character from the very first children’s book that I wrote, is also in Tommy’s House.
I like all of them. They are all fun to draw, and they all make me smile. I also like drawing people I know and adding them into my stories.
I actually have written a story that will let a whole bunch of people be part of the story! I can’t wait to get to it!
Q. Why do you love being an artist?
As hokey as it sounds, I want the world to be a better place, and I think music and art do a lot to help make it better.
It’s my way of contributing. I think it works.
I want to do it in a much bigger way, and if everyone participates, I think we can do something special.
Q. Do you have any advice for our young artists?
My best advice to young artists is something I have recently learned. My advice is to appreciate other peoples’ work, learn from things you like, and absorb what interests you, and use what you learn in your discovery of your way of expressing ideas.
Express yourself with what you have, be it a pencil and paper or chalk on the sidewalk. Sing, draw, write, create in any way that you can, and express yourself as often as you can. It is a growing thing if you want it to be.
Be the artist that you are.
Q. Anything else you would like to add?
Check out all of my social media. I always try to post interesting things, and I sometimes have free downloads for craft kits and coloring pages.
Tell someone about this article or share it on your social media. Help me make the story a reality! It should be a fun adventure. Won’t you come along?
Thank you, David, for sharing your life, experiences, and work as an artist.
Would you like to be an artist someday? Drop us a line and tell us about it. You can also send us a drawing, poem, or short story to be featured on Show Us Your Stuff Saturday!