Illustrator Claire Sedovic, of Des Moines, joins us on the podcast to talk about her journey to becoming a published illustrator. That book, Odd Animal ABCs, was published earlier this year (the book was written by June Smalls, of Virginia). During the podcast, Sedovic chats about what she learned during the process of illustrating her first book, what it's like to have her own book in her mother's preschool classroom, and more. Highlights include:
On becoming a published illustrator: "It may sound kind of archaic, but one way illustrators get themselves known is that we send out postcards."
The "odd animals" she had to research and draw: "The one that immediately comes to mind, because 'X' is obviously such a hard letter to think of things for, is xenops. It's a bird from South America, and it kind of looks like a sparrow... My favorite had to be the tree kangaroo though. It sounds like it's made up, but it looks like a teddy bear."
On her decision to quit her full-time job to focus on her illustrating: "This was something I had been passionate about for awhile, and it came to the point where there just was never going to be the 'right time' to leave that job and leap into this career. I just had to make the decision to do it, and I've never regretted that."