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Tony Piedra

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I live, work, and play in the beautiful San Francisco Bay Area, and I grew up in Texas where I spent most of my childhood drawing monsters and looking for bugs in hot and humid Houston.

In a previous chapter of my life, I was a Sets Technical Director at Pixar Animation Studios. For nine years, I collaborated with some of the most talented artists and storytellers in the world to help realize the environments in films, such as, Up, Cars 2, The Good Dinosaur, Inside Out, and Coco, as well as several of Pixar's short films, including The Blue Umbrella.

Now, I am taking the skills and experiences from my time working in the film industry and putting them to use as an author and illustrator of children’s books.

My debut picture book, The Greates
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Tony Piedra The seed for my debut picture book, The Greatest Adventure, came from a meeting in New York I had with editor and publisher Arthur Levine of Arthur A.…moreThe seed for my debut picture book, The Greatest Adventure, came from a meeting in New York I had with editor and publisher Arthur Levine of Arthur A. Levine Books back in February 2015. On that cold, winter day I presented Arthur a "sneak peek" of a story I had been developing. And although he didn’t care for the project I shared with him, he ended up asking me a very poignant question, “Why did you choose to write that story?” And in response I told Arthur about my childhood in Houston. I told him how my notion of adventure was shaped by stories my father told me about his childhood in the Bahamas.  Stories filled with gliding manta rays and schools of flashing, silver fish, stories which made me long, even at that early age, to have a great adventure of my own. And this childhood sentiment, drawn out from me by the probing of a thoughtful editor became the seed for The Greatest Adventure.
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I'm often asked how I create my illustrations.  In this post I will share with you my process for creating the artwork for my debut picture book, The Greatest Adventure. I won’t go in to great detail on each step in the process, instead, my goal is to impart on you a basic understanding of what it means to create a digital painting. And hopefull...

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