Matt Phelan


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Matt Phelan made his illustrating debut with Betty G. Birney’s The Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs (Atheneum/Simon & Schuster). Since then he has illustrated many picture books and novels for young readers, including Where I Live by Eileen Spinelli (Dial), Very Hairy Bear by Alice Schertle (Harcourt), and The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron (Simon & Schuster) winner of the 2007 Newbery Medal.

Matt studied film and theater in college with the goal of one day writing and directing movies. But his first love was always drawing, and the more he saw the wonderful world of children’s books, the more he realized that this was the place for him. Being an illustrator is in many ways like being an actor, director, cinematographer, costumer, a
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PIGNIC Sketches!

I had a tremendous amount of fun writing and illustrating PIGNIC. Here's a peek behind the scenes...


One of a million pig character sketches.

A sample from the initial thumbnail layout.



The dummy consisted of very small sketches drawn with Derwent Inktense pencils which are water-soluble. I liked the results so much that I used the same pencils for the final art.


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