We had the good fortune of connecting with Reggie Brown and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Reggie, what’s something about your industry that outsiders are probably unaware of?
As an Illustrator for children’s books, I believe the one thing most outsiders aren’t aware of is how much time it takes to put out a book. It’s usually a year-long process.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I love drawing emotional scenes with vibrant and saturated colors that include expressive, unique, and unforgettable characters. I like to keep my color values visually stimulating, constant and sharp. I like my work to communicate a feeling of nostalgia and home. It helps those viewing remind them of their happiness, a moment into which they can empathize or remember their joy. Becoming an illustrator was a lot of work a little bit of luck being able to draw for a living. Many people helped me along the way, like my parents, my awesome agent Christy but mostly, my wife Demi, who is my biggest fan and cheerleader, helped me pursue this dream. One of the lessons I learned so far is that everyone has a little bit of self-doubt, it’s normal, but you have to fight through it. Last year was devastating for many people, but 2020 really taught me how to adapt, and I was able to do some exciting projects.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I would probably take them to Comic-Con downtown, but it’s not happening this year, so: I would take them to : Coronado and see the hotel Torrey Pines Bluffs La Jolla (seals) Point Loma and eat at Dirty Birds or Slaters 50/50 South Park is awesome sad that Hamiltons is closed, though.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) aims to support the creation and availability of quality children’s books in every region of the world. SCBWI San Diego was the first place I went to when I decided to become an illustrator. They have chapters in most major cities worldwide, but the best one is probably here in San Diego! The first meeting I attended was USD, and all the members were so welcoming and extremely helpful in the advice they gave. SCBWI is open to anyone with an active interest in children’s literature, from picture books to young adult novels. Y’all should definitely check them out if you have a passion for writing or illustrating for children.