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Brings Words to Life

Jul 17, 2012

Illustrator Cathy Morrison loves to draw. The onetime animation artist and graphic designer has illustrated more than 30 picture books, including ones about Juliette Gordon Low, John Aududon, and Amelia Earhart.

“I can’t remember not drawing,” Cathy says. “I always considered myself an artist, even when I was very young. I studied art in college, earning a double major in fine art and education. Then I worked in an animation studio, which was a lot of fun.”

Her work in an animation studio taught Cathy how to draw characters. “There was a mirror at each station, so you could work on facial expressions or movements to draw exactly how the characters should move,” she says.

As a book illustrator, Cathy says that it’s her job to take somebody else’s words and bring them to life. “For example when I illustrated Juliette Low, Girl Scout Founder for the Young Patriots series, I received an unedited manuscript, read through it, and started thinking about which parts of the story would work best as illustrations. I try to give a sense of what the world was like at that particular time in history by doing lots of research in the library or on the Internet. Hopefully the reader will get a good idea of what Juliette’s life was like by seeing the illustrations with the story.”

Find out more about our featured artist Cathy Morrison on The Studio.