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David Soman: Making of a Children’s Book

David Soman: Making of a Children's Book | Art Business Journal
Artrepreneur Creative Careers Podcast
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David Soman: Making of a Children's Book
David Soman: Making of a Children's Book | Art Business Journal

Best-selling children’s book illustrator David Soman, known for the series Ladybug Girl, sits down with Artrepreneur curator Matt Rota to dive into his rediscovery of children’s book illustration and the lengthy creation process of Ladybug Girl. David Soman has illustrated other titles such as Three Bears in a Boat, and The Monster Next Door, and currently teaches at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.


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Matthew Rota

A graduate of The Maryland Institute College of Art’s General Fine Arts program and the School of Visual Art’s MFA Visual Essay program, Matt Rota is an illustrator, author, and instructor. He’s spent the past 15 years working with clients in print and online including the New York Times, the New Yorker, Penguin Books, The LA Times, The Washington Post, Foreign Policy, The New Republic, Smithsonian, Variety, Buzzfeed, and many others. His illustrations focus primarily on global politics, criminal justice, social inequality, immigration, and poverty. His work in illustration has been recognized by several industry organizations including Communication Arts, Spectrum, 3X3 Magazine, and The Society of Illustrators, where he has won two silver medals, one for his work on the documentary Silent Truth, a documentary on the threat of violence towards women in the U.S. Military, another for a series of drawings with ProPublica on Fire Stone Tires and the Liberian Genocide.

His work has been featured in Artists Magazine, Drawing Magazine, Clafoutis, Illusive anthology of contemporary illustration, and the Figure Artists Handbook by Rob Zeller. Over the past ten years, he has taught illustration at the Maryland Institute College of Art and The School of Visual Arts. Matt has written two books on drawing, Pencil Arts Workshop, and The Art of Ballpoint. Matt also has an extensive exhibition career, a body of work centered on panoramic pen and ink landscapes that smash history together with current events and focus on themes of environmental degradation and exploitation. This work has been exhibited in group shows and solo exhibitions in galleries internationally. Additionally, Matt is serving on the board of directors at the New York Artists Equity Association.

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