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Illustration Nation comes to MMCC

Faulkner started with a power point presentation showing a sample of what he would be doing later in the morning.

Story and photos by
JANET SOWLE, Editor

Children’s book illustrator and author Matt Faulkner of Lake Orion, MI came to Mid Michigan Community College (MMCC) on March 23 and presented a workshop on children’s book illustration and the business side of illustrating and writing children’s books.

"Mad Bunnies on Parade" is a project Faulkner is looking to get published.

Faulkner adds a cool blue color to his illustration.

The morning was spent with Faulkner demonstrating his illustration process and sharing his work with the participants lucky enough to get into the sold-out workshop. He spent the remainder of the morning actually creating a watercolor illustration with assistance from MMCC art students Danae Berry and Tyrone Plummer and MMCC adjunct faculty Shari Williams.

MMCC art student Danae Berry assists Faulkner by adding paint to his pan.

Faulkner asks Tyrone Plummer, MMCC art student, to paint in the shadows of the pewter pitcher.

Faulkner autographs copies of "The Monster Who Ate My Peas" during the lunch break.

Before turning to the business side of the operation in the afternoon, Faulkner gave a rare treat and read one of his books aloud, A Taste of Colored Water. The story tells of an adventure that a little southern girl named Lulu and her friend Jelly take after Abbey Finch tells them of a bubbler of colored water. The story, set in the 1960’s, shows Faulkner’s passion for everyone practicing tolerance of each other.

For more information on Faulkner or how to purchase any of his books or illustrations, visit mattfaulkner.com.

The workshop was funded in part by MMCC’s Art Department and the Art and Graphic Design club. For additional information on the department or the club, contact Pat Block at pblock@midmich.edu.

Faulkner lightens the paint while explaining the importance of lights and shadows to workshop participants.

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