Thursday, October 21, 2010

Marilyn Cole Started Young in Illustration

Being an illustrator takes dedication and Marilyn Cole (left) not only wrote her own adaptation of a classic fairy tale but illustrated it, self-published the book, and had a costume specialist make an amazing representation of the main character (on right in the picture on the left). Cole wrote and illustrated her own adaptation of the classic story "The Tortoise and the Hare" (right). She also does a web comic on her site, "5 Days a Week".

What's most amazing is that Marilyn Cole is a 20 year old full-time college student majoring in art education at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania.

Cole's adaptation of the Tortoise and Hare story has a modern spin and follows Jack Hare in another race with Terrance J. Tortoise who has failed to defeat the Hare in fourteen straight races. When the Fox witch places a curse on the hare he is forced to rethink everything about who he is and what his purpose is as a competitor, friend, and a husband. Cole wanted to create a more text-heavy version of the children's classic for older readers.

Cole, like many young illustrators today, uses Photoshop and a Wacom tablet to create her illustrations.

Click on the heading above to check out her comic strip site.

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