Meet the Artist | Anthony Carpenter

Have you ever wondered who creates the amazing artwork on KDL's magazines and Summer Wonder materials? Well, meet Anthony Carpenter, the artist behind the Summer Wonder Guidebook (available now at a branch near you!). There's so much to see on this cover! The more you look at it, the more you'll discover.

What can you tell us about yourself? 

My name is Anthony Carpenter. I’m a freelance illustrator from Grand Rapids. I’ve been drawing all of my life and always knew this would eventually be my career. My path has taken a number of twists and turns along the way. I’ve done projects for a wide variety of clients over the years, but recently decided to make a change in direction. I’m currently pursuing the fields of children’s illustration and surface design. Surface design is illustration and patterns created to be used on a variety of products…from packaging to fabrics and more. This has brought a new energy to my work, and I’m excited to see where it takes me.

Where are some of the places you gather inspiration?

Inspiration comes from everywhere. It can come from looking at the work of other artists in books, galleries or online to see what interesting styles and techniques can be incorporated into my work. It also comes from the world around me… from going on walks to getting coffee at a coffee shop and watching people. Clothing, colors, natural shapes, etc. are all around. I try to absorb as much as I can when I’m out and about.

Describe the perfect summer day.

The perfect summer day is warm, but not too warm. The sun should be shining and the birds singing. I love that sound. A lovely day like that can be enjoyed alone… but is even better when you share it with someone you care about.

What does the library mean to you?

I love the library. It’s full of books! What could be better than that? There’s nothing quite like roaming up and down the aisles to see what kind of surprises you can find. Looking for books is as much fun as reading them.

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