Stephen MacEachern - Illustrator

Stephen MacEachern

Birthplace?
Brampton, Ontario.

Birthday?
August 22nd.

Where do you live?
Erin, Ontario.

Who is in your family?
My wife, Jeanette, and my two kids. Ethan is five and Kylie is three.

Do you have any pets?
No.

What is your favorite book?
Mcgraw's Emporium by Jim Aylesworth

What is your favorite movie?
Eraserhead.

What are your hobbies?
Hockey, hockey and more hockey.

When did you start drawing?
October 17, 1965, at 11:16 AM.

What was you schooling or training?
Two years of animation and the illustration program at Sheridan College.

How did you get involved with children's books?
I was approached by Owl Books to illustrate books for them.

What is the thing that you like the most about creating children's books?
Having a long-term project to keep coming back to.

Where do you work?
In a studio at home.

How do you create your artwork?
I draw an image, scan it into the computer and then color it in Adobe Photoshop.

Do you have any tips for young creators?
Do what you enjoy.

What is your favorite childhood memory?
Catching praying mantises and showing them to girls when I was in the second grade.

When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A golf pro.

What is the weirdest or most interesting job you have ever had?
No weird jobs, just weird stories.
I was working in a studio in the late eighties and Mr. T walked in. He said he liked to give his “people” the slip every now and then to keep them sharp.
I said, “Mr. T, I thought you would be taller.”
He replied, “I am when I pile up all my money and stand on top, fool.”

Earth-Friendly Buildings, Bridges and More

2014 - Diamond Willow Award, The Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice Award, Short-listed
2013 - Silver Birch Nonfiction Award, Ontario Library Association, Short-listed
2013 - Information Book Award, Children's Literature Roundtables of Canada, Short-listed
2013 - Best Children's Books of the Year, Bank Street Children's Book Committee, Winner
2013 - Red Cedar Award, BC Young Reader's Choice, Short-listed
2012 - Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner
2012 - Science in Society Book Award, Canadian Science Writers' Association, Short-listed