Heather Collins - Illustrator
Heather Collins lives in Toronto with her husband and two children and has been illustrating children's books for more than 20 years. When Heather receives a manuscript she visualizes the story in her mind's eye, even plotting the storyboards, before preparing her rough illustrations. She may work for weeks or even months before the pictures feel right. At this point she is ready for outside reaction and feedback and to begin adding detail and color, usually with colored pencils, paints or pastels.
Heather's body of work also includes many non-fiction books, such as the award-winning A Pioneer Story, which incorporates fact, fiction and over 400 line drawings, all lovingly researched and executed. Her latest book is Out Came the Sun, and was published in September 2007.