David Huyck is an illustrator, cartoon artist and designer who makes work with “pretty much anything” he can find that leaves a mark. He’s recently been translating those marks into illustrations for children’s books, and his first title, That One Spooky Night, was just released. During the process of making the book, Huyck had an idea for a doodle book based on a cloud character from his sketches and his daughter. (Her name isn’t Sunny, but it worked better for the book!)
Huyck embraced the Scout Book format for this mini activity book, sort of a calling card for his new clientele. “Kids don’t really know what to do with a business card,” he explained, “but a coloring book makes sense to them. They get to draw and color and giggle a bit, and then later when they see my drawings in a book at the bookstore or the library, maybe they’re familiar enough that they check that book out too!”
Huyck is deep into illustrations for his second children’s book, and has signed up to start a third. This has been a long time coming: “I’m just at the beginning of my children’s book career, though I’ve been aiming to do this for over ten years,” Huyck said.
The pocket-sized publishing platform that is the Scout Book is perfect for promoting larger publishing projects; it’s like a little teaser that still manages to capture the tangibility of turning pages to get the next piece of the story. ”This little book has been so much fun for me, and I’d love to make another one,” Huyck said. “The possibilities, as they say, are endless!”
Until the next one, you can find this pocket-sized activity book in David Huyck’s online shop.