Friday Favorites: Brandon Dorman, Illustrator Spotlight

Art & Design, Middle Grade, Picture Books, Uncategorized
Hoolie and the Hooligans The Alien That Ate My Socks by Brandon Dorman #reading #bookworm #books #middlegrade |

Tressa over at Wishful Endings hosts the Friday Favorites meme.  I use this opportunity to highlight and feature some of my favorite illustrators. Today I’m featuring Brandon Dorman.

Meet Brandon Dorman

Brandon Dorman, illustrator #kidlit #artist #illustration | batchofbooks.comBrandon Dorman is an American illustrator of children’s books, including novels and picture books. His most well-known work is the #1 New York Times bestselling picture book, The Wizard, written by Jack Prelutsky. He also illustrated all five books of Brandon Mull’s New York Times bestselling Fablehaven series.

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Why Brandon Dorman’s Art Rocks

Hoolie and the Hooligans The Alien That Ate My Socks by Brandon Dorman #reading #bookworm #books #middlegrade | batchofbooks.comI went to college with Brandon. He graduated from the illustration program a year before I graduated from the fine art program. Even back then, his illustrations rocked. You can deduce why I love his artwork so much just by looking at it, but I’ll tell you anyway.

  1. It’s all digital. Can you believe that? He creates his artwork 100% on the computer.
  2. The detail is incredible. I can only imagine how long his illustrations take to create!
  3. Perspective! I’m talking vanishing points and foreshortening here. It’s a hard thing to master, but he’s done it!
  4. Personality—his artwork is bursting with it.
  5. Let’s face it, he’s an awesome guy, too. He’s a hardworking dad, a husband, and an all around rock star in the illustration world.

His style is so energetic and fun.  I could look at his work forever without getting bored!

He’s illustrated just about everything. Every time I turn around, I’m looking through a book’s credits and saying, “I knew it! Another cover by Brandon Dorman.”

Some of my favorites are the Fablehaven series, Pingo, and Pirates of the Sea.


Brandon Dorman as an Author

Fablehaven by Brandon Mull illustrated by Brandon Dorman #fantasybooks #kidlit #YAlit | batchofbooks.comDuring the past few years, Brandon started writing books too. He has a couple picture books on the market such as Santa’s Stowaway and just released his first middle grade novel called Hoolie and the Hooligans: The Alien That Ate My Socks.

All in all, it’s a pretty impressive resume for a guy that’s so young. He graduated from college in 2005 and he’s one of the top illustrators out there. But it hasn’t come without a lot of hard work on his part. Even in school, Brandon spent a lot of time outside of class on his work. Going the extra mile really paid off for him – and for us because now we get to see his amazing art all over the place!

To see more of his work, visit his website or find him on social media. I included the links in his bio up above. Just a tip: his website is definitely worth browsing through!



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  • Reply
    June 21, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    Pirates of the Seas is one of our favorites!

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    Tressa S
    June 21, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    I love the colors and contrasts! I recognized Fablehaven and will be reading the Janitors series. Great pick! Thanks for linking again too!

    Tressa @ Tressa's Wishful Endings

    • Reply
      June 23, 2013 at 3:30 am

      I'll be reading the Janitors series soon too. I'm really excited about them. I'm interested to see if you like the books, too.

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