Friday Favorites #16: Illustrator Spotlight on G.F. Newland and Ted Enik


Tressa from Tressa’s Wishful Endings hosts this meme every Friday. She is taking a short break from the meme, but I am still posting as often as I can. I use the meme to highlight some of my favorite illustrators.

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Today I have the privilege of featuring two amazing illustrators: Ted Enik and G.F. Newland!  You may be wondering why I am featuring them together.  It’s because they recently came out with a picture book called Sticks N’ Stones N’ Dinosaur Bones (my review).  Ted Enik authored it and G.F. Newland illustrated.  But what you probably don’t know is that they are both artists.  So it’s my pleasure to feature these two talented illustrators today!

Meet G.F. Newland

About G.F. Newland:
G.F. Newland, Illustrator, has held a long and ponderous chain of odd jobs over the years, and some were quite horrible indeed. So to pass the time, he doodled. Many of these doodles have made their way onto buttons and bags and posters and T-shirts, published by the likes of Scholastic and Hachette (Pixel Mouse House too!), and into galleries and museums around the known world; ie: Brooklyn. But by-far his favorite odd jobs to date include being a dad, working at the School of Visual Arts in NYC (where he got his Masters in Animation), and playing guitar in a power pop band called
The (un-repentantly pop) Thigh Highs. Visit his website,

My Thoughts on G.F. Newland’s Art:
I fell in love with Mr. Newland’s style when I read the book to my kids, and it isn’t hard to see why. His characters are full of personality and life.  They are so expressive!  The bright colors are visually appealing.  His artwork carries a professional edge to it that can only come with a passion for illustration and lots of experience.  I love both his hand drawn art and his digital art.  They each have a different feel to them, but he has mastered both mediums and knows when to use each to the greatest advantage.

I love his use of color.  He definitely knows how to manipulate it to express atmosphere and concepts.  I’m loving the Jump The Shark! illustration as well as these two beauties here.  Flawless designs and gorgeous color! 

Meet Ted Enik

About Ted Enik:
Ted Enik, Author, has worked as an illustrator for most of the well-known publishing houses in New York, applying his versatility to both original art as well as classic and current children’s book characters. Once part of the favored stable of Magic School Bus artists, tapped to fill Hilary Knight’s venerable shoes by illustrating the latest Eloise hardcover, Eloise in Hollywood, he is currently the artist for the popular Fancy Nancy I Can Read ™ series and beavering-away on a bunch of Seuss-inspired unhinged history and science books:
Visit his website,

My Thoughts on Ted Enik’s Art:
Ted Enik has a soft quality to his artwork.  His illustrations make me nostalgic.  In them, childhood seems better than it really is—which is quite the feat, if you ask me, because childhood is awesome.  His art is whimsical, imaginative, and inviting.  They are the kind of paintings that I would love to hop into and stay a while.

The combination of line work and painting works beautifully.  The thing I love about artists like Ted is that they have so much hard work under their belt, and it shows.  He loves what he does, and that shines through as well.  Not only are his illustrations beautiful to look at, but they spark the imagination and invite the viewer to believe that anything is possible.

I love this last illustration of the girl sleeping!  It’s so intricate and peaceful.


Here is the book trailer for Sticks N’ Stones N’ Dinosaur Bones.  It’s really cute!

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    Tressa S
    June 1, 2014 at 5:41 am

    These illustrations are fabulous! So much personality. Love them! Great choice, Dena! So glad to see one of these posts!!! I'm going to have to come back and show my kids the video when they're not in bed.

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