Tom Leonard is a professional illustrator and received his BFA from the Philadelphia College of Art, now the University of the Arts. He has worked as a practicing freelance illustrator for over 25 years. His current work focuses on children's books usually with a view toward nature. His work combines a folk-art sophistication with a scientifically realistic interpretation.
He also teaches at Fleisher Art Memorial. He regularly goes to schools to discuss his work. His work has appeared in the Graphis Annual and the Society of Illustrators.
As primarily a children's book artist, I attempt to bring a child-like enthusiasm to my work. I look for abstract shapes and colors and attempt to create my own interpretation of the beauty of nature. Conceptually, my goal is to invoke the interconnectedness of the world we live in. I try to do the same thing as a teacher. I find nature an unending source of inspiration.
Publications and Exhibitions
His work has appeared in Readers Digest, Psychology Today, Science Digest, USAir Magazine, Philadelphia, International Wildlife, and numerous newspapers and magazines.
As a children's book illustrator, he has done many books for a wide variety of publishers including Hyperion, Harper-Collins, Golden, Web of Life, and Sleeping Bear Press. His children's books have been recognized by the Society of Illustrators, Reading Rainbow, National Science Teachers Association, USA Book News, and National Parenting Publications Awards.
Class Schedule, Spring 2015
|W||04:00PM - 06:50PM||History of Illustration|
|08:30AM - 11:20AM|
01:00PM - 03:50PM
|Illustration II: Methods|