Melanie Florian is a French illustrator. She has always had a passion for drawing and painting. As a child, she had a big white wall in her house especially for her art! She loved spending time covering it with colors and big pictures. She graduated with honors from the French art school "Emile Cohl" in Lyon in June 2007 and has worked with publishers in UK, USA, France, Belgium, and Singapore.
Marc Brown, illustrator of BUYING, TRAINING, AND CARING FOR YOUR DINOSAUR, is the creator of Arthur, the star of many picture books and a six-time Emmy Award-winning PBS TV show. He is also the illustrator of the New York Times bestsellers WILD ABOUT BOOKS and BORN TO READ by Judy Sierra. He lives on Martha's Vineyard and in New York.
Marc Brown says:
"Having been born in the Jurassic Period, I could really illustrate this book with authority. The paintings are done with a printmaking technique called monoprinting and using gouache gave me vibrant colors. I have been waiting for thirty years to use this style in a picture book. It was important to me for the art to have a playful freshness that honors the honesty of children's art. I was inspired a great deal by Picasso's thoughtful words: 'It took me fifty years to be able to paint like a child.'
I now have one of the most extensive libraries about dinosaurs in the free world. As an artist, it was interesting to learn how colorful many scientists speculate dinosaurs may have been."
Marc Brown Studios