16 Questions About Illustrator Norm Grock

Where do you live?

I was born on Maui Hawaii and now reside in Beaverton Oregon

Use four words to describe yourself.
Creative, energetic, hungry, and happy

What’s your favorite color?
Ever since I can remember my favorite color has been red.

What do you enjoy drawing the most?
My favorite thing to draw would have to be anything I grew up with like Comics, Cartoons, Video games, or whatever I’m into at that moment.

(Like now I’m reading the Chronicles of Narnia books)

What inspired you to illustrate for children?
To be honest I’m a kid at heart, so doing artwork for kids is a lot of fun and is a perfect fit for me.

What do you find difficult to draw?
Well drawing in general is not easy but if I had to pick one thing it would be… Dogs. I just haven’t figured out their anatomy yet.

What influences your art?
Like everyone, artists are influenced by the things and people that surround them. For me I would have to say my peers, video games and comics.

How has your style changed since you started illustrating?
I feel like it’s taken me a while to find my style. It started out very comic booky and now has turned into something a little bit friendlier, but you can still see the comic book influence.

When are you most creative?
I love it when I get up in the morning before everyone else. It’s nice and quiet. There are no distractions and I can just sit down and draw. That’s when I’m most creative.

What is your least favorite occupational hazard?
Marketing myself!

What is the strangest thing anyone has said about your work?
Umm… I’ll get back to you.

What was your favorite children’s book character growing up?
It would have to be Max from Where the Wild things are. Still one of me favorites of all time.

What was your favorite cartoon growing up?
WOW, it’s hard to pick out just one favorite because I loved cartoons growing up but if I had to narrow it down I would say G.I. Joe or Darkwing duck.

How many years have you had an email address?
I got my first email address in 1996. It was a hotmail account. (Do I lose points for that?)

Things you are looking forward to?
I always look forward to getting projects done because I love to see the final product.

What areas of the Children’s market do you wish to pursue professionally?
I love interactive books. It is such a cool idea and I’m hoping to have a few things out in the future.

To see more of Norm’s work visit his website or his blog.




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