Meet the Illustrator

Eric Velasquez

Portrait of Eric Velasquez

Eric Velasquez was born in 1961 and grew up in the New York City neighborhood of Harlem. As a child he was always doodling and drawing, and he loved taking art classes. With this background, he says, becoming an illustrator "was a natural choice for me. I have never thought of being anything else."

Velasquez advises young people who would like to become artists to "draw, draw, draw, paint, paint, paint, read, read, read." He thinks it's important for young artists to discover their own abilities and to invent their own visions. "Music and film are also helpful in pushing your creativity further," he adds.

Look again at Eric Velasquez's illustrations for Last Summer with Maizon. How do the details of the illustrations help to show how the characters feel? Discuss your thoughts with a partner.

Photography Credit


Other Books Illustrated by Eric Velasquez

  • Tanya and the Tobo Man
    (written by Lesley Koplow and others)
  • Courting Danger and Other Stories
    (written by Dina Anastasio)
  • Front Porch Stories at the One-Room School
    (written by Eleanora E. Tate and others)
  • Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Two Spies
    (written by Donald J. Sobol)
  • Later, Gator
    (written by Laurence Yep)
  • The Terrible, Wonderful Tellin' at Hog Hammock
    (written by Kim Siegelson)
  • Off and Running
    (written by Gary Soto)
  • Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of Pablo's Nose
    (written by Donald J. Sobol)
  • The Piano Man
    (written by Deborah M. Newton Chocolate)
  • Escape! A Story of the Underground Railroad
    (written by Sharon Shavers Gayle)
  • The Sound That Jazz Makes
    (written by Carole Boston Weatherford)