Meet the Illustrator

Rob Bolster

Portrait of Rob Bolster

Rob Bolster grew up in Westwood, Massachusetts, but he spent summers in a Rhode Island fishing town. There he watched the fishing and lobster boats head out to sea and return with their catches. As an illustrator, Bolster looked back on these experiences to help him illustrate his first children's book, Going Lobstering. As an adult, his interest in flying radio-controlled aircraft helped when he illustrated The Airplane Alphabet Book and The Jet Alphabet Book.

Bolster has worked in illustration for more than 20 years. For most of that time, his work has appeared in newspaper and magazine advertisements for major corporations. He produced most of those illustrations using airbrush and watercolor. However, in recent years Bolster has taught himself how to do his work using a computer. Much of his illustration is now created digitally.

Look again at the illustrations for Out There. What details help the pictures seem realistic? Do you think the illustrations were created using paint and a brush, or using a computer?

Rob Bolster
Find out more about Rob Bolster at his Web site.

Photography Credit


Other Books Illustrated by Rob Bolster

  • Going Lobstering#
    (written by Jerry Pallotta)
  • The Airplane Alphabet Book
    (written by Jerry Pallotta and Fred Stillwell)
  • The Jet Alphabet Book
    (written by Jerry Pallotta)
  • The Ocean Counting Book
    (written by Jerry Pallotta)