Israel Sanchez v. Where the Red Fern Grows
- Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Israel Sanchez and I am an illustrator living in La Habra, California. I like to paint fighting monsters, growing trees, and old man heroes. My medium of choice is gouache because of the great color that’s possible with it. I am influenced by the outdoors, childhood obsessions, and of course, other artists. My favorite thing to do is to illustrate stories so I’m very excited to be a part of this project.
- Why did you pick the story you chose?
I chose Where the Red Fern Grows because of the impact it had on me when I was a youngster. It’s the story of a boy who found that the thing he loved doing best took him places he never thought he would go and introduced him to people he never would have met any other way, for good and bad. It’s the first book I ever read multiple times and I still read my original copy today.
I love Israel’s work so much, you have no idea. It makes me giddy, but at the same time I wish I could apprentice with him to learn paint like he does. I can dream, but at least on February 22 we will see a lovely illustration from him. In the meantime, check out his portfolio, won’t you?
In half a moment, we’ll see some gorgeous work from Jeremy Sorese. Stay tuned!