The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, May 12, 2000


Illustrator shares talents and inspires Carlisle students

Carlisle School Library celebrated April, School Library Media Month, with a guest visit from author and illustrator Brian Lies. Lies visited on May 2, opening day of the annual Carlisle School Association Book Fair. Originally known for his illustrations in Clifford Eth's Flatfoot Fox series of children's books, Lies shared his talents with Carlisle students. The children were awed by his ability to draw quickly clever illustrations using characters from his own book, Hamlet and the Chinese Dragon Kite.

Lies inspired future authors and illustrators by showing several examples of his earlier works. One of his first hand-illustrated volumes demonstrated the unskilled nature of his childhood drawings. He told his listeners that lots of determination, training and hard work led him to the career that he now finds most fulfilling. A series of his original illustrations and paintings provided a timeline view of the growth and refinement in his skill. Concluding with a drawing using his favorite "high tech drawing tools" (crayons), Lies incorporated suggestions from his audience into an original illustration.

Artwork by Lies can be viewed at the Carlisle School Library Media Center in the Robbins Building throughout the month of May. Lies' visit was generously sponsored by Carlisle residents Jeffrey DiNardo and Kristine Bergenheim of DiNardo Design.

Sandy Kelly is the Carlisle School library media specialist.

2000 The Carlisle Mosquito