The 2nd graders also wrote to Peter Brown, illustrator of "Creepy Pair of Underwear" by author Aaron Reynolds. Here are their questions and his answers:
1) How did you get the underwear to look like it was glowing?
Most books are printed with four different colors of ink: cyan, magenta, black and yellow. But for Creepy Underwear we used a special fifth ink, which is that bright green color you see throughout the book. By putting that glowy green color in those black-and-white illustrations, it gives the illusion that the underwear is glowing!
2) What materials did you use to create the pictures?
I made lots of pencil drawings on paper, scanned them into my computer, and layered them overtop of each other, kind of like a collage.
3) How long did it take to create the book from start to finish?
Since Aaron Reynolds wrote all the words, that meant less work for me. But I still spent about six months on the artwork.
4) Do you find it challenging only using a few colors, like in "Creepy Carrots" and "Creepy Pair of Underwear"?
Every kind of art presents its own challenges, and the Creepy books are no exception. But since color is such a big part of my usual illustration process, I actually enjoyed trying something new and making books that are mostly black-and-white.
5) How long have you been interested in drawing, and do you prefer creating your very own books or working with other authors?
I’ve loved drawing ever since I could first pick up a crayon. Most kids move on to other interests and hobbies, but I never did, and over time I got better and better at it. But I love writing just as much, and I feel very lucky that my job allows me to do my two favorite things.
6) Do you have any of your own creepy underwear???????
Haha! No, my undies are not creepy at all. But I think someone should sell green, Creepy pairs of underwear. I’d buy a pair!
Peter Brown, February, 2018