An Interview with Tim Raglin: Art, and Illustrating

Jul 17, 2019 by

Michael F. Shaughnessy –

1) Tim, first a little background, how did you first get involved in illustrating, and drawing ?

I started a weekly art lesson at age eight here in my hometown of Independence KS, after showing a typical interest in drawing. Thanks to an extraordinary teacher, Mrs. Nelle Reneau, I assumed the mantle of artist, a special breed who sees the world and interprets what they see. I practiced drawing between lessons more than most students. And I tried to imitate the pictures I found in books, magazines and animated cartoons.

2) Your first published work- tell us about it. .

I believe it was a single panel cartoon contest sponsored by a local newspaper. I was probably about 11 years old.

3) A lot of your work revolves around animals- and I hate to use the word- but here it comes- anthropomorphizing- you seem to attribute a lot of human personality features and character traits to dogs and other animals. Why do you do this?

It was a combination of things, first the child’s way of reading human emotions  into their pets’ facial expressions. Another would be looking at children’s books and seeing the animal characters doing the human behaviors in those stories. And somehow I found I could maneuver the facial features of an animal more easily than a human. Following the path of least resistance has been a hallmark of my career!

4) Uncle Mugsy and the Terrible Twins of Christmas sounds like a great Christmas gift- can you tell us about it now- so we can get a copy for Christmas?

I had done a series of greeting cards and an elderly bulldog and two pups had been featured in some of them. Working with my friend Eric Metaxas, we developed an identity and story around them, a W.C. Fields-meets-The Little Rascals scenario, executed in rhyming verse, one of Eric’s specialties.

5) Now, The Wolf Who Cried Boy is a real creative take on an age old story. How did this come about?

I can’t take credit for that, I was merely the assigned illustrator for that story. It was the creation of Bob Hartman, a very talented author, and it was part of a beginning trend of role reversal stories in children’s books. that really took off with The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs!  by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith.

6) Birthday-ABC book- another great book for kids for their birthday- but what are you trying to communicate with this book?

It’s an expanded “Happy Birthday!” greeting for all ages, placed within the classic format of an alphabet book. No deeper than that, which might make it provocative and subversive in today’s socially engineered marketplace

7) I know you have a great website with some television interviews and links to you other great books- could you share it with us?

TimRaglin.com !

8) Would you be able to send me a pdf so that I can share some of your wonderful work with our readers?

See below —

9) What have I neglected to ask ? 

Where is the best place for people to buy a personally autographed book?

Answer:  TimRaglin.com 

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