My name is Tim Read. I'm an illustrator. I live in Ames, Iowa with my beautiful wife and four amazing children where I spend my days playing with my kids and get to do all the fun things that I love. As an illustrator I feel so blessed to have the opportunity to be creative every day. Three days a week I tuck myself away in my nice little studio and and let my brain run free. Sometimes it results in something special and I sit back and wonder how I got to be so lucky.
I draw my inspiration from my children and their awesome friends. Although I'm a father and a full grown adult I admit I've never really "Grown Up". I still play everyday, go to the toy store with my kids and dream, and occasionally take naps in the afternoon. As a child I was drawn to all the great cartoons of the time, Hanna Barbera, Disney, and Sid and Marty Croft to name a few. I read comics and Mad magazine all the time. Mort Drucker and Don Martin were my heroes. There were few times that I didn't have a pencil in hand and was found drawing or just doodling.
Several years later (and I mean SEVERAL) I'm still doodling. Now I get to share it with my kids and the world. I thank God every day for the gift He has given me. I hope you enjoy my work.
Book me for an Author Visit!
Yes! I do travel to schools and libraries.
I perform at dozens of schools a year sharing the power of creativity with kids (and Adults) of all ages.
My programs are about an hour in length and include live illustration, witty stories, and plenty of audience participation.
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