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.
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