With more than three decades of illustration and custom art installations under his belt, Doug Keith has earned his reputation as an award-winning artist. His stylistic range covers the territory from realistic sports figures, to sculptured garden trolls, to fine art depicting northwest scenes, to public art (check out his guitar art and bigger-than-life 12th man pigskin pig). His sense of play has led him to create cards for the popular game, Magic the Gathering as well as alphabets featuring letters fashioned into elves, zombies, sports figures and children engrossed in their books (for his Reading Is Fun poster). Doug’s more than forty published books highlight his skill at creating the subtext that has become his hallmark in children’s book illustration.
With over forty published so far, Doug lives up to his reputation of producing award-winning picture books. His keen eye, sense of fun and colorful imagination, combined with a broad knowledge of pacing, color, and space he skillfully add subtext to each fanciful illustration, creating a finished book larger than its parts. This June, Doug adds a new dimension to his already stellar portfolio: The Storybook Prince, set to be released by Simply Read Books, is the first book Doug has both written and illustrated. Cleverly designed with die-cuts, this is the tale of a young prince enthralled by the challenge of reading just the right book to his friends, the dragons, witches and trolls living in his kingdom.
Doug’s innovative series of alphabets (Elfabet, Alphabite, Alphablitz, Alphabat) and his classic Reading is Fun poster stretches themed images into playful letters. These characters (elves, vampires, sports figures and readers) have found their way into numerous libraries television shows over the years.
Fantasy and Sci-Fi
Doug is right at home in the Fantasy/Sci-Fi world. From the backdrop of illustrating game cards for Magic the Gathering, to illustrating picture book characters in the Errant Knight and The Whoosh of Gadoosh, to his Troll Garden sculptures, his three-dimensional thinking breathes life into even the most abstract characters.