Seattle Author/Illustrator Inspires Prairie Students
Royden Lepp, award-winning animator, illustrator and author who lives in Seattle, made a visit to Prairie Elementary on October 12.
During a special assembly, Mr. Lepp shared his background, telling students how he always really liked to draw. He pointed out that everything from the chair he was sitting in to the building surrounding them started with a drawing.
He used his new book, Rust, to illustrate how he creates characters and develops stories. He showed how he draws the illustrations and then layers the drawings to form a panel or page. His message was about perseverance. He demonstrated that it takes a lot of concentrated effort to complete a single panel or page.
He talked to the students about pursuing their interests, developing their talents through practice and schooling, using their imagination and really just sticking to something until it is complete. He encouraged students to believe in themselves in whatever they do.
He also visited classrooms teaching age-appropriate lessons. All in all, it was a special day for Prairie students.
Royden Lepp's current graphic novel Rust is being made into a movie by Fox.