Illustrator Gallery - Ruth McNally Barshaw
Ruth McNally Barshaw
I’m an author-illustrator with a compelling journey-to-publishing story. After 25 years in advertising, I switched to creating children’s books: joined SCBWI, took classes, dissected successful books, and attended conferences.
In Fall ’04 Tomie dePaola suggested I attend the 2005 SCBWI Conference in NY. I went, sketched, then put my entire 180-page trip journal on my website. It went viral — 1000 emails urged me to create a book in my sketch-journal style. Ellie McDoodle was born.
I signed with Erin Murphy Literary and she sold the book right away. The Ellie McDoodle series has 6 books found in 8 languages — I get fan mail from around the world!
I illustrated There’s No Base Like Home (Lee & Low, 2018) and Leopold the Lion (Sleeping Bear Press, 2015).
Thank you, SCBWI, for helping me find my future.