ABOUT LISZE BECHTOLD
Lisze Bechtold an author and illustrator of picture books and early readers. SALLY AND THE PURPLE SOCKS was a Children’s Choice Book, and included in Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Literacy Program. The award-winning BUSTER THE VERY SHY DOG early reader series has been in print for 20 years. She also illustrated TOOTS THE CAT, written by Karla Kuskin. Lisze’s works-in-progress now include middle grade novels. Her animated film, MOON BREATH BEAT, was recently added to the National Film Registry. She currently volunteers as the Illustrator Coordinator for the Los Angeles region SCBWI, and is an experienced Authors in the Schools presenter.
Usually, writing comes before illustrating when I’m creating a book. I often don’t even have pictures in my head because I am more concerned with the rhythm and musicality of the words. But every once and a while, the story is easier to develop by sketching first. I work with pencil, pen, brush and ink, water color, gouache, and digital media, always striving to preserve the life and emotion of the original sketch. Designing art to match the story is more interesting to me than developing a “recognizable style”. My biggest challenge is finding ways to paint the minimal line way I draw, which has engendered some fun experimentation.