ABOUT MICHAEL LAURITANO
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I’m Michael Lauritano and these are the tools I am using in the effort to become your new favorite illustrator.
I love well-made picture books, and pretty much every other form of narrative creativity. I have a broad imagination, the critical thinking skills necessary to put it to good use, and more ideas than I know what to do with. These facts about who I am were cemented at my alma mater, the Rhode Island School of Design.
I recently completed my MFA in SVA’s Illustration as Visual Essay program. At the moment, I live in Ridgewood, NY, a great place to begin executing elaborate, fantastical, ambitious plans.
A great picture book both entertains and inspires personal growth in a reader. It is neither too simple nor too complex. It is essential that the content is deeply felt by its creators. Picture books are an art form for all ages. Parents and children should come away from each reading experience with a new question or a freshly observed detail. I aim to make books that are rich experiences, to write and illustrate stories that promote imagination, curiosity, and understanding.