Tell us about yourself and how you came to illustrate for children.
I grew up in Switzerland where I studied graphic design with a few extra classes in illustration. I moved to the United States where I started to work as a motion graphic artist, working on movie main titles, at a company in Los Angeles named Imaginary Forces. Gradually, I started to get into projects with more illustration and animation.
Becoming a father was a switch: I read a lot of books to my kids, and at bedtime I had to invent some new stories on the fly! I also took a bunch of classes at the Animation Guild in Burbank to get better at drawing, composition, storyboarding.
Congrats on your banner design for Kidlit411! How did you approach this project?
I wanted to imagine these birds relaxing while reading books by the beach. I ended up mixing a bookshelf with some umbrellas with a warm summer color palette.
Rafael Macho is an author and illustrator of children's picture books. Born and raised in Switzerland, he went on to study graphic design in Lausanne. He moved to the United States and has worked for the motion graphics & advertising industries for over 20 years.