Here is a post from the illustrator Don Clark who did the art for “The Biggest Story”.
Almost a year ago to the day, I received an email from my friend Josh Dennis at Crossway. He had a new children’s book manuscript (beautifully written by the ridiculously smart Kevin DeYoung) based around the story of the Bible. He asked if I had any recommendations for an illustrator that might be a good fit for the project. After pondering his request for a moment, I thought to myself … “Hmmm, what if I tried it?”
I began the book in November 2014 and wrapped final art in May of this year. 7 months, 10 chapters and 132 pages later, The Biggest Story is finally available.
There were many reasons why I took on this project, but the main catalyst for attempting this book was that I just didn’t see any modern Bible storybooks for children that embodied rich story AND artwork. One that sparked imagination and wonder, one that prompted dialogue between parents and their children, one that treated kids as smart people and didn’t talk down to them. Most of all though, one that could live up to Kevin’s amazing interpretation.
The art is very conceptual at times, much more straight forward at times, humorous, sad … but overall extremely hopeful. I poured every ounce of what I had into this book, and if anything leaps off the pages, I hope it’s the immense joy that I had in creating it.
I honestly can’t thank Josh Dennis and everyone at Crossway enough. Josh was extremely gracious from the very beginning. Not only did he give me complete freedom with the overall direction, but he shared in the enthusiasm and support along the entire process. He had wise feedback and art direction every step of the way, but overall he left me to my own devices and just let me draw – which was a bit scary to be honest. I’m not sure if I have ever been trusted with that much creative freedom before – let alone with, well … only the most important story in human history.
And of course, thanks to the brilliant Kevin DeYoung for completely trusting Josh and I with our vision for your book. Kevin also gave me creative freedom with every brushstroke – I appreciate his trust in allowing me to bring this story to life in a different way.
Beautifully animated by Jorge Canedo Estrada and his team – and voiced by my pal Propaganda, the folks at Crossway put together a great trailer for an upcoming animated version of the book.