Meet the Illustrator

Scott McKowen

Portrait of Scott McKowen

Scott McKowen has a strong background in the theater as well as a degree from the Michigan School of Art. In his career, he has combined his interests to specialize in creating theater posters and other materials for the performing arts. He is currently the art director of the Shaw Festival, an annual theater festival in Ontario, Canada.

In addition to his theater work, McKowen has created illustrations for newspapers such as the New York Times and the Washington Post Book World, and for magazines such as Architectural Digest and House Beautiful. In 1993, one of his illustrations appeared on the cover of Newsweek magazine. His work has been exhibited at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C., as well as in Michigan, New York, and several cities in Canada. McKowen lives in Stratford, Ontario, Canada.

Look again carefully at Scott McKowen's illustrations for The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle. How does the artist's technique of scratchboard (engraving) help give the impression that the story takes place in the past? What other things can you tell about the story from the way the illustrations were created? Discuss your ideas with a partner.

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