I noticed Bob’s illustrations while doing an illustrator search. Then I asked him to be my friend so I could get a first hand look at his WIP (work in progress). His illustrations have a certain quality that makes you want to squeeze the cheeks of each character he illustrates. His digital artwork is expressive and full of detail.
For 20 years, Bob McMahon’s work has ranged from advertising, toy concepts, movie posters, educational and children’s books. Bob enjoys creating his unique humorous illustrations from his home studio in Southern California. He is represented by Ronnie Herman.
I hope one day one of my manuscripts can be Bob McMahon illustrated. I’m just in love with his illustrating style.
ME: How do you want to be remembered?
BOB: I would like to be remembered as an artist who drawings make you smile a little. Maybe that’s a pretty modest goal but seeing the horrific things that are happening out there in the world it’s pretty important accomplishment.
ME: Your work brightens my day!
ME: Finish this sentence. A perfect day would involve . . .
BOB: My perfect day would involve sitting down with a nice cup of coffee and working full time on my own children’s book ideas. As fun as it is doing illustrations for other peoples books, I really yearn to work on my own lunatic ideas.
ME: And I look forward to that book that says written and illustrated by Bob McMahon.
ME: Describe your illustrating style.
BOB: Fun. I hope people can see how much fun I have doing these illustrations.
ME: Your work is definitely full of life and vibrancy.
ME: What book character would you be and why?
BOB: Most definitely I would be Harold with his purple crayon. I would love to bring my artwork to life like he does!
ME: Who doesn’t love Harold?
ME: If you could sit and have coffee with another artist dead or alive who would it be and why?
BOB: I would love to sit and have coffee with Chas Addams. I love the dark and completely original way he looked at the world.
Thank you, Bob for taking the time to chat with me. It was a pleasure, and I hope one day we can meet in person to get a photo. Good luck with all your future endeavors.
For my readers, please leave a comment if you enjoyed the Tiny Talk interview and don’t forget to check out Bob’s work.