Joe Morse

Joe Morse is an award-winning illustrator and artist. His work has graced everything from billboards in England to coins in Canada. He directs the Illustration Degree program at Sheridan Institute outside of Toronto. Joe lives in Toronto with his wife, the illustrator/designer Lorraine Tuson, and their 2 children.


What was your favorite book when you were a child?

A sketchbook

What’s your favorite line from a book?

Once Upon a Time…

Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?

Ted Geisel, Roald Dahl, and C. S. Lewis

Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?

I am the youngest of seven kids and no one else could draw in my family—it was the one thing I knew was mine.

Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?

Observe the world around you, be curious. The best stories and the best pictures don’t use special effects and car crashes but rather simple human truths that connect and engage us.