Kyle Poling began taking art lessons in kindergarten. He won various local and national art competitions in high school and graduated from Columbus College of Art and Design. Kyle was then hired by American Greetings in Cleveland, where he specialized in Juvenile and Humor card illustrations. Since then he has developed children’s art for cards, picture books, early reader books, board games, and educational textbooks.
What was your favorite book when you were a child?
The Golden Book “The Biggest, Most Beautiful Christmas Tree”
What’s your favorite line from a book?
Any line from some of the old Winnie the Pooh stories
Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?
Dr. Seuss, Maurice Sendak, Ernest H. Shepard
Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?
I love telling stories and being able to tell them through a visual medium. I’ve been drawing since before I was in kindergarten and love that I’ve been able to draw and illustrate as a professional since.
Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?
Draw a lot, read a lot, try to be inspired by the fantastic and simple things in life, not every drawing or story will be the best but never give up.