Doug Jones grew up in Missouri riding a stick horse named Gravy. It was named after his favorite thing. Doug always liked to draw so he got a degree in commercial art. He was hired by a large publishing house in Nashville, TN, where he got to illustrate a variety of products. Doug left to start his freelance career and have been drawing his fun little images for folks for 30 years.
What was your favorite book when you were a child?
One of my favorite books that I remember being read to me is The Five Chinese Brothers by Claire Bishop and Kurt Wiese.
What’s your favorite line from a book?
“It was a dark and stormy night.” —Snoopy
Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?
I would probably give you a different list each time I am answer that question. Today I’m going to say C. S. Lewis is my favorite author. Drew Struzan and N. C. Wyeth are two of my favorite illustrators. Ask me again tomorrow and see what I say…
Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?
I have drawn pictures all my life. It is great to be able to make a living doing something I really enjoy.
Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?
Put down that computer, phone or electronic device and draw. Then draw some more. Then draw some more. Repeat until you are famous.