Welcome to one of our favorite new features: Penguin Teen Meet the Illustrator! Today we’re sitting down with the lovely Terry Border, whose new picture book, PEANUT BUTTER & CUPCAKE, is about to hit shelves. Does his name sound familiar? It should! Terry is the mastermind behind Bent Objects, and he’s here to tell us how he’s just like his favorite color, the many different places he makes his photographs, and why if you find yourself thinking of Robin Williams when reading Peanut Butter & Cupcake, there’s a good reason for it.

Name: Terry Border

Book: Peanut Butter & Cupcake

Date Available: July 29, 2014

What media and materials do you use to create your illustrations Food, wire, and numerous other materials, which I combine, pose, and then photograph.

What’s your favorite color and why? Orange, because it is bold and yet beautiful, like me.

Who’s your favorite artist or illustrator, living or dead and why Alexander Calder is my favorite artist. He was incredibly inventive, and refused to take art too seriously. He also worked a lot with wire, which I started to work with several years ago because of his works.

Where do you do your work? I build things at our kitchen table and in our loft, and then I compose the images and photograph them in a small bedroom that I use as a studio.

Aside from the text of Peanut Butter & Cupcake, where did you find inspiration for your illustrations? I watched the movie “Toys” with Robin Williams before starting the pictures, because I remembered seeing it years ago and being impressed with the art direction.  In the end there isn’t a lot of in-your-face evidence of that inspiration on the books pages, but the mood of the film is there for me personally.


Thanks, Terry! You AND your picture book are definitely “bold and beautiful.”

You can find Terry on Twitter and his website.


PS – if you haven’t already, don’t forget to check out Bent Objects!

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