A video trailer for the book, "Neo Leo: The Ageless Ideas of Leonardo Da Vinci" by Gene Barretta.
An illustration demonstration and interview with Gene Barretta, author of Neo Leo.
No cages...just stages! Enjoy this fun and upbeat trailer by the creator of Zoola Palooza!
What do record players, batteries, and movie cameras have in common? All these devices were created by the man known as The Wizard of Menlo Park: Thomas Edison. Edison is most famous for inventing the incandescent lightbulb, but at his landmark laboratories in Menlo Park & West Orange, New Jersey, he also developed many other staples of modern technology. Despite many failures, Edison persevered. And good for that, because it would be very difficult to go through a day without using one of his life-chang
Dennis Miller interviews Gene Barretta, author of Timeless Thomas
Where did you grow up?
What is your earliest memory of writing/drawing?
Drawing a purple elephant in crayon on the wall next to my crib.
What inspired you to write/illustrate your first book?
My love for telling stories. I have done it through filmmaking, songwriting and now illustrating and writing.
Do you use your childhood as inspiration?
All the time – but its more about trying to keep that same sense of innocence and discovery than the actual experiences.
What books from your childhood have most influenced your work? What about adult titles?
Mainly Dr. Suess titles. My main inspirations were movies and TV shows.
What are your hobbies and interests besides reading and books?
Movies, reading, visiting historical sites, guitar, museums,
Who are a couple of your favorite author/illustrators? What is it about their work that inspires and interests you?
I love illustrators ffrom the early 1900s like N.C. Wyeth, Howard Pyle, Arthur Rackham & Rose O’Neill, plus contemporary ones like David Christiana, Nicoletta Ceccoli and Peter de Seve to name only a few.
What one or two words of advice would you give for young authors/illustrators?
Learn the value of collaboration. And when developing your subjects try to find ones that will satisfy your personal passions and people unlike yourself.