So, this is quite fitting as an inaugural post!
The past month, I’ve been working on illustrating Good Boy, Blue!, an adorable children’s book about Blue II, who made a household name for himself as Butler University’s legendary mascot. It was penned by Blue’s “dad,” Michael “Pops” Kaltenmark and will be published by Mascot Books. I’ve had a blast working on it so far, and I’m even more honored to be a part of it.
Last week, Michael caught up with me to answer a few questions for the book’s website. Here’s an excerpt:
Butler Blue: What made you want to do a children’s book/how did you come to illustrate “Good Boy, Blue!”?
Jingo de la Rosa: I work full-time as a freelance illustrator, and a big part of what I do is that I illustrate children’s books. Before the opportunity of illustrating “Good Boy, Blue!” arose, I had no association with Butler whatsoever, except for the fact that my wife is a Butler graduate. She also happens to be a Bulldogs basketball fan, and being a fan of the game myself, I almost instantly became a Bulldogs fan. Fast forward to early 2013, when the Bulldogs were in the NCAA tournament, my wife and a friend of hers convinced me to make social media banners as a sign of support for Butler. The concept was a play on how the tournament is fondly called, “The Big Dance,” so I made several cartoons of Blue II in different dancing poses. It caught the eyes of Butler fans everywhere, including Michael Kaltenmark’s, who happens to be Blue II’s handler. So when Michael offered me the chance to be the illustrator for “Good Boy, Blue!” it was almost a no brainer! I simply had to say yes!
You can catch the rest of the Q&A here.
Don’t forget to check out the Good Boy, Blue! microsite as well!