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Russ Cox
Works at Illustrator and Animator at Smiling Otis Studio
Attended Pennsylvania College of Art and Design
Lived in McMinnville, TN
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Final image from yesterday's traditional painting experiment.
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Hey! If you have a few minutes, I did a fun interview on Inky Girl's blog post. Check it out.
 
#BookADay : FARAWAY FRIENDS by +Russ Cox, Russ's picture debut as an author/illustrator (Sky Pony Press). Russ was kind enough to answer Three Questions for me today: http://inkygirl.com/inkygirl-main/2015/5/29/three-questions-with-russ-cox-advice-for-young-writers-and-i.html Includes advice for young writers & illustrators, a wonderfully nerdy drawing he sent because it looks like me (AND IT DOES), tigers, and upcoming projects.

Synopsis of FARAWAY FRIENDS:
Faraway Friends is about Sheldon, a would be astronaut, and his sidekick Jet, who are looking for a lost friend through a space adventure only to find a weird alien creature and its furry friend. 

More about Russ & his work: http://www.smilingotis.com/

More about FARAWAY FRIENDS: http://www.skyponypress.com/book/?GCOI=61608108321310 
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Hey Facebook World,
I am giving away an advanced copy of Faraway Friends along with some other swag AND an original drawing. Go to the Faraway Friends Facebook page to enter.

https://www.facebook.com/farawayfriendsbook
Faraway Friends, written and illustrated by Russ Cox, will be released April 2015 (Sky Pony Press)....
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Look at what arrived on my door step, with glow-in-the-dark type!
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Faraway Friends book poster is off to the printers.
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Final piece with color.
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Taking a break to play around with some watercolor in my sketchbook. The brown paper held up well with very little wrinkling. 
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My book, Faraway Friends, launches into the stratosphere next Tuesday, May 5th. Here is the official book trailer.

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My first book review for Faraway Friends is in. Check out what Publishers Weekly had to say.
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Second new promo piece is all painted and ready to roll (I think). Time to put the booklet together.
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Need a few minutes to kill, well stop by @KIDLIT411. I am the featured illustrator this week. http://www.kidlit411.com/2015/03/Kidlit411-Illustrator-Spotlight-Russ-Cox.html
© Russ Cox Today KidLit411 is very excited to welcome the talented illustrator, Russ Cox!  Tell us about your background and how you came to illustrate for children. I started as a graphic design at a Pennsylvania desi...
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Illustrator of children's books, games, and other fun child related projects.
Skills
Illustration, cartooning, children's books, character development
Employment
  • Illustrator and Animator at Smiling Otis Studio
    President and Janitor, 1997 - present
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McMinnville, TN - Pittsfield, Maine - Lancaster, PA
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I like to draw and paint colorful illustrations while playing the banjo and wearing Chuck Taylors.
Introduction
I was raised by a pack of crazed hillbillies in the back woods of Tennessee. Without much in the way of modern conveniences, like a television set or running water, he spent his time drawing and whittling away the hours, often dreaming of the joys of a shower. After dismantling his grandfather's lawn mower engine, and without a clue on how to get it back together, he soon realized that he did not have an automotive bone in his body. While in high school, Russ developed an interest in design and a passion for music. After graduating high school he got his education at a local art school. With a portfolio in his hand, he ventured into the world of design and illustration. He opened his own studio, Smiling Otis Studio, where he presently specializes in illustration, Flash animation and logo design. Recently he and ma packed up the wagon and headed to the wilderness of Maine where they have setup a homestead in Pittsfield. When not drawing, running amok in the snow, or training their four cats to sing Bohemian Rhapsody, Russ enjoys some quiet time with his banjo while also taking in the beauty of Maine. His wife would prefer him to play the triangle or build a sound proof room.
Education
  • Pennsylvania College of Art and Design
    Graphic Design, 1981 - 1985
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