About The Author
and Illustrator of 'The Orb Of Chatham'
Known for his evocative aesthetic style, Bob Staake's
illustrations and art appear everywhere -- from magazines to
books, animation to greeting cards, advertising to newspapers,
cereal boxes to CD-ROM games.
His clients have included
Time Inc, McDonald's, American Express, Sony, United Airlines,
Nickelodeon, Sports Illustrated For Kids, Ralston Purina, Hallmark
Cards, Kenner Toys, The Washington Post, AT&T, Sega, TWA,
Dr.Pepper, The Chicago Tribune, Good Humor, Warner Books, Kellogg's,
Cartoon Network, Turner Broadcasting, The Wall Street Journal,
Netscape, Forbes, Simon and Schuster, The Ren and Stimpy Show,
MAD, Children's Television Workshop, Blockbuster Video, Disney,
Anheuser-Busch, Doubleday, Klutz Press, Hershey's, Target Stores,
Miami Herald, Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Fleishman-Hillard,
DMBB, and countless others.
He has authored and/or illustrated
over 39 books, including 'Hello Robots!' (Viking), 'My Little
Color Zoo' (Simon & Schuster) and 'The Red Lemon' (Random
House). Currently he is writing a pair of storybooks and illustrating
three other titles, including a modern version of the 19th Century
German classic, 'Der Struwwelpeter'.
'The Orb Of Chatham' marks
a new departure for Staake -- his first black and white picture
book that is also part graphic novel and part mystery.
"When I decided to take
on the story", says Staake, "I knew that it had to
be rendered in black and white. If I'm successful at evoking
a certain moodiness and dreamlike experience through the artwork
in the book, the monochromatic palette deserves as much of the
Ironically, Staake used no
traditional palette of paints when creating the eery 'Orb of
Chatham' illustrations. The art reproduced in the book is entirely
digital, Staake prefering to drag a computer mouse rather than
a paint brush to execute his images. "My books are generally
more 'mirthful'", says Staake, 'and filled with rich color
and playful patterns. But while others are mesmerized by the
stunning daylight commonly found in Chatham, I've always been
as intrigued by the dramatic shadows, reflections and shapes
produced by the moon and the stars at night. Chatham is an esquisitely
mysterious place and this is what I've tried to capture in the
Staake resides and works in
Chatham, Massachusetts in a 200-year-old house that's 300 yards
from the Atlantic -- but is only inhabited by 100 ghosts. He
collects mid-century modern furniture, vintage Fiestaware and
original illustration artwork
Staake's voluminous, award-winning
web site can be found at, you guessed it, BobStaake.com
Talks About The Creation of 'The Orb of Chatham'
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