By LESLEY TOTH
Mille Lacs County Times
Carrie Hartman grew up knowing she would illustrate picture books some day.
In pursuit of that goal, she graduated from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design with her degree in illustration. Hartman’s work can be seen nationally and internationally in editorial publications, animated projects, advertising, greeting cards — and picture books.
With a few new projects in the works, the illustrator said she is doing fewer school visits. But the 15 or so she has scheduled for this year are important to her.
“Just being able to reconnect with the people you make them for,” she said of the significance of the visits. “I spend so much time in the studio that I miss out on this. I get professional reviews, but I’d rather hear from the kids. This has been an enthusiastic group. They’ve been wonderful.”
The best feedback she receives isn’t always from her editor, either.
“Sometimes I get an email from a parent that says, ‘My child makes me read your book every night.’ I love that,” she said.
Hartman’s books include “Izzy the Whiz,” “The Clock Struck One,” “My Mouth is a Volcano” and her personal favorite, “Child of Mine.”
Hartman teaches in the illustration department at MCAD. She freelances from her studio in Woodbury where she lives with her husband and their three children. She is currently working on several new picture book projects.