Posted by: Kathy Temean | November 13, 2010

Illustrator Saturday – Ryan Sias

Ryan Sias is the author of “Are You Eating Something Red?” (Blue Apple Books). His story and illustration work has appeared in the “Take Along Learning” series of activity/coloring books, Nickelodeon magazine, the Flight series (Villard) and Mad magazine. He publishes a comic, “Silent Kimbly” on the educational website

Ryan has considerable experience in the world of television and film. He has directed videos for Barney and Chuck E. Cheese and his storyboarding credits include the movie “Bowling for Columbine,” “Robots,” “Pinky Dinky Doo” and “Maya & Miguel” for Scholastic Entertainment.

Ryan’s artist temperament was shaped at an early age by his father, an industrial designer, and his mother, a kindergarten teacher. “Sesame Street” and the author, Dr. Seuss, fuelled his creativity and early on he developed a passion for drawing monkeys and monsters. In middle school Sias was diagnosed as dyslexic. While this didn’t make academics any less challenging for him, it did get him out of Spanish class and into extra art classes.

Zoe and Robot – Let’s Pretend!

In this comic book / picture book below, Zoe teaches Robot how to pretend.

It is part of Blue Apple Books “Balloon Toons” Series which are simple stories illustrated with zany cartoon art to engage and encourage new readers.

Published by Blue Apple Books – Comes out April 2011

This is how I normally work. I do pencil sketches for the whole book.

I use a light board and do inks on a new piece of paper. I used water color instead of ink. (Finally, someone who didn’t clean their studio before taking the picture. ~ Kathy)

I scan the finished inked page.

I color in photoshop and TA DA! Finished art!

This book was done digitally. I do quick sketches to get the story across and make sure its reading.


I clean it up and do the final in photoshop.

A very nice promo piece! ~ Kathy

Are You Eating Something Red? book trailer from Ryan Sias on Vimeo.

Ryan earned a B.F.A at the Ringling School of Art in Florida, where he created the puppet troupe, the “Patchwork Puppets” and performed in schools, libraries and theme parks. After working for five years at ReelFX in Texas as an art director for videos he moved to New York to pursue his television and children’s book illustration career.

Hope you enjoyed visiting with Ryan. For more information please visit

You can see Ryan on November 20th at the Barnes & Noble at:  

150 East 86th Street
New York, NY 10028

11:00am.  Stop by if you are in the area.

Talk tomorrow,



  1. Wow, talk about a well-rounded and talented guy! You do such great work! I’ve always wanted to do comic-like work, but don’t/can’t.

    And your story time promo stuff is wonderful!

    Btw, Ryan, I had the pleasure of meeting Jim Jinkins and talked with him a couple of times by phone. What a nice guy! You must’ve really enjoyed working with him.

    Thanks for sharing!


  2. I am so excited to see one of my favorite author/illustrators here! I just love the fun and imagination behind your work ❤ It's so nice to get a look at your background, process and your creative space! XOXO


  3. The Zoe and Robot cover is AWESOME!!! So glad to see it, Ryan. Thanks for sharing, Kath!!


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