The Circus Baby
Thao Lam has been creating pictures for as long as she can remember. For her, drawing has always felt as natural as breathing. She has an insatiable love for coloured and textured papers, which she uses to create her exuberant collages.
Passionate about children’s books, Thao is especially interested in visual storytelling. She draws inspiration from the stories she hears, from the beauty in everyday things, and from the work of the many illustrators she admires. As an art buyer for an educational publishing company, she has the opportunity to work with thousands of different artists from all around the world.
Since studying illustration for three years at Sheridan College in Toronto, Thao has developed her dual careers of illustrating and art buying. Her art works have appeared in publications such as Cricket and Highlight magazines. In 2008, she won the Highlights Five Pewter Plate award for verse illustration of the year. She has twice been chosen for the American Illustration Awards.
She is a borderline hoarder when it comes to paper, keeping every scrap of textured, patterned, and coloured paper that crosses her path. She spends a lot of time and money at:
Paper is not the only thing she hoards. Her bookshelves are overflowing with children’s books as she’s always on the hunt for the next hidden gem. Her favourite places to discover new books are the library:
The only time Thao is ever tongue tied is when she gets a chance to meets one of her favorite illustrators and there are many.
Her current crushes are:
CHILDREN'S BOOKS COLLECTIONS
TUBES OF PAINT
Thao has an insatiable love for coloured, patterned, and textured papers, which she uses to create her exuberant collages.
She is a creative girl who uses a variety of materials. Thao’s drawings are very life-like; she takes great care to create detail. Her artwork shows figures and objects in a colourful compositions.
In her artwork, Thao is now drawing pictures which include houses, people, and animals about which she likes to tell a story.
Thao has a good sense of humor and is able to make this quality evident in her art work.
Dog eared and sticky fingers, a blog about children’s books.