Introducing: Len DiSalvo...

Len DiSalvo originally hails from San Jose, CA. He attended San Jose State University and earned his illustration degree before entering the real world, illustrating for print (mostly magazine) and a few years for a small game company in Santa Clara. Len has freelanced on many print projects including greeting cards, temporary tattoos, comics, licensing, etc. In 1999 he moved to Tucson, Arizona where he mainly works as a children’s book illustrator for Lima Bear Press on the series of books called “The Lima Bear Stories” by Tom and Peter Weck. Len also teaches at the Southwest University for Visual Arts (specializing in 2D traditional animation and illustration), and moonlights as a scorekeeper for a company that keeps detailed records of minor league baseball games. We spoke with Len about his experiences in the art field: Why did you choose to go into Illustration? Len: It was always something I wanted to do. I like telling stories and since I had always been into art, it was a natural route for me to take. I do a good amount of editorial/print illustration that allows for storytelling opportunities, especially in children’s books. Animation was also something I wanted to do for the same reasons, and luckily I can cross over into each with no problems. Who is your role model and why? Len: A very good question. I must go with Walt Disney; I will likely never raise myself to his lofty heights, but he was very persistent—he came from nothing, and through all the struggles achieved much. I have great respect for what he and his studio were able to accomplish, as well as the high standards they set and the innovations they created and continue to create. Animation and story telling, as well...