Saturday, January 6, 2018

Featured Illustrator John Bleau


This questionnaire goes back to a popular parlor game in the early 1900s. Marcel Proust filled it out twice. Some of our questions were altered from the original to gain more insight into the hearts and minds of our illustrators. We hope you enjoy this way of getting to know everybody.

1. Your present state of mind?
Thoughtful, with a smidge of anxiousness, a hint of panic and one cup of caffeinated confusion.

2. What do you do best?
Listen and translate thought to image, quickly.

3. Where would you like to live?
Before kids, I lived in Cologne Germany and would love to take them back one day.

4. Your favorite color?
Yellow, of course! Who doesn’t like yellow?

5. Three of your own illustrations:


6. Your music?
Disney soundtracks with the kids and Ed Sheeran in the studio.

7. Your biggest achievement?
Making time for my children despite a two-hour commute to work, otherwise, teaching design and working with students.

8. Your biggest mistake?
Spending too much time in meetings with people who say “No.”

9. Your favorite children's book when you were a child?
P.D. Eastman’s Go, Dog. Go! and Snow!

10. Your main character trait?
Seeing both sides of a situation.

11. What do you appreciate most in a friend?

12. What mistakes are you most willing to forgive?
First time mistakes, not ones that seem to repeat.

13. Your favorite children's book heroes?
The ones with a secret identity, Peter Parker, Dick Grayson, Don Diego de la Vega, and John Clayton III.

14. What moves you forward?
The anticipation of making something better than yesterday.

15. What holds you back?
Self-doubt, indecision, and looking over my shoulder when I need to focus on the road.

16. Your dream of happiness?
Being the “Art Dad” at the STEM meeting.

17. The painter/illustrators you admire most?
The people making a living through their art while raising kids like Jake Parker, Will Terrell, Jason Brubaker …

18. What super power would you like to have?
I would like to time travel in my own TARDIS.

19. Your motto?
“I never drive faster than I can see. Besides that, it’s all in the reflexes.” Jack Burton, Big Trouble in Little China

20. Your social media?  
Web site:


  1. Nice to learn more about you, John, and thanks for giving us a new blog banner!

  2. Hi John! So happy to see your work and learn more about you. I can tell you are an A+ dad as well as a talented artist. Glad you are a Michigander!

  3. Love this! I had the pleasure of meeting John last year at the Marketing Bootcamp in East Lansing. He has a great personality and I can see this come through in his work. Can't wait to see what he does next!

  4. Love the banner, John. I'm getting an assortment of feelings when I look at it. All good feelings.