Milne makes his mark with The Walk
Mark Wanzel Photo - Local illustrator and artist Keith Milne was responsible for illustrating The Walk, a Grade 1 book published by Scholastic Canada. It will be available in schools starting this year.
Elementary school kids will see the work of a local illustrator when they enter school next week.
Barrie artist Keith Milne illustrated The Walk, a Grade 1 book published by Scholastic Canada. The story follows a boy and his father, together with their dog, on a walk to see their grandfather who is in a nursing/retirement home. It's a comic narrative, which is similar in nature to a graphic novel.
"I loved doing children's stuff," said Milne. "As far back as I can remember, I've wanted to get into children's books and illustration."
Milne does most of his art in the evening and weekends - he also has a full-time job. His subject matters ranges from comic books to sports figures, from cartoon-like to realism. His work has been published in national newspapers, magazines and books, as well as in an animated television series called Freaky Stories.
Milne's first children's book, called My Sister is an Angelina, was published in 2003. More illustrations for children followed in Canadian Children's Annual, no longer in existence, and four educational books, published through the Solski Group.
Art has been a part of his life since he was a child. His first memory, at age three, was of capturing images on paper of whatever was in front of him - dogs, cats, kids. He took art in high school with a goal of becoming a cartoonist.
College followed, media arts at Sheridan, which included cartooning and illustration, as well as a mix of animation and graphic design programs at various colleges in Ontario and B.C.
While Milne has no children of his own, he does have extended family with children.
His nephew served as the inspiration for the blonde-haired boy in The Walk.
Milne's freelance work has also extended to illustrating a ghost, for a history of the Empress Hotel, for a B.C. magazine. The ghost was the original builder who apparently feel off a missing staircase while working and died. By contrast, he also did a realistic rendering of Hotel Victoria for the same magazine.
Milne was born in Sundridge, lived in Kitchener-Waterloo and wound up in Barrie after his sister moved here. He's been working at Base Borden since 2006, in the sign shop, making everything from engravings to retirement plaques, as well as hand-painted signs.
Lately, most of Milne's work has been centered on cartooning. He loves doing it all, from the fun to the serious. An avid hockey fan, he also enjoys doing illustrations of the sport and many have been published.