About Bob

"Whenever I speak before any group, my goal is the same: To share my professional work experience, stories and observations in a visually compelling way that inspires, motivates and excites the crowd. If the audience can't wait to leave and get back to their drawing boards, then I've done a good job."

- Bob Staake


Bob Staake is represented by The Gillian MacKenzie Literary Agency of New York, NY


All Powerpoint presentations are updated by Bob in advance of his lecture. More specific slide shows can be produced based on the hosting group or organization's audience and needs. Note: Non-slide show presentations, keynote addresses and motivational speeches are available as well. Please inquire


Powerpoint One: (General Illustration)

Imagined Images: The Art Of Bob Staake

An overview of Bob's career and work as an illustrator. Images include everything from picture book spreads to New Yorker covers (both published and rejected), experimental art, editorial pieces, character designs and preliminary sketches juxtaposed next to the final illustrations. With an extemporaneous discussion of the slides, the entire show runs approximately 45 minutes

Powerpoint Two: (Children's Books)

Bob Staake: Picture This

With over 50 books to his name, Bob's extensive career in children's publishing is filled with colorful stories, uncommon experiences and insightful lessons learned through the years. Unique, behind-the-scenes glimpses into his most notable books are a part of this presentation. Extensive sketches, doodles, color tests, rejected covers and final book spreads are shown and discussed. The audience also has a chance to see "failed" Bob Staake picture books that never saw the light of day (and for good reason). Examples of his books for Random House, Little Brown, HarperCollins, Candlewick, Simon & Schuster, Little Golden Books and others are all included, as well as his pop-up books and publishing projects he's currently working on. With an extemporaneous discussion of the slides, the entire show runs approximately 45 minutes

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Lecture and Speaking Venues Have Included:

+ The Graphic Artists Guild
+ The Society of Illustrators
+ University of California at Los Angeles
+ The American Institute of Graphic Arts
+ National Cartoonists Society
+ The Eric Carle Museum for the Picture Book
+ Massachusetts College of Art
+ University of Southern California
+ American Assn. of Editorial Cartoonists
+ University of California at San Diego
+ LaJolla (Ca) Wine and Art Festival
+ Washington University
+ Los Angeles Times Book Festival
+ Journalism Education Assn.
+ The Saint Louis Art Museum
+ The Omega Institute
+ Pacific Northwest Booksellers Assn.
+ ICON: The Illustration Conference
+ Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators
+ Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators
+ Texas Book Festival
+ Museum of Art Ft. Lauderdale
+ Reading Rock Stars
+ San Antonio Express-News Book & Author Luncheon
+ Boston Book Festival
...and countless schools, book stores and organizations

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