David T. Wenzel, accomplished illustrator and children’s book artist, visited Amity Regional High School on January 6. Mr. Wenzel is best known for his visualization of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, illustrated in graphic novel format, and has worked for most of the country’s leading publishers illustrating comics, children’s books, graphic novels.
More than one hundred students participated in the visit, including an English class focused on graphic novels and several writing classes, as well as a number of art classes. During the presentation, Mr. Wenzel spoke in detail about the process of creating images that lend themselves to storytelling, and thrilled students by drawing sketches to give examples of art and illustration concepts.
After the presentation, students were able to ask Mr. Wenzel questions about his career, and view some original examples of his artwork and his published books.
The event was hosted by the Amity High School Library, and made possible by the generosity of the Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation.
Pictured: ‘Hobbit’ illustrator, David Wenzel, shows students how to draw a dragon