I have been a freelance illustrator since 1994 and am a graduate of the MFA Illustration as Visual Essay program at the School of Visual Arts. Some of my clients include: the New York Times, the Village Voice, Entertainment Weekly, GQ, Salon.com, Louise Fili Ltd., Highlights, Grosset and Dunlap, Tundra Books, Getty Publishing, Disney Hyperion, and Holiday House.
In March 2014, The Rockabilly Goats Gruff (Holiday House), was launched to great reviews by Kirkus and Booklist. I am also the author and illustrator of Wiener Wolf ( Disney-Hyperion 2011), which was selected for the Texas 2 X2 Book List and the Arkansas Diamond Primary Book Award. My wife, Shelley Ann Jackson, and I co-wrote and co-illustrated two award winning nonfiction books for Tundra Books: Little Lions, Bull Baiters, and Hunting Hounds: A History of Dog Breeds (2008) and Harness Horses, Bucking Broncos and Pit Ponies: A History of Horse Breeds (2011).
Other children’s books that I have illustrated:
Otis Steele and the Taileebone, written by Tom McDermott, Pelican Publishing Company, 2013.
Upon Secrecy, written by Selene Castrovilla, Calkins Creek, 2009.
Brave Cloelia, written by Jane Curry, Getty Publishing, 2004.
Dragons, written by Mara Conlon, Grosset and Dunlap, 2001.
Drawing Horses, Grosset and Dunlap, 2000.
Coat of Arms, written by Catherine Daly-Weir, Grosset and Dunlap, 2000.
Knights, written by Catherine Daly-Weir, Grosset and Dunlap, 1999.
Egyptian Gods and Goddesses, written by Henry Barker, Grosset and Dunlap, 1999.
I am now based in Cambridge, UK, and spend my spare time hunting for hedgehogs and gnomes.
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i’m an adoptive Galvestonian and purchased a number of your works when you showed in Galveston years ago. I just looked you up and can’t help but be reasonably sure that you and the artist of my pieces are the same. glad to see you doing well and now can’t wait to get a hand on your “modern”, or more recent pursuits. Thanks for your efforts and the light you bring through your work.
Thanks so much for your kind words! I’m happy to hear from a patron of my art. Sadly, I don’t show in Galveston anymore, or anywhere else. I am busy illustrating children’s books and magazines and now live in Austin. Hopefully we will cross paths again one day!
Good evening Jeff. This is mike fuller in galveston. I’ve a small collection of your early work and am retiring, downsizing. Unfortunately I need to sell these prices I’ve had since the nineties. Have you any suggestions on who might be interested in adding to their collection?
Hi Michael, I’m sorry to hear that! I don’t know anyone currently looking for some Jeff Crosby originals. I don’t know where you would even go to sell them online. Craig’s List or eBay?
Good luck with the retirement!Jeff
My latest picture book, The Rockabilly Goats Gruff (Holiday House, 2014) is available online and in bookstores everywhere. Kirkus Reviews says: “From the first glimpse of the slicked-up pompadours and hot rods of the Rockabilly Goats, readers will know that they are in for a good time with this rock-’n’-roll interpretation of a classic tale. This picture book lives up to the excellent wordplay in the title with a whimsical storyline that keeps a solid beat. The amusing and expressive language makes this book an excellent choice for reading aloud, and the bright colors, exaggerated expressions and spot-on fashion details in the illustrations perfectly complement the text. The energy of the book will appeal to a broad audience—especially to music lovers. A snazzy, music-themed twist on a classic story that both children and adults will enjoy.” Visit my Web site: https://jeffcrosbyillustration.com/
My daughter rec’d your book “Wiener Wolf” at a baby shower. I loved it the minute I saw and have bought several copies to have at my house to give to the little kids who often visit my home. In addition, my husband and I are members of a pack consisting of 3 wiener wolves and a stray found on a major freeway nearby. I am very interested in getting some glicee prints to display in my home…specifically the one of “Wiener Wolf” laying on the couch gazing out the window. It a perfect depiction of my doxie “Woody” looking out our large living room window. When do you think you will have the prints on your website? Thanks for such a great book and Aaarooooooooo! from our pack to yours!
Just wanted to let you know what a joy it was to meet you and talk to you about your books at SpectrumLive. (I grew up with horses and have an afghan, so lots of chatting about the various farm animals I grew up with). I hope you had a fantastic weekend, and look forward to keeping up with your art on this blog.
As the owner of a very spoiled (Diva) Dachshund named Sophie. My wife and I loved “Wiener Wolf.” We are expecting a granddaughter on September 18th (the first child of my youngest son & wife). Her name at birth will be Savannah Sue Wolf. My wife and I (both avid readers) would like to give her, as her first book, an autographed copy of “Wiener Wolf”. Perhaps you could help us with purchasing one (I want to keep my copy). Thanks very much.
P.S. Sophie has her own blog at http://sophiessojourns.blogspot.com/
Sitting in the Walnut Creek ES office and saw that you were visiting …didn’t know you were from Austin. Love your illustrations😊
Thanks for your kind words! Austin is a great place to work and live! I enjoyed my visit to Walnut Creek!
I spoke to you during TLA in Austin about teaching a how to illustrate during our Teen Bookfest. I am wondering if you are interested still. It would be for 8th grade on up. You tell me what the students need and I will make sure they have it.
The date on a Saturday in March. Still confirming that. The Bookfest will be in Tulso Midland, this town is near Corpus Christi.
Please let me know if interested. Thank you for your time.