Tadgh Bentley is a picture book author and illustrator originally from the UK, now living in Athens, Ohio with his wife Emily and four-legged friend Atticus.
After six years teaching elementary aged children in Britain and Jordan, he had some time to pursue a long-held dream of writing and illustrating his own picture book. Many months and several false starts later, Emily had the hiccups at dinner and ‘Little Penguin Gets the Hiccups’ was born. Little Penguin was published by Balzer + Bray in fall 2015. 'Samson', 'Little Penguin and the Lollipop' have since followed, with another little penguin due in October 2018.
Tadgh is a self-taught artist who works digitally after spending many years trying to work out the vagaries of photoshop. All drawings are sketched using pen and ink before being colored digitally. Whilst this does sometimes make him feel like something of a fraud, he enjoys the immense freedom and creative opportunities that this technique affords.
If you have a project for which your think Tadgh’s art may be suitable, feel free to contact him at his email address, listed below, and he will get back to you in the first person.