Tony Fucile is an animator and visual development artist who has worked on The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, The Lion King, The Iron Giant, The Incredibles, Ratatouille, Up and other films. He is also an illustrator of children's books, and that's what I'd like to focus on.
Jack-Jack Attack, a Golden Book that was part of merchandising for The Incredibles. His drawings are spare, but spare shouldn't be confused with simple. His characters are solidly constructed and his compositions are nailed down, but everything is delineated with very few lines. While those lines are somewhat rough, they are very expressive. Slickness is not high on Fucile's list, but his other qualities are so outstanding that it isn't missed.
Fucile both wrote and drew Let's Do Nothing, a story of two boys desperate to come up with a way to fill time. You can see from this example how strong Fucile's poses are, a result, no doubt, of his time as an animator.
Bink and Gollie, a Mutt and Jeff pair of girls who are best friends, written by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee. Fucile conveys their personalities clearly through their poses and facial expressions.
Bink and Gollie: Two For One, the authors seem to be stepping back, allowing Fucile to carry more of the story through drawing. This sequence is from "Whack a Duck."
Many animation artists are doing work outside the field these days, searching for greater control or at least for the chance to sign their work. It's a positive trend and I'm grateful that Tony Fucile is illustrating books. His drawings have given me a lot of pleasure and I look forward to whatever he'll be illustrating next.