Steve Pilcher was born in 1955 in Brockville, Ontario, but lived in Toronto for many years where he established a reputation as a very talented artist and illustrator. He is noted for his work with children and has been a frequent teacher at children’s workshops. He has also lectured at many workshops and conferences on the art of children’s illustration. He has been the featured artist in several one-man shows in the Toronto area and his award-winning work has appeared in Communication Arts Magazine and Studio Magazine, in which he was the winner of a silver award in 1991 for his work on Norbert Nipkin and the Magic Riddle Stone (Napoleon Publishing , 1990).

His other children’s books include Toni and the Dandelions (Grassroots Publishing, 1994), Norbert Nipkin (Napoleon Publishing, 1989, softcover published in 2005), The Bus Ride (Gage Publishing, 1986), and Elfabit (Hayes Publishing, 1982). His illustration work can also be found in many other texts and books for children with such publishers as Addison-Wesley and Greey de Pencier.

Mr. Pilcher’s talents are not confined to the illustration of books, as he proved with his set designs for the Touring Players’ stage production of Norbert Nipkin in 1993. He was also director for an animated television Christmas Special, The Lion and the Lamb, produced by Kroyer Films. As well in 1994, he began work as an art director on an animated full feature movie for Warner Bros., called The Quest. He currently resides with his wife in California, where he has worked on the Warner Brothers animated feature, Osmosis Jones, and was art director of the popular Shrek 2.