About the Author
Ryan Sias is the author of “Are You Eating Something Red?” (Blue Apple Books). His story and illustration work has appeared in the “Take Along Learning” series of activity/coloring books, Nickelodeon magazine, the Flight series (Villard) and Mad magazine. He publishes a comic, “Silent Kimbly” on the educational website Funbrain.com.
Ryan has considerable experience in the world of television and film. He has directed videos for Barney and Chuck E. Cheese and his storyboarding credits include the movie “Bowling for Columbine,” “Robots,” “Pinky Dinky Doo” and “Maya & Miguel” for Scholastic Entertainment.
Ryan’s artist temperament was shaped at an early age by his father, an industrial designer, and his mother, a kindergarten teacher. “Sesame Street” and the author, Dr. Seuss, fuelled his creativity and early on he developed a passion for drawing monkeys and monsters. In middle school Sias was diagnosed as dyslexic. While this didn’t make academics any less challenging for him, it did get him out of Spanish class and into extra art classes.
Ryan earned a B.F.A at the Ringling School of Art in Florida, where he created the puppet troupe, the “Patchwork Puppets” and performed in schools, libraries and theme parks. After working for five years at ReelFX in Texas as an art director for videos he moved to New York to pursue his television and children’s book illustration career.