Arant Creative Group

Bruce is self-taught in a variety of mediums that include chalk pastel, oil pastel, graphite, ink, colored pencil and watercolor, and is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Throughout his career, he has illustrated several custom-published picture books, written by other authors.

Bruce has also authored and illustrated two of his own picture books that were traditionally published, Simpson’s Sheep Won’t Go to Sleep! (Peter Pauper Press, 2013) and Simpson’s Sheep Just Want to Sleep! (Peter Pauper Press, 2017). Both books have garnered notable attention including: 2014 Nebraska Book Awards (Children’s category and Cover/Design/Illustration category); nominee for the 2015-2016 Golden Sower Award; placement on the Nebraska 150 Book List; 2018 Nebraska Book Awards (Children’s Picture Book). Additionally, both books were selected to represent the state of Nebraska in 2015 and 2019 respectively, at the National Book Festival in Washington D.C.

Arant maintains a very active speaking schedule with regard to his writing and illustrating work, presenting to audiences of all ages in elementary schools, public libraries, teachers’ conferences and community organizations. Prior to launching Arant Creative Group as a full-time illustrator, author and editor, he enjoyed a career of nearly 20 years in the magazine and custom publishing industry, where he held a variety of editorial and creative positions.