Local artist’s work featured in a children’s book based on a classic tale


LANCASTER — It took seven years, but artist Jess Campbell’s work finally made it to print.

X Church Care and Outreach Pastor Steve Rauch asked her at the time if she would provide the illustrations for a children’s book he wanted to write. He recently published the book “The Three Little Pigs”.

The book is based on the popular children’s classic “The Three Little Pigs”. The Big Bad Wolf represents the devil who is after the three pigs in Rauch’s book.

“It was one of the projects on the back burner,” he said. “That’s why it took me about 15 years to get this deal done. I got the illustrator, Jess Campbell, to illustrate it, and then I kept them for a while.”

Rauch’s wife, Stacey, then volunteered to put her words and Campbell’s illustrations into book form.

“It’s beautiful,” Campbell said of the finished product. “Steve and his wife did a great job. It’s beautiful. I was amazed.”

She said her goal was to bring out Rauch’s story with her art.

“Bring out Steve’s perspective,” Campbell said. “Just interpreting what he wanted. And I think what he wanted and what I wanted turned out well.”

She said there were about 10 or 12 pieces of her work in the book and it only took her about a week to produce them all. She used colored pencils for the illustrations.

“It doesn’t take long for me to draw,” Campbell said.

Artist Jess Campbell shows off some of her work featured in the new children's book X Church Care and Outreach Pastor Steve Rauch writes.  The book is called

She sketched in her barn with her horse, Indigo, nearby and called the barn her quiet place.

Campbell said she started drawing as a child and realized she was good when her parents commented on her work.

Rauch said the biggest challenge in writing a children’s book is finding the illustrations.

“I can’t draw a straight line with a ruler,” he said. “I can’t draw a stick person that you would recognize. I’m a terrible artist. I have this concept in my head, but I have no ability to convey it to a canvas or a piece of paper or anything. .”

But Campbell certainly does, as her work in the book proves.

“So I had the opportunity to meet Jess Campbell through a series of events and heard about her artistic abilities,” Rauch said. “I told her about the concept of the book and asked her if she would do some illustrations and she said she would. The illustrations weren’t good, they were great. They were great.”

Rauch is the author of three books. “The Three Little Pigs” is her second children’s book. All of his books can be purchased at amazon.com.

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