The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

August 2, 2013

Artist’s creative side is busy

Waukomis native illustrates her third children’s book, ‘No Sand in the House’

By Jessica Salmond, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

— Illustrator and Waukomis native Hannah Lollman’s creative side has been busy with release of her third illustrated children’s book in May.

“No Sand in the House” is a children’s book donating a portion of sales to the Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. The author, Jennifer L. Crawford, had personal experiences with the devastating storm that hit the New Jersey coast on Oct. 29, 2012.

“Hannah has been instrumental,” Crawford said.

Lollman heard Crawford’s experiences with the hurricane and researched photos and stories about New Jersey after the storm. She spent about five months working on the book’s art — a short amount of time to illustrate an entire book, Lollman said. Most books take around a year, she said.

“They’re going to come back just as strong as before,” Lollman said.

Lollman publishes under her maiden name, Hannah Tuohy. She grew up in the Waukomis area and attended Drummond elementary and high school. Her mother, Vickie Tuohy, was an artist who specialized in woodcarving. Lollman said her mother could have been a factor in her passion for art.

“It could be in the genes,” Lollman said. “Ever since I could hold a pencil, I’ve been drawing.”

Shawn Tuohy, Lollman’s father, said she mostly was self-taught and that he and Vickie always knew she was going to be an artist.

“She had a pen or a pencil with her and she would draw, any time, any place,” Vickie Tuohy said.

Lollman went to Oklahoma State University to polish her talent, majoring in graphic design and emphasizing in illustration. After graduating in May 2012, she has become a freelance artist focusing mainly on children’s art. She now lives with her husband in Charlottesville,Va.

Three children’s books have been published with her illustrations: “Wondering” by Christy Sheffield, “Augie the Moose Has a Loose Tooth” by Rob Colwell, and “No Sand in the House” by Jennifer L. Crawford.

“My heart is in children’s books,” Lollman said.

Lollman described her illustrative style as detail-oriented. For “No Sand,” she made sure to include New Jersey natives, such as crabs and seagulls. She said she uses bright colors and develops “lively” characters with personalities of their own.

“She’s blossoming,” Vickie Tuohy said.

Shawn Touhy said Lollman wants to begin doing her own stories and illustrating her own writing in the future.

“She’s chasing a dream. A lot of people don’t,” Shawn Touhy said.

To see more of Lollman’s work, go to her blog: www. han nahtuohyillustrator.blogspot.com.