Our Illustrator Marco Cammayo

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“Artwork is at least 50% of your story…”


I would like take this opportunity to introduce you to our extremely talented illustrator. Father, husband and fitness enthusiast, Marco Cammayo. Without his vision and creation of characters Champ and Nessie, this book would not be getting published.

Zeb and Marco have been friends for a long time. When we decided to illustrate our book, we knew without a doubt that Macro was the best person for the job! They met in High School circa the 90’s, and since then have been triathlon buddies. They enjoyed training together and geek talking about the latest accessories for their sweet bikes. Always on the lookout for the next great race. This site is PG, so I can’t tell you what they referred to themselves as. But they all lived up to the name!

Marco made Champ and Nessie come alive. He gave them a face, a personality, and most importantly a place in our hearts. I remember the first reveal of the cover art. We were sipping coffee in our living room and Zeb trepidatiously asked me, “Are you ready for this?” I had no idea what he was talking about and showed 0% excitement because it was 6 am. When he turned the laptop screen around and I saw those two adorable plesiosaurs, I jumped up so fast I spilled hot coffee all over my legs! I could not believe that these characters Zeb dreamed up to represent us, was exactly how I imagined they would look! It was in that moment I realized that we were, no matter what, publishing this book. And we have been through the “no matter what” part for the last year and a half.

As the story came to life, so did our characters. Charlotte, Macro’s sweet daughter, is one of our main characters, the whale. In the story, Charlotte eagerly joins Champ and Logan on a journey across the sea to help find Nessie! Life imitates art, far more than art imitates life – because Marco happily accepted the challenge of illustrating this story and has been on this journey with us!

Marco, we are so thankful for your dedication to this project! Your vision brought Champ and Nessie to a whole new level. Thank you for seeing it through to the end with us!

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You can check out Marco’s work via his website at the link below!


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