Our Illustrators

R. W. Alley began drawing sometime around age two and he hasn't paused since. In fact, his drawings now and his drawings then bear a rather strong resemblance. He has gotten slightly better at hands, but horses remain a problem. Then, as now, he has always enjoyed most making pictures that illustrate a story rather than hang on a wall. Today he lives in Barrington, Rhode Island.

Scott Angle is a freelance artist, illustrator and designer. For over 25 years he has been able to work with a vast array of great clients including Mattel Toys, Disney and Major League Baseball to name a few. In his spare time Scott enjoys painting, mountain biking and playing a game called pickleball (it’s like tennis mixed with ping pong). Scott and his wife live in Huntington Beach, California.

Fian Arroyo has been illustrating for books, magazines, advertising agencies and toy and game companies for over 20 years. He lives with his wife, two kids, a parakeet and a gerbil in the mountains of North Carolina. When he is not drawing he can be found fishing, mountain biking, playing his electric guitars really loud or catching air at the skate park. Enjoy more of Fian's fun and energetic work on his web site.

Martha Avilés was born in Mexico City. She studied graphic design at the University of México. The award-winning artist has worked full-time as an illustrator for nearly 25 years, with books published in many different countries.

Constanza Basaluzzo was born in Argentina where she still lives with her husband Javier and her little kitten, Nina Kodama. In her spare time she enjoys reading (especially children’s books), spending time outdoors with her cat, and visiting toy stores.

Valentina Belloni, born and raised in Cuneo, in northern Italy, has enjoyed drawing and painting since she was a young child. After studying and graduating university, Valentina turned her great passion into her dream job! The artist also enjoys writing at home in Torino, Italy, with her creative and inspiring husband Mattia.

Tracy Nishimura Bishop got hooked on drawing when she won an art contest in Kindergarten.  She has stayed very busy telling stories through illustration ever since.  Tracy lives and works with her husband, son, and dog Harry in San Jose, CA.

Mike Blake grew up daydreaming, doodling and writing stories. He currently lives in Kansas City with his wife and three children. When not busy with art or writing, he enjoys exploring the Midwest, going to the library, and spending time with his family. 

Hector Borlasca was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he currently resides with his wife Silvana and daughter, Micaela. He studied to become a lawyer but found his true passion was illustration. He began his career as a graphic designer and eventually developed into an illustrator. When not illustrating, Hector enjoys playing soccer and perfecting his tango.

Ken Bowser writes and illustrates his own books and has illustrated dozens of titles for others. His work has appeared in countless newspapers, magazines and periodicals. He is the creator, writer and illustrator of an internationally syndicated humor panel and has authored and illustrated a widely distributed newspaper culinary/recipe column. Ken is married, has two children and works out of his home studio in central Florida.

With a degree and professional experience in graphic design, Scott R. Brooks transitioned to a career in full-time illustration several years ago. He has produced a wide variety of images in many styles from 2D for video games to TV commercial storyboards. Scott shares his Atlanta, GA studio with his illustrator wife, Karen. They share their home with their 2 clever children, and their somewhat less clever dog and cat. In his spare time, Scott cleans his gutters, while wishing he were instead drawing.  To view Scott's portfolio, please visit www.stormerbrooks.com

Mike Brownlow was born in Liverpool and now lives in Somerset, England, with his family. He’s written and illustrated many children’s books as well as worked extensively in most areas of illustration. His book ‘Little Robots’ has been made into a stop-motion animated series. Mike wrote several of the 65 episodes that have been made so far, and the show can be seen around the world. When he’s not illustrating or writing he gives talks in schools and libraries, plays a lot of squash and enjoys walking in the English countryside with his wife and friends.

Giusy Capizzi uses bold designs and playful images to engage and entertain the youngest readers.  While she began as a painter, Guisy is now a highly skilled digital artist who draws on her fine arts education in Italy to create irresistible illustrations.  When she is not drawing, Giusy loves to cook.

Dominic Catalano has been illustrating for children for more than 25 years. He has enjoyed a fulfilling career drawing pictures for picture books, magazines and educational materials. Originally from upstate New York, he now lives with his wife Oksana and his two boys Peter and Cristian in Antwerp, Belgium where he teaches art at the International School there. When not drawing or teaching, he loves to play his saxophone or travel.

Mattia Cerato was born in Cuneo, a small city surrounded by the beautiful Italian Alps. At 2-3 years old, besides eating a lot of pasta, his father (an artist in his own right!) introduced and encouraged Mattia to draw. As a result, he spent most of his time creating funny images on every surface he could find. When Mattia grew up, he decided to study illustration at the European Institute of Design (IED) in Torino. Within eight months of graduation, he landed his first Illustration job, a book titled My First Picture Dictionary. Mattia still lives- with his talented wife Valentina- in northern Italy When not illustrating, he enjoys playing basketball, traveling around the world, playing his bass guitar, and skiing in the Alps.  

Peter developed a passion for magical creatures and mystical places at an early age. After attending Parsons School of Design in New York, he worked on fantasy magazines and book jackets. The following years were spent doing visual development for Dungeons and Dragons and animated films:  Dinosaur, Fantasia 2000, Brother Bear, Treasure Planet, Atlantis and the Ice Age films. Peter continues his magical work at Blizzard Entertainment in Irvine, CA.

Dave Clegg lives and works on a small horse farm in north Georgia with his wife Lyn and their two children. All of Dave's work is done digitally on his computer. When he is not drawing, he can be found creating songs with his guitar or making robot sculptures!

Livia Coloji studied illustration in Timisoara, Romania where she still lives and works. Livia's strong colors and textures come from acrylics, sponges, and digital enhancement.

Steve Cox lives in London, England. He first designed toys and packaging for other people’s characters. But he decided to create his own characters and turned full time to illustrating. When he is not drawing books he enjoys playing the guitar.

Kathi Ember is the illustrator of many books for children. Kathi graduated with a BFA from Kutztown University and loves the fantasy world of illustrating. Today she lives with her husband, three sheep and numerous cats in an old stone farm house just outside of Kutztown, PA. 

Siri Weber Feeney's fine-artist mom let her use real art supplies at an early age. So Siri drew — in books, on walls, and even on the piano. Now, she's safely drawing, painting and designing projects she's been asked to do: book covers, books, and illustrations for Ladybug, Cricket, Highlights magazines — all of which are lots more fun than drawing on the piano. 

You can see more of her work here

Alessia Girasole was born in Milan, Italy, where she currently lives. She has been drawing since early childhood. She realized at a young age that her goal would be to turn her hobby into a rewarding career as an illustrator.

Diane Greenseid became interested in art when she was in high school and college. She loved all forms of art including drawing, sculpting, ceramics and printmaking. She soon turned to illustrating and has been doing books ever since. Diane lives in California where she starts each day with a bike ride or a walk to the beach near her home.

Tim Haggerty has been doing illustrations for kids of all ages over the past 25 years. He's worked for many great publishers including Scholastic, Usborne, Pearson, Highlights AND Red Chair Press!  Tim lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico with his wife and 2 Maine Coon cats. In the summer he's an avid gardener and in the winter a big time skier. Visit Tim's website at   http://www.timsportfolio.com

Yu-Mei Han wanted to be an artist as a young girl. She earned her fine arts degree from a university in her native Taiwan. Now Yu-mei illustrates books and magazines as well as greeting cards and wrapping paper. She currently lives in Queens, New York with her husband and dog, Mollie.

Shelly Hehenberger has been illustrating children's books since 1996. She has a degree in Graphic Design from Indiana University, and a Master of Fine Arts degree in painting from the University of Cincinnati. She is also an art teacher and abstract painter. Shelly currently lives near Chapel Hill, NC, with her husband and teenage daughter.

Born in Hong Kong and raised in Philadelphia, Jannie moved to New Yok to study illustration at Parsons School of Design. After working as an art director at many fun places such as Nickelodeon, Scholastic and TIME for Kids, she decided that illustration was her true calling. Jannie (also known as Chicken Girl0 specializes in illustrating for children's products. Jannie currently works and plays in Boston, MA with he husband and daughter. You may follow her fun blog at Chicken Girl

Jui Ishida was born in Taiwan R.O.C. and raised in Japan. She has specialized in children's books and animal/nature/child-related projects especially since she became a mother several years ago. Jui currently lives and works in Long Beach, California.

Laura Jacobsen has been drawing, painting, and doodling her whole life. Her work has appeared in the magazines Cricket, Ladybug, Ask, Highlights for Children, and High Five, and in several books such as Animal Mischief and The Best Eid Ever. Laura's two dogs, Hopper and Lucy, keep her company in her Gilbert, Arizona, studio.

Nathan Jarvis has been illustrating for kids and adults who act like kids since 1983. He has also worked as a clown, cook, teacher and a bunch o' other amusing occupations in order to feed himself and his family. Nathan and his Austrian wife, Michaela, live in Midway, Utah, where he can ski, hike, cycle and goof-off with his awesome dog Sam to his heart's content. See more of Nathan's work on his web site.

 

 

John Joven got his start as a graphic designer and illustrator when he was 8 years old. Working from his home studio in Bogota, Colombia, he shares his passion for drawing and painting with his wife Ana and his children Avril and Ian.

Jim Kelly has has worked for more than 25 years as a graphic designer, illustrator, and art director.  His projects include award-winning covers and illustration, puppetry, and 3D sculpture. Jim’s colorful work can be seen on his web site at www.sawduststudios.net.

 

From his birth in Austin, Texas, to childhood in the backwoods of West Virginia, and high school in Philadelphia, PA, Gideon Kendall’s eclectic life inspired his creative nature. Gideon and his wife, artist Julie Peppito live and work in Brooklyn, NY while raising and being inspired by their young son, Milo.

Elliot Kreloff has illustrated and designed a broad range of children’s books, including board books, early readers, and fiction and nonfiction picture books. He studied design and illustration at The Cooper Union in NYC, where he received a BFA and has an MA from Hunter College in theater directing. Elliot lives with his husband and daughter in New York City and Fire Island, NY.

Montreal-based Marie Lafrance has been drawing illustrations for most of her life. She has drawn pictures for magazines, posters, billboards, and board games. But books for young readers is her passion.

Peter Lubach grew up in Scotland and now lives in Norwich, England with his family.  He works in a studio in the garden, drawing pictures in pen and ink and making sure the cat doesn't chase the chickens.Visit Peter's website at peterlubach.co.uk

 

Courtney Autumn Martin is a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design and happily divides her time between creative passions including children's illustration, abstract painting, and graphic design. When not making art, she is most definitely reading, writing, or hugging a cat. See more of her work at camartinart.com

John Nez has illustrated books of all sorts…and he's written a few books as well. John sometimes works in traditional mediums with real paints.  He also makes digital art on his computer. John lives in Seattle where he enjoys the natural wonders of the Northwest.

Angela Oliynyk was born into a family of artists in Ukraine. She has worked as a graphic designer and as an illustrator. Angela now lives in Montreal, Quebec.

Jim Paillot is a dad, husband and illustrator. He lives in Arizona with his family and two dogs and any other animal that wants to come in out of the hot sun. When not illustrating Jim likes to hike, watch cartoons and collect robots.

Debbie Palen works in watercolor, colored pencils, pastels and many, many Q-tips which can be found scattered all over her studio. When not drawing, she enjoys going to the art museum, watching movies, reading and walking in the nature center nearby. She lives in Cleveland, Ohio.  Follow Debbie on her inspiring blog!

Lars Rudebjer has worked as an illustrator and designer since 1989. He has illustrated more than 40 children's books published in ten countries. His art can also be found in countless school texts, board games, and comic strips.  Lars lives and works in Norway with his wife and three children.

Lauren Scheuer began her art career in the fourth grade when Rosemary Bolton, who sat at the next desk, traded her lunch money for a drawing of a cat.  Lauren went on to study art at UCLA, and has since illustrated over a dozen kids' books.  Currently obsessed with her small flock of hens, Lauren regularly writes and illustrates true tales of suspense and intrigue in her popular chicken blog, ScratchandPeck.

Elena Selivanova graduated from the ‪Moscow State University of Printing Arts. Elena has collaborated with many of the main Russian publishing houses and other publishers worldwide, illustrating over 100 books in 20 years.  She lives and works in Moscow.

Keith D. Shepherd is an educator, illustrator, and painter. His words have been in galleries, museums, and private collections across the U.S. His painting Sunday Best is part of the Negro League Baseball Museum's permanent collection. Keith lives and works in Kansas City, Missouri.

Viktor Sluzhaev, named one of the 200 best young illustrators of Russia, was born in Lgov in the Kursk region and currently lives in Chekhov in the region of Moscow. He studied art in Dimitrovgrad and trained at the Moscow Institute of Design. Viktor spent eight years running a business selling children's illustrated literature. His time selling books led Viktor back to his passion: illustrating fairy tales and fables for young readers.

Jackie Stafford lives on a farm in Canada with two horses, two dogs and six cats. When she is not taking care of the animals she can be found at her computer. She creates digital art for many books, magazines and websites.

Jamie Tablason received her BFA and MFA in Illustration from California State University. Sea creatures, California history, Asian culture, and good food are a few things that inspire Jamie’s work. She lives in Lakewood, California.

Sue Todd is an award-winning illustrator living in Toronto, Ontario in Canada. Her technique is linocut, a printmaking process similar to woodcut. Sue blends ancient and modern technologies by scanning the lino print to be digitally colored. Sue has created art for clients all over North America and the UK. Her art has appeared in books, magazines, on posters, t-shirts, a TV commercial, and a bus! Sue gets her best ideas riding around the city on her bike.

Damian Ward loves storytelling and the unspoken dialogue that goes into and can come out of an illustration. Damian strives to make his illustrations lively and emotive. Damian scribbled and sketched his way through high school and went on to graduate from the Columbus (OH) College of Art and Design where he studied illustration. He continues his passion full-time with the support of his wife, in Bangalore, India. 

Tami Wicinas is passionate about communicating story and emotion through the power of image and color. Tami earned her BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and currently lives and works in Berkeley, CA.

Hiromitsu Yokota earned his fine arts degree from Musashino Art University in Tokyo, Japan. His illustrations are created digitally in order to render a subtle play of light and color lending them the appearance of traditional hand-drawn pastels. His artwork is meant to convey 'happiness, here and now.'

Sachiko Yoshikawa moved to San Francisco from Japan in 1988 to study art. Her initial interest in art was jewelry making and then, gradually, graphic design. Later she branched out into mixed media and began creating narrative illustration. Currently, Sachiko enjoys creating whimsical and vibrant illustrations using collage, traditional techniques and mixed media such as balsa wood.