Cathi Mingus

Cathi Mingus - Designer

Los Angeles, CA, USA

Hello, I'm a published children's book illustrator living in California. My specialty is character design with an emphasis on girl's markets

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Overview

I'm an experienced illustrator who loves creating art for children's books. My specialty is the tween
girl marketplace, although I love illustrating for all ages. I sketch out characters with loads of personality. One of my favorite clients over the years has been American Girl. I have illustrated 3 of their "girls guide to" books. I also illustrated the covers of the "Sparkle Spa" book series by Jill Santopolo. I've had a lot of amazing opportunities to work on great projects!

I know how important it is that you have art that makes your book cover and interior art stand out. I've worked with self-published authors as well as major publishing houses. I'm very detail-oriented and dedicated to my craft.

Feel free to contact me regarding your project.

Some of the publishers created art for include:

American Girl
Scholastic
HarperCollins
Penguin Young Readers
Simon & Schuster
Zondervan
Grosset & Dunlap

Languages
English
Fiction
Christian Fiction
Humor & Comedy
Middle Grade
Picture Books
Non-Fiction
Inspirational

Certifications

  • B.A. Art Center College of Design

Work experience

owner/illustrator

Self-employed
December, 1999 – Present (over 20 years)

Portfolio (12 selected works)

A Smart Girl's Guide: Middle School: Everything You Need to Know About Juggling More Homework, More Teachers, and More Friends! (American Girl)

Julie Williams Montalbano

Starting middle school can be scary. But knowing what to expect will make you feel more confident. Packed with tips and fun quizzes, here’s the inside scoop on topics like classes, lockers, homework, and getting involved in after-school activities. Get help deciding the best way to introduce yourself to those new classmates. Plus, you’ll read letters from other girls who were just as worried a... read more

Starting middle school can be scary. But knowing what to expect will make you feel more confident. Packed with tips and fun quizzes, here’s the inside scoop on topics like classes, lockers, homework, and getting involved in after-school activities. Get help deciding the best way to introduce yourself to those new classmates. Plus, you’ll read letters from other girls who were just as worried a... read more

Picture Perfect #2: You First

Cari Simmons, Lola Douglas

Being one half of a BFF heart necklace is serious business—and in the Picture Perfect series, each story tackles a tough friendship challenge. Through the ups and downs of life in middle school, through braces and boy bands, family feuds and fashion disasters, your best bud is there. But what happens when friendship suddenly gets complicated? Tween readers will adore these sweet, accessible st... read more

Being one half of a BFF heart necklace is serious business—and in the Picture Perfect series, each story tackles a tough friendship challenge. Through the ups and downs of life in middle school, through braces and boy bands, family feuds and fashion disasters, your best bud is there. But what happens when friendship suddenly gets complicated? Tween readers will adore these sweet, accessible st... read more

Glam Opening! (10) (Sparkle Spa)

Jill Santopolo

Brooke and Aly are forced to work with their nemesis in the tenth and final sparkly story in this shimmering series about two sisters who open their own mini-nail salon.Have Aly and her nemesis Suzy Davis finally reached détente? Brooke and Aly’s mother and Suzy’s mother join forces and decide to open up a new salon. Does that mean the girls will actually have to work together in a brand-new S... read more

Brooke and Aly are forced to work with their nemesis in the tenth and final sparkly story in this shimmering series about two sisters who open their own mini-nail salon.Have Aly and her nemesis Suzy Davis finally reached détente? Brooke and Aly’s mother and Suzy’s mother join forces and decide to open up a new salon. Does that mean the girls will actually have to work together in a brand-new S... read more

#1 Forever Four

Elizabeth Cody Kimmel

4 girls creating 1 voice . . . will anyone be heard? Paulina, Miko, Tally, and Ivy are four extraordinarily different seventh-graders. Paulina is 100% Type A. Miko is a fashionista. Tally is a theater queen. And Ivy - well, Ivy's the new girl at school. The four girls get tossed together to create a school magazine - by girls, for girls - in a competition to get funding for a new school progra... read more

4 girls creating 1 voice . . . will anyone be heard? Paulina, Miko, Tally, and Ivy are four extraordinarily different seventh-graders. Paulina is 100% Type A. Miko is a fashionista. Tally is a theater queen. And Ivy - well, Ivy's the new girl at school. The four girls get tossed together to create a school magazine - by girls, for girls - in a competition to get funding for a new school progra... read more

Sofia's Puppy Love (American Girl: Forever Friends #4)

Crystal Velasquez

Four friends bond over their love of animals in this animal shelter-set series from Scholastic and American Girl.Sofia loves helping at the animal shelter. But she is finding it increasingly hard to see the adorable dogs and cats leave and find forever homes with other families. Sofia is particularly attached to a puppy she's nicknamed Piper, who is the runt of a litter. One by one, the puppy'... read more

Four friends bond over their love of animals in this animal shelter-set series from Scholastic and American Girl.Sofia loves helping at the animal shelter. But she is finding it increasingly hard to see the adorable dogs and cats leave and find forever homes with other families. Sofia is particularly attached to a puppy she's nicknamed Piper, who is the runt of a litter. One by one, the puppy'... read more

Keiko's Pony Rescue (American Girl: Forever Friends #3)

Crystal Velasquez

When Keiko's aunt invites her and her friends Madison, Jasmine, and Sofia to spend two weeks on her farm, the girls are thrilled. They can't wait to milk a cow and help take care of the farm animals, including a horse who's expecting a baby! But when the foal is born with a leg problem, the girls aren't sure how to help. Will the new foal be okay?

When Keiko's aunt invites her and her friends Madison, Jasmine, and Sofia to spend two weeks on her farm, the girls are thrilled. They can't wait to milk a cow and help take care of the farm animals, including a horse who's expecting a baby! But when the foal is born with a leg problem, the girls aren't sure how to help. Will the new foal be okay?

Jasmine's Big Idea (American Girl: Forever Friends #1)

Crystal Velasquez

Jasmine Arroyo loves volunteering with her veterinarian mom at the Kew Gardens Animal Shelter. When Jasmine learns that the shelter will have to turn away new animals unless it can raise funds to expand, she is determined to help in any way she can.Fortunately, Jasmine's best friends Sofia and Keiko want to help, too! The shelter is throwing a fundraiser and the girls decide to create a kids c... read more

Jasmine Arroyo loves volunteering with her veterinarian mom at the Kew Gardens Animal Shelter. When Jasmine learns that the shelter will have to turn away new animals unless it can raise funds to expand, she is determined to help in any way she can.Fortunately, Jasmine's best friends Sofia and Keiko want to help, too! The shelter is throwing a fundraiser and the girls decide to create a kids c... read more

Picture Perfect #4: Between Us

Cari Simmons, Melinda Metz

Being one half of a BFF heart necklace is serious business—and in the Picture Perfect series, each story tackles a tough friendship challenge. Through the ups and downs of life in middle school, through braces and boy bands, family feuds and fashion disasters, your best bud is there. But what happens when friendship suddenly gets complicated? Tween readers will adore these sweet, accessible st... read more

Being one half of a BFF heart necklace is serious business—and in the Picture Perfect series, each story tackles a tough friendship challenge. Through the ups and downs of life in middle school, through braces and boy bands, family feuds and fashion disasters, your best bud is there. But what happens when friendship suddenly gets complicated? Tween readers will adore these sweet, accessible st... read more

Light Up New York (Faithgirlz / Glimmer Girls)

Natalie Grant

Join twins Mia and Maddie and their sidekick little sister, Lulu, as they travel the country finding adventure, mystery, and sometimes mischief along the way. Together with their famous mother, singer Gloria Glimmer, and their slightly wacky nanny Miss Julia, the sisters learn lessons about being good friends, telling the truth, and a whole lot more.In this fourth book in the Faithgirlz Glimme... read more

Join twins Mia and Maddie and their sidekick little sister, Lulu, as they travel the country finding adventure, mystery, and sometimes mischief along the way. Together with their famous mother, singer Gloria Glimmer, and their slightly wacky nanny Miss Julia, the sisters learn lessons about being good friends, telling the truth, and a whole lot more.In this fourth book in the Faithgirlz Glimme... read more

Bad News Nails (Sparkle Spa)

Jill Santopolo

When a know-it-all nemesis joins the Sparkle Spa salon, the Tanner sisters have to get creative to regain control!Trouble is coming to the Sparkle Spa, in the form of Aly Tanner’s worst nightmare: her arch rival and nemesis since kindergarten is joining the salon! Know-it-all Suzy Davis has plenty of ideas about how the nail salon should be run and isn’t shy about telling the sisters what to d... read more

When a know-it-all nemesis joins the Sparkle Spa salon, the Tanner sisters have to get creative to regain control!Trouble is coming to the Sparkle Spa, in the form of Aly Tanner’s worst nightmare: her arch rival and nemesis since kindergarten is joining the salon! Know-it-all Suzy Davis has plenty of ideas about how the nail salon should be run and isn’t shy about telling the sisters what to d... read more

Harlow and the Lost Laughter

Shannan and Tayla Stedman

Meet Harlow, the cheekiest fairy in all of Happily Hallows. When her mischievous tricks become too much for Fairy Godmother Mae to handle, she takes Harlow’s laugh away. Join Harlow and her little dog, Dixie, on their adventure to find Harlow’s laugh and discover the true meaning behind friendship and laughter.

Meet Harlow, the cheekiest fairy in all of Happily Hallows. When her mischievous tricks become too much for Fairy Godmother Mae to handle, she takes Harlow’s laugh away. Join Harlow and her little dog, Dixie, on their adventure to find Harlow’s laugh and discover the true meaning behind friendship and laughter.

Sami's Sleepaway Summer

Jenny Meyerhoff

Is Sami ready for summer camp . . . and is camp ready for her?Samantha "Sami" Bloom is going to sleepaway camp for the first time. Sami's big sister, Maya, has always loved her summers at Camp Cedar Lake, but Sami isn't so sure she'll feel the same way. She's nervous about being away from home, trying new food, and doing the super-scary ropes course. Worst of all, Sami's annoying cousin, Danie... read more

Is Sami ready for summer camp . . . and is camp ready for her?Samantha "Sami" Bloom is going to sleepaway camp for the first time. Sami's big sister, Maya, has always loved her summers at Camp Cedar Lake, but Sami isn't so sure she'll feel the same way. She's nervous about being away from home, trying new food, and doing the super-scary ropes course. Worst of all, Sami's annoying cousin, Danie... read more

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