It was 2007 when I began working in my dream job, as a children's book illustrator.
Since then I have worked on too many projects to count!
One of my favorites was the "Chris P Bacon" series written by Len Lucero and Kristina Tracy published by Hay House Publishers. I did three books centering a the very heroic, little pig. Working with Jennifer Richards at Hay House was a dream come true.
I've also illustrated for the award winning Tilbury House Publishers including, "Always Mom, Forever Dad" by Joanna Rowland.
I have illustrated for both the trade and the educational market working with publishers like McGraw Hill Education, Pearson Education, Bright Sky Press, Raven Tree Press, Compass Media and Nelson Publishing, just to name a few.
Working with writers who initiate the projects has become more and more common. Some of mine include "Will You Fill My Bucket?" by Carol McCloud, "I Am Unique" by Jennifer Vassel, and "Allegra's Hat" by Mira Kelley.
I have been so lucky to "meet" some wonderful and creative people from the comfort of my downstairs studio in Long Island, New York. Everything I do is over email and recently I moved to painting completely digitally. All of my illustrations are done on Photoshop. I still wear my smock but it stays very clean!
Working digitally helps me to work faster while maintaining the quality product I am used to providing. I love my Mac and Waacom tablet and now I could not illustrate without them. Working digitally makes deadlines fun for me. I have never missed one!
My specialty is drawing and painting people and animals. As I kid I was obsessed with drawing faces of celebrities, sports figures, family members and neighbor's pets.
Now I am paid to do it and sometimes I still cannot believe my luck. I would be so happy to work on your project!
I have worked consistently since 2007 with many publishers art directors and writers. My client list includes:
Hay House Publishers, Tilbury House Publishers, McGraw Hill Education, Seed Learning, and Learning A-Z
Raven Tree Press, Sadlier, Nelson Publishing, RCL Benziger, Mondo Publishing, Compass Media, Heinemann, Pearson Education, and Bright Sky Press
Welcome to the life of Chris P. Bacon! This adorable baby pig, who was born without the use of this back legs, became a YouTube and talk-show sensation when his adopted dad, veterinarian Len Lucero, posted a video online of tiny Chris learning how to use a cart made out of toys. This determined piglet soon mastered the device and was rolling to interviews across the country. Here, in his first... read more
Chris P. Bacon is one remarkable pig. Born with malformed hind legs, he was taken to a veterinarian to be euthanized—but luckily, that vet was Len Lucero, who saw that the little guy was special. Chris P. went home with Dr. Len and within a matter of weeks became an Internet sensation and a media darling, winning thousands of hearts all over the world. Before long, he was a famous author, too!... read more
This is the second book in a three book series of children’s books featuring Chris P. Bacon—the little pig that’s been inspiring oodles of people. This story will pick up for the first one left off. Here’s a quick bio of dear friend: Chris P. Bacon is one lucky pig. Born with malformed hind legs, he was taken to a vet with the request that he be euthanized. The veterinarian, Len Lucero, took o... read more
Told with a flowing, rich style, Allegra’s Hat is the simple yet powerful story of the delightful journey taken by a beautiful hat that is pulled from the grip of a young girl by a gust of wind and swept far away across the sky to encounters with several animals and their families. Readers will experience the warm episodes of different animals interacting with the hat and the simple lessons th... read more
There was someone at school whom I did not like- a horrible, mean girl named Nancy Van Dyke. "Shantelle, You Smell teaches not only about the emotional devastation of bullying, but also teaches a lesson of compassion rather than revenge. The reader will gain a sense of empowerment from this book to carry daily and wear proudly." ~Debbie Jacobson, Ph.D. Educator and Author "Shantelle, You Smell... read more
"I Am Unique!“ is a story about self-love and sharing your unique gifts with the masses. Erin is the main character of the story. She has a birthmark and a passion for acting. Erin wants to try out for the leading role in her school's play, but when her best friend questions whether she would suit the role because of her birthmark, she has to decide if she's going to let a perceived "flaw" get... read more
Young Wanda is a girl on a mission; she wants to decide what to do when she grows up. Will she be a dancer? A landscape designer? Maybe a pastry chef? Her teachers and parents all make suggestions, but Wanda sets out to explore each option on her own. Along the way she invents a clever pulley system, a squirrel-proof bird feeder, and the best way to separate eggs. With the school career fair (... read more
Many children of divorced or separated parents live by turns with their dad in one home and their mom in another. For most such kids, things are different than they used to be, and they’re different with Dad than with Mom. As these children move between homes, they can’t help but wonder: will mom still love me? Will Dad? In this reassuring picture book, young readers see children who have two ... read more
For more information on bucket filling and free downloadables and resources, visit bucketfillers101.com.A simple question, Will You Fill My Bucket?, is fervently asked by children from twelve different countries. In this award-winning, 32-page picture book, sweet rhyming prose, repetition, and vividly captivating illustrations delight the senses and express the deep joy and love we hope for al... read more
If the salvation of your children is important to you, please give serious consideration to this book. It teaches essential truth that you won’t find in other children’s books, not even the most popular ones. Main features of the book It’s biblically accurate. It teaches the full truth of salvation in words children can understand. It doesn’t dilute the truth to be appealing to children, nor d... read more
Informed by her parents that they can’t afford to send her on a weekend snowboarding trip with her friend, Ava escapes to her room.There she begins using her imagination for creative play, and in the end has a better time than her snowboarding friend while making some important discoveries about herself.Addresses the issue of economic diversity sensitively. Color throughout
This lavishly illustrated book sparks the imagination as a young girl dances in the stardust, races a supernova, and chases fire-breathing dragons across the sky.
Uh-Oh Baby! is a baby bedtime story that provides parents and babies a special time for shared learning experiences and loving cuddles. It celebrates the wonder and the delight of uh-oh” moments seen through the eyes of sweet infants and toddlers as they learn about their world. This charming picture book shows the uh-oh” moments that occur throughout a baby’s day; including mealtime, bathti... read more
It's moving day. After a long morning of chores and unpacking, Jorge and his family — brother, sisters, mom and dad, and grandparents — have eaten a quick lunch, then gone back to emptying boxes. Soon Jorge is ready for a cookie break. But where is the cookie jar? Jorge sets out to find this family treasure, and the cookies he hopes it contains. Checking with family members one by one, he cond... read more
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I'm a book designer & illustrator who has worked in-house at London children's publishers — I love to collaborate on a good story!
Designer specializing in Children's Book cover and interior layout/design, especially Picture Books and Board Books