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Meet Our Illustrators

We are proud to represent award-winning and up-and-coming artists from all over the world. Whether they are working hard on their own books or creating illustrations for others work, we are in constant awe of their imaginations and talent. 


It is our pleasure to introduce you to a few of them. 

Sandra G. Anderson

If you asked Sandra G. Anderson what she does, she’d be tempted to tell you that she wrestles alligators in the everglades and trains them to do tricks, but she does something even more exciting: she creates children’s picture books!


She writes, she draws—she’s the whole enchilada! Her illustrations are rendered digitally, in addition to ink and watercolor, bringing the page alive with engaging character designs, vibrant colors and a dash of whimsy. Pair those with her quirky (and sometimes alligator-filled) stories and it’s pure magic.


At this point in her adventure, Sandra is living in beautiful northern California with her husband and two daughters along with their pets, Gloria the Gecko and Cupcake the Snake.


Twitter: @MrsAnderson1267

Instagram: @sandra.illustrates

Website: www.sandraandersonillustration.com


Represented by Lynnette Novak.

Bryan Ballinger

Bryan graduated from the Columbus College of Art and Design with a degree in Illustration. He also has a master’s degree in Writing for Children from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. After moving to Seattle and doing freelance work for companies such as Nintendo Power magazine, he started working at Microsoft as an illustrator. He was lead illustrator for the first version of the award-winning Encarta CD-ROM encyclopedia as well as the Explorapedia children’s encyclopedia series. Bryan was the 3D Design Lead for 5 years at Big Idea Productions, the producers of the VeggieTales children’s videos. Bryan was also a professor of Digital Media Arts at Huntington University in Indiana for 16 years. Bryan does illustration for children’s books, websites, games, videos, ads, etc. He also does large and small scale murals, 3d toy design and fine art photography. Bryan is the author and illustrator of Animal Gas, a quirky scratch and sniff children’s picture book. You can see more of Bryan’s work at www.breadwig.com.


Website: www.breadwig.com

Illustrations: https://www.breadwig.com/portfolio/2d-illustration/

Instagram: www.instagram.com/breadwigram

Twitter: www.twitter.com/breadwig

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/breadwigillustration/


Represented by Lynnette Novak.

Thornton Blease

Thornton Blease wants to live in a world where horses, dragons, and mermaids roam free, and everyone can reach their fullest potential.

As a teen, Thornton has won 26 gold keys and three National titles from Scholastic's Teen Art and Writing Awards and has been published in Scholastic's Teens' Best Writing. As a young adult, he is a judge for the same awards.


He has a BA from Sarah Lawrence and an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from The New School.


Conferences allow him to travel the country to hone his craft and encourage children, especially those with (dis)abilities to read and write. Thornton is a proud and active member of the SCBWI. 12X12 and GLVWG. He has also attended the competitive Southampton Children's Literature Conference, VCFA Writing for Young Peoples Retreat and Highlights.


Thornton has been published in Scholastic's Teens' Best Writing, The Underground, River of Words, Rewriting the Past Anthology, and CSA Journals.


Growing up in rural Stewartsville, NJ, Thornton jokes about being born in an animal hospital/shelter. Not quite. But he has learned about love, devotion, sorrow, and cruelty from his experiences at the clinic. He lives with his rescue cats, dogs, horse, and donkeys.


Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thornton.blease

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ThorntonBlease

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/thornton-blease-28504744/

Website: http://kidartistry-thornton-w-blease.com/


Represented by Joyce Sweeney.

Leah Blount

Leah Grace Blount is an illustrator located in Massachusetts, with a love for kidlit and fantasy fiction. She is particularly fond of both illustrating and reading stories filled with imagination and whimsy. Leah was born and raised on Nantucket, a small island thirty miles off the coast of Massachusetts. She is the daughter of a commercial fisherman and a seamstress, and is the youngest of seven children. She started her art career at around eighteen months old in her highchair, and hasn’t stopped drawing since. Leah is constantly expanding her skillset and loves learning new techniques. 


Portfolio: www.leahblount.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/leahblountart/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/leahblountart

Facebook Artist Page: https://www.facebook.com/leahblountart


Represented by Lynnette Novak.

Jason Chatfield

Jason Chatfield is Australia’s most widely syndicated cartoonist, producing the iconic comic strip Ginger Meggs which is syndicated daily in over 30 countries through Andrews McMeel Syndication. Ginger Meggs has been running since 1921, making it one of the longest-running comic strips in history, and celebrates its 100th year this year.


Based in New York, Chatfield is the current President of the National Cartoonists’ Society (Est. 1946) and is a past President of the Australian Cartoonists Association (Est. 1924). His cartoons appear regularly in The New Yorker, Wired, Esquire, Variety and MAD Magazine along with other international publications.

His work has been exhibited in France, the UK, Australia, and all over the United States.


He has been illustrated several books published through Harper Collins, Penguin Random House and Scribe Media.


Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jason_Chatfield

Twitter: @jason_chatfield

Facebook: @jasonchatfieldcartoonist

Instagram: @jasonchatfield


Represented by Nicole Resciniti.

Diana Ting Delosh

Diana Ting Delosh is an illustrator/writer. Diana contracted the art bug at the age of two when she nibbled her way through her first box of crayons and she is still happily doodling away. Her art is a combination of traditional techniques and some digital magic. She loves drawing animals both dressed and naked and anything nature and kid friendly.


Diana is a member of the SCBWI, 12x12 and is the co-president of CBIG, a New York City area Children’s Book Illustrators Group. Her whimsical illustrations have appeared on greeting cards, educational and children’s books. She received the Highlights High Five Pewter Plate for Puzzle Poem of the Year in 2008 and the SCBWI Magazine Merit Honor Award for Illustration in 2002.


Currently, She lives with her husband in a sleepy suburb, that’s not too long a train ride away from NYC. Where you may find her working on her craft in her studio. Diana believes in always evolving creatively as both an illustrator and a writer. No rest for the creative.


Website: https://dianadelosh.com

Twitter and Instagram handles: @dtdelosh


Represented by Lynnette Novak.

Tamara DeStefano

Creatively speaking, Tamara DeStefano is a jack of many trades. She began writing early in life, winning numerous illustrated poetry and short story contests.


An accomplished artist, along with illustrating her own picture books, Tamara uses her vivid imagination, and an addiction to digital art to create memorable characters and dynamic settings for other children’s book authors and graphic novelists. Her style is always bright, often quirky and explosively colorful.


Tamara lives in Georgia with her two dogs, too many 2.5 reading glasses to count and an over abundance of imagination!

She’d love a little gentle stalking!


You can follow her on Instagram @tamaradestefanoart

and check out her newest artwork and books at tamaradestefanoart.com.


Represented by Nicole Resciniti and Jennifer Wills.

Sunny Duran

Sunny Duran is an illustrator of children’s books, mother of four kids and keeper of two cats. She grew up in the woods of Northern Michigan along the shores of Lake Superior where she spent many summers freezing in the chilly waters. She currently lives in Maryland where it’s much warmer and everything seems to have Old Bay seasoning on it. She spends her days doodling on her ipad with a cup of cold coffee by her side and a cat on her lap. Creating fun and quirky characters for children's books and middle grade. She’s an active member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She is also the co-host of the Illo Chat podcast. Where she talks about her journey in children’s book illustration.


Website/portfolio: https://www.sunnyduran.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sunnyduranillustration/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SunnyDuranIllo


Represented by Lynnette Novak.

Melissa Escobar

Melissa Escobar graduated from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, California, with an MFA degree in illustration, focusing on children’s books. She has illustrated four educational paint-by-number books for children who are blind. She is now working on writing and illustrating her own stories. She is an active member of SCBWI, was a PBChat mentee in PBChat 2019 and a judge for PBParty in 2021. At any given time, she has at least three dragon, unicorn and dragonfly story ideas happily gamboling in her imagination. Her favorite color is blue, she loves 80’s music and adorable animals. When not working on her projects, she enjoys life in the Bay Area with her husband.


Twitter: @mescobarart

Instagram: @melissaescobarart

Website: http://www.melissaescobarart.com

Blog: http://www.melissaescobarart.com/blog


Represented by Joyce Sweeney.

Angelica Friera

Angelica Friera is a Dubai-based Filipino illustrator and animator. They graduated from SAE Institute with a degree in character animation, but they've been writing and drawing for as long as they could remember— creating different characters and stories from whatever inspires them. Whenever they're not doing that, they would be playing video games, listening to music, or thinking about petting dogs!


Portfolio: https://www.angelicafriera.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/qqnge

ArtStation: https://www.artstation.com/qqnge

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/angelicafriera/  


Represented by Lynnette Novak.

Annie Hobbs

California raised, Annie lives submerged in a world of adventure, a splash of ocean, and a sprinkle of pixie dust.


Starting with extensive doodle studies in the margin spaces of math assignments, Annie holds a BFA in Illustration and a Certification in Bio-Medical Illustration. For the last few years, she has been pursuing a freelance career alongside the dream of being published in the Children's Illustration market.


In 2015, Annie was brought in by the Disney Parks & Resorts to work in the prestigious Disneyana Gallery, where she worked as a Character Sketch artist before transferring to Disneyland’s Ink & Paint Department. Honing her skills within the park landed her a role of a lifetime with the Walt Disney Animation Studios, where she now spends her days in Walt’s original Ink & Paint Department in Burbank inking and painting traditional animation cels.


Annie has produced character & licensed artwork for The Walt Disney Company, Disney Parks & Resorts, Walt Disney Imagineering, Pixar, Tim Burton, and Lucasfilm.


When not doodling in her home studio, Annie is most likely squishing the face of her adorable King Charles Cavalier, Lotus, eating vegan snacks, and binge-watching other artists on YouTube.


Website: www.anniemcbethillustration.com

Instagram: @anniemcbeth

Twitter: @anniemcbeth

Facebook: @theanniemcbeth

TikTok: @anniehobbs


Represented by Lynnette Novak.

Sharon Holm

illustrator. mother. daughter. sister. wife. friend. blackbelt. animal rescue.


I am a professionally, published children's book illustrator.

I've illustrated 35+ children's books. I am passionate about children's publishing and illustration projects. My wonderfully, whimsical and sweet yet silly and quirky style has evolved over years of illustrating for children.


I believe that once an illustrator, always an illustrator...for every picture tells a story.


I graduated with honors from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale with a degree in Advertising Design. I was an award winning art director in south Florida advertising agencies before relocating to Connecticut. Upon moving I turned my attention to illustrating children's books. In conjunction with Connecticut Parent Teacher Organization I created and implemented a successful literacy/illustrating program for grades 3-5. I most recently relocated back home to Florida.


Illustrating for children and children's books has been my dream come true.


Website: https://www.sharonholm.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sharon_lane_holm/

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/SharonLaneHolm

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/SharonHolm

FaceBookBusiness: https://www.facebook.com/sharonlaneholm


Represented by Lynnette Novak.

Jessica Lemmon

My name is Jessica Lemmon and I’m a multi-published bestselling author of 40+ novels, but I went to college to study art! In fact, I have a graphic design degree gathering dust in a very impressive frame.

I’m also the creator of Lemmony, an adorable lem(m)on character who encourages us to love ourselves and others. I enjoy illustrating digitally, as well as on actual real paper made from trees and colored by markers filled with alcohol. (Not the drinking kind.)


My art portfolio can be found HERE.


You can learn more about my romance novels at JessicaLemmon.com.


Represented by Nicole Resciniti.

Dea Lenihan

Dea Lenihan is an author/illustrator who studied painting, illustration, and drawing at Rutgers University and Montclair State University. She also studied with Bob Budiansky, an artist most known for his work on the Marvel Transformers comics.


She has designed best-selling coloring books for adults. The first book she illustrated, The Open Pillow, was featured for a Special Storytime Weekend at The Eric Carle Museum of Storytime Art. Her second illustrated picture book, American Pie, written by Lynne Marie, is coming Spring 2022 from Spork/Dancing Flamingo Press.


She lives on the coast of New Jersey where she collects vintage writing instruments and ghost stories. She can usually be found drawing with Buddy the conure on her shoulder.



Twitter: www.twitter.com/dealenihan

Instagram: www.instagram.com/dealenihan

Facebook: www.facebook.com/dea.lenihan.7

Website: www.dealenihan.com

Kidlit Portfolio: www.dealenihan.com.portfolio/html 


Represented by Elisa Houot.

Aixa Perez-Prado

Aixa Pérez-Prado is a native of Argentina who immigrated to the United States as a small child. She is a writer, illustrator, translator and professor at Florida International University with a PhD in Social Science and Education. Aixa has lived in Argentina, the U.S., Costa Rica, Morocco and Brazil, and draws inspiration for her stories and illustrations from these diverse locations. Aixa has published two academic books on teaching through critical and creative thinking strategies and created the cover art for both texts. Her current passion is writing and illustrating picture books aimed at giving diverse children a chance to see their multilayered identities represented through stories that resonate with heart and humor. Aixa writes in both Spanish and English and enjoys mixing languages in her prose. Similarly, she loves illustrating by employing different techniques in a whimsical style including watercolor, acrylic, ink, and digital. She especially enjoys combining all of these elements through collage. Aixa has been a finalist in several writing and illustration contests including two honorable mentions in Florida SCBWI’s Rising Kite Contest, and is the KidLit 411 banner illustrator for November 2021. Aixa is represented by Joyce Sweeney.


Website: aixaperezprado.com

Twitter: @professoraixa

Instagram: aixasdoodlesandbooks


Represented by Joyce Sweeney.

Greg Preslicka

Greg Preslicka is an illustrator, author and… Well, he’s not sure. Most of his life has been spent as a graphic designer and illustrator creating artwork for cereal boxes, kid’s activity books, and games. In an effort to get out from behind a computer, he started painting murals. Ten years later, he’s painted nearly 100 murals in community centers, schools, and libraries. On a whim, he and his wife recently entered the world of toy and game inventing after pulling a game out of the closet that he had made for their son. They now have six games licensed and in stores.


Some of his favorite times spent with his five children were reading books. They challenged each other to write and illustrate stories, as well as invent characters. Over the years, Greg has written and illustrated many books for them. He’s excited to now be able to share some of his ideas and stories.


Website: https://gregpreslicka.myportfolio.com

Twitter: @GregPreslicka

Instagram: @gregpreslicka

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/greg.preslicka/


Represented by Lynnette Novak.

Kyle Reardon

Kyle Reardon absolutely has to tell stories. He’s been writing and drawing his entire life and even went so far as to get a degree in Creative Writing from the University of Washington. A lover of all things spooky, Kyle particularly loves writing stories about little monsters and drawing the worlds they live in. He currently lives in beautiful, historic Alexandria, Virginia, which he’s pretty sure is haunted by SOMETHING. Maybe it’ll let him write a story about it!


Website: www.kylereardonart.com

Instagram: @Kylereardonillustration

Twitter: @kylereardon


Represented by Lynnette Novak.

R.G. Spaulding

Ramya G. Spaulding (R.G. Spaulding) is an Indian-American author-illustrator. She loves to draw and frequently got into trouble as a kid for daydreaming too much. She spent most of her lunchtime at the school library, escaping into different worlds of the stories she read. Before she was an author-illustrator, she used to be an engineer because she also loved math and science. She feels extremely privileged to be making up stories with words and pictures. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family. She wants to make sure all children can see themselves in the books they read. You can find out more about her by visiting https://rgspaulding.com/.


Twitter and Instagram: @RGSpaulding


Represented by Elisa Houot.

Morgan Trinkle

My name is Morgan Trinkle, I’m a self-taught artist born in Norton, Virginia, and raised in the hills of Eastern, Kentucky. As a small-town girl, I am drawn to anything outdoors, such as beaches, hiking trails, state parks, and nature drives. I am also a collector of sorts, including teddy bears, books, and makeup. As a little girl, you could always find me with my face in a sketchbook filling the pages with rainbow hues and aimless doodles. The first time I picked up a children’s book I was engulfed in the creative world that was embedded in it’s pages. As I’ve grown, it’s become my passion to give children this same feeling and hopefully one day engulf their beautiful minds in the world that I will illustrate.



Facebook:

https://m.facebook.com/morganlaraytrinkle/

Instagram: https://instagram.com/artbymorgantrinkle?igshid=ozfwazjz4k4u

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/Morgan_Trinkle


Represented by Lynnette Novak.

Andrea Tripke

Andrea Tripke is a German born children’s book writer and illustrator. In 2003, she moved to the United States and has lived in Michigan, California, Ohio, Alabama and Florida. Her adventurous lifestyle paved the path for a somewhat different career and opened her up to follow the lifelong dream of becoming a professional artist. Andrea got a degree in fine arts, majoring in illustration, from the Columbus College of Art and Design.


She made her debut as a picture book illustrator published by Ripple Grove Press. Excited by working in the children’s book industry and the thought of leaving a footprint behind through her books, she got hooked. She wanted to do more, and while working on a project, Andrea became inspired with the idea to write and illustrate her own stories.


Growing up ecologically aware, Andrea often but not always includes environmental problems in her otherwise fictional and mostly humorous picture book stories.


She lives with her husband, daughter and very stubborn Lhasa Apso Frankie in Melbourne, Florida. Andrea loves the sun and beaches, and might stay there forever… But then, you never know.


Website:

https://andreatripke.com

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/AndreaTripkeIllustration

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/AndreaTripke

LinkedIn:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrea-tripke-82700114/

Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/andreatripke/

SCBWI:

https://www.scbwi.org/illustrator-gallery/illustrator-detail/?illustrator_id=80726&savedSearch=xKOTW3Gml4kvpzhOY6xm9EpmXrPq9NSN

Pinterest:

https://www.pinterest.com/andreatripke/ 


Represented by Joyce Sweeney and Marisa Cleveland.

Michele Ziemke

Michele Ziemke is an author, artist, and optimist. She won her students' hearts with hugs and humor for over 25 years. She was recognized as an educational visionary in the creation of the Great Lakes Performing and Visual Arts Academy, and honoured with the new Michele Ziemke Student Art Gallery! Her degree in Art Education and a Masters in Educational Administration are from Bowling Green State University. Retired, Michele brings that same heart and humor to her picture books. She is also passionate about interior design, tailoring, theater, and chocolate covered peanuts.

Michele is an active member of SCBWI and Julie Hedland’s 12x12 Challenge. Proud finalist of the #PBParty and #Fall Writing Frenzy competition in 2019 & 2020. Michele resides in Northern Ohio, and Manitoulin Island in Canada with her husband and fluffy labradoodle, while sprinkling her time among twelve grandchildren!


Website:

MicheleZiemke.com

Twitter and Instagram:

@ZiemkeMichele


Represented by Joyce Sweeney.

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