Interview with Children’s Illustrator Stephanie Graegin — And a Giveaway!

* * * *Hi artists! The comments for the giveaway are now closed. And the lucky winner of the Hansel & Gretel book is brook gideon! Congrats, Brook! I’ll be emailing you soon to confirm your prize.* * * *

Name: Stephanie Graegin
Website: www.graegin.com

1. Tell us about yourself / What makes you tick? (Or you can share your brief bio.)
I was born in Chicago, IL, and lived in Fort Wayne, IN and Houston, TX as a child. I always loved to draw and make things and wanted to be an artist from an early age. I went to the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore for undergrad. There I studied Fine Art, and mostly focused on printmaking. I later went to Pratt Institute for a Masters in Printmaking. Now I live in Brooklyn and illustrate mainly children’s books. I also illustrate products for the toy company eeBoo.

2. How did you get your start in illustrating for children?
It was a long, long road of developing a strong portfolio while working a lot of non-art related day jobs to pay rent. I started out with small illustration
assignments, mainly for children’s magazines. It took me awhile to get to the style I use now. The first breakthrough came once I threw away all my pens, which I used for years, and used pencil and computer. Something clicked for me, and the work drastically improved.

At this point, I had gained more confidence in my work, and I put forward a huge effort in getting myself out in the world. I spent about a year putting together portfolio pieces that represented the type of assignments I wanted to get, I built a better website, and made a promotional mailer. I spent months making the promotion mailer; I knew I wanted to make something more memorable than the typical postcard.

I ended up making a mini handbound booklet that fit in a 4 x 6 envelope. I sent out around 200 of these booklets to editors and art directors. My approach worked, and almost immediately I started receiving calls for work.

I was incredibly fortunate to be featured on the illustrationmundo blog a couple months later (thank you Nate Williams!). Steven Malk, a literary agent for Writers House saw my work there and took me on as a client. Everything started to fall into place and since that time I’ve had a continuous projects flow of projects — It’s been almost 2 years now since I sent out that promo.

3. You illustrated Sterling Publishing’s Silver Penny Stories: Hansel and Gretel. This is a well-known tale that’s been told many times. Did you start with a vision (perhaps from childhood) of what your illustrations would look like? Or did you begin fresh?
I knew the story of Hansel and Gretel well, but no particular images from books I saw as a child remained with me. I knew I wanted the palette to feel German - forest like and very autumn. The children ended up looking much like my brother and I as kids, which seems to happen often when I draw.


Reprinted with permission from Hansel & Gretel, © 2012 by Stephanie Graegin, Sterling Children’s Books.)

4. Can you tell us about your creative process, mediums, etc?
I execute drawings in pencil, which are then scanned into the computer — becoming the armature for the final artwork. I make swatches of patterns and textures with ink washes, and these are scanned in too. Sometimes I scan in papers and fabrics to get textures. This is then all brought together in Adobe Photoshop.

5. Do you ever get stuck on how to illustrate a particular scene or character? How do you move past that?
Sure. I’m not sure there’s a surefire solution for getting back on track. Sometimes it takes stubbornly working trough the problem and it seems when you’re ready to step away a solution avails itself… Other times it’s best to put the pencil down and step way.

6. What were your favorite children’s books when you were little? Why?
Frog & Toad, the Ramona Quimby books, everything by Roald Dahl. They still have weight in my consciousness because they all had memorable characters that I identified with, along with superb storytelling. As for picture books, I loved the Richard Scarry books, I could spend hours looking at those detailed scenes.

7. What is a typical work day for you?
Day job at an office (9-5).
A run if I’m not too tired.
Dinner.
Illustrate from 7:30pm to 2 am.

8. Best / most fun part of illustrating for children’s books:
The best part is drawing children’s books! It’s something I’ve wanted to do since I was a child, so I feel very fortunate to be actually be doing this.

9. Worst / most difficult part:
The schedule can be grueling at times. When there are tight deadlines, there never seems to be enough hours in the day to get everything done.

10. Are you working on any new books?
I have several books coming out in the upcoming year in addition to Hansel & Gretel.

Don’t Feed the Boy by Irene Lantham (Roaring Brook/Macmillan): October 16, 2012.
Happy Birthday, Bunny! By Liz Garton Scanlon (Beach Lane/Simon &Schuster) Jan 15 2013.
Goldilocks & the Three Bears (Sterling) April 2nd.
The Water in the Park by Emily Jenkins (Schwartz & Wade) May 14, 2013.

I’m currently finishing up a picture book now that’s still too early to talk about. And I’ll be a starting on a new picture book very soon that I’m very excited to be working on.

*****

5 things inspiring you/your work right now:
Autumn
Apple cider
Sufjan Stevens
Adrienne Adams
Parks and Recreation (the show)

3 constants in your day:
Green tea
drawing
a little orange cat sitting beside me (he’s also my art director and therapist).

Your #1 art tip or words of wisdom:
Draw—a lot! They say the average artist make about 10,000 bad drawings in his/her life…so it’s best to get those out of the way early.

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And now for the Giveaway!

Sterling Publishing has offered to give away a copy of their Silver Penny Series title “Hansel and Gretel” to one lucky reader!

To Enter:
- Leave a comment by 7am EST, Friday, October 12th.
- Make a comment ON THIS POST to enter.
- This is a random drawing.
- One entry per person, please.

US and Canada residents only.

Good luck! :)

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169 Comments

  • Francesco

    I love it: count me in for the GIveaway!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/cynthia.medina.31 Cynthia Medina

    Love Stephanie’s style.

  • Serena

    Me tooo!!!

  • Charisse Melliza

    Great interview and wonderful illustrations!!! Glad to have stumbled upon an inspiring artist. ;)

  • Tiffany

    Thank you for such an interesting – and reassuring!- interview. I particularly appreciated her typical working day schedule sharing and the orange therapist.
    x

  • Catalina

    lovely! thank you so much for this giveaway, love Stephanie’s work!

  • Angela Velasco

    I love her bunnies and would love to have that book.
    Thanks

  • Maja Dalgaard Grøn

    Ooh, count me in for the giveaway too please :)

  • http://twitter.com/windyvandruten Windy van Druten

    Lovely lovely!

  • brook gideon

    Beautiful work and a wonderful interview. Stephanie proves that computer illustration can be as soft and sweet as watercolor. Love it!

  • Louise Taylor

    So inspiring to hear there’s an illustrator with the same grueling schedule as me who has managed to become really successful. Gives me the drive to continue with my 13 hour days! Beautiful work and amazing colour palettes too, great interview.

  • Carol Beck

    Great interview, wonderful style :)

  • Paula Moen

    Love the style of illustration… and I love foxes!

  • Julie

    What beautiful style! Hats off to you for keeping up with that demanding schedule, Stephanie!

    • http://www.facebook.com/paul.weiner1 Paul Weiner

      Well worth the read!

  • Maddy

    Such cute illustrations

  • Gabby

    Lovely work! Thank you for sharing!

  • Eric J

    This is very inspirational and a finally a true tell on a schedule of a life of an illustrator. Your work is really great. Thanks for sharing.

  • paintblotch

    This is a really helpful and inspiring interview! I really enjoy Stephanie’s style…her colour palette is just wonderful!

  • Dookiepants

    It is great to see that even with a 9-5 you still have time to produce such fantastic, beautiful works of art…it gives me (some) hope! Bet you can do a great rendering of Leslie Knope too!

  • Ana C. Bachiega

    Loved the interview. It’s good to know how hard an artist must work to get some reward…it’s a hard path and just few people get there! Congrats! Hope I win this amazing book.

  • Meridth Gimbel

    Beautiful beautiful work. Very inspiring!

  • Lori71

    I always love the interviews. They are so inspiring and encouraging to know that other artists struggle too and still do very well. I love Stephanie’s style.

  • Lisa

    Very inspiring and beautiful work!

  • Sara B.

    I come away from this interview inspired -and in need of some green tea! Thank you for sharing. ;)

  • http://twitter.com/illustratorsam Samantha Grenier

    Stephanie your work is gorgeous!

  • http://cmichon.com/ Christopher Michon

    Great stuff! Count me in for the giveaway.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Artistee Olga Tschishikowa

    Enjoyed the truthfillness of pictures and of words, it´s really inspiring for anyone budding in the business; and you are great to manage both illustration and daily job! All the best with anything you embark upon! that would be a pleasure to possess the book, of course :)

  • Moira Swiatkowski

    I especially love the subway pictures.

  • KatyAH

    I love the simplicity and color tones of Stephanie’s illustrastions and would her book

  • Tara

    Gorgeous illustrations! Thanks for the interview :)

  • Abby

    What a fresh perspective! I love the insertion of animals in typical human scenes! Stephanie’s style is sweet with a mature attitude- thanks for the insightful interview! Great illustration eye candy to start my morning!

  • Donna Jeanne Koepp

    Great interview and amazing the day you put in. Love the consistent style and feel of the illustrations.

  • Gunilla

    I really like her pictures! Love the colours. And when I get the time… I´ll read the interview as well : )

  • Nikkie M.

    I love your style! Beautiful work!

  • Ren

    You inspire me! Now I want to get better. :)

  • sophiepeanut

    Lovely illustrations! Hope all the books do well for you

  • Rachelle S

    I love your characters, they’re very endearing!

  • Bobbie Dacus

    Such an inspiration! Gorgeous work and love hearing about your process and how you developed your style

  • Jill L

    Love your artwork! :)

  • Beth

    How wonderful. I’ve decided to get back into pencil too, more texture, and sometimes a little erasing:) Inspiring.

  • Jeannie Hunt

    A wonderful interview. I loved hearing about her creative process and adding textures with fabric. She is working with 4 different publishers… makes me wonder if she has an agent?

  • paintergirlny

    Great interview and I totally agree with the 10,000 bad drawings. (It works for paintings too.)

  • Patty Mynczywor

    phenomenal illustrations! I really admire your work.

  • Vanessa Newton

    How awesome. What a wonderful interview. I really love the style and soft colors.

  • artsnark

    Fantastic interview & love the illos

  • Josh Billings

    Thanks for the interview. Such an inspiration to a deserving artists making it as an illustrator. Love the art style too.

  • http://www.facebook.com/robdunlavey Rob Dunlavey

    Beautiful work, but all serious beginning illustrators should pause and reflect on Stephanie’s “typical day”: she’s having 4 books published next year AND she also works a 9-5 job. Gulp!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1404619701 Katie Livingston White

    I love your illustration style. I feel like pens have been holding me up as well, because I spend way too much time “painting the lines” so to speak. I’m so glad you said that, it’s like a “like duh” moment for me. Keep up the good work.

  • http://twitter.com/BryonyCrane Bryony Crane

    Great interview :) I love the tube/subway illustrations – lovely characters!

  • Michelle Henninger

    Wow. I’m so impressed! Gorgeous illustrations, and a feat of magic getting all of it done!

  • Hazel Mitchell

    Lovely to find out your life journey. Thanks for sharing.

  • Jessie

    Loved this :D Very inspiring!

  • http://twitter.com/miss_beretta Marielle Reuser

    Very inspiring. It’s great to read that all this lovely stuff is achieved by hard work. Hours and hours of practice. In addition to a day job :D

  • deanna

    wonderful illustrations. your color palette is very appealing to me. thanks for sharing!

  • Fabi

    I really like when you talk about the things that inspire you at the moment. I don’t believe that as artists/ illustrators we would get inspiration from a fixed set of given things only, we are constantly observing and learning and consequently developing new interests.

  • Lorrie Bennett

    I just love your work. So beautiful and inspiring. You have given me a new insight to marketing my own work, too. Thank you for the interview!

  • http://twitter.com/blipadee Allyn Howard

    This interview is so timely for me. I was just talking about her adorable work with my friend, another artist, last night who had been to a SCBWI LA conference where Stephanie’s agent told of how she took that full year to rework her portfolio and create a mini to mail. It’s very inspiring. I can’t deny feeling jealous after seeing her clever cute subway series, which I’ve also been doing (sans people), but she sounds so personable here and likes good TV & cats, so I’ll get over it ;) I only recently came across her illustrations on Pinterest and simply love her sweet characters, how well she uses delicate line and sophisticated color combinations. It’s motivating (and a little distressing) to read that even with her success, she has a day job. My regular job has less predictable hours, but they can be very long. I often feel like it takes me several days to get going again, make good work, use time wisely and get promos out there. Sorry to run on, but following “IF” and reading interviews with artists I admire really helps. Maybe there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Thanks so much IF and Stephanie!!

  • katie

    Beautiful! Thank you for the interview.

  • T. Wiles

    I’ve been a big fan for a while and have wondered about Stephanie’s technique. Thanks for the article, it has answered many of my questions. Very encouraging to hear how her hard work has paid off.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jessie-Lilac/100000611439282 Jessie Lilac

    I love the warmth and movement to the illustrations and I’m very interested to hear of this technique.I’d like to try it myself. :) Jess x

  • moose

    Yeah for Hansel + Gretel + tail wags to all. ~moose

  • http://www.facebook.com/natassia.scoresby Natassia Scoresby

    I love this style! Thanks!

  • teresakie

    the art is so beautiful. i need a copy of this book. pick me!

  • Kristin McNamara Freeman

    What a most delicious interview. I love Stephanie’s work and this look at her process was spectacular. Thank you for the opportunity to put my name in the drawing
    Kristin

  • kateb

    Love love love! super inspiring!

  • sarah

    Simply beautiful, gorgeous book I Want one! xxx

  • Sergio

    I am an illustrator of children’s books for 23 years but I always find it very interesting to see the life and work of my colleagues on the other side of the world. I live in a forest near Rome (Italy) and I like to rediscover the same colors of autumn in the colorful world of Stephanie. Thank you for your work and for you that you show me, good luck.
    Sorry for my English of Google.

  • Meghan

    Loved the interview and her encouragement for budding illustrators! :)

  • Emma

    Beautiful artwork from an inspiring illustrator. Thank you for the post :)

  • shari

    Love the combination of soft pencil drawings and computer-generated color. Great style!

  • Brittany

    love the interesting technique you used with the pencil and photoshop. I would never have guessed it was done by computer, because it was executed so well by using technology to enhance the drawing rather than to replace it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/judith.dollar Judith Butler Dollar

    Pencil and digital is a very nice combination. Soft and innocent. Love it.

  • Caitlin Maloney

    Its so nice to see someone else using pencil/digital as their final medium! Love it!

  • Cindy

    Great to read about hard work paying off for a fellow illustrator. Lovely style and images.

  • Veda

    It would be absolute fun to win this book. Me and my daughter love our reading time. It would be a great addition to our little library at home!

  • nightengail

    so adorable! The images have a soft, elegant, simplicity.

  • Alexandre

    I love your illustrations, you’re really inspiring!

  • Dani

    Effortless charm! Lovely work! :)

  • http://twitter.com/lizstevensart Liz Stevens

    I love your quote at the end: “Draw—a lot! They say the average artist make about 10,000 bad drawings in his/her life…so it’s best to get those out of the way early.” I try to live this. Great interview! Thanks!!

  • Ashley I.

    Stephanie Graegin you are an absolute inspiration to me. Best advice given “Draw-a lot!” I truly enjoy all your illustrations and hope to have the opportunity to be just like you :) Thank you.

  • kat mcd

    Really interesting to read about your struggle for your style. Very brave to change, obviously for the best. Your work is so so beautiful. Congrats on your success.
    kat mcd.

  • http://www.facebook.com/patty.burke.9655 Patty Burke

    always fun to see the process–love the texture in your work!

  • Catherine Sylvester

    Great interview. Very difficult schedule. Strong commitment.

  • http://umaconversasobrelivros.blogspot.com.br/ Thais (@sweet_lemmon)

    Great interview. And what a beautiful work! Simple (but not plan!) and so lovely. <3

  • Elizabeth

    I am truly impressed by your combination of traditional and digital media, the warmth of hand drawing and the surprise of scanned textures.

  • Heather Matthews

    This interview was such a pleasure to read. Stephanie, your work is just lovely. I love the pictures of the people integrated into regular life with animals. I appreciate your workday schedule too, that you have to have a day job still, but you’re still committed to your drawing.

  • Rebecca K

    I would love this book! Great interview!

  • http://www.facebook.com/nicole.dubiel.3 Nicole DuBiel

    A truely inspiring interview! Computers have changed our world. It is good to see an artist not only making room for them, but making them a valued tool!

  • Laurie Sharp

    Beautiful work. Thanks for sharing the interview and process.

  • http://twitter.com/NellieWindmill Katherine Herriman

    aw, that was a lovely interview. I’m curious about Stephanie still working a full-time day job when she’s had 2 years of solid illustration work – does illustration truly not pay enough to live off!?

  • peggy gatto

    So magical!!!!!

  • Patti Phare-Camp

    The moment I read Richard Scarry was a fav my brain clicked “of course…” I’d been trying to guess the influence. My son loved Scaryr books. My granddaughter would love the prize!

  • j bishop

    Excellent texture on the pieces. I love your explanation on how you incorporate Adobe Photoshop . I am an illustrator as well aspiring to work on children’s books. Maybe it’s time I set the ink and watercolor aside and tried something new to see how I would grow from the change. Thanks!

  • Käthe

    I have a little girl who would adore this book.

  • Christy Beckwith

    Wonderful illustrations. Truely inspirational!

  • Kirsten

    What sweet drawings and what a lovely interview.

  • Zime Illustrations

    Wonderful work! I will love to win :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/blakndrose Jessica Chrysler

    Thanks Stephanie for sharing your story. Very inspiring to an aspiring children’s illustrator like myself. :)

  • catania

    I love the illustrations for this book. I look forward to seeing more of stephanie’s work!

  • erica1228

    Such a great interview! I love the human qualities she gives to the animals.

  • Sandra Jessop

    Beautiful illustrations. Thank you, Stephanie, for sharing your story of day jobs and the long, long road to chase a dream.

  • Lois Keller

    Quit your day job! You are awesome.

  • http://www.superdumbsupervillain.com/ superdumb

    Charming. I’d love to share her vision of Hansel & Gretel with my kiddos!

  • Kathleen Rupff

    I LOVE your work, Stephanie….SOoooo cute! Thanks for sharing your process!

  • diana

    it is inspiring to see that you juggle a day job and illustrating! it is y plan for the near future also, it really means a lot to see there are others doing it..and loving it! all the best!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000608606678 Katrin Rövardotter

    Thank you for the honest and inspiring interview :)

  • http://twitter.com/Doh_Nutz Joe Mandia

    Love your work! So much charm!
    Keep up the inspiring work!

  • http://www.facebook.com/felix.gose Felix Gosse

    It is always great to hear how artists got started, about their process & other tidbits that lead them to be able to do what they love for a living. Very inspiring, thank you !

  • http://twitter.com/dawnbdesign dawn bevins

    Great interview, really interesting. I love the use of colour, mark-making and texture :)

  • Shannon Castor

    I love Stephanie’s illustrations, they are charming and wonderful!

  • Julia Mark

    Great interview. I love hearing about how illustrators get started, especially with timeline and mailers. Thanks!

  • Melissa Johnson

    Great interview and advice! I love her style.

  • http://twitter.com/LauraZarrin Laura Zarrin

    Thanks for introducing me to her work! It’s so beautiful!

  • http://www.facebook.com/chase.jensen.31 Chase Jensen

    I really enjoy the textures and the watercolor feel of Stephanie’s work.

  • Nicola Brady

    Stephanie creates a lovely soft feel with her illustrations and it’s inspiring to see how much she gets done with a day job!

  • Monique Stewart

    Magic work. I’m interested in Stephanie’s use of Photoshop rather than collaging old school. Any chance of getting her to comment on that? How the use of the computer helps or alters or offers more options?

  • Stephanie V

    Thanks for this interview. Very inspiring !!! It’s good to know that you CAN juggle a 9 to 5 and still be able to have a career in and create beautiful art. Keeping that balance is something I have been struggling with myself and reading this interview helped me remember to re-focus on art again. THANKS!!!! :)

  • http://twitter.com/billporter8 Bill Porter

    Thanks for sharing! I love Stephanie’s illustration style.

  • Jennifer Eichelberger

    I liked this interview. I feel like I’ve been sending my mailer’s out to no avail, but your interview has encouraged me. I need to vamp up my website and focus on my style. Thanks for sharing your experience with us.

  • Deb

    Thanks for a very inspiring interview – love Stephanie’s illustrations and wow, she works many hours in a day!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/leabarozzi Lea Barozzi

    lovely work!

  • Emily

    Great interview! It’s always interesting to learn about different illustrators’ processes and their specific path.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jslkim Julia Lee-Kim

    Amazing work! Thanks for the interview, very inspiring and informative.

  • bethagli

    I love these interviews. Thanks IF and thanks Stephanie for sharing. 10,000 bad drawings sounds about right; i have a lot of those to go!

  • Julie Rowan-Zoch

    Such lovable characters! Looks like you’ve met the classics challenge and have created something of your own!

  • http://twitter.com/slkostura Sherrie Kostura

    Inspiring interview with Stephanie, and can’t wait to see the illustrations! Thank you…

  • http://www.facebook.com/scott.dubar Scott DuBar

    I’m a big fan of scanned pencil, digital coloring and think it works very well here. Great work!

  • Patricia Weiss

    A fabulous interview and LOVE the illustrations. I’m curious to know what your day job is:)

  • Jazifish

    Thank you IF for these interviews, I love to hear about how others work their process. I read them every week. I really admire Stephanie’s work, it is very accessible and beautiful to look at. And I also often find that I am drawing myself or my family members.

  • waughtercolors

    An interesting interview, and I love the style of her illustrations. It sounds like she isreally dedicated. I don’t know if I could keep up that schedule, maybe in my twenties but I am much older than that now!

  • Jennifer

    Great interview. Your illustrations are amazing and your story is very inspiring! Thank you for sharing!

  • L Hatfield

    I get a great deal of motivation from the fact that you are still maintaining a day job. Many people feel no real art can be produced by people who are not full time illustrators. Thank you for sharing that detail.

  • Sara Mena

    Very interesting interview :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/sandra.bolton.376 Sandra Bolton

    Love your art! Your dedication to drawing after a busy work day inspires me.

  • Diandra Mae

    Wonderful work, Stephanie! I too discovered progress in my work once I ditched the ink and worked with the pencil and computer. :) A great interview.

  • nancy armo

    Great interview, great illustrations! An inspiring story of perseverance.

  • Sara Israel

    I am so in love with the color and texture in these illustrations. Marvelous work!

  • http://www.facebook.com/sam.trout Sam Trout

    I really love these illustrations. Congrats on all your accomplishments and hard work.

  • http://www.facebook.com/sarahdieh Sarah Romano Diehl

    Thanks for this! Stephanie’s style is so sweet.

  • Antoinette

    These are beautiful illustrations! I love children’s picture books. Sounds like you have a very long day!

  • Mary Jo Tannehill

    I love that you have a yellow cat and that your drawings look a lot like you in your youth. Thanks for sharing.

  • Margaret

    Your art is charming and such a pleasure to view. Thanks for the advice about drawing a lot. It’s obvious that you have worked hard (and continue to do so) to get the success you have,. Congratulations.

  • yday

    Lovely!

  • Anya Pany

    Gorgeous art! I believe that illustrations in children’s books leave a lasting impressions. I had a vivid imagination as a kid and beautifully illustrated books took me into the magic world beyond this one. Beautiful work, Stephanie!

  • http://www.facebook.com/elisa.moriconi1 Elisa Moriconi

    I love your work…. it’s really beautiful! ^__^ <3

  • Christine Elefsiniotis

    Adorable style, very natural and classic!

  • http://www.facebook.com/heidi.morel.90 Heidi Morel

    Since I was always very much into fairy tales, even now as an adult, I would naturally gravitate to such a well illustrated retelling of one of the classics. The style of the pictures is soft, calming, and inspiring.

  • http://www.evitae.net/ Asia

    I really love the simplicity and muted colors of her style. It really inspires me to try my hand at doing this. I think I’ll just go to the library and pick up a few fables and go to town!

  • Tom

    Beautiful work that makes the stories more memorable to the readers. You have a gift, “but nothing tough is ever easy.” Stay with it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/clofletcher80 Claire Fletcher

    Beautiful, I would love to read this to my kids!

  • Nico

    I like that your schedule is pretty close to mine. We can draw alone together.

  • Sue

    Thank you for your inspiring story Stephanie. Your work is very warm and sincere and I love your color palette.

  • Angela

    I really didn’t know it was possible to hold down a 9 – 5 job AND be a successful illustrator. You have inspired me beyond measure to continue pursuing my dream of doing the same. Thank you! Beautiful Work.

  • sue attwood

    Lovely work. You have a natural eye for colors. Great inspirational story too of determination.

  • Erin K

    I love your choice in colours and the sweet warm nature of your illustrations…with such detail! It’s so inspiring to read a story about your success and wish you so much more to come into your life, and it encourages me in my own dream of illustrating my own children’s books and comics. Keep up the beautiful work!

  • Jennifer

    My cat is my art therapist too. :)

  • Susan Sorrell Hill

    Your choice of colors is so wonderful…reminds me of the very old children’s books in my Grandmother’s farm attic. Warm and cosy! Thanks so much for sharing your journey from student to well-published artist…I will look for your work. Well, back to my drawing board…

  • Carrie Webber

    I loved this. Thanks for mentioning your rent-paying day jobs. Very inspiring.

  • kelsadilla

    Beautiful work and it’s inspiring to hear that she’s only human behind it all the magic. :) I would love a copy of this book of hers!

  • Alison Nacht

    Fantastic! Inspiring! Beautiful!

  • Josh Nash

    Stephanie, I love your work and as an illustrator, am inspired by your comments. Thank you!

  • madison

    beautiful illustrations!! what sweet children!!

  • Karen Grayczk

    This is a great story and the illustrations are wonderful! I would love to share this with my five year old granddaughter!

  • Katy

    Beautiful work. And how inspiring! Your schedule gives me hope.

  • Jessica Boehman

    I love Adrienne Adams’ work as well. It’s so creative yet minimalist in her colors. Love it. Your work is just gorgeous! Keep up the good work!

  • http://www.facebook.com/syl.weir Syl Weir

    fascinating story—and most interesting to read about your approach to getting jobs. Thanks for sharing–and best of luck in the future.
    Sylvia Weir in Beaumont TX–at twothreadknot@yahoo.com

  • Gretchen Lengefeld

    Love your work. It reminds me of my childhood when I would crawl up in a hidden place and read books with great illustrations like these. Fond memories!

  • Jil

    Seeing your daily schedule gives me hope! I’ve always thought I’d have to choose between a 9 – 5 job and doing art, but seeing that you can make both work (and maybe even perhaps not have the 9 – 5 job completely define you and suck your soul) is certainly refreshing. Lovely illustrations!

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