DRAWN TO PICTURE BOOKS: CONVERSATIONS WITH WORKING ILLUSTRATORS
Saturday, September 4, 2021
Moderated by Fred Koehler
Born in Taipei and raised in Jacksonville, FL, Chris is a children’s illustrator and animation background painter. Since getting his start in kid’s magazines he has illustrated the books “The Boo-Boos That Changed the World” (Texas Bluebonnet finalist), “I Am Someone Else” (Lee Bennett Hopkins), and the upcoming Pelosi biography “Madame Speaker” (Carole Boston Weatherford.). He maintains a full-time day job in animation where his credits include “Archer” and Marvel’s “Hit Monkey.” He is based in Jax with his wife and two lovely daughters.
Jenin was born and raised in Miramar, Florida. She comes from African American and Caribbean ancestry. From a young age, Jenin wanted to write stories. She pursued a degree in Character Animation at UCF. After being furloughed from her design job during the 2020 pandemic, Jenin started reading her old art books and teaching herself illustration. She worked up the courage to post her art on Instagram, where she was discovered by her awesome agent, Christy Ewers of the CAT Agency. Jenin signed with the CAT Agency in 2020.
Gladys Jose is an illustrator and master to-do list maker. She earned a Bachelor in Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design from the University of Central Florida and has illustrated books including the Fresh Princess series (by Denene Millner, 2019), The Elephants’ Guide to Hide-and Seek (by Kjersten Hayes, 2020), and most recently Clayton Parker Really Really REALLY Has to Pee (by Cinco Paul, 2021) as well as many upcoming books in 2022. She lives in the sunny state of Florida with her husband and daughter. AND her favorite drink is coffee!
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