My first job after college was working as an editorial assistant for a children’s book publisher. As an illustration major, working on children’s books was my dream and there seemed to be no better way to learn about the business. As my career progressed, I migrated towards surface pattern and product design but I never forgot about my first aspiration.
Last year I had the chance to illustrate a children’s book and it’s finally out on the market! The French publisher Thomas Jeunesse saw my existing fox character and I asked if I would be interested in illustrating this retelling of the classic Aesop fable. They were wonderful to work with and I’m so happy with how everything turned out. Below is a sketch and the finished art from the first page of the book.