Ellie Arscott, a Toronto-based artist passionate about creative expression. I graduated from Sheridan College in Interpretive Illustration and am a member of SCBWI Canada East. I teach children art at Rebellion Gallery in Toronto.
and have been painting and drawing for over 15 years. I illustrate from the whimsy to the corporate (and everything in between.) I create scenic art for theatre companies. I share my passion for all things creative by providing new art experiences to kids in schools. I teach children and adults art at Rebellion Gallery and Art Academy in Toronto.
colour. Paint (and the sound of the word.) Painting in groups. Paper, Hearing my kids laugh. And standing in the wind.
my artwork at Studio 210 in Toronto’s East End and online at www.elliearscott.com
Charlene Chua spent her youth growing up in Singapore, where she divided her time between drawing, reading comics and failing her Mandarin classes. She started her working life in 1998 as a web designer, and went on to become a senior graphic designer, web producer and interactive project manager. She then decided to follow her real dream and became an illustrator some time around 2006.
Since then she has worked with clients from North America, Europe, Singapore and Australia on a wide variety of illustration projects. Her work has appeared in the American Illustration, Spectrum and SILA’s Illustration West. She has illustrated 3 picture books; the "Julie Black Belt" books for Immedium Publishing, and an upcoming title for Inhabit Media.
Born and raised in France, Pierre spent most of his childhood doodling (particularly during math class) and always knew he would grow up to make his living as an artist. Happily, he now spends his days drawing pictures, writing stories and strumming his guitar (or ukulele depending on his mood).
His clients include Candlewick Press, Simon and Schuster, Penguin Random House, Blue Apple Books, Dreamworks Animation and Highlights Magazine. He recently illustrated "The Boulder Brothers: Meet Mo & Jo" by Sarah Lynn and "Goodnight Selfie" by Scott Menchin. Pierre’s debut author/illustrated picture book, "Barnaby Never Forgets", will be out this summer (2017) published by Candlewick Press. He also illustrated "Bossy Flossie", a chapter books series published by Penguin Workshop coming out this fall (2017).
Adrian is a fan of both fantasy writing and art (hang out with him at www.adriancross.ca) and picture book writing and art (www.croft creations.ca). You can usually find him in some corner of the internet doing one or the other, and he'd be happy to have some company!
Picture book writing and art: croftcreations.ca
Peggy Collins, IC SCBWI Canada EastPeggy Collins is an award winning children's author/illustrator/crafty mama living in Forest Mills, Ontario. She has illustrated over 20 books for children for clients domestically and internationally - including Fitzhenry and Whiteside, Simon and Shuster, Scholastic and Red Robin Books. She is a mom of two, a college professor and has recently moved into a brand new studio built by her wonderful partner.
Peggy is a PAL member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), the Canadian Society of Children's Authors Illustrators and Performers (CANSCAIP), the Picture Book Artists Association (PBAA) and the Canadian Children's Book Council (CCBC).
Suzanne Del Rizzo
Facebook: Suzanne Del Rizzo Studios
Jan DolbyJan Dolby spends her days working in her Pink Suitcase studio creating whimsical illustrations and designs. She draws her inspiration from her childhood favourites Dr. Seuss, television cartoons and magical movies like Mary Poppins and Bed Knobs and Broomsticks and her quirky sense of humour.
Jan has illustrated four children's books and is currently working with Fitzhenry and Whiteside Publishers on "Gabby" written by Joyce Grant to be published fall 2012.
Very active in her community, Jan is a OMHA hockey trainer, volunteer organizer for the Latcham Gallery's Beyond Craft Show & Sale and a member of the Stouffville Studio Tour and Sale. She plays floor hockey, ball hockey and loves to golf with her husband. And her favourite colour is orange.
She lives in a century home in Stouffville with her husband and two children Jack (13 years old) and Georgia Mae (11 years old). Both kids play rep hockey, skim board and kite surf. One is a graffiti artist and the other a musician. In the summer, you can find Jan working at the beach keeping her artistic groove happy. Jan is a Fine Art graduate of the University of Guelph.
Alma FullertonAlma Fullerton was born in Ottawa Ontario Canada. She grew up in a large military family and has lived in various cities in Ontario, British Columbia, Nova Scotia and Germany. Alma struggled with reading and instead memorized most things, until the age of nine when with the help of her grade four teacher, she realized she had dyslexia. By grade nine Alma loved reading. She now lives in Ontario with her husband and two daughters.
Her six first books have been nominated and/or have won over two dozen awards including the Governor General Finalist 2008, TD Canadian Children's Literature Award finalist 2009, 2011 Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award winner 2009, CLA Children's Book of the Year Honor Book 2009, 2011 Golden Oak Award winner 2009, Once Upon a World Children's Book Award Winner - 2009, Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Award shortlist - 2010, SilverBirch Award shortlist -2010 Bank Street College Best Children's Books 2009, 2014, Blue Spruce Award 2014, and Kentucky BlueGrass Award 2014/15.
Chris is inspired by good music, good books, long walks, and generous amounts of coffee.
Hilary LeungHilary Leung was born in Hamilton, Ontario where he grew up throwing things, climbing stuff and drawing cartoons. Only one of these activities kept him out of trouble. In grade five, he wrote and illustrated his first picture book, Rover’s Adventure. It was epic, but remains unpublished.
He created his second picture book in art college entitled, "Orpheus & Eurydice". It too was pretty epic, but also remains unpublished.
"Third time's a charm!"
With the help of his good friend David Bruins together they created, "The Legend of Ninja Cowboy Bear". It took nine months to write, illustrate and self-publish 2000 copies. After quickly breaking sales of 1000 copies, David and Hilary were approached by Kids Can Press about licensing their book. Since then, they have also released, "The Way of the Ninja" and "The Call of the Cowboy".
They are currently developing an animated Ninja Cowboy Bear television series.
Hilary has also teamed up with his brothers (www.TheBrothersLeung.com) on "The Pirate Girl's Treasure An Origami Adventure".
Hilary is following his dream of illustrating children’s books and drawing for a living. He currently lives and works as a freelance graphic artist in the GTA.
Tia MushkaTia Mushka is a writer, artist and children’s illustrator. Growing up in rural Bruce County surrounded by tall grass, trees, fireflies and plenty of frogs provided her with a magical start to life. She has lived in Montreal, Vancouver, and Cardiff, Wales and now lives in Cambridge,ON. Although she has tried her hand at many more serious endeavors, it was having her own children that brought her back to her magical roots and now enjoys being a self-employed children’s illustrator and writer and working in her studio along side her children. She uses cut paper collage, pastel and mixed media to create three dimensional illustrations.
Julie PresceskyJulie Prescesky loves working with her hands - creating, shaping, constructing and deconstructing in a variety of mediums. She's also incredibly practical and eternally optimistic, leaning on humour in the rough spots.
Julie was raised in BC in an enchanting place called Columbia Valley, nestled in the mountains. When she wasn't climbing trees or riding her bike or fishing in small mountain streams, she was drawing. Soon she was writing, too.
Julie went on to study Fine Arts at the University of the Fraser Valley, and then to Nova Scotia College of Art and Design after a year long visit to the Middle East where she taught children with nationalities ranging from Swedish to Canadian to South African and more. Currently, Julie operates an independent illustration and design studio in Montreal.
Sue ToddA childhood fascination with words and pictures led Sue Todd to an eighteen-year career as a professional illustrator. After graduation from OCAD in Toronto, Sue worked as a freelance retail-advertising designer. Looking for a more creative challenge, Sue took up lino carving, an ancient printmaking technique similar to woodcut. Sue’s client list includes Crown Publishing, Barnes & Noble, Klutz Press, Carus Publishing, Highlights for Children, The Detroit Festival of the Arts, McClelland & Stewart, Pearson Education, The Wall Street Journal, and others. Her art was chosen to appear in the 2012 “Three by Three Illustration Annual”, the 2008 volume of Showcase “200 Best Illustrators Worldwide” and the 2002 “Communication Arts Illustration Annual”. Sue particularly enjoys folktales and legends from around the world and any story involving animals.