Jessica Lanan, Boulder-based Children's Illustrator

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  • Asian/Pacific American Libraries Association (APALA) Award for Literature, Picture Book Category, 2012-13
  • SCBWI Rocky Mountain Portfolio Award Runner Up, 2012
  • SCBWI Los Angeles Portfolio Mentorship Award Winner, 2011
  • Thomas J. Watson Fellow, 2006
  • Member SCBWI
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ello there! I’m Jessica. I’m a Boulder-based illustrator specializing in children’s illustration. Thanks for stopping by.

I grew up in Longmont, Colorado and spent probably far too much time drawing pictures (when I wasn’t busy causing other sorts of mischief.) My family spent practically every weekend camping or cross-country skiing in the Rocky Mountains, giving me ample time to let my imagination run wild and to do important things like build forts out of aspen tree branches and appreciate fine Colorado sunsets. I created my first picture book at age eight, a thrilling pop-up book entitled “Skeleton Dog.”

After graduating from high school I headed West to Scripps College where I earned a BA in art with a focus on sculpture. That was all well and good until 2008, when I discovered that what I *really* wanted to do when I grew up was make illustrations. So, I returned my homeland and now live and work in Boulder, Colorado, making illustrations for little people and big people alike.

When I’m not drawing or painting, I like to get lost in the mountains and dance the Argentine tango. I am available for children’s illustration, freelance illustration and design work, so if you have a project in mind, please don’t hesitate to contact me! Or, if you’d just like to say hello or leave a note, I’d love to hear from you.

Letter and quill pen illustration by Jessica Lanan

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