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Faculty Spotlight: Master Illustrators

Later this month, we’re hosting a 4-day virtual illustration intensive, Master Class in Illustration: Narrative Picture-Making. Meet the outstanding faculty and special guests:

James RansomeJames Ransome, Lead Faculty
James E. Ransome is the award-winning illustrator of over 60 picture books. He has been illustrating books, book jackets, greeting cards and magazines for over 25 years. James received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Illustration from Pratt Institute in New York.

A Sampling of Awards for James Ransome’s books:

  • Coretta Scott King Award for Illustration
  • Coretta Scott King Honor Award for Illustration
  • IBBY Honor Award
  • The Simon Wiesenthal Museum of Tolerance Award
  • NAACP Image Award for Illustration
  • One of 75 authors and illustrators everyone should know, Children’s Book Council

Watch a Watercolor Drawing Demo with James:


Anna RaffAnna Raff, Lead Faculty
Anna Raff is an award-winning illustrator of books for children including World Rat Day, A Big Surprise for Little Card, You Are Not a Cat! and The Day the Universe Exploded My Head. Anna’s work has also appeared in newspapers and magazines, as well as on TV. Before her career as an illustrator, she was a designer at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and several children’s book publishers and she is on the faculty of the School of Visual Arts.

Watch a Book Trailer for The Day the Universe Exploded My Head:

A Sampling of Awards for Anna Raff’s books:

  • New York Public Library Best Book
  • Kirkus Best Book
  • NCTE Notable Poetry Book
  • American Illustration 32, 38

Jessica LoveJessica Love, Special Guest
Jessica Love is an artist and an actor who works in a variety of media with a focus on the human from, emotional nuance and visual storytelling. She wrote and illustrated the award-winning picture book, Julián is a Mermaid, which was the recipient of the 2018 Stonewall Book Award, an Ezra Jack Keats honor, the Klauss Flugge prize and the Opera Prima award. Jessica studied Fine Art at UC Santa Cruz, and Drama at Juilliard. Jessica works as both an actor, and an illustrator and lives in upstate New York.

Follow Jessica on Instagram: @JessLoveDraws
Jessica Love on Instagram

A Sampling of Awards for Jessica Love’s books:

  • Stonewall Book Award
  • Klaus Flugge Prize
  • Opera Prima, Bologna Children’s Book Fair
  • Society of Illustrators Silver Medal
  • Anna Dewdney Read Together Award Honor Book
  • Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Honor Award

Oge MoraOge Mora, Special Guest
Oge Mora is a storyteller residing in Providence, RI.
Her picture book, Thank You, Omu!, was a Caldecott Honor, Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award winner, Ezra Jack Keats Book Award recipient, and a New York Times Notable Book and Editors’ Choice. Her second book, Saturday was a Parent’s Magazine, Publishers’ Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, Horn Book, and School & Library Journal Best Book of 2019.

Watch Roger Sutton’s Interview with Oga Mora:

A Sampling of Awards for Oge Mora’s books:

  • Caldecott Honor Award
  • Coretta Scott King Award
  • John Steptoe New Talent Illustrator Award
  • Ezra Jack Keats Book Award

Posted on: October 6, 2020

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