Paul grew up jut outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He received a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University, majoring in drawing. He now lives in San Francisco, where he is an artist and writer. He publishes a weekly piece in the San Francisco Chronicle called "All Over Coffee," and primarily makes his living from the sale of the original pieces, which he shows two to five times a year in galleries, museums, restaurants and cafes.
Christina was born near the Santa Cruz Mountains in California and still lives there. She has had no formal art training and is a designer and teacher. See more of her work at www.watercolorjournaling.com.
Jane grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, then married and moved to the Oregon, South Korea, Los Angeles and now San Diego. She has degrees in graphic design and Asian studies and has taken many classes and workshops. She is an artist and teacher who work has been published in various magazines and books. She recently received a yearlong grant to create a program to give free art classes to low-income fourth and fifth graders. Visit www.mundolindobeautifulworld.blogspot.com to see the children's art. Visit Jane's art at www.plainjanestudio.com and www.janeville.blogspot.com to see her work.
James grew up in Springfield, Vermont, earned an MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and now lives in Burlington, Vermont. He has published many books of his comic strips, two volumes of his daily illustrated journals, titled American Elf and, most recently, a children's book: Squirrelly Gray. His band, James Kochalka Superstar, has released half a dozen records. To read his daily diary strips, go to www.americanelf.com.
Gay grew up in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California. She earned a degree in graphic design and now has her own business as a designer and illustrator. She also teaches illustrated journaling with Christina Lopp. For more of her work, go to www.watercolorjournaling.com and www.wildwaysillustrated.com.
Don was born in Bountiful, Utah. He studied art and illustration at Utah State University, the Illustration Academy, and most recently as Syracuse University. He is an illustrator and educator and teaches illustration at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan. He has just illustrated his first book, You Can't Go to School Naked. For more of his work, visit www.drawger.com/donkilpatrick.
Amanda grew up in Dobbs Ferry, New York. She majored in illustration at Syracuse University and now lives in Brooklyn, New York, where she operates her firm, ARK Design. To see more of Amanda's work, visit www.amandakavanagh.com.
Tom grew up on Long Island, studied art at SUNY in Buffalo, New York, and has spent the last thirsty years in Manhattan working as an advertising art director. His work can be seen at www.tommykone.com.
James grew up in the heart of New Jersey, received a BFA from The School of Visual Arts in New York and currently lives in Los Angeles where he is an artist and illustrator. His work has been collected in two volumes called ProcessRecess, and can also be seen at www.processrecess.com, www.politewinter.com, and www.jamesjean.com.
Noah grew up outside of Chicago and attended Syracuse University and the Pacific Northwest College of Art. He is a freelance author/illustrator/animator and works out of his house in Camden, on the coast of Maine. He has published several children's books with Candlewick Press, and his work can be seen at www.noahzjones.com and www.almostnakedanimals.com.