Jenn Bower is new to the Charlotte SCBWI critique group, but not new to the creative arts. When she started talking about how she illustrates digitally, I begged her to educate me--and my readers--on how this is done. She agreed to fit me into her busy schedule and answer several questions.
Jenn also introduced me to the idea of "Authorstrator"--writers who are also illustrators. I think you will agree that the next four blog posts demonstrate her skills as both. Take it away, Jenn!
|From "Bo Peep Gets a Makeover"|
A bit of a late bloomer with a horrible sense of direction, I attended UNC-Chapel Hill for Journalism & Advertising and then earned my BFA-Interior Design degree from Winthrop University. Too clumsy to be a model, too camera shy to be an actress and lacking any affinity for load bearing wall calculations, I then promptly went to work in the insurance, luxury retail, and investment holding industries. I hated my life and was insanely jealous of my younger sister who was pursuing her second degree in Children’s Illustration.
The birth of my daughter made me examine the shape of my own life as I was molding hers. What examples did I want to set? I always dreamed as a child but fear addled the pursuit. In 2001 I enrolled in writing for children literature course but found my writing to be acerbic and serious. I needed to peel back layers of adulthood so from 2008-2010 I wrote and published poems and short stories under a pseudonym. There was a fantastic online community at the time called URBIS. I connected with a talented group of writers who really challenged my writing.
|From "Kidlitart Process Post"|
Until then, here is Jenn's Facebook profile picture. You can see this lady is someone special!
|Jenn getting kisses from Trinity,|
her 18 month old, 82lb Doberman rescue.