About the Artist
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I’m Erica Leigh, a Massachusetts based illustrator who specializes in children’s picture books.
Style & Influences:
My digitally rendered work is informed by my background in traditional painting, and understanding of light, color & texture. My illustrations are vibrant, filled with personality and whimsical little "Easter eggs" for kids to discover.
I'm heavily influenced by my years of teaching art enrichment classes to young children. It was during this time when I learned about what gets kids interested and engaged. Because of my passion for working with children, my aspiration is to publish stories that inspire kids to keep asking questions and become their best selves.
Experience & Goals:
I've honed my skills as an artist with over 15 years of experience freelancing as a portrait painter, muralist, graphic designer, and most recently, full-time picture book illustrator. In my first 2.5 years illustrating books, I've published 6 stories for indie authors, and I have 3 more in the pipeline for 2022.
Right now I am working on authoring my own picture books. Interestingly enough, I'm an award-winning songwriter with a bachelor's degree in Songwriting from Berklee College of Music. This unconventional training taught me how author stories that use imagery to"Show it" rather than "Tell it," immersing people in a sensory experience. It also taught me the importance of lyrical phrasing (not to be confused with poetry), writing a story that feels good when you read it aloud.
Currently, I'm seeking the right literary agency to work with as both an illustrator and aspiring author-illustrator, who is passionate about publishing inspiring stories for children and their families.
If you're interested in working together, I would love to hear from you. You can reach me at email@example.com.