AUTHOR + ARTIST
After a number of years focusing on graphic design work, I’ve found again the joy of art-making through sketching inky images and illustrating new children’s books.📚 I’m very excited to announce my latest picture book—Chick Chat 🐥💬 from NorthSouth Books.
I love creating visual stories (and characters) with heart ❤️ and humor 🤣 that the reader can relate to emotionally—whether it’s over the span of a 32-page picture book or through a single illustration.
For drawing ✏️ I work almost exclusively in the digital realm using an art tablet and stylus with my computer 🖥 or with an Apple Pencil on an iPad. For color work 🎨 I usually combine digital drawing, inking, and painting with traditional watercolor and other natural media. And, sometimes I work all-digitally.
As a kid, I was curious, creative, determined, and very chatty 💬—just like Baby Chick. 🐥 I was always ready for an adventure, whether real or imagined, and so is Baby Chick!
It looks like my six-year-old self was chatting while having my first school photo taken! Hair a bit messy, a slightly mischievous expression, and my arms crossed—that was me.
Being the youngest child, I entertained myself quite a bit when not playing with neighbor friends or making human pyramids. 😳 I made up crafts for myself, usually making something out of something else (like a robot 🤖 from cardboard oatmeal containers, cardboard boxes 📦, aluminum foil, and tape, lots of tape).
I grew up in a suburb of Dallas, but spent quite a bit of time in East Texas on my grandparents’ farm or my family’s 80 acres. 🐄 Poking around in creeks and back pastures, I was always bringing home some new non-human “friend.” 🐸
I’ve been asked if I have a yard full of chickens. 🐓 I don’t, but I wish I did! I grew up around chickens on relatives’ farms, and my parents kept a coop of “chicken girls” that my sister and I bought for them after they moved from Dallas and retired to their own farm 🚜. I loved gathering eggs, 🥚especially the light aqua-colored Ameraucana eggs.
I now live in a cozy, 100-year-old house in Michigan, USA 🇺🇸and spend time in 🏴 Europe 🇫🇷 whenever possible.
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Literary publishers: If you’d like to review my illustration portfolio, visit janiebynum.com. If you're interested in the possibility of working together, please click the Hen & Ink logo to contact my agent Erzsi Deàk with Hen & Ink Literary Studio.