ABOUT CHRISTOPHER "CS" JENNINGS

  • Howdy!

    I’m CS Jennings. I’m an illustrator and author living in Austin, Texas. Creativity, design, storytelling, collaboration—these are the things that get me excited. 

    I’m the Austin chapter Illustrator coordinator.

    I love writing and illustrating for children. I’ve illustrated 20+ books for major publishers. 

    I wrote Hello, Texas! (Sterling Publishing). I was the author-illustrator of the picture book Animal Band (also Sterling Publishing). I illustrated From An Idea to Disney, on the Texas Bluebonnet Master List 2020-2021. I’ve drawn books for Penguin Group Books, Houghton Mifflin, Scholastic, Stone Arch Books, and Sterling Publishing, to name a few (see below for the full list). I love collaborating with art directors and editors. (I especially enjoy the revision process of the book. Weird, I know.) Storytelling has always inhabited my drawing. As I write more, my stories find their expression in words.

    I do a ton of illustration for the children’s markets, but I go wherever my pencil will take me. Publishing, gaming, editorial, advertising, entertainment, commercial, apparel, apps, greeting cards—yep, I’ve pretty much done everything that has to do with drawing.


    BIBLIOGRAPHY
    Author and Illustrator:
    – Animal Band, 2008, Sterling Publishing

    Author:
    – Hello, Texas!, 2010, Sterling Publishing

    Illustrator:
    – Phenom Readers, 2020, Houghton Mifflin
    – From an Idea to Disney, 2019, Houghton Mifflin
    – From an Idea to LEGO, 2019, Houghton Mifflin
    – From an Idea to Google, 2019, Houghton Mifflin
    – From an Idea to Nike, 2019, Houghton Mifflin
    – Prank Lab, 2019, Scholastic
    – My America: An Owner’s Guide, 2017, Colonial Williamsburg Press
    – Goldilocks and the Three Vampires, 2016, Capstone
    – Liar Liar, Lie Detector! 2016 Scholastic
    – Spy 101: Intro to Espionage, 2014, Scholastic
    – Spy Guide, 2014, Scholastic
    – Children at the Well, 2014, Inprov LTD
    – A Serious Case of the Sillies, 2013, Scholastic
    – Jacob Wonderbar and the Cosmic Space Kapow, chapter book, 2011, Dial Books
    – Jacob Wonderbar for President, chapter book, 2012, Dial Books
    – Jacob Wonderbar and the Interstellar Time Warp, chapter book, 2013, Dial Books
    – The Incredible Rockhead, graphic novel, 2009, Stone Arch Books
    – The Incredible Rockhead: The Dozer Strikes, Stone Arch Books, 2009
    – The Incredible Rockhead vs Papercut!, graphic novel, Stone Arch Books, 2010
    – The Incredible Rockhead and the Spectacular Scissorlegz, graphic novel, Stone Arch Books, 2010

ARTIST STATEMENT

  • When people see my work, I hope they find a smile. I hope when someone encounters my drawings or writing, they laugh. Joy is what I want to convey, healing and hope too. It’s always been that way for me. It just what comes out when I work. I think that’s why the children’s industry is a fit for me. It’s a place where it’s still ok to smile.

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