• Kary Lee | Visual Storyteller { illustrator } 
    As a kid, if Kary wasn’t in her back yard painting backdrops on her sliding glass door, or tap tap tapping at the typewriter, she was most likely directing (bossing around) neighborhood kids in one of her screen plays. After college she landed a job as an art director because she liked the bossy part. But when she started hiring illustrators she realized she was on the wrong side of the desk. After taking a painting class she discovered SCBWI, won a portfolio award at her first LA Conference and was hooked. Five picture books and a Mom’s Choice award later, she’s never looked back.


  • I love that telling stories with pictures is universal. And my passion is making those pictures with a pencil and a paint brush. Not gonna lie, digital is a great tool, but for me, there’s no substitute for the bead of paint  pooling on the paper or the graphite scraping across a toothy texture. My influence comes from the golden age of illustration. I create luminosity from my pencil drawings building watercolor glazes with a limited color pallet  to create a nostalgic, timeless feel while addressing the topics and trends of today.

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