ABOUT KRIS SEXTON
When I was a child, one of my favorite things to do was to take a few sheets of typing paper, fold and staple them and create an illustrated book about whatever had most recently caught my interest. Sometimes it was a story, and sometimes it was a book about different kinds of birds or bugs, a comic book, or a book of songs or games. So it’s not surprising that as a grownup I love having a role in making books of all sorts. I joined SCBWI fresh out of art school (ArtCenter College of Design), and it has been a lifeline for me ever since. I’m active with – and forever grateful to – my fantastic local SCBWI illustrator group (Midsouth – yay!). I like to make use of the unique advantages of traditional and digital media, and most of my work is a combination of both, using graphite (or other type of pencil), ink, watercolor, Adobe Photoshop, and/or Adobe Illustrator.
My B.A. is in Art History, and I get a lot of my inspiration from the wonderful illustrators who came before us, such as Arthur Rackham, Beatrix Potter, N.C. Wyeth, and within my own lifetime Trina Schart Hyman and Maurice Sendak. I may not play in the same ballpark with them, but they have all taught me so much I’m definitely indebted to them. Doesn’t it seem like the artists of the past are our ancestors just as much as our blood-ancestors are? It feels like that to me.