Anne Lambelet is a freelance illustrator currently based in Philadelphia, PA. She recently gained her bachelor’s degree in illustration from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. There she was awarded the Roger T Hane. Award for the top illustration portfolio by a senior.
‘I’ve been drawing for as long as I can remember, but illustration wasn’t actually my first major. After I graduated from high school, I got a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and worked for a year programming iPhone and iPad applications before realizing that I would never be satisfied until I made my art more than just a hobby. I made the tough decision to go back to school one more time, and I believe that that was one of the best choices I’ve ever made.’
‘For the art I make now, I use a process that combines pencil drawings and traditionally made textures with digital coloring. I’m influenced by a lot of things, but mainly I’m a very nostalgic person so I would say that my most important influences come from children’s books and movies — either ones that I loved when I was a child or things that I would have loved if I’d seen them as a child. I love Disney, Pixar, Jim Henson, and Miyazaki movies as well as a lot of 80s cult classics like The Goonies and Neverending Story.
A few of the main children’s book illustrators I admire are Dr. Seuss, Maurice Sendak, William Joyce, Shaun Tan, Brian Froud, Lisbeth Zwerger, and John Hendrix, but there are also many many others. Lastly, whenever I’m doing art or going for my daily jog, I’m almost always listening to a fantasy audiobook of some sort, and I feel like the whimsy of those stories comes through a lot in my own imagery. My goal with my art is to spark people’s imaginations and to inspire children and adults in the same way that I was and am inspired by the stories and the artists that I love most.’
‘Right now, I’m working on a children’s book for the National Park Services to educate children about the diverse offerings of America’s National Parks. I’m also working on a children’s book of my own about a little girl named Violet and the daring adventures she has with her cat Archibald. Hopefully I can use that manuscript to snag a literary agent and to put myself on the right path towards achieving my lifelong dream of being a published children’s book author/illustrator!’