Jennifer Doehring is a freelance illustrator based in Carlsbad, California, who specializes in illustrating children’s books and creating artwork for kids. 

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My interest in children's books began when I was just a child. I knew I wanted to be an artist, and more specifically, a picture book artist. I went to art school and got my degree in Fine Art, and I opened my own fine art studio, where I sell my paintings and teach. However, over the years my expertise in illustration geared towards children's books really developed as soon as I learned to digitally illustrate. Since then, my skill set has really flourished, and I've become a much more well rounded artist as a whole. As an illustrator who specializes in picture book work, I love to show emotion in my characters, light and mood in my backgrounds, and magic in my stories. Color theory and the study of light are the most important elements in my work, and I believe it's the main reason an illustration is successful and why my work is unique. 


  • Countryman Press


What was your favorite storybook as a child? 
I loved anything by Chris Van Allsburg: The Polar Express, Jumanji, etc. He wrote and illustrated the most wonderfully creative stories that have the ability to stay with you as a child and all the way into adulthood. 

Which authors do you admire most?  
I admire Jon Klassen a lot because he did something most authors don't do... really dare to go outside of the conventional box. His stories are hilarious and overly simplistic, and that's what's so amazing about them. 

What characteristic really brings a children’s book to life? 
For me, it's the element of magic and humor in the story. I think characters that are complex and developed are so important and they usually become instant classics. Personally as an illustrator, I appreciate unique art that uses light, mood, and unconventional angles. 

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