Akemi Gutierrez

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Akemi Gutierrez was an assistant animator for Walt Disney Features, where her films included Mulan, Pocahontas, and Tarzan. Now a full-time children’s book illustrator, drawing and painting are her favorite things to do. Akemi lives in Los Angeles, California.


What was your favorite book when you were a child?

The Little Fur Family

What’s your favorite line from a book?

“Supper was finished at last, and each animal felt that his skin was as tight as was decently safe.” ~Wind In The Willows.

Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?

Ernest Shepard, Mary Blair, Howard Pyle.

Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?

I was working as an assistant animator when I became interested in illustrating children’s books. It seemed like a very fun way to make a living, and IT IS!

Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?

If you do what you love, work hard & stick with it no matter what other people may say, you can achieve anything you wish for.