Renee Kurilla is an illustrator, dabbling author, and Lead Artist at FableVision Studios.
She got her start in animation working as a character designer on the Discovery Kids TV adaptation of Time Warp Trio. She has since illustrated many books for kids including Margarita Engle’s Tree Dancers: Orangutanka (2015) and Stuart J. Murphy’s I See I Learn (4 titles, 2010).
Her work at FableVision has contributed to multiple honors, including the graphic novel Zebrafish (2008), a Junior Library Guild selection, and the Ranger Rick’s Tree House App for the National Wildlife Federation, which won a 2013 Parents’ Choice Award.
Renée lives just outside Boston, MA with her husband and fluffy cat, her primary sketchbook inspiration.
What was your favorite book when you were a child?
I absolutely loved the What-A-Mess series written by Frank Muir and illustrated by Joseph Wright. I carried those books around with me everywhere!
Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?
My most favorite illustrators of all time are Bill Peet, Mary Blair, and Charley Harper.
Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?
I want to write and illustrate books that kids will love and keep forever, books that remind them of being young and carefree.
Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?
Don’t stop drawing!