Jane Kurisu - Illustrator

Jane Kurisu

Toronto, Ontario.

July 5th.

Where do you live now?
Toronto, Ontario.

When did you first start drawing?
I started drawing in kindergarten. (My first really full supply of art materials.)

What do you like most about creating kids' books?
What I like most about creating kids' books is creating the characters.

Do you have any pets?
No pets, just kids.

Do you have any hobbies?
My favorite hobby is reading.

What's your favorite food?
My favorite food is sushi.

What kind of training/schooling did you have?
I went to Sheridan College and graduated in Visual Arts.

How did you first become involved with children's books?
I got involved in children's books simply by my style of illustration, which seemed to lean towards that direction.

Do you have any tips for young creators?
Tips ... develop a style and persevere!

Where do you work?
I work at home.

How do you research/create your illustrations?
Research consists of going to the library, bookstores and my own vast
collection of clippings.

Where do you get your ideas?
Ideas come from anything and everything visual.

What materials do you work in? What's the difference between different mediums?
At present the only material I work in is my computer. I work on a Mac and usually in Photoshop.

What's your greatest childhood memory?
My favorite childhood memories are lazy summer afternoons and going to the corner store (not a 7-Eleven) for “penny” candy.

What did you want to be when you grew up?
An anthropologist.

What's the weirdest/most interesting job you've ever had?
Working as a layout/paste-up artist for a department store in Los Angeles.

What's your next project?
I'm currently working on a book of eco-crafts for a publisher in Vancouver.

Do you have any secrets or insights about one of your books or characters?
The Jumbo Book of Gardening brought me out from a closet gardener to a lawn chair gardener, whereby I “direct” my husband (who loves to garden) where and what to plant ...


2014 - Mathical: Books for Kids from Tots to Teens, Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI), Commended
2012 - Silver Birch Nonfiction Award, Ontario Library Association, Short-listed
2012 - Best Books for Kids & Teens, Starred Selection, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner