L i b b y N e l s o n
Illustrator & Photographer
M y S t o r y
Since I could hold a pencil, I have loved creating characters. Quirky, cute, funny, scary, or sad, I enjoy discovering the qualities that make individuals uniquely and distinctly themselves. I've always been a daydreamer with a big imagination, so I love imagining whimsical creatures and fantasy lands just as much as I love exploring themes related to the world we inhabit, and the social-emotional realities we face as humans. My greatest hope is to make the viewer feel. Whether it’s humor or tenderness, sadness or irrepressible joy, I know that my work is a success when someone feels it first and foremost, allowing the viewer to enter into another person’s outer world and inner life.
My artistic influences range from Norman Rockwell and John Singer Sargent, to Alphonse Mucha, and photographers like Henri Cartier Bresson. When I illustrate, I want these characters to feel as though the viewer has caught them mid moment, and that they could jump off the page, continuing what they are doing at any moment. Aesthetically, I love to combine the magic of childhood imagination and whimsy with an infusion of classic “Americana” nostalgia.
I have been a member of SCBWI on and off since 2006, and I have attended several annual conferences and regional retreats. I have also taken classes with well known authors and illustrators through Otis College of Art and Design, UCLA Extension, Rhode Island School of Design, and Art Center Extension, including an illustration class taught by Marla Frazee. I am a professional photographer by trade- I went back to school in 2010 and graduated from New England School of Photography in 2012. I have worked as a professional photographer since, first as an international documentary photographer working in Uganda, Guatemala, and India. Now my main job is photographing weddings. Being a photographer has given me an even more in depth understanding of how light and composition can enhance visual storytelling.
In addition to my art and running my photography business, I’m also mom to one spunky girl, two dogs, and a cat, as well as wife to a patient man. I am based just outside of Boston, but escape to the woods and lakeside of New Hampshire whenever given the opportunity.