Posted by: Kathy Temean | September 2, 2018

Illustrator Sunday – Anne Appert

Anne Appert grew up and has lived in New Jersey her whole life. Her childhood was spent with her nose stuck in a book and a wild imagination that transformed her backyard into faraway places. Then she went to the Fashion Institute of Technology for her B.F.A. in Illustration with a minor in English so she could bring her stories to life. Now she puts those worlds on paper using digital media to create books for other children to stick their noses into.​

Anne finds her inspiration from her childhood, the outdoors, anything colorful, and traveling, especially visiting her many cute nephews and nieces. When not creating stories and art for children, Anne likes to paint flowers and patterns and has taken several classes at the Fashion Institute in Textile and Surface Design.

Anne has been a member of SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) since 2012, and is a member of the 12×12 challenge, a challenge to write 12 picture books in 12 months.

Anne is represented by Emma Sector at Prospect Agency.


This week I ( Chris Sr.) have the pleasure of reviewing Anne’s very intimate and deceptively simple three illustrations.  The are charmingly part of a story which is obvious in each of the separate images.  I like that sense of the whole in the parts.  Our HOT AIR BALLOON BUNNY is adorable.  Very little detail, but a true character…even with the dots for eyes (a ‘thing’ with me, but seems to work here)


In the first, he/she seems to be making something…not sure what there, but we see balloons ALL over the room on sheets, wall paper and wall picture, and drawings. We can guess. I like the low light evening feel of this.  LOTS of texture which CAN get in the way of image clarity, as much as I love the tactile in illustration.  But here it just adds to the intimacy.  The relatively ‘clean’ bedspread, lamp, green outfit and white of the bunny’s head, and that wonderful white baseboard give us a ‘rest’ from the texture. That white baseboard, an unimportant detail that is given importance by the color (lack of) which leads us to the bunny’s head and expression. The two drawings on the wall also keep us there to study what is going on.  Very effective!


The second image then explains the ‘project’ as making a balloon with basket for his little doll bunny.  Love the non traditional colors again here…. outside in grass, but the only ‘green’ is in our bunny’s suit!  Pops him/her right out!

The third painting then is the conclusion of our little story in three images! (nicely done!)  Bunny is sitting quietly and happily (we can FEEL this) with bunny doll friend watching the REAL hot air balloons overhead…again in the evening sky… ‘red sky at night, sailer’s (and balloonists) delight!’ What a wonderful ‘bedtime’ sensibility!

I really do not have any particular suggestions to be honest. These work!!….and show off the artists style clearly.  feel buyers would KNOW what to expect from her in any assigned job. One does have to be careful of texture for the young ones as I’ve mentioned, but it’s not a problem here for me. I did look at her portfolio as well and would suggest MORE! and add more kids for sure. LOVE the little elephant! It’s the wonderful textured, colored and various width line work that adds so much personality and character to her animals. Kids could have this too!  push their personalities with this same line work, and bring their simple but oh so complex lives to front. Adding kids will expand the range of jobs Anne is likely to be considered for. Never a bad thing.

Thank you, Chris for taking the time to review Anne’s illustrations. Your thoughts were very informative.

Below is a little bit about The CAT Agency:

The CAT Agency, Inc. is the first mother/daughter agency in the business! A trained artist herself with a BA in Fine Art, Chris Tugeau has been a pioneer in the children’s illustration industry for over 25 years. Since opening her own agency in 1994, Chris has enjoyed representing many talented artists, and has been an active part of the illustration community; writing and presenting for SCBWI regions around the country. She is also the author of SCBWI Illustrator Guidelines. A veteran artist and rep, Chris is an advocate for ethical fairness and the bright future of children’s publishing. She’s also a mother of 3, a grandmother to 8, and best friend to husband, Bill.

Daughter, Christy Tugeau Ewers, has been rooted in the children’s literature industry since Chris started the agency in 1994, and she has been surrounded by artists her entire life. Aside from her mother, her brother, Jeremy Tugeau is an exceptional fine art and children’s illustrator, represented by his wife, Nicole, at Tugeau 2. Christy’s husband, Chris Ewers, is an artist too, as a talented cinematographer and film-maker.

With a degree in English/Journalism and over a decade of experience in various creative fields, Christy offers a different perspective to the agency, while maintaining the enthusiasm and love that her mother brings to the industry. Aside from writing, her interests include seaside escapes, very hot coffee and pitbulls named Gertie.

And of course, grandchildren/children, Billie & Finnegan, are The CAT Agency’s resident experts and critics. Billie has over 5 years of experience in the world, and has formed a deep love of unicorn literature and all things Pink/Purple/anything-licious. Finn boasts a robust background in cars and trucks, with a specific expertise in MR. TIGER GOES WILD. Billie currently enjoys using every crayon in the box, while Finn likes to spend his free time dancing to The Imperial March (Darth Vader’s theme).

Here is the link to The Cat Agency:

Talk tomorrow,



  1. I always enjoy these posts but on another note I was looking for ideas on how to include my name on my books. My name is Mireya Pizarro and I am thinking a simple name like H. Mireya seems easier. My blog name is Hello Mireya by the way.


  2. I found the illustrations really sweet and very detailed. Lovely work.


  3. Reblogged this on The Country Goth Girl.


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