About

Hi! I’m Julissa. I have created art for many publications, books, games, and puzzles just to name a few. My specialty is cute, fun, and happy illustrations for the Children and Tween Market. A little about me: I'm a Cuban American that was born and raised in Miami. Although I do not live there anymore, I love going back to visit family and eat lots of Cuban food… Especially the flan! It’s soooo good!

It was my grandfather who was a storyteller and artist who inspired me from a very young age to become a visual storyteller. As a young girl he would tell my sister and me stories and then draw out the scene on a paper (or napkin) and turn in around and I was always so blown away. It was like a candle light that was lit inside of me very early on that’s never gone out.

I graduated from Ringling College of Art and Design, with a BFA in Illustration. After graduating, I worked as in-house graphic artist for various companies before landing my dream job at American Greetings. While I was there, I fell in love with all things whimsy and cute, which is what led me into creating art for children.

I’m a wife and mother of a beautiful little girl, who inspires me every day. I currently work out of my home studio in Austin, Texas.

If you have a project that fits my style, please don’t hesitate to reach out! I’d love to hear from you!

Thank you for visiting my site!

Selected clients: American Girl, American Greetings, Capstone Publishing, Duopress, Educational Insights, High Five Magazine, Highlights for Children, Oxford University Press, Penguin Random House, Peaceable Kingdom, Scholastic, Target, and many more.

Client recommendations

Julissa has worked on numerous projects for us over the years. She is responsible for the playful and whimsical look of our Magic Moves line, consisting of 3 separate products, one including a 16 page book. This year, Julissa was challenged with interpreting the classic fairy tale “The Elves and the Shoemaker” for our Hot Dots Jr. line, and the result is a modern and attractive take. What makes Julissa stand out from the dozens of illustrators we work with is her positive attitude and not being afraid to propose creative ideas. She makes the illustrator-designer work relationship a collaborative and interactive one, resulting in a product that everyone is happy with. I highly recommend Julissa and can’t wait to work with her again on another project!

Jessie Min
Design Manager at Educational Insights

Julissa has done 2 large illustration book projects, and several smaller commissions for me at Positive Promotions. I loved her style the first time I saw it online—convinced others she was great for the job. Our Smart Parenting book is a success and I think the artwork remains fresh and attractive almost 8 years later. Recently she illustrated an early-learning teacher planner and it was a huge success. Her style is great because it is whimsical and appeals to professional people as well (you know what I mean). She is great to work with. Love the textures!

Martin Heinritz
Art Director, Positive Promotions

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