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Who is  Blayne Fox?
AWARDS & ACCOLADES

THE MERRY CHRISTMAS MITTENS

Kids Book Choice Awards (2021) Best Picture Book Duo

EAGLE VS BEAR: ADVENTURES OF A CHILD CUB

New York City Big Book Award (2021)

  • Winner Children's Fiction

IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards (2020)

  • Silver Finalist Interior Design

  • Bill Fisher Award for Best First Book by a new author

Eric Hoffer Awards (2020)

  • Short List Grand Prize Finalist

  • 1st Runner Up Middle Reader

  • Da Vinci Eye Finalist Design

  • First Horizon Award Finalist for superior work by a debut author.

Blayne Fox is a professional children’s book illustrator specializing in animal POV and adventure stories. Prolific in Photoshop with over a decade of digital painting experience, she uses her self-taught knowledge to bring stories to life through her expressive and diverse array of characters.

Her work has been featured in multiple major publications by clients such as Scholastic, Brown Books, National Geographic Kids, Discovery Channel, Yale University, as well as smaller-scale projects directly with authors and numerous educational publishers.

Blayne’s art style is cinematic, vivid, and dynamically composed with semi-realistic characters that embody diverse voices and backgrounds. Animal characters stand out with whimsical, anthropomorphic expressions and closely-studied textures. When not drawing animals, her focus on incorporating BIPOC and LGBTQ+ characters is of personal importance to her as a queer artist, as these voices have been hidden behind the ‘sidekick’ and ‘you-can-do-it’ curtain for far too long.

Her next publishing goal is to obtain a literary agent that will help her achieve a lifelong dream of becoming a renowned author/illustrator. Over the course of her career, she’s learned cohesive production during the picture book process, and having that inside knowledge only inspires her to create books that leave readers in awe after every ending.
BEHIND THE ARTIST

LIKES

  • Animals esp. Cats

  • Espresso

  • Spicy Fantasy Books

  • Fishing & Hiking

  • Walking our Cats

  • Cheese and Carbs

  • Illustrative Tattoos

  • LGBTQ+ Positivity

  • Body Positivity

  • Grandma Clothes

INSPIRATIONS

  • David Wiesner

  • Brian Lies

  • Charles Santoso

  • Eric & Terry Fan

  • Joe Todd-Stanton

  • Jerry Pinkney

  • Max Grecke

  • Juanjo Guarnido

  • Dan Santat

  • Adam Rex

CLIENTS

  • Discovery Channel

  • NatGeo Kids

  • Scholastic Education

  • Aptara Learning

  • Brown Books Publishing

  • Yale University

  • Benchmark Publishing

  • Minnesota University Magazine

SPECIALIZES IN

  • Children's Books

  • Semi-Realism

  • Animal POV

  • Kidlit Comics

  • Graphic Novels

  • Stylization

  • Diverse Inclusion

  • Organic Environments

  • Nature

  • Magical Realism
     

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"Fox’s images convey mood well through rich, saturated colors, dramatic contrasts of light and shadow, dynamic composition, and expressive animal faces."

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KIRKUS INDIE REVIEW

"I have had the privilege to work with Blayne Fox on several book illustrations and she is a very talented artist.  She understands the dedication it takes to make a beautiful book.  Her impeccable attention to detail is evident when the illustrations are even better than the author could imagine.  When given artistic freedom, Blayne can make any book spectacular.

The author writes the story, but the artist makes the book come to life.  This is Blayne in a nutshell."

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Samantha Williams

ART DIRECTOR

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He-Man 

Emotional Support Animal to my partner and has a bobble-head due to neurological injury. Always greets people at the door as obvious head of the household.

Callelou Adelaide d'Aguesseau (Lulu)

Dutchess of

the household. Gets

what she wants.

Fenris (Fen)

He is my Emotional Support Animal and fluffy little familiar that lives in my shadow and loyally follows me around the house for SNUGGLES.

Gertrude (Gertie)

The scaley overlord that was rescued for my partner's birthday.

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Pippin (Pip)

Our little troll who enjoys chasing his siblings around the house or getting into some sort of trouble.

Meet My Goblin Army