Jennifer M Potter

I never shy away from a challenge. Especially if it involves ice cream.

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Where do you live?
San Francisco, California

Where have you lived?
Jacksonville, FL, Richmond, VA, Savannah, GA, Boston, MA, New York, NY, Washington, DC, Chicago, IL, San Francisco, CA. (I like to explore.)

What medium do you use?
Gouache, Watercolor, Colored Pencil, Digital

How do you stay inspired?
I’m always exploring. Travel is very inspiring, and being part of a community of creators is an endless source of inspiration.

Where do you buy your art supplies?
Mostly local art stores, but whenever I travel I try to bring home art supplies that I can’t find here.

Do you work traditionally or digitally?
Both!

What color combination are you most excited about right now?
I can’t possibly choose one.

What blog(s) do you read?
Rebecca Green’s blog is one of my favorites. Also Picturebook Makers and Brwnpaperbag.

Why do you like being an illustrator in 10 words or less?
I love bringing my imagination into the physical world.

If you weren’t an illustrator, what would you be?
If I weren’t an artist, I’d want to be a physicist.

What illustration job would you love to get (your dream job)?
I’d really love to illustrate my own stories!

Name something you do in your spare time.
I love video games, especially immersive ones where you can get lost in a good story.

What’s the strangest work experience you’ve ever had?
Designing life-sized 3D-printed characters for a mall in Hong Kong.

What are you reading now?
The Count of Monte Cristo.

What recent book do you recommend for a good read?
Anything by Philip Pullman. I’ve been binging Stephen King and Marissa Meyer lately. Also Laini Taylor.

Where would you like to travel to next?
Ask me when the pandemic is over 🤦‍♀️.

What’s your favorite TV show?
Twin Peaks forever

What movie have you seen several times?
Anything by Hayao Miyazaki

Who is your favorite cartoon character?
I’m usually too busy looking at the background art to notice characters. Just kidding, it’s Totoro.

Who are you in “The Office”?
I don’t know. The stapler?

What is your favorite cheese?
Humboldt Fog

If you could name a nail polish, what would you name it?
It doesn’t matter what I call it, I will still ruin it within five seconds.

Do you wear shoes when you do art?
I wear slippers sometimes, but not usually.

What do you listen to while you work?
Mostly audio books and BBC radio dramas. We need more radio dramas.

What artist are you reincarnated from?
I don’t know, but according to my grandmother, I’m related to Beatrix Potter.

What’s your middle name?
Michelle

What do you wish your middle name was?
Sigourney

If you could eat only one food, what would it be?
Ice cream? Mac’n’cheese? Mac’n’cheese flavored ice cream?

How do you stay in shape?
I volunteer walking dogs at the local shelter.

How don’t you stay in shape?
Mac’n’cheese flavored ice cream.

What is your current favorite font?
The Hand and West Italiano are favorites, and I’d love to use Montecatini for something.

How do you take your coffee?
Non-existent

Whom would you like to meet?
Your dog

What question would you most like to be asked?
Can you hold my dog while I go get us ice cream?

What was your favorite illustration assignment?
Illustrating Children’s Books, Week 4 (scene)

Client List

American Library Association
Boston Children’s Museum
Calypso Cards
Fleurus Editions
Henry Holt Books for Young Readers
Houghton Mifflin
Nosy Crow
Running Press
Sasquatch Books
The Star Tribune
The US Environmental Protection Agency
The Weather Channel
The Washington Post
Up With Paper
Wander Puzzle Co.
Weather Underground

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