About the Artist

Hello! I’m Kerri McDermott, an illustrator, designer, writer, and picture book maker.

I adore timeless stories that are heartfelt, humorous, and fun to read aloud. I also love working with surface pattern design and hand lettering. I value collaboration with kind humans, especially ones with a good sense of humor.

I’m currently working on a nonfiction picture book about New Orleans jazz. When I’m not at my drawing desk, you can find me at a concert, in the mountains or eating award-winning croissants while doodling notes about exciting future projects.

A Short Story

Once upon a time, there was a little red-haired girl born in Omaha, Nebraska. That’s me. As a kid, I liked to dance, draw, watch Saturday cartoons, and dress up in costumes with my best friend. After high school, I studied graphic design, left my heart in New Orleans, got my first real job at an ad agency, backpacked in Europe, went broke, got my heart broken, moved to Grand Cayman, didn’t move to Costa Rica, moved back home to study literature and nursing, thought a lot about becoming a doctor but dreamed of being an artist. I pursued an MFA in Illustration at Academy of Art University, married a music man, and made San Francisco my home. 

About the Studio

Kerri McDermott Studio is an illustration and design studio happily creating stories and pictures for children. 

How can I help with your next project? I love new creative opportunities. Please reach out!

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