About the Artist

Hello! I’m Kerri McDermott, an illustrator, designer, writer, and picture book maker represented by Wernick & Pratt Agency.

My passion is creating children’s picture books, which I fell in love with as a kid. I’m inspired by too many artists and books to mention, but early favorites like Little Bear and Where the Sidewalk Ends are still on my shelf today. I also adore playing with decorative surface pattern design and lettering.

I work with a wide range of materials and techniques, often making things by hand. However, my images are usually a mixture of traditional and digital elements. I work with care and attention to detail from start to finish. I value artistry, collaboration, and kind genuine humans, especially ones with a good sense of humor.

Recently, I started making little animations which are ridiculously addictive. I’m also currently working on a nonfiction picture book about New Orleans jazz, something close to my heart. 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 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 finish school, got a nursing license, studied literature, finally graduated, worked for years in oral surgery, thought a lot about becoming a doctor but dreamed of being an artist, pursued an MFA in Illustration, graduated again, married a music man, and now I live an artist’s life in San Francisco, gratefully ever after.

About the Studio

Kerri McDermott Studio is an illustration and design studio creating work for children’s publishing, children’s decor, editorial, paper, fabric, and stationery.

How can I help with your next project? I’m always looking for new creative opportunities. Please reach out!

Contact Me

Please contact me to discuss licensing, purchasing or commissions.

Contact My Agent

Please direct children's book inquiries to Linda Pratt at Wernick & Pratt Agency.
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