A breath of fresh air in children’s books, Abbey Bryant from MaddyAbbs Illustration, creates bold, stylized and textured digital work to combat her adventurous storytelling and strong and clever kid’s characters. She was born in Florida and moved to Denver, CO to pursue Illustration at Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design where she was awarded the Presidential Gold Scholarship. She obtained her BFA in Illustration in 2019 with a concentration in children's books as Summa Cum Laude.
If you asked me as a kid what I wanted to be, it was always an artist. Even then, I loved cartoons and stories filled my mind. The drawings I gave my parents and turned in at school always made people laugh and I loved that feeling. I make children’s illustrations now, and try to fill them with the same sense of joy, humor and awe I experienced in my childhood. I have a lot I want to say to the future generations and I think it’s really important to be purposeful with what kind of messages go into children books or illustrations. In my work, diversity is important, as well as strong, empathic and adventurous characters. I want to inspire anyone who looks at my work, kids, young adults, even parents, to find joy in life’s adventures.