Felicia Hoshino was born in San Francisco, California where she continues to live with her family. Sora and the Cloud marks her writing debut, and it is the first story that she has both written and illustrated.
As a student at CCSF, she enrolled in as many art classes as she could find, from figure drawing and ceramics to illustration and graphic design. Upon deciding to make art her career, she continued her education at California College of the Arts, where she earned a BFA in Illustration. Felicia’s prize-winning illustrations can now be seen in children’s magazines Cricket, Spider, and Ladybug and in children’s books such as Little Sap and Monsieur Rodin and the Jane Addams Peace Award winning A Place Where Sunflowers Grow, both accepted into the Society of Illustrator’s The Original Art exhibition. Her most recent book is My Dog Teny published by JCCCNC.
In addition to creating mixed-media images for children’s books and magazines, she enjoys illustrating children’s portraiture, cooking with her husband and decorating the walls at home with art created by her son and daughter.
Most illustrations are created using some kind of combination of pen & ink, water color, acrylic and collaged tissue paper on cold press watercolor paper.
[in the author's own words]
The most exciting parts of illustrating a story tend to be the “bookends” of the project. Once a publisher sends me the manuscript I try to refrain from reading it until I can find a quite, uninterrupted place to really focus. As I read I make little notes and sketches of imagery that come to mind. This is a critical time, for whatever the story is about, it is one that will be my “companion” for the entire duration of the project. From that day forward, my illustration world revolves around researching and sketching out the story as I try to visually bring it to life.
On the other “bookend” of the project, of course is producing the final artwork. After months of pencil sketching on tracing paper, tweaking layouts in Photoshop and getting final approvals from clients, the time finally arrives when my pen nibs can mark the water color paper’s surface with ink and my paintbrushes can bleed and dab the surface with watercolor and acrylic paints. This final stage is equally rewarding, if not more, however it can be the most stressful as the deadline approaches.
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Felicia Hoshino’s photo credit: Hiromi Otsubo Photography