Don’t be fooled by the socks that I’ve got (even though they’re the gold toe ones) I’m still Jenny from the block! Sorry had to start off my bio with a classic cheesy Jen joke! But hey, don’t you want an Illustrator who’s mind hasn’t made it past schoolyard humor and who still giggles every time she hears the word “duty” illustrating your next children’s book?
Hey I’m Jen Ball – Cordero, and I’m a children’s book illustrator/designer living and working in the New York City area. My digital illustration style melds simulated hand drawn line, painterly textures and collage with my quirky, fun-loving personality. Along with illustrating, I have spent over 15 years as an award-winning print and packaging designer for some of the top companies on Long Island.
Being the mother of two Black/Hispanic/Caucasian daughters, I know first hand the challenges parents encounter when trying to find their child represented in children’ books. Which is why I try to represent children of all races, physical limitations, and gender identities in my portfolio as authentically possible. Fortunately I have had the opportunity to work on a few projects depicting these underrepresented groups and would love to work on more in the future.
I hold a BFA in Visual Communication Design from Hartford Art School.
I am also an active member of Long Island Children’s Writers and Illustrators (LICWI),
SCBWI – Long Island Chapter, and CBIG (children’s book illustrators group).
My books include: Hello Hands!, Hello Mouth!, Hello Feet (Positive Foundations Publishing),
Cleo's Big Ideas: One Thing Leads to Another (Eifrig Publishing),
Cleo's Big Ideas: Onward and Upwards (Eifrig Publishing),
Construction & Revision: A Writer's Handbook For the Language Arts Classroom (Ballyhoo BookWorks) , A Hidden Connection: A Children's Mystery (Self-published by author),
A Hidden Connection: Darkness (Self-published by author) and
What's the Buzz (Self-Published by Author).
Please keep me in mind when thinking of an illustrator for you next children’s book.