Kelly Light lives in New York but grew up down the shore in New Jersey surrounded by giant pink dinosaurs, cotton candy colors, and Skee-Ball sounds. She was schooled on Saturday-morning cartoons and Sunday funny pages. She picked up a pencil, started drawing, and never stopped.
Kelly is the author/Illustrator of the Louise series. Louise Loves Art (Fall 2014) and Louise and Andie, The Art of Friendship (Spring 2016) are the first two books in the series.
Kelly has also illustrated Elvis and the Underdogs andElvis and the Underdogs: Secrets, Secret Service, and Room Service by Jenny Lee, and The Quirks series by Erin Soderberg.
SCHOOL VISITS & SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
Kelly enjoys speaking to kids and adults about Louise and art and creativity. She happily speaks at schools, libraries, book festivals and conferences.
She will give up to three presentations during a school day. One presentation is $400, three would be $1,200.00. Travel costs and accommodations are in addition to that fee.
Schools and Libraries
"Me or Louise?" K-1st grade; 30 minute presentation.
"Me or Louise?" 2nd-5th grade; 45 minute presentation.
"Character Design 101" Kid's workshop: 1 hour for 6-10 year olds or 2 hours for 7-13 year olds. 1 hour workshop is $250, 2 hour $450.
"In Character" Adult Workshop: 2 to 4 hour workshop with presentation including all that Kelly learned working in animation and cartoon merchandise. A hands on drawing workshop.
"The Schlemiel Schlimazel" 45 min Adult presentation about Kelly's weird and winding journey to getting published. "Give her any chance, she'll take it, Read her any rule, she'll break it."
- Large drawing pad and easel
- Digital projector with speakers
Kelly has no dietary restrictions, but will not eat any animal that appeared in Bambi, Dumbo, Lady and The Tramp, Aristocats, The Rescuers or the Lion King. Chicken is always a good call. (Sorry chickens.) All she asks, is that, there is always water for her to drink.
So much fun to Skype into the studio and visit the dog Jabba and the cat Jedi. Skypes are great because so much art can be shared from right in the studio. Just let Kelly know what age group and for how long.