LJMichaels Illustrations
LJMichaels Illustrations

LJMichaels Illustrations

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Introduction: In a world where many illustrators work looks similar, my attention to detail gives my drawings a distinct, professional style. I can guarantee that your book will be very special. With each project I acquire, I do my level best to improve upon my last body of work, bringing a fresh approach and a renewed energy. The creativity of it all! I love the fact that each project gives me the opportunity to try new and exciting things or perfect what I already know. In all of my characters, there is a little piece of me that shines through. I also love the fact that I get to create the world the characters live in. Often, I get to reveal more about the characters through their surroundings...when that happens, it's like magic! In addition, I enjoy working with other illustrators in the critiquing process. We all learn so much more when we work together, and our clients benefit as well.

Hired 10 times

1 employee

21 years in business

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Customers rated this pro highly for responsiveness, and professionalism.

Exceptional 5.0

8 reviews


Jeff B.

I hired Lisa to illustrate a children's manuscript I wrote and I couldn't be more pleased with the results. From the moment I first started communicating with Lisa I was immediately impressed and knew that my book was going to be in good hands. She utilized her amazing personality, years of expertise and gift of creativity to make my manuscript into a book that children will be able to relate to and value for many years. I can't possibly recommend Lisa's talents and skills highly enough and would give my 5 star recommendation to anyone that could benefit from her services.
LJMichaels Illustrations's reply
Thank you so much Jeff! As always, it's a pleasure working with you.
Oct 17, 2012
Henry P.

Lisa Michaels illustrated my first book, THE INNER LIGHT. The work took about eight months. It was for a 32 page children's picture book. The illustrations she created far surpassed anything she has done before. She kept in touch with me through out the process. She always had time for me when I had questions. She gave me many valuable advice along the way. I would not change anything, it was a very good experience working with LISA MICHAELS.
Sep 10, 2013
Barbara B.

This was my first time working with an illustrator. It was a fun process watching my children's poems turn into pictures. I liked the fact that I could contact Lisa at anytime via email with any questions, concerns and collaboration at times while putting together my beautiful book Sweet Tomatoes.
Sep 23, 2013
Lockie G.

Work was professional, charming and thorough. She knows children's book publishing very well and patiently answered numerous questions posed. Additionally, she worked diligently to meet a "tight" deadline at a reasonable cost. We are pleased with her work.
Sep 30, 2017
Russ C.


Lisa did an amazing job. I hired her to create 5 illustrations for a children's book project that I gave to my family as a Christmas present. She worked quick and delivered even more than was promised. Lisa is obviously an artist that takes a lot of pride in her work and service. My nephews, niece and parents all loved her color drawings and I couldn't have been more happy with hiring her.
Jan 6, 2014


  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    It is impossible to standardize children's book illustration because the need(s) for each book project is different.

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    I begin by taking a look at the manuscript to make sure it is written according to high publishing standards. I do not gamble with my reputation by illustrating poorly written literature. If I feel that the manuscript is suitable, then I open up conversation with the writer/client to discuss all the wonderful possibilities! Generally, the process is simple. I sketch out one page at a time. With each page, the client has the opportunity to request three minor changes at no additional charge. When the final sketch is approved by the client, color is added and the illustration is complete. I then send the client a copy of the final illustration and we move on to the next page and repeat the process until all pages are done and the book is ready for assembly. The author/client is involved in each and every illustration, and no illustration goes through to publication without his/her approval!

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    I have studied and created art since I was a very young child. Through the years I made it my business to practice at every type of art medium I could get my hands on, resulting in awards, professional publications, and finally a career as a successful freelance artist. In 2003 I joined the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, and began working alongside professional children's lit illustrators on a daily basis. With their help and expertise, my talent for illustrating the written word grew rapidly. I can now proudly say that I have illustrated and published over a dozen children's Picture Books, two children's Chapter Books, and illustrated several award-winning book covers. In addition, I have been a featured illustrator in several published children's magazines.

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