Meet the Illustrator

Paul Lee

Portrait of Paul Lee

While Paul Lee was attending the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, he began illustrating book covers for a major publisher. Later he told the publisher that he'd like to try illustrating a children's book. The publisher gave him the manuscript of Amistad Rising, written by Veronica Chambers. It was published, with Lee's illustrations, in 1994.

Lee says that he suffers from "the-grass-is-always-greener syndrome," which means that whenever he is working on something, he wants to be working on something else. So he often works on very different projects at the same time. In addition to illustrating children's books, he also illustrates comic books and book covers, and he shows his work in art galleries. He would like to write and illustrate his own children's book someday.

Paul Lee works in his pajamas all day, and he likes to work with the television on. Although he has an artist's table, he prefers to draw while lying on the floor with all his materials spread around him!

Photography Credit


Other Books Illustrated by Paul Lee

  • Amistad Rising
    (written by Veronica Chambers)
  • The Good Luck Cat
    (written by Joy Harjo)