hello, my name's keika, and I'm an illustrator and an educator.

As a child who just came from Japan, picture books were essential tool to help me read in English. In the library, I looked for books with illustrations that I could get lost in. Picture books have left a strong impression on me, and I hope to create books that can be treasured by kids like my young self. 

Keika majored in Visual Storytelling for Animation at Pasadena Art Center College Design and graduated with honors in 2010. A few weeks before she graduated, she was given an opportunity to illustrate a children’s book from an iPhone and iPad app company. The experience helped her re-discover her passion and her personal relationship to childrens’ books. She illustrated Sick of Being Sick by Justin Sullivan. It meant the world to her to see a child reading it with a mother, giggling at the illustrations that she painted, just as she had with her mother. She knew then that she wanted to have a career illustrating books for children.


Recognitions

& exhibitions

Center for the Arts Escondido: Writing with Pictures Exhibition 2015

Southern California Independent Booksellers Association - Book Award Nomination 2014

Society of Illustrators : The Original Art Show 2014

SCBWI LA : Winter Kite Tales 2012 - Illustrator’s Gallery

SCBWI LA : Illustrator’s Day - Judge’s Portfolio Award 2012

Pasadena Art Center College of Design : Art Center  Gallery Spring 2008 

Pasadena Art Center College of Design : Art Center Deans List Spring 2007, Summer and Fall 2009, Spring 2010


Clients

DreamWorksTV

Sterling Publishing

Simon & Schuster

Disney Publishing Worldwide 

Walt Disney Imagineering

 

Teach And Sing Inc. DBA Heidisongs

3dal LLC

PepperMelon (Sony)

Qpop


Press

2016

Teeny Tiny Toady listed as one of The Best Picture Books of 2016 on Kirkus Reviews Click Here

Kirkus Star Review on Teeny TIny Toady Read here

2015

Kirkus Reveiw on What About Moose? Read here

 

2014

Publisher's Weekly on Puddle Pug Read here

Kirkus Review on Puddle Pug Read here

2013

SCBWI LA Winter Kite Tales Article Read here

2012 

Animation insider Read here