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Drawing has always been a passion for Chris Robertson. He loves to draw, and considers himself very lucky to be able to do so for a living.
He was a professional freelance illustrator for 10 years, working primarily for magazines and newspapers. This stage of his career was his most experimental, as he dappled in pastels, scratchboard, acrylics, watercolors, pen and ink, and colored pencils.

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Having always had a "cartoony" style, Chris then segued into the field of Animation in 1995. He broke in as a storyboard "clean-up" artist at Nickelodeon Animation. Over the next few years, he moved up the creative ladder to Storyboard Director. During his tenure at Nick, he worked on shows such as "Hey Arnold!", "Fairly OddParents", "CatDog", and the pilot episode of "Oswald" for Nick Jr.

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It was during these years that Chris developed a stronger story sense, visually speaking. Learning how to create a story only in pictures led him to create and write his own children's books. Published in 2005 by Chronicle Books, "Little Miss Liberty" was his first book.  As far as the artwork goes, Chris wanted to capture a sense of innocence, reminiscent of the classic children's books he had loved as a child. Through those, he found the voice and look of "Little Miss Liberty".
 

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His interest in children's books dates back to when he was very young.  He loved the simplicity of "Curious George", "Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel", "Madeline", "Harry the Dirty Dog" and "The Borrowers".  After he broke into animation, Chris discovered the work of Bill Peet, William Joyce, Jules Feiffer, Amy Krouse Rosenthal, and Marla Frazee.   
 

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Chris would describe his work as being colorful, with a humorous pen line. His most recent children's book, "The Tooth That's on the Loose!", was just released and is exclusively available in the iTunes store.  He is currently working at Fox TV Animation on "American Dad", and several other ideas for children's books. 

Please check out Chris' links:

Little Miss Liberty 

Little Miss Liberty YouTube Trailer

The Tooth That's on the Loose! 
 
Chris' website (under redevelopment) 

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