About Me

I grew up among the computers and fog of Silicon Valley, where I now paint pictures and write the stories that pop into my head. I’m currently working on several projects including a picture book about a dragon obsessed boy and the birthday present he doesn’t want, a graphic novel involving an octopus’s unexpected trip to the local aquarium and a non-fiction novelty book about rocks.

I’m currently seeking representation and am available for commissions.

I can be reached by email at julia@juliamaisen.com or through my contact form. You can also follow me (@JuliaMaisen) on Instagram and on Bluesky.

Awards & Credits:

  • SCBWI Asilomar Conference Scholarship Recipient
  • “Art Education on the Cheap”, SCBWI Bulletin
  • SCBWI SFSouth’s People’s Choice Award for my Portfolio


  • Master’s in Children’s Illustration from Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge
  • B.A. in Physics from Sonoma State University
  • The Illustration Department’s Mentorship
  • Illustration Master Class
  • Noah Bradley’s Art Camp
  • Making Picture Book Magic
  • School of Visual Learning
  • Schoolism

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