Introducing Author/Illustrator Jacqueline Alcántara!
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We are thrilled to welcome  Jacqueline Alcántara  winner of the We Need Diverse Books Illustrator  Mentorship Award to the Full Circle Literary family!
Jacqueline spends her days drawing, painting, writing and walking her dog. Her work is fueled by electronic and jazz music, carbs and coffee. Jacqueline studied Art Education and taught high school art and photography classes before deciding to transition to full-time illustration. Since then, she joined a summer intensive at Parson's New School of Design, and went on to enroll in the Illustration Certificate program at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago. 

Here are a few words from Jacqueline about her process:
"I like to use a combination of mediums in most of my illustrations since each medium has unique capabilities but also limitations. I begin all illustrations on paper, typically sketching with markers and pencil then adding color using gouache and markers. Markers have the ability to be bold and edgy in one instance and as subtle and delicate as watercolors in the next. I search for colors that seem to have a natural luminosity.  After coloring my illustrations on paper, I bring them into photoshop to play with adding textures from found objects and adding layers of soft colors to create more light."
Jacqueline has an insatiable appetite for learning new skills and taking on new challenges. She's managed an art gallery in Chicago, worked at NBC's set decoration department, and at Soho House Chicago, where she collaborated with a community of Chicago creatives in fashion, advertising, the fine arts and more.

She is particularly excited about promoting inclusiveness and diversity in children's literature. In 2016, her experience working with children led her to enter-and win-the inaugural We Need Diverse Books Illustrator Mentorship Award.
Jacqueline is very interested in taking on children's illustration projects, and we are actively seeking the perfect match for her distinctive style. She is also working on a book that she is both writing and illustrating. We cannot wait to see what the future holds for this talented artist!

Welcome to Full Circle Literary, Jackie!

For more information about Jackie and to see more samples, visit her at You may also follow her on Twitter @Jchuggie
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For more information about the We Need Diverse Books Mentorship Award, and to learn how Jackie was chosen, go here

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