Questions & Answers

 

Three children’s book illustrators you admire and why:

 

Deborah Marcero is a sweet and forthcoming colleague who has been incredibly generous with her suggestions, ideas, and time. As I grow professionally, I hope to be able to do the same for others as she has done for me.

Jon Klassen is a fellow Canadian whose work my husband and I have been following since his early days in the LA art gallery scene. His work and presentations are always clever, thoughtful and funny, and he is a joy to talk with. I hope to embody his humility, and approach my work in ways that are true to my nature as he has done. 

Jessixa Bagley has worked tirelessly for years enduring multitudes of rejection and has persevered to see her work become celebrated, appreciated, and deeply felt. I am most inspired by Jessixa, as her work has a deep emotional core that I hope to emulate in my own work. 

 

Picture books that have influenced you:

 

  • The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry 
  • Boats for Papa by Jessixa Bagley 
  • Heart in a Bottle by Oliver Jeffers 

 

What is your dream project?

 

My dream project is more of an overarching goal that I hope to encompass in a larger body of work. I want to include themes of social justice, inclusivity, and equality at the heart of the story. I want to bring light to issues that need it and give a voice to people who have none, but in a way that is relatable and brings joy to the reader. The deepest sadness often hides a glimmer of hope if only we have the strength to see it. 

 

Educational Background & Previous Experience 

 

Kendra Minadeo has been illustrating since she was a wee lass. While she started young, her professional career as an artist took a few twists and turns before arriving at its current destination…

While in Canada, Kendra mentored under various teachers and professional artists as a member of Edmonton's iHuman Youth Society. There she learned to work in a variety of mediums including acrylic, oil, and watercolor. Additionally, she participated in a host of theater, dance and filmmaking productions both onstage and behind the scenes. These experiences inspired her to follow her own filmmaking journey, subsequently winning her an Alberta Foundation for the Arts grant to produce a short film series exploring the essential phases of mourning.

After graduating from Grant MacEwan University's Intense Arts and Cultural Management program, she moved to Ohio where she started a non-profit film organization and festival with a handful of dedicated compatriots. The organization today stands as Akron, Ohio's premiere alternative cinema venue called The Nightlight. After jump starting the film festival, Kendra began taking classes in graphic design, drawing, filmmaking, and 3D animation at Cuyahoga Community College, while collaborating with local dance and theater troupes, enhancing their live performances with projected visual media. Later, Kendra moved to Los Angeles where she helped upstart and manage a small Themed Entertainment Design Firm. 

While at the firm, Kendra scaled back her creative outlets and rediscovered her love of painting, illustration and storytelling. Her work was picked up by a local art gallery, jump starting her illustration career. Today Kendra continues to participate in local gallery shows, while creating new prints and products for her Etsy shop and developing book dummies for her portfolio. Kendra is honored to be represented by Lupine Grove Creative and looks forward to showing the publishing world what she is capable of.

 

Kendra is an active member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and The Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles (SILA).

Have queries regarding illustration work please write her at: helloitsquokka@gmail.com

For book inquiries please email Danielle Smith at: danielle@lupinegrove.com

 

Gallery Shows & Releases

 

  • 2017 - Leading Ladies - Sketchpad Gallery, SF (upcoming) 
    • TBA
  • 2016 - Tiny Wonderland Show - Leanna Lin's Wonderland, LA
    • Stranger Things Portraits (Set of 4) Limited Edition 5x5 Prints & 4x4 Watercolor Originals 
  • 2016 - Alice Through the Looking Glass, Disney Fine Art Show - Hero Complex Gallery, LA
    • Hide and Go Squeak - Limited Edition 5x7 Print & Watercolor Original  
  • 2016 - Cardistry Show - Hero Complex Gallery, LA
    • Published Art Book
    • Playing Cards
    • 5 of Hearts - Limited Edition 6x8 Prints 
  • 2016 - Legend of Zelda 30th Anniversary Show - Hero Complex Gallery, LA
    • Ocarina of Love - Limited Edition 5x7 Prints (set of 2) & Watercolor Originals 
  • 2016 - The Monster Maker with Rick Baker - Hero Complex Gallery, LA
    • Little Beastie - Limited Edition 8x10 Print & Watercolor Original
  • 2015 - Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron Showcase - Hero Complex Gallery, LA
    • I am the Greatest! - Limited Edition 5x7 Prints & Watercolor Original  
  • 2015 - WonderCon Exclusive - Hero Complex Gallery, LA
    • I Can See my Squirrel from Here! - Limited Edition 11x17 Prints 
  • 2015 - Mighty Mini's, Online Release - Hero Complex Gallery, LA
    • Wall-e & Friends - Limited Edition 5x5 (set of 3) Print Series  
  • 2014 - Mighty Mini's, Online Release - Hero Complex Gallery, LA 
    • Dug & Friends - Limited Edition 5x5 (set of 3) Print Series 

 

Press

 

  • 2017 - Artist Interview Series on Supahcute (Read)
  • 2016 - Leanna Lin's Tiny Wonderland Exhibition on Spanky Stokes (Read)
  • 2016 - Leanna Lin's Tiny Wonderland Exhibition on Supahcute (Read)
  • 2016 - Alice Through the Looking Glass Exhibition on Hello Giggles (Read)
  • 2016 - Cardistry Exhibition on Geek Art (Read) 
  • 2016 - Zelda Exhibition on Geeky Nerf Herder (Read)
  • 2016 - Kendra Minadeo Article on Infurnation (Read)
  • 2016 - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on Urban Vinyl Daily (Read)
  • 2015 - Kendra Minadeo Article on Nerdist (Read)
  • 2015 - Incredibles on Geeky Nerf Herder (Read)
  • 2015 - Incredibles on Missed Prints (Read)
  • 2015 - Age of Ultron Exhibition on Marvel (Read)
  • 2015 - I Can See My Squirrel From Here, UP on Slash Film (Read)
  • 2015 - Wall-e and Friends on Gotham News (Read)
  • 2015 - Wall-e and Friends on The Fire Wire (Read)
  • 2015 - Wall-e and Friends on Toys R Evil (Read)
  • 2015 - Wall-e and Friends on Geeky Nerf Herder (Read)

 

Conventions

 

  • 2017 - Emerald City Comic Con - Artist Alley (upcoming)
  • 2017 - Wondercon - Artist Alley (upcoming)
  • 2016 - LA Comic Con (previously Comikaze) - Artist Alley 
  • 2016 - San Diego Comic Con with Society of Illustrators Los Angeles 
  • 2016 - CTN Road Trip - Artist Alley
  • 2016 - Wondercon - Artist Alley 
  • 2015 - Comikaze - Artist Alley
  • 2015 - Wondercon with Hero Complex Gallery