Kirsten grew up in Germany, where she received a BA in communication design with a major in illustration and animation. She created her first children’s book and an animated short as part of her portfolio, which landed her a job at Dreamworks Animation. Her work as a visual development artist can be recognized in many Dreamworks movies, including THE ROAD TO EL DORADO, OVER THE HEDGE, PUSS IN BOOTS, and HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON. It was her own children who reminded her of her love for the children’s book medium, and helped inspire several of her story ideas. Kirsten lives in Los Angeles with her husband, two kids, two cats, and one dog.
Download a PDF of the artist’s samples here: WPA Kawamura art samples