Hello I'm Tessa. I am a children's book illustrator and designer. Most days you can find me in my home studio with my cat, Willow and my piano, Mason and Hamlin--drawing and painting the day away. I make my illustrations come to life through paper cut dioramas. I enjoy working with paper because it feels like a creative puzzle that I get to put together. I like the freedom of being able to change the composition by moving and layering the pieces of paper -- it makes the creative process more flexible. When I'm not creating with paper, watercolor and gouache are my other two loves. I am inspired by simplicity and beautiful things. I create because it brings joy to my life. I hope that others find as much joy as I do in my work. About me I grew up in a military family and spent my entire life in Orem, Utah surrounded by lovely mountains and created long lasting friendships with close friends and family. I have been an artist all my life. I drew pictures using colored pencils and crayons, and gave them to teachers, doctors, and the tooth fairy (she was my hero) because I knew it would bring a smile to their face. After high school I stayed local and attended Brigham Young University. There, I majored in illustration and in 2014 I received my BFA. While in college, I found my brilliant husband, Andrew. We now live in lovely Seattle where we go sailing and camping during the summer months. To learn more about me or to see what I’m up to please visit my instagram page (link at bottom). For questions or commissions please feel free to email at tessablackham@gmail.com. I look forward to hearing from you!




2014 | BFA illustration, Brigham Young University





2013 | Brigham Young University "Bear Fair" coloring page illustrator

2015 | t-shirt designer misterdressup.com

2015 | LDS Friend Magazine Holding Hands Around the World

2016 | LDS Friend Magazine Gifts of Love

2016 |  “Monday is Wash Day” children's book illustrator, published by Ripple Grove Press

2016 | Wrapping paper designer for minted.com

2017 | Freelance illustrator for Pic Monkey