About the author.
Shannon Nataf was raised in Los Angeles, by her French father (inspiration for Ze Bee!), Mother, and two brothers. During her early education, Shannon attended the “Wildwood School” in Los Angeles – a school focused on creative learning and self- empowered expression. Because of their particular learning style Shannon was exposed to and first understood the profound impact of story telling at a young age. “I remember once a week we had a class with a story teller, she would mesmerize us with tales, myths, and meaningful legends from around the world. More than just the sheer excitement and opportunity to cultivate wonder, the stories were embedded with deep meaning and imparted lessons on empathy, ethics, kindness, courage and perseverance of spirit. These stories have continued to shape me as a person more than any class I’ve ever taken, as they are things that breathe new life and new understanding over time.”
Shannon has spent the last 15 years working in the Arts, having attended both the University of San Francisco and the Academy of Art collage in London. She continued to hone her eye as she worked as a creative director, designer and art director in the fashion and other creative industries.
Shannon decided to combine her passions of both visual design and story telling. Her cultural diversity along with her own journey through life, self-discovery and purpose, has given her the tools and resources to imagine and realize beautifully designed children's books, with a depth, meaning, and voice that is uniquely her own.
About the illustrator.
Echo Li born and raised in a small city near Beijing for over twenty years, she has a deeply rooted Chinese culture background. After she graduated from China Central Academy of Fine Art, she came to Art Center College of Design to study illustration in Los Angeles. She loves exploring the world, and observing people on the street with a pencil and a sketchbook in hand. In her art, line drawing usually is everything, sometimes with shadow and shapes. She strives to develop her deep cultural background and combine it with what is happening now in society. Her work has appeared on the site of Society of Illustrators and in Creative Quarterly Magazine.
(To see more Echo's work, find her here: www.qintongli.com)