Tatiana Kauffman

Illustration, BFA

Thesis Project

For my thesis, I decided to create a fully illustrated children’s picture book called Thank You Alex. I am dedicating it to the friends who have believed in me and loved me for who I am whether they are a human or a stuffed animal. The story follows a young girl and her beloved stuffed fox named Alex. They do everything and go everywhere together. When they go to school though, some people have a problem with Alex tagging along, but the pair end up finding genuine friends who accept both of them for who they are. I have always loved to draw charming little characters and environments, and it only seemed natural to me to adapt my art style to a children’s book. Alex, who is also a real stuffed animal, and friend who has been by my side since 2016. Its only natural that I express my gratitude in the best way I know how.

Tatiana Kauffman is an illustrator from Lancaster, Pennsylvania who loves using traditional and digital tools to create adorable characters and environments that are suitable for a young audience. She is influenced by video games, animated films and children’s picture books. She hopes her “little guys” in her art brings joy to others, and inspire them to create something they love too.

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