Stephanie Helgeson is freelance illustrator who was born and raised in Staten Island, New York. She began drawing at a young age, but never knew that art would become her calling until high school. After high school she attended the School of Visual Art, in New York City to major in illustration. Her work leans more towards a cartoon-like style that she believes would be great for children’s illustrations as her characters are expressive and full of life. Besides illustrating children’s book, Stephanie would like to one day write and illustrate her own children’s book. By the end of her college career, she had developed a mostly traditional way of working in acrylic paints and mixed media. Her subject matter changes between cartoons geared for children’s book illustrations and a more adult style for comics and sci-fi/fantasy work.