Jeff Ebbeler has been creating art for children for almost a decade. He and his wife Eileen both attended the Art Academy of Cincinnati. After college he worked for a puppet theater sculpting marionettes and performing. He also created many large scale animal puppets for the Central Park Zoo. After moving to Chicago he got his first experience of working in the children's book industry as an Art Director at Publications International ltd for 6 years. He designed and occasionally illustrated books, as well as engineering pop-up books.|
He has since become a full time freelance illustrator and has illustrated over 40 children's books. He has given many lectures and demonstrations in grade-schools, colleges, and museums about the process of bringing words to life through pictures. Jeffrey and his family currently live in Cincinnati. He used to play drums and trumpet in several bands. Lately, he spends his free time with his twin daughters Olivia and Isabel. For the last few years he worked at a small desk surrounded by a play pen fence in the living room of his house. That way, he could work and help watch the twins, but they couldn't climb all over him and steal his brushes. We called it the Daddy Cage. Now that they are older and can climb over the play pen, he gets to work in his studio again.
Below are some of his recent projects, Captain's Log: Snowbound by Erin Dionne (Charlesbridge), When Bill Gates Memorized an Encyclopedia by Mark Weakland (Picture Window Books), George the Hero Hound (Two Lions), Melvin the Mouth by Katherine Blanc (Charlesbridge), Laugh Out Loud by James Patterson & Chris Grabenstein (Jimmy Patterson), Scout Moore: Junior Ranger, Grand Canyon by Theresa Howell (Grand Canyon Association), The Adventures of Camp Nana Papa by Donnie Cranfill (Grand Ventures LLC), Hanukkah Cookies with Sprinkles by David A. Adler (Apples & Honey Press), Click! (Holiday House), I Can Do That by Dina Anastasio (Pearson Digital Studio), Arlo Rolled by Susan Pearson (Two Lions), The Only Alex Addleston in All These Mountains by James Solheim (Carolrhoda Books), Tiger in My Soup by Kashmira Sheth (Peachtree), The Twelve Days of Christmas in Illinois by Gina Bellisario (Sterling Children's Books), Snow Day for Mouse and Haunted House, Haunted Mouse both written by Judy Cox (Holiday House), Your Life as a Pharaoh in Ancient Egypt by Jessica Gunderson (Picture Window Books), Ich bin wirklich noch nicht müde! by Lori Sunshine (Lappan Verlag), Lights Out Shabbat by Sarene Shulimson (Kar-Ben Pub), Your Life as an Explorer on a Viking Ship by Thomas Kingsley Troupe (Picture Window Books), April Fool, Phyllis! by Susanna Leonard Hill (Holiday House), A Warrior Prince for God by Kelly Chapman (Harvest House Publishers) and Our Walk in the Woods written by Charity Nebbe (Mitten Press).
See more of JEFF's art:
JEFF's personal website
Directory of Illustration