Children’s Author-Illustrator, Lori Richmond Illustration and Design
Lori Richmond is a corporate creative director turned picture book maker. She is the author-illustrator of Pax and Blue (Simon & Schuster), which was called a “sprightly debut” by The New York Times and selected for exhibition in the Society of Illustrators ‘Original Art’ show. She is also the author-illustrator of Bunny’s Staycation (coming soon from Scholastic), and the illustrator of several other picture books.
Before her career in children’s publishing, Lori was a sought-after expert on all things baby and parenting as a contributing editor to leading pregnancy and parenting brand, The Bump. She has appeared on Today, Good Morning America, CNN, and more.
Lori lives and creates in Brooklyn, NY with her design-y husband and two sons, both of whom are named after typefaces.
How do you define your purpose & mission in life?
Make art. Share it. Inspire others.
What’s a moment that could’ve broken you, but didn’t? How did you get past the struggle?
Twenty-plus years into my career, I realized that a lot of things around me were changing. My job, while a great role, no longer aligned with my personal goals. I wasn’t happy, and I could not continue on like that every day and then come home and be a great mom to my kids and present partner to my husband. After some deep soul-searching, I took a leap of faith and left my full-time job to pursue a different path of self-employment. What helped me most through the (scary!) struggle was to surround myself with people who supported and believed in my goals, and join a studio filled with fellow solopreneurs who had been through it all before. Their help was immeasurable! It’s all about finding your tribe.
If you could go back in time and give yourself one piece of advice, what would it be?
Don’t take a hiatus from drawing. (And make time for exercise!)
Who’s your biggest inspiration and why?
My biggest creative inspiration is Lin-Manuel Miranda. I admire not only his innate talents, but his work ethic, his positive spirit, and his desire to give back to the arts in education. He’s also a New Yorker and a parent of two boys, like me. He often says that sometimes you have to say “no” so you can say “yes” to your work. That really resonates with me, especially since everyone always is so busy nowadays. Make time and put in the work. It’s the only way to guarantee success of getting things done! I also greatly admire Shalane Flanagan, a female long-distance runner who recently won the NYC Marathon. Shalane trains with other women, and, rather than treat them as competitors, she lifts them up and supports them as much as she does herself. She works hard and is unapologetic in publicly stating her goals for what she wants to accomplish.
If you could create a slogan for your life, what would it be?
Work hard and be nice to people.