Vanessa Roeder, but people call me Nessa Dee. I'm an illustrator, a painter, and a crafty mess-maker. A former muralist, I now spend my time making art for magazines, children's books, and homes around the world. My work is created with layers of paper, acrylic paint, colored pencils, thread, and trinkets. 
In addition to making art, I love teaching art to imaginative children, writing stories, acting in plays, and hanging out with the awesome ladies from my critique group, The Girllustrators. I live in Austin, TX with my three kids, and two hairy dogs who continually feed me ideas for my next story.
I love hearing from you! For inquiries regarding picture book illustration please contact my agent, Rebecca Sherman at Writers House. For inquiries regarding  art commissions, school visits, or just to say hi, you can email me at
Published Books:
The King Penguin (Dial Books for Young Readers, Fall 2023)
The Stack (Dial Books for Young Readers, Spring 2022)
The Box Turtle (Dial Books for Young Readers, Spring 2020)
Lucy and the String (Dial Books for Young Readers, August 2018)
Varla's Gift  (Xulon, December 2015)
The Angel Guardian by Chris and Michelle Miller (December 2014)
The Seed by Jason Whitney (ChrisMackeilang Publishing, 2012)
2016 Austin SCBWI Portfolio Grand Prize Winner
2018 Austin SCBWI Portfolio Honorable Mention
2018 Houston SCBWI Portfolio Grand Prize Winner
2018 Writers League of Texas Picture Book Awards Finalist

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