I am an illustrator and author based in San Francisco.  My debut picture book How to Walk an Ant will be published by Roaring Brook Press in winter 2019.  

My journey began as a puppeteer creating one-woman shows and building puppets all over the world.  I have performed in spaces such as the REDCAT, The Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, an underground railway station in Glasgow, The Traverse Theater in Edinburgh, and living rooms on the outskirts of London.  While living in Glasgow, I received my Master of Arts from The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and studied with The London School of Puppetry.  I have been awarded grants from The Jim Henson Foundation, as well as Puppet Animation Scotland to help create my work.  

For my illustration, I work in mixed media (watercolor, watercolor pencils, and india ink) then collage everything together digitally.  

My picture book work is represented by Jennifer Laughran at The Andrea Brown Literary Agency.   

When not in my studio, I hike with my fluffy Australian Shepherd, cook, take naps, and teach art classes to kids. 

Awards in Illustration:

Grand Jury Prize at the international 2014 Los Angeles SCBWI Conference

First Place Award at the San Francisco South & East Bay SCBWI Conference.


Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators -  Summer Bulletin

KidLit Artist Blog - Puppeteer to Award Winning Illustrator

Top Drawer - Her children's book illustrations win praise for their whimsy and sophistication, putting the career of Cindy Derby on an artful upswing.