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Joe Cepeda

Joe Cepeda is the illustrator of award-winning picture books such as What a Truly Cool World (Scholastic), Nappy Hair (Knopf), Mice and Beans (Scholastic) including The Swing (Arthur A. Levine Books), which he wrote as well as illustrated. Mr. Cepeda has illustrated books written by numerous notable authors including Gary Soto, Pam Muñoz Ryan, Arnold Adoff, Monica Brown, Julius Lester and Toni Morrison. He’s also illustrated book jackets for several titles, including Esperanza Rising and Newberry Medal winner, Merci Suarez Changes Gears. Mr. Cepeda received an ALA 2002 Pura Belpre’ Honor Award and the Recognition of Merit Award for 2000 from the George G. Stone Center for Children’s Books. Joe was awarded a Capstone Fellowship for 2016. In addition to his illustrative work, Mr. Cepeda is sought after as a public speaker to schools and other groups. He is the president of the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles. He lives in Southern California.


Learn to how to draw using basic shapes.

Want to know how to draw a dog? Or, an elephant? Follow along with an award-winning illustrator and learn how to use shapes to draw just about anything!

Joe Cepeda

30 Minute Program

Setting up Shop: How to create up a great workspace.

Over the years, I've set up my illustration studio in spaces of all sizes and have learned a few basic rules along the way. The last thing you need is to stifle your creative output with an inefficient space. Let's talk about how to create a working environment that works best for you.

Joe Cepeda

30 Minute Program

Get to know the Illustrator

Enjoy a casual and open conversation with Illustrator/author, Joe Cepeda.

Joe Cepeda

30 Minute Program

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