Bringing Up Baby, Brooke Smart

Brooke holding several of her original watercolors from the Bringing Up Baby Series

In this episode, Brooke opens up about how the failure of her marriage in the first year of her daughter’s life gave her the courage and tenacity to launch herself into a new career. Through a commitment to the 100 days project she gained a following, started getting regular commissions, and compiled a delightfully exhaustive journal of her time with her three year old daughter. She tells some of the stories associated with the drawings and talks about how the work she’s done has put her on a path toward her most recent work, drawing the women of history for projects like Better Days 2020.

Brooke’s Biography

Brooke Smart (Morgan) is an illustrator living in Salt Lake City, Utah. Her work focuses around children and brave women, especially women in history. She loves the textures created with watercolor and gouache, her primary mediums, and uses them to create compositions that will tell her stories simply and beautifully. Brooke has a BFA in Illustration from Brigham Young University, and has worked with clients such as The New York Times, Viking, Random House, Bravery Magazine, Honest History Magazine, and Illustoria Magazine. She is currently working on her first three picture books, all due out in 2021 and 2022.

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