Lil Crump

A Graphic and Visual Design graduate from Kwantlen Polytechnic University, with some Fine Art training from the University of Saskatchewan and the Emily Carr School of Fine Art, Lil is capable in a variety of illustration genres and methods. Her work has appeared in books published by various North American publishers. 

Her favorite part of the book development process is creating characters. For Lil, new characters can be inspired at any time, so she keeps a notebook and pencil close at hand; case in point, the main character for the book DNA Detective (2015) came to life during her lunch break, sitting in her car in a parking lot, before running errands. “I decided to sketch out an idea before heading into the bank, and when the detective appeared on the page, I thought, ‘That’s the one.’” 

Her latest book with Annick Press is Anna at the Art Museum (Fall 2018), which she illustrated.

In addition to illustrating over a dozen children’s books, Lil has provided lively and colorful artwork in a variety of media, including magazines, T-shirts, banners, greeting cards, children’s games, prints, and paintings for art gallery shows.

Returning to her home province, Lil continues her commitment to the arts as a member of Visual Arts Nova Scotia. When not working at the nearby University, Lil can be found illustrating in her studio or enjoying the great outdoors.

Lil lives with her husband, daughter, and yellow dog, overlooking the waters of Nova Scotia’s beautiful Head of St. Margaret’s Bay.