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2021 SCBWI National Portfolio Showcase

From POPPY, Heather's debut as an author/illustrator (currently on submission)

After having won her very own region’s portfolio showcase in 2020, we’re thrilled to congratulate Heather Brockman Lee, a 2021 Grand Prize winner of the SCBWI National Portfolio Showcase. BRAVA!

The child of a professional painter, Heather spent her childhood underfoot in her father's studio, where she developed a love for the visual arts. Her passion for children's illustration stems from her belief that if we can imagine a better world, we can create it. And that she does, indeed; in part, by infusing emotion and the magic of everyday life into her awe-inspiring work. Upcoming picture books include A Poem Grows Inside You (Katey Howes; Innovation Press) and Hattie Hates Hugs (Sarah Havorka; Beaming Books). 

Another peek at POPPY—pitched as The Little Tree meets Zen Shorts

Heather uses the lessons and techniques from her years of traditional work to lend her illustrations a unique style. She loves using textures and palettes that have a feeling of traditional media, and modern digital tools that allow her to experiment and push beyond what she can do with brushes and pens. Heather’s favorite subjects are people in all their wonderful variations of colors, shapes and personalities, and anything found in nature—landscapes, flora and fauna of all kinds. She works in a variety of mediums: from gouache, watercolor, pastel and colored pencil to paper pop-ups and digital art.

Images from Heather’s SCBWI Big 5-0 Grand Prize-winning portfolio

Heather is active on Instagram, having over 12k followers. She lives with her family in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains, where it is sunny almost all of the time. When not drawing and painting, she enjoys having one-sided conversations with bees, dogs and wildflowers. 

More Art by Heather Brockman Lee

From WILD BLUE YONDER, a graphic novel currently on submission, 
developed in collaboration with Z. B. Asterplume, debut author/illustrator
of DARIO’S TIGER (Feiwel & Friends; 2023)

The Illustrator Highlight is a monthly publication featuring some of the artistic talent represented by East West Literary Agency.


East West Literary Agency, LLC specializes in children's books of all genres, from concept, novelty and picture books through young adult literature and everything in between.
We represent both authors and illustrators.
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Heather Brockman Lee is represented by Deborah Warren at East West Literary Agency.

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