Illustrating a life of non-sequiturs

Hello! This is Caryn Schafer. I am a wife, a mom, a book addict, a blogger, an Instagram overloader, and an illustrator. My life tends to be filled to the brim with a jumble of many things. It often feels chaotic and unrelated, but I am well-known for my non sequiturs, which in my brain are how I connect the many dots. I firmly believe bookstores are my Kryptonite, and I have an unhealthy obsession with stripes, polka dots, picture books, and French food philosophy.

You know the gorgeous scenes and streets from You’ve Got Mail where brownstones abound, streets converge in cool places, hot dogs are singing, and Starbucks are on every corner? That’s where I live. I probably should have mentioned my deep love for You’ve Got Mail too. My joy, memorization and watch-count verge on lunacy; but I plead insane painting requirements during college in which I stayed alert and awake at all hours by having my favorite movie on repeat. By some bizarre stroke of luck, I landed smack dab inside that picturesque world of Nora Ephron. Every day I walk down the streets to run some errand, quite possibly in Zabar’s, I hear The Cranberries singing in my head and ponder picking up some more daisies at the corner bodega. I desperately love this city and am always looking for the beauty. And then I snap photos of it, sketch ideas from it, and hopefully paint something beautiful, clever, or hilarious from it.

I have a degree in graphic design and illustration. I worked for five years in print and web design, honing my passion for beautiful design. And then I had two children, though not at once, thankfully. I became a full-time mom and housewife, while also attempting to squeeze in my illustration dreams anywhere I can fit them. I have always imagined myself a children’s book illustrator and thus comes the main purpose of this space.

My portfolio will give you an idea of what I can, and love to do. My sketchbook blog will share hints of the doodles in my days. My twitter will keep you posted on any picture book news that crossed my path. My Instagram will annoy you with snapshots of the city and the backs of my children. And my picture book review blog, Three Books a Night, will be the place that I ramble, dissect, soapbox, and drool over my hundreds of picture books much more than anyone ever wanted to hear.

I hope you find what you are looking for in my randomness. And if I can illustrate something for you, contact me. I'm a lot of fun to work with, I promise.