Thank you for stopping by!

I’m an author-illustrator based in north Texas. Creating art and writing stories for picture books (which provide the perfect combination of both)  is my passion. I have a son in high school and a daughter in elementary school, and Sam the dog who’s convinced he is my third son. I enjoy reading, hiking in nature, cooking healthy food, spending time with friends. I’ve been practicing yoga for the past 16 years, it’s my workout (it can get pretty intense!) . . . and a reason to move away from the drawing chair.

“People think that stories are shaped by people. In fact, it’s the other way around.”
~Terry Pratchett


I graduated from Holon Institute of technology with a major in Industrial Design and a B. Sc. in Technology Education. Later I continued to study Fine Arts for a couple of years. I’ve worked for a software development company and a graphic design studio. When my son was born I fell in love with the amazing world of children’s books, left the design world and never looked back ever since. Instead, I started honing my craft as author-illustrator of children’s books. I’ve been a member of the SCBWI since 2010.

My creative process is organic, as the images and the words affect each other (I love the interplay of text and art in picture books!). I’d start with outlining the story idea, maybe craft a good beginning, then draw a few rough sketches, fall in love with the story. Then change everything. It takes many rewrites and shuffling thumbnails on the storyboard to tell a story, but I love nurturing a nugget of an idea as it develops and matures into a final draft. My preferred tools of the trade are Photoshop, iPad and Pencil, though I occasionally work with traditional mediums such as ink, watercolors and relief linoleum prints.

I live in Texas with my husband, son and daughter, and our dog Sam. We moved here from Boston and before that from Israel, following my husband’s career. Now you know that there are Israelies in Texas. We blend in. We love it here!

I’ll leave you with this inspirational quote from one of my favorite authors:

“The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can.”
~Neil Gaiman


For commissioned work, please email me. Please note that I do not work with self-publishers.

Email: yifatfishman [at] gmail [dot] com