I draw cute animals and zombies.

E-mail: n.magruder@gmail.com

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Illustrator Extraordinaire

Nilah Magruder is a writer and artist based in Los Angeles. From her beginnings in the woods of the eastern United States she developed an eternal love for three things: nature, books, and animation.

She has written and storyboarded for television studios like DreamWorks and Disney. She also illustrates children's books, including the DACTYL HILL SQUAD series by Daniel José Older from Scholastic. Nilah is the author of M.F.K., a middle-grade graphic novel from Insight Editions and the winner of the Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity, and HOW TO FIND A FOX, a picture book. She has published short fiction in the anthology ALL OUT (edited by Saundra Mitchell), in Fireside Magazine, and for Marvel Comics.

When she is not working, Nilah is watching movies, growing herbs, roller-skating, and fighting her cat for control of her desk chair.


Selected Clients


  • March 24, 2019 - I'll be leading a workshop at Ground Zero Animation Expo on June 8 called "Making the Jump from Animation to Children’s Books." I'll discuss everything you need to know about the children's book market today and creating your own book. GZA Expo is held in Stanton, CA. Buy tickets today!
  • February 8, 2019 - It was a terrific honor to be asked to illustrate the new HEROES OF OLYMPUS covers for Rick Riordan and Disney-Hyperion! Read more about the new covers, released ahead of the HEROES OF OLYMPUS 10th anniversary!
  • January 27, 2019 - I'm teaching a workshop this year at Sirens Studio, part of Sirens Conference "The Visual Narrative." We'll discuss working on illustrated projects and how to write like an artist. Sirens Studio is October 22-23 in Denver, Colorado.




Nilah Magruder
Los Angeles, California

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