Meet Sage "Sagums" Steiner, the 13-Year-Old Illustrator of Emma Goes to School

Writing Emma Goes to School wasn't a difficult process. I'm not trying to brag or anything, it was just that I had really great inspiration. It doesn't hurt that my target demo of 3-5-year-olds isn't too critical yet either.

With a compelling story and the promise to pay them (eventually), I was approached by more than a handful of talented artists when I started looking for an illustrator. When I was contacted by someone who said their 12-year-old niece, Sage, was an artist, I was intrigued but also pretty hesitant. Until I saw her work.

Illustrated by  Sage "Sagums" Steiner , illustrator of  Emma Goes to School .

Illustrated by Sage "Sagums" Steiner, illustrator of Emma Goes to School.

I fell in love with her characters, and her subtle nod to gamer/anime culture within her art style really appealed to me on a personal level.

I honestly felt like her portfolio was the most impressive and in-style with what we were looking to do. And, although hiring someone less experienced than myself in the book publishing realm would mean more work in the long run, I really felt like it was worth it if I could give her a platform to really let her work shine.

Illustrated by  Sage "Sagums" Steiner , illustrator of  Emma Goes to School

Illustrated by Sage "Sagums" Steiner, illustrator of Emma Goes to School

In a recent interview, someone asked me what it has been like working with a (now) 13-year-old in this project.  Honestly? It's been pretty great. 

You can see all of Sage's work at sagesteiner.com, or follow her on Instagram @Sagums

First ever sketch of Emma, Illustrated by  Sage "Sagums" Steiner , illustrator of  Emma Goes to School .

First ever sketch of Emma, Illustrated by Sage "Sagums" Steiner, illustrator of Emma Goes to School.