Elizabeth O. Dulemba

Elizabeth O. Dulemba

Design touches all of our lives from the mundane items we use every day, to architecture to, of course, picture books. So what makes good design? In my class, students will begin their studies at 30,000 feet learning the history behind the Golden Ratio and patterns in nature, which define good design on a basic and intuitive level. Then they’ll bring it closer to home studying shape, line, texture, color, value, composition, movement, and perspective – all elements that, when pulled together, create sticky art – books that readers can’t put down.

People need three things to survive - food, shelter, and wonder.


Courses Taught

  • Picture Book Design
  • Beginning Computer/Photoshop Skills
  • Advanced Photoshop Skills


  • Ph.D. student Children’s Literature, University of Glasgow
  • M.F.A., Illustration, University of Edinburgh
  • B.F.A., Graphic Design, University of Georgia
  • Université Paris-Sorbonne, France
  • Latin American Association, Atlanta

Publications & Articles


Elizabeth Dulemba is an award-winning children’s book author, illustrator, teacher, and speaker with over two dozen titles to her credit from board books to a middle grade novel. She recently completed an M.F.A. with Distinction in Illustration from the University of Edinburgh and is now pursuing a Ph.D. in Children’s Literature from the University of Glasgow. Before moving to Scotland, she was the Illustrator Coordinator for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) southern region and a Board Member for the Georgia Center for the Book, for which she created and ran annual Illustrators’ Day conferences, gallery shows, state-wide awards, and a scholarship fund. Along with teaching at Hollins, she speaks regularly at schools, festivals, and events, including the TEDx Talk, “Is Your Stuff Stopping You?” with over 150,000 views. Her newsletter, where she interviews authors and illustrators and hosts weekly giveaways, garners a million hits to her website annually with nearly 4,000 subscribers. Learn more at http://dulemba.com.

  • Represented by Trish Lawrence of the Erin Murphy Literary Agency for children’s books
  • Represented by Gordon Warnock of Fuse Literary for adult books
  • A Bird on Water Street, winner of thirteen literary awards
  • Soap, Soap, Soap named a “Book All Young Georgians Should Read”
  • Visit http://dulemba.com/index_awards.html for a list of all honors and awards

Research Interests

“I am constantly working to expand my skills and craft – teaching is learning. I continue to experiment with various illustration styles, while creating new picture books and novels. Currently, I am illustrating a picture book by Caldecott award-winning author Jane Yolen (due fall 2018). My Ph.D. topic concentrates on tricksters in picture books.”