by JENNIFER FRAKES | photos by Soul of Photography

As Illustrated By

faces_navarro_powell1For Luciana Navarro-Powell, illustration has always been a part of life. Drawing was a favorite pastime of Luciana’s as a child, and she graduated from college with a degree in product design. She began a career as a product and graphic designer, but enjoyed taking on freelance illustration projects on the side from an editor she met in college. “When I moved to the U.S., I discovered the American picture book. I fell in love with that format, sensibility, and voice. That discovery really helped me to focus my efforts in the children’s publishing industry,” Luciana explained. She has illustrated many educational books, board books, puzzles, games, and toys. Recently she illustrated the educational book Whose Hands Are These? by Miranda Paul. Her current project is illustrating a picture book about international adoption called Babies Come from Airports, written by Erin Dealey.

faces_navarro_powell2As an illustrator, Luciana encourages budding artists to always continue working on their craft and to never stop trying to improve. She also encourages everyone to support independent book stores, which she believes are a vital part of the community. Luciana is committed to making a difference, and through her illustrations, she hopes to bring about positive changes in the world. “With children’s books, you can bring awareness about ethnic diversity, inclusion, and responsibility toward the environment and community – one kid at a time,” said Luciana.

Luciana was born and raised in Brazil in a city about the size of San Diego. “I grew up in the south of the country in an area called Curitiba. It is not what people usually associate with Brazil. Curitiba is 100 miles inland, 3,000 feet high, very cold in the winter, and gets more rain than London, so living in dry Southern California is a radical change,” she laughed. She moved to the United States in 2002 and became a Solana Beach resident in 2007. According to Luciana, she and her husband Michael were looking for a good community with good schools, and they found the perfect location in Solana Beach. “I love the community because it has such an eclectic mix of people from a variety of backgrounds, different parts of the world, and with interesting careers and outlooks on life. It feels cosmopolitan, in a way, even though it’s a small suburban beach community,” Luciana admitted. She and Michael are thrilled to raise their sons Alexander and Nicholas in such a dynamic and family-friendly area.


Name: Luciana Navarro Powell
Profession: Children’s book author and illustrator
Community: Solana Beach
Hobbies & Interests: Art, books, hiking, swimming, traveling
Favorite Spots in Del Sol: San Elijo Lagoon, Fletcher’s Cove, Table Tops Beach, shops and restaurants along the 101, Beach at 24th street in Del Mar, San Diego County Fair
Website: www.lucianaillustration.com