About

BIO

Aileen Leijten, was born in Belgium where she attended the Rudolf Steiner School in Antwerp. She earned a BFA in Animation Film from the University College Ghent, and an MFA in Experimental Animation from California Institute of the Arts (USA).
Leijten’s art films won awards and were nominated in Festivals nationally and internationally. She worked on commercial projects for Hanna Barbera, Sony Studio’s, Digital Domain, Mattel Media, Walt Disney Imagineering, and she won a grant to work on a project for the Starbright Foundation, Steven Spielberg’s non-profit organization.
In 2004 Leijten and her husband moved to NYC, to make a career transition from commercial artwork to writing and illustrating Children’s Books. She returned returned to Los Angeles 8 years later with her family, to continue working on books. Leijten newest book, Lint Boy, a graphic novel, is currently available online and in book stores.

SKILLS

Illustration

Picture Books, Chapter Book Covers and interiors, Graphic Novels, commercial illustration, commissions, etc.

Writing

Published books:

Hugging Hour, Philomel/Penguin

Lint Boy, Clarion Books

Teaching

Taught traditional animation at CalArts for 2 years.

Currently teaching, creative expression: Drawing, Waldorf craft workshops for adults, Biography.

Presentations

Please contact for details regarding conference presentations, library & school visits, and talks.

SO FAR THIS YEAR

218
Cups of MATCHA Tea
677
Hours spent on Pinterest & Instagram
182
Thinking of Mushrooms
455
Dog poops picked up

MY EXPERIENCES

There is what I’m doing, and there is what I should be doing. Obviously drinking many cups of Matcha tea is not one of them, yet, I’m getting that done without much effort. Responding to the ever increasing amount of emails, somehow I have a harder time with. So what’s the lesson here, just starting the day creating art and everything else will fall into place… Or not, but then at least I got some art done!

Blogging & Social Media0

Playing with Clay0

Cleaning my studio0

Drawing0