Anisi Baigude is a Mongolian American illustrator working in San Diego, California. Her artwork is inspired by the natural world and the places she grew up in, including Inner Mongolia, China, Japan, Massachusetts, and California. She creates her illustrations using a combination of watercolor, colored pencils, gouache and digital brushes. She graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a degree in Studio Art.
Growing up in Inner Mongolia, Anisi loved visiting her grandparents on the grasslands. There she spent time drawing ger, the traditional Mongolian houses, as well as sheep and horses grazing, and children wearing the Mongolian deel. She also learned and won awards for her Chinese painting, guó huà, expressive ink painting that focuses on the motion of the brush. After moving to Japan, Anisi studied calligraphy, fell in love with Studio Ghibli films, and enjoyed reading manga. Her favorite film is Hayao Miyazaki’s Princess Mononoke.
Anisi moved to the United States when she was 12 and lived in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts where she volunteered at the library during high school and became interested in picture books. Halfway through high school, just before starting 11th grade, her family made the move to San Diego, California, which became her home to this day.
Anisi wants to create children’s books that appeal to both children and adults. She strives to illustrate charming characters in luscious environments in ways that would convey story even without the words. She likes to draw people, animals, and bugs!
Anisi is the winner of the Emerging Artist Award from SCBWI San Diego, and a finalist in the #PBParty Illustration Showcase.