Naomi Romero

Illustrator Central Ohio

Character Designer and Illustrator who loves animals and shapes!

Hi! I am a Mexican/ Puerto Rican nonbinary freelance illustrator who loves to use shapes, color, and texture in my work. I have worked for fantastic companies such Nickelodeon, Nick Jr, Sesame Workshop, Illumination, Hasbro, Spin Master, Facebook, Playdots, and more! I was fortunate to co-curate an exhibition at Gallery Nucleus called "Doggy Pile". I am represented by Ash Literary for children's books.

I have created the popular Anxiety Fox character, which sold over 1000 of the "It Will Be Okay" pins. This character helps brings awareness to anxiety order, an illness that I have to face every day. The character raised over $260,000 on Kickstarter and even gained the coveted "Projects We Love" badge. Anxiety Fox is currently being sold at the famous Gallery Nucleus.

When not drawing, I am a dog handler and work with Japanese Dog (Nihon Ken) preservation. I actively show my Japanese Akitas into the crazy (but fun!) world of UKC dog shows. I also enjoy competition in dog sports and getting titles on my dogs. Working dogs give me a sense of purposes outside of my career! Language learning and traveling also gives me a lot of enrichment.

I happily live a small town of less than 10,000 people in Central Ohio with my twin sister, Rio, and our two Japanese Akita, one Kai Ken, one Pembroke Welsh Corgi, and one old man cat!

Let's Work Together!

If you would like to hire me for character design, please get in touch by emailing me at or using the "Contact" page.

If you would like to hire me for children's book illustration, please get in touch with my agent at Ash Literary.


Sesame Workshop

Visual Development

Visual Development for an upcoming project


Character Designer

Designing characters for an upcoming project.


Character Designer

Develop characters for an upcoming mobile game, which included placing the characters in a scene with a background. Scenes showed a sense of mood through colors.

Sesame WorkShop

Character Designer

Character design for a new series.

Spin Master

Character Designer

Freelance character designer for an unannounced project.


Character Designer

Freelance character designer for “Blue’s Clues and You”.

Nick Jr

Character Designer

Created two characters for a series pilot. Worked closely with an art director to deliver several sketches, revisions, and color samples for each character.

Mass Animation

Character Designer

Freelance character design exploration for the featured film, “Blazing Samurai”.

Illumination Studios


Illustrated Picture book for “Despicable Me 3”


Character Designer

Created various illustrated assets for the Facebook website



Dragon Con, Guest + Artist Alley, Atlanta, Georgia (Created the new “Baby Dragon” plush.)


New York Comic Con, Artist Alley, New York City, New York


Gallery Nucleus, Doggy Pile, Alhambra, California (Co-curated an exhibition and worked closely with Gallery Nucleus to select artists and theme.)


Nickelodeon Illumination Hasbro Spin Master Nick Jr BOOM! Studios Mass Animation FaceBook WeLoveFine Floating Pear Bright Agency ABC Mouse Spark House Bark & Co Tor Teen PlayDots Centum Books