Claire Widman has been drawing since she learned how to hold a pencil. The New York City-based artist enjoys everything from illustrating children's books and ad campaigns to animating television cartoons and designing ecards and emoticons. And she loves to draw monsters, the friendly, furry kind that would rather make children laugh than scare them.

She began her professional career way back in 2000 as an intern in Nickelodeon's animation department for the television series "Blue's Clues." Being part of an educational animated series was a dream come true. She then went on to work in a traditional animation studio working on entertaining spots for Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" and "The Colbert Report." For the last decade, she worked at an online applications company creating everything from animated emoticons and GIFs to birthday ecard illustrations and logo designs.

Claire has taught drawing classes for children and adults, held art shows featuring her monsters and provided illustrations for various marketing campaigns. She also paints murals.

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