Rutu Modan was born and still resides in Tel-Aviv. She studied at Belazel Academy for Art and Design in Jerusalem, where one of her professors encouraged her to become an illustrator. She enjoys editorial illustration, writing graphic novels and children s books, and working with creative people from as many areas as possible (graphic designers, authors, industrial designers). Rutu travels at least once a year to conferences abroad, feeling this is very important to keep in touch with new trends and ideas happening in the international community. Her roots in comic book art influence how she approaches all her characters and their environs.