Hello and welcome to the Sketchbug! A newsletter/blog that will update biweekly / monthly
My name is Julie Benbassat and I’m an illustrator, painter, avid sketchbook/ sketch scrap user, and passionate soup lover based in Philadelphia, PA. After graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2019, I have worked for a variety of clients in editorial, publishing, games and animation.
This space will feature a variety of things that make up my studio practice, including:
Behind the scenes photos and drawings
Answering your questions
Inspirations & reference resources
Things that spark joy
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Curious about upcoming and current books?
Check them with at these links!
Untitled (Winter 2026)
Tove Grows a Tree (Fall 2025) written by Larissa Theule
There’s That Sun Again (Fall 2024) written by MK Smith Despres
The Book From Far Away (Fall 2023) written by Bruce Handy
The Screaming Hairy Armadillo (2020) written by Matthew & Steve Murrie
You be You! (2019) written by Jonathan Branfman
The Merms of May (2019) personal zine