Ava DeShazer

Ava DeShazer is one of the lead 2D illustrators and story borders for Children Story Time.


2D Illustrator

Ava graduated from the University of Northwestern St. Paul in May 2021, a first-generation college student.

Art, to her, is a way of expressing her active mind. She is interested in character development and how they, like us, develop over time.

Her goal as an artist is to story-tell with characters that touch people’s hearts and invite the audience to explore their journeys with them.

  • Name: Ava DeShazer
  • Nickname: None
  • Favorite Hobby: Animating, drawing, running, playing the violin
  • Favorite Foods: Pasta, Katsudon, Bibimbap
  • Favorite Game: Role Playing Games
  • Favorite Video Game: Undertale, Fire Emblem, Persona 5, Animal Crossing
  • Favorite Childhood Story: Winnie the Pooh and Frog and Toad
  • Favorite Candy or Dessert: Ice cream, brownies and mango sticky rice
  • Pet’s Name and what kind of pet? Mamacita, she’s a ragdoll cat
  • Favorite Characters in a game: I don’t have a favorite video game character but I tend to like the sidekicks, the best friends/comedic relief characters or the sweet characters that offer tips and advice.
  • Biggest Pet Peeve: Prejudgment
  • Spirit/Totem Animal: A fox or a bunny
  • Favorite color(s): Blue & green
  • Favorite Quote:“It isn’t where you came from; it’s where you’re going that counts.” -Ella Fitzgerald

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    I’ve been fascinated with animation ever since I was a young girl. I self taught myself how to 2D animate in middle school and later pursued a degree in animation & illustration. I’m always looking for ways to improve my animations!

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    I ran competitively starting from middle school all the way through college. My favorite races were the 5k and 10k. I still run when I have free time and continue to run in races!


    My interest in voice acting started in high school. I would do fandubs or voice act characters from video games and tv shows I watched during that time as a fun project.


    I like to play the violin and make simple music on GarageBand. I grew up in an artistic, musical family so music is something close to my heart.

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    I love playing video games! They help inspire me when it comes to making my own characters. It’s also just a fun way to take a break.