About Ronni Rose Swanson
Hello! My name is Ronni Rose Swanson and I am a Designing Fairy. It is rumored I am part or mostly fairy (don’t tell) stuck in a human body, but I’ve said too much about that.
When I was a little fairy, I wrote and illustrated plays with character names like Dog for the dog character, and Duck for the duck. My work later evolved into creating puppet show extravaganzas for the younger neighborhood kids with my childhood best friend by my side. We called our company Spookhouse Players and wanted to create an experience for our audience. At the same time, in elementary school, I had a Speech Teacher (at the time I often replaced my "th" for "f's) that got me hooked on learning with fun. We kept composition notebooks filled with pictures, drawings, cut-outs and visual goodness that matched how I learned -- hands-on and creative, and very visual. That teacher took a tough experience for me and made it fun.
Fast forward today I am still drawing characters but they now have more interesting evolved names like Alabaster and Alfonz, and their wings or arms often move. I have a lot more training under my belt, including a newly attained Master's Degree in designing for learning, and with it, an expertise in e-learning, integrating technology, knowledge on how people learn and how fun=engagement=better learning. Through my business of many years I've invented illustrated products, books and online programs focused on empowering tools that help others to learn more about themselves, including an online Fairy School helping the Sensitive, an imaginary mall with a design program that helps with stuck, negative thinking, and an online class that helps with dealing with strong emotions from the Pandemic.
Training & Background:
I’m trained in Design (Associate's degree) and Art (Bachelor's degree) and Graduate certification in Education Media Design through Full Sail University, and in Animation (Yavapai College). I recently was awarded my Master's of Science degree in Learning Technologies / Instructional Design from Drexel University.
My background is in illustrating/designing for the children's entertainment and educational field: I’m the published illustrator of activity books, Cooking Art (Gryphon House), Word Swirls (Element Children’s Books), and I was a frequent contributor to Hopscotch for Girls magazine; and for adult lifelong learning. As for teaching, I've been teaching adults and children art education for several decades, including at the local college and through my own online school.
My role models include innovative teaching artists, Ed Emberley (teaching drawing with fun), Lynda Barry (check out Syllabus and Making Comics), Tim Burton (his drawings rock), the late Jim Henson (genius mind who brought invention to educational technology), and the late Edward Gorey (a marvel at pen and ink).
I love drawing sweets and discovered that I had a grandfather that was a baker.
I am barely five feet tall. Very fairy-like.
I can talk to dogs. No, seriously, I was a professional animal communicator for fourteen years. That experience is probably why I draw so many animals.
I am partial to tutus and dancing, anything dogs, and I have seen every episode of Project Runway. Oh, and I have a fairy tent.
I live in a 1930s house in hot Arizona with a sweet talking dog, a bloodhound toddler dog who steals stuffed animals, my supportive elf husband, and three creative fairy step-children who give me ideas, one of whom expects me to pay him big one day in book royalties.