Naomi Romero

Illustrator Central Ohio

Character Designer and Illustrator who loves animals and shapes!

Hi! I am a Mexican/ Puerto Rican nonbinary freelance illustrator who loves to use shapes, color, and texture in my work. I have worked for fantastic companies such as DreamWorks TV, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr, Sesame Workshop, Illumination, Hasbro, Spin Master, Facebook, Playdots, and more! I did preproduction character design work for the feature animated film, "Paws of Fury: Legend of Hank". It is the first film that features my name in the credits (Look, ma! That's me!) I was fortunate to co-curate an exhibition at Gallery Nucleus called "Doggy Pile".

I have created the popular Anxiety Fox character, which sold over 1000 of the "It Will Be Okay" pins. This character helps brings awareness to anxiety order, an illness that I have to face every day. The character raised over $260,000 on Kickstarter and even gained the coveted "Projects We Love" badge. Anxiety Fox is currently being sold at the famous Gallery Nucleus.

When not drawing, I enjoy being a dog handler and working with my dogs. I love doing dog sports, UKC + AKC conformation, and more. I currently work actively with promoting and preserving the Japanese Akitainu and I am now dabbling in Yakutian Laika. Dogs are my true passion.

I try my best to spread love and kindness in order to honor my big brother, Francisco, who passed away at the age of 32. He is the driving force for me to continue to spread happiness, kindness, and positivity through my work. He was my biggest supporter, my hero, and inspiration.

Currently a fulltime producer on the upcoming game, RESISTOR, by Long Way Home. This is my first job in the video game industry!

I am not available for fulltime work but I may be available for freelance character design, visual development, and more. Please get in touch by emailing me at


or using the "Contact" page. I can provide my password-locked portfolio to showcase my professional work.

I am also available to guest talk at conventions, events, and more!

NOTE: I am not available for private commissions (for example, drawing your pets/ original characters, wedding invitations, portraits.etc)


Visual Development - Freelance


Character design and visual development for a new series.

Sesame Workshop

Visual Development - Freelance

Visual Development for an upcoming project


Character Designer - Freelance

Designing characters for several properties, as well as design stickers that were included in MLP toysets.

Sesame WorkShop

Character Designer

Character design for a new series.


Character Designer

Freelance character designer for “Blue’s Clues and You”.

Spin Master

Character Designer

Freelance character designer for an unannounced project.


Character Designer

Develop characters for an upcoming mobile game, which included placing the characters in a scene with a background. Scenes showed a sense of mood through colors.

Nick Jr

Character Designer

Created two characters for a series pilot. Worked closely with an art director to deliver several sketches, revisions, and color samples for each character.

Mass Animation

Character Designer

Freelance character design exploration for the featured film, “Blazing Samurai”.

Illumination Studios


Illustrated Picture book for “Despicable Me 3”


Character Designer

Created various illustrated assets for the Facebook website



Midwest FurFest, Guest of Honor - Rosement, IL


Dragon Con, Guest + Artist Alley, Atlanta, Georgia (Created the new “Baby Dragon” plush.)


New York Comic Con, Artist Alley, New York City, New York


Gallery Nucleus, Doggy Pile, Alhambra, California (Co-curated an exhibition and worked closely with Gallery Nucleus to select artists and theme.)


Nickelodeon Illumination Hasbro Spin Master Nick Jr BOOM! Studios Mass Animation FaceBook WeLoveFine Floating Pear Bright Agency ABC Mouse Spark House Bark & Co Tor Teen PlayDots Centum Books