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Children's Book: Lori Leak Travels to Paris

I recently illustrated this children’s book by Barrett Clemmensen Powell. It will be released on 10/10/15 and is about a young African-American heroine who aims to inspire girls to see the world as well as make their mark in it.
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Online Learning Podcast: Episode 121 With Kristen Palana

This interview with John Colley is full of some of my very best secret color tricks for making an impact, getting your content noticed, and boosting clicks and sales online.
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This Too Shall Pass: Award-Winning Animated Short

This Too Shall Pass, about the ups and downs of parenthood, has been screened in fourteen international film festivals and has won three awards to date.
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Still from animated film, This Too Shall Pass


I work on animation, video, graphic design, illustration, web and interactive projects independently, as well as for clients and non-profit organizations. The vast majority of the work that I do is to promote positive social change.


I have taught University undergraduate and graduate students since 2000, as well as offered art and multimedia courses in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa. I also teach online courses to over 10K students around the world.
Still from animated short, This Too Shall Pass


I specialize in taking complex information and making it understandable and applicable to every day life. Look for my first eBook, Crowdfunding Confidential: Raise Money For You & Your Cause now available on Amazon Kindle.

Illustration from Lori leak Travels to Paris
Illustration from Lori Leak Travels to Paris
Illustration from Lori Leak Travels to Paris
Illustration from Lori Leak Travels to Paris
Kristen is energetic, enthusiastic, and full of bright ideas– she’s always the eye of the storm. And with her easygoing, charismatic personality, she makes a real connection with her students. Carl Jablonski

Assistant Professor of Digital Media, William Paterson University

Kristen was both a Professor and mentor to me at the American University of Rome. It was in her class that I first learned web design, and I am currently a web designer because of the foundation I received from her. Jenny Sharps

Web Developer, Accenture

Kristen Palana is phenomenal! She is truly an expert in her field, and teaches you exactly what you need to know. She breaks down complex issues into simple and understandable terms. Dr. Nicola Kluge

Principal, M3N Consulting Inc./Education Management & Services

Kristen Palana is, without reservation, one of the finest examples of an art professor and artist that it has been my pleasure to encounter. I envy any institution lucky enough to count her among its faculty. Steve Rittler

Associate Professor of Animation, William Paterson University | School of Visual Arts


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