A Rhode Island School of Design graduate, Carter Goodrich’s career as an award winning freelance illustrator began in 1983, when he shared studio space with longtime friend and fellow illustrator, Buck Lewis, in New York City. His book and editorial work eventually led to the publication of seventeen New Yorker covers, and counting. Carter’s first role in film work came as lead character designer for DreamWorks’ first feature animated film, Prince of Egypt, in 1995. He then went on to work on many other public’s favorites such as as Finding Nemo, Monsters Inc., Shrek, Spirit, Sinbad, Open Season, on which he worked as art director/character design, Despicable Me as lead character designer, Hotel Transylvania, The CROODS and Brave, both as lead character designer. Most recently, he was character designer for two times Oscar winning animated feature Coco. His work on these films resulted in six ASIFA Annie Award nominations for best character design in a feature animated film, winning the ANNIE in 2007 for Ratatouille and again in 2014 for The CROODS.
In addition to his earlier illustrated books, Nutcracker and A Christmas Carol, Carter has written and illustrated A Creature Was Stirring, The Hermit Crab, Say Hello to Zorro (receiver in 2011 of a Parents’ Choice Award and an Editor’s Choice Award), among others. He has twice been awarded the gold medal from the Society of Illustrators in New York. At present Carter is currently based in LA and is working on his sixth book, We Forgot Brock!.