Celestia Ward has been drawing caricatures professionally since 1992. Upon graduating from the Johns Hopkins University, she won the Lois Sudler Prize in the Arts and later trained with caricature legends Irv "QuickDraw" Finifter, Gary "Toonboy" Smith, and Tom "Chalk" Chalkley. Despite years of hard work, however, she was unable to acquire a cool nickname. She's been a member of the International Society of Caricature Artists (formerly the National Caricaturist Network) since 1996 and has taken home awards for Outstanding 3-D Technique and Most Humorous; she served as secretary-treasurer from 2000 to 2002 and continues to be a regular contributor to their trade publication, Exaggerated Features. Her past experience as a book editor came in handy when she edited Tom Richmond's book The Mad Art of Caricature, which was released in November 2011 and has been widely acclaimed as the best how-to book on caricature.