Jessica is a writer and illustrator in Portland, Maine. Her illustrations have appeared in ARCADE magazine and the Harvard Graduate School of Education Ed. magazine. She is one of 15 sketchnoters featured in The Sketchnote Handbook by Mike Rohde and further work was included in the follow-up The Sketchnote Workbook. Trained as a journalist with an eye for connection and a concise style, Jessica synthesizes complexity and repackages it in eye-catching, easy-to-digest formats.

Jessica Esch and Angela Smith co-founded Shinebolt in 2019 to help make a brighter world by bringing people together, stories to life, and art to market. Visit to see Jess' product lines and so much more.


Fill in the Blanks is a mashup of prose and design that creates a multi-sensory experience where words and found materials become meditative chants and unexpectedly beautiful. This typelooping series plays with both the repetition of life in a global pandemic and the centering quality of mantras in the face of uncertainty. Click here to read my story of how it started on the Smithsonian's Archives of American Art blog.

The New Yorker Gender Tally looks at The New Yorker contributors by gender. Read the whole story on Click here for a summary of 2019 or here for a complete look at The New Yorker Gender Tally since 2014.

Hot shit, bad ass, rock stars (HSBARS) is a society co-founded with A.V. Crofts for women who change the world by being themselves and encouraging others to do the same.

Online Affects Offline: Learnings From the Field details how online engagement can build and strengthen relationships online and offline.