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Dasha Tolstikova: fun, frenetic & just a little silly

Heather Ryerson

Heather Ryerson has worked as a designer and illustrator for the past 8 years. She writes short stories and has a keen interest in book arts and self-publishing. She enjoys reading children's stories, exercising her citizenship, and dancing to jangly '60s rock music. Heather splits her time between Portland, Oregon and London, England and has a fine collection of raincoats.

Find out more about Heather's work on www.heatherryerson.com.

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Dasha Tolstikova

Dasha Tolstikova

Dasha Tolstikova

Dasha Tolstikova

Dasha Tolstikova

Dasha Tolstikova’s lively, frenetic illustrations have a heart-warming naiveté that appeals to children and adults alike. It’s no wonder she seems to have her foxy paws in everything from children’s books to graphic memoirs and editorial pieces for The New Yorker and The New York Times. Tolstikova’s first picture book The Jacket (2014, written by Kirsten Hall) has received a lot of attention recently, including editor’s choice in The Sunday Book Review in The New York Times. Tolstikova earned her MFA (Illustration as Visual Essay) from the School of Visual Arts in 2012. She lives in Brooklyn, NY and is part of the studio collective Brushwick Studio.

Check out Dasha’s portfolio »

 

Posted by Heather Ryerson on 12/19/14 under books,children's art,editorial submissions
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David Roberts: master of endearing offbeat oddballs

Heather Ryerson

Heather Ryerson has worked as a designer and illustrator for the past 8 years. She writes short stories and has a keen interest in book arts and self-publishing. She enjoys reading children's stories, exercising her citizenship, and dancing to jangly '60s rock music. Heather splits her time between Portland, Oregon and London, England and has a fine collection of raincoats.

Find out more about Heather's work on www.heatherryerson.com.

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David Roberts

David Roberts

David Roberts

David Roberts

David Roberts

David Roberts

David Roberts creates eccentric yet endearing characters with his lively illustrations. With more than twenty illustrated books for children published, Roberts—and his charming drawings—keep garnering more and more attention. His latest picture books Iggy Peck, Architect, Rosie Revere, Engineer, and Happy Birthday, Madame Chapeau have made many ‘best of’ lists, including the New York Times bestseller list. He lives and plays in London.

Posted by Heather Ryerson on 11/08/14 under children's art,editorial submissions
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Illustrator & Writer Lisa Congdon

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Rachel Frankel

Rachel is an Oakland-based illustrator and graphic designer with a penchant for hand-lettering and writing. She also plays guitar and sings for the band Phosphene. You can view her work at www.speakeasyillustrations.com.
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This Art Crush entry has truly been a long time coming. I first came across Lisa Congdon by way of Meighan O’Toole’s former art blog and podcast, My Love For You (which is post-worthy in its own right–it was an enormous source of inspiration for me during my college years). While I definitely gravitated to Lisa’s work on a visual level, it was her personal story that drew me in. Freelance illustration had been her second career. She didn’t start painting or making art until she was 31, and here she was, participating in museum-level shows, working with clients like Chronicle Books, and just being a genuine, successful badass. Lisa is not only someone I look up to artistically–she’s also a prime example of a human being.

Lisa’s art career was secondary, after she accumulated over a decade of experience in the education and nonprofit industries. By pure chance, she stumbled into a painting class and began making art of all kinds from that day forward–fueled by pure joy instead of the desire to succeed quickly. Having always been an avid collector, her random ephemera would find their way into countless collages as well as a series of photos, drawings and paintings that would eventually make up her A Collection A Day project. As she continued to develop her craft and share it with the ever-expanding Internet, people began to catch on. Today, she is an accomplished and prolific working artist, blogger, illustrator, public speaker and writer. Some of her most notable clients to date include The Land of Nod, The Museum of Modern Art, Harper Collins, 826 Valencia and Martha Stewart Living Magazine.

Lisa unabashedly tackles the subjects she is most passionate about, and that fearlessness is expressed effortlessly in the execution of her work. She describes herself as a “visual junkie,” and is deeply inspired by patterns, travel, architecture and vintage packaging, just to name a few. A faithful blogger, Lisa writes about her own process in addition to other artists whom she admires, as well as her life “outside the studio,” which includes swimming, biking, sewing, and traveling. In other words, she’s just making all of us look bad! (I only kid.)

One of the reasons I relate to Lisa’s work is due to the versatility and ever-evolving nature of her aesthetic. Certain characteristics like neon hues and her penchant for all things Scandinavian are mainstays, but she continues to branch out and explore all kinds of mediums (block printing and calligraphy, to name a few). These explorations fuel her work and expand her direction, which is most recently geared towards abstract painting. She’s a wonderful example of why you don’t need to narrow yourself down to one specific style (something I often grapple with).

Lisa is quite a unique artist in that she is not only a creator, but a mentor as well. Breaking into freelance illustration can be a challenging and solitary undertaking, and she continues to give her generous time to those who wish to pursue and learn more about the field through classes, speaking engagements and conferences around the country. I first met Lisa at her first Freelance Illustration class at Makeshift Society back in December 2012, and it was one of my most pivotal learning experiences to date.

Lisa recently released her new book, “Art, Inc.: The Essential Guide for Building Your Career as an Artist,” which is a revolutionary and timely answer to the starving artist stereotype. It covers all areas of the freelance artist’s domain, such as photographing fine art, finding printing services, copyright, and diversifying income. It sits on the shelf above my working desk (I like to call it my “VIP” shelf) as I reference it constantly.

On that same note, I’m very excited to be taking Lisa’s “Become A Working Artist” class through CreativeLive next week! You can follow along with the class virtually by RSVPing here.

To listen to Meighan’s podcast with Lisa, click here. I also highly recommend her feature in The Great Discontent.

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Purchase Lisa’s books below:

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Whatever You Are, Be A Good One

A Collection A Day

Posted by Rachel Frankel on 09/28/14 under artists,children's art,freelance,Lettering,master of the month,typography
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Julia Denos: Fashion & Children’s Illustrator

Heather Ryerson

Heather Ryerson has worked as a designer and illustrator for the past 8 years. She writes short stories and has a keen interest in book arts and self-publishing. She enjoys reading children's stories, exercising her citizenship, and dancing to jangly '60s rock music. Heather splits her time between Portland, Oregon and London, England and has a fine collection of raincoats.

Find out more about Heather's work on www.heatherryerson.com.

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Julia Denos

Julia Denos

Julia Denos

Julia Denos

Julia Denos

Julia Denos’ loose, colorful illustrations are sure to make girls everywhere ooh and ah. Her quick lines and saturated colors say a lot with a little and her playful evocation of texture and pattern is pitch perfect for children’s fashion. She has illustrated numerous picture books for girls like I Had A Favorite Dress, Just Being Audrey, and Grandma’s Gloves. Candlewick Press, HarperCollins, Penguin, RandomHouse, Scholastic, and Highlights are amongst her many clients.

See more of her work on her website.

Posted by Heather Ryerson on 07/31/14 under artists,children's art,editorial submissions
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Janice Nadeau: Illustrations with Charming Honesty

Heather Ryerson

Heather Ryerson has worked as a designer and illustrator for the past 8 years. She writes short stories and has a keen interest in book arts and self-publishing. She enjoys reading children's stories, exercising her citizenship, and dancing to jangly '60s rock music. Heather splits her time between Portland, Oregon and London, England and has a fine collection of raincoats.

Find out more about Heather's work on www.heatherryerson.com.

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Janice Nadeau

Janice Nadeau

Janice Nadeau

Janice Nadeau

Janice Nadeau

Montreal illustrator Janice Nadeau has won three Governor General’s Awards for her poetic, evocative illustration. She uses watercolor and pencil (and sometimes charcoal and ink) to create her sophisticated color palettes and detailed characters and scenes. Nadeau has illustrated three books including Harvey, a long-form graphic picturebook that appeals to both children and adults for its honest portrayal of loss. Nadeau is now working on an animated short.

To see more of her work visit her website and read her blog.

Posted by Heather Ryerson on 06/27/14 under children's art,editorial submissions
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Illustrator: Isabelle Arsenault

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Heather Ryerson

Heather Ryerson has worked as a designer and illustrator for the past 8 years. She writes short stories and has a keen interest in book arts and self-publishing. She enjoys reading children's stories, exercising her citizenship, and dancing to jangly '60s rock music. Heather splits her time between Portland, Oregon and London, England and has a fine collection of raincoats.

Find out more about Heather's work on www.heatherryerson.com.

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Isabelle Arsenault’s illustrated children’s books Migrant, Spork, and Virginia Wolf have been much praised and received numerous awards, including two Governor General’s Awards. Her children’s graphic novel Jane, the Fox, & Me was published in 2013. She lives and works in Montreal.

See more of her work: Portfolio | Blog

Posted by Heather Ryerson on 06/13/14 under artists,children's art,editorial submissions
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Artist:: Nate Wragg

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I got a kick out of these monsters painted by Nate Wragg. He’s a dynamic illustrator that is featured in Gallery Nucleus and hangs out on the internet as a professor at CGMA. Check out his work: Nucleus | Blogspot

Posted by Wendy Schiller on 11/18/13 under children's art
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Artist Gustavo Aimar

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Thomas James

Thomas James is an Illustrator who has worked with The New York Times, WIRED, Pentagram, Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, and many others. You can see his portfolio at thomasjamesillustration.com.
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Gustavo Aimar << Illustration Friday

Gustavo Aimar << Illustration Friday

Gustavo Aimar << Illustration Friday

Gustavo Aimar is an Argentinean graphic designer, illustrator, and fine artist. He draws from all of these disciplines to create mixed media collages with a variety of materials and textures. He collects vintage and used papers, and allows the materials tell him what to do.

Lately, his work is focused on children’s illustrations. He has worked on more than a dozen books, and occasionally collaborates in diverse publications and projects. His work is so rich with ideas and inspiration that every time I see one of his pieces, I feel the urge to immediately stop whatever I’m doing and start working on something of my own. He’s brilliant.

Explore more of his work on Flickr, and his blog (in Spanish).

Posted by Thomas James on 05/30/13 under artists,children's art,collage
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Artist Kevin Waldron

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Thomas James

Thomas James is an Illustrator who has worked with The New York Times, WIRED, Pentagram, Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, and many others. You can see his portfolio at thomasjamesillustration.com.
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Kevin Waldron is an Irish born illustrator currently living and working in New York City. Kevin makes beautiful picture books for children with funny characters and bold colours and shapes. Kevin’s first book Mr Peek and the Misunderstanding at the Zoo, unveiled Mr Peek, his eccentric and amazing zoo keeper character and it won the Bologna Ragazzi Award Opera Prima Award in 2009. The sequel Pandamonium at Peek Zoo was released in April of this year.

Have a peek at Kevin’s work on his website and you can follow him on twitter too.

 

Posted by Thomas James on 05/24/13 under children's art,IF Kids
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Artist Aurora Cacciapuoti

Thomas James

Thomas James

Thomas James is an Illustrator who has worked with The New York Times, WIRED, Pentagram, Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, and many others. You can see his portfolio at thomasjamesillustration.com.
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Aurora Cacciapuoti << Illustration Friday

Aurora Cacciapuoti << Illustration Friday

Aurora Cacciapuoti << Illustration Friday

 

Aurora Cacciapuoti is a Sardinian illustrator currently based in Cambridge, UK. She splits her time between running art workshops and working as a freelance illustrator, and her clients have included several magazines and books, and Wordsation, a baby clothing shop online. Her recent projects have included drawing 365 faces in a year, inspired by real and imaginary people.

In 2012, she drew 52+2 book covers— one per week and then one for each extra day of the solar year. She chose her favorite books for the project.

Aurora’s work is fun and spirited. See more of it on her website and blogs!

 

Posted by Thomas James on 05/23/13 under artists,children's art
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