Finding an illustrator

IllustrationAs a book designer, I’m always looking for illustrations. Illustrations contribute so much to book cover design and pages. An illustrator can capture a scene, create a mood or depict characters in your story, all with color and style.

Every illustrator has a distinct style, so it’s important to choose an illustrator whose style suits your book. You can probably tell from looking at an illustrator’s samples whether they’re the right illustrator for you.

You may need your full-color children’s book illustrated, or you may just want one or two technical drawings to explain a paragraph of text. Whatever your needs, the illustrators listed below have a special interest in working with authors. You’ll find descriptions of their areas of expertise and samples of their work, as well as their contact information.

Feel free to contact anyone listed in my Resources section directly. They’re listed here for your convenience, and no referral fees or commissions are charged or collected.

Dianne Bersea is a freelance illustrator and fine-artist with a focus on the natural environment, often expressed with a whimsical touch. Special credentials include elected member of the Island Illustrators, an elected member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour and an AFCA signature member of the Federation of Canadian Artists. Martin Mars, the Mighty Water Bomber is one of her major book illustration projects.

Dogfoose.com An illustrative contributor to Kids Discover magazine for more than 20 years, Michael Kline also lists such companies as Penguin Publishing, Family Fun magazine, Storey Publishing, and Ideals Publishing among those who receive his hand-addressed invoices. He is the author/illustrator of WordPlay Café, a phonetic romp for the knee-high generation, and recently released his first attempt at left-handed imagery in The Doodles of Sam Dibble (Penguin Young Readers; Grosset and Dunlap). He crafts his illuminations from his modest and nearly-paid-for home in Wichita, KS.

Lori Joy Smith has been working as an illustrator since 2000. She has done work for American Girl magazine, Today’s Parent magazine and does a monthly drawing page for Chirp magazine. Lori illustrated “Noisy Poems for a Busy Day” in 2012 and will have another children’s book coming out in 2013, published by Simply Read Books. Lori lives with her family in Charlottetown PEI.

Nancy Purington MFA, is a fine-artist whose subjects include botanicals on 23k gold leaf, the way of the river, night-time sky, landscapes/figures and textile design arts.  Her application of finely-honed skills in painting, printmaking, photography and textile arts infuses pages with life. Nancy’s arts research includes scholarship of medieval illuminated manuscripts at The Morgan Library and Museum. Her recent illustrations in My Grandma’s Songs, a children’s song/book, combines full-page color paintings, repeat patterns, border designs, icon/motif elements and landscapes with figures.