Book Illustrations

Artist Spotlight: James Lebbad

James Lebbad is a graphic designer specializing in typographic design and handlettering. He has created award-winning designs for domestic and international clients including NBC, CBS, Arista Records, Campbell Soup, Viacom and Random House Publishing to name a few. James’ artistic genes came from his Dad, Anthony, a Pratt alumni himself.

Ever since he can remember, James has had a pencil in his hand and has been drawing away. Even in grade school he was designing and drawing art pieces for friends and relatives. During high school he was the art department for the local newspaper and upon graduating from Kutztown University, James headed straight to New York where he started his career at New American Library as a book cover designer. While he was there, his handlettering skills won awards from the Type Directors Club. After that, James moved on to Berkley Putnam Publishing where he was named Art Director. Under his art direction, numerous PTB covers won awards from the Society of Illustrators.

Since creating Lebbad Design in 1981, James’ work has won numerous awards, including the prestigious Type Directors Club International Typeface Design Award.

You can see even more of James’ work on his Directory of Illustration portfolio page.

Artist Spotlight: Rob Peters

Rob Peters is an illustrator, cartoonist and designer. He has a degree in Visual Communications from Judson College in Elgin, Illinois, and worked as a cover artist and designer in the yearbook industry for over five years. He currently lives with his wife and family in Topeka, KS.

He started as a freelance artist in 2007 and hasn’t looked back since. Peters has designed logos and book covers and has illustrated dozens of children’s picture books, including Russel T. Jones: On The Edge Of Forever and Go Cubs, Go!. He’s also written and illustrated a few comics, including those on Crazy Cal Presents.

You can see more work from Peter on his Directory of Illustration Portfolio page or on his website.

All Images © Rob Peters

DirectoryofIllustration.com Website Re-Launch :: Find The World’s Best Illustrators

Check out our new look, with updated portfolios from over 1500 illustrators and animators. Artists are vetted through the Directory of Illustration marketing program, so you’ll find only the most professional talent here.

The images are the real heroes, with a new homepage that includes a rotation of Featured Artists, plenty of New Work and a unique Job Showcase highlighting recent commercial and editorial projects. Larger images and enhanced navigation make it easier than ever for art buyers to find the perfect illustrator for any project.

Serbin Communications worked with Jake Stutzman and his team at Elevate LLC to re-imagine both the front-end and the back-end of directoryofillustration.com. Art directors who use the site to find talent are enjoying a simpler, more immediate search experience and a design that focuses on the joy of discovery. At the same time, Elevate designed a smoother, more intuitive interface for artists and reps to upload their portfolios.

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Stephanie Hans Creates Variant Cover for XMEN’s Jean Grey Comic Series

One of the main characters from the XMEN comics, Jean Grey, is receiving her own comic book series and Stephanie Hans assisted in creating one of the variant covers for the first book.

Stephanie is represented by Shannon Associates. Check out more of her work through her Directory of Illustration portfolio and at shannonassociates.com.

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Coco Masuda: The Tiger, The Brahmin, and The Jackal

Coco Masuda created illustrations for a children’s book based on the popular Indian fable, The Tiger, The Brahmin, and The Jackal.

About Coco 
Coco Masuda illustrates, designs print material and responsive websites, and helps clients, big and small, with all the knowledge with great patience. Coco’s clients include American Express, Estée Lauder, Sony Music, Starbucks, Target, United Airlines, and many others.

Coco is represented by Lindgren & Smith. See more of her work through her Directory of Illustration portfolio and at lindgrensmith.com

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Garry Parsons: The Dragonsitter

Garry Parsons worked alongside author Josh Lacey on the new addition in The Dragonsitter series: Trick or Treat, published by Andersen Press.

Garry is represented by Meiklejohn Illustration. View more of his work through his Directory of Illustration portfolio and at kidscornerillustration.co.uk.

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Alvina Kwong for BeachHouse Publishing

Alvina Kwong recently finished these illustrations for BeachHouse Publishing’s board book, Sand Mouse’s Soup.

Alvina states:

“It was a lot of fun researching the culture of Hawaii and creating the different mouse characters. Hawaii is where I was born so being able to illustrate for a local publisher from Hawaii made it more meaningful for me.”

Visit her Directory of Illustration portfolio and her website to view more of her work.

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Living with Yuko Shimizu

Yuko Shimizu  teamed up with ROADS Publishing, a boutique publisher of art and design books, to create a new book that featured a smaller, tighter selection of her favorite monographs from the past.

Living with Yuko Shimizu is a book of 32 carefully selected images, printed on thick sturdy paper, that can be kept on your bookshelf or used as an affordable option of wall art.

The book can be purchased here and here.

Yuko is represented by Bernstein & Andriulli. See more of her work through her Directory of Illustration portfolio and at ba-reps.com

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Artist Spotlight: Chellie Carroll

Chellie Carroll is a London-based illustrator known for her eclectic style which often incorporates floral images, decorative patterns and female photographic elements. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1997, Chellie worked as a designer until 2000 when she decided to focus solely on illustration. Throughout her career, Chellie has worked with a wide range of clients such as BBC3, BT Vision, Cadbury Flake, PlayStation, Kellogg’s, Cancer Research, Schaller Cosmetics, Mattel, The Sunday Times Magazine, Contagious Magazine, Computer Arts, Readers Digest and Oxford University Press, among others. Most recently she has been working with several publishing companies such as Stripes Publishing and Michael O’Mara Books to create art for novels and coloring books.

To see more of Chellie’s work, visit her Directory of Illustration Portfolio or visit her website: chelliecarroll.co.uk

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Allen Garns: The Tomb Robber and King Tut

Allen Garns was commissioned by Denise Cronin, VP of Creative at Viking Books for Children, to illustrate a book about a boy living in the Valley of Kings at the time of Howard Carter’s search for King Tut’s tomb. After 2 years of work, the book has been published.

The Tomb Robber and King Tut is available through Amazon.

More work from Allen Garns can be seen at allengarns.com.

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The Tomb Robber and Kig Tut, ©Allen Garns

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The Tomb Robber and Kig Tut, ©Allen Garns