by Lauren Curtis
(Franklin Park, NJ, USA)
Fun watercolor illustration based on the client's dogs
Experienced Children's Book Illustrator
It's an amazing feeling to be able to bring an author's words and ideas to life through illustration, especially when it comes to fun, imaginative children's books!
As a full time freelance artist I've been commissioned to illustrate for a wide variety of children's publications and craft companies, including doing artwork for monthly magazines, books and young adult novels, stickers, rubber stamps and more.
My 30+ year specialty is animal and nature artwork, but I also have extensive experience illustrating other subjects including
• fantasy/sci-fi characters
• architectural images, and
• special holiday illustrations.
As a diverse artist I have two styles I typically work in; one is a more "cartoony", colorful, bold style where I hand draw the line work with pen & ink and paint the image in Photoshop. Second is a softer, more realistic style where fine lines are drawn with pen & ink, and the art is painted by hand with watercolors.
Recently I've also done some projects in a vintage collage style as well, so this gives authors and publishers a few style choices when working with me.
As a professional, I pride myself on keeping in regular communication with my clients via email & phone and always make deadlines. The price per image depends on the size and complexity of each piece, and I'm happy to discuss your project with you to work out a fair fee.
I also break down payments into groups of drawings, with a 30% deposit 1st, so you don't have to lay out a big chunk of money at once. Upon full payment, you will own the rights to the artwork (I just request that I can use it as portfolio samples).
I also have graphic design experience, so I can not only create the artwork for your book cover but can design it as well. Please feel free to contact me with any questions, for more samples of work I have done, or for a complimentary phone/email consult about your project! I can be reached at Lauren Curtis.