My passion for drawing

by Queenie Wong
(Brooklyn, NY, USA)

The Optimistic Child

The Optimistic Child

The Optimistic Child
finding shade in a leaf
diving into flowers
a mother's comfort

Queenie Wong, from Brooklyn, fell in love with drawing as a child.

Since then, I've found that drawing could bring me true happiness and fulfillment.

Illustrating a story is even more meaningful. It is like a magic that brings someone into another world, where he/she will learn the truth of living.

I hope someday I can use my drawing and painting skills to convey love and peace to this world through my stories. I hope that children will learn good behavior from my books.

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Amara: Artist and Illustrator

by Amara Kopakova
(Binghamton, NY)

Alice Through the Looking Glass

Alice Through the Looking Glass

Alice Through the Looking Glass
Terri Travels to the Zoo
The Teddy Bear Book
Alpha & Omega

AmarA: An Illustrator for all Seasons

My style combines a cartoon outline with the fine detail of painting. I create in multi-media - Oil paint, acrylic paint, marker, or colored pencil - as the project demands. The images are then brought into the digital realm and refined with textures and layers until it is exactly the right blend.

My experience begins in theatre. I earned a BFA in Theatrical Design with a focus on Scenic and Costume Design from SUNY Fredonia. Rendering characters in costume and within the scene is a major step in the design process and one that I always particularly enjoyed. When I moved to the west coast and found that theatre jobs were lacking, I sought other applications for my talents and skills. Illustration presented itself as a perfect fit. Since 2011, I have illustrated the following:

• Terri Travels (children's book) full illustrations
• Terri Travels to the Zoo (children's book) full illustrations
• The Spinward Expanse (YA book) cover illustration
• Adages, Aphorisms, Idioms, and other Colorful Expressions (coffee table book) b&w illustrations
• Rainbow Boy (play) cover illustrations
• Alice through the Looking Glass: 150 year anniversary edition (fiction) chapter 1 illustrations
• Birding in the Face of Terror (fiction) cover illustration
• Alpha & Omega (web comic) weekly illustrations

As someone from the theatre world, I understand how important communication is. I believe in sending regular updates, asking questions when presented with the quandary, and requesting guidance when I hit a problem. The internet allows for such ease of communication that it would be silly not to utilize it. I am even available to have meetings or make presentations via skype. I am also a firm believer in the sanctity of deadlines. In theatre we say, The Show Must Go On! I do not give any less respect to the deadlines of publishing.

You can contact me at The Artist AmarA.

Please tell me a little bit about your project, your desired budget, and whether you are contacting me to hire or to audition my skills.

I sincerely look forward to hearing from you!

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Communication Is Essential!

by Peter Fasolino
(Brooklyn, New York)

Finding the Right Ingredients, from my book, MONSTER SANDWICH

Finding the Right Ingredients, from my book, MONSTER SANDWICH

Finding the Right Ingredients, from my book, MONSTER SANDWICH
Kids Being Kids. Spot illustration for Sesame Street Magazine.
Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox
Crustacean Celebration, poster designed and illustrated for kids food festival

Peter Fasolino, residing in Brooklyn, New York, specializes in children's trade books as well as textbooks.

He has worked for all the major publishers like

• Harcourt
• McGraw Hill
• Children's Television Workshop
• Weekly Reader
• Scholastic, and many more too numerous to mention.

He tries to work within the client budgets if at all possible. He charges a flat fee, including all revisions within reason.

Numerous preliminary sketches are done for client approval.

Just as important as an artist's talent is the communication between client and artist to achieve the desired results. Please contact him for more samples or information.

Peter Fasolino

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Illustrator Born in Florence

by Silvia Faschi
(New York, New York)

Pinocchio meets the Snake

Pinocchio meets the Snake

Italian born children's book illustrator and painter

I was born and partially raised in Florence, Italy, where the core of my insipiration was instilled in me from an early age.

Throughout my childhood, I always drew and experimented with different mediums, and once in high school I took several advanced art and art history classes to further expand my skills.

I then attended the School of Visual Arts in New York City, where I graduated in 2006 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration.

Much of my children's art has come directly from the inspiration of my own childhood and fantasies. The stories that were read to me, along with my dreams and imagination, brought forth such fantastic visuals, which motivated me, as I got older to gain enough talent to be able to transform them into art.

I have, however, many diverse styles that range from the silly cartoon to the sophisticated oil painting, both of which I handle very differently according to subject. I work in

  • oil,
  • tempera,
  • acrylic,
  • watercolor,
  • gouache,
  • pencil, and
  • charcoal

I can also work digitally, which has been required of me in certain instances. I have, in that style, published two sports children's books with Mascotbooks Inc.

When working with authors, the most important thing is to understand the feeling they want to convey with the illustrations - which are in most cases the most prominent characteristic of a children's book - and to work with them step by step to ensure that the end result will be the perfect match for their words and, of course, attractive and beautiful.

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Mar 11, 2010
nice work
by: Anonymous

I really like that most of your work is done freehand and not digitally. I also do lots of work on the pc, but the majority is done by hand. I love the raw feeling.

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by Lucie Mizutani
(Elizaville,NY, USA)

Helping the sick people of my village

Helping the sick people of my village

Give strong "heartistic" pictures to your words

I do illustrations for children's stories using organic media like watercolor, ink and pencil, but I also mix those media in Photoshop, using the mouse as my brush and playing with layers too.

I will also use pictures from your scrapbook, if you like, to draw and create the scene you want with the action and impression you want to create.

I work closely with writers to make sure I illustrate their wishes.

My pictures approximate reality, but with an added warm feeling - a "heartistic" connection with the story itself.

I can do your whole book in Adobe Illustrator with text (made with special fonts or regular fonts) and with border or background. I can place your whole book into a single file PDF and publish it to places like or other self-publishing online places as you like.

I can give you references and samples of my work published online.

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Simple yet Elegant Illustration / Graphic Design

by Asami Michelle Hasegawa
(New York City, NY, USA)

Two Blue Fish Fighting Big Red Fish

Two Blue Fish Fighting Big Red Fish

My illustrations and graphic designs are bold, simple and colorful but at the same time delicate, intricate, and vivid.

I use Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop for both basic and final touches but sometimes use pencil, pens, watercolors, pastels, and color pencils.

I am also a member of the SCBWI.

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Chelsea Greene Lewyta

(Brooklyn, NY)

The Little Snow Girl

The Little Snow Girl

Beautiful quality illustration which references a classical style with Japanese print influence

Chelsea’s illustrations range from children’s to editorial to the personal. Contact her if you'd like to see more work.

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Mar 16, 2008
Introspection through one's artwork
by: za zaikine

Chelsea's artwork is both very lovely and well drawn. At the same time, it evokes a deep personal content. Combining her ancestral roots in the Ukraine with an Asian influence is, I feel, a great plus for her images.

I too have a father from that part of the world, and a grandmother from Siberia. It brings a certain old world feeling to the new world, i.e. the U.S.A.

Her work will surely deepen as Chelsea continues exploring her creativity and realizes, on all levels, how introspective and transforming not only her art is, but Art in general.

Zak Zaikine

P.S. i am also honored to be listed on the same page with her on this "Wonderful"site Steve has put together ***

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