Drew-Brook-Cormack is a husband and wife team of freelance illustrators who, for the past twenty-some years have usually worked as a team and individually on their commissions. Allan Cormack and Deborah Drew-Brook find this arrangement allows them to handle larger and more complex projects, as well as multiple smaller projects faster and with more flexibility than would be possible otherwise.
Allan and Deborah have worked primarily in the book-publishing field, but have done commissions for advertising, television, magazines, postage stamps and museum installations. Their subjects include history, social studies, nature, wildlife, science, geology, astronomy, landscapes, people, cars, boats, planes, etc. They work in acrylic, watercolor, halftone, and line. Styles range from soft whimsical to tight realistic.
Ka Botzis works in watercolor to paint details of the natural world but also has the added ability to capture a humorous side of life. Her flexibility to work in multiple styles is an added bonus. Watercolor is the favored medium used to create colorful illustrations. At one time Ka worked for Carolina Biological Supply Company producing artwork for games, posters, filmstrips, Tips articles and teaching manuals. Ka has produced numerous illustrations for children’s books, posters, educational material, as well as postage stamps.
Clients include, The New Jersey State Aquarium, Intergovernmental Philatelic Corporation, Scholastic Inc., Harcourt Brace & Co. and Random House. Ka has exhibited her illustrations at the North Carolina Zoo, the Botanical Garden in Chapel Hill, NC, and locally at the Graham Arts Council. Membership in the local chapter of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators keeps Ka informed and inspired to continue creating colorful illustrations.
Published books include:
Animal Ways (a series of 15 titles) by Benchmark Books
Chris Collingwood is a British artist, living on the west coast of England. He went to the Berkshire College of Art in the 70's and worked in animation studios in London. He has been a respected book jacket illustrator for over a decade.
He now spends his time working on limited edition fine art prints all of which have a strong military theme. His work can be seen in many exhibitions and museums worldwide. Private commissions can be arranged by contacting by contacting Melissa Turk/ The Artist Network
Coming from a family of artists, it was natural for Janice Fried to express herself visually. A graduate of Parson’s School of Design, Janice works in a multi media style using watercolor, colored pencils, collage, pen and ink and a scratching technique. This style has allowed her to explore the growing sophistication of the children’s market.
Her illustration work has been used by many publishers both children’s trade and educational, magazines, newspapers, advertising, inspirational publishers, greeting cards and music books.
Although she considers herself a lifelong New Yorker, Janice Fried now lives in New Jersey with her husband and son.
Martha Gradisher is an award winning cartoonist and book illustrator whose clients include: Harper Collins, Penguin Press, Health Press, Blackdog & Leventhal, Peterson’s , and most recently Andrews McMeel. In addition she has created a feature for Parade Publications called “Problem Personalities”. Her cartoons have appeared in the New Yorker, Readers Digest, Barrons, Pink, the Funnytimes, Playboy and Black & White. Visit her portfolio website at www.mgradisher.com to see the range of her experience.
Joel Ito is a certified Medical Illustrator with an M.S. in medical illustration from the Medical College of Georgia. He is the medical illustrator for the Oregon National Primate Research Center and has been providing digital illustrations for print to the biomedical illustration community since 1970.
Association of Medical Illustrators (AMI)- Past President
Virge Kask draws what she sees. Always an artist, her work has mapped and illustrated the natural world locally and beyond. As an undergraduate, she was an art major fascinated by earthworms and beetles when she saw an exhibit of Biological Illustration and found her calling. Virge earned her degree in Biology, as well as a degree in Geography with an emphasis on Cartography, a field she worked in for several years after graduation. She drew maps for the USDA, oceanographic maps, and civil engineering maps.
Virge developed a successful business as a freelance natural science illustrator for scientific journals, children’s books, educational posters, museum exhibits, and textbooks. Her images are precise with clear, distinct lines, and delicate shading, as they have to be in order to communicate anatomy and concepts visually. The work of a Scientific Illustrator depends on accuracy, readability, and the beauty of the rendering to communicate details. The illustration must be scientifically accurate as a good drawing enriches further understanding of the subject. She often works directly from specimens, such as the New Zealand Grass Cicada, which she drew for the cover of Systematic Biology using a box of specimens and a few photographs. Virge’s work can also be idealized, rendering the flight of an arctic tern or a feeding hummingbird with a clarity that a photograph can rarely match, paired with strong, vibrant colors. She relies on her travel experiences to inform her representations, ranging from Alaska to the Chesapeake to Central America’s Rainforest, from which she drew inspiration for her work on interactive critical habitat posters. These subjects come to life when Virge uses a burnishing technique with PrismacolorTM colored pencils on a thick translucent film called cronaflex. This technique, which she discovered a number of years ago, creates vibrant, opaque images that are easily reproduced. Virge is also proficient in other traditional media such as carbon dust and pen & ink, as well as digital rendering techniques
Kathleen Kemly has wanted to illustrate children’s books since she was in third grade.
She grew up in Michigan and studied illustration at Parsons School of Design in New York. Illustrator of many award winning books, Kathleen works in pastels, oils and pencil. She has exhibited her pastel paintings in Seattle. Kathleen has worked with children as an artist in residence for middle school students. She enjoys visiting schools and talking to children about illustration and creating characters. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and a recipient of the Seattle Arts Council Arts in Education Grant. Kathleen also works with Page Ahead, an organization that promotes literacy to kids in Washington State.
Kathleen now lives in Seattle with her husband and two grown sons, nearby. They like to hike in the mountains, ski and be outside as much as possible.
Her beloved menagerie of pets includes a sweet Mexican mutt, fat tabby cat and a lovely flock of chickens.
Benjamin Brown and the Great Steamboat Race by Shirley Jordan (Millbrook Press)
A Mother’s Song by Janet Lawler (Sterling Publishing Co.)
Inside the Human Body by Dr. Aaron Bruhn, MD (Sterling Publishing Co.)
Golden Delicious: A Cinderella Apple Story by Anna Egan Smucker (Albert Whitman & Co.)
You Can’t Do that, Amelia! by Kimberly Wagner Klier (Boyds Mills Press)
Shannon and the World’s Tallest Leprechaun by Sean Callahan (Albert Whitman & Co.)
A Fishing Surprise by Rae A. McDonald (NorthWord Books)
God Made It for You! by Charles Lehmann (Concordia Publishing House)
Kelly’s Great Day by Dawn Bentley (Hand Print Books)
What Do You See When You See Me? by Jeannie St. John Taylor (Cook Communications)
Molly, By Golly! by Dianne Ochiltree (Boyd's Mill Press)
Nancy Lane specializes in illustrating the emotions of people and animals. Her primary medium is watercolor, but she is equally adept at oil, ink wash, and pencil. She is able to work in varied styles. In addition to children’s books, she has contributed to several scientific and educational books.
Her “Realistic” style works well for portraying detailed emotion in the faces of people and animals, intricate settings, and a variety of moods through use of light and shadow. Her realistic mediums include watercolor and oil.
Her “Asian” style features a flowing outline around fairly flat shapes, with muted, harmonious watercolors, creating a sense of simplicity, grace and serenity.
Nancy has illustrated more than 24 picture books. Several of her books have received national awards from the ASPCA, the Humane Society of the United States, the Language Learner’s Literature Awards, and Moonbeam Childrens Books Awards.
Clients include The Gryphon Press, McGraw Hill Education, Scholastic, Highlights Magazine, Oxford University Press, Mondo Publishing, Barron’s Educational Publishing, Sundance Publishing, The Benefactory, Pearson Learning, and others.
Pamela Leavens was born in Chicago but has lived on both coasts and in the south. She studied traditional figure drawing and oil painting at the Atlanta High Museum School and the Art Students’ League in NY, where she lived for over 30 years. As both an illustrator and exhibiting artist, she paints primarily in acrylics, gouache, pastels, and digital mediums.
She has been a frequent exhibitor at the Museum of the Hudson Highlands/Hudson Highlands Nature Center (including a three-person show of children’s book art) and Mixed Media Gallery and has also exhibited at the Eisenhower Hall Gallery (U.S Military Academy, West Point), the Garrison Art Center, and the Mid-Hudson Arts & Science Center. She was a staff artist with International Paper and an art director with Trillium Press, all in New York.
Since returning to Illinois, she has focused on exhibition art as a member of the Galena Artists’ Guild, and as a participant in the Galena Center for the Arts’ Regional Gallery Exhibits. In addition to group exhibits, she’s had two solo shows at Chestnut Mountain Resort, Galena, IL, and was a featured artist at Longbranch Gallery Mineral Point, WI.
Her studio-on-the-Mississippi is in Fulton, IL.
Illustration Client List includes Union Carbide, International Paper, Centurion Security, Medical Economics, Trillium Press, Dunkin’ Donuts, Vernon Valley/Great Gorge Ski Areas, Swifty’s NYC, Scott Foresman, Harcourt, Macmillan-McGraw Hill, Sundance Publishing, and Highlights magazine.
I've been making maps for 25 years. (Yes, that's before everything was done with computers.) In that time, I've created 5,000 maps: current event maps, historical maps, rainfall maps, political, physical and cultural maps. I've also done information graphics, earth science, life science and technical illustrations.
Over the years, I developed a technique with (modified) airbrushes I've since improved using high-tech tools.
Before maps and I found each other, I studied Art and Chemistry at Bard College and taught painting at the California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles. There, I made very flat paintings, I explored flatness. Currently, I work from my studio in South Orange, New Jersey where I live with my wife and two young daughters.
Ashley Mims has a BFA (Illustration) from the Atlanta College of Art, with additional study at the Otis College of Art, Bridges Animation Institute, and The American Academy of Animation. Previous work has included EFX in between/cleanup on the Fox Feature Animation movie Titan A.E., as well as for the independent shorts “The Ghost of Steven Foster” and “Tallulah Queen of the Universe.” Having been taught to view things from a cinematic angle, the perspective in her illustrations is still very influenced by this.
She currently lives in Houston with her husband & daughter & son, 1 dog, 1 cat, and fish too numerous to count. In her free time, she wishes for more sleep.
Mike Rothman has been a professional natural history illustrator since the mid 1980's. He has worked as a field artist on biological expeditions to the Samoan Archipelago, Brazil, and on three occasions to Central French Guiana. (where he learned tree canopy assent techniques ). These experiences have strongly informed his illustration style in the areas of children's book illustration, mural and institutional assignments, and editorial artwork.
New York Times Science Section, Natural History Magazine, World Watch Magazine, Institute for Systematic Botany-NYBG, Plant Biology Dept., Cornell University, Harper/Collins, Crown (Knopf) Books, Scholastic, Inc., Wm. Morrow Junior Books, Kitchen Garden Magazine, Weekly Reader Magazine, Chedd-Angier, Pearson Educational, Inc., Hyperion Books for Young Readers, W.H. Freeman & Co., The New York State Museum, The Philadelphia Zoo, The Riverbank Zoo and Botanical Gardens, Coe, Lee, and Robinson, The Massachusettes Horticultural Society, and The City of New York.
Wendy has extensive experience interpreting a broad spectrum of natural history and scientific subjects. She combined her formal education in science with the decision to pursue art professionally and launched her career as a natural science artist on staff at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. Since then, her work has been widely published in books for children and adults, magazines, scientific and educational references, field guides, exhibits and on postage stamps.
As Visual Information Specialist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Wendy devoted over eight years to developing wildlife and natural resource-oriented interpretive exhibits at visitor centers for diverse cultural audiences. Her ability to convey complex ideas and information is powered by her use of engaging, immersive perspectives, interpretive skills, and knowledge acquired through academic studies and travel.
Exceptional attention to detail and accuracy are hallmarks of Wendy’s work that has earned her numerous awards and recognition in juried exhibits throughout her career. Her artwork is included in the permanent collections of the Hunt-Institute of Botanical Documentation at Carnegie-Mellon University and the New York State Museum. She sees art as a powerful tool reaching across political and cultural boundaries to develop a sense of personal and corporate responsibility for our natural heritage.
American Museum of Natural History, D.C. Health, Defenders of Wildlife, Golden Books/Western Publishing, Holt Reinhart Winston, Houghton-Mifflin, McGraw-Hill, National Geographic Magazine, National Park Service, Nature’s Garden Magazine, Pearson Educational, Princeton University Press, Rocky Mountain Nature Association, Rodale Press, Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, Scholastic, Silver Burdett Ginn, Smithsonian’s Backyard, Stewart Tabori & Chang, Sunset Garden Book, The Denver Zoo, The Nature Conservancy, The North Carolina Zoo, The Philadelphia Zoo, University of Colorado Press, and Williams-Sonoma.
Bridget Starr Taylor grew up on a hillside farm in East Canaan, Connecticut. Since graduating from The Rhode Island School of Design with a degree in Illustration, she has lived in a loft in the Meatpacking District of New York City with her family. Bridget summers on the farm, plays tennis and rides a bike everywhere. She has volunteered designing and painting murals in city hospitals in the New York area since 2006 and has exhibited her work in many individual and group art exhibits. In addition to illustration Bridget designs and constructs sets and props for special events.
The Truth About Trolls by Thomas Kingsley (Troupe Picture Window Books)
The Adventures of Isabel by Ogden Nash (Sourcebooks)
Why the Stomach Growls Pamela Duncan Edwards (Sleeping Bear Press)
Ten Surprise Packages for Squiggle Street by Jennifer Loya (Innovative Kids)
Bow Wow Peep Kathryn R. Knight (Dalmatian Press)
Let’s Take the Zoo Bus by Bob Morrow (Kindermusik International)
Old McDonald’s Funny Farm by Rozanne Lanczak Williams (Creative Teaching Press)
The Secret of the Silver Shoes by Elizabeth Massie Steck (Vaughn Publishing)
Where’s Whitney by Michael and Debbie Smith (Zondervan Publishing)
Miss Hildy’s Missing Cape Caper by Lois Grambling (Random House)
Harry The Tooth Fairy by Ann Alper (Albert Whitman & Co.)
Happy Valentine’s Day Miss Hildy! by Lois Grambling (Random House)
Phoebe’s Fabulous Father by Louisa Campbell (Harcourt Brace & Co.)
Gargoyles Christmas by Louisa Campbell (Gibbs Smith)
Mary Teichman graduated from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in 1976, majoring in painting and printmaking. She has been making and showing her color etchings in galleries and museums since 1980. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Corcoran Museum of Art, the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington DC, The Boston Athenaeum, the Brooklyn Museum and the Museum of the City of New York in New York City, among others. She has received numerous awards and participated in over 175 juried and invitational exhibitions. She is a member of the Society of American Graphic Artists, The Boston Printmakers, The Print Club of Albany, and Masscribes.
Mary has illustrated numerous children’s books and book jackets for HarperCollins, Henry Holt, Simon and Schuster, Viking/ Penguin and Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Her preferred techniques are egg tempera painting, where she makes her own paint using egg yolks, or copper plate etching, where she uses acid to incise metal plates which are coated with ink and run through an etching press. Detail and luminous translucent color are possible using the egg tempera medium; textures, soft colors and rich blacks are possible with etching.
Neecy Twinem is a fine artist, toy designer, academic professor and author/ illustrator of over
32 children’s books published in several languages. Twinem has been working as a professional
illustrator, author and artist and instructor for over 24 years, as well as have given presentations
at numerous school, libraries, conventions and conferences across the country. She launched
her children’s book career with her first title: Aye-Ayes, Bears and Condors, An ABC of
Endangered Animals and Their Babies, published by Scientific American Books for Young
Readers. Twinem’s fine art is found in numerous private and public collections around the
country. She has her Masters of Fine Art and instructs and mentors artists of all ages, at
universities and beyond. Twinem developed a brand trademark titled, ZOMBIEZOO® including
the design, manufacturing and release of a plush toy line and books, which has attracted
international attention. Currently Twinem has partnered with Silo Media, Inc., to produce an
animation series based on the ZOMBIEZOO® characters and content.