Meet the Creative Artists who bring our issue covers to life.
Stacey Zhu is an Illustrator studying at ArtCenter College of Design
and is interested in capturing the mundane moments in life.
Royce Hegarty is a digital illustrator who explores genres of fantasy, sci-fi and
horror with a candy-colored palette, high contrast, and tight linework.
Kristine Pham (or Kris for short) is an Asian American artist residing in the greater Philadelphia area.
Ashley Meru is an illustrator based in sunny San Diego. She loves glam rock, kitschy decor, and international literature.
CJ Han is an Illustrator and Fine Artist from New Jersey. They have a strong passion for storytelling, whether it be through illustration, animation, or comic art.
Based in NYC, Josie O’Neal-Odom is an illustration major at Parsons School of Design.
Caitlyn Lee is currently a senior at Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Her works include narrative illustrations and comics.
Grace Angelica Heinz is an illustrator from Los Angeles who specializes in painting sweet-looking characters with a creepy twist.
Shashi Arnold is an aspiring illustrator. She was the art editor of Montgomery Blair High School’s newspaper Silver Chips for two years. She just finished working as an intern for the literary magazine Lucky Jefferson where she had the opportunity to illustrate poems and design their new logo. In the fall Shashi is planning to begin studying illustration at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.
Liliana Melgar graduated from Montgomery College as an Illustration major. Melgar aspires to work in visual development for the animation industry. She loves using interesting color schemes, lighting, and movement in her illustrations.
Shang-Te Chen [Ted] is a designer from Taiwan who majors in Interaction design at California College of the Arts. He draws illustrations, watches horror movies, and floats in his daydreams.
Camara Ward is an illustrator and comic artist working in the Richmond and Baltimore areas. Their work is shaped by a love of the natural world and a penchant for vibrant colors. When Camara isn’t drawing, they are often found reading, thinking too hard about ice cream selections, or longboarding.
Andy Hollingworth is a sophomore studying digital animation at Kennesaw State University. He enjoys creating fun cartoons and hopes one day to work in visual development & design for TV animation. When not making art, he can be found attending concerts, playing video games, or listening to another D&D podcast.
Molly Mitchell is a MICA illustration and printmaking Junior, and an aspiring book illustrator. She creates work interpreting personal themes of femininity and nostalgia across multiple mediums, and through different symbolic lenses, often incorporating certain animal symbolism, such as cows, dogs, rabbits, hens, etc.
Her work can be found at the link below or Instagram @stagmite
Sofia Brognara is a 3rd-year Illustration major and Italian minor studying at Rochester Institute of Technology. She enjoys utilizing art as a form of storytelling, as well as creating worlds and characters that inhabit them.
Sofia would like to pursue a career in the video game industry as a concept artist.
Janine Liu is a rising senior at the University of Pennsylvania, studying Digital Media Design with a passion for both technology and art.
She has worked with digital illustration since fifth grade, with the belief that art can help breathe humanity into the increasingly digital world.
When she’s not drawing, Janine is busy playing video games, hunting for good restaurants, or rediscovering music from her childhood.
Kendall Farris is an aspiring children’s book illustrator with a passion for bringing words to life in a way that brings deeper understanding to a piece.
She enjoys blending traditional and digital media together to create whimsical pieces rooted in natural textures, mainly watercolor.
Meet the Creative Artists behind featured artwork and content inside of our issues.
Avery Slezak is a Pratt Institute illustration student based in Brooklyn, NY.
Mac is an illustration student currently based in Chicago making work focused on telling stories and inspiring others.
Mikayla Bader is a rising senior at Rochester Institute of Technology, pursuing a major in illustration and minor in psychology.
Emily Tong is an illustrator and animator studying at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Anna is an illustrator and concept artist studying at the Savannah College of Art and Design. She loves drawing people and environments that tell stories, as well as anything colorful and sparkly. She also loves drawing plants. Lots of plants.
Josie Ziemski is an illustrator and animator based in Washington D.C. Her work uses vibrant colors accompanied by colorful characters!
Megan Goff (22) is a Texas-based visual storyteller who embraces the transience of joy with her whimsical and tender creations.
Katreana Bellew is a Dramatic Writing and Producing student in New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.
Gabriela Vega is a student at Cal State Fullerton pursuing her degree in Illustration. Her dream after graduating, is to work as a children’s book illustrator.
Yat (Johnny) is an illustrator inspired by nature and reality, he is passionate about making the audience have a great time reading his illustrations while bringing a message across. Also, he is quirky.
Ivonne Manon is a Dominican Illustrator based In Florida.
She loves illustrating dynamic, dream-like scenes with a bunch of wiggly shapes. When she’s not drawing she loves spending her days imagining fantasy adventures (which she hopes to draw soon too!)
Melissa Eder is an Illustration and Graphic Design student from Germany that loves comics and editorial illustration and currently resides in Spain.
Joe Bortner is a writer and artist from Somerville, Massachusetts. He’s an English major at the University of Vermont and spends 75% of his free time making comic books. He spends the other 25% traveling from place to place and solving silly mysteries for New England townsfolk.
Formally known as “Na Young”, Jenna was born in Korea but was raised most of her life in Kansas City. She currently attends college at ArtCenter College of Design majoring in Illustration Design but hopes to explore and expand her skills from other fields. She likes to read poems and hang out with her mom and her pet Peanut during her free time.
Katie Le enjoys creating stories through whimsical and painterly illustrations that I hope to share with others to bring forth smiles.
Jordan Hillman [He/ They] is an art student at Herron School of Art and Design.
Jordyn Flood is a sophomore at Virginia Commonwealth University. She possesses a passion for all things art, illustration, and character design in particular. She’s also incredibly passionate about tacos, caramel creams, and her favorite film of all time, “The Little Prince.”
Her main medium is digital illustration, and being completely self-taught, she aspires to be either a character designer or a 2d artist creating concept art for games and animated film.
“There’s something so special about being able to bring stories and characters to life, and as an artist, that’s something I’m forever grateful to be able to do.”
Dahlia Theriault is a 21-year-old illustrator from California. Dahlia is a recent graduate of Occidental College receiving her BFA in Art & Art History Magna Cum Laude. She specializes in a variety of fields, including illustration, graphic design, concept design, story art, and character design. Dahlia likes to highlight lost histories and folk cultures in her artwork, focusing on creating compelling stories that prioritize attention to detail.
Katie Michael is an illustrator based in Cincinnati, Ohio, and Savannah, Georgia. She is a junior at the Savannah College of Art and Design, majoring in illustration and concentrating in animated illustration and publication design. She loves to communicate sweet stories and emotions through narrative illustration, patterns, and family-friendly scenes. Her favorite things to draw are kids, plants, pets, and everyday scenes!
When Katie isn’t illustrating, she likes to read anything she can get her hands on, hang out with her cats, and work on her yoga practice! You can find her work below.
Anne Smith began her artistic journey at Fullerton College. After she graduates she hopes to work as an Illustrator or at a studio for either film or television. She enjoys drawing animals when she’s not in the middle of a project. She also enjoys backyard farming with chickens and goats along with hanging out with her dogs Luna and Chappie.
Julia Stadler is from the small town of Black Creek, Wisconsin, and is a BFA Illustration student at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. A lifelong watcher of cartoons and player of video games, her art style takes inspiration from the worlds of animation, games, and comics. She works in a variety of media, both physical and digital, including watercolor, ink, colored pencil, ceramics, and collage.
Her art often has a narrative or character-driven quality, and she loves to blend her “cartoony” style with painterly textures and semi-realistic qualities. She is inspired by women, nature, spirituality, queer theory and queer existence, art history, her diary, and her relationships with herself, her thoughts and emotions, and the people in her life.
YueTong Tsen is a Taiwanese American illustrator working towards a career in visual development for animated film and television.
In her free time, she enjoys journaling and hanging out with cats.
Adrienne Krozack is a rising junior illustration student at the Savannah College of Art and Design. She has a concentration in animated illustration and publication design with a minor in creative writing. She is passionate about storytelling and creating uplifting and cheerful illustrations.
When she is not creating art, Adrienne enjoys vegan cooking, embroidering, and reading. Her work can be found at the link below or Instagram @adriennekrozack
Nelly Kabasele is a painter, illustrator, and aspiring animator. She works in traditional and digital mediums, yet is always experimenting with different tools to create and express herself through art. A few of her inspirations: Jamie Hewlett, Hugo Pratt, and Floyd E.Norman.
You can check out more of her artwork at the link below or
Molly Churchill is a rising sophomore at the Maryland Institute College of Art, studying illustration and creative writing. In the future, she hopes to illustrate children’s books and create heartfelt and meaningful stories. Aside from drawing and writing, Molly enjoys playing piano and crafting tiny houses.
Her illustration portfolio can be found at:
Jin Xia is a multidisciplinary illustrator and designer based in Baltimore. Shape and texture compose her poetic language, and Jin is fascinated with creating atmospheric space to evoke emotions. Her work has been recognized by 3×3 Illustration Awards, Creative Quarterly, Communication Arts Annual, and Society of Illustrators. Currently, Jin is pursuing her MFA in Illustration Practice at Maryland Institute College of Art.
She is always excited about her next adventure. For inquiries and commissions, please shoot a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
Her work can be found at the link below or Instagram @jin_xia_art
Anna Kim is an illustration student from New York. Her interest in art began at a young age. She works mainly in digital and hopes to pursue a career in editorial illustration. During her free time, she likes to go into the city where she’ll clear her mind, find inspiration, and start drawing again.
Her work can be found through Instagram @Anna.m.kim
Lydia Lincke is an architecture student, looking for the secrets of the world through illustration. She grew up in Colorado but lives in Philadelphia, where she finds all of her inspiration.
She lives with her dog and a small collection of tiny, found objects— they are slowly making their way through life together.
You can find her on Instagram @lidia_lyncke
Sophie Danner is a rising junior studying illustration and sustainability at the Maryland Institute College of Art. She has been drawing for as long as she can remember, and hopes to one day pursue a career in editorial illustration.
When she’s not creating art, you can find her making music, petting dogs, or hiking in her hometown of Olympia, WA.
Sophie’s work can be found at:
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