The Art of Illustration

What’s it like to be an illustrator? We spoke with three artists who share their vision, hopes and dreams of working in this area of the art world. Learn more about each artist by visiting their websites – just click on each name.


Amanda Leemis illustration collage. See her work in The Art of Illustration at

Amanda Leemis shares a portfolio based on figurative art and storytelling.


Amanda Leemis

My style of art is very whimsical and based in story, so many of my projects focus on bringing a story to life or creating a new character with a story to tell. I focus on detail, and love using multiple medias in my works. My two main focuses are on opposite sides of the spectrum, giant canvases and highly detailed illustrations. I sell all my artwork through my website, and market myself mainly as an illustrator.

I recently illustrated a children’s book called, My Hollydog, and have a couple more children’s book projects in the making. My goal is to be a successful illustrator with a recognizable style that can be found all the way from kids’ books to young adult novels. I would also love to have my canvases hung anywhere that brings people inspiration. I am constantly exploring new ideas and trying to create art that inspires people to think in new ways.


Illustrator Carrie Tomaschko creates with children’s themes and surface design in mind.


Carrie Tomaschko

My art gravitates toward childhood imagination and is well suited for art hung in children’s rooms, fabric designs, children’s clothing, and illustrations for children’s books.

I market and sell my artwork through social media, an email list, my website, and my connections with different companies that I design with. My goals are to dive more into fabric design and to also write and illustrate children’s books.


Illustrations by Adrienne Beacham. See her work in "The Art of Illusration" at

Quirky and playful describes the portfolio of artist Adrienne Beacham.


Adrienne Beacham

Fine art and illustration makes up one aspect of my creative output. In general, my artwork is a bizarre and bright mixture of chaotic scribbling, organic shapes and patterns, and restrictive, angular lines. There is a lot of energy in my drawings, and they fit in well with any project that can benefit from an eclectic playfulness. My primary approach to marketing art and creative services has been through personal networking. Promoting oneself can be uncomfortable, but I focus on the relationships involved and continuing to better myself and my work through them. I really love seeing people happy and excited, so creating artwork that excites and inspires happiness is the first step.

For the past 4 years, I’ve worked in the woven textile industry as the designer for Maine Heritage Weavers. This encompasses an entirely different set of creative and technical skills than illustration. I have a great love for working with physical materials and pushing the boundaries of a medium’s innate qualities. Weaving requires a lot of patience and time. Instead of seeing this as a frustration, I deeply enjoy the process of chance, honing, and understanding.

In the upcoming years, I plan to dive deeper into designing and fabricating my own textiles, either by working with manufacturers or by doing it by hand on a small, luxury scale. My ultimate goal would be to combine my love for handmade items and fine art/illustration techniques to create unique product lines of artisan toys and home goods.


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