Welcome back to the cyber cafe. It has been our pleasure to showcase the amazing work of the illustrators in our region. Karen Craig is the final illustrator we will showcase in December, but don’t fret. We plan to highlight a few more illustrators in January, as well as throughout the year!
Today we are shining our spotlight on local illustrator/artist extraordinaire, Karen Craig. Karen moved to Shepherdstown, WV, from Woodstock, NY last year. She worked in children’s illustration, design, and product development for about 20 years. For the past 10 years, she has been freelancing from her home studio. Previously, she worked as an in-house designer and artist for Upstart reading materials and Nickelodeon consumer products. To check out more of her fantastic art, visit her website: www.karencraigart.com.
During her freelance career, she illustrated many licensed books for the Nickelodeon properties Blues Clues, Blue’s Room and Yo Gabba Gabba. More recently, she has been doing freelance work in her own style, using a “digital cut paper” look. It is hand drawn, then scanned in and finished digitally.
Here are some examples of her art:
Raccoon & Baby, a spread from a lift-the-flap book for YoYo Books, a Belgian publisher,
1 North Pole, a Holiday card design for The Museum of Modern Art, in NYC,
In Like a Lion, for Scholastic Publishing / Classroom Magazine
Thanks for sharing your work with everyone, Karen! Best of luck with your illustration. Happy New Year to you and to all:)