Hello! I'm your Smile Artist!
Specializing in custom artwork to make you smile. ;o)
I’m an illustrator and hand lettering artist in Chicago, IL that specializes in custom illustrations and artwork that will make you and your customers smile. Services include custom illustrations and lettering pieces for logos, advertisements, and products; stationery design (greeting cards, calendars); custom pet portraits, custom invitation design; and wedding invitation design; or let's chat about your own custom illustrated needs.
For when you want something custom and unique...
Customized lettering gives a unique flair to your message—no one else will have the same font or composition! All of my artwork and lettering is drawn to give an authentic, imperfect look. I've been working in fine art and illustration for over 15 years with a concentration in lettering and illustration for the last 3 years. I love flexing a fun and whimsical spirit and sense of humor in my work, and absolutely ADORE puns, so let me be silly for you to delight your customers!
I have a background in publishing and textbook illustrations so can tackle prepping files for print and illustrating complex subject matter. My fine art background means I have a strong grasp for physical materials and textures, and I have a love for paper so can work digitally or with by hand. I’ve been an avid drawer since I was a kid in single-digits AND I went to undergraduate and graduate school for art, creative writing, and art business. So no worries, because I got this.
Full details on my experience can be found on my LinkedIn profile.
My current portfolio can be found online, but here are a few of my favorites.
Let's work together...
If you want to create something cute, fun, and customized to communicate your brand.
You appreciate my time, I appreciate yours. Work is work, but we all have lives outside of work.
Let's be nice to each other--who has time for meanies in the world?
If you have an idea of something you want illustrated, or if you have no idea at all! Let's chat...
About Me, so you know what you're getting into:
I grew up in the Pacific Northwest, but there's definitely a Midwestern girl in here. Politeness and niceties rule!
Drawing puns is one of my favorites!
I'm a planner at heart and have many to-do lists, and I love checking things off as done!
I'm really good at hidden objects games.
I sing along to cheesy 80s tunes when I'm stressed out or having a bad day.
My old late 19th century house gave me a greater appreciation for the vintage aesthetic, so I like to visit flea markets and antique shops.
I try to travel outside of the US at least once a year to get out of my comfort zone.
Sometimes I like something LESS because it's popular. I like to personalize things so I don't feel like a sheep.
If it's not tasty or refreshing, it's not worth ingesting.
Sharing meals together creates great experiences.
I don't like cooking alone.
I dislike wearing mismatched items or things that I feel the colors or patterns do not match or complement each other--designer fail.
As a child, I had a recurring nightmare of a zebra wearing a green necktie that jumped through my bedroom window and held my family hostage in my sister's closet. No idea why.
In elementary school I was always a good speller, but I was too shy and embarrassed to stand up in front of everyone and spell out loud.
A strong work ethic + taking care of business ASAP = more time to play!
And I love photo booths!!>