ABOUT ERIN BONSTEEL
I’m an illustrator focusing on the editorial market, children’s book art and alternative art. I graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design in 2017 with a Masters in Illustration.
In my editorial work, I explore metaphors, allegories and connections as a way to layer and build my illustrations. I use unconventional imagery in order to engage the viewer and offset typical tropes. My desire to express a point a view drives my editorial work, but it also presents the opportunity to experiment conceptually. I prefer exploring themes such as individualism, liberty, loneliness and otherness.
My children’s book art is distinctive and organic. My characters are mostly animals, with pensive and quirky personalities. I like to achieve a sense of nostalgia with traditional materials such as watercolors, gouache, pencil and ink. Some projects that I have been working on: “Captain Vole and the Battle of the Nautilus”- an adventure series about an old daring, seafaring vole who recalls his past adventures of seeking out bounty in the wildest of domains. “Rudolph and Randolph- Cat Detectives”- a comic book about two silly cat detectives who only manage to solve crimes and mysteries through their insatiable quest for canned cat food.
I usually work traditionally with pen and ink, watercolor, scratchboard, pencil and gouache. I also create digital illustrations, but I am always sure to use custom brushes that achieve a natural look. I prefer to work in traditional materials because I prefer the intensity and thoughtfulness of physical mark-making. My style is defined by loose and gritty line work and moody, flowing colors.
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