Art & Illustration: Kiri Østergaard Leonard

My name is Kiri Østergaard Leonard. I am a freelance illustrator and artist from Denmark, who is currently residing in New York City with my wonderful husband Alexander Leonard.
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Welcome to the Women in Fantasy Illustration interview series. I am interviewing a selection of women whose work have made an impact in the Fantasy Illustration Industry. You will find the links to more interviews at the bottom of the page.

Today’s interview is with illustrator Cynthia Sheppard. I first became familiar with Cynthia’s beautiful work through Awesome Horse Studiosonline and later on…

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Women in Fantasy Illustration: Interview with Kristina Carroll

Welcome to the Women in Fantasy Illustration interview series. I am interviewing a selection of women whose work have made an impact in the Fantasy Illustration Industry. You will find the links to more interviews at the bottom of the page.

Today’s interview is with Kristina Carroll. I first became familiar with Kristina through her Month of Love blog, a blog where a group of professional artists…

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I’ve been Interviewed by Wax Ecstatic Magazine: http://www.waxecstaticmagazine.com/

I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Evelyn Grace Healy, one of the owners of Was Ecstatic Magazine, for their April Issue.

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Welcome to the Women in Fantasy Illustration interview series. I am interviewing a selection of women whose work have made an impact in the Fantasy Illustration Industry.

Today’s interview is with Karla Ortiz. Karla was suggested to me by fellow artist Travis Lewis. I was mind blown when I saw Karla’s stunning work so I’m delighted to have this opportunity to share this interview with you. Karla…

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** REBLOG AND WIN ** The Ultimate Megapack for Photoshop has been updated and now contains over 100 brushes for the same discounted price as the original pack. 

This is my best-selling set and it includes a wide range of incredibly realistic pencils, inks, gouache, oil and acrylic brushes, as well as some FX brushes, erasers, blenders and smudge tools. There is even a perspective grid brush.

THREE random Tumblr followers who reblog this post will win a free Megapack on Sunday, March 30th (Value: $13).

Thanks for the support, artist friends, and happy painting to all!

Sweet brush pack and offer!

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Art Schools have been under frequent attack for their steep tuition costs in recent years which naturally lead many students to question whether attending art school is really worth it. There are a variety of opinions on this subject and personally I think it’s up to the individual to determine whether art school is for them or not.

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Elizabeth Daddazio and Kiri Østergaard Leonard at the Pratt…

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Welcome to the Women in Fantasy Illustration interview series. I am interviewing a selection of women whose work have made an impact in the Fantasy Illustration Industry.

Today I have the pleasure of sharing a great interview with renown tarot and fairy tale illustrator Lisa Hunt. Lisa Hunt is a veteran of fantasy illustration, she’s also a traditional artist who renders her beautiful work in…

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Cover of Spectrum 21

Spectrum 21 Cover. Art by Rebecca Guay.

Spectrum Fantastic Artist, the fantasy art annual that yearly spirals the Sci-fi and Fantasy community into a fit of anxiety and excitement has finally released a list of the artists who made the cut and it looks like Spectrum 21, which is published by Flesk Publishing this year, is going to be one stunning book!

You can find the full list of artists here: [CLICK HERE]

I’m particularly excited to see Jenna Kass and Rebecca Yanovskaya, whom I recently interviewed [click here to read interview], in the mix of artists who were accepted in.

Jenna, a young artist who has been working very determined on her artwork in recent years, has undergone a lot of struggle and doubt about her career path. I’ve previously featured Jenna on the blog here: Aspiring Illustrators – Put yourselves out there and it’s wonderful to see her hard work is paying off! I’m very excited to see where her career takes her next.

You can follow Jenna on Facebook here and find her online here.

Spectrum has a new group of judges every year, this year the judges were Cory Godbey, J. Anthony Kosar, George Pratt, Shelly Wan and Allen Williams.

Spectrum 21 - List of Artists released Spectrum Fantastic Artist, the fantasy art annual that yearly spirals the Sci-fi and Fantasy community into a fit of anxiety and excitement has finally released a list of the artists who made the cut and it looks like Spectrum 21, which is published by Flesk Publishing this year, is going to be one stunning book!

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In 2012 I attended an Illuxcon panel presented by Jim Pavelec, Mike Sass, Aaron B Miller, Randy Gallegos and Todd Lockwood; a group of veteran artists. They were frustrated with the state of the illustration industry, specifically with the low pay rates and increasingly stringent contracts that made it increasingly difficult to make a living. They proposed that illustrators band together through…

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Snapshot of a corner of my art studio.

I first became familiar with Wylie Beckert’s beautiful work through a Facebook art group called Team Awesome. Wylie’s work has a very distinctive and eye catching style, that I really like.

Since I first came across her work Wylie’s career has really been of to a good, well deserving start; recently she was published on the cover of ImagineFX, one of the most popular magazines for Sci-fi and Fantasty Art. I’m curious to see where her work will take her in the future to come and I hope you will enjoy this interview with Wylie.


Tamlin © Wylie Beckert Tamlin © Wylie Beckert

Miss Wylie with her amazing bangs.

Miss Wylie with her amazing bangs.

1. Please give a brief introduction of yourself, your career and your work My name is Wylie Beckert; I started freelancing on and off about two and a half years ago, but I’d say that it’s only in this past year that I’ve started to take illustration really seriously, and started to focus on creating art for the SF/F genre. My most recent professional projects have included cover art for ImagineFX and Annick Press and card art for Fantasy Flight. My current work is a combination of digital and traditional media; I love creating stylized, somewhat whimsical fantasy art with an emphasis on vivid characters and storytelling.

2. When did you start drawing? And when did realize you wanted to make a career of it? I’ve been drawing all my life - and drawing very badly for most of it. I always assumed I would be an artist, because that was the skill people always told me I was good at; but looking back at my abysmal art from high school and college, I have no idea why everyone allowed me to labor under this delusion. Towards the end of college, I think I started to realize how lacking my art was and got discouraged, because I didn’t pursue any work in the industry for a few years.

I’ve been drawing all my life - and drawing very badly for most of it.

Then, while I was working a totally non-art related office job, an old school friend contacted me with a small freelance job. Working on that handful of illustrations reminded me how much I enjoyed doing art (and how much I hated doing office work) - shortly thereafter I quit my job and set out to build a career in illustration.

Pointless Quest © Wylie Beckert Pointless Quest © Wylie Beckert

Please read the full interview here: http://kirileonard.com/women-fantasy-illustration-wylie-beckert/

The Hunchback of Notre Dame for the Lands and Legends Art Book: http://www.michaelpublishing.net/

I wrote a blog post about the project here: http://kirileonard.com/client-work-hunchback-notre-dame/
 

Motivational Quote: Ran Ortner

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I posted this on Facebook yesterday, and am reposting here - I wish I had time to reply individually to everyone who is contacting me for advice, but I don’t, so this post hopefully will suffice. I generally dislike “one size fits all” advice, but I need to devote my time to my work. Thanks for…

Very good advice.

Illustration for Month Of Love’s weekly drawing challenge in February. The theme for this week is Favourite Love Story.

As a child I grew up with a well stocked treasury of Donald Duck magazines and books. I always felt so bad for poor Donald when he would mess up and Daisy would get angry with him, or when she tried to make him jealous. The stories about the two of them were my favourites, especially when he would finally manage to make her happy and get a little peck on the cheek.