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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The miniature art of Kiri Østergaard Leonard, 2014. The paintings measure between 3”x3” and 2.5”x3” - Some paintings are sold but those that aren’t will be for sale at the IlluxCon Showcase in Allentown, Pennsylvania from Sep. 18th to Sep 20th. Each cost $50.



7 Tips for the 21-Year-Old Me
by Bobby Chiu

When I was a student in college working on my skills as a character designer, I’d had periods where I would sit at my desk working as hard as I could but having little to show for my efforts at the end of the day. I remember sitting there…

This week’s theme is Creativity and Business. Here are this week’s top 5 links that I came across:

A few more miniature pieces for #IlluxCon. Each piece measure 2.5” x 3” - After the convention they’ll be for sale in my Etsy store.

Wow! 45 tarot card illustrations complete, this folder is really starting to fill up! #tarot #greenwitchtarot #kirileonard #illustration


Notes on perspective drawing by Disney layout artist Paul Felix - Part II


Notes on perspective drawing by Disney layout artist Paul Felix - Part I

It is the job of artists to open doors and invite in prophesies, the unknown, the unfamiliar; it’s where their work comes from, although its arrival signals the beginning of the long disciplined process of making it their own.
Rebecca Solnit

This week’s Women in Fantasy Illustration interview with Julie Dillon is now online! You can find it here:

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Cats. I have them. Happy World Cat Day!

I’m a huge fan of New Master’s Academy and have previous subscribed to their online art school. The instructors definitely know their craft so if you’re looking to boost your skills at an affordable price, check them out. Supscriptions run from $29/mo down to $19/mo.

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Viking paper dolls by Kiri Østergaard Leonard.

The book can be purchased here: for just $8.99. It features seven different vikings with outfits and weaponry and also a dragon! 

The other paper dolls are available here:

Tomorrow I have the honor of being the guest on the One Fantastic Week hangout with Illustrators Samuel Flegal and Peter Mohrbacher. Tune in and give it a listen at 11:00 am EST.

A collection of fairy tale illustrations I did from 2011 to 2013. The fairy tales are as follows: Little Red Riding Hood, Peter Pan, The Thumbling, The Little Match Girl and Sleeping Beauty.

Giuseppe Castellano, the Art Director for Grosset and Dunlap, an Imprint under Penguin Publishing, posted this photo on his twitter of the promotion mailers he received during the week.

There are a lot of great work here by various children’s book illustrators and it made me smile to see my card in the middle (Green one with the mouse, snail and fairies).