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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One of the benefits of living in New York City as an artist is having so many art related events at your fingertips. I recently attended a wonderful lecture by Brian and Wendy Froud at theSociety of Illustrators.


Be inspired by your own landscape. Be inspired by things on your own doorstep.

- Brian Froud

Please read the full article with art tips here:

Loraine Flegal posted this delightful photo earlier today after she helped her daughter cut out all the Vikings of Legend and Lore paper dolls! She used a cookie tin to make them a new home, I just love it!

I’m sold out of the paper doll book but fear not, right now you can get it of Amazon for just $8.99 - that’s 10% off and if you don’t mind buying used you can grab it for even less.

Share the Viking fun with little girls and boys! -

Coming in 2015: The Green Witch Tarot by author Ann Moura and Illustrator Kiri Østergaard Leonard, published by Llewellyn Worldwide.

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: