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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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). 

A little video I did on the tarot project I am currently working on.

An amazingly beautiful web comic! Boys with Wings is a stunning water-color web comic by my good friend Betsy Peterschmidt. You can read it here: 

etsy has had some problems promoting her comic, so if you like what you see please reblog! Let’s help her boost her readership!

You can find Betsy on Tumblr her:

I have been interviewing women who work in Fantasy Illustration about their lives, art and careers. It’s a goldmine of knowledge and advice both for working artists and also for aspiring illustrators and artists.

There are currently 17 different interviews, so get reading and enjoy!

You can find all of the interviews here:

Evening in my studio. I am working on the half-way illustration for the #greenwitchtarot . I can’t wait till it is done! #illustration #artstudio #artlife #kirileonard #tarotart #tarot #llewellyn

A checklist I made to help aspiring illustrators get started. Download the full size and read the explanations of each point here:

A book cover sample I painted for my portfolio. 

Prints for sale here:

New mailers that I will be sending out to publishers. Leftover postcards are for sale here.

A couple of the finished cards for the Green Witch Tarot which will be published by Llewellyn Worldwide in 2015. Illustrated by Kiri Østergaard Leonard, 2014.

Disclaimer for new readers:
 I am in the process of illustrating a full tarot deck for Llewellyn Worldwide, the artwork has been shared here with permission from the editor. There is no release date yet for the deck, but it should be sometime in 2015. It will be a full 78 card deck with no borders. The author behind the project is Ann Moura, who is widely known for her Green Witch books.

The deck is at current tentatively named The Green Witch Tarot, however the name is NOTfinal yet. It might end up being named something else.


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

I’m very pleased to share with you today’s interview with Heather Hudson. Some of you may know her from her work on Magic The Gathering, but let’s get right to it. Enjoy!

Illustration of 40s woman with ghoul


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Here’s a little artistic inspiration for my fellow fairy fans.

1. Arthur Rackham (1867 – 1939) regarded as one of the leading illustrators for the ‘Golden Age’ of illustration, is perhaps one of the most well known fairy artists. He was born in London as one of 12 children and began studying art at the age of 18 at the Lambeth School of Art in London. He’s a common source of inspiration for many current fantasy artists and for good reason. He worked mostly in ink and water colors.

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Happy Summer Solstice everyone!

My latest piece is based on the Danish tradition of the Summer Solstice celebration named Sankt Hans. It is a dedication to the memory of all the women who lost their lives during the witch hunts of the church, with an added touch of deliberate phoenix symbolism. I hope you like it.

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Illustration of a witch being burned at the stake, sent off to Bloksbjerg on The Eve of Sankt Hans (St. John's Eve). Artwork by Kiri Østergaard Leonard, 2014 -

Bloksbjerg Descent © Kiri Østergaard…

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