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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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: http://boyswithwings.com/ 

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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: http://the-wright-flyer.tumblr.com/

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: http://kirileonard.com/tag/women-in-fantasy-illustration/

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: http://kirileonard.com/college-graduate-checklist-aspiring-illustrators/

A book cover sample I painted for my portfolio. 

Prints for sale here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/192646238/print-aurora-13x19

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!

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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.

Please click continue to Wordpress to read full list and see images: http://kirileonard.com/classic-fairy-artists/

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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 - www.kirileonard.com

Bloksbjerg Descent © Kiri Østergaard…

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What do artists do all day? This documentary offers great insight on the daily life of an illustrator.

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Special Edition: NYC took place in the Javitscenter in Manhattan last weekend. I was in the artist’s alley alongside my trusty convention-buddy Betsy Peterschmidt and also with my table assistent Rose Wong.

There’s a new con in town

The vibe of the convention was very much like New York Comic Con but a lot smaller and therefore more low-key. The artist’s alley only took up about half of the room with the other half left for vendors. This is the first year Special Edition: NYC has taken place so I’m certain it’s only going to grow. It’s definitely an option worth looking into as an artist and even more so if you’re into comics.

While I had a wonderful time at Special Edition: NYC, I’m considering I should invest my time in Faerie Con instead next year as the audience is more in line with my genre of art.

Lessons Learned

Some of the lessons I took away from this convention were:

  1. Simplify your display, don’t bring too much stuff. (Like me, oops!)
  2. Have a tip jar!
  3. Try to keep prints to one size, multiple sizes become an extra expense for you as an artist and you’re likely to only sell of the cheapest option.
  4. Have a mailing list sign up sheet.
  5. Stand up at your table and engage the customers.
  6. Having a table assistant is wonderful. They can help with food runs, company and sales. (Thank you Rose!)
  7. Doggy Cosplay is the best! (See photos)
  8. Doing commissions on the spot is one of the ebst sources of income at a convention. People are really excited to have things drawn as their own request, so if you can do this. It’s a great way to make people happy. (Shout out to Betsy Peterschmidt, who was really rocking the commissions again this year.)
  9. Consider which audience your artwork reaches out to when selecting conventions to attend.

Thank you

I’d like to extend a big thank you to everyone who stopped by my table. It was so lovely meeting you all and thank you for supporting my work! You are the best.

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Photos © Rose Wong & Kiri Østergaard Leonard


Links:
Special Edition: NYC
Rose Wong
Olga Andreyeva
Betsy Peterschmidt

Special Edition: NYC - Artist’s Alley Experiences Special Edition: NYC took place in the Javitscenter in Manhattan last weekend. I was in the artist’s alley alongside my trusty convention-buddy Betsy Peterschmidt and also with my table assistent Rose Wong.

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.

Today’s interview is with lovely German illustrator Kristina Gehrmann. I’ve been following her work for a while and was very excited when she agreed to do an interview and I can…

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