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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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:

If you like the Women in Fantasy Illustration interviews, please share with your friends, thank you!

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). 

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: