Sunday, April 6, 2008

ABOUT KRISTEN SCHWARTZ

When I was 16 I illustrated and designed my first business cards for a band called, The Hedgehogs. I was pretty proficient with a stat camera and typesetter at that point, but that was the dawn of the Apple Age and technology soon changed everything. I loved it and went on to gain illustration and design experience ranging from branding to book design that gave me a solid foundation for everything I do today.
My illustrations feature abundant technical skill in both black and white and color and range from being dream-like to having the clarity and attention to detail that lend my work to botanical illustration. I have been published in a variety of forms from books, magazines, newspapers, and internet, to event and company branding and collateral material.
My web design skills follow my illustration style and rest on a solid base of xhtml and css practices. These practices lead to clean elegant designs, strong search engine results and user friendly sites.

You can find out more at my website - KristenSchwartz.com

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ILLUSTRATION SPECIALTIES
People, Cultural, Fantastical, Botanical, Natural
Colored Pencil, Airbrush, Graphite, Pen & Ink

PUBLISHED BOOK ILLUSTRATIONS
When Technology Fails - 19 Illustrations - Edible Plants

Medicine From the Mountains: Medicinal Plants of the Sierra Nevada - 33 Illustrations, plus design, layout, and production for the 200+ page book.

MEMBER SCBWI
Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators
2009 Mentee chosen to work with Yuyi Morales
through Nevada SCBWI

EDUCATION
Otis Parsons College of Art and Design
San Diego State University
San Diego Airbrush Academy
East/West School of Herbology
Life





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