I am a fantasy and children’s book illustrator who lives in the Pacific Northwest, just north of Seattle.
Please contact me for freelance work and commissions. I’d love to hear from you.
I work traditionally in oil paints and water media as well as digitally and enjoy imaginative realism and epic fantasy. My current passion project is an animal version of Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea as well as a series involving dragons.
My work is inspired by great artists of the past and present like Arthur Rackham, Edmund Dulac, Maurice Sendak, and Tyrus Wong, Omar Rayyan, Chris Dunn, Christopher Denise, Shaun Tan, Ty Carter, and Torben Kuhlmann.
Whether painting digital or traditionally, I start off with a sketch. If I’m creating an imaginative scene, I may make clay maquettes that I can light or use a 3d modeling software like Modo or Sketchup. For oil paintings, I use the technique of the Old Masters, painting a grisaille layer in a single color then layering on transparent glazes.
Some of my animal work is inspired by my experiences working in wildlife rehabilitation. I took care or owls, crows, rabbits, and a whole host of animals, helping them recover from injuries to be returned to the wild. I became interested in imagining the world from animals’ points of view.
The best place to find me and my work is to visit my website here or follow me on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. I sell work in local and national science fiction and fantasy conventions like Norwescon or San Diego Comic Con but also have a online store through Etsy and Society 6. I’m also an active member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.
Krister Eide Fantasy and Children’s Book Illustration
2019 BFA Illustration (Children’s Book Illustration) RMCAD (GPA 3.9/4.0)
2017- Ty Carter Mentorship of Blue Sky Studios
2017 Classes from Schoolism, School of Visual Storytelling, Oatley Academy
2016 Open Studio Michelle Waldele-Dick, painter
2015 Gage Academy (Watercolor portrait, Figure Drawing)
2014 Computer Graphics Society – Digital Illustration and Environmental Design
2014 TLC Workshops: Allen Williams, Graphite
2013 Mukilteo Art Workshop Christine Awad-Schmalz
HONORS AND AWARDS
2019 Summa Cum Laude BFA Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design
2015- 19 Honor Roll Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design (RMCAD)
2017 Charlene Cosgrove Memorial Scholarship in Illustration, RMCAD
2016 Summer Memory Contest, RMCAD
2015 Merit Art Scholarship, RMCAD
2015 Best of the Gage – Figure (juror, Joseph McDonnell)
GROUP EXHIBITIONS AND CONVENTIONS
2019 Norwescon 42 (Seattle, WA)
2019 Radcon (Pasco, WA)
2018 Drawn to Life, Seattle City Hall, SCBWI(Seattle, WA)
2018 Comics, Anime, Cartoons, and Fantasy, Las Laguna Gallery (Laguna Beach, CA)
2018 Natural Musings GNSI-NW, Washington State Convention Center (Seattle, WA)
2018 San Diego Comic Con Art Show (San Diego, CA)
2018 World Con 76 (San Jose, CA)
2018 Red Shoe Show (RMCAD, Denver, CO)
2017 Ilustrators Showcase SCBWI Spring Conference (Seattle, WA)
2017 Put a Bird on It, ArtEAST Gallery (Issaquah, WA)
2017 Fantastical Worlds, Blakely Hall, ArtEast (Issaquah, WA)
2016 Society of Children’s Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) WA State Conv, Seattle, WA)
2016 Nature’s Call, Clymer Museum, Guild of Natural Science Illustrators (Ellensburg, WA)
2015 Steele Gallery Winners Exhibition, Gage Academy (Seattle, WA)
2015 Rotunda Student Exhibition, RMCAD (Denver, CO)
Oil Painters of America Associate
Society of Childrens Book Writers and Illustrators
Society of Illustrators
Society of Illustrators Los Angeles
Creative Talent Network
SELECTED CLIENTS AND ART EVENTS
Artist of the Week Seattle Refined KOMO News
Seattle Audubon Society – Marbled Murrelet
Pilchuck Audubon Society – Traveling Exhibit
Seattle Aquarium – Guild of Natural Science Illustrators Northwest
Burke Museum in Seattle (Bird Art Exhibition) – Guild of Natural Science Illustrators Northwest
Pacific Science Center in Seattle (Art Demonstration) – Guild of Natural Science Illustrators
Beach Watchers Program (Environment)
Washington Wildlife and Recreation Photographer
REFERENCES AND MENTORS
David Collins Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design Dcollinsart.com
Ty Carter Blue Sky Studios Tycarter.com
Tina Hoggatt Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators