I am a fantasy and children's book illustrator who lives in the Pacific Northwest, just north of Seattle.
As long as I can remember, I loved looking at beautiful things in nature and works of artists, but I had dyspraxia as a kid and didn't see myself as becoming an artist until I was old enough to just enjoy creating for the joy of it. The more I did, the easier it became, and the more I realized I enjoyed making things better than just about anything else. I'm currently finishing my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Illustration at the Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design. My special concentration is in Children's Book Illustration.
My favorite media to work in today are digital painting and traditional painting with oil and gouache. I also enjoy drawing with pencil or charcoal.
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.
There are many sources of inspiration for my first. First, I like great stories, When I hear a good story, I visualize the events in my mind's eye. Currently, I am working on an animal version of Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.
I also enjoy taking in the beauty of natural surroundings and animals. I worked for a few years in wildlife rehabilitation and when I did so, I became interested in the idea of how the world would look from animals' perspectives.
As a child, I was captivated by Escher, African masks, surrealism, and classic Disney illustrations. Today artists that inspire me include those from the past like Arthur Rackham, Edmund Dulac, Maurice Sendak, and Tyrus Wong, but also contemporary greats like Omar Rayyan, Chris Dunn, Shaun Tan, Ty Carter, and Torben Kuhlmann.
The best place to find me and my work is to visit my website here or follow me on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. I also like to show 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 active in Western Washington's Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.
Krister Eide Fantasy and Children's Book Illustration
ADDRESS 6701 139th Pl SW 98026-3223 CELL 425-628-8712
SOCIAL facebook.com/krister.eide.art instagram.com/kristereide
HONORS AND AWARDS
2015 Best of the Gage – Figure (juror, Joseph McDonnell)
2015- 19 Honor Roll Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design (RMCAD)
2015 Merit Art Scholarship, RMCAD
2016 Summer Memory Contest, RMCAD
2017 Charlene Cosgrove Memorial Scholarship in Illustration, RMCAD
JURIED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2015 Steele Gallery Winners Exhibition, Gage Academy (Seattle, WA)
2015 Rotunda Student Exhibition, RMCAD (Denver, CO)
2016 Society of Children’s Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) Juried Show WA State Convention
Ctr (Seattle, WA)
2016 Nature’s Call, Clymer Museum, Guild of Natural Science Illustrators (Ellensburg, WA)
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)
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)
2019 RadCon (Pasco, WA)
2019 (planned) BFA program, 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
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
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