Hi there! My name is Lesley Breen Withrow, and I’m an illustrator and designer specializing in children’s books, greeting cards and surface designs. My artwork can be seen on a range of products from books, apps, cards, scrapbooks, puzzles, stickers, magazines, packaging, toys and games.
For as long as I can remember, I have been creating art. One of my first memories is drawing shapes with my Nana. As a kid I enjoyed making pictures and telling stories visually and was always the girl with a pencil and sketchbook in my hand. As an adult, I still love seeing the world through the eyes of a child and feel so lucky to make pictures every day!
After graduating from college in 1998, I was a graphic designer for an architectural firm and then a creative planner and product designer for a greeting card company, until I became a full-time freelancer in 2005. Since then I have worked on many incredible projects for amazing clients — and even won a Louie Award! I also had the joy of teaming-up with my husband, Steven Withrow, to be the co-author of Illustrating Children’s Picture Books (RotoVision/F+W Media), published worldwide in 2009.
I love to bring a fun and energetic spirit to all of my pictures. My favorite projects incorporate lively lines, colors, textures, and patterns, and are specially suited for a very young and inquisitive audience. Please contact me to discuss any illustration or surface design opportunities, I would love to speak with you!
“My favorite projects incorporate lively lines, colors, textures, and patterns, and are specially suited for a very young and inquisitive audience. Animals, kids in action, multicultural subjects, whimsical settings … I love to bring a fun and energetic spirit to all of my pictures and designs!”
Lesley—who lives in Rhode Island with her husband, daughter, and a little black cat—earned a certificate in children’s illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design. She holds a bachelor’s degree in historic preservation of art and architecture from Roger Williams University. She is the winner of the 2006 Ann Barrow Illustrators Scholarship and a 2005 SCBWI Illustrators Contest.
SOME CLIENTS INCLUDE: McGraw-Hill, Scholastic, Houghton Mifflin, Random House, Potter Style, innovative KIDS, Learning Horizons, KIDZUP/Tormont, Papyrus, Marcel Schurman, American Greetings, Marian Heath, Gartner Greetings, Designer Greetings, Paramount Cards, RotoVision, F+W Media, The Crown Publishing Group, Oxford University Press, All You Magazine.
Please visit lesleybreenwithrow.com to see more of Lesley’s portfolio.