Hi, I'm Kristin Kest
For nearly 30 years I've worked as a freelance illustrator but always kept my hands in sculptural and clay work. My enthusiasm for illustration fantasy work spills over into my ceramics and sculpture (or is it the other way around?). I've created the interior and cover artwork for over 30 children's books, numerous textbooks and magazines, two decades' worth of calendars, card sets for scores of educational publishing companies and many many other publications in various markets. More recently, I created work for The National Parks Service's Russell Cave, a children's fantasy book for an independent author, super-realistic botanical illustrations for a new cannabis company in Colorado, and somewhere in there I illustrated a 100-page graphic novel, Lost in Dreams: Book 1, with New Worlds Comics, available now through ComiXology.
I have taught Illustration, Drawing, and Professional Development courses at my Alma mater, York College of Pennsylvania, earned my MFA at Maryland Institute, College of Art, guest lectured at Penn State Univ. on illustration and storytelling, and have participated in many exhibitions, conferences, and shows. I've also taught classes in stained glass and workshops in clay hand-building at The York Town Craft Guild.
In addition to the clay, I work not only in traditional media with brushes and oil paint but also digital media. My work has occasionally been nominated for the Chesley and the Hugo Awards for Best SF Illustration, and has been included in several F+SF publications~ IlluXCon, Spectrum and Infected By Art. Please also find my work in the Directory of Illustration 32 , 33, & 34.
Since I'm constantly experimenting with new ideas and materials, you can always expect to see something interesting here!
Illustration work: www.kestillustration.com