The Artist: Elisabeth Bell
Designing beautiful children's illustrations and whimsical imagery is my passion. My creative journey began with my earliest memories as a child where I loved to draw. I pulled inspiration from Disney illustrations, Little Golden Books and countless other picture books, drawing for endless hours images that defined my fanciful world as a child. Years later, my love for childrens art led me through the Queensland College of Art in Australia where I received a BVA in traditional Animation and delved into the animation industry for a time. With an affinity for colored pencils and pen, and a love for childrens animated content, I endeavor to create lovely, warm illustrations that appeal to the child within each of us.
My developed style is a melding of a Disney-esque charm to an essence of rustic Holly Hobbie sentimentality. Needless to say, these artists have influenced me in a prominent way as I love the nostalgic sense of innocence, whimsy and sweetness that arise from their work. Childhood is so fleeting and I venture to tap into that charming, forgotten realm through my wonderful illusory creations. I love to portray the timelessness of youth and innocence of childhood in my pieces. My aim is to eternalize such memories on my canvas and into the hearts of individuals and families, the young and the young at heart.
From classic animation cells and cartooning, tactile traditional colored pencil and pen, I am now mastering the digital world where I still get to incorporate the rich, warm, organic quality of my illustrations and create something more. By integrating my completed traditional pieces, I find new interest in furthering my work through using the digital medium.
All my licensing collections are produced traditionally by hand and completed in digital format resulting with aesthetically pleasing visuals and a high quality finish. I customize designs to fit each company's needs and have the ability to create and complete quality designs quickly. To increase the value of my work, I do not duplicate licenses to my images to appear on the same product, and no two companies carry the same license to any of my images during the same licensing term. I combine my knowledge of animation with my skills in illustration to create a look that is visually dynamic, unique and beautiful.
The fact that I can do all this from my home art studio not only means a great deal to me as a mother and professional artist, but allows me to be continually inspired to create childrens illustrations and family friendly images that I love based on my young subjects at hand, my children. With so much inspiration for my art readily available, I couldnt ask for a better working environment.