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is a professional children’s book illustrator & in-house comic artist for Astronewt Studio. Specializing in narrative nonfiction and animal pov, she's prolific in Photoshop with over a decade of digital painting experience. She uses her self-taught knowledge to bring stories to life through her expressive and diverse array of characters. Her work has been featured in multiple major publications by clients such as Scholastic, Brown Books, National Geographic Kids, Discovery Channel, Yale University, as well as smaller-scale projects directly with authors and numerous educational publishers. Blayne’s art style is cinematic, vivid, and dynamically composed of semi-realistic characters embodying diverse voices and backgrounds. Animal characters stand out with whimsical, expressive body language and studied anatomy from her love of wildlife and rescue. When not drawing animals, her focus on incorporating BIPOC and LGBTQ+ characters is of personal importance to her as a queer artist. Her next publishing goal is to obtain a literary agent that will help her achieve a lifelong dream of becoming an author/illustrator. Over the course of her career, she’s learned cohesive production during the picture book process, and having that inside knowledge only inspires her to create books that leave readers in awe after every ending.

Blayne Fox

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AWARDS & ACCOLADES

2022 Kids' Book Choice Awards Finalist "Favorite Illustrated Character" - CHI CHI THE RESCUE DOG

2021 Kids' Book Choice Awards Winner "Best Picture Book Duo" - THE MERRY CHRISTMAS MITTENS

2021 New York City Big Book Award Winner "Children's Fiction" - EAGLE VS BEAR

2021 SCBWI Illustrator of the Month for Kansas City/MO

2020 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award Silver Finalist "Interior Design" - EAGLE VS BEAR

2020 Bill Fisher Award Winner - EAGLE VS BEAR

2020 Eric Hoffer Awards Short List Grand Prize Finalist - EAGLE VS BEAR

2020 Eric Hoffer Awards Short List Grand Prize Finalist - EAGLE VS BEAR

2020 Eric Hoffer Awards, Da Vinci Eye Finalist "Design" - EAGLE VS BEAR

2020 Eric Hoffer Awards, First Horizon Award Finalist - EAGLE VS BEAR

"I have had the privilege to work with Blayne Fox on several book illustrations and she is a very talented artist.  She understands the dedication it takes to make a beautiful book.  Her impeccable attention to detail is evident when the illustrations are even better than the author could imagine.  When given artistic freedom, Blayne can make any book spectacular.

The author writes the story, but the artist makes the book come to life.  This is Blayne in a nutshell."

Samantha Williams

Art Director

"The artwork is rich in natural colors that lure the reader deep into the storytelling. The lush scenery and detailed pictures give motion to the animals and landscape, right down to their fur and feathers and the trees’ pine needles."

The Children's Book Review

Eagle vs Bear: Adventures of a Child Cub

"Fox’s images convey mood well through rich, saturated colors, dramatic contrasts of light and shadow, dynamic composition, and expressive animal faces."

Kirkus Indie

Eagle vs Bear: Adventures of a Child Cub

LIKES

  • Animals esp. Cats

  • Espresso

  • Spicy Fantasy Books

  • Fishing & Hiking

  • Walking our Cats

  • Cheese and Carbs

  • Illustrative Tattoos

  • LGBTQ+ Positivity

  • Body Positivity

  • Grandma Clothes

INSPIRATIONS

  • David Wiesner

  • Brian Lies

  • Charles Santoso

  • Eric & Terry Fan

  • Joe Todd-Stanton

  • Jerry Pinkney

  • Max Grecke

  • Juanjo Guarnido

  • Dan Santat

  • Adam Rex

CLIENTS

  • Discovery Channel

  • NatGeo Kids

  • Scholastic Education

  • Aptara Learning

  • Brown Books Publishing

  • Yale University

  • Benchmark Publishing

  • Minnesota University Magazine

SPECIALIZES IN

  • Children's Books

  • Semi-Realism

  • Animal POV

  • Kidlit Comics

  • Graphic Novels

  • Stylization

  • Diverse Inclusion

  • Organic Environments

  • Nature

  • Magical Realism

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