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Picture Book Studio: Art by Valerie Lesiak

A digital illustration of a whimsical hourglassSweet Dreams: A Whimsical Hourglass

Valerie Lesiak produces illustrations for freelance clients and for herself, working under her moniker Picture Book Studio. The artist’s works are colorful and kid-friendly, often featuring animals and simple text elements as subjects.

A diigital illustration of a butterfly based on the form of the letter BB is for Butterfly


I enjoy the welcoming, whimsical tone that Valerie achieves through her digital artworks. These illustrations are built upon a simplified, cartoonish style – the way the artist layers of planes of color often creates the appearance of cut, collaged paper, giving each work a charming, hand-done aesthetic. In Valerie’s recent series Alphabet Soup, the artist’s knack for children’s book illustrations really shines.

A screen capture of Valerie Lesiak's art


Each letter of the English alphabet is given its own individual artwork, with the letters themselves incorporated into scenarios as figures and objects. The letter A, for example, becomes a rainbow, supporting an ark of animals. In another work, it turns into the legs and body of a dog.

A digital illustration of a rainbow shaped like the letter AA is for Ark

About the author

Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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