Valerie Lesiak is an illustrator who creates images both for her personal portfolio and on a commission basis through her personal Picture Book Studio. Valerie’s digital drawings and illustrations tend towards a simple, bright aesthetic, but represent the artist’s skill with visual balance and composition.
Valerie’s style is kid-friendly in the vein of Maria Angela Reyes or Denise Tonner, and stays quite consistent whether the artist is working with seasonal subject matter or a project incorporating text or other details. Birds and small animals are a common motif, and their sometimes-stylized appearance lends to the approachable tone of the portfolio as a whole.
As we saw in our previous feature of Valerie’s picture book illustrations, I really enjoy the way Valerie employs collage aesthetics in her digital images. In digital media, the artist is able to create shapes in a near infinite array of combinations, matching colours with different textures to give her images a voluminous, rich appearance.