Bernard Lee

Bernard Lee - Designer

Los Angeles, CA, USA

Award winning book cover illustrator working in Fantasy, History and Sci-Fi. Clients include Macmillan, Hachette and more.

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Overview

I am a professional Illustrator with several years of experience working in the publishing and editorial industries. Prior to shifting over full-time to illustration, I worked as an Art Director at Scientific American Magazine for 5 years. Because of these two experiences, the service that I provide is not simply that of an Illustrator but also of a Designer who has intimate knowledge of the ins and outs of the publishing industry. Having been involved in countless cover pitch meetings for major publishers, I have a thorough understanding of what types of images sell and how to manage creative projects.

Professionalism, quality and client satisfaction are my biggest priorities. In my experience, working in true collaboration with an Author or Art Director has always resulted in a better end product by sifting through the more obvious solutions to produce something unexpected and fresh so I would love to do the same with you!

Past Clients:
Hachette, Macmillan, VICE Media, Variety Magazine, Scientific American

Recognition:
Society of Illustrators NY - Annual Show - 59, 60, 61, 64
Society of Illustrators LA - Illustration West - 55, 57, 58, 59
American Illustration - Annual Show - 40
Communication Arts Book and Competition - 2019, 2020, 2021

Services
Languages
English
Fiction
Dystopian
Fantasy
Historical Fiction
Science Fiction
Young Adult

Work experience

Illustrator

Self-employed
March, 2013 – Present (almost 10 years)

Past Clients:
Hachette, Macmillan, VICE Media, Variety Magazine, Scientific American

Recognition:
Society of Illustrators NY - Annual Show - 59, 60, 61, 64
Society of Illustrators LA - Illustration West - 55, 57, 58, 59
American Illustration - Annual Show - 40
Communication Arts Book and Competition - 2019, 2020, 2021

Art Director

Scientific American Magazine
December, 2012 – March, 2017 (about 4 years)

Recognition:
Society of Publication Designers, ASME Finalist, American Illustration, Society of Illustrators NY

Portfolio (3 selected works)

The Amazon Legacy: Gods & Queens

Zenay Bekele Ben-Yochanan

An embittered wager between Zeus and Hera results in the banishment of the most powerful Amazon leader, Queen Elektra. Sent to Hades, she leaves behind the Golden Girdle, holder of mysteries and granter of the gift of immortality to its rightful owner.In Elektra’s absence, two fierce warriors rise.Teigra—a lone wolf who has suffered a life of unspeakable brutality as a slave. Forced to earn he... read more

An embittered wager between Zeus and Hera results in the banishment of the most powerful Amazon leader, Queen Elektra. Sent to Hades, she leaves behind the Golden Girdle, holder of mysteries and granter of the gift of immortality to its rightful owner.In Elektra’s absence, two fierce warriors rise.Teigra—a lone wolf who has suffered a life of unspeakable brutality as a slave. Forced to earn he... read more

If This Goes On: The Science Fiction Future of Today’s Politics

A bold new anthology born of rage and sorrow and hope. 30 writers look at what today's politics and policies will do to shape our world a generation from now. Some of today's most visionary writers of science fiction project us forward to the world of the future; a world shaped by nationalism, isolationism, and a growing divide between the haves and have nots. This anthology sits at the inters... read more

A bold new anthology born of rage and sorrow and hope. 30 writers look at what today's politics and policies will do to shape our world a generation from now. Some of today's most visionary writers of science fiction project us forward to the world of the future; a world shaped by nationalism, isolationism, and a growing divide between the haves and have nots. This anthology sits at the inters... read more

Bloodless (Pendergast Book 20)

Preston, Douglas, Child, Lincoln

Bernard has 1 review

Professionalism
Professionalism
Quality
Quality
Value
Value
Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Ellie Grube
Hope to work with him again for the rest of the book series! Bernard was very patient with me and willing to explain terms. This was my first book so it was a learning process. Despite running into snags that could have slowed the project down, he managed to still produce a beautiful work on time.

Ellie Grube, December 2021

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