Mallette Blum

Mallette Blum - Designer

Jackson, Michigan, USA

Visual storyteller specializing in book cover illustrations for young adult and middle-grade fantasy.

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Overview

Does your story require fantastical and colorful illustrations to guide the reader through your story? Do you want an exciting cover to grab the attention of a busy middle grader in the library or book store shelves amongst the other books? Then look no further!

I am an illustrator and graphic artist currently residing in Jackson, Michigan with my librarian husband, and calico cat, Iris. After graduating from Kendall College of Art and Design with a Bachelor's degree in Graphic Design in 2008, I launched my career by successfully helping authors bring their stories to life through my art for more than 10 years.

One of the picture books I illustrated, Hooray for Helium by Blake Washington, won a gold Mom's Choice Award. Besides illustrating the children's books, I have experience formatting the books with typography and prepare the files for print production. Moreover, throughout the project, communication is very important for me to create the artwork that represents the client's story. Weekly updates are sent to the client detailing the progress of their project. For illustrating a book cover, it usually takes me 3 weeks to complete and for illustrating a 32-page picture book, it takes me about 6 months. Upon receiving a brief description of the client's project, I initially research to create the character designs. After the character designs are approved, I begin to create 2 to 3 black and white sketches of the book cover or interior pages. Once the sketch is finalized and approved by the client, the final colored cover or interior page is rendered.

It is very important for me to give my clients a wonderful experience during their projects. My past experience focuses on children's picture books; however, my future endeavors aim for illustrating Middle-Grade chapter books and YA Fantasy covers. Being a professional, energetic, and creative illustrator, I look forward to collaborating with you on your book project!
Languages
English
Fiction
Action & Adventure
Fantasy
Middle Grade
Middle Grade Fantasy
Young Adult Fantasy

Certifications

  • BFA in Graphic Design from Kendall College of Art and Design

Awards

  • 2012 Gold Mom's Choice Award

Work experience

Graphic Artist

Far Ahead Advertising
August, 2014 – July, 2017 (almost 3 years)

Work closely with ad reps and clients to create compelling ad designs for a well known local news paper and magazines in the Berrien County Michigan area. Expertly use Adobe programs such as Illustrator and InDesign to create ads and page layouts. Organize files and meet tight deadlines for publication.

Illustrator

Self-employed
July, 2011 – Present (almost 11 years)

Create eye-catching visual illustrations for book covers and picture books using Adobe Photoshop and a Wacom Tablet. Work with publishing editors and writers to create the best visual representation for their book to capture the reader's attention.

Portfolio (5 selected works)

Therapy Time! (2) (Big Brother Little Sister)

Samuel, Tegdra, Blum, Mallette

Mallette has 2 reviews

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

Marko Rossi
Good work done at a reasonable time.

Marko Rossi, August 2021


Andersen Wood
Mallette was incredibly professional and beyond delivered when it came to visualizing my characters.

Andersen Wood, July 2021

Mallette Blum
Thank you, Andersen! I am happy you enjoyed the final artwork. It was a fun project to collaborate with you on. Hope we can work again soon in the future.

Reply from Mallette Blum

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