Caitlin B. Alexander

Caitlin B. Alexander - Designer

Austin, TX, USA

An illustrator with a style that is nostalgic, yet fresh, and charming yet mature! Cover design + picture books. Lover of color + texture.

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Overview

**Starting in March 2021, I will only be able to take book cover jobs. Picture book availability will open again in January 2022. Thanks for your patience!**

I am excited and open to book cover projects and picture books!

I'm a freelance illustrator from Austin, Texas with a style rooted in midcentury influence, through the lens of a modern existence. I focus on a representation of repeat patterns and texture in our natural world, observations of daily life, and messages of strength and acceptance, via hand-lettered typography. This love of smaller details-- a cluster of mismatched city buildings, lush color in an old quilt, variations in a garden-- is what I bring to my work: an appreciation for the lovely little things in life.

Let's open the visual world that your words have brought to life!

Some of my previous clients include National Geographic Learning, the American Federation for Teachers, and Ladybug Magazine. I am a lover of books (even below my reading level) and have a massive collection of inspiration at hand, always!


Self-Publishing Client Testimonials:

"Caitlin's illustrations have transformed the scientific text [of my book] into a charming story of sharing knowledge and collective action to inspire us all to help the world stay cool for the next generation... I just compare [her] art to almost anything else on the market, and it's a different level... [Her] aesthetic is what has made this book so wonderful!" --Marianna Linz, author of "Cool For You"

“Caitlin was a dream collaborator! Her art is as incredible as I'd hoped, & she was communicative & receptive to my feedback, & even found ways to make sure I could get the art I needed within my budget. I can't wait to work with her again!” —Audrey Taylor Ward, author of “Rebel Risen”

“Working with Caitlin was such a pleasure! She is so easy-going and does great work. She answered every question that I asked and she also pointed things out to me that I hadn't thought of. I will definitely work with her again for my next book cover!” —Karen Reed-Denson, author of “The Permanent Smile”

"Working with Caitlin to design the cover of my memoir, The Freedom to Wonder, was one of the highlights of my year in 2020. She was an excellent communicator and demonstrated great care for the project, making sure that as her client, my cover art looked exactly how I wanted and needed it to look *and* feel. At times when I was indecisive, she patiently walked me through my different options and offered her professional opinion, which always turned out to be the right call. The final cover design Caitlin illustrated and designed for my book turned out to be absolutely stunning. I always get compliments from readers and curious onlookers, which as an author, makes me feel extra proud of my title. If you're looking to work with a talented illustrator and book cover designer with a *ton* of heart, I highly recommend getting into contact with Caitlin. You won't be disappointed!" --Snow White Bui, author of "The Freedom to Wonder"

“It was a true pleasure working with Caitlin. She is unfailingly professional, prompt, and efficient with getting the final product to me. I recommend her highly!” —Jeff Kerr, author of “The Republic of Jack”

"It was a joy working with Caitlin on the cover design for my book. She is an extremely good communicator and she guided me through the process with skill and precision. I am still amazed at how quickly she grasped the concept and mood I had in mind and brought it to life in her own unique, vibrant, and colorful style. Thank you, Caitlin, for your dedication to this project—I look forward to working with you again!" -- Mike Landon, author of "The Corner of Now and Then"
Languages
English
Non-Fiction
Children’s Non-Fiction
Fiction
Contemporary Fiction
Middle Grade
Picture Books
Science Fiction
Women's Fiction
Young Adult

Certifications

  • BFA Summa Cum Laude in Illustration from the Savannah College of Art and Design

Awards

  • Austin SCBWI Portfolio Award, Society of Illustrators Los Angeles Illustration West 49

Work experience

Freelance Illustrator

Self-employed
June, 2011 – Present (almost 10 years)

I provide illustration and design services for editorial, advertising, publishing, and small businesses, with a wide range of project scopes and types of clients. Communication is incredibly important to me, and I make sure my clients love the art they are commissioning! In addition to freelance work, I sell prints and products of my own through shops and markets.

Portfolio (2 selected works)

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Mike L
It was a joy working with Caitlin on the cover design for my book. She is an extremely good communicator and she guided me through the process with skill and precision. I am still amazed at how quickly she grasped the concept and mood I had in mind and brought it to life in her own unique, vibrant, and colorful style. Thank you, Caitlin, for your dedication to this project—I look forward to wor...
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Mike L, April 2021


Jeff Kerr
It was a true pleasure working with Caitlin. She is unfailingly professional, prompt, and efficient with getting the final product to me. I recommend her highly!

Jeff Kerr, March 2021


Karen Reed-Denson
Working with Caitlin was such a pleasure! She is so easy-going and does great work. She answered every question that I asked and she also pointed things out to me that I hadn't thought of. I will definitely work with her again for my next book cover!

Karen Reed-Denson, September 2020


Audrey Taylor Ward
Caitlin was a dream collaborator! Her art is as incredible as I'd hoped, & she was communicative & receptive to my feedback, & even found ways to make sure I could get the art I needed within my budget. I can't wait to work with her again!

Audrey Taylor Ward, May 2020

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