Charlie Swerdlow

Charlie Swerdlow - Designer

Portland, ME, USA

Illustrator and designer specializing in history, dramatic realism, and original compositions

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Charlie is a painter, illustrator, graphic designer, author, and musician from Portland, Maine. He specializes dramatic realism, and in depicting sites & scenes from throughout world history. His work has been used in fiction, poetry, textbooks, popular histories, games, and sites, and is on display in private collections and public spaces.

"I don't even know where to begin to describe how incredibly talented, intuitive, and friendly Charles is. I feel so lucky, and honored, to be given the chance to work creatively with Charlie. He quickly developed a better understanding of what I wanted and needed for my project than I did. I think that making art for an artist is a truly difficult thing to do. I am amazed at Charlie's patience with me throughout the entire process. I am sure that it didn't take him very long to realize that I wouldn't be able to be satisfied if my inputs weren't considered and met. That being said, he never once seemed to appear annoyed with any change that I had asked for, while, hopefully, not sacrificing his own artistic integrity. I hope that the finished product can be something that we are both incredibly proud of. I can't wait to see what Charles continues to create. 5 Star Artist, 5 Star Service, 5 Star personality. What more could you ask for?"
Historical Fiction


  • BFA Illustration, Art History Minor, Suma Cum Laude, Savannah College of Art and Design

Work experience

Freelance Illustrator & Designer

March, 2014 – Present (about 9 years)

Selected Experience:
Set Designer, Broadway Media LLC
Painter and Illustrator, Cross Jewelers
Concept Artist, Next Media Partners
Art Director, Bramwell Noah
Concept Artist & Illustraor, Tabou Pictures Inc
History Illustrtor, Monmouth Timeline Inc.

Portfolio (4 selected works)

The Door

Grant, Gayle

Lowland Glow

Swerdlow, Charlie

Native American History of Savannah

Freeman, Professor of English Law Michael

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