Dion MBD

Dion MBD - Designer

New York, NY, USA

Illustrator/designer specializing in Young Adult and kids lit. Past clients include Scholastic, MacMillan, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

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Overview

Hi, my name is Dion, an Indonesian illustrator/designer living and working in Brooklyn. Creating works that are both conceptual and narrative-driven, I have had the chance to collaborate with clients such as the Scholastic, MacMillan, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and the New York Times. The most recent book cover that I did is for Mike Jung's the Boys in the Back Row. It will be published as the first line-up from Levine Querido, the new publication founded by Arthur A. Levine.

When working with clients, I focus on 3 things: developing concepts, producing stunning visuals, and being professional. I put emphasis on coming up with a strong idea. I begin by talking to my clients not only about the book but also their thoughts and feelings on the subject matter. I then send a few sketches that we will choose and build together into a tight drawing/layout. I am open to a few revisions during this drafting period to nail down the specifics. Once I finish a tight drawing/layout, the project is open for another revision to ensure the final design/illustration will be perfect.

Every book is unique and it is my job to highlight the different voices and put them in the spotlight!
Languages
English
Fiction
Coming of Age
Middle Grade
Picture Books
Young Adult

Certifications

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts

Awards

  • Adobe Top Talent Award
  • Japan Illustrators Association Silver Medal
  • Creative Quarterly 56, 55, 51, winner
  • Zankel Scholar Runner Up 2018
  • Howard Koslow Memorial Scholarship
  • Florida Watercolor Society Scholarship

Work experience

Illustrator

MacMillan Publisher - Imprint
July, 2019 – February, 2020 (7 months)

- Established initial concepts and direction for a non-disclosable cover for a book about a coming-of-age story and domestic abuse.
- Illustrated 2 drawings to capture the heavy concepts using surreal imagery.
- Generated 6 sketches for the novel the Half Orphan, a coming-of-age story about a girl who lost her father to suicide.
- Created color directions for the book cover ideas based on revision notes from art director and publisher.

Illustrator

Scholastic
June, 2019 – August, 2019 (2 months)

- Sketched out 4 ideas for a young-adult, coming-of-age book Asha the Spirit Bird by Jasbinder Bilan
- Revised 2 drafts within a tight deadline of 3 days
- Finalized a full-color wrap-around dust jacket utilizing both digital and traditional media within the deadline of 7 days.

Illustrator

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
June, 2019 – December, 2019 (6 months)

- Generated 6 concept sketches for the book cover Prairie Lotus by the Newberry Medalist, Linda Sue Park.
- Summarized a story about racism and coming-of-age through the use of surreal visuals.
- Generated a full-color portrait of the main character in front of a grassy landscape utilizing both traditional and digital media.
- Sketched out 7 compositions for the excerpt of the story Untwine by Edwidge Danticat
- Illustrated 5 full-color illustrations to capture the somber and mournful story to be published in the textbook Read 180.

Illustrator

TOR.com
August, 2019 – February, 2020 (6 months)

- Produced 3 sketches for the science-fiction story Necessary Arthur by Garth Nix
- Completed a full-color, space-themed illustration using ink, graphite, and digital media
- Delivered 3 sketches and 1 simple animation for the story More Real Than Him by Silvia Park.
- Finalized robot and science-fiction themed portraits utilizing graphite and digital media.

Illustrator

Levine Querido
August, 2019 – October, 2019 (2 months)

- Submitted 4 dust jacket concepts for the novel The Boys in the Back Row by Mike Jung. The story revolves around comic book enthusiasts who experience racism and homophobic treatments from their community.
- Created 3 color directions to capture the adventurous, intimate, and humorous mood of the story.
- Completed 1 full-color illustration, 1 spot illustration, and typography for the book cover.

Illustrator/Designer

Psyop
May, 2018 – December, 2019 (over 1 year)

Created narrative-driven character designs, background, style frames, and assets for commercial projects for clients such as Uber, Facebook, Chik-fil-A, Delta Airlines, etc.

Illustrator Intern

National Geographic Indonesia
May, 2017 – July, 2017 (2 months)

Illustrated dance moves for the story about Sang Hyang Dedari, Balinese dancers who perform in a trance state of mind.

Illustrator/Designer

Self-employed
January, 2015 – Present (over 5 years)

Creating Illustrations and designs for both self-publishing writers and big publication houses. Previous clients include Scholastic, Macmillan, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Levine Querido, and.

Portfolio (6 selected works)

Asha and the Spirit Bird

Jasbinder Bilan

In contemporary India, 12-year-old Asha will journey across the dangerous Himalayas to find her missing father and save her family's home -- guided by a mythical bird and a green-eyed tiger who she believes to be the spirits of her ancestors. This is an incredibly unique debut about loss, family, buried treasure, and hope.Asha lives on a family farm with her mother in rural India in the foothi... read more

In contemporary India, 12-year-old Asha will journey across the dangerous Himalayas to find her missing father and save her family's home -- guided by a mythical bird and a green-eyed tiger who she believes to be the spirits of her ancestors. This is an incredibly unique debut about loss, family, buried treasure, and hope.Asha lives on a family farm with her mother in rural India in the foothi... read more

Prairie Lotus

Linda Sue Park

Prairie Lotus is a powerful, touching, multilayered book about a girl determined to fit in and realize her dreams: getting an education, becoming a dressmaker in her father’s shop, and making at least one friend. Acclaimed, award-winning author Linda Sue Park has placed a young half-Asian girl, Hanna, in a small town in America’s heartland, in 1880. Hanna’s adjustment to her new surroundings, ... read more

Prairie Lotus is a powerful, touching, multilayered book about a girl determined to fit in and realize her dreams: getting an education, becoming a dressmaker in her father’s shop, and making at least one friend. Acclaimed, award-winning author Linda Sue Park has placed a young half-Asian girl, Hanna, in a small town in America’s heartland, in 1880. Hanna’s adjustment to her new surroundings, ... read more

Ayo Berkata Baik: Elpa Bilang Maaf (Indonesian Edition)

Watiek Ideo

Elpa senang sekali! Hari ini ia akan bermain bola bersama teman-temannya. Elpa berlari penuh semangat. Bum! Ia menabrak Sisi sampai wortelnya berceceran. Elpa harus bilang apa kepada Sisi?

Elpa senang sekali! Hari ini ia akan bermain bola bersama teman-temannya. Elpa berlari penuh semangat. Bum! Ia menabrak Sisi sampai wortelnya berceceran. Elpa harus bilang apa kepada Sisi?

My Heart Song

Sister Solana

Life on Windy Mountain is predictable and ordinary, until an unusual squirrel dazzles his way through and surprises its many furry creatures along the way.

Life on Windy Mountain is predictable and ordinary, until an unusual squirrel dazzles his way through and surprises its many furry creatures along the way.

More Real Than Him: A Tor.com Original

Silvia Park

The beginnings of a tentative friendship between two roboticists complicated over career envy, female beauty, and a stolen robot designed to resemble a famous Korean actor. Silvia Park's Tor.com Original short story about artificial intelligence "More Real Than Him" introduces readers to a compelling space operatic world of incredibly lifelike robots.At the Publisher's request, this title is b... read more

The beginnings of a tentative friendship between two roboticists complicated over career envy, female beauty, and a stolen robot designed to resemble a famous Korean actor. Silvia Park's Tor.com Original short story about artificial intelligence "More Real Than Him" introduces readers to a compelling space operatic world of incredibly lifelike robots.At the Publisher's request, this title is b... read more

Dion has 3 reviews

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Communication & Punctuality

Charlene Gowen
The cover is everything I hoped it would be. Dion has been such a joy to work with, and I sincerely hope we will work together again in the future. I have no problems recommending Dion to anyone searching for illustration/cover design.

Charlene Gowen, June 2020


Miran Kocmur
Dion was a joy to work with. His creativity and professionalism are exceptional. Thanks again Dion! Miran, author

Miran Kocmur, April 2020

Dion MBD
Miran was a great client who was clear with his vision and what he wanted for his cover. He even hired an art director to ease the process of me creating the illustration for the cover. I could not...
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Sita Bennett
At every stage of the process, Dion's work blew me away! He captured the essence of the novel and character so beautifully and powerfully and the final design exceeded anything I imagined! His work is very thoughtful and detailed and he seems to have a special way of finding the soul of something and portraying it in a very unique way. After a lot of research, I feel truly grateful to have fo...
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Sita Bennett, April 2020

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