James Koenig

James Koenig – Designer

Children's book illustrator specializing in cartoony, whimsical, humorous art, having illustrated 70+ books. I love imaginative stories!

Overview

Hello! I have been creating illustrations for children’s books & young adult books for over 17 years, having illustrated over 70 published books. Throughout the years, I have illustrated for publishing companies as well as independent authors. Some of the companies I have illustrated for are Baker Publishing, Spalding Education Intl, Blue Moose Press, Sqwishland, Discovery Tales, Ranger Trek, and more. I enjoy creating colorful, fun, and imaginative illustrations for kids and adults alike. I strive to blend my creativity with emotion in each character and illustration. I have a passion for illustrating books and I feel grateful to be able to work on so many already in my career. And I always look forward to what new books I will be illustrating in the future.


The benefit of working with me is that I have the experience to develop appealing characters, high quality illustrations, and know how to properly set up final page files for the final book print production. Plus, regular and clear communication is very important to me as we work together on your book. I take great care in every part of the process, from initial character concepts, to the illustrations, then the final print prep, and even helping with file uploads and marketing suggestions. For me, I truly see myself as a partner in your success, not just a hired artist going through the motions. Feel free to message me today and we can talk about your story and how I can help bring the characters & scenes to life for you.

Services
Non-Fiction
Children’s Non-Fiction Christian Non-Fiction
Fiction
Christian Fiction Comics & Graphic Novels Middle Grade Middle Grade Fantasy Picture Books
Languages
English

Work experience

Self-employed

Apr, 2010 — Present

Started my own freelance art company in 2010. I was able to make it my full-time job in May of 2015!

-Clients include: Baker Publishing, Spalding Education Intl, Blue Moose Press, Sqwishland, Ranger Trek, Discovery Tales, Academic Competition Enterprises, Roil Games, Hiplein Industries, as well as countless independent authors.
-Meeting deadlines for both large and small projects
-Completing digital illustrations, character concepts, and graphic design
-Paying close attention to detail and quality of each client’s needs
-Creating and developing unique concepts, ideas, and branding for customers
-Working with clients all across the U.S. and also in Norway, Australia, Canada, Brazil, England, and Spain.
-Freelance includes: Children's Book Illustration, Character Design, IP and Toy Development, Branding and Identity, and Graphic Design.

Portfolio

Rodney Makes It Rain

Pronsky, Katie

Cover Design Illustration Typography Book Interior Design
Cover Design Illustration Typography Book Interior Design
Cover Design Illustration Typography Book Interior Design
The sweetest bird takes a behind the scenes look at the lovable, soft spoken stork as he delivers all types of babies with compassion and love. Follow this sweethearted stork on his journey as... read more
Cover Design Illustration Typography Book Interior Design
Seymour Monster McBean is the second collaboration from mother-in-law and son-in-law team MaryBeth Roosa and James Koenig. With their combined publishing experience and love of children they d... read more
Cover Design Illustration Typography Book Interior Design Production Management
Cover Design Illustration Typography Book Interior Design Production Management
Cover Design Illustration Typography Book Interior Design
Cover Design Illustration Typography Book Interior Design Production Management
Cover Design Illustration Typography Book Interior Design
Cover Design Illustration Typography Book Interior Design
Cover Design Illustration Typography Book Interior Design
Cover Design Illustration Typography Book Interior Design
Cover Design Illustration Typography Book Interior Design Production Management
Cover Design Illustration Typography Book Interior Design
Cover Design Illustration Typography Book Interior Design Production Management
Cover Design Illustration Typography Book Interior Design
Grayson's Magic Dragon

Hepner, Debbie L.

Cover Design Illustration Typography Book Interior Design
Cover Design Illustration Typography Book Interior Design
Cover Design Illustration Typography Book Interior Design
Cover Design Illustration Typography Book Interior Design
Cover Design Illustration Typography Book Interior Design
Cover Design Illustration Typography Book Interior Design
Brooklynn Crushes the Tooth Ghouls

Caltabiano-Fratto, Donna

Cover Design Illustration Typography Book Interior Design
Cover Design Illustration Typography Book Interior Design
The Little Indian Runner

Mark E. L. Woommavovah

Written by a member of the Comanche Nation of Oklahoma, The Little Indian Runner is a cute story for young children, following a young Plains Indian boy who just loves running! Children will e... read more
Cover Design Illustration Typography Book Interior Design
RICKY AND THE GRIM WRAPPER is now STORY MONSTER APPROVED!! This is the story of Ricky, a good boy with one very bad habit: he likes to litter. Even Ricky doesn’t know why he litters, and his m... read more
Cover Design Illustration Typography Book Interior Design
Based on a true story, a chocolate lab named Misha shares her stories of adventure. But she discovers that every adventure seems to come with an unexpected challenge. She finds that not only i... read more
Cover Design Illustration Typography Book Interior Design Production Management
The Stellar Way inspires the imagination and captures every child’s attention with its compelling story and brilliant illustrations. This thought-provoking fantasy centers on two main characte... read more
Cover Design Illustration Typography Book Interior Design
Things heat up for Cullen and his friends in this third installment of the award-winning Rowan of the Wood fantasy series. Darker than the first two, Maddy must struggle with a painful secret ... read more
Illustration
God created us to enjoy and learn from stories, even from a young age. The new Creator's Toy Chest series brings beloved Bible stories to life for young children with vivid illustrations, yout... read more
Cover Design Illustration Book Interior Design
God created us to enjoy and learn from stories, even from a young age. The new Creator's Toy Chest series brings beloved Bible stories to life for young children with vivid illustrations, yout... read more
Cover Design Illustration Book Interior Design
God created us to enjoy and learn from stories, even from a young age. The new Creator's Toy Chest series brings beloved Bible stories to life for young children with vivid illustrations, yout... read more
Cover Design Illustration Book Interior Design
God created us to enjoy and learn from stories, even from a young age. The new Creator's Toy Chest series brings beloved Bible stories to life for young children with vivid illustrations, yout... read more
Cover Design Illustration Book Interior Design
What Would You Do At The Zoo? is a fun, vibrant children's book about animals in the zoo. It follows two children who journey through a zoo where every animal plays an instrument. A book that ... read more
Cover Design Illustration Typography Book Interior Design Production Management

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Freya T.

Freya T.

Oct, 2021

Working with James has been an absolute pleasure and I will definitely ask him to illustrate my next book! I was a complete newbie to publishing a book and from the beginning James was very supportive, informative and we kept in regular communication throughout the process. I am so incredibly happy with the end illustrations and the first reaction from my friends when they see the illustrations...
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James K.
Wow! Thanks for the great review! I absolutely loved working on your book and chatting. I look forward to helping with your next one!
Debbie H.

Debbie H.

Oct, 2021

What a trip it was working with James! He is knowledgeable about the whole book process. He patiently guides you and responds to every question and concern in a very professional manner. On top of that, he is an extremely talented artist. I will miss our chats. :)
James K.
Thanks for such kind words Debbie! I really enjoyed working with you on your book. :)

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