Katie Risor

Katie Risor - Designer

Sulphur Springs, TX, USA

Whimsical, charming art for the young at heart, adventurers, and fun-havers. Illustration, art direction, book design.

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Hello!

I'm an experienced illustrator, designer, and maker, trying to get all the weird stuff in my head out in the form of art and stuff. I strive to make unique illustrations that connect with hearts like mine, that yearn for the wonder of endless possibility in the world. I've done books, editorial, layout design, personal commissions, and product design. So far I've illustrated 4 books for self-publishing authors, 2 of which are available on Amazon currently. I've also done work for magazines, local brands, and run my own etsy store. I've been successfully freelancing for a year, and I look forward to what's to come!

I'm primarily a children's illustrator, with experience creating client books from start to finish. With my clients, I bring their story to life by taking their manuscript and creating character designs, storyboards, color comps, final artwork, then layout design, cover design, and typesetting. I have experience with KDP and Ingram spark, so I'm happy to help new authors through the publishing process.

I am also working on my own projects and stories for publication. While I love bringing stories to life, my true dream is to be a storyteller.

Testimonials:

Katie was a true pleasure to work with on this project. As a first-time publisher, she showed extreme patience and helped walk me through the process step-by-step. It was painless! She also brought her creative ideas to the table from the minute we started and most importantly, brought to life the characters and story that I envisioned. Wouldn't hesitate to work with her again.
- Andrew Veach, "Red Ted and the Magical Melon Man"

Katie was a great illustrator to work with in development of our children's book. I say our children's book because she was so integral in developing the illustrations to depict the characters, the actions in each scene, and the general flow of the book in terms of illustrations. She proposed a large majority of the illustration formats used in the book and did an amazing job with using watercolor to achieve a really fantastic illustration effect. I'd work with Katie again in a second and may develop a sequel to our first book.
- Jon Carlson, "When Mommy Caught a Dragon"

Katie's work is impeccable! Really beautiful renderings that brought the story to life for my children's book! She was also very responsive to any needs or concerns that I had. I was really satisfied with my experience and would hire her again!
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Jarita, "Mason and the Magic Cape"
Non-Fiction
Calendars
Fiction
Comics & Graphic Novels
Coming of Age
Fantasy
Magical Realism
Middle Grade
Middle Grade Fantasy
Picture Books

Certifications

  • SCBWI Member

Awards

  • Best Capstone - The University of Texas at Dallas 2018

Work experience

Designer

Rivet
December, 2018 – Present (about 1 year)

Remote e-book designer.

Illustrator

Self-employed
March, 2018 – Present (almost 2 years)

I'm a freelance illustrator creating books, illustrations, and designs for clients and myself. Here are some of my books and projects:

"When Mommy Caught a Dragon" Published 2018 - Amazon
"Red Ted the Magical Melon Man" Published 2019 - Amazon
"There's an Alligator in the Elevator!" Publishing soon
Mural - Tresors de Paris - Paris, Texas
Cocktail Recipes - Plano Magazine - 2019

Portfolio (3 selected works)

When Mommy Caught A Dragon

Jon Carlson

When Mommy Caught a Dragon is a delightful, child's interpretation of a dragon's intrusion into a magical family's home, which causes all sorts of mayhem. Chases ensue, spells are cast, cats are humbled, and children "assist" in wrangling the out of control dragon. Based on true events...with some embellishment on the type of reptile.

When Mommy Caught a Dragon is a delightful, child's interpretation of a dragon's intrusion into a magical family's home, which causes all sorts of mayhem. Chases ensue, spells are cast, cats are humbled, and children "assist" in wrangling the out of control dragon. Based on true events...with some embellishment on the type of reptile.

Red Ted The Magical Melon Man

Andrew Veach

"Red Ted" is the story of Farmer Andy, a greedy melon farmer who thinks he knows it all. When his business is threatened, the only soul willing to help him is the mysterious and magical Red Ted who appears out of the dust on his tractor. Red Ted has a few tricks up his sleeve, and a few valuable lessons, that might just change Andy's life forever.

"Red Ted" is the story of Farmer Andy, a greedy melon farmer who thinks he knows it all. When his business is threatened, the only soul willing to help him is the mysterious and magical Red Ted who appears out of the dust on his tractor. Red Ted has a few tricks up his sleeve, and a few valuable lessons, that might just change Andy's life forever.

There's An Alligator in the Elevator

Ellen Ryan, Maryann Heidingsfelder

There's An Alligator In The Elevator! Who would put that together with getting a shot? Well...this story does exactly that. JJ hates shots! When he finds out he has to get one the next day, his dream life explodes into a tale that will curl your hair. It's a fun fantasy that helps children see there are worse things in life than a little needle prick. Order your copy today and enjoy the ride! ... read more

There's An Alligator In The Elevator! Who would put that together with getting a shot? Well...this story does exactly that. JJ hates shots! When he finds out he has to get one the next day, his dream life explodes into a tale that will curl your hair. It's a fun fantasy that helps children see there are worse things in life than a little needle prick. Order your copy today and enjoy the ride! ... read more

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Karthiga Moorthy
Katie did a great job of designing my first picture book. She delivered a beautifully finished product with the minimal resources I gave her. She understood my need and came up with her ideas. Katie is a skillful, proactive artist to work with. I will collaborate with her again.

Karthiga Moorthy, February 2020

Katie Risor
Thanks, Karthiga! Likewise and I look forward to working together again!

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