Leah Palmer Preiss

Leah Palmer Preiss - Designer

Raleigh, NC, USA

I'm a professional freelance illustrator & calligrapher for fantasy & children's books. ~~ I love to make words & images dance!

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I'm a professional freelance illustrator & calligrapher with extensive experience in book & magazine publishing, especially fantasy & children's books.

I can create imaginative & meticulous cover art (both digitally & with traditional media) as well as hand-lettering your title, to make your cover really stand out.

My illustrations and calligraphy have been selected for numerous art & design annuals & competitions, including Communication Arts, Society of Illustrators, Print, Spectrum, Visual Club, and RSVP. Please see my work experience for a partial list of past clients.
Languages
English
Humanities & Social Sciences
Art
Fiction
Fantasy
Humor & Comedy
Children's
Middle Grade
Picture Books
Non-Fiction
Nature

Work experience

Freelance Illustrator & Calligrapher

Self-employed
June, 1980 – Present (over 39 years)

I've been working as an illustrator & title lettering artist for over 30 years. My illustrations and calligraphy have appeared in numerous art & design annuals, including Communication Arts, Society of Illustrators, Print, Spectrum, Visual Club, and RSVP.

CLIENTS INCLUDE:
Book Publishers:
HarperCollins; Hyperion; Disney; Little, Brown; Houghton-Mifflin Harcourt; Penguin; Random House; Candlewick; Macmillan; Viking; Henry Holt; Algonquin; David R. Godine; Penguin NZ; Hazard Press (NZ); Tarn Publishing (NZ)
Periodicals:
New York Times; Utne Reader; GAMES; Urbanite; Santa Fe Reporter; Horticulture; Eating Well; Woman’s Day; Delta Sky; Cricket; Spider; Ladybug; Cicada; Cobblestone; Weekly Reader

Portfolio (6 selected works)

The Old Man and the Cat

Anthony Holcroft

This is a stunningly illustrated story told in the style of a traditional fairy tale. An old man who lives near a forest looks and wonders at a tree full of birds on the river bank. He longs for them to come near him but they always stay away. When the old man makes a magic flute, all the birds of the forest flock to him, accompanied by insects, lizards, and the fish from the lake. But magic h... read more

This is a stunningly illustrated story told in the style of a traditional fairy tale. An old man who lives near a forest looks and wonders at a tree full of birds on the river bank. He longs for them to come near him but they always stay away. When the old man makes a magic flute, all the birds of the forest flock to him, accompanied by insects, lizards, and the fish from the lake. But magic h... read more

The Girl Who Drank the Moon (Winner of the 2017 Newbery Medal)

Kelly Barnhill

Winner of the 2017 Newbery Award The New York Times Bestseller An Entertainment Weekly Best Middle Grade Book of 2016 A New York Public Library Best Book of 2016 A Chicago Public Library Best Book of 2016 An Amazon Top 20 Best Book of 2016 A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2016 A School Library Journal Best Book of 2016 Named to KirkusReviews’ Best Books of 2016 2017 Booklist Youth Editors’ Cho... read more

Winner of the 2017 Newbery Award The New York Times Bestseller An Entertainment Weekly Best Middle Grade Book of 2016 A New York Public Library Best Book of 2016 A Chicago Public Library Best Book of 2016 An Amazon Top 20 Best Book of 2016 A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2016 A School Library Journal Best Book of 2016 Named to KirkusReviews’ Best Books of 2016 2017 Booklist Youth Editors’ Cho... read more

Illuminate: A Gilded Wings Novel, Book One

Aimee Agresti

Haven Terra is a brainy, shy high school outcast. But everything changes when she isawarded a prestigious internship at a posh Chicago hotel under the watchful eyes of agroup of gorgeous strangers: the powerful and alluring hotel owner Aurelia Brown; hersecond-in-command, the dashing Lucian Grove; and their stunning but aloof staff ofglamazons called The Outfit.As Haven begins falling for Luci... read more

Haven Terra is a brainy, shy high school outcast. But everything changes when she isawarded a prestigious internship at a posh Chicago hotel under the watchful eyes of agroup of gorgeous strangers: the powerful and alluring hotel owner Aurelia Brown; hersecond-in-command, the dashing Lucian Grove; and their stunning but aloof staff ofglamazons called The Outfit.As Haven begins falling for Luci... read more

Carmer and Grit, Book One: The Wingsnatchers

Sarah Jean Horwitz

A stunning debut about a magician’s apprentice and a one-winged princess who must vanquish the mechanical monsters that stalk the streets and threaten the faerie kingdom. Aspiring inventor and magician’s apprentice Felix Carmer III would rather be tinkering with his latest experiments than sawing girls in half on stage, but with Antoine the Amazifier’s show a tomato’s throw away from going und... read more

A stunning debut about a magician’s apprentice and a one-winged princess who must vanquish the mechanical monsters that stalk the streets and threaten the faerie kingdom. Aspiring inventor and magician’s apprentice Felix Carmer III would rather be tinkering with his latest experiments than sawing girls in half on stage, but with Antoine the Amazifier’s show a tomato’s throw away from going und... read more

Venturess

Betsy Cornwell

The young inventor Nicolette Lampton is living her own fairy-tale happy ending. She's free of her horrible stepfamily, running a successful business, and is uninterested in marrying the handsome prince, Fin. Instead, she, Fin, and their friend Caro venture to the lush land of Faerie, where they seek to put an end to the bloody war their kingdom is waging. Mechanical armies and dark magic await... read more

The young inventor Nicolette Lampton is living her own fairy-tale happy ending. She's free of her horrible stepfamily, running a successful business, and is uninterested in marrying the handsome prince, Fin. Instead, she, Fin, and their friend Caro venture to the lush land of Faerie, where they seek to put an end to the bloody war their kingdom is waging. Mechanical armies and dark magic await... read more

A World Divided: Monoflufee Book One

Rebekah Clipper

The Kowalski family was a normal, middle-class family until the night of the "incident". From that day forward, Caitlin Kowalski is thrown into a depression so all-consuming it threatens to tear her family apart. Her husband, Henry, is trying his best to hold it all together, but with his wife shrinking away from his smallest touch, he's on the verge of giving up.In order to combat the growing... read more

The Kowalski family was a normal, middle-class family until the night of the "incident". From that day forward, Caitlin Kowalski is thrown into a depression so all-consuming it threatens to tear her family apart. Her husband, Henry, is trying his best to hold it all together, but with his wife shrinking away from his smallest touch, he's on the verge of giving up.In order to combat the growing... read more

Leah has 3 reviews

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Communication & Punctuality

Tim McLendon
Leah is amazing to work with! She pays close attention to every intricate detail and makes sure they are exactly what you (I) want. She made extra suggestions for me to consider and even added them, knowing I may not want them in the end. This was fantastic because I could see all options and exactly how they would look. She was willing to remove or modify them until they were my mind's perfect...
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Tim McLendon, November 2019


Maram Taibah
Leah's work is scrumptious! I truly appreciate how she GOT my story and created something that was totally in line with the world I was creating. I love the cover she made and I loved working with her because she so generous and lovely and professional. We both had fun working on this project!

Maram Taibah, August 2019

Leah Palmer Preiss
Thank you so much for your kind words, & for choosing me for your cover, Maram! It's been an absolute delight working with you on Weathernose-- your lucky readers have a treat in store!

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Rebekah Clipper
Leah has been absolutely incredible to work with. She put her heart into the cover she created for me, and it shows. She's exceptionally professional and so easy to collaborate with. She took my cover to a quality I couldn't have even imagined. I plan to continue a working relationship with her for future projects. 100% recommend for quality work.

Rebekah Clipper, May 2019

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