Leah Palmer Preiss

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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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Overview

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
Non-Fiction
Art
Nature
Fiction
Children's - Middle Grade
Children's Picture Books
Fantasy
Humor & Comedy

Work experience

Freelance Illustrator & Calligrapher

Self-employed
June, 1980 – Present (almost 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 (5 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

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