Liz DiFiore

Liz DiFiore - Designer

Boston, MA, USA

I'm a freelance illustrator in children's book and game publishing. I love working on empathetic and dynamic stories and characters.

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Overview

I’m a freelance illustrator specializing in children’s picture book illustration, though I also do middle grade illustration, video and board games, and other commissions. My favorite stories to work on are personal and emotionally impacting, displaying kids and/or adults dealing with big emotions (like anxiety or empathy) and interpersonal relationships (like kids and their parents, family members, or friends).

I'm big on communication and keeping everyone on the same page. I run my projects with regular check-ins with the client. I ask a lot of questions to get people from "I'm not sure what I want" to "that's my favorite thing!"

When I’m not life drawing in some local coffee shop I love looking for new places to adventure with friends. I’m still new to New England (originally hailing from Western New York) and have enjoyed getting to know the area. I'm an avid gamer of both video and tabletop varieties, enjoy most things considered "nerdy," and generally think the world would be a better place with more unicorns in it.
Services
Fiction
Gaming & LitRPG
Middle Grade
Picture Books
Poetry

Certifications

  • Member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators
  • Member and Regional Representative of the Graphic Artists Guild

Work experience

Freelance Illustrator

BurnPhase
January, 2019 – Present (over 1 year)

I am producing art for this company's first video game - to be released for alpha testing soon! The company wanted the game's tutorial level to be polished to simulate what gameplay will be like if the rest of the game can be funded. The game, tentatively titled "Reflections," is a puzzle-platformer RPG.

I'm very excited for this to be released for general play!

Regional Representative

Graphic Artists Guild
August, 2018 – Present (over 1 year)

The Guild supports creative professionals on the business level. Possibly the most important skills a professional artist can attain are not taught in art school at all. Copyright, contract language, pricing, and ethical guidelines... all important knowledge the Guild provides to help the art community grow and thrive sustainably.

My volunteer role is to increase engagement with our local membership with in-person events and active Guild participation in local mainstays like the Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo and The Massachusetts Institute for the Arts. I also participate on the Advocacy Committee with the national Guild board, advocating on behalf of small artist rights in D.C. and our local congressional regions.

Freelance Illustrator

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

Within my first year as a full-time freelancer, I've gotten to work with some wonderful people on a variety of projects. Family and pet portraits for people to give as gifts to someone special, wedding invitations, branded illustrations for online companies (corporate and sole proprietors), and chalkboard menu illustrations for culinary businesses in my local area, to name a few.

Larger projects have included production art for a start-up video game company and an on-going webcomic project.

In the past, I worked as a freelancer part-time and I have provided illustration and collateral designs for not-for-profit charities such as the It Happened To Alexa Foundation, the Graphic Artists Guild, the Architectural Woodwork Institute, and The Red Cross of the Greater Rochester Area.

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