Mary Atwood

Mary Atwood – Designer

I'm an illustrator based in Seattle, WA, USA, specializing in animals and nature hand-rendered in a playful and whimsical style.


I'm an illustrator based in Seattle, Washington (USA) with 10 years of experience in both in-house and freelance design and illustration roles. My love of messy exploration, creative thinking, tiny details, and the awesome world of color have and continue to guide my work and career path. I never have an empty desk: it is always covered with plants for studying, gouache and watercolor, and an unnecessarily large collection of brushes and pencils for thorough mark-making.

My specializations are: animals, nature, people, and icons, all rendered in a playful and whimsical style. I create with both digital and traditional mediums, but always strive for a hand-rendered touch and lots of texture to shine in my final work.

Inspired by fairy tales, folklore, the beauty and strange wonders of flora and fauna, my passion is to bring ideas to visual reality through making work that sparks both curiosity and inspiration in others.

Currently represented by The Bright Agency. New projects with new clients will be managed by my agent.

Children's Holiday
Children’s Non-Fiction Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits Fashion & Textiles Home & Garden Nature

Work experience

Lantern Press

Feb, 2020 — Nov, 2023 (over 3 years)

- Illustrate custom artwork per client request.
- Develop new art styles and color palettes.
- Resize and modify existing artwork to be used across different products and collections.
- Create illustrations and designs for soft and hard goods.
- Create in-depth style guides and presentations to create a standardized understanding for both Creative and Sales teams.
- Coordinate with production and sales to create artwork specific to both clients and products.

Design Imports

Jul, 2017 — Feb, 2020 (over 2 years)

- Start-to-completion development of seasonal and basic in-line collections.
- Develop textiles and hard home goods utilizing decals, foiling, paint, glaze, screen printing, CMYK printing, embroidery, appliqué, jacquard, and weave techniques.
- Utilize color-separation techniques, CAD programs for constructing weaves for plaids and jacquards, and editing and touching up artwork from freelance artists.
- Coordinate with freelance artists for artwork used in collections.
- Create repeat patterns for soft and hard surfaces.
- Create engineered patterns and designs for soft and hard surfaces.
- Coordinate with production team and vendors for product development, budgeted material selections, and construction.
- Develop color palettes and mood boards.
- Illustrate motifs and patterns using watercolor, gouache, Procreate, Photoshop, and Illustrator.
- Develop custom designs for client brands.

Lemeda Group

Aug, 2014 — Jun, 2017 (almost 3 years)

- Design business cards, flyers, stickers, and other marketing collateral.
- Illustrate and design patterns and graphics for wedding stationery and greeting cards.
- Pre-press file set-up, edit, and design.
- Maintain and style content for company website and social media accounts.
- Record and organize inventory and production processes.


May, 2014 — Present

- Execute illustrations for books and editorial pieces for various clients. Clients include: Scholastic, The New York Times, Insight Editions, and more.
- Illustrate and design motifs, repeat and engineered patterns, embroidery designs, and more for various printing techniques and fabrics. Clients include: Harrods, Printfresh, Design Imports India, and more.
- Create licensable artwork for use on multiple products such as puzzles, greeting cards, fabric, apparel, packaging, and more. Clients include: Elena Essex, Design House Greetings, Henderson, and more.


May, 2014 — Present

- Exhibiting artwork at various venues.
- Illustrate repeating and engineered patterns, motifs, and lettering for textile, stationery and book, home decor, and gift products.
- Provide illustration and design services for branding collateral, such as logos, brochures, packaging, menus, etc.
- Illustrate and design artwork for licensing and work-for-hire clients.

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