Rachel Bostick

Rachel Bostick - Designer

Austin, TX, USA

Rachel Bostick is an illustrator and designer based in Austin, Texas specializing in publication + print design.

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Overview

With a background in illustration and a degree in Communication Design from Texas State University, I combine these experiences to approach book design and illustration from a unique perspective. Through the lens of narrative illustration, I view the visual elements of a book not simply as pretty packaging for the text, but as a critical medium for supporting and amplifying the story. I utilize a conceptual approach to highlight the mood, atmosphere, and important themes and motifs of a story through typography, color, and other stylistic choices.

Along with over 5 years of active membership in the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, I have been the Lead Children's Book Designer and Art Director for an independent book publisher based out of Austin, Texas for the last 2 years. I am proficient in design and illustration with a keen eye for detail and have a thorough knowledge of the children's/young adult publishing industry, as well as experience managing projects from concept development/story ideation all the way through to print production.

I can provide a range of services including: Illustration, interior layout and cover design, branding, and project management. I'm always excited to tackle any interesting project, but primarily specialize in children's picture books, middle grade, young adult, graphic novels, classic literature, fantasy, horror, historical fiction, and LGBTQ fiction. I am particularly inspired by fantastical folklore, haunting historical tales, and stories about women doing awesome stuff throughout history, so I would especially love to take on projects involving these sorts of topics.

While I am an artist at heart with lots of creativity, I am also extremely Type-A, so any project I work on is carefully organized and scheduled with every detail planned out and deadlines thoughtfully set to ensure success. I also thrive on the collaborative process and love working with other creatives to bring a truly unique book to life.

I'd love to hear about how I can help with your project!
Languages
English
Fiction
Children's
Classics
Comics & Graphic Novels
Fantasy
Historical Fiction
Horror
Young Adult

Awards

  • Austin SCBWI 2019 Portfolio Showcase Honor Award
  • AIGA Flux National Student Design Competition Award
  • DSVC The National Student Show & Conference 2019 Best Book Design Award

Work experience

Freelance Illustrator/Designer

Self-employed
January, 2016 – Present (almost 6 years)

Freelance design for a variety of projects including, but not limited to:
Cover and interior layout design for self-published children's books
Branding/identity development & design
Presentation design
Editorial illustration for magazines/newspapers
Children's & young adult book illustration
Illustration & design for printed goods including stationery, wedding invitations, flyers, and other promotional materials

Lead Children's Book Designer/Art Director

Weeva
February, 2019 – Present (almost 3 years)

Project management and lead design for all of Weeva's children's book projects. Duties include, but not limited to:
Planning project timeline
Developing concepts for visual direction in collaboration with author
Assisting with story development
Developing launch plan for distribution
Developing brand for book series
Selecting illustrators & providing art direction of illustrations
Cover and interior layout design

Graphic Designer

Texas State University- LBJ Student Center Marketing
May, 2017 – May, 2019 (about 2 years)

If Not You, Then Who? (3 Book Series)

Pridham, David, Pridham, Emberli, Pridham , David , Pridham , David , Rouaux, Anyu

Noah's Treehouse | If Not You, Then Who? Series | Best Selling Book Series Teaches Young Readers 4-8 How Curiosity, Passion, and Ideas Materialize Into Useful Inventions

David Pridham, Emberli Pridham, It's finally treehouse day! And seven-year-old Noah Fairley cannot wait to start building. But as Noah, Dad, and Grandpa get to work, they run into one problem after another. Determined to finish the treehouse in time for the meteor shower, Noah looks for inventions that will solve their problems and imagines helpful tools that he could invent., Nadia Ronquillo, It's finally treehouse day! And seven-year-old Noah Fairley cannot wait to start building. But as Noah, Dad, and Grandpa get to work, they run into one problem after another., 4-8 years

Let The Games Begin! (If Not You, Then Who? Book 3)

Pridham , David , Pridham, Emberli, Rouaux, Anyu

Sissies Adventure Series 3-book Box Set | Sissies Series Board Books 1, 2, and 3 in Travel Carry Case for Young Readers Baby to 4 | Sissies at the Sea, Sissies in the Mountains, Sissies go to Mexico

Marisa Howard, Pack your bags—the Sissies are going on vacation! And big sissy can’t wait to show little sissy all the fun things to do, from swimming and building sandcastles to hiking and dancing. Join the Sissies as they visit the sea, the mountains, and Mexico., Anyu Rouaux, Pack your bags—the Sissies are going on vacation! And big sissy can’t wait to show little sissy all the fun things to do, from swimming and building sandcastles to hiking and dancing., Baby to 4

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