Kathryn Rathke


I am a full-time illustrator based in Seattle. I see each new illustration job as a unique challenge: a puzzle that combines representation with just the right quality of line. I find myself with more and more portrait commissions these days, but I also love drawing animals, flora: really just about anything with organic substance!

A few of my favorite and most notable commissions:

- columnist portraits for Newsweek/Daily Beast

- the opening and closing credits for Warner Bro's 2006 Charlotte's Web

- the new Wendy (in conjunction with the team at Tesser Ad agency)

- the poster art for Todd Solondz's Palindromes.

- all the regular contributions I make to Intelligent Life Magazine (cultural sister to the Economist, and my absolute favorite magazine!)

- further clients:  NY Observer (covers), Vanity Fair (editorial), TimeOut NY (editorial), The Evening Standard (columnists' portraits), Time.com (editorial), Village Voice, Food & Wine, O Magazine (regular contributor of spots), Brooks Sports (portait of Warren Buffet), Storey Publishing (for books about dogs and gardening, so fun), James Patterson (I drew all of the children of his famous fictional detective; what a hoot!), Penguin Books (Alice in Wonderland), The Stranger (best paper in the Northwest), Make Magazine, Smart Money, Progressive, Rolling Stone, Boston Globe, Financial Times, Welt am Sonntag. I have also taken on many smaller commissions for individual clients.

My Process

I do everything digitally from my studio, working the occasional odd hours to accommodate different time zones (I have many clients in UK, Germany, and Switzerland, so I am accustomed to checking for messages during breakfast). Once we have established the job brief and business, I work pretty rapidly, sketching in Photoshop and then finishing up in Illustrator, to deliver vector files in a timely fashion. I am happy to keep in touch with email or skype, as need be, to make sure my clients and I have a really good understanding. I enjoy my work, so I tend to obsess until I get it just right.

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