ABOUT THIS ARTIST
Douglas Bell, Illustrator
I was born in 1967 and was raised in Vandalia, Ohio and am a full-time freelance illustrator devoting my career to drawing and visual storytelling. For my undergraduate degree, I attended and graduated from the Columbus College of Art and Design in 1989 then started off working for local newspapers and providing illustrations for Harley-Davidson apparel.
From there I worked for Hallmark Cards for over 20 years before returning to full time freelance illustration. My clients include Easton Press, Abrams Books, Hallmark Cards Inc., Harley-Davidson, Flutter&Wow Museum Installations, IAMS pet supplies, and the NCAA among others.
I have always been fundamentally attracted to line and how the variation of one line will affect the next. From woodcut to scratch board to pen and ink, the use of line helps to tell a fantastic and unique story. It communicates a feeling between the image and viewer, and when it works, there is nothing more satisfying or magical for me.
Awards and competitions include:
Spectrum Fantastic Art 26
Society of Illustrators NY 62
American Illustration Annual online gallery 38 and 37
Infected by Art volumes 6 - 8
Creative Quarterly 100 Best winner 2019, 2017 and 2016
Silver Medal Society of Illustrators West #56
Society of Illustrators West 56, 57, 58
Creative Quarterly 59 - 50, 48 - 46, 42
3X3 Illustration Annuals #16, #13, and #11 merit awards
Artist Magazine’s Best of Show #23 finalist for Figure Drawing