I’m Erin, I’m an illustrator focusing on the editorial market while also dabbling in children’s book art and alternative art. In my editorial work, I explore metaphors, allegories and connections as ways to layer and build my illustrations. I use unconventional imagery in order to engage the viewer and offset typical tropes. My interest in the editorial market is not only due to my desire to express a point a view, but also because of the opportunity to experiment conceptually. My desire to break down old stereotypes and challenge lazy thinking in art is advantageous. I work traditionally with pen and ink, watercolor, pencil and gouache. I prefer to work in traditional materials because the intensity that I bring to my art is felt and seen with incomparable physical mark-making. My style is defined by loose and gritty line work and moody, flowing colors. I also extend my artistic efforts to children’s book art and other narrative genres.
Erin Bonsteel is a Graduate of The Savannah College of Art and Design with an M.A. in Illustration. Originally born in Argentina, Erin travelled extensively growing up- from South Africa to Pakistan and Uruguay. This was due to her American dad’s career in the United States State Department and her mom’s Uruguayan heritage. Her family finally settled down in Maryland. Erin attended Salisbury University for her Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art and then moved to Baltimore with her future husband. Before deciding to pursue her graduate degree, she worked for many years as an ESOL teacher, Art teacher, waitress and bartender. Erin has done freelance artwork for local businesses, blogs and authors. Erin’s goals are to work in the editorial and children’s book markets. She is also interested in providing artwork for alternative and local media outlets, who are either up and coming or are typically overlooked. Erin’s ultimate ambition is to create a cultural and political satire website which would feature her comics, editorial pieces and videos. Currently, Erin lives in Savannah with her husband, Joe, their four cats-Bubbles, Jilly, Lennard and Rambo and their dog, Clyde.
Follow Erin Bonsteel’s artistic process on Instagram at Erin_Bonsteel_Illustration!