Artist Info

Professional background:

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 a way to layer and build my illustrations. I use unconventional imagery in order to engage the viewer and offset typical tropes. My desire to express a point a view drives my editorial work, but it also presents the opportunity to experiment conceptually.

I work traditionally with pen and ink, watercolor, pencil and gouache. I prefer to work in traditional materials because I prefer the intensity and thoughtfulness of 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.

Personal background:

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. Currently, Erin lives in Savannah with her husband, Joe, their four cats-Bubbles, Jilly, Lennard and Rambo and their dog, Clyde.

Email with questions: elbonsteel@gmail.com

Follow Erin Bonsteel’s artistic process on Minds.com at https://www.minds.com/erinbonsteel/ and on Instagram at Erin_Bonsteel_Illustration!