Bethany Hissong


I am an illustrator and designer who loves children's illustrations and pattern design. I started doing freelance illustration right out of college in 1989. I also had the privilege of working in-house for one of the largest ad agencies in the country as well as for a small book publisher, and my freelancing has been for everything in between! If I can bring a sense of wonder or just a smile with one of my images, then I have done my job. Thank you for visiting!

About Me

Hi! So glad you stopped by to meet me! I am an illustrator and designer who loves to create illustrations for children. My love for books and art started at a very early age! When all the other little girls in my Kindergarten class answered "ballerina" to the question "what do you want to be when you grow up?", I always answered, "an artist!". I was born in Dayton, Ohio and grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio except for one year in Greenville, South Carolina (maybe that's why I love biscuits so much?).  I took private art lessons and lessons at the Cincinnati Art Museum on Saturday mornings. The rest of my time was spent playing outdoors in my neighborhood and reading every book I could get my hands on when I wasn't drawing! When I was in high school, I was chosen to attend the Cincinnati Art Academy Honors program to learn life drawing and loved it. Then I was accepted into the University of Cincinnati's College of Design, Art, Architecture and Planning (DAAP) in their excellent Graphic Design program which I paid for by working for a Typesetter in town and learning how to do paste-up and typesetting. At DAAP I studied Graphic Design and then Art Education with a concentration in Drawing. I had classes in oil painting, relief printmaking, lithography, ceramics, fiber arts, jewelry making, sculpture... pretty much everything! I did my student teaching at The School of Creative and Performing Arts (the one Sarah Jessica Parker attended!) where I taught 7th through 12th grade students in Studio Art. I started freelancing right out of college in 1989 while I was a full-time Art Teacher at a public Middle School in Cincinnati. After moving to Columbus when I got married, I had the privilege of working in-house for one of the largest ad agencies in the country, which was based in New York City,  creating illustrations and graphics for companies like Wendy's and the State of Ohio, and later when we moved to Pennsylvania, for a small Christian book publisher creating book covers and illustrations. My freelancing has covered everything in between! I have always loved doing illustration for children the most and my heroes have always been illustrators like Trina Schart Hyman and Hilary Knight.  And people like Fred Rogers who found a quiet, gentle way of relating to children. I like to tell a story with my images and to encourage nurturing, healthy and loving family relationships. I also like to add some fun and laughter when I can too!

I currently live in the Bay side area of Rock Hall, Maryland with my husband Craig of almost 25 years, surrounded by books and plenty of art supplies! I have two big kids in college, Caroline & Nathaniel, who've been my muses as they were growing up: our little adventures inspire many stories!

Please contact me if you would like to talk about creating illustrations for your next project or if you'd just like to send a note to me.  And don't forget to sign up to receive news! (See below)

Thank you so much for visiting my site!

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Former clients & featured work:  Wendy's International, Pioneer Stereo, Worthington Foods, Ballet Met, The James Cancer Hospital, the State of Ohio Governor's office, Columbus Children's Hospital, Reporter Typographics, Destiny Image Publishers, Ohio Weslyan University, The Ohio State University, The Franklin County Area Development Corp., BSB/Leff & Squicciarini Advertising & Public Relations, Premier Solutions Group, The Columbus Dispatch, Inc. Magazine


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