Bethany Hissong


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Bethany Hissong

Originally from Cincinnati, I've been designing and illustrating for over 25 years, for clients large and small! I can help you create a connection with your audience by the warmth and familiarity that are part of my illustrations. My degree is from the University of Cincinnati's College of Design, Art, Architecture & Planning. I’ve worked for a division of Bates Advertising in their creative department as a technical artist and illustrator on larger accounts such as Wendy’s, Ballet Met, and The State of Ohio Governor’s Office. Following that, I worked for a small Christian publisher as a designer/illustrator for book covers and various illustration projects. I also have my degree in Art Education and have taught in public, private, and charter schools. A few years ago, I owned a small indie-arts studio & gallery called Hatch where I showed my work along with other artists and taught art lessons to all ages. My freelance work has spanned my whole professional life with all kinds of clients (see below). My focus now is on children's book illustration, editorial projects and products for children. Let me help you tell your story!

When I'm not drawing, I love spending time with my family, exploring Philadelphia with my husband, keeping up with my son and daughter in college, reading, collecting vintage children's books and handmade toys, doing the occasional watercolor and watching corny Hallmark movies because they always have a happy ending. I'm a huge fan of Wes Anderson for the cinematography and also Charles Shultz, as well as Bill Watterson, who've been inspirations since I was little! And of course Hilary Knight-- he is the epitome of children's illustrators! I also love taking new classes and connecting with other illustrators and designers. I'm known amongst friends and relatives for my yearly handmade Christmas cards and my chocolate chip cookies (a skill passed down from my grandma!). Thank you so much for visiting my site!

FORMER CLIENTS & FEATURED WORK:  Wendy's International, The Heisman Trophy Awards, The James Cancer Hospitals, The Columbus Children's Hospital, The State of Ohio Governor's Office, Ballet Met, Worthington Foods, Premier Solutions Group, Destiny Image Publishers, The Montessori School of Chambersburg, Marriage Encounter, The Ohio State University, Ohio Wesleyan College, BSB/Leff & Squicciarini Advertising & Public Relations, Franklin County Area Development Corp., Reporter Typographics, The Columbus Dispatch, Inc. Magazine.


I'm now a member of SCBWI -- The Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators... Click here to see my page!

I'm also a member of The Graphic Artist's Guild... click here for my portfolio listing!

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