Tyler Charlton is an illustrator residing in the Virginia side of the Washington, DC metro area with his wife and three children. Originally from Southern California, Tyler enlisted in the US Army infantry after high school, returned to California for college, and earned a BA in History. In that process, however, Tyler rediscovered the picture making he enjoyed in his early years. So, while working as a proofreader and then editor at an academic history publisher, Tyler went back to school and studied art, design, and illustration. His childhood inspirations were Edward Gorey, Maurice Sendak, Hergé’s Tintin, Shel Silverstein, Felix the Cat, 80’s cartoons, and mid-century children’s illustration, among so many others.
Life is adventurous and mysterious and life can be difficult, painful, and sorrowful… but there is reason for joy. There is hope in the darkness and there is safety in the storm. Tyler is drawn to these dichotomies both in stories and in image-making and he searches for this in his own work. He is especially drawn to minimalist design and subtracting from bold shapes in a painterly manner while also incorporating playful line elements.
Tyler has a thorough and clear multi-step process for developing an illustration from concept to final art. This allows for collaboration with the client throughout the development of the image. The process begins with concept development, composition studies, and a final sketch before creating the final art. The digitized artwork is uploaded to a remote server and the client receives a link via email to download the high-resolution image file.
Tyler is a member of SCBWI, the Society of Illustrators, and the Illustrators Club of DC, MD, & VA. He is looking for challenges and would love to collaborate with you.
**Currently seeking representation
Selected Client List: Johns Hopkins Health Review, NAPA Net the Magazine, Plan Consultant magazine, 435 Magazine.
Recognition: Commarts Illustration 2018 (short-listed); Creative Quarterly 56 (runner-up); Richmond Illustrators Club juried show; Illustrators Club of DC, MD & VA: IC14 (Gold), IC15.
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All images © Tyler Charlton 2019