(She/Her) • Montreal, Canada
Nathalie Dion studied fine arts in college and design arts at university, and today, her free-spirited, narrative illustrations grace the pages of books, magazines, and newspapers worldwide. She is known for her sense of humor, and her sometimes modern, and at other times, retro touch. She enjoys working with pattern on surface and creates hand-made and computer-generated patterns which she stores in a pattern bank. Dion’s delicate and whimsical illustration style has won her fans around the world.Read more
Chronicle Books, Random House Publishing Group, Simon & Schuster, Éditions Hurtubise, Bayard Canada, Working Mother, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, Kiplinger, Coup de Pouce, Parents, Santé Inc., Redbook, Parents, Health, Best Health, Family Circle, HGTV magazines.Read more
- Communication Arts Illustration Annual 2021
- 3 X 3 International llustration Annual 2020
- American Illustration 2020
- Communication Arts Illustration Annual 2020
- Communication Arts Illustration Annual 2019
- Illustration Annual 2019
- 3X3 Illustration Annual 2018
- Communication Arts Illustration Annual 2017
- Applied Arts Illustration Annual 2017
Who or what influenced your art when you were young?
I remember flipping through my mother’s Paris Match magazines looking for Kiraz’ illustrations and through her pile of NOUS magazines filled with realistic full-page color illustrations. I must have turned the pages of these magazines every rainy day until I was twelve. Fascinated by these illustrators’ talent, I dreamt, at a young age, of one day having such a dream job.
Do you remember what your first artwork looked like? Do you still have it?
Yes. Between then and now I have taken lots of detours; trying many, if not every, medium and approach. I have to admit, after all, the essence is still the same.
Why did you choose illustration as your life’s work instead of, for example, filmmaking, law, or even medicine?
It’s never really been a question. At a young age, I knew I wanted to live the illustrator’s life. What I appreciate about illustration, compared to other artforms, is that often, you can begin a piece and see the result in the same day. I need a rapid action-reaction. It reassures my anxious personality.
Did you study art in school?
I studied fine arts in college and design arts at university.
Where does your inspiration come from; your impulse to make art? Do you have a source for your ideas?
I just love the fact that an image or story that didn’t exist in the morning, will exist at the end of the day. I find it magical.
Do you have a favorite illustrator? What is it about that illustrator’s work you like?
There are so many talents I admire, but I think, above all, is the work of Jean-Philippe Delhomme. He gave himself permission to be free. I’d like to give myself that same permission. He has that freedom… All he does enchants me.
If you could do something else, other than creating art, what would it be?
I would like to buy and decorate caravans and flip them!
Do you remember your first set of paints, pens, or markers?
Yes… especially their poor quality! The sad effects of Crayola wax crayons, cheap colored pencils and watercolor. The greatest memory I have is my first contact with quality art supplies. Prismacolor pencils and Pelican gouache were a revelation!
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