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orcas under the ice - art by Crystal Smith


I am now offering illustration portfolio reviews for artists of all skill levels—take a look below!

I also have tutorials available in PDF mini-books for illustrators.



All of my prints are gallery-quality giclée art on 100% cotton rag archival paper, printed with archival inksThese prints are created & shipped by INPRNT — links open offsite

Maybe A Whale - cover art by Crystal Smith

Maybe A Whale

written by Kirsten Pendreigh, illustrated by Crystal Smith

A lyrical journey of healing through nature as a mother & daughter search for whales on the west coast. Published by Groundwood Books—in bookstores now!

See inside over here...



Also available at your local bookshop!

Mother Aspen cover - art by Crystal Smith

Mother Aspen

written by Annette LeBox, illustrated by Crystal Smith

A lyrical story of an aspen grove through the seasons, inspired by the ground-breaking work of Dr. Suzanne Simard on how trees and fungi talk to each other. Published by Groundwood Books, coming fall 2024. See inside over here...



Also available at your local bookshop!

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Illustration Portfolio Reviews by Email

Are you an artist or student working on your illustration portfolio? I offer positive, upbeat illustration portfolio reviews with tips on how to improve your art pieces, what your strengths are, and actionable tips designed to focus your work. I'll give you ideas on how to make your work ideal for the children's book world.


No matter what your experience or skill level, good feedback can make a big difference! Seeing your illustration work through someone else's unbiased eyes and getting tips from a professional can carry you through to the next level. 


I'm a professional children's book illustrator and have also worked in freelance illustration for many years. I have a BFA in visual arts. I'm excited to see your work and offer helpful, positive insights on your journey!

Receiving your review by email has many advantages, such as allowing me time to really give you thoughtful and researched advice, and giving you the chance to keep your review as many times as you like in the future. 

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