Jess Racklyeft

I’m Jess Racklyeft, a Melbourne-based illustrator. I create hand drawn and digital illustrations for prints, cards, custom portraits for lovers and families, business designs and children’s books. With a love for the children’s picture book, my aim is to capture the playfulness and cheeky expressions of animal characters and critters. Some of my clients include Hallmark, Scholastic, Cengage, The Five Mile Press, Erstwilder and Nuovo.

I’m a member of Style File, SCBWI and Illustrators Australia’s. This year I have released my first three picture books: 

•   Little Koala Lost, written by Blaze Kwaymullina

•   Midnight Possum, written by Sally Morgan

•   Smile Cry, written by Tania McCartney

Recent awards include:

  • IA Book 14 Highly Commended Packagaing and Design
  • Luerzer’s Archive “200 Best Illustrators of the World 13/14”
  • Finalist in the Etsy Design Awards 2014
  • Scholarship winner for Big Hearted Business Conference 2014
  • Finalist in the Kids Book Review Illustration Competition 2014, 2015
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