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Illustration of snow leopard for animated opening sequence of VOICES FROM THE ROOF OF THE WORLD, a documentary series about effects of climate change on communities and ecosystems around the Himalayas. Environment, wildlife, habitat ecology, nature, snow leopard, big cat, animal, beast, predator, rocky, textured paper, mixed media, paper, outdoors, mountains, texture.

Aga Khan Agency

Colleen Kong-Savage

illustration of Editorial illustration: Dating in a Pandemic

Coronavirus, Covid 19, social distancing, iPhone, android, smartphone, telecommunications, love, couples, romance, texting, online, pandemic, epidemic, communications, video chat, video conference, zoom, WhatsApp, google hangout, sickness, quarantine, isolation, self-quarantine, self-isolate, talking online, Kong-Savage
illustration of Editorial illustration: Dating in a Pandemic

Coronavirus, Covid 19, social distancing, iPhone, android, smartphone, telecommunications, love, couples, romance, texting, online, pandemic, epidemic, communications, video chat, video conference, zoom, WhatsApp, google hangout, sickness, quarantine, isolation, self-quarantine, self-isolate, messaging, Kong-Savage
illustration of Editorial Illustration: Dating in a Pandemic

Coronavirus, Covid 19, social distancing, iPhone, android, smartphone, telecommunications, love, couples, romance, texting, online, communications, video chat, video conference, zoom, WhatsApp, google hangout, sickness, quarantine, isolation, self-quarantine, self-isolate, messaging, pandemic, epidemic, Kong-Savage
illustration of Justice system, money, equality, inequality, inequity, fairness, unfair, judgement, ethics, blind, speech, speak, scales, cash, finance, financial, law, legal, race, wealth, currency, privelege, advantage, bias, profit, nonprofit, institution, bank, Kong-Savage, gagged
illustration of mask, covid-19, coronavirus, fashion, covid, pandemic, epidemic, face covering, safety, pen and ink, line drawing, clothing, wardrobe, wear a  mask, Kong-Savage
illustration of Editorial illustration for Financial Samurai article,
illustration of Black Lives Matter, father, daughter, the talk, conversation, talking to kids, child, african american, black and white, why, question, curious, curiosity, Kong-Savage
illustration of Littoral Society, fish, skeletons, bird, officer's row, moon, spooky, haunted, halloween, pier, tide, clouds, nature, beach, shore, tree, shoreline, ocean, sea, waves, marine, environment, ecology, climate, Kong-Savage, black and white, tshirt design
illustration of Illustration of snow leopard for animated opening sequence of VOICES FROM THE ROOF OF THE WORLD, a documentary series about effects of climate change on communities and ecosystems around the Himalayas. 

Environment, wildlife, habitat ecology, nature, snow leopard, big cat, animal, beast, predator, rocky, textured paper, mixed media, paper, outdoors, mountains, texture.
illustration of Illustration of Himalayan bears for animated opening sequence of VOICES FROM THE ROOF OF THE WORLD, a documentary series about effects of climate change on communities and ecosystems around the Himalayas. 

Environment, wildlife, habitat, ecology, nature, bear, himalayan bear, animal, beast, mother, cub, landscape, paper, outdoors, mountains.
illustration of Dance, movement, flamenco, ole, Spain, Spanish, gestural, drawing, ink brush, patterns, colorful, travel, performance, entertainment, music, singing, guitar, percussion, textile, nightlife, stage, leisure, arts, performing arts
illustration of Commissioned portrait of San Francisco-based family created in paper collage. 

family values, California, leisure, couple, parenthood, parenting, mother, father, siblings, baby, children, brother, sister, love, kids, family time, nature, environment, park, flowers, trees, hills, vista, view, city, town, Golden Gate Bridge, bridge, poppies, relaxation, recreation, relax, happiness, joy, get away, weekend, sunset
illustration of Illustration for postcards and fliers.

Friends & Farms specialized in farm-to-table food. The business assembled “baskets” of fresh produce from regional farms, then distributed them from the back of a truck. The company prided itself in stellar customer service and wanted to convey its warm sense of community in its branding.

apple, pie, rolling pin, baked goods, bake, baking, cook, kitchen, boy, kid, mother, fruit, crust, delicious, home, hands, Colleen Kong-Savage
illustration of This kitchen scene was the home page illustration for a website.

Friends & Farms specialized in farm-to-table food. The business assembled “baskets” of fresh produce from regional farms, then distributed them from the back of a truck. The company prided itself in stellar customer service and wanted to convey its warm sense of community in its branding.

groceries, grocery, eating, healthy, cook, boy, kid, mother, fruit, bread, eggs, shopping, home, hands, Colleen Kong-Savage
illustration of Spot illustrations of vegetables, fruit, meat for Friends & Farms' e-newsletter. 

Friends & Farms specialized in farm-to-table food. The business aggregated fresh produce from regional farms, then distributed it to members. The company prided itself in stellar customer service and wanted to convey its warm sense of community in its branding.

corn, tomato, carrots, eggplant, celery, strawberry, pork chop, pumpkin, acorn squash, Kong-Savage
illustration of Spot illustrations of vegetables, fruit, meat in paper collage. Created for Friends & Farms' e-newsletter. 

Friends & Farms specialized in farm-to-table food. The business aggregated fresh produce from regional farms, then distributed it to members. The company prided itself in stellar customer service and wanted to convey its warm sense of community in its branding.

lemon, kale, orange, apple, drumstick, fish, steak, bacon, pear, Kong-Savage
illustration of This vegetable garden illustration is for Friends & Farms' website. 

Friends & Farms specialized in farm-to-table food. The business assembled “baskets” of fresh produce from regional farms, then distributed them from the back of a truck. The company prided itself in stellar customer service and wanted to convey its warm sense of community in its branding.

eating, healthy, cook, paper collage, home, garden, veggies, vegetables, tomato, lettuce, cabbage, Colleen Kong-Savage
illustration of This map illustration for postcard.

Friends & Farms distributed fresh produce directly from regional farms to member customers. My clients were visually rebranding themselves. They thought my collaged papers was the perfect style to convey the friendly, down-to-earth, easygoing spirit of their business.

agriculture, branding, grocery, groceries, food, food distribution, Colleen Kong-Savage, meat, vegetables, shopping bag, Maryland, USA, state, fish, chicken, steak, tomato, corn, community
illustration of Illustration for landing page of Nameclouds website. Nameclouds is a baby-naming app.

Pregnant, pregnancy, expecting, couple, family, baby, names, romance, bed, home, love, hands, belly, quilt, book, man, woman, turquoise, purple, pajamas, snuggle, heterosexual, Kong-Savage
illustration of Illustration for landing page of Nameclouds website. Nameclouds is a baby-naming app.

Family, expecting, belly, couple, romance, romantic, love, beach, towels, sunbathing, sun, warm, hot, summer, dog, animal, pet, leisure, pregnant, pregnancy, happiness, women, pride, lesbian, gay, sand, canine, holding hands, tan, skin, relaxation, Kong-Savage
illustration of Illustration for an essay about private school tuition on Financial Samurai, a personal finance blog site.

weightlifting, debt, money, owe, gym, strength, weak, dollars, push, heavy lifting, dollar, raise, pay, credit card, bills, in the red, interest, business, cash, finances, paper, Colleen Kong-Savage.
illustration of Illustration for
illustration of Financial Samurai is a popular personal finance blog site. Sam Dogen writes advice about investment and spending. He often invites guest writers to share their own perspectives on all topics involving money. This illustration was for my  essay.

dollar, talk, negotiate, dialogue, raise, discussion, pay, employer, employment, business, cash, finances, paper, Colleen Kong-Savage.
illustration of Private commission

Literacy, education, read, reading, learn, learning, book, books, curiosity, explore, statue, Lion, cub, kid lit, NYPL, New York Public Library, library, NYC, New York City, landmark, animal, big cat, Kong-Savage
illustration of Cover artwork for picture book released June 2018. Set in 16th century Korea, a boy designs the greatest battleship in naval history with a bit of inspiration from his pet turtle. This work of historical fiction was published by Lee & Low Books.

turtle ship, gobukson, Asia, publishing, Joseon dynasty, ship, boat, boats, ocean, waves, sea, asian kids, kid, reptile, ancient, Orient, Colleen Kong-Savage.
illustration of THE TURTLE SHIP is a historical fiction picture book published by Lee & Low Books. Set in 16th century Korea, a boy vies to win the king's contest for the greatest battleship design with a little inspiration from his pet turtle. In this scene, the boy tests his second ship model.

children's book, kid lit, turtle ship, Asia, publishing, Joseon dynasty, boat, raft, ocean, waves, beach, sand, sea, water, pull, effort, head scratch, asian kids, kid, reptile, ancient, Orient, Colleen Kong-Savage.
illustration of THE TURTLE SHIP is a historical fiction picture book published by Lee & Low Books. Set in 16th century Korea, a boy vies to win the king's contest for the greatest battleship design with inspiration from his pet turtle. In this scene, the boy and his family arrives at the palace.

Asia, Joseon dynasty, mob, crowd, publishing, asians, children's book, kid lit, journey, travel, place, asian, architecture, kid, paper collage, history, Orient, clothing, Colleen Kong-Savage.
illustration of THE TURTLE SHIP is a historical fiction picture book published by Lee & Low Books. Set in 16th century Korea, a boy vies to win the king's contest for the greatest battleship design with inspiration from his pet turtle. In this scene, the turtle—small and slow—is safe in its shell as it is attacked by a cat.

Asia, court, Joseon dynasty, kitty, animals, jump, publishing, children's book, kid lit, asian, architecture, king, history, paper collage, ancient, Korean, Orient, Colleen Kong-Savage.
illustration of THE TURTLE SHIP is a historical fiction picture book published by Lee & Low Books. Set in 16th century Korea, a boy wins the king's contest for the greatest battleship with inspiration from his pet turtle. This illustration depicts the Battle of Myeongnyang.

Asia, Joseon dynasty, publishing, asians, children's book, kid lit, ocean, sea, waves, war, asian, Yi Sunsin, Korean, navy, boats, ships, boat, paper collage, ancient, history, Orient, Colleen Kong-Savage.
illustration of Picture book illustration of father and son at bedtime, talking about the subway system. They imagine going down underground, then passing through the turnstiles.

Map, underground, city, New York, child, dad, kid, pjs, commute, transportation, train, urban, children's books, kid lit, publishing, paper collage, Colleen Kong-Savage.
illustration of Picture book illustration of father and son at bedtime, talking about the subway system. They imagine riding the train to the zoo, and then to City Hall, where the mayor is giving a speech.

City, building, crowd, people, protest, speech, politician, city hall, New York, polar bear, penguin, seal, travel, transportation, train, urban, children's books, kid lit, publishing, paper collage, Colleen Kong-Savage.
illustration of Urban holiday card design in paper collage for Greeting Card Universe. Night time in the city. Water towers with graffiti messages of Peace, Love, Good Will, and Hope. Colorful buildings.

City skyline, nyc, new York city, New York, street art, apartment, real estate, co-ops, fun, home
illustration of childrens book, kidlit, picture book, piano, child, instrument, girl, sing, music, home, arts, learn, learning, publishing, play, practice, rehearse, stairs, books, Kong-Savage
illustration of Picture book illustration of big dog and little girl with kitten.  

animal, animals, pet, pets, beast, canine, feline, kid lit, children's book, publishing, Saint Bernard, ice cream cone, sprinkles, begging, hungry, toddler. child, kid, summer, dessert, stare, African American, pig tails, townhouse, neighborhood, stairs, stoop, paper collage, Colleen Kong-Savage.
illustration of boy, father, glass of water, bedtime, spoiled, king, your highness, majesty, royalty, childhood, parenting, parenthood, parent, bed, bedroom, night, pajamas, sleep, insomnia, brat, go to bed, paper, kid lit
illustration of Valentine's Day card design for Greeting Card Universe.

queen, four, playing cards, deck, valentine, galentine, love, red, white, heart, hearts, spades, diamond, club, sister, sisterhood, women, woman, female, paper, collage, happy, royal, regal, Kong-Savage
illustration of Birthday card design in paper collage for Greeting Card Universe. A couple of bunny rabbits hug each other as oranger and yellow blossoms fall from above.

Handlettering, bunnies, animals, cute, fuzzy, warm fuzzies, love, cuddle, childrens book, torn paper, kidlit, floral, Kong-Savage
illustration of Snow day, girl, child, kid, silhouette, window, snow, winter, city, cityscape, neighborhood, urban, cat, childhood, cold, glass, buildings, looking out, hands, architecture, upper west side, Nyc, New York City.
illustration of Samurai, warrior, Japan, Japanese, Asian, Asia, history, culture, moon, full moon, fierce, mysterious, sword, weapon, financial samurai, Kong-Savage

Profile

As a versatile illustrator with solid graphic design skills I create customized images for businesses to help them shape their visual brand identities. I work both digitally and in paper, illustrating for websites, presentations, newsletters, various printed collateral, and more. While I have the freelancer's privilege of creating graphics for a wide variety of industries—food, fitness, health, arts—I do have a penchant for the children's market, picture books in particular. "Striking, precise paper collage scenes..." Publishers Weekly for THE TURTLE SHIP

Style/Techniques

Animation, Black & White, Collage, Conceptual, Cut Paper, Digital, Figurative, Graphic, Lettering, Line, Line with Color, Mixed Media, Painterly, Pen & Ink, Stylized, Texture, Whimsical, Vector

Subject/Specialties

Humor, Action, Adventure, Animals, Architecture, Book Covers, Botanical, Character Development, Children, Children's Books, Corporate, Editorial, Education, Family, Fantasy, Fashion/Cosmetics, Food, Greeting Cards, Health, Historical, Holidays, Icons, Information Graphics, Landscape, Leisure, Maps, Music, Mystery, Nature, People, Political, Romance, Science, Sports, Still Life, Technology, Transportation, Travel, Web Illustration, Wildlife, Americana, Agriculture, Food/Beverage, Lifestyle, Feminine, Masculine, Youth, Ethnic, Edgy, Environmental, Financial, Urban, Branding