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How to Train Your Dragon

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Shawn was commissioned by DreamWorks Press to create final color art for the title "How to Train your Dragon" (pencils by Denise Shimabukuro). "How to Train Your Dragon" is also currently published by Little Golden Books.

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illustration of Book cover art of a boy and his new Christmas gift, a pet dinosaur. Dinosaur, pet, boy, Christmas, holidays, gift, fun, retro, bright, red, cartoon, cartoon characters, character design, children's books
illustration of Cover art digital painting for illustrated storybook
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illustration of Children's book cover illustration featuring a busy city scene with dinosaurs and other anthropomorphic animals. Dinosaur, animals, fun, bright, search and find, cityscape, tractor, grocery store, pig, bunny, look and find, children's book, cartoon, cartoon character
illustration of Humorous illustrated scene featuring dinosaurs visiting a farm with farm animals. Farm, farming, animals, barn, dinosaurs, crops, corn, tractor, rooster, mule, pigs, cow, eggs, vegetable garden, cartoon, children's book, picture book, search and find, vector art, happy, fun. bright, colorful
illustration of Humorous calendar illustration depicting a man taking a break from working in the yard. 
Calendar, cartoon, humorous, whimsical, man, people, hammock, yard work, lawn, lawnmower, sun, August, summer, beer, warm, heat, relaxing, lazy, sweating, drinking, retro
illustration of Children's book cover illustration featuring the Boo Baby girl flying like a superhero while rescuing a puppy. Baby, dog, chihuahua, girl, cape, flying, imaginary, whimsical, adventure, vines, trees, mice, animals, leaves, toddler, children's book, picture book, book cover
illustration of Marty the zebra spinning plates in a circus act (interior illustration from the picture book
illustration of Peter Pan and Wendy exploring the forest of Neverland. Forest, tree, tropical island, character design, Peter Pan, boy, girl, people, classic tale, fairy tale, Neverland, children's book, animation
illustration of Peter Pan, Wendy and Tinkerbell fly over Neverland Island. Peter Pan, island, rainbow, flying, clouds, ocean, children, children's book, fairy tale, classic literature, cartoon, cartoon character, animation, Marriott
illustration of New character designs for Peter Pan, Wendy, Captain Hook and Crocodile. Peter Pan, pirate, treasure chest, jewels, captain Hook, crocodile, clock, sword, sword fight, children, boy, girl, children's book, fairy tale, classic literature, cartoon, cartoon character, animation, Marriott
illustration of Character design and educational comic booklet for Baxalta, featuring NAVA Dog explaining the infusion process for hemophilia. Medical, educational, comic, dog, character design, comic book, cartoon, bright, flat color, explainer video, infusion, blood cells, factor, infusion, inhibitors, hemophilia
illustration of Detailed illustration of train engine paused for crossing caribou, based on a scene from the movie
illustration of Christmas tree scene from the movie
illustration of Christmas activity book covers showing elves in Santa's workshop, and magical toys under the Christmas tree. Toys, elves, Christmas, workshop, train, paint, gift, candy cane, bright, colorful, festive, merry, magic, Christmas tree, activity book, coloring book, children's book, animation, cartoon
illustration of Christmas activity book covers showing Santa with reindeer, and children caroling in the snow. Santa, reindeer, children, caroling, holidays, bright, colorful, festive, merry, magic, Christmas, activity book, coloring book, children's book, character design, animation, cartoon, snow
illustration of Search and find puzzle featuring cartoon superheroes flying over a city scene filled with hidden objects. Cartoon, comic, bear, city, street, urban, fun, bright, puzzle, flying, cape, mask, bus, cars, buildings, street lamp, cab, children's product, game
illustration of Character design and collateral illustration for Shire booth at IDF National Conference. Character design, cartoon, bear, forest ranger, park ranger, scout, binoculars, compass, exploring, camping, hiking, national park, outdoors, forest, woods, pharmaceutical, conference, blue bear, happy, fun, marketing, branding
illustration of Cartoon map showing points of interest at the Shire booth and IDF National Conference. Map, cartoon, bear, treehouse, trees, trail, forest ranger, park ranger, scout, binoculars, compass, exploring, adventure, camping, hiking, national park, outdoors, forest, woods, pharmaceutical, conference, blue bear, happy, fun, marketing, branding, rocks, pine trees, mountains, stream, waterfall
illustration of Look and Find puzzle featuring a cute bear character and dragon flying over a landscape  filled with hidden objects. Cartoon, dragon, bear, knight, medieval, castle, countryside, farms, mountains, clouds, sky, fun, bright, puzzle, children's product, game, vector, animation
illustration of Book cover illustration of a boy and his dog in bed, hiding from imaginary monsters in the bedroom. Monsters, boy, child, dog, nighttime, bed, scary, bedroom, night light, dark, children's book, book cover
illustration of Richly illustrated set of wordless Story Cards designed to encourage story telling and family fun. Story, picture, cards, game, fun, family game, children's product, IKEA, cartoon, cartoon character, treasure chest, book, reading, garden, wind, pastel, balloons
illustration of Painted outdoor scene with deep colors showing garden fairies investigating a mysterious midnight visitor to the treehouse. Treehouse, ladder, birds, bats, fairies, children's product, IKEA, cartoon, midnight, nighttime, moon, garden, game, mysterious
illustration of Background illustration of a spooky underground cave and river, digitally rendered in deep colors with paint brush textures. Cave, river, stalactites, stairs, roots, island, waterfall, dark, spooky, underground, underworld, IKEA, LATTJO, background, animation, halloween
illustration of Background illustration of a whimsical fantasy garden, digitally rendered in soft pastel colors with watercolor brush textures. Garden, trees, treehouse, plants, nature, sun, sunny, flowers, landscape, water, waterfall, fantasy, animation, background, children's book, IKEA, children's product
illustration of Christmas activity book covers showing Santa Claus stuffing stockings hanging on a mantle. Santa, fireplace, mantle, stockings, gifts, milk, cookies, clock, holidays, bright, colorful, festive, merry, magic, Christmas, activity book, coloring book, children's book, character design, animation, cartoon
illustration of Educational workbook covers featuring funny monsters, alphabet letters and food themes. Educational, monsters, book cover, children's books, phonics, letters, cereal, honey, dripping, logo design, character design, cartoons, bright, colorful, vector art
illustration of Ornate design with skull and bones, celebrating the Day of the Dead. Day of the Dead, skull, bones, worm, roses, pistols, whiskey, Halloween, holiday, graphic, dark, edgy
illustration of Stylized illustration of a lovely woman posing in front of a large Valentine's Day heart. Romance, girl, woman, love, Valentines Day, lovely, beautiful, sweet, cute, Valentines card, greeting card, vintage, retro, pink, design
illustration of Detailed illustration of children on a magical train, based on a scene from the movie
illustration of Marketing illustrations for ICE! exhibition at Marriott's Gaylord Palms, based on scenes from the movie
illustration of Madagascar characters in costumes march in a festive circus parade. (interior illustration from the picture book
illustration of Cover illustration for Madagascar
illustration of Activity/coloring book cover featuring the Flowerland Fairies and sticker designs for girls. Fairies, cartoon characters, stickers, hearts, flowers, beach towel, surf board, moon, stars, coloring book, children's book, activity book, fun, bright, colorful, feminine, animation
illustration of Character design and illustration of multiple poses of Dog Bug, for Hooked on Phonics. Dog, bug, yellow, funny, cute, cartoon character, expression, poses, style sheet, style guide, character design, children's books, children's products, wings, flying, educational
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illustration of Character design concepts and illustrated poses of Ben Franklin cartoon character for the U.S. Government Printing Office. Cartoon, character development, Ben Franklin, government, historical, educational, animation, web illustration, happy, fun
illustration of Character Design, logo design, and background art for educational website teaching the branches of the U.S. federal government. Cartoon, character development, Ben Franklin, logo, flag, patriotic, government, Washington D.C., badges, icons, Capitol, Washington Monument, cityscape, happy, animation, web illustration
illustration of Editorial illustration portrait of Abraham Lincoln with graphic colors and background. Abraham Lincoln, president, portrait, editorial, screen print, poster, political, historical, government, currency
illustration of Editorial illustration portrait of George Washington with graphic colors and background. George Washington, president, portrait, historical, editorial, screen print, poster, political, government, currency
illustration of Vector illustration of 1930s cops staking out suspected bank robbers, from the graphic novel
illustration of Two page comic book spread showing 1930s cops, bank robbers and gangsters, from the graphic novel
illustration of Vector illustration of 1930s bank robbers riding into the sunset with money flying out from the car; scene from the graphic novel
illustration of Sticker designs of
illustration of Two page comic book spread showing 1930s cops, bank robbers and gangsters, from the graphic novel
illustration of Vector illustration of Stonehenge monument, for video game background art. Stonehenge, prehistoric, monument, stones, earthworks, field, grass, sky, ritual, England, historic, pillars, mysterious, vector illustration, cartoon, video game, animation, background art
illustration of Digital illustration of a red cardinal in flight against a snowy winter sky. Bird, cardinal, animals, nature, painterly, winter, snow, snowfall, red, holidays, scenic
illustration of Detailed vector illustration of  Captain Hook's pirate ship for SummerFest marketing at Marriott's Gaylord Resorts. Peter Pan, Captain hook, pirate, pirate ship, summer, fun, sailing, windjammer, ocean, Marriott, fairy tale, adventure
illustration of Vector illustration of a Japanese garden with cherry blossoms, scenic pond and cultivated trees and plants. Garden, cherry trees, cherry blossoms, zen garden, bridge, Japanese, pond, path, nature, flowers, trees, willows, bright, peaceful, zen, vector illustration, cartoon, video game, animation, background art
illustration of Background illustration of an indoor funhouse filled with slides and games, digitally rendered in pastel colors with paint brush textures. Fun, funhouse, interior, cartoon, checkers, chair, table, door, rug, curtains, slide, ball pit, radio, photo frames, portraits, IKEA, LATTJO, background, animation
illustration of Background vector illustration for video game showing Red Riding Hood walking through a dark forest on her way to Grandma's house. Forest, woods, trees, nature, dark, scary, spooky, animals, flowers, Red Riding Hood, girl, squirrel, wolf, house, cottage, flowers, vector illustration, cartoon, video game, animation, background art
illustration of Adult coloring book cover featuring line art from IKEA LATTJO's fantastical world of stylized characters and creatures. Coloring book, IKEA, LATTJO, treehouse, funhouse, garden, underworld, activity book, fantasy world, graphic
illustration of Black and white coloring page art inspired by IKEA LATTJO's fantastical world of stylized characters and creatures. Coloring book, line art, flowers, daisies, sunflowers, garden, stairs, trees, op art, IKEA, LATTJO, treehouse, funhouse, garden, underworld, activity book, fantasy world, graphic
illustration of Vector illustration of a Native American fishing village with totem poles and canoes on a sandy ocean shoreline. Native American, totem pole, canoe, fishing, village, beach, nature, landscape, mountain, forest, pine trees, sky, sand, wildflowers, grassy beach, vector illustration, cartoon, video game, animation, background art
illustration of Children's book featuring the Bible story of Jonah and the whale, rendered in pencil and watercolor illustration style. Jonah, whale, ship, ocean, rain, religious, Bible, Bible story, prayer, children's book, watercolor, pastel
illustration of Greeting card illustration of a happy Yeti eating chocolates with a Valentines Day message. Valentines, Yeti, greeting card, holiday, love, chocolate, heart, happy, animals, wish, cartoon character, pattern, pinstripe, pastel, design, typography
illustration of Humorous illustrated scene featuring dinosaurs visiting a busy city. City, dinosaurs, streets, buildings, traffic, taxi, mail truck, library, bank building, museum, subway, grocery store, skyscraper, cartoon, character design, children's book, picture book, search and find, vector art, happy, fun, bright, colorful
illustration of Vector illustration of an ancient Mayan civilization surrounded by tropical trees and vegetation. Mayan culture, ancient, city, statues, stone, temples, historical, ruins, tropical, plants, flowers, vegetation, sky, nature, bright, lush, vector illustration, cartoon, video game, animation, background art
illustration of Vector illustration of a lost Mayan temple filled with treasures, guarded by a cheetah in a tropical forest. Gold, treasures, temple, temple of doom, cheetah, parrot, animals, Mayan culture, ancient, statues, stone, temple, historical, ruins, tropical, trees, vines, forest, plants, flowers, vegetation, nature, bright, lush, vector illustration, cartoon, video game, animation, background art
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illustration of Humorous illustrated scene featuring dinosaurs and animals sailing the ocean on a pirate ship. Ocean, ship, sailboat, water, sky, happy, bright, pirates, dinosaurs, cartoon, children's book, picture book, animals, shark, dolphin, rabbit, cat, pig, fish, birds, treasure, treasure chest, gold, lifeboat, anchor, island, pirate ship
illustration of Rustic illustrated map with icons depicting Christmas events at the Gaylord Opryland resort. Map, resort, Christmas, Opryland, hotel, travel, tourism, events, design, typography, old fashioned, country, rural, rustic, watercolor, parchment, pinecones, Pinetop, ICE, ice skating, Christmas trees, Gaylord Resort, Marriott, Grand Ole Opry
illustration of Children's book cover illustration featuring the Boo Baby in front of a whimsical haunted house. Baby, child, toddler, children's book, picture book, book cover, haunted house, spooky, mystery, Fall, seasonal, Halloween, ghost, ghost story, trees, bats, moon
illustration of Book cover featuring DreamWork's Baby Po, rendered in digital watercolor style with soft pastels. DreamWorks, cartoon, Po, Kung Fu Panda, book cover, pandas, bear, mom, toddler, baby panda, nature, butterflies, pastels, cartoon character
illustration of Mama Panda kissing Baby Po, rendered in digital watercolor style with soft pastels. DreamWorks, cartoon, Po, Kung Fu Panda, children's book, pandas, bear, mom, toddler, baby panda, nature, flowers, pastels, cartoon character, grass, outdoors, field
illustration of Character designs for Tiny Cool, an animated cartoon character who stars in her own TV show. Pop star, girl, singer, musical, cartoon, cartoon character, character design, child star, pink, singing, dancing, vector, animation
illustration of Character concepts for Tiny Cool, an animated cartoon character who stars in her own TV show. Pop star, girl, guitar, stage, family, show, fans, music venue, mom, dad, singer, musical, cartoon, cartoon character, character design, child star, singing, dancing, vector, animation
illustration of Character design and illustration of multiple poses of Hip-O, for Hooked on Phonics. Hippo, animals, funny, cute, cartoon character, style sheet, expression, poses, style guide, character design, children's books, children's products, educational
illustration of Vintage style greeting card scene showing a team of horses pulling a Christmas sleigh through a bright snowy countryside. Season's Greetings, greeting card, Christmas, snow, holidays, horses, sleigh, countryside, man. woman, old fashioned, retro, vintage, vector
illustration of Cover illustration of Baby Po and Papa together  outdoors, rendered in digital watercolor style with soft pastels. DreamWorks, papa, dad, cartoon, Po, Kung Fu Panda, children's book, pandas, bear, toddler, baby panda, nature, flower, relaxing, sunny, fun, outdoors
illustration of Baby Po and Papa relaxing by a river, rendered in digital watercolor style with soft pastels. DreamWorks, papa, dad, cartoon, Po, Kung Fu Panda, children's book, pandas, bear, toddler, baby panda, nature, rocks, stream, river, fish, relaxing, sunny, fun, outdoors
illustration of Papa gives Baby Po a bubble bath, rendered in digital watercolor style with soft pastels. Bathtub, bath, bubbles, papa, dad, cartoon, Po, Kung Fu Panda, children's book, pandas, bear, toddler, baby panda, boat, sponge, home, DreamWorks
illustration of Packaging illustration for McDonalds' Happy Meal box decorated as the truck from Disney's
illustration of Product illustration of LEGO Bionicle toy for McDonalds Happy Meal packaging. LEGO, Bionicle, McDonalds, Happy Meal, packaging, toy, fun, food, fast food, licensing, branding, children's product
illustration of Packaging and branding illustration and design for the entire Little Slugger brand, including a 3.5 oz Cherry Sours box 3/4 view comp and flat mechanical packaging art. Little Slugger, Cherry Sours, candy, confectionary, food, branding, packaging, logo, design, 3-D rendering, product, mascot, baseball, sports, Americana, kids, youth, children's product
illustration of Packaging and branding illustration and design for the entire Little Slugger brand, including a 12 count Ice Cream Cone box 3/4 view comp and flat mechanical packaging art. Little Slugger, ice cream cones, cones, candy, confectionary, food, branding, packaging, logo, design, 3-D rendering, product, mascot, baseball, sports, Americana, kids, youth, children's product
illustration of Packaging and branding illustration and design for the entire Little Slugger brand, including a 25 count
illustration of Packaging and branding illustration and design for the entire Little Slugger brand, including P.O.P. display 3/4 view comps for Cherry Sours and Fruit Snacks boxes. Little Slugger, fruit snacks, snacks, Cherry Sours, candy, confectionary, food, branding, packaging, logo, design, 3-D rendering, product, mascot, baseball, sports, Americana, kids, youth, children's product
illustration of Product packaging design and comp illustrations for a new brand of facial creams. Beauty product, facial cream, branding, cosmetics, packaging, feminine, luxurious, lavender, bright, metallic, 3D comp, product illustration, Luna, Paris
illustration of Product packaging design and comp illustrations  for a new brand of hair products. Hair spray, branding, mousse, root boost, cosmetics, packaging, feminine, pattern, design, bright, orange, metallic, 3D comp, rocket, star, canister, product illustration
illustration of Product packaging design and comp illustrations  for a new brand of premium soap. Soap, bar soap, branding, cosmetics, packaging, feminine, pattern, design, Monarch, butterfly, 3D comp, product illustration
illustration of Product packaging design and comp illustrations  for a new brand of eye shadow. Beauty product, eye shadow, branding, cosmetics, packaging, feminine, luxurious, colorful, bright, 3D comp, glass container, product illustration, nocturne
illustration of Product packaging design and comp illustrations  for a new brand of hair products. Shampoo, conditioner, hair, branding, cosmetics, packaging, feminine, pretty, Willow, pattern, design, bright, green, natural, 3D comp, plastic bottle, product illustration
illustration of Product packaging design and comp illustrations  for a new brand of facial creams and cleansers. Beauty product, facial cream, moisturizer, cleanser, branding, cosmetics, packaging, feminine, luxurious, lavender, bright, metallic, 3D comp, product illustration, Luna, Paris
illustration of Branding illustration and design of detailed molecular compound and pharmaceutical brand logo. Logo, branding, scientific illustration, pharmaceutical, molecule, molecular compound, chemistry, science, corporate, annual report
illustration of Promotional poster illustration and design for Ladies Night, featuring Tito's Handmade Vodka. Ladies, bar, restaurant, alcohol, wine, lifestyle,  shoes, Christian Louboutin, social, women, vintage, retro, poster, graphics, Tito's Vodka, raffle, pasta, night, evening
illustration of Branding illustration and design of detailed molecular compound and pharmaceutical brand logo. Logo, branding, scientific illustration, pharmaceutical, molecule, molecular compound, chemistry, science, corporate, annual report
illustration of Acrylic painting of a fierce pirate woman with traditional pirate dress and weaponry, set against a colorful textured abstract background. Painting, pirate, villain, pop art, fine art, abstract, mid century art, comic book character, graphic, stylized, adventure, woman, people, fierce, bad ass
illustration of Acrylic painting of a leaping ninja with short sword, set against a colorful textured abstract background. Ninja, villain, painting, pop art, fine art, abstract, mid century art, comic book character, graphic, stylized, adventure, man, people, fierce, bad ass
illustration of Acrylic painting of the ghost of King Macbeth, set against a swirling textured abstract background. King, Macbeth, ghost, villain, sword, painting, pop art, fine art, abstract, mid century art, Jackson Pollock, comic book character, graphic, stylized, adventure, man, people, fierce, bad ass
illustration of Acrylic painting of a fierce looking samurai, set against a fiery textured abstract background. Samurai, ronin, warrior, villain, painting, pop art, fine art, abstract, mid century art, comic book character, graphic, stylized, adventure, man, people, fierce, bad ass
illustration of Concept art for animation series, showing the creation of Adam from the Book of Genesis. Storyboard, concept art, animation, Adam, man, creation, miracle, Genesis, Bible, religious, faith, pencil art, pencil drawing, grayscale
illustration of Concept art for animation series, showing Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, from the Book of Genesis. Storyboard, concept art, animation, Adam, man, Eve, woman, garden, water, nature, oasis, pool, Genesis, Bible, religious, faith, pencil art, pencil drawing, grayscale
illustration of Concept art for animation series, showing Baby Jesus in the manger. Storyboard, concept art, animation, Jesus, baby, manger, swaddling clothes, Bible, religious, faith, pencil art, pencil drawing, grayscale
illustration of Concept art for animation series, showing the burial of Jesus in the tomb. Storyboard, concept art, animation, Jesus, death, tomb, embalming, burial, sad, people, woman, crying, emotion, Bible, religious, faith, pencil art, pencil drawing, grayscale
illustration of Black and white concept art showing Jesus alone in a desert wilderness. Storyboard, concept art, animation, Jesus, desert, rocks, wilderness, alone, lonely, temptation, trial, Bible, faith, religious, pencil art, pencil drawing, grayscale
illustration of Traditionally styled portraits of people rendered in soft colors with pencil line and digital watercolor. People, portraits, women, men, adults, personality, happy, watercolor, painting
illustration of Traditionally styled portraits of people rendered in soft colors with pencil line and digital watercolor. People, portraits, women, men, adults, personality, happy, watercolor, painting
illustration of Traditionally styled portraits of people rendered in soft colors with pencil line and digital watercolor. People, portraits, women, men, adults, personality, happy, watercolor, painting

Profile

Shawn Finley is an illustrator and designer specializing in picture books, packaging and character design. Influenced by comic books, animation and pop art, Shawn’s work is often bold and graphic, but sometimes employs a more painterly look as well. He is proud to have recently worked with IKEA on their Lattjo book series, and with DreamWorks Press on their Baby Po, Madagascar, and How to Train Your Dragon picture books. He has developed original characters for Burger King and Shire, and also worked with numerous ad agencies, educational publishers and manufacturers. Shawn earned his Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts from Judson University in 1991, and illustrated his first picture book The Boo Baby Girl Meets the Ghost of Mable's Gable in 1992. Besides illustration, Shawn has also written graphic novels, designed books and food packaging, taught graphic design, and produced numerous paintings, most recently exhibiting at Rotofugi Gallery in Chicago. He lives and works in Woodbury, MN.

Style/Techniques

Abstract, Acrylic, Airbrush, Animation, Black & White, Cartoon, Colored Pencil, Comps, Design, Digital, Figurative, Fine Art, Gouache, Graphic, Impressionistic, Lettering, Line, Line with Color, Logo Design, Painterly, Pastel, Pencil, Realism, Storyboards, Stylized, Technical, Texture, 3-D Rendering, Watercolor, Whimsical, Concept Art, Film/Entertainment, Vector, Rich Picture

Subject/Specialties

Humor, Action, Adventure, Animals, Annual Report, Book Covers, Celebrities, Character Development, Children, Children's Books, Children's Products, Comic Book, Corporate, Editorial, Education, Family, Fantasy, Fashion/Cosmetics, Food, Greeting Cards, Historical, Holidays, Information Graphics, Landscape, Licensing, Maps, Medical, Music, Mystery, Nature, Packaging, People, Political, Portrait, Posters, Product, Religious, Romance, Scientific, Sports, Technology, Toys & Games, Transportation, Travel, Web Illustration, Wildlife, Americana, Agriculture, Food/Beverage, Lifestyle, Vintage / Retro, Feminine, Masculine, Spiritual, Game, Edgy, Environmental, Urban, Branding, Surface Design, Logos