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Mural commission for renovated pedestrian underpass. The Tunnelers—a badger, a groundhog, several worms, and other assorted critters—are all travelers or makers of subterranean passageways. A pedestrian underpass seems like a natural place for them to be commuting through, while the commute, in itself, is the magical equalizer of the suburbs. Whatever our pecking order or business, even the hungry owls and tempting moles have to tolerate each other while in transit.

Adam Gustavson

Adam Gustavson

illustration of Painting for King Of The Tightrope, by Donna Jannell Bowman, a children's book about the first tightrope crossing of Niagara Falls in the 1800s. 

(Peachtree Publishers.)
illustration of Painting for King Of The Tightrope, by Donna Jannell Bowman, a children's book about the first tightrope crossing of Niagara Falls in the 1800s. 

(Peachtree Publishers.)
illustration of Painting for King Of The Tightrope, by Donna Jannell Bowman, a children's book about the first tightrope crossing of Niagara Falls in the 1800s. 

(Peachtree Publishers)
illustration of Painting for King Of The Tightrope, by Donna Jannell Bowman, a children's book about the first tightrope crossing of Niagara Falls in the 1800s.
illustration of Painting for King Of The Tightrope, by Donna Jannell Bowman, a children's book about the first tightrope crossing of Niagara Falls in the 1800s. 

(Peachtree Publishers)
illustration of Interior art for a children's book about a French acrobat and funambulist, The Great Blondin, who completed the first tightrope crossing of Niagara Falls in the 1800s. 

(Peachtree Publishers)
illustration of An image of a sailor / pirate / whaler committed to rope crafts, created as a  promotional illustration celebrating the art of crochet, with a nod to updated notions of masculinity and a bit of ocean faring environmentalism.
illustration of Agnew had done time, sure, but he'd settled down to a good, stable job working security in the automotive parts industry.
illustration of A whimsical acrylic demo for university students, exploring character, environment, storytelling, and painting technique. .
illustration of A concept art piece, painted mainly to see if I could successfully get a garden slug to wear a tuxedo.
illustration of Concept art for a children's book publishing project, depicting cute animal characters in their homes.
illustration of Non-fiction children's picture book about the Frisbee flying disc's path to existence, focusing on the life of inventor Fred Morrison and his wife Lu. 

(Charlesbridge)
illustration of Interior illustration from Margaret Muirhead's non-fiction picture book, FLIP: How the Frisbee Took Flight. 

(Charlesbridge)
illustration of Illustration for a fiction piece in Cricket Magazine, about a family's experiences during the Berlin Airlift in the aftermath of World War II.
illustration of Illustration for a fiction piece in Cricket Magazine, about a family's experiences during the Berlin Airlift in the aftermath of World War II.
illustration of Illustration for a fiction piece in Cricket Magazine, about a family's experiences during the Berlin Airlift in the aftermath of World War II.
illustration of Illustration for a fiction piece in Cricket Magazine, about a family's experiences during the Berlin Airlift in the aftermath of World War II.
illustration of Illustration for a fiction piece in Cricket Magazine, about a family's experiences during the Berlin Airlift in the aftermath of World War II.
illustration of A 16 x 34 foot mural, commissioned for the exterior stairwell of NJ Transit's Highland Avenue train station in Orange, NJ. 

My concept was to create a site specific celebration of the communities that have held this (now gentrifying) neighborhood together in the hundred years since the area's much celebrated hat-making industry left.
illustration of An original 4x8 foot painting, commissioned to hang in a newly renovated pedestrian underpass at a suburban New Jersey train station.
illustration of Part of a self promotional campaign, putting a humorous spin on real but often overlooked U.S. holidays.
illustration of From a self promotional postcard campaign, putting a humorous spin on real but obscure US holidays, and in this case, imagining the shipwrecked sailor sending out casual tweets from his uncharted island home.
illustration of From a series self promotional postcard designs, putting a humorous spin on real but obscure US holidays, and in this case, somehow tying together flying pigs and an AMC Gremlin automobile.
illustration of An original poster design, illuminating some lesser known examples of pirate beard nomenclature, from skunks to birds to squids.
illustration of A watercolor with pen & ink illustration of the French Impressionist Camille Pissarro, developed from a whimsical sketchbook drawing for a classroom technique demo.
illustration of Illustration for an elaborate collision of fairy tale characters,
illustration of Illustration for an elaborate collision of fairy tale characters,
illustration of Illustration for an elaborate collision of fairy tale characters,
illustration of Illustration for an elaborate collision of fairy tale characters,
illustration of Illustration for an elaborate collision of fairy tale characters,
illustration of Illustration for an elaborate collision of fairy tale characters,
illustration of Illustration for an elaborate collision of fairy tale characters,
illustration of Illustration for an elaborate collision of fairy tale characters,
illustration of Illustration for an elaborate collision of fairy tale characters,
illustration of Illustration for an elaborate collision of fairy tale characters,
illustration of Illustration for an elaborate collision of fairy tale characters,
illustration of One of over 180 paintings created to illustrate a Korean ESL edition of Jack London's classic novel White Fang, about a wolf in the Yukon during the late 1800s.
illustration of One of over 180 paintings created to illustrate a Korean edition of Jack London's classic novel White Fang, about a wolf in the Yukon in the late 1800s.
illustration of One of over 180 paintings created to illustrate a Korean ESL edition of Jack London's classic novel White Fang, about a wolf in the Yukon during the late 1800s.
illustration of One of over 180 paintings created to illustrate a Korean ESL edition of Jack London's classic novel White Fang, about a wolf in the Yukon in the late 1800s.
illustration of One of over 180 paintings created to illustrate a Korean ESL edition of Jack London's classic novel White Fang, about a wolf in the Yukon during the late 1800s.
illustration of One of over 180 paintings created to illustrate a Korean ESL edition of Jack London's classic novel White Fang, about a wolf in the Yukon during the late 1800s.
illustration of A boorish gentleman visiting his country manor, as winter turns to spring and the snow begins to thaw.
illustration of From a freewheeling set of digital one panel story illustrations, mixing flash fiction, comics, pigs and puns.
illustration of From a freewheeling set of pen & ink one panel story illustrations, mixing flash fiction and comics.
illustration of From a freewheeling set of pen & ink one panel story illustrations, mixing flash fiction and comics.
illustration of From a freewheeling set of pen & ink one panel story illustrations, mixing flash fiction and comics.
illustration of From a freewheeling set of pen & ink one panel story illustrations, mixing flash fiction and comics. 

And the occasional dog joke.
illustration of Why, it's a medieval fish pun, with a hint of Nordic flavor. Of course.
illustration of Why, it's a medieval insect pun. Of course.
illustration of A wonderfully awful elephant pun, wrapped up in a pen and ink with trunks and a backpack.
illustration of Why, it's a string of horse puns, just to see if I could get a suit, derby, and saddle shoes to fit over the anatomy of a thoroughbred.
illustration of From a freewheeling set of pen & ink one panel story illustrations, often mixing flash fiction and comics.
illustration of If a cicada were a composer of symphonic music, it would most assuredly be long form, microtonal minimalism.
illustration of The cicada as composer of long, minimalist symphonic works.
illustration of The cicada as composer and conductor of tension filled experimental music for orchestra.
illustration of To the cicada's surprise, his tension filled works of experimental music found a home in the soundtracks of numerous horror films.
illustration of A box turtle, in a box seat, wearing a box back coat, probably watching pugilists on Boxing Day.
illustration of Digital portrait of the French Post-Impressionist painter Pierre Bonnard, seen here with his wife Marthe.
illustration of Portrait of Rasputin, the controversial—and more than a little creepy—mystic of the Russian Court.
illustration of Portrait of LGBT pioneer of early rock and roll, Esquerita, known for his flamboyant stage persona and rollicking boogie woogie piano stylings.
illustration of Portrait of the great 20th century blues harmonica player and vocalist Little Walter.
illustration of Portrait of the 20th century jazz pianist Bill Evans.
illustration of Portrait of the great jazz guitarist Jim Hall.
illustration of Portrait of the innovative jazz pianist and composer Thelonius Monk.
illustration of Portrait of the acoustic blues guitarist and singer Mance Lipscomb.
illustration of Portrait of the early country western singer, bandleader, and banjo innovator Charlie Poole.
illustration of Portrait of the great blues singer and guitarist Lightnin' Hopkins.
animation of Illustrated music video for The Medicinal Purpose's 2020 recording of the timeless protest song, Masters of War. 

Produced and directed by Sal Maffetone and Chris Ball.
animation of A short video piece in the public service, with original music by the artist.
animation of Please do not slurp your soda. 

A short humorous animation with original music by the artist.
animation of For a pachyderm, Bradley had surprisingly thin skin. 

Short humorous animation piece, with original music by the artist.
animation of It wasn't even Friday, and already Randy was itching to kick someone's butt. 

A short humorous animation with original music by the artist.
animation of All the basic girls called Jesenia a hater. 

A short humorous animation with original music by the artist.
animation of Finally, after so much waiting, Zeb had seen a light at the end of the tunnel. 

A short humorous animation with original music by the artist.

Profile

Adam Gustavson is a visual artist, author, educator, and musician from New Jersey, with over 20 years of experience as a commercial illustrator. His work has appeared in over thirty books for children, as well ad campaigns, magazines, educational materials, gallery exhibitions and public murals. Adam is represented in the children's book market by Abigail Samoun at Red Fox Literary. www.redfoxliterary.com abi@redfoxliterary.com

Style/Techniques

Abstract, Acrylic, Animation, Black & White, Caricature, Cartoon, Colored Pencil, Conceptual, Design, Digital, Figurative, Fine Art, Gouache, Graphic, Impressionistic, Lettering, Line, Line with Color, Mixed Media, Oil, Painterly, Pen & Ink, Pencil, Realism, Stylized, Texture, Watercolor, Pattern, Whimsical, Concept Art, Installations, Film/Entertainment, Motion, Whiteboard Animation

Subject/Specialties

Humor, Action, Adventure, Animals, Book Covers, Celebrities, Character Development, Children, Children's Books, Children's Products, Comic Book, Editorial, Education, Family, Fantasy, Food, Greeting Cards, Historical, Landscape, Leisure, Licensing, Mural, Music, Mystery, Nature, People, Political, Portrait, Scientific, Sci-Fi, Sports, Technology, Transportation, Travel, Wildlife, Americana, Food/Beverage, Lifestyle, Vintage / Retro, Feminine, Masculine, Spiritual, Youth, Ethnic, Edgy, Environmental