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J.D. Paulsen

illustration of We Can Be Heroes.... for this portrait of the incomparable master Bowie, I wanted to try a new stylized look where the features are still recognizable while maintaining a somehow cartoonish feel to it.

keywords: bowie, celebrity, david bowie, portrait, realistic, stylized
illustration of Fine Art, Realism, Celebrities, People, Portrait, Posters
illustration of Abuelo Juan
illustration of The poster for the movie Tenet, was the first piece where I decided to remove the outlines delineating their faces. I rather liked the result and might continue doing it for future work.

Keywords: celebrity, tenet, elizabethdebicki, johndavidwashington, movies, scifi, portraits, vector art, digital art, digital illustration
illustration of Harrison Ford as an aging Decker in Blade Runner 2049.

Keywords: celebrity, portrait, realistic, hollywood, harrison ford
illustration of Poster for Black Widow, part of a Marvel Universe series. As a fan of the MCU, I wanted to create a piece for each of the main heroes, showing a different, more vulnerable side for each character, creating a background for their personal story as part of the overall composition.

Keywords: portrait, comics, marvel, digital art
illustration of Pitt’s pretty-face look of yore is finally gone, and now he looks the part of a true character actor. One of my favorite portraits so far. 
Keywords: Brad Pitt, celebrity, movie stars, blond, men portrait, movies, Hollywood, portraits, Cadillac
illustration of Album cover for indy Nashville pop band imy2. 

Keywords: Portrait, young woman, blue hair, band, musicians, singer, microphone, music, musical instruments, blue tone, earth tones
illustration of Book cover for poetry book, based on the Chihuahuan desert, where the author is from. 
Keywords: Cadillac, car, red tones, desert, Earth tones, dunes, realistic
illustration of Book cover featuring the novel's main character in the main setting of the book, a bucolic Hampton's rental house. 

Keywords: Pool, young woman, bikini, pool, summer, vacation, blue tones, hat, straw hat
illustration of Book cover featuring straight-up the premise of the novel – a man trapped inside his own TV. 

Keywords: Television, antique, 80s, trapped, old television, apartment, Brooklyn, man, beard, desperation, glasses
illustration of Book cover about the missing girls of China because of its one-child policy. 

Keywords: Girl, lollipop, glasses, lonely, names, missing, Earth tones, asian girl, Chinese girl
illustration of Book cover, featuring event that triggered the main character's ordeal. 

Keywords: Woman, swimsuit, bikini, Arab woman, beach, vacation, parasol, car, spying, police, Jordan, blue car, Mercedes-Benz, sunglasses
illustration of Portrait of Solveig. 

Keywords: Young woman, red hair, freckles, sunglasses, room, dark room, night, red lips, green tones
illustration of Self-portrait. Me looking at the window in another pandemic morning. 

Keywords: Man, beard, glasses, desperate, anxiety, pandemic, apartment, window
illustration of Illustration accompanying poem for Dark Water, based on the theme of the poem – a ghost of a woman surfacing in a pond.

Keywords: Woman, skull, koi, fishes, pond, collage, Chinese characters, poem, dark water, water
illustration of Book cover, based on a portrait of the main character, painted on a wall in the middle of a yellow umbrella march. 

Keywords: protest, hong hong, repression, yellow umbrella, revolution, yellow river, mural, screaming, young Asian man
illustration of Portrait of actress Juliette Binoche. Portrait, 

Keywords: Juliette Binoche, actress, celebrity, flowers, red tones, French actress
illustration of Book cover for the White series, about a fatal accident where a child is killed. 

Keywords: Accident, Jaguar, car, accident, soccer ball, blood, white blood, mangled, gray tones, red background
illustration of Portrait of Solveig. 

Keywords: Paris apartment, Paris, portrait, red hair, young woman, black dress, terrace, flower paper wall
illustration of Book cover showing main character, Madame Lai. 

Keywords: spy, Vietnam, historic, war, rain, sunglasses, collage, blood stain, young woman, Vietnamese woman
illustration of Portrait of Lupita Nyong'o. 

Keywords: Lupita, Lupita Nyong'o, portrait, golden, gold tones, African woman, black woman, celebrity, actress, Hollywood
illustration of Book cover of sci-fi novel of two worlds colliding. 

Keywords: Portrait, girls, friends, up-side down, blue tones, Earth tones, realistic, red hair, freckles, blue hair
illustration of Portrait of Cate Blanchett. 

Keywords: Portrait, celebrity, stewardess, 1960s, wasp, headscarf, sunglasses, red lips, blue tones
illustration of Book cover, based on the poem Crow Prophet. 

Keywords: Crows, prophet, woman, painted, painted face, crying, tree, belt, blue tones
illustration of Book Cover, based on the main character, the last emperor of China. 

Keywords: Emperor, royalty, celebrity, portrait, old man, Chinese man, old Chinese man, opium, smoke, smoking, aviator glasses, sunglasses, hat, straw hat
illustration of Book cover of a girl submerged in a flooded Miami.

Keywords:  Miami, girl, drowning, flood, nose ring, dark hair, teenager, revel, young woman, climate change
illustration of Josana's portrait. 

Keywords: Woman, portrait, profile, flowers, blue tones
illustration of Book cover about a devastating plague that starts in Paris in the near future. 

Keywords: Skull, fly, green fly, death, mass death, plague, pandemic, virus, fungus, Seine River, beige tones, gray tones
illustration of Keywords: woman, San Francisco, houses, street, koi, pond
illustration of Solveig's portrait. 

Keywords: Girl, red hair, freckles, pool, submerged
illustration of Series of illustrations for


J.D. Paulsen is a Brooklyn-based digital artist with over 20 years of experience in the creative field. In 2019 he was shortlisted for the World Illustration Award from the Association of Illustrators for his work in AlphaPod, a children's learning app he eventually launched in 2020. The following year, AlphaPod became a Communication Arts Interactive Competition finalist in the Mobile App category and was awarded a Webby Awards honoree spot.


Design, Digital, Fine Art, Graphic, Line, Line with Color, Painterly, Pen & Ink, Realism, Stylized, Texture, Whimsical, Concept Art, Vector


Humor, Animals, Book Covers, Celebrities, Children, Children's Books, Children's Products, Comic Book, Editorial, Historical, Medical, Music, Mystery, Nature, People, Political, Portrait, Posters, Sci-Fi, Masculine, Urban