LUCK OF THE DRAW

Illustrator Benjamin Schipper brings his imagination to life

// portrait by Eli Warren

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Sweet Dreams // Schipper’s illustrations reference classic works including The Lord of the Rings and A Wrinkle in Time.

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Schipper already freelances for prestigious publisher Penguin Random House, plus clients Bob Jones Press and Amplify, a digital education company. In his home studio, you’ll find him sketching with colored pencils, painting with acrylic gouache, then using a Mac computer to digitally edit his work.

LuckOfDrawDEC15article2He looks for inspiration in literature, naming fantasy and sci-fi tomes like the Harry Potter books, The Lord of the Rings series, and The Chronicles of Narnia as jumping-off points to help his mind wander. He’s also working on his own original story and illustrations for a project he’s calling The Blanket Thief. With this sophisticated comic book geared towards adults, Schipper takes aim at a lifelong goal. “I’m pursuing my dream of ultimately seeing my illustration on a book cover, right on the center table at Barnes & Noble.”

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And although Schipper’s works are highly imaginative, it doesn’t mean he has his head in the clouds. He’s aware of and grateful for the opportunities before him. “I’m thrilled to be doing what I’m doing, working from home in Greenville, using my talent, and illustrating on a steady basis.”

 


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