bio

March 2018.

March 2018.

For nearly 3 decades, Kristin Kest has been illustrating the images for over 30 books, scores of calendars, magazines and innumerable publications ~ including a 100-page graphic novel. Kest has additional experience in creating imagery for manufactured products such as wallpaper, greeting cards, labels, posters, educational games, and more. Kest's work spans markets as well as genres, and her work is as fluid in the educational and technical sciences, as it is in historical fiction or sci-fi.

Kest's portfolio shows that she is specifically fascinated with the intersection between hard science and the Fantastic and the storytelling opportunities that exist in that space.

More recently, Kest has completed a park brochure with the US National Park Service, the Old Farmer’s Almanac 2020 Garden calendar for Yankee Publishing Co., several educational projects with Tighe and Pearson Publishing groups, a project with a pharmaceutical company (under NDA), and a children’s book with a self-publishing author. She is currently creating a whole new body of personal fantasy work for the upcoming IlluXCon show in 2019 .

Kest has her MFA from Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), and taught Illustration, Drawing, and Professional Development courses at York College of PA for a number of years. In addition to her freelance career, Kest is also an avid ceramist/ sculptor and enjoys playing in a rock band.

Kest works in both traditional media ~brush & oil paint~ and digital media. Kest's work has been nominated for the Chesley and the Hugo Awards for Best SF Illustration, and her work has been in the F+SF publications, Spectrum and Infected By Art. Her work has also been exhibited in past IlluxCon shows, and she has been the Artist Guest of Honor at ConGlomeration. Please also find Kest's work in the current Directory of Illustration. 

CV available upon email request.

Please note: Artwork contained in this website is protected under US copyright law and published work is registered. Please ask permission before comping.