I am an illustrator and create art for MG and YA children's books and graphic novels.  I am a storyteller at heart and love creating narrative works of fantasy, folklore, myth, and magic.  I live in Berkeley, CA with my architect husband and young daughter.  You can find us making mischief in the garden, tinkling the keys on our piano, and singing harmonies. 

I grew up in the Bay Area and graduated from the California College of the Arts where I received my BFA in Illustration with Distinction.  In addition to illustrating I have also been an art director in children’s book publishing, and an art assistant in the art department of Industrial Light & Magic.

I'm a member of SCBWI and was a runner up for the Martha Weston Grant in 2016.  I am currently writing and illustrating a graphic novel for YA.

Awards + Recognition

  • Runner up for the SCBWI Martha Weston Grant, 2016
  • Society of Illustrators West 52, 49
  • Society of Illustrators NY “The Original Art” Exhibition
  • Special Jury Award for Animation - South by Southwest Film Festival (SXSW).
    See a full list of Film Festival recognition here.


  • Capstone Press
  • National Geographic Learning
  • Heinemann Publishing
  • Smithsonian American Art Museum
  • Scholastic
  • Boomer Esiason Foundation
  • Picture Window Books
  • Sugar Hill Records
  • Mind Control Software
  • Autumn Moon Entertainment
  • Kerner Optical
  • Utne Reader

Contact Information
nadine (AT) nadinetakvorian (DOT) com