Character Designer // Brian Ajhar Studio
I am a character designer and illustrator.
“Since childhood I have always been influenced by animation and the artists that bring characters to life. I have always had a passion for expressive characters and ideas in my illustrations. I am looking to discover new markets for creating characters in the design and visual development world of animation.”
Brian Ajhar’s illustrations are recognized for their distinctive and humorous point of view. His extensive client list includes dozens of national magazines, newspapers, advertising agencies, corporate clients, and book publishers. His illustrated children’s books have been published worldwide in a multitude of languages and have appeared on the New York Times Bestseller list. The diverse range of his ideas have been adapted to a variety of social, political and economic issues in the publishing world. His work has been featured in many articles and books written about the field of illustration. The historical anthology, “The Illustrator in America” 1860-2000.written by noted illustration historian Walt Reed profiled Brian’s influences in the field of illustration. An excerpt from the book follows:“Ajhar has a free and fluid style of drawing coupled with humor that looks uninhibited and easy. It is based on the strong knowledge of the figure, however, and the ability to draw without slavish reliance on photographs”.
Brian is a frequent guest lecturer and teaches illustration concepts and character development at Syracuse University and F.I.T. where he is an Adjunct Professor. He has also taught at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and The University of Hartford, CT where he received the distinguished Koopman Chair Award for the Visual Arts.
His newest illustrated children’s book “No Pirates Allowed” has been getting rave reviews and has been receiving and is being considered for many awards in the childrens publishing world,