Character Designer // Brian Ajhar Studio
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”.
“Since my 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 look forward to discovering new markets for creating characters and challenging myself in the design and visual development area of animation.”
Brian is a frequent guest lecturer and will be teaching illustration concepts and character development at Syracuse University and F.I.T. this fall. 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 new illustrated children’s book “No Pirates Allowed” has been getting rave reviews and was published in May 2013.