Southern California


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I’m Michelle LaPlante and I’m a freelance illustrator.

I’m on a mission to create dramatic, narrative illustrations. My specialty is creating images that are rich in details but simplified with deliberate composition and lighting, guiding the viewer’s eye. They express mood and tell a story at a glance, but are rife with details, patterns, and textures.

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I do take on other projects, including print and web design, packaging, and marketing collateral, especially when they incorporate illustration elements. Contact me to discuss the specifics of your project.

Does this describe you?

You’re looking for high quality, custom illustration that tells your story and captures viewers’ imagination. You want to discuss what you’re looking for, be kept up to date on progress, and get images back on time. You want someone that you can work with who takes intiative and offers editorial direction but accepts feedback and incorporate it beautifully.

Then I want to work with you!

What people are saying

Michelle was great to work with. She understood exactly what I wanted. She completed the job that I gave her on time and was very responsive.

Vanessa, Fritzmean Photography

She was great and easy to work with and gave us a great product... She took our input and also gave her creative input as well to create great image. We will definitely be hiring Michelle again for future work.

Sam, Eco Sheep

Michelle was absolutely amazing to work with. She took on a really difficult project and delivered it to our total satisfaction. She is sheer talent and we will look forward to working again with her in the future.

Dan, School of Dance and Music

Great experience working with Michelle. She was so accommodating and very patient with my sometimes indecisiveness! She understood my vision and exceeding expectations. Will be my go to for sure. I have already recommended her to others.

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About me

I’m a multimedia artist. I like experimenting and learning new things on my own time. I draw, paint, code, design, and make comics. I have screenprinted posters and books and gone all the way through the offset printing process through plate making (no one will let me run their press though). I’ve bound books and tried every kind of DIY print making I could find.

I graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a Bachelors of Fine Arts and have been working primarily as an illustrator and designer since.

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