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Candice Hartsough McDonald

Candice Hartsough McDonald


Candice Hartsough McDonald started her career as a small child making friendship bracelets that she sold from her handmade catalog, and tracing the drawings out of her children’s books trying to pass them off as her own. When she grew up she left South Bend, Indiana, in her dust, and attended the Herron School of Art where she studied illustration and printmaking. Today she works as a freelance illustrator, mostly making work for the children’s market. She also creates personal family portraits

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About My Work:

“I am inspired by simple shapes, the birds that visit my birdfeeder, the children that I meet, and the everlasting belief that my cat could talk to me if I would just listen harder. Children’s books have always spoken directly to my heart, and, being a children’s illustrator myself, my work tends to look playful, peaceful, cheerful, and funny. While it is superficially lighthearted, it is usually underscored by larger, often malicious, plots against the children and animals portrayed. Soft colors and gentle shading cuddle next to angry birds and fleeting ghosts.”

Candice graduated from The Herron School of Art and Design in 2005. She currently works as a freelance illustrator from her studio at the Harrison Center for the Arts. She also creates illustrated portraits of families and pets. For more information, visit

Pricing Information:

Please contact me for a quote on any personal or commercial commissions. Also contact me or the Harrison Center for the Arts for pricing information for works I have already created.


BFA Herron School of Art and Design, Indianapolis, Indiana, 2005


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