My name is Allison Black. I’m an illustrator and designer specializing in cute and colorful creations. I’m originally from Rochester, New York and I received my Bachelor’s of Fine Art at Syracuse University in 2008. After school, I lived in Los Angeles and Minneapolis but I have now made Columbus, Ohio my home.
I worked for two years in the baby bedding industry before I was hired by Target. For the next seven years I worked in-house on various teams including: the Seasonal Team, Stationery Team, Toddler Apparel, Bullseye’s Playground, and the 2D Art Team. I worked directly with factories and vendors, gave art direction and feedback, designed proprietary artwork and products, and developed my illustration style and artistic voice. In 2017 I left Target to work for myself and to focus more on the children’s book industry.
Over the years, I’ve developed an enormous range of products from baby bedding to kid’s clothing, Christmas ornaments to summer toys. I’ve collaborated with various stationery companies to develop playful greeting cards and I have my own line, Hip-Hip, which can be found in my shop. But no matter what I’m creating, I always bring a little Allison flair to the project through my bold color palettes, playful illustrations, and thoughtful design.
Besides making art, I enjoying gardening, traveling, eating sweet treats and going for walks. I love animals and bugs and I share my home with two ridiculous dogs, a grumpy cat and two chatty guinea pigs. I have a young son and an amazing husband and I feel very lucky to do what I love for a living!
Beach Lane Books
Free Spirit Publishing
Scholastic - Cartwheel
Land of Nod
Trader Joe’s - Design House Greetings
Tower Bridge (City of London)