Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, Taylor Ackerman is an illustrator and designer with a BFA in studio art from Bradley University. She is a Strategic Design Specialist for Creative Services at The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Taylor works digitally and traditionally with ink, pencil, and watercolor. Her illustration work explores narrative through whimsical, colorful, and sometimes odd character illustrations. Taylor’s style is influenced by the picture books and cartoons she enjoyed as a kid. She loves telling stories and building worlds through her drawings.