Karlene Ryan is a freelance illustrator, courtroom
sketch artist and fine artist from London Ontario. Her passion for art stemmed
at an early age with much influence from her family and friends.
She attended Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario for the Art Fundamental one year certificate program in 2000.
was accepted with advanced standing into second year at OCAD University's 4
year Illustration, design program.
Karlene graduated in 2005 from OCAD University with a Bachelor of Design
Degree, majoring in Illustration. Some
of her other studies included Anatomy at the University
Toronto Anatomy Lab, Advertising, Business Studies, Graphic Design and Photography. Karlene
began working for the local London,
newspaper the London Free Press as a freelance illustrator/courtroom
sketch artist during her third year at OCAD.
She has covered numerous court cases including a few high profile
cases such as the Bandido’s Murder Trial as well as the
Victoria Stafford murder trial. She
has worked for many clients such as CBC television, Global National, The
Globe and Mail to name a few. Her
quick ability to capture a likeness has made Karlene’s work in the
courtroom one of her great strengths.
Karlene enjoys drawing and painting from a vast array of subject material.
Some of her services
include commercial design for product packaging, book illustration, doing murals for restaurants, holiday window painting,
portraiture work, custom
caricatures for weddings, retirement gifts, anniversaries
and birthdays. She also teaches art classes through London Public
Libraries, Oxford County Libraries and teaches individuals and groups
private lessons. She has a very keen eye for
detail and is very good at adapting to each client’s specific needs;
executing her artwork in a timely manner resulting in a dynamic final
product. Karlene works both traditionally and digitally.
All of her work is done freehand including the digital art via the use
of a drawing tablet. Feel free
to contact Karlene for any art inquiries at firstname.lastname@example.org.