Illustrator Peter de Seve photographed for The Artist Within by photographer Greg Preston

Sending Happy Birthday Wishes to Illustrator Peter De Seve, December 12, that's today!

What? December 12th already? Just wanted to join in wishing a Very Happy Birthday to one of the best Illustrators working today, Peter de Seve! Yep!

You probably know that "Peter de Seve has been drawing obsessively since he was a child. Born in Queens, New York in 1958 his love for drawing was fueled by monster movies, comic books, and the work of Frank Frazetta. In high school he studied figure drawing at the art students league in New York on weekends while creating comic strips and fantasy illustrations in his basement. He eventually managed to put together enough of a portfolio to convince The Parsons School of Design to let hi attend their illustration program. While there he was introduced to contemporary and nineteenth century American and European Illustration, which continue to inspire and inform his work. in his distinguished career, de Seve has created editorial illustrations for magazines including Time, Newsweek, Atlantic Monthly, Smithsonian, Premier, and Entertainment Weekly. He is also a frequent contributor of covers to the New Yorker magazine. De Seve has designed posters for Broadway Shows and has created characters for numerous animated feature films. His credits include The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Mulan, A Bugs Life, Tarzan, Finding Nemo, and the box office hits Ice Age and Ice age 2 The Meltdown for which he was the sole character designer."-the artist within"

"His many distinctions include the prestigious Hamilton King Award from the Society of Illustrators, a Clio Award for a Nike television commercial, a Spectrum Annual of Fantastic Art Gold Medal, a Soleil d'Or award from the Festival BD Sollies-Ville in France, and a Visual Effects Society Award nomination for outstanding animated character design for "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs" (this last part lifted directly from Peter's website). I was honored to be able to make this portrait of Peter in his Brooklyn studio for my Artist Within Portrait project.

You can see more of Peter's amazing work on his website here:

Happy Birthday Peter!

art on this post © Peter de Seve

  • "Something Familiar" - The New Yorker Magazine cover by Peter De Sève.
  • Peter de Seve, Batman The Musical
  • "Tag Sale"  by Illustrator Peter de Seve

Sending Happy Birthday Wishes to Illustrator Peter De Seve, December 12, that's today! part 2