About Jen Pilles
to get in touch email: jen@jenpilles.com

My studio with Akin Collective at Akin Lansdowne

Hello and thanks for visiting! I am a freelance illustrator currently working out of a bright and cozy studio in Toronto, Canada. I create charming drawings and colourful illustrations using a combination of mediums including ink, gouache, watercolour and coloured pencil. I work for a variety of clients including publishers, public institutions, not-for-profit organizations, small businesses, and private clients. I hold a Bachelor of Applied Arts with Honours in Illustration from Sheridan College.

My work is heavily inspired by nature, and influenced by my love of science, myth, and the human condition. I love storytelling and have created comics and visual narratives that are suitable for both adults and children. My first children's book, High Fives at High Tide, was published in April, 2016 by Pink Squid Press. 

I also self-publish comics and zines, design enamel pins and create small runs of limited-edition hand-painted greeting cards which are available in shops and at events in Toronto and occasionally in my online shop.

Event drawing for a Bastille Day party, private client, 2017.

My work is suitable for print and web projects as well large scale works, live events and public art. I am available for events or location specific art projects within the Greater Toronto and beyond.

I practice plein air painting and derive much of my inspiration from being out in nature and exploring the landscape. The work I create out in nature informs and inspires my illustration practice - I am always looking out for new places to explore and locations to paint!


Please feel free to contact me anytime if you have a question or would like to work with me by filling out the form below. Thanks!