From playful to polished, Dorothea Taylor does it all.


Dorothea Taylor loves bringing stories about people of color to life, so they can see characters that look like them—characters they can relate to. That’s why she was excited to create the illustrations for two new children’s books. “Mari and the Majestic Butterfly,” author Connie Standifer’s first book for kids, is a charming story about a little girl who learns to cope with the loss of her beloved grandmother. For this project, Dorothea got to showcase her love of hand-crafted typography and had fun experimenting with a simpler, more stylized illustration style than she typically uses for her commercial clients like Disney, Marvel Studios, Lucasfilms, Cartoon Network, Georgia Pacific, Coke and Pepsi. That style is reflected in Dorothea’s cover art for “The Call of Jeremiah McGill,” a coming-of-age story about a boy whose family wants him to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a preacher. Whether she’s creating whimsical work with the spontaneity of a sketchbook or high-finish illustration and type styling, Dorothea brings the joy of an artist and the eye of a designer to her work. It’s a combination of skills she likes to call “designustration” that jumps off the page or the screen to connect with readers and viewers of all ages.