Brian Ajhar’s career as an artist has spanned three decades. His extensive and diverse client list includes numerous magazines, newspapers, advertising agencies, corporate clients, and book publishers. His illustrated children’s books have been published worldwide in a multitude of languages and have appeared on the New York Times Bestseller list.
“Expressive characters and ideas have always been a passion of mine. I look forward to exploring new markets and challenging myself in the character design and visual development area of animation.”
Ajhar’s work is widely recognized for it’s distinctive and humorous point of view.
His influences include a long list that includes the works of 19th century European political satirists, book illustrators and animated films. The varied range of his ideas have adapted to a myriad of social, economic, and political issues. His whimsical paintings incorporate traditional mediums such as watercolors, acrylics, pencils and inks that have been integrated with digital technology.
Brian’s work has been featured in many articles and books written about the field of illustration. “The Illustrator in America” written by Walt Reed profiled Brian as a major influence in the 1990s. An excerpt from the book follows: “Ajhar has a free and fluid style of drawing coupled with humor that looks uninhibited and easy. It is based on the strong knowledge of the figure, however, and the ability to draw without slavish reliance on photographs”.
Brian has been a guest lecturer at many schools and Universities and has been teaching illustration concept classes and character development at Syracuse University since 1996. He has also taught at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and The University of Hartford, CT where he received the distinguished “Koopman Chair Award for the Visual Arts”.
Brian’s current projects has been illustrating children’s books, magazines, advertising and character development for animation. He will be appearing at CTN ANIMATION EXPO in Burbank California during the November 2017 Expo.
Photo by Greg Preston
BRIAN AJHAR STUDIO