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I’m a Sydney based illustrator and designer probably best known for my work on The Perth Mint’s coin series. The Australian Bush Babies coin series, featuring five cute and cuddly Australian critters, was the most successful project I worked on during my time with the Mint. The Australian Bush Babies illustrations were later featured on a series of stamps issued by Australia Post and inspired a follow-up series Australian Bush Babies II. To this day I am still drawing Australian animals in detail and take great joy in enhancing their cute qualities.

Most of my work is created digitally and animals and fantasy creatures are my favorite subjects to draw. I enjoy variety so when I’m not working on cute animals I might be working on something more serious, or sculpting or designing layouts for print and web.
My interest in art began at an early age and when my wobbly drawings received encouragement and I was spurred on to create more. Throughout school my passion for art grew and so did my interest in technology and biology. So much so, that after graduating high school I had real trouble deciding whether to follow a career in the arts or sciences. In 2003 my application to the John Curtin Undergraduate Scholarship was successful and the offer to attend Curtin University to study Multimedia Design under the scholarship was too good to ignore. I completed my Multimedia Design course with First Class Honors.

Having worked in a few design positions and a huge variety of projects and disciplines as a student, I found myself with a varied portfolio which was often overlooked by studios looking for specialised designers. Fortunately, The Perth Mint was looking for an individual with a broad skill set and illustrative ability. I designed and illustrated a number of coin series (and packaging) for The Perth Mint including the 2009 Celebrate Australia series, Australian Bush Babies series and the 2009 and 2010 Young Collectors coin sets to name a few. After a couple of years I felt the need to stretch my wings and decided to go out into the world as a freelancer and see where it took me.

I now currently reside in Sydney and run my own business creating illustrations for products and advertising, improving my art and my portfolio in my spare time.

My other interests include conservation, animals, snorkeling, running, sculpture, markets and movie watching.

If you’re interested in my illustration work or have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to drop me a line via the contact page. I’d love to hear from you!

– Elise Martinson