About Cynthia

About Cynthia

Wears black • Loves Glitter • Sometimes swe*rs • Loves dogs • Illustrator • Letter-er • Instagram Addict • Aspiring eventual children’s book author/illustrator  • Professional introvert • Jellybean aficionado • Red wine enjoy-er-er

I am available for private commissions and client projects! Drop me a note with your details and we can chat!

Hi hi! I’m so glad you stopped by!
My name is Cynthia Frenette and I’m a creative designer, illustrator, and artist based on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.

I’m inspired by colour, flowers, shoes, tattoos, vintage fabrics, mid-century design, tiki culture, well-established English gardens, juicy squishy paint, nature, the beach, old movies, typography, handmade things, interesting packaging and labelling design, and thriftstore treasure hunting.

I love a good “dad” joke and try to add a good dash of humour to my work whenever I can.

I love dance and house music, you’ll find me chair-dancing in my studio on the daily.

I work Digitally– Procreate plus the big 3: Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign 
and By Hand– pencil, paper, canvas, paint, watercolour, glitter, crystals….

A little story about me:
I’ve made art ever since I can remember. It was my safe space growing up, and my literal saviour.
I planned to study fashion design but changed my mind last minute and chose graphic design, and I earned my Associate in Visual Design certificate at Kwantlen College, BC in 1991.
I’ve since worked with clients from all over the world, including costume designers, authors, bloggers, artists, card and giftware companies, retail shops, and childrens book writers!

People always remark that my work is extremely colourful and happy and makes them smile! Mission accomplished!

When I’m not making art, you can find me (and my hubby) walking my dogs Stella and Charlie, yoga-ing, painting, or gardening.

Other things I’ve done that add some spice to the story:
– I designed several collections of fabric for Robert Kaufman Fabrics
– Created licensed illustrations that now appear in department stores and specialty grocery stores
– I’ve made mosaics
– Created hand-drawn chalkboards
– Illustrated craft books and books for teens
– Produced my own greeting card line
and created and sewn my own little indie fashion collection for curvy fashionistas!

If you wanna check out allll the nitty gritty, you can view my current artist’s CV here.
ps… Please do not ask me to work in Word, I don’t go there. 

Member, Illustrators For Hire, since 2021

 

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You can find me on social media, on Instagram and Facebook

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Much love,