Chicken wrangler

Chicken wrangler

I'm a freelance illustrator, screen printer and teacher living in Chicago, Illinois.  I grew up on a farm and have always loved birds, probably from my early days as a chicken wrangler (pictured).  I live with several feathered roommates including a bossy sun conure named Sunny and a smart but nervous African Grey named Joe.  They provide inspiration and moral support by chewing on the furniture.

I specialize in screen prints, printed by me, in my basement studio.  I also have done freelance work for a number of clients, including:

  • NPR
  • The Washington Post
  • The BBC
  • SyFy
  • Demo Duck
  • Teaching Tolerance Magazine
  • Aquila Children's Magazine
  • HOW Design Magazine
  • Rainbow Rumpus Magazine
  • Bio Energy Connection Magazine
  • St. Louis Magazine
  • Bowtruss Coffee
  • Latte Da Cafe
  • Urban Outfitters
  • Threadless.com
  • Shirt.woot.com

Past awards have included the Society of Illustrator's "Illustrator's 52" and "Illustrator's 55" award show and book publication. 

Galleries/shops I am featured in: 

Interested in collaborating on a project?  You can reach me at jill@jilliannickell.com.