About Ian Dale

Freelance illustrator based in Los Angeles, California.

My work tends towards richly-detailed digital paintings that live somewhere between animation and photorealism. I enjoy creating characters that come from around our world, and that inhabit worlds of imagination.

I’m at home with conceptual thinking and communication, and I love to transform complex ideas into clear and appealing images. My extensive background in design and animation also helps me to see the big picture when illustrating for a variety of projects.

Born into a multiracial family, I tend to gravitate towards diverse and multicultural characters in my illustration. I try to bring a global perspective to my work, and love to tell the stories of those who may be less visible in our world.

At the University of Southern California I studied traditional painting and drawing. These days, I’m constantly reading and learning new ideas and techniques, with heavy influence from the local animation and art communities.

I have enjoyed collaborating with companies on a freelance basis since 2007, working with clients in publishing, entertainment, web, education, religious and non-profit arenas.

Represented by Illustration Online LLC // illustrationOnline.com



World Vision, American Bible Society, David C Cook, Cricket Media, H.E.B., Barbie, OneHope, YouVersion, One & All (formerly Russ Reid), Curriculum Associates, Compassion International, Regular Baptist Press, The Trauma Healing Institute, Abingdon Press, MGA Entertainment, Learning A-Z, and various Christian churches & ministries



CanvasRebel: Creatives on How They Learned Their Craft, 2023
VoyageLA Magazine: Rising Stars, 2022
Shoutout LA: Meet Ian Dale, 2020
VoyageLA Magazine: The Thought-Provokers, 2018
Society of Illustrators Podcast, 2017
VoyageLA Magazine: Inspiring Stories, 2016


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