Justin Oltesvig


“I have been freelancing as a Graphic Designer and Illustrator for nearly 10 years, and have also worked professionally as an Art Director and Photographer. 

I try to incorporate each of these disciplines into my ever evolving illustrations. I maintain hand-drawn illustrations the old fashioned way with pen and ink, then scan and colour on the computer. This gives my artwork an organic feel with the ease of a digital file. I’ve slowly been drawing completely digitally and am still learning it’s limitations and characteristics. The emotion evoked by my imagery is what pushes me forward. Whimsical meets Rock and Roll.

I have predominately worked in the music industry (Reggae, Rock & HipHop), but have also worked closely with the surf & paddle board communities, hot rod & lowrider car culture and skateboarding industries.

I am originally from Detroit, but I have lived in Chicago, Indiana, North Carolina, and Miami, Florida. I also lived a short time in Recife, Brazil. I now call Oakland, California my home.”

Justin holds an MFA in Illustration. Academy of Art University. San Francisco, California.