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Terry Runyan Character creator

February 10, 2014

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Terry Runyan is an American artist who works full-time for Hallmark Cards in Kansas City. She also does artwork for fun featuring quirky cats, dogs and animals of all kinds. I messaged Terry to find out a little more about her creative illustrations. Graduating from San Jose State University with a degree in Design and Illustration, Terry was snapped up by Hallmark recruiters within 6 months of finishing her degree and has worked there ever since.

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” I love to draw with a pencil, scan my work and bring it into Photoshop where I colour and mess with it.  I don’t use pencils much in my day job so I get a different look for my personal work.  I also enjoy messing around with the Procreate and Brushes App on my iPhone and iPad.” 

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Terry says ” A few years ago I started messing around with drawing again after spending the last 15 years of my career working digitally. Suddenly I found myself posting to flickr and it grew from there.  I keep my personal work separate from what I do at Hallmark.  The work is usually a bit edgier.  The cute stuff sneaks through though.  Guess you can only be who you are right?  I save the sad, mad, suspicious, serious, mysterious, bizarre, or just plain strange characters for what I do at home.” 

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” I’ve always been a huge animal lover!  I remember when I was a kid, all I did was draw horses, then dogs and eventually cats found their way into my work.  I’ve always had a cat or several around the house. I must say they are my best friends.  They are lying in their beds, next to me, on my computer table as I write this. There’s no lonely work time here at home ! “ Fishinkblog 7132 Terry Runyan 5 Fishinkblog 7133 Terry Runyan 6 Fishinkblog 7128 Terry Runyan 1

It looks like Terry’s cats get to model for her quite often these days ! Great characters to make me smile. Terry has a range of posters and prints that she sells here through Society 6. Thanks Terry for a great introduction to your work.

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. Diane Tompkinstagteamtompkins@etsy.com permalink
    February 10, 2014 2:21 pm

    Terry’s work is outstanding – such fine use of color and character.

    • February 10, 2014 2:49 pm

      Thanks for your comment Diane, I agree wholeheartedly.

  2. February 11, 2014 6:52 pm

    you have such gorgeous work!!

    • February 11, 2014 11:22 pm

      If you mean in my blog then thank you .. if you mean Terry’s work then thanks on her behalf lol

      • February 12, 2014 8:03 am

        I love terry’s work and your blog is very interesting as well, it is an amazing well of information, it can take me days to feast my eyes on it,
        sorry my previous comment was really very vague 🙂

  3. February 12, 2014 10:14 am

    Not at all Annie, glad you found me. Please feel free to rummage through the back catalogue of blog posts, and if you like the site, to also mention it to your friends. Many thanks

  4. July 28, 2016 2:58 am

    I love Terry Runyans work. Any of her work featured
    On cotton fabric.

    • July 28, 2016 12:22 pm

      Hi Trisha, thanks for your comments, you’d be best to contact Terry directly to ask about any fabric she might have designed. Her work would look great on fabric.

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