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Bruce Van Patter

Graphic Recorder/Digital Illustrator
It’s more than just an illustrator. More than just a graphic recorder. Like a kind of visual illusionist, I bring your ideas to life. Right before your very eyes. My whole career to this point prepared me for this.

You name it, I probably drew or painted it for a client. Ads, book covers, products, magazines, textbooks, websites — I took a wide range of projects to illustrate, most with a sense of whimsy and fun. It’s not surprising, then, that I segued into writing and illustrating children’s books.

The best-kept secret about children’s authors is that they make most of their money from presenting in schools. So for a decade, I worked with kids — 110,000 at the final count — teaching them the basics of narrative and then drawing the key scene of the story we just invented right in front of them. It taught me to think on my feet. And to draw fast. There’s nothing like the attention span of kindergartners to inspire speed!

In 2010, I was ready for something new. A friend hired me to try visual capture in a series of meetings, and I was hooked. Since then, I’ve traveled the country, scribing in hundreds of sessions for clients in many fields: retail, health care, manufacturing, financial, government — the list goes on. At last count, I’ve worked for 17 of the Fortune 100 companies.

When I’m not traveling, I’m in the studio creating art for clients. Since I started my career in the days of hand-delivered paper sketches, I’m loving the ease and speed of digital drawing.

I live with my wife in Lewisburg, PA, which is a serenely beautiful place and still within a 3-hour drive of New York, Philly, Baltimore, and DC. I love to document my travels, whether in my hand-drawn journal or through photos I share on social media.