Editorial and Book Illustrator Doug Chayka | Inspirational Portfolio [60]

Doug Chayka based in New Jersey, USA, further to his illustration and graphic design studies at the Rochester Institute of Technology, was trained by his illustration legend and a big influence, Mark English. In his life journey he met many different kind of people and places that have helped him shape his artistic view.
Doug Chayka began freelancing in Kansas in the late ’90’s and landed his first editorial assignments at the Kansas City Star while also working on his first picture book projects. A few years later he found himself traveling extensively in Europe and eventually stayed in Berlin, where studied painting and printmaking as a Fulbright scholar at The Berlin University of the Arts from 2000-2002.
In addition to freelance work, Doug Chayka has also taught illustration full-time at Ringling College of Design (2009-10) and Savannah College of Art and Design (2010-12), and on an adjunct basis at Pratt Institute, City College of New York, Rochester Institute of Technology, and The Illustration Academy.
His clients include Boston Globe, Boyds Mills Press, Clarion Books, Cricket magazine, Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, Earth Island Journal, Harvard Business Review, Lee and Low Books, New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Scientific American, The Progressive, and The Nation.

2014 Spring Books cover.
Art Direction: Robert Best


Busy Doctors, Wasteful Spending.
Busy Doctors, Wasteful Spending.
In context on the op/ed page.
Art Direction: Matt Dorfman
Client:  NY Times Op/Ed

Primary care doctors are burnt out.
Client:  Washington Post

Primary care doctors are burnt out. In context on the Washington Post’s Health & Science page. Art director: Heather Barber

Cover of The Boston Globe’s ideas section, containing proposals for the city’s first new mayor in 20 years.
Client:  Boston Globe

Get Gadgets: Cover and interior spots about technology applications in the home and car.
Art director: Sarah Bell
Client:  Remodeling Magazine


Slacker mentality. On preferring low effort, low wage jobs.
Art director: Annie Chin
Client:  Harvard Business Review

Cover illustration for Earth Island Journal’s Anthropocene issue (Age of Man).
Editor: Jason Mark
Client:  Earth Island Journal


Using statistics to control the gun debate.
Client:  Scientific American

On the scandal of racist marijuana arrests.
Two illustrations for The Nation’s pot reform issue.
Page design by Robert Best.
Client:  The Nation



On the anniversary of the Cuban missile crisis: How Castro held the world hostage.
Page design by A.D. Matt Dorfman.
Client:  The New York Times, Op/Ed Page

Cover design for The Nation’s 2013 Spring Books issue.
Client:  The Nation

The Generalist: How Charles de Gaulle’s story became a collective fairy tale that the French have agreed to believe in.
Client:  The Nation

For a review of Harold Holzer’s “Lincoln Anthology: Great Writers on His Life and Legacy From 1860 to Now.”
The book, over 1000 pages, represents Lincoln through many different lenses.
Client: The Nation

“The First Counter-revolutionary”, an article by Corey Robin about the political philosophy of Thomas Hobbes and his influence
on both right and left wing ideology.
Client: The Nation

The Left’s War on Science: No GMO’s
Client:  Scientific American

Cover of EPP, a Danish literary magazine, for a feature on Roberto Bolano’s work
Client:  EPP/The Nation

Book Illustrations

When I begin illustrating a picture book, whether it’s for children or a personal journal project, I love to experiment to capture the mood and atmosphere of the story. The texture of the paint, brushwork, and colors are like characters that inhabit the stories, and have changed with each book. It is a special challenge to tell a story through a series of images, beginning with a simple pencil sketch and ending with a complete, evocative image that tells a story beyond the words on the page. I hope you enjoy seeing these projects and some of my process behind them. Doug Chayka

Yasmin’s Hammer

Four Feet, Two Sandals


Yanni Rubbish




The Pink House at the Seashore


The Secret Shofar of Barcelona


Maria Papaefstathiou

VISUAL DESIGNER since 1996 and blogger since 2010. Living in Athens, Greece. She has been focusing her research on poster design and particularly on social poster design and portrait design. Her main poster project is a series of posters celebrating great personalities of traditional and popular culture in Greece and Jamaica. These include actors, singers, musicians, poets etc. This is an ongoing project. “I believe that design is a powerful tool that we designers can use to spark enthusiasm, change mindsets and bring positive actions to our world and our culture”. FOUNDER AND EDITOR OF GRAPHICART-NEWS.COM BLOG. She carefully curates high-quality designs, illustrations, and art, from all over the world that will teach and provoke other designers. Many consider her blog to be an exceptional educational tool. CO-FOUNDER OF THE INTERNATIONAL REGGAE POSTER CONTEST which was launched on December 2011, partnering, the creative activist Michael Thompson aka Freestylee. (www.reggaepostercontest.com)

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