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I’m Jillian (Ailsa) Thalman - a Toronto-based, self-taught illustrator. I have a deep love for myth, folk-art and symbols, which influence a lot of what I do. I specialize in playful children’s illustration and editorial pieces. I have also participated in a number of live art-making competitions and private events. I work primarily in watercolour and pencil crayon, occasionally digital and dabble in collage. 


Select clients include: Montblanc, the Globe and Mail, the CBC, Prostate Cancer Canada and the Art Gallery of Hamilton.

I’m available for all types of work, including:

  • Children’s and young adult’s book illustrations

  • Editorial pieces for magazines and online publications

  • Promotional and marketing materials

  • Stationary

  • Live art-making events

  • Individual commissions

If you’re interested in working with me, I would love to hear from you! You can reach me at - or connect with me through Facebook, Twitter or Instagram

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