My name is Justin Oltesvig and I am an award winning illustrator & graphic designer who has been freelancing for nearly 10 years, and have also worked professionally as an Art Director and Photographer.  Contact me if you are interested in commissioning me for your next project.

Whimsical meets Rock and Roll.

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

I am originally from the Detroit area, but I have lived in Chicagoland, Indiana, Ohio, North Carolina, and Miami, Florida. I also lived a short time in Recife, Brazil. I now call Oakland, California my home. I am currently freelancing & teaching, but am open to in-house opportunities and art licensing.


BFA in Design from UNC at Greensboro, NC

MFA in Illustration from Academy of Art, San Francisco


Art and English. Recife, Brazil '07-'08

Design and Photography. Miami, Florida 2009

Fine Art Fundamentals. San Francisco, California 2018 


Gold Ink Award: Silver Medal, Printing Impressions Magazine 2012

Academy of Art Directors' Choice: MFA Illustration Award, 2018

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