About Erin Black-Kurtz's Shop

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Erin Black-Kurtz

Portland, Oregon

Hello! I'm a multi-disciplinary designer and illustrator working in Portland, Oregon.

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Hello! I'm a multi-disciplinary designer and illustrator working in Portland, Oregon.

Animal Monster Robot is my character-focused illustration business. I create worlds of friendly creatures (and people) for picture books, prints, original art and more. My characters often express the human condition with a childlike sense of optimism and openness. Or, at the very least, I just try to make myself smile. Sometimes that’s all we need, right?

After a long career as a designer, creative director and digital product strategist working with large organizations like National Geographic, Nike, FedEx and Burt’s Bees, I began to feel like I had lost my creative identity. I spent so many years making things in the service of business, I forgot what it was like to make for myself. I wanted to reconnect with the act of creating simply for the joy of it.

In 2014, I began to reinvest time into my love of drawing and painting. Eventually, I rented a little art studio to practice with more intent; mornings, evenings, weekends…whenever I could fit it in. In the summer of 2019, I created Animal Monster Robot as a more determined way to share my art and illustration with others.