Nathalie Dion

Nathalie Dion

(She/Her) • Montreal, Canada

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Biography

Nathalie Dion studied fine arts in college and design arts at university, and today, her free-spirited, narrative illustrations grace the pages of books, magazines, and newspapers worldwide. She is known for her sense of humor, and her sometimes modern, and at other times, retro touch. She enjoys working with pattern on surface and creates hand-made and computer-generated patterns which she stores in a pattern bank. Dion’s delicate and whimsical illustration style has won her fans around the world.

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Selected clients


Chronicle Books, Random House Publishing Group, Simon & Schuster, Éditions Hurtubise, Bayard Canada, Working Mother, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, Kiplinger, Coup de Pouce, Parents, Santé Inc., Redbook, Parents, Health, Best Health, Family Circle, HGTV magazines.

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Awards


  • Communication Arts Illustration Annual 2021
  • 3 X 3 International llustration Annual 2020
  • American Illustration 2020
  • Communication Arts Illustration Annual 2020
  • Communication Arts Illustration Annual 2019
  • Illustration Annual 2019
  • 3X3 Illustration Annual 2018
  • Communication Arts Illustration Annual 2017
  • Applied Arts Illustration Annual 2017

Nathalie Dion in the Spotlight

atalie Dion is Featured in The latest Canadian Children’s Book News - Nathalie Dion - Anna Goodson Illustration Agency

Natalie Dion is Featured in The latest Canadian Children’s Book News

hank you card to all CIUSS employees from Royal Bank of Canada (RBC). - Nathalie Dion - Anna Goodson Illustration Agency

Thank you card to all CIUSS employees from Royal Bank of Canada (RBC).

The Big Bad Wold in my House on the Globe and Mail’s Top 100 picks of 2021 - Nathalie Dion - Anna Goodson Illustration Agency

Nathalie Dion / The Big Bad Wold in my House on the Globe and Mail’s Top 100 picks of 2021

Kirkus Reviews’ Best Picture Books of 2021 - Nathalie Dion - Anna Goodson Illustration Agency

Nathalie Dion / Kirkus Reviews’ Best Picture Books of 2021

Cover, magazine Les libraires, October/November issue - Nathalie Dion - Anna Goodson Illustration Agency

Nathalie Dion / Cover, magazine Les libraires, October/November issue

Les baleines et nous, Les éditions de la bagnole - Nathalie Dion - Anna Goodson Illustration Agency

Nathalie Dion / Les baleines et nous, Les éditions de la bagnole

MY MAD HAIR DAY, Groundwood Books  -Picture Book - Nathalie Dion - Anna Goodson Illustration Agency

Nathalie Dion / MY MAD HAIR DAY, Groundwood Books -Picture Book

New Hope in a Chinese Traditional Therapy, Creighton University News - Nathalie Dion - Anna Goodson Illustration Agency

Nathalie Dion / New Hope in a Chinese Traditional Therapy, Creighton University News

akes the Cover of The Literary Review of Canada - Nathalie Dion - Anna Goodson Illustration Agency

Nathalie Dion makes the Cover of The Literary Review of Canada

The Dog’s Gardener selected by Communication Arts Illustration Annual - Nathalie Dion - Anna Goodson Illustration Agency

Nathalie Dion / The Dog’s Gardener selected by Communication Arts Illustration Annual

Make online learning work/ The Boston Globe - Nathalie Dion - Anna Goodson Illustration Agency

Nathalie Dion / Make online learning work/ The Boston Globe

I Found Hope in a Cherry Tree, Groundwood Books - Nathalie Dion - Anna Goodson Illustration Agency

Nathalie Dion / I Found Hope in a Cherry Tree, Groundwood Books

The Boston Globe Summer Reading Guide - Nathalie Dion - Anna Goodson Illustration Agency

Nathalie Dion / The Boston Globe Summer Reading Guide

3 X 3 International Illustration Annual no 17 - Nathalie Dion - Anna Goodson Illustration Agency

Nathalie Dion /3 X 3 International Illustration Annual no 17

Les “sans” -Les carnets de Josée fiset no. 06  /Spring - Nathalie Dion - Anna Goodson Illustration Agency

Nathalie Dion / Les “sans” -Les carnets de Josée fiset no. 06 /Spring

Communication Arts Illustration Annual 61 - Nathalie Dion - Anna Goodson Illustration Agency

Nathalie Dion / Communication Arts Illustration Annual 61

apport Annuel  pour le Fonds de solidarité de la FTQ. - Nathalie Dion - Anna Goodson Illustration Agency

Rapport Annuel pour le Fonds de solidarité de la FTQ.

ork for Free Campaign – Le Phare-Lighthouse - Nathalie Dion - Anna Goodson Illustration Agency

Work for Free Campaign – Le Phare-Lighthouse


An interview with

Nathalie Dion

Who or what influenced your art when you were young?
I remember flipping through my mother’s Paris Match magazines looking for Kiraz’ illustrations and through her pile of NOUS magazines filled with realistic full-page color illustrations. I must have turned the pages of these magazines every rainy day until I was twelve. Fascinated by these illustrators’ talent, I dreamt, at a young age, of one day having such a dream job.

Do you remember what your first artwork looked like? Do you still have it?
Yes. Between then and now I have taken lots of detours; trying many, if not every, medium and approach. I have to admit, after all, the essence is still the same.

Why did you choose illustration as your life’s work instead of, for example, filmmaking, law, or even medicine?
It’s never really been a question. At a young age, I knew I wanted to live the illustrator’s life. What I appreciate about illustration, compared to other artforms, is that often, you can begin a piece and see the result in the same day. I need a rapid action-reaction. It reassures my anxious personality.

Did you study art in school?
I studied fine arts in college and design arts at university.

Where does your inspiration come from; your impulse to make art? Do you have a source for your ideas?
I just love the fact that an image or story that didn’t exist in the morning, will exist at the end of the day. I find it magical.

Do you have a favorite illustrator? What is it about that illustrator’s work you like?
There are so many talents I admire, but I think, above all, is the work of Jean-Philippe Delhomme. He gave himself permission to be free. I’d like to give myself that same permission. He has that freedom… All he does enchants me.

If you could do something else, other than creating art, what would it be?
I would like to buy and decorate caravans and flip them!

Do you remember your first set of paints, pens, or markers?
Yes… especially their poor quality! The sad effects of Crayola wax crayons, cheap colored pencils and watercolor. The greatest memory I have is my first contact with quality art supplies. Prismacolor pencils and Pelican gouache were a revelation!

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