Map Maker Illustrator Book Designer Author Teacher Community Builder
In 2009 I co-founded, along with my sister Salli Swindell, two online illustration communities called They Draw & Cook and They Draw & Travel. They are now the Internet’s largest collections of illustrated recipes and maps, respectively, created by artists, illustrators, and doodlers from around the world with an archive of 9,000+ illustrations, 15,000+ registered users, 275,000+ Facebook followers, 82,000+ Instagram followers, and 24,000+ newsletter subscribers.
To activate the communities, my sister Salli and I solicit major organizations to sponsor site-hosted illustration contests and self-publish “best of” books from the site’s illustration archive. To ensure the future viability of the site and increase its user base, we personally invite illustrators to join the community and we team up with art colleges nationwide to integrate our sites into their classroom experience.
They Draw & Cook and They Draw & Travel have been featured in magazines such as UPPERCASE, dpi, Where Women Create, Flow, Food & Wine, Elsewhere and Edible Cleveland as well as blogs that include kitchn, Brainpickings, epicurious, The Atlantic, Design Mom, Travel + Leisure, Edible Cleveland, and Bant Mag. The sites have hosted contests sponsored by The Food Network, Kraft Foods International, The GLAD Products Company, California Figs Association, DaVinci Wine, and UPPERCASE magazine. Some of the best art colleges in the nation—SCAD, MICA, CCAD, CCA—use our sites as platforms for illustration assignments.
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