Arlene Ellis

Arlene Ellis

Arlene Ellis is a freelance illustrator, textile designer and surface designer. Through illustration, she articulates her appreciation for the natural world using patterns that reveal an interconnectedness among all species. One day she hopes to create a foundation that funds conservational efforts through the income generated by her designs. When Arlene is not designing, she consults non-profits, educational institutions, entrepreneurs, designers and artists on how to succeed in the digital space.

    A Science Lover Defends the Value of Illustration

    Arlene Ellis | Friday, November 7, 2014
    Although November 3-8th, has been Illustration Week in New York City, many New Yorkers don’t know this week exists. Don’t bother searching for it on the websites of the New York Times, The New Yorker, Wall Street Journal, New York Magazine or the Village Voice because you’ll come up empty. Th... More »

    At Some Point, All Experts Were Novices

    Arlene Ellis | Sunday, September 28, 2014
    I am fascinated by how people become experts in a field. At some point, all these experts were novices and needed help navigating. I'm new to the world of professional illustration and I'm working towards becoming an expert. I want to know almost everything about the illustration industry within New... More »

    How to Speak Art and Science to an Audience

    Arlene Ellis | Friday, August 22, 2014
    Yesterday I hand fed a blue jay, helped rehabilitate a pigeon that had lead poisoning, and felt the tiny feet of a curious cardinal named Ben walk across my back. These are just a few of the fulfilling experiences I had while volunteering at the Wild Bird Fund Center, New York City’s first wildlif... More »

    Robin Williams and the Need for Kindness

    Arlene Ellis | Tuesday, August 12, 2014
    This morning I learned about Robin William's suspected suicide. I am stunned and heart broken. I had become so used to having him around. I remembered how much his movies enriched my childhood (Hook, Aladdin, Mrs. Doubtfire, Jumangi and the Birdcage), teenage (Good Will Hunting and Patch Adams) a... More »