Lon Levin, Executive Editor and Chief Creative Officer, Xanate Media.
The Illustrators Journal (IJ) is one in a series of Xanate Media productions, both print and online. We are passionate about serving the community of artists in the illustration industry, as well as the casual practitioner, aka ‘doodler’, including students to advanced stage professionals. We will features artists, their work, and the lives they lead as well as what gets them motivated to create meaning through this exciting and evolving art.
About Lon Levin:
Levin an award-winning designer, art director, illustrator, writer and photographer, directs all client engagements at XanateMedia, a boutique marketing, design and digital media communications and engagement firm.
In over twenty five years in the entertainment industry, Levin won more than thirty awards for creative advertising campaigns, illustrations and excellent design work including seven Gold and Silver Promax awards for excellence in TV advertising. He worked for Sony, Warner Bros., 20th Century Fox and Saban Entertainment. He has worked with some of the biggest names in the entertainment business like, Michael Douglas, Robert Zemeckis, Sylvestor Stallone, Michael Keaton, Tom Hanks, Gene Hackman, Jane Seymour, Kathleen Turner, Barry Diller, Haim Saban and Tom Sherak.
Levin helped launch the Ellen Degeneres Show into syndication for which he won 2 Gold Promax awards, as well as creating advertising for The Tyra Banks Show, Will & Grace, The West Wing and Two and A Half Men. In 2006 Levin left Warner Bros. to pursue writing and illustrating fulltime.
Since that time Levin has illustrated thirty-three books. His book on Treehouses for Globe Pequot Press was published in 2010. He shot more than three hundred photographs to accompany the book.
Some of the children’s books Levin has illustrated include Harriet Zieffert’s “Small Potatoes Club” published by Blue Apple Books, Lisa Willever’s “There’s A Boy Under My Bed” which won an honorable mention for Best Children’s Book at The Hollywood Book Fair in 2008 and a Franklin Award winner for Independent books, Carl Emerson’s “Monster Boy” Series of twelve books published by Magic Wagon in 2008 and 2010. Lastly he illustrated two play booklets for Benchmark Publishing “Peter Piper” and “The King’s Pie”.
Levin has also written a Middle Grade novel “A Girl, A Forest Ogre and the Demon Baker” and a screenplay by the same title. Currently Levin is a member of the New York Society of Illustrators, lectures about illustration, does school visits for children and is a member of SCBWI.
He lives in Los Angeles with his girlfriend, Havi and two Golden Retrievers, Atticus and April Snow.