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Hey there! I'm Jon Lightle, an illustrator, and designer who works in commercial, editorial, kids books, picture books, middle-grade, and graphic novel illustration. Recent clients include working with Chronicle Books.

I also make prints, cards, risographs, zines, and design products on Etsy.

I make a podcast called Whispers to Bravery where I share ideas, insights & guidance on creating & living mindfully.


I currently live in Toledo, Ohio with my wife and three kids. I can’t shuffle a deck of cards, but I can spot Ikea furniture in backgrounds of movies, shows, and commercials.

Exhibited Work

GenghisCon | Cleveland, OH | 2019

Art Loop of Toledo | Toledo, OH | 2019

Handmade Toledo | Toledo, OH | 2019

The Illustration Conference ICON10 Roadshow | Detroit, Michigan | 2018

Spacebar | Sylvania, Ohio | 2018

Red Bird Art District | Sylvania, Ohio | 2017 - 2018

Speaking Engagements

Jon’s lectures are from forty-five minutes to an hour. He is always looking for new places to share his story and connect with others at libraries, schools, and etc.


Chronicle Books

Root Learning

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Features, Interviews, and etc.

Tactile Draw

Ten Paces & Draw

Creative Pep Talk (ep. 241) HitRecord soundbite

Monthly Newsletter

© 2019 Jon Lightle