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

The Arts Commission

Art Loop Toledo

Root Learning

Features, Interviews, and etc.

Tactile Draw

Ten Paces & Draw

Creative Pep Talk (ep. 241) HitRecord soundbite

Monthly Newsletter
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