Hello! We’re Joel and Ashley Selby, a collaborative illustration team specializing in all things whimsical, childlike, colorful, and happy!
We both trained as graphic designers in college but have always been most passionate about our niche in the illustration and hand lettering world. Our design training has brought a more clean, refined, and purposeful approach to all of our illustration work.
When we’re not drawing (which involves literally passing drawings back and forth) we’re processing bunches of card and print orders through This Paper Ship, our other business baby (www.thispapership.com), playing with our daughter at home, cuddling our four kitties, and dreaming of Magic Kingdom.
We first met in a freshman drawing class in college in 2003 and hit it off during a fabric study. We continued working side-by-side in art classes through college (sometimes pitted against each other) until 2008, when all at once we got married, graduated, and launched into paper goods and freelance illustration. Though the economy had tanked and work was scarce, we were determined to find a way to draw for a living. We used our own hand-drawn, hand-lettered, hand-printed wedding invitations on Etsy to pick up our first clients and haven’t stopped since!
Land of Nod
Art of Manliness
Design House Greetings for Trader Joe’s
We’re represented by Lemonade Illustration Agency in London.
For all inquiries please e-mail us! We would love to hear about your latest project or simply get together for coffee.
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