The Illustration Department was founded in 2015 by Giuseppe Castellano, an award-winning designer, illustrator, and Executive Art Director at Penguin Random House. With over seventeen years of book publishing experience, Giuseppe has worked with every kind of illustrator for every kind of children’s book. He continues to be a guest speaker, critic, and teacher at schools including:

He is also a faculty member for SCBWI and a board member for ICON


A word from Giuseppe

The Illustration Department is an online school managed by a dedicated staff who look to advance the careers of illustrators. As with all endeavors of creativity, we will make mistakes; we will grow; we will build. And we sincerely hope you come along for the ride. Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.

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