Ryan Durney is an award-winning, full-time, freelance illustrator focusing on children's books, fantasy, and science fiction as well as prehistoric subjects.
He uses inks, paints and digital techniques to create a unique look. One review described his work as "pearlescent." Ryan's images are always straddling the fence between something classic and something that feels altogether new. His most recent series, "Birds of Lore" mixed medieval and Victorian influences with modern illustrative thinking.
Ryan has been a featured illustrator of over 36 issues of ODYSSEY Magazine, and was recently the sole illustrator chosen for their retrospective collection.
He has won several awards for his work, including many international competitions such as Best of Fantasy, and Society of Illustrators West #45, as well as a Mom's Choice Award in 2012 and 2011. All-in-all, though, he counts being voted in by the kids for a Children's Choice Award as his favorite recognition.
Ryan is also a published author of nonfiction children's books as well as fiction.
He works in a teeny studio alongside his lovely and equally artistically-talented wife, Audrey Durney, as well as his disintegrating pug, Roy Allen.
Follow the exploits of “The Mythologist” as he uses stolen technology to travel time and breach other dimensions in search of creatures that should never have existed. Each entry touches on the origins of a fantasy bird. Birds of Lore is a fully illustrated bird bestiary / cautionary sci-fi tale / coffee table art book!