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Some clients

Abelson Taylor

AIDS Project Los Angeles

Aartpak Inc.

Family Dog Magazine (AKC)

American Planning Magazine


Algonquin Books

ASPCA magazine

The Boston Globe

Boyds Mills Press

California Magazine

The Chicago Tribune

Christian Science Monitor

Computer World

Cricket Magazine

Diversity Inc.

Everett Herald

Fred Hutch Cancer Institute

Harold Grinspoon Foundation

Harper’s Magazine

Harvard Business Review

Henry Holt BFYR

Hearst Corporation

The Los Angeles Times

Improper Bostonian

Lowell House Publishing



MoPop Museum of Pop Culture

Ms. Magazine

Natural Health

New York Times


Ozy.comOrnithological Society

PCC Markets

Pacific NW Ballet

The Philadelphia Inquirer

The Progressive

Simon and Schuster

St. Martin’s Press

Sterling Publishing 

Soc. of Pro. Journalists

Two Lions Publishing

TD Wang

The Progressive

Utne Reader

VIV Magazine

The Wall Street Journal

The Washington Post

Workman Publishing



I worked at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer newspaper until its closure in 2009. Now I mostly do children’s books, editorial illustrations, and draw "Wenderings". My first book, "Don’t Lick the Dog," was selected as a 2010 Bank Street Best Children’s Book of the Year, starred for Outstanding Merit, and accepted to the Society of Illustrators Original Art show. Other books include “A Cat Like That” (also a Bank Street pick), “Snowboy 1,2,3,” “Rabbit Stew,” “Pony in the City,” “Nanny Paws,” and “Old Pearl.” Illustrations for middle-grade non-fiction, "Your Body, Yourself: Q&A,” and "The Teen Body Book, a Guide to Your Changing Body." I received two lovely grants for my as yet unpublished illustrated memoir of my year in the seventh grade, “Progress.” If you'd like to read it, send me a note.

I'm mostly self-taught, and there’s a story behind that.

Some awards: American Illustration Annual, Best of the West, Society of News Design International, Bank Street Books, Society of Publication Designers, Society of Professional Journalists, Society of Illustrators.


I live with my husband, writer and musician, Joe Wahman, and our standard poodle, Nico Sandcastle, in an old house in Tacoma, Washington that’s lovingly protected by the swaying saber-like limbs of a grand old Monkey Puzzle tree.

I love yoga and movement, riding my bike around and around Point Defiance Park forest bathing, and looking for wildlife. I try to meditate, draw, and read every day, and I know for a fact that love is the most important thing there is. 


My favorite places in my old hometown are the La Brea Tar Pits, the Museum of Latin American Art, and the Watts Towers.  

What some say

“Wendy gets it. She’s fast and efficient, and always ready on

the draw with a surprising,

fresh idea.”

– Wes Bausmith,

Design Editor

Los Angeles Times 


“Everyone who worked directly with Wendy sang her praises. She’s a joy to work with and a complete pro with unstoppable

creative genius.”

– Arni Adler, Project Manager, MoPop Museum


“Wendy is a fountain of ideas and illustrations. She does more work in three days than most do in two weeks! She is the person I turn to when I need a project done with imagination. Her work is filled with humor and clever touches that engage viewers on a variety of levels.”

– Julie Simon, Art Director, Seattle P-I


“Wendy Wahman is a genius at illustrating stories and developing infographics, which is why I always seek her out for my favorite stories. Her brilliant insights have enhanced some of the best editorial projects I’ve deveoloped as an editor and writer.”

– Joe Copeland, Senior Editor


“Wendy is my go-to person for clean and contemporary maps and info-graphics. Her background in journalism, attention to detail and willingness to go the extra round, make her an invaluable asset to our team. Professional and unflappable under deadline, Wendy is a true pleasure to work with.”

– Joan Cairney, Art director 

Planning Magazine

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