Diana Sudyka (pronounced Soo-DEE-kah) is a Chicago based illustrator. As a child she was the one looking under logs for snails and bugs, and not much has changed since. Early in her career she created screenprinted posters for musicians including Andrew Bird, St. Vincent, and The Black Keys. She moved into the publishing world by illustrating several volumes of the best-selling series The Mysterious Benedict Society and The Secret Keepers by Trenton Lee Stewart.read more
Working mainly in gouache, watercolor, and ink, subject matter and aesthetic choices for her paintings are inspired by a passion for nature, as well as a love for various folk art traditions. Her children’s picture book work includes Sometimes Rain by Meg Fleming, When Sue Found Sue by Toni Buzzeo, What Miss Mitchell Saw by Hayley Barrett, How to Find a Bird by Jennifer Ward, and Dear Treefrog by Joyce Sidman. When not working, Diana tries to get outside as much as possible with her family and still sometimes volunteers in the Bird Lab at the Chicago Field Museum of Natural History. Her Instagram feed has her most current work, but also a disproportionate number of pictures of lichens and moss.