Robin Richesson

Robin Richesson is a freelance illustrator working primarily as a storyboard artist, production illustrator and costume illustrator in the film and entertainment industry. As a storyboard artist, Robin collaborates one-on-one with the director to create a visual plan for shooting the scenes to achieve continuity, narrative strength and dramatic impact. Her credits for feature films include American Beauty, Aeon Flux, Jennifer’s Body, Evan Almighty, Starship Troopers, Mars Attacks!, Peter Pan, Jack Reacher, and Destroyer. She has created storyboards for many episodic series, such as The Romanoffs (Amazon), Goliath (Amazon), G.L.O.W. (Netflix), Mad Men (AMC), Castle (ABC), Grace and Frankie (Netflix), Future Man (Hulu), Preacher (AMC), and Black Monday (Showtime).

She collaborates directly with costume designers to visualize their designs, often collaborating on research. Her costume illustration credits include the films Forrest Gump, Beloved, Contact, The Spiderwick Chronicles, War of the Worlds, Buddy, The Polar Express, Little Women, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Unbreakable, Stuart Little, Mars Attacks!, Cable Guy, Iron Man, and If Beale Street Could Talk.

Production illustration includes visualizing key moments and set designs in the form of illustrations, designing/illustrating various objects (props) to be created by the appropriate artisans, designing murals to be painted by scenic artists, and the creation of “on-screen props”, such as artwork appearing in a film or episode. For example, she has created book cover artwork, maps and custom board games appearing in projects. As a production illustrator, she worked on Small Soldiers, What Lies Beneath, The Grinch, Castaway, Contact, Viva Rock Vegas, Parks and Recreation (NBC), True Blood (HBO), Jane the Virgin (The CW), The Good Place (NBC), and I Love Dick (Amazon).

Robin has illustrated for magazines, newspapers, educational companies, fashion clients and children’s books. She currently serves as Art Director/Illustrator for the social work online journal Reflections: Narratives of Professional Helping, and illustrated the regular column “History of Dress” for The Costume Designer magazine for many years. Robin received a BFA in Illustration and an MFA in Studio Art from California State University, Long Beach, where she now teaches a range of courses such as Costumed Figure Drawing, Sequential Imagery, Illustration 3, and Visual Development. She continues her work in the entertainment industry, and on other personal illustration projects, including a graphic novel.

Robin Richesson’s IMDB Page: click here