the artist

Jillian Schiavi was a Chicago-based artist. Then she was an Oakland-based calligrapher. Now, she’s an illustrator living in Brooklyn and traveling all over the country with a sketchbook and healthy handful of Micron pens in her purse.

She’s a lover of cities and cultures and mountain ranges and lakes and trees both small and tall. Buy her a croissant at a sunny sidewalk cafe, and you’ll be in her good graces forever. Follow close behind on a hike and she’ll engage you in conversation ranging from the discovery of a snake-shaped stick to your heart’s innermost desires.

Here, she’s shared drawings and sketches at the beginning of her art career. That exploding and evolving world now lives over at and What lives here now are her words, born from thought and experience. No agenda, just words. She didn’t even tell you she started writing again.


10 thoughts on “the artist

  1. honey pie says:

    Found you when I was googling “caligraphy tattoos”. Amazing artistic hand-writing, amazing heartfelt thoughts and deeds you have for your near and dear. Founding your blog made my day. Thanks so much for being here on the Internet so that we can find you ❤

  2. Marcelo says:


    First congratulations for your site and work!
    I am writing to ask how to hire your services? My wife and I would like to get a tattoo in honor of our son, we would like to create something in the style of calligraphy as you have on the site from the following ideas: think of using the name of our son Vítor (we are Brazilians), written using the references of Strap Moebius and symbol of infinity!
    I await your return!

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