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Kirbi Fagan is a Metro Detroit based illustrator who specializes in creating art for readers. She is recognized for her cover art in Adult, YA, and Middle Grade fiction as well as her numerous covers for comic books.

Her illustrations are known for their magical themes, nostalgic mood and feminine heroines. Kirbi was traditionally trained as an oil painter but now works in mixed media techniques including digital drawing tools. She received her bachelor’s degree in Illustration from Kendall College of Art and Design. 

Outside of creating artwork she is Co-Regional Illustrator Coordinator with the Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators. Kirbi also teaches illustration at College for Creative Studies in Downtown Detroit. Behind the scenes, Kirbi is currently working on expanding her career to include writing her own stories.


Marvel Comics, Disney, Simon & Schuster, Penguin Books, Orbit Books, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Dark Horse Comics & BOOM studios & Activision/Call of Duty


Jack Gaughan Award: Best Emerging Artist 2017

Muddy Color Rising Star 2017

International Illustrator of the Future 2014


Portrait Oil Painting Workshop, Detroit, MI 2017

Color & Light Workshop, Seattle, Wa 2016 

Smart School Mentorship 2015 

Penguin Books Art director Mentorship 2015

Smart School Mentorship 2014

Artist as brand master class 2013

Smart School Mentorship 2013 

Illustration Master class, Amherst, MA 2013

BFA Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, MI


Spectrum 24: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art, Imagine FX "Artist of the Month" 2015, Los Angeles Society of Illustrators 54th Annual, New York Society of Illustrators "Point of Visions" Celebrating Female Artists in Fantasy and Science Fiction, Infected by Art Volume 3, 4, 5


Cover Artist Interview by Luna Station

Society of Children Books Writers and Illustrators Michigan Mentorship Program

6 Days of BAIT: Kirbi Fagan, an Unexpected shining moment in life and literature.