In January 2011, we published our first local illustrator issue, with a promise to do a follow-up. While long overdue, we have finally fulfilled our promise with a surprising number of aspiring illustrators to make up this year’s Local Illustrators Showcase. Because of the overwhelming response and the fact there is some serious talent in our county that somehow remains under the radar, we promise to make this an annual edition.

We created this edition of the VCReporter as a means for our local visual artists to have a place to feature their work and, perhaps, find an opportunity to showcase and/or sell their work and talent elsewhere.  We have included website and contact information for each of our illustrators for future reference.

Please enjoy this year’s Local Illustrator Showcase!

To submit your illustrations for our Facebook timeline cover, please send to Be sure the dimensions fit the horizontal orientation and that the image is jpeg.  


Andy Atkins


Andy Atkins and his wife chose Ventura to live and work, and have been here for the past 20 years. His work ranges from graphic design and illustration to motion graphics and visual EFX. He has produced artwork for a wide variety of clients, including local as well as worldwide businesses. He has worked at a few of the major motion picture studios and some of the best small boutique post-production facilities in the industry. He has bachelor of arts in illustration from the Art Center College of Design. For more information and to contact Andy, go to www.andyatkins.comAndyAtkins_resume.pdf.



Amber Graves

Amber Graves is a recent graduate of Cal State University, Long Beach, with a bachelor of fine arts in illustration. She specializes in children’s and fantasy art, particularly animals. She has lived in Thousand Oaks her entire life and grew up around animals and nature, which greatly affected her artwork. Her primary medium is watercolor but she does digital work if the occasion calls for it. Some of her best works can be found here as well as her contact information:



Mayra Alvarado

Mayra Alvarado is a graphic designer, born and raised in Mexico, and came to the States when she was 12. She has had a love for art since she was a kid. Her inspirations come from mixtures of street art, culture diversity, political artists, textures, anything colorful, pop art and anything that one can identify with. As a graphic designer, she has worked with a huge variety of clients. She has done a lot of advertising, illustrations, product design, apparel and much more, working in Los Angeles and Ventura County areas. She has done a lot of her work for a living but she has also done a lot of stuff for the sake of art and has presented it at art walks and art shows in different cities. She is currently working on new pieces to be featured in upcoming shows. Her hope is to get her art licensed and be able to see her stuff in retail shops as greeting cards or on hand bags, She also has an etsy shop where she currently has her art available for sale.


To view more of her art pieces or to contact her, go to and

Alex Amezcua

Alex Amezcua is a Ventura-based freelance artist. He currently spends his days working on storyboards and sketch art for a client list that includes Disney, Fox, NBC, and Toyota; and his nights working on writing and illustrating his first self-published graphic novel. A collection of his work can be seen and purchased in downtown Ventura at I Heart Handmade, an indie boutique representing local artisans that he and his girlfriend own. To view more of his work and to contact Alex, go to


Ryan Carr

Ryan Carr is a freelance artist and illustrator living here in Ventura County. He is a graduate of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, but was happy to return to California afterward and wear sandals again. He has shown his work throughout Ventura, L.A., Sacramento, Redding and Minneapolis, Minn.

Since receiving the National AP artist award in 2003, he has been featured in New Art Review magazine and Beautiful Decay magazine’s website, and has received local awards such as the Bonita C. McFarland Scholarship. For more examples of Carr’s work, go to He can be reached at


Harvey Fenellere

Harvey Fenellere is an illustrator/ comic artist, painter/photographer/film maker/deal maker.
He is 23 years old and lives in Camarillo. He is currently studying for a fine arts bachelor’s degree in painting.  He has been in that local comic art industry for a decade. Illustration is a part-time job, getting commission from different clients. He is a founder of the independent organization called Philippine Artist United and a current member of Ugatlahi artist collective. He has published three comics with an independent comic group. He can be reached at or can be found on Facebook.

Anna Measures

Anna Measures is a designer and illustrator living in Oxnard.  You might have seen her work in the juvenile industry before, in stores nationwide such as Toys “R” Us, Party City and the Kennedy Space Center gift s hop.  She was the only one NOT laid off in her art department. In spite of the assurance that comes with a steady paycheck, she decided to take the leap anyway: By quitting her day job and opening her own design and illustration freelance business. It was kind of like winning #Survivor# … and then walking away.

She can illustrate in almost any style for her customer’s market. Sign up for her weekly newsletter for free eye candy and slightly embarrassing, confessional comics. By signing up, you’ll also get a Free Guide: 5 Mistakes to Avoid When Hiring a Designer (You Don’t Know You’re Making). For more information and to contact Measures, go to