Tim Zeltner's mystery book covers for Llewellyn Worldwide

Tim Zeltner has now created two incredible covers with art director Lynne Menturweck at Llewellyn Worldwide. Tim’s whimsical illustrations, handpainted on wood, set just the right tone for these novels by Loretta Ross. Let the detail in these beautiful illustrations draw you into the mystery that unfolds within the pages.

Death and the Redheaded Woman, Ross’ debut, can be enjoyed now and Death and the Brewmaster’s Widow is available for pre-order.

Tim Zeltner for Henry Holt's Power Down Little Robot

  Power Down Little Robot, is a very special children's picture book lovingly illustrated by Tim Zeltner and written by Anna Staniszewski.  When it's time to power down for the night, Little Robot is not ready and he quickly opens his stalling program.  From there, the story is very familiar to avoidance experts everywhere (mombots and dadbots), and told with one fun twist after another.  In the end Mom Unit knows how to get him tucked in to his module as he finally powers down.


Sally Doherty, Executive Editor for Henry Holt Books for Young Readers, fell in love with Tim Zeltner's art.  Power Down, Little Robot is the second picture book she has commissioned him to illustrate.  Upon receiving Tim's final art for the book Sally's reaction was, "Wow!  You've done it again--you've really knocked us out with your extraordinary vision for this story.  I just love everything about what you've done:  the colors, the style, the expressions.  Fantastic!"  Well deserved praise for Tim Zeltner's beautiful hand painted illustrations on wood.


"Now hurry and clean your cogs.", says Mom Unit.  The Little Robot says to himself, "I try to brush them at half my normal rate, but nothing gets past Mom Unit's sharp eye."
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"But I'm not tired!  Look.  My power level is still at yellow."

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"But I need to tell you a secret!...Did you know that a hummingbot flaps its wings a million times a second?"

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"The sleep module is soft and warm.  Maybe I could close my eyes for a millisecond..."
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"Dream sequence initiated."

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Check out Tim Zeltner's entire portfolio.

Tim Zeltner for Harlequin

Art director, Sean Kapitain with Harlequin, has a keen eye for quality illustration and knows how to choose the perfect style to capture just the right mood for the novel.  The backdrop for The Lost Artist is a 19th Century New England farmhouse with a nasty storm brewing.  Who better to illustrate a moody landscape than Tim Zeltner?  Tim painstakingly builds the atmostphere of a painting with his unique combination of layering on wood with: paint, glazes and stains.  Sean Kapitain had this to say about Tim Zeltner's art, "We actually heard back from the author about this cover which is rare! She loved the package and thought Tim's art was absolutely spot on. Great work, Tim!".  Thank you Sean for the wonderful feedback.

I love the way Sean has used parts of the illustration for the spine and back cover.


To see more of Tim Zeltner's delightful illustrations take a look at this portfolio.

Happy Halloween!

Tim Zeltner has created this beautifully atmospheric illustration that transports one right into the scene in his trademark style.  The characters are both primitively whimsical and yet the story is so real!  This image always brings a smile to my face.

Here's hoping your Halloween is sufficiently scary + abundant with treats!

To see more of Tim's magical illustrations, check out his portfolio here!

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It's here! Tim Zeltner's "Little Boo" now in hardcover!

You won't want to miss this beautiful 32 page picture book written by Stephen Wunderli and illustrated by Tim Zeltner, (published by Henry Holt and Co)!  According to a review by the critically acclaimed KIRKUS: "Zeltner’s lush illustrations created with paint, glazes and stains on wood shine with gentle charm..."  Little Boo tells the story of a tiny pumpkin seed who really has a hankerin' to grow up and be the scariest Jack-O-Lantern on Halloween night!  He wants to be able to say "BOO!"  And really "Scare YOU!".  Also reviewed on YouTube by TTPM.  For more delightful illustrations from Tim Zeltner check out his portfolio here.

The perfect Halloween gift for a wee one in your life!  Order your very own copy.

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Here is a sample of the delightful spreads you'll find inside this 32 page picture book!




 And here's a glimpse of the original art painted on wood!

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Well done Tim Zeltner!


Tim Zeltner for the Riverdale Farm

When the Riverdale Farm's Stewardship Group first approached i2i art to commission a whimsical yet functional map of the Riverdale Farm, Tim Zeltner was chosen for his rich hand painted folk art style (actually painted on wood), and the journey to discover and depict the Farm in all it's wonder began!  Below you will see Tim really captures this gem in the heart of downtown Toronto.  The map illustration will be used on marketing materials and a give-away map for visitors.  To see more of Tim Zeltner's magical paintings visit his updated portfolio here.  

Recently I attended the wonderfully successful Riverdale Farm Aid 2014 benefit, which thanks to all the enthusiastic support and dedication of it's volunteers and the community, raised the grand sum of $24,000!  At the event, the map (commissioned by the RFSG) and created by Tim Zeltner was unveiled. and large archival prints were auctioned off to benefit the farm.

Tim Zeltner donated the original painting below to The Farm where it will be housed in the main 'Residence'

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Below is one of the large archival quality prints Tim donated being auctioned off at the event!


There was a terrific crowd and the fundraising was a big success!


An awfully cute wooly resident of the farm, not too bothered by the crowd that night nibbles on some fresh local produce.


The fabulous Lemon Bucket Orkestra:  A big hit!


Tour the Farm, visit the animals and chat with the farmer during daily chores.  It's a delightful way to spend a day in the 'country' without leaving the city!

More information here:  Riverdale Farm's Facebook page | Riverdale Farm (City of Toronto Web site)

Congratulations to the Riverdale Farm Stewardship Group and thank you for caring so much and working so hard to preserve this very important part of the city of Toronto!

Tim Zeltner for Brewer's Association

  Working with Allison Seymour, art director for the American Homebrewer's Association Tim Zeltner created this cover at for the March/April issue of Zymurgy Magazine, featuring the concept of home brewing with locally sourced ingredients.  Tim's trademark rural landscape painting with the surrealistic addition of a pint of home brewed beer, create a dreamy utopia for any beer lover.


Tim Zeltner for Yankee Magazine

Tim Zeltner illustrated this fantasy winter wonderland for a travel feature, The Town of Our Dreams, art directed by Yankee's Lori Pedrick.  From snow covered rolling hills, quaint homes, picture-perfect shops to horse drawn sleigh rides, Tim created this fictitious place called NewEnglandville--the town of New England's dreams!

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Tim Zeltner Maps Out Ontario Wine Regions

Geoff Redwood from Jan Kelley Marketing approached us to see if Tim Zeltner could paint a map showing all the different wine regions of Ontario in his trademark, whimsical style.  The map was for a new website Jan Kelley was creating for Ontario Uncorked, which has now been unveiled here.  The website allows you to explore and plan customized tours throughout the famed wine regions of Ontario.  The little extra details Tim brings to a piece like this, are what makes the viewer engaged in the 'experience' of the map and this is exactly what this new site is all about!

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