Hey friend! I’m John Valles. I’m an illustrator specializing in character design for narrative and branding purposes. The relational power of character design is very serious business to me, and I want to help your business through that!
If you’re a storyteller or brand owner and you need a human element to get your message connected with your audience, I’m your guy. I take your message and values and take a good careful look at how I can encapsulate that into an iconic character that sells your product or tells your story. If you wanna learn a little about how I do my work, check out my Process Page.
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