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Meet Eliza Rosen of Eliza Rosen Illustration in Roscoe Village

Today we’d like to introduce you to Eliza Rosen.

Eliza, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
My infatuation for animals began when I was quite young. I was allergic and could not have a fuzzy friend of my own, so I made do by dressing up the neighborhood cats in doll clothes. From there, illustrating pets dressed as their alter egos seemed like a logical progression.

*Fun fact: Al the newt, a poor substitute for a pet, was the inspiration for this later piece []

Following my dreams of becoming an artist, I earned my MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where I continue to teach Visual Communications and Design. There, I learned how to visually tell a story, which is my favorite part of creating meaningful pet illustrations.

Has it been a smooth road?
It has not always been a smooth road. As an artist, the business side was a steep learning curve for me. But, perhaps my biggest road block has been learning to reconcile what I thought I should be doing with what I felt called to do.

I always thought that “good art” had to be serious, but I was being pulled to create pieces that were kooky, offbeat, and fun. Once I began to “embrace what makes me weird,” things began to flow. What I do makes me so deliriously happy, I can’t help but jump in feet first.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Eliza Rosen Illustration story. Tell us more about the business.
I am an illustrator who loves to dress up pets as their alter egos. I get the biggest kick from helping people celebrate the special bond they have with their pets. There are a lot of pet artists out there who will get a good likeness of your fur baby. My portraits are quite different because I capture your pet’s personality, heart, and story as well as his good looks!

In this uncertain world, I feel that it is so important to take time to see beauty, joy, and love. I honor what matters most to my clients by creating quirky, personality-infused pet portraits. I have truly the Best. Job. Ever.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
We are turning from a disposable culture to one that embraces the hand crafted and unique. I create for people who are craving an authentic touch point in the digital age–a way of feeling closer to what really matters to them.


  • Fully custom: packages priced between $250 and $675
  • Max & Match: choose your pet, then choose your outfit for $85
  • Off the Rack: ready to go prints of cats and dogs with relatable personalities for $30

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Image Credit:
Personal photo credit: Ainsley Glotzbach

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