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Giuseppe Castellano is an award-winning art director, illustrator, and designer. With over 18 years of publishing experience—most years as an art director at Penguin Random House and Simon and Schuster—he has worked with every kind of illustrator on every kind of children’s book. 


Giuseppe earned a BFA in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design, and an MFA in Illustration from the Fashion Institute of Technology. As an illustrator and designer, he is well-versed in myriad traditional and digital media.  


He is also the founder and creative director of The Illustration Department—a global leader in personalized, online education for illustrators of all experience levels.

You can learn more about his school, read testimonials, and view the alumni showcase by visiting


His most recent venture, The Illustration Department Podcast, has was selected by Apple Podcasts as “New & Noteworthy” in the Arts. Guests include: Yuko Shimizu, Mohamed Danawi (founder of IlloZoo), Ben Zhu (founder of Gallery Nucleus), Jon Cockley (founder of Handsome Frank), Leonard Marcus, Leo Espinosa, Betsy Lewin, Floyd Cooper, Olimpia Zagnoli, Seymour Chwast, and many more.

You can listen to his podcasts on the following platforms:

Apple Podcasts • Spotify • Google Play • Stitcher


Giuseppe has been a guest speaker, critic, and teacher at schools including: