Richard Weiss began his freelance career doing humorous illustrations, mainly for children’s magazines, greeting cards, and educational publishers. Soon his client list expanded to include magazines and newspapers.

Richard has been fascinated by modernism, and the graphic styles of the early and mid 20th century. His work has been influenced by the look of 1920’s travel posters, 1930’s fashion illustration, and the airbrush look of the1940’s and 1950’s.

He has mastered a versatile, distinctive and witty conceptual style informed with a modernist vocabulary. His style is perfect for taking difficult, hard to illustrate subjects and reducing them to simple, eye catching visual metaphors.

Richard’s clients include AARP, Baltimore Magazine, Business Philadelphia, Backpacker,Bantam Doubleday Dell, Children’s Television Workshop, Children’s Better Health Institute, Eco Traveler, Gibson Greeting Cards, Governing, Girl’s Life, Guitar Player,Hallmark Cards, Houghton Mifflin Co., Kid’s Money, Mad Magazine, The New Physician, Nickelodeon Magazine, The Oxford American, Philadelphia Magazine, Scholastic, Newark Star-Ledger. TLC Monthly and Time.


  • AARP
  • Backpacker
  • Baltimore Magazine
  • Bantam Dell Publishing Group
  • Business Philadelphia
  • Children's Better Health Institute
  • Children's Television Workshop
  • Eco Traveler
  • Gibson Greeting Cards
  • Girl's Life
  • Governing
  • Guitar Player
  • Hallmark Cards
  • Houghton Mifflin Company
  • Kid's Money
  • Mad Magazine
  • Newark Star-Ledger
  • Nickelodeon Magazine
  • Philadelphia Magazine
  • Scholastic
  • The New Physician
  • The Oxford American
  • Time
  • TLC Monthly

Q & A

If you could have any work of art in your home, which would it be?
“The Milkmaid” by Vermeer. It would look great over my fax machine.

What natural gift would you most like to possess?
I wouldn’t want anything where you had to carry a big piece of equipment around in a case like ventriloquism or playing the accordion. So I’m going to go with being able to fly.

Who is your favorite artist?
Edward Hopper, which is, I know, like saying Catcher in the Rye is your favorite book, but who else do you think of when you pass a nearly empty restaurant?

There is a fire. You can only save one thing from your studio. What will it be?
My Vermeer.