I’m Caroline Dierksheide (DIRX-high-dee), an illustrator and graphic designer originally from Chicago and currently living in Santiago, Chile. I studied communication design, writing, and Spanish at Washington University in St. Louis and combine those interests in my personal and professional work.


My illustrations are colorful and shape-based, inspired and informed by my design education. Typical subjects include magical women and fantasy settings, though above all I’m drawn to projects that are narrative-based; ideally involving character design, printed media, or interactive elements. In particular I’m passionate about all things book-related.


Outside of my illustration and design work, I’ve also started and run a small summer camp for kids and worked as a student affairs coordinator in study abroad – I love planning programs and events.


If you have questions about my work or are interested in collaborating with me, please reach out!

Shows & Awards

Finalist in Santiago en 100 Palabras illustration competition, 2022

Illustration Collection exhibition at Espacio En Tránsito, April 2022

Communication Arts 2022 Illustration Shortlist

World Illustration Awards 2021 Longlist

Online exhibition OPEN RAD sponsored by Galería Projekt-ada, selected artist by RADIIAN-T, May 2020

Contact Info
US & Whatsapp: +1.630.408.6632

 Chile: +56.9.3731.5712


Check out my LinkedIn profile

Social Media

I'm active on Instagram (@carolineillustration)