About the Artist
Clients & Licensees
Active Brand Commerce
Aquarius NMR Puzzles
Best Card Co
Buffalo Games, Inc.
Dream Forge Magazine
Great American Products
Heaven and Earth Designs
Pacific Trading Co.
Pure Country Weavers
Ravensburger Games Inc.
Unicorn Studio Inc.
Rose Catherine Khan is a fantasy illustrator from Central New York. Over the past decade, she has created designs and illustrations for clients across the country. Her artwork sells internationally and her collectibles can be found in gift shops around the world. She particularly enjoys illustrating puzzles and designing figurines for companies including Ravensburger Games, Buffalo Games, and Pacific Trading Co. In December of 2019, Rose completed a series of puzzles that can be found at retailers including Target, Walmart and Michaels.
Rose draws her inspiration from Art Nouveau and classic fantasy themes. An avid horseback rider, equines are a particular focal point of her artwork.
Rose has a carefully honed process blending traditional and digital techniques. She begins her illustrations by drawing pencil underlays. Establishing a full range of tonal value first, she then applies digital paint utilizing a Wacom Cintiq or an IPad Pro. The result is a rich array of colorful textures and vibrant strokes, capturing the energy of the pencil and the flexibility of digital media.
In addition to fantasy illustration, in 2014 Rose released her debut fantasy novel, Centernia: Return to the Castle. In 2018 it was followed with Mark of the Castle. A third, Child of Aurumice, is scheduled for release later this year. When not illustrating and writing, Rose is a professor of art.
Rose is represented by Tate Licensing.
I bought your art/book/puzzle in a store, will you sign it at a convention?
Yes! Absolutely! I can’t wait for conventions to start again so I can get back out there. I will be a guest artist at Anime Boston 2021 and Broome Con 2021, more info soon.
Is it true you have a brain tumor?
Yes, I have a benign acoustic neuroma (vestibular schwannoma) on my 8th cranial nerve. It’s not cancerous and at this point saturated fat is more likely to kill me than the tumor. The neuroma creates some challenges in my life, but it does not stop me from drawing, writing and traveling to conventions. I speak freely about my acoustic neuroma because it’s a rare health condition. I openly invite people to ask me questions, especially if you or a loved one have the same condition. :-)
How did you learn how to draw?
I’ve been drawing my entire life. I majored in illustration and graphic design in college and spent most of my 20s as a graphic designer. A friend convinced me to start tabling at conventions, which led me to create the fantasy illustration I’ve always loved.
How did you learn to write?
I minored in Writing in college and just never stopped writing for fun. Illustration is my day job and I spend most of my free time working on Centernia.
Who are your artistic influences?
Too many to count! I enjoy the work of Alphonse Mucha, Kay Nielsen, Maxfield Parish, Edward Hopper, Edwin Georgi, Naoko Takeuchi, Yoshitaka Amano, Frank Frazetta, Josephine Wall, and Wendy Pini
What is Centernia?
Centernia is the fantasy universe that is always running around in my head. I’ve released two novels set in that world, with a third in progress. Many of my fantasy illustrations derive from that universe. You can learn more at www.Centernia.com
Where can I buy Centernia?
What’s it about?
If you’re looking for a princess story, then this is NOT your book. There are no royals, no rebellions, no magic swords, not even an elf. This is a tale of parents who make mistakes and the journey of a girl who repairs the broken branches of her family tree.
Ten years ago, in the land of Centernia, a deadly mage feud left Castle Aurumice trapped under a sinister energy field. The cat-like inhabitants of the castle were forced to flee with nothing but the clothing on their backs. Only three people remained in the abandoned estate— the starry-eyed drug addict Misa, her dangerously manipulative brother Teren, and Nico, a fire mage and the reluctant owner of Castle Aurumice.
Misa is determined to destroy the barrier and save the castlefolk, no matter what trickery it takes. The young woman’s quest sends her across dimensions to Earth, where she deceives her cousin, Jessica Ravenwolfe, a high school freshman from a broken home. Jessica is thrown into the wild and beautiful world of Centernia, forced to help her strange cousins. The human girl becomes intertwined with the lives of the enigmatic castlefolk and their fire mage leader.
What medium do you use to paint your puzzles?
These days most of my work is created on an iPad Pro using an Apple Pencil in Procreate. I also like Photoshop and my Wacom Cintiq. I’m a classically trained illustrator and enjoy working in pencil, pastel, watercolor, acrylic and oil paint.
Do you teach private art lessons?
Occasionally I’ll accept students depending on my schedule.
What advice do you give to high school students interested in a career in art?
Research! There are so many different branches of art. The life of a fine artist is different from a graphic designer, which is very different from an industrial designer and nothing like the life of an illustrator. Find people who have the degree you’re interested in, email them, and ask them for advice about that specific field.
Can I use your art for a tattoo?
Yes! I take it as a very high compliment if you would like to have my art replicated permanently on your body. Feel free to message me pics of the finished tattoo.
Do you accept private character commissions?
Yes, sometimes, on a limited basis.
Are you available for project work for book/products/games/advertising/etc...?
Yes, I’m always open to professional inquires.
Licensing inquires can be directed to my agent by contacting
Anime Boston Guest Artist and Panelist
Broome Con Guest Artist and Panelist
Anime Boston, Boston, MA
Another Anime Con, Manchester, NH
Cosplay Snow Fest, Rochester, NY
Fan Expo, Boston, MA
Flower City Comic Con, Rochester, NY
Genericon, Troy, NY
Licensing Expo, Las Vegas, NV
Mini Con, Buffalo, NY
New York Comic Con, New York, NY
Roc Con, Rochester, NY
Ryu-Con, Niagara Falls, NY
Salt City Comic Con, Syracuse, NY
Sci-Fi in the Valley Con, Altoona, PA
Surtex, New York, NY
Tora Con, Rochester, NY
UB Con, Buffalo, NY
Wizarding Weekend, Ithaca NY
Youmacon, Detroit, MI