Doug Chayka grew up in Weedsport, New York and attended Rochester Institute of Technology to study illustration and graphic design. Shortly after graduating, he moved to Kansas City to study further under one of his illustration heroes, Mark English, Doug’s first big influence and an early mentor. Doug Chayka began freelancing there in the late ’90’s and landed his first editorial assignments at the Kansas City Star while also working on the first picture book projects. A few years later Doug began to travel extensively in Europe and eventually stayed in Berlin, where he studied painting and printmaking as a Fulbright scholar at The Berlin University of the Arts from 2000-2002. Many different people and places have helped shape his point of view as an artist. It’s a process that is ongoing and grows with every new client and each unique challenge.
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