Elijah Loving, a veteran graphic designer and associate professor, is also a comic book illustrator and author.  His background includes an MFA in Illustration: Comics from the Academy of Art University and an MA in Studio: Painting from Pittsburg State University.

You could say he has been in the industry since childhood.  Much to the chagrin of his English teachers, he always preferred creating illustrations over writing essays.

Currently, he lives in small-town Iowa, where the wide landscapes and big sky country of the US Midwest lend themselves well to sparking his imagination. He lives there with his family, who also challenge the boundaries of his imagination.



2023 MFA Illustration: Comics Academy of Art University
2005 MA Painting Pittsburg State University
2003 BA Painting & Graphic Design Graceland University

Professional Experience

Illustrator/Graphic Designer, Tikvah inc., Lamoni, IA
Adjunct Graphic Design Faculty, Southern New Hampshire University, Manchester, NH
Print Production Manager/Graphic Designer, 615 Graphics, Lamoni, IA
Instructor of Graphic Design, Graceland University, Lamoni, IA
Creative Specialist, Apple Inc., Kansas City, MO
Design/Illustration Tutor, Varsity Tutors, Online Tutoring
Art & Training Director, TechOrchard, Overland Park, KS


2005 Pittsburg State University, Excellence of Teaching: Office of Graduate Studies
2002 Graceland University, Shannon Award for Visual Communications

Solo Exhibitions 

2016 Faculty Exhibition, Lamoni, IA
2006 So-oh Gallery, Lincoln, NE
2005 Solo Exhibition, Club 2101, Joplin, MO
2005 Homecoming Alumni Show, Guest Artist, Shaw Gallery, Lamoni, IA
2005 C of C Headquarters, Art Gallery, Independence, MO
2005 Graduate Exhibition, Harry Krug Gallery, Pittsburg, KS

Group Exhibitions

2022 Academy of Art University, Spring Show, San Francisco, CA
2022 Planet Comicon, Kansas City, MO
2020 Wizard World, Madison, WI
2010 The Circle Exhibition, Boston, MA
2010 The Circle, An International Exhibition, Kanagawa, Japan
2010 The Circle 7th Annual Exhibition, Tokyo, Japan
2006 The Circle, 66 Modern, Tokyo, Japan 


Elijah Loving, Life & Work with Elijah Loving of Independence, VoyageKC, June 17, 2022, https://voyagekc.com/interview/life-work-with-elijah-loving-of-independence/


Mavec Comics, Stealth & Timber Illustration
Lobo Orginal Comic Cowboy for the 1960s

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